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Dubai experience expert Aida AlBusaidy reveals her favourite city gems


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I’m still not entirely sure what an Editor’s Letter is for. I enjoy them most when they feel personal, like writing a letter to a friend. I figured early on in this job that if I’m going to be telling you what to spend your hardearned dirhams on, then we should get acquainted along the way.

But while I may sign off on the editor’s letter, introducing you to each wonderful issue, it’s an entire team of creative-thinking, hard-working individuals that put it together. As I thumbed through the pages of this issue, I was reminded of what a collaborative process it is, bringing together a magazine designed to inspire where you eat, drink, experience, and travel.

So, this month, I’m going to use this space not just to introduce you to our cover story – which sees our deputy editor Miles create his case to retreat from the city and glue your eyes to the skies for some sensational stargazing – but also some fantastic features from the rest of our team, that I hope have you as inspired as I was reading them. Like Manaal’s guide to being a tourist in your own town, on p29, which reminded me that there’s so many great places right on our doorstep. Or Tamara’s feature on the city’s new culinary hotspot, C2, which I’m already planning a foodie tour around; and a feature by Shelby that’s got me instantly planning to Marie Kondo my home. Then there’s Aarti’s personal guide on how to spend a day in Kalba, a destination I’m still yet to tick off. And if you’re thinking further afield, then let Dinesh’s guide to Prague, from p66, inspire your next city break.

In a world where we’re consistently being told that print is on its way out, these wonderful wordsmiths are making sure it’s firmly still in.

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one step closer to ‘I do’ at… Esposa


I’m on the final countdown to my June wedding, and my beautiful Esposa Prive wedding dress landed in Dubai this month. I got to see it for the first time, and it was even better than I remember. I’m not going to talk about what it looks like, but putting on my dress for the first time was such a special moment. @esposaprive

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Checking out the waterfall at… Hanging Gardens in Kalba

There’s this cool new attraction in the UAE and it’s one you need to visit with the family. Located around an hour away from Dubai, Hanging Gardens in Kalba is home to waterfalls, flower-filled gardens, hiking trails, play areas, dining spots and a train. Surrounded by gorgeous nature and with the current clement weather, you’ll honestly question whether you are still in the UAE.

– Aarti Saundalkar, Online Reporter

Dreaming of the cinnamon cruffin from… Milk Bakery and Café

One of our lovely readers recommended Milk at Wasl 51, so I had to look into it. The cinnamon cruffin features layers upon layers of light, buttery croissant, filled with a cinnamon cream cheese that just oozes out. And the hot chocolate? Topped with a torched marshmallow, it was love at first sip. 10s across the board. @milkbakery.ae

– Shelby Gee, Junior Reporter

Exploring the treasures of… The Meat Avenue

Jumeirah’s Meat Avenue is a genuine Aladdin’s Cave. There’s no genie, but you do have to solve a riddle upon entering, and that’s how you’re gonna get all your shopping home. The Meat Avenue is part restaurant/part deli. The market side of operations is huge, with premium cuts, cured meats, spices, cheeses, hot sauces, honeys, herbs, oils and just a single, oddly out of place, lamp. @themeatavenue

– Miles Buckeridge, Deputy Editor, What’s On Dubai

Marvelling at the greenery of… the Abu Dhabi mangroves

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– Manaal Fatimah, Junior Reporter

If you’re based in the UAE it’s inevitable that nature makes up a part of your fondest longing. People say we “live in the desert”, just head over to Jubail Mangrove Park and gaze at the endless lush greenery these dense wetlands bring to town. Calming, beautiful, and tonnes to do while you enjoy the views, including kayaking and paddleboarding.


– Dinesh Ramanathan, Deputy Editor, What’s On Abu Dhabi

Getting way too excited over my new… Dyson Airstrait

I recently got the Dyson Airstrait to test on my curly hair and find out if it’s worth the money (Dhs1,999). Unlike traditional straighteners, the Airstrait retained some volume and texture, resulting in a ‘naturally straight’ finish. While I remain a firm believer in embracing curly hair, the Dyson Airstrait is definitely worth the investment if you are straightening your hair regularly. @dyson_arabia

– Tamara Wright, Online Reporter



When: Saturday, May 4

No stranger to Dubai the IT Girl, Take You Dancing, and Jalebi Baby singing superstar will be making his way to the Coca-Cola Arena for a typically raucous pop extravaganza. This will be part of the Earth Soul music festival. Tickets are still on sale and start from Dhs199. @cocacolaarena


Words: Shelby Gee


When: Thursday, May 2

Making their way to the Dubai Opera are the fast moving, guitar string-plucking, music industry royalty – the Gipsy Kings. They are a rhythmic musical group who have graced us with iconic tracks such as Bamboleo, Volare, Djobi Djoba and countless other incredible hits. dubaiopera.com


When: Friday, May 24

Parent-pop maestro James Blunt, best known for hits like Goodbye My Lover, Bonfire Heart, and You’re Beautiful, will land in Dubai as part of his new album tour Who We Used To Be. Blunt will have us all belting out gushy ballads at the top of our lungs at the Coca-Cola Arena with entry priced from Dhs150. coca-cola-arena.com

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When: Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19

Aha oho tracks in the snow! Who’s is this trail and where does it go? Head into the deep dark woods with an enchanting West End adaptation of Julia Donaldson book, The Gruffalo’s Child. Expect songs, laughs and fun when this hits Theatre by QE2. Dhs135. theatrebyqe2.com


When: May 14 and 15

The photpgraphic works of Sir Wilfred Thesiger will take center stage at a free exhibition hosted by the Arabian Gallery and Art in Space - a digital theatre in Downtown Dubai. Inside find storied snapshots of the British explorer’s time with the Bedouins. @thearabiangallery @artinspace.gallery


When: Sunday, May 19

Get snow-suited and moon-booted to run a few laps around Ski Dubai for the Snow Run. Runners at the ready, this is the perfect opportunity to train in the sort of adverse running conditions we’ll otherwise never see in Dubai. Offering 3k and 5k routes, Ski Dubai is being transformed into a winter wonder gym where you can battle it out one-on-one or as a team on the slopes. Registration starts from Dhs94.50. premieronline.com


When: Saturday, May 11

Shaggy and Blackstreet are performing at the CocaCola Arena. Reggae legend Shaggy is known for iconic hits including It Wasn’t Me, and Boombastic. He’s joined by the iconic R&B group Blackstreet known for No Diggity, and Don’t Leave Me. Tickets from Dhs199. coca-cola-arena.com


When: Until Sunday, May 5

Everyone’s favourite sand-top dining pop-up, e& Beach Canteen returns to Jumeirah as part of the Dubai Food Festival. It’s not just food though, there’s live entertainment, exciting activities and little ones can run riot in the kids zone while you sink your toes in the sand/grass. @dubaieats


When: Saturday, May 11

One of the biggest DJs in the industry, Martin Garrix will be making his way to Atlantis, The Palm for an epic open-air gig as we mark the return of Atlantis Live – a series of live music concerts that take place at the resort. Tickets start from Dhs399. We’ll see you there. platinumlist.net

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Through MY EYES Aida AlBusaidy


Each month, we ask residents to share a guide to the UAE through their eyes, from their must-try restaurants and standout attractions, to favourite staycations and beloved hidden gems. This month, we chat to Aida AlBusaidy (@aidaalbusaidy), associate VP of consumer advocacy at the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), a mother, speaker, Emcee, and proud Dubai native. Here, she shares some of her favourite spots in the city.

One of my go-to spots is a farmhouse in Lahbab, along the Dubai-Al Ain road. It’s the perfect place to unwind, play some board games, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

A hidden gem in Dubai that I love is Al Bada’a, located between Satwa and Jumeirah 1. It’s a cosy neighbourhood with a real old Dubai feel, just a short bike ride from City Walk. You’ll find locals walking their dogs, small grocery stores selling snacks like Chips Oman with laban, and even unique finds like Vimto popsicles.

One family-friendly spot I love is Kite Beach. It’s perfect for a day out with the kids because of its open space and variety of activities. Another favourite is Global Village, where you can explore different cultures and enjoy entertainment for all ages. @kitebeachdubai @globalvillageuae

One of my go-to cafes in Dubai is Society Dubai on Jumeirah Road. It’s got a cosy, traditional vibe that I love, especially in the morning. It’s my spot for getting work done or just unwinding with a good cup of coffee. @societyuae

I live near Nad Al Sheba 1, which has some great spots like a peaceful pond area and a lovely park. I also enjoy gazing upon the beautiful mosques in the area for some quiet reflection.

There’s this restaurant in JLT that truly wowed me – it’s Franky’s Pizzeria. The experience was so nice that I’d definitely make the drive back just to dine there again. The whole vibe, from the elevator ride up to the meal itself, was genuinely impressive. @frankyspizzeria

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It’s hard to believe that back in 1989 we were celebrating one of What’s On’s first big anniversaries, with the brand turning a decade old that year. That same year – as well as putting on fabulous events in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Muscat to celebrate our 10th birthday – we introduced a new feature in the magazine to reflect the Gulf’s glittering social scene. In the decade that I had been editing What’s On, the number of community, entertainment, and hospitality events had grown exponentially, and ever keen to report on what was ‘on’ across the region, we launched our ‘Tatler’ section that year. Our new look round-up of the people, places, and faces to know became the region’s must-read social supplement, covering everything from industry appointments to society weddings, community events, and visits from international superstars.

In the issue that came out this month 35 years ago, May 1989, that included a brilliant behind-the-scenes snap of UB40 as they embarked on a sellout

tour of the Gulf. Those Tatler pages also featured snaps of Liverpool FC’s then-manager Kenny Dalglish vacationing in the emirates; and celebrated landscape artist John Western making his return to Dubai, this time to capture the rustic architecture of the Bastikiya area on canvas. That year was also a landmark moment as we opened our first Motivate Publishing office in Abu Dhabi, and a photo of our first visitor – Maria Kazan, then PR of the Sheraton – arriving with a box of pastries for our hard-working team also made it into the Tatler pages of the May 1989 issue.

Our editorial time capsule to what was hip and happening in the Gulf was a key feature in the magazine for over a decade, featuring famous faces including royals, actors, musicians, artists, and sports stars.

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Wonder is written in the stars WORDS:


For the entirety of their existence, humans have stared into the space above their heads and attempted to draw meaning from the yawning chasm of the cosmos. Some of us see the finger prints of deities and intelligent design, or alien worlds and ancestral planes; others – Big Dippers, constellations of the Zodiac and celestial excuses for a suspiciously wide range of personality flaws; or for a scientist – the light that reaches their eye might be the last exile of a star long-burned cold or another

phantom clue to the mystery behind the origin of everything. Whatever you see when you look up into the pixel-flecked firmament – the UAE is a wonderful place to practise this ancient pastime. Our skies are relatively unblotted by clouds for most of the year, and when we move away from the incandescence of the city, the stars multiply in number and brightness. Our task today is to find the best places to go stargazing in the UAE, what to pack for the trip, and what we can expect to see when we get there.

Roadmap to the stars

The best locations for seeing stars in the UAE.

One way to give yourself a little leg up in the stargazing stakes is to get as much altitude as possible. Jebel Hafit is Abu Dhabi’s tallest peak, and although it’s only fractionally closer to the twinkling marbles overhead – its rocky pedestal takes you above the denser atmosphere, beyond the fog and the haze, giving you a more HD experience for the celestial show. It’s a bit of a drive from the UAE’s big cities (around two and a half hours from Dubai, and two hours from Abu Dhabi), but the great thing about this destination is that there’s a Pura Eco glamping resort offering a range of tented and lodge accommodation (priced from Dhs450). There are also pitches for DIY camping priced from Dhs150. @jebelhafitdesertpark

The sort of place you’d expect to visit when an astrophysicist says “I know a spot”. This stellar Abu Dhabi nook is about as-remote-a-sky-staring snug as you’ll find in the UAE, and its precise GPS digits used to be a closely gatekept secret. But amateur astronomers are a progressive bunch – maybe all that cosmic pondering gives them an innate reverence for transcending the self, perhaps it’s a contagious case of the space crazies – whatever the reason, the location is now easily Google-able online and there’s even a casual camping hub that’s sprung up near by. It’s about two and a half hours from Dubai, and 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi city, requires an SUV for ingress, and as the name suggests, can provide some galactically good long exposure photo ops of our native star cluster’s stunning spiral arm.

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What is undoubtedly one of the best-known stargazing locations in the UAE, Al Qudra is easily reachable from Dubai. Which, because of light pollution, is also its main detraction. The best advice is to head a little further out, beyond the lakes and along the cycle track – to a more remote spot, shy of headlights and hubbub. Because of luminosity levels – a telescope may be your best option here, you can find inexpensive ones online that will allow you at least a ‘lite’ version of the James Webb experience.

Another great locale for watching the heavens cook, this Ras Al Khaimah gem’s natural wadiscape brings all the hikers to its yard. It’s conveniently located for Dubai’s star-struck up-lookers, at less than an hour’s drive from the metropolis’ Downtown. Star pupils make sure they arrive in daylight hours to scope out a suitable camping spot, and make the most of the clean mountain air. If you’re feeling adventurous there are lakes in them there Shawka Trail hills, and a kids’ play area (with barbecue pits) near the dam.


To help you get the most out of your UAE stargazing trip, we spoke to an esteemed regional ambassador for the night sky – Khadijah Ahmad, Operations Manager of the Dubai Astronomy Group.

If you don’t have a telescope, which constellations are the best ones to look out for?

Orion, Ursa Major (containing the Big Dipper), Cygnus, and Cassiopeia.

Which times of year can we catch the annual meteor showers?

The Perseids peak around August 12 and Geminids on December 14, these are the most prominent meteor showers. They can be observed without telescopes, preferably after midnight, from dark locations away from city lights.

What time of year is best for stargazing in general?

Stargazing is favourable throughout the year in the UAE. However, cooler months, particularly from October to March, provide clearer skies and more comfortable weather for extended observation sessions.

What’s the most beautiful thing in the sky for you?

For me, the most beautiful celestial object is the Milky Way galaxy stretching across the night sky, especially when observed from a remote location far from light pollution such as Al Quaa Desert in Abu Dhabi.

What’s your favourite space fact?

As of now, thousands of exoplanets (planets orbiting stars outside our solar system) have been discovered. Some of these exoplanets are located within the habitable zone of their parent stars, where conditions might be suitable for the existence of liquid water and, potentially, life as we know it.

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If you’re interested in earning your star-hunting badge, we recommend adhering to the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. To help you with that, we’ve put together a checklist of all the essentials, plus a couple of ‘notessentials-but-I-deserve-a-treat’ items.


There are approximately 200 billion trillion stars in the observable universe and almost as many star chart apps. Our pick of the digital constellation is Star Walk 2. It provides the best balance of price, offline functionality (patchy 5G is an occupational hazard for this pursuit), ease of use for newbies, and attractive visuals. It’s got Big Dipper energy through and through. Dhs12.99, available via Apple and Google Play stores.


As above, so below. The ultimate accessory for late night alfresco cosmic voyeur sessions, this snazzy space-themed Galaxy Blanket will keep you toasty warm and looking audaciously cool. In a book club kind of way. Dhs41, temu.com


Few things say “I’m living off-grid” as loudly (or as brightly) as a head torch. These camping gadgets mean you can keep both hands free for manipulating the telescope, and/or snacking. The LEDLENSER Seo5 comes in a fashion-forward bright red decal – meaning Mars doesn’t have to be the only one dressed in a sultry crimson number for the night. Dhs300, adventurehq.ae


Salesman: “If you’re looking for a powerful, entry-level, telescope” *slaps roof of Celestron Travelscope 70*

“you can’t go wrong with a Celestron”. This little beauty is a 70mm refractor telescope with enough muscle under the hood to let you peer at planets, moons, star clusters and even the odd nebula. It even comes with its own backpack for maximum portability and with its fully coated glass optics it really is a sight for starry eyes. Dhs538, amazon.ae


If there are no snacks, is it really a camping trip? Our favourite midnight feast beneath the stars, is the South African biltong-style chilli bites you can grab from Waitrose and Spinney’s. Beefy chews beneath endless blues for the win. Around Dhs13, spinneys.com


No lights, no DEET, no mess – the new generation of bug repellents, exemplified by Thermacell are the best way to ensure a bite free night in peak bug season. They’re not currently available in the UAE, but you can get them shipped internationally through Amazon. Do yourself a favour though and stock up on the liquid refills whilst you’re in that order cart. Around Dhs130, amazon.ae

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Prior to living in Dubai, the idea of a supper club didn’t really appeal to me. It was an image problem. The very idea of it just conjured stale vignettes of long, starched-linen dining tables populated by guffawing Old Etonians chugging port and holding court on cravat portfolios and the golden age of the transistor radio. But tuning into the Dubai scene has completely dismantled all of those assumptions.

These supper clubs represent a community

of chefs who are putting their money where your mouth is. Without a restaurant group or hedge fund behind them to bankroll a new competitive eatery, these industrious souls tarmac their own road to market, often as a side hustle to another full-time job. The artful start-ups are an outlet of creativity, incubators of passion, which can and do eventually lead to permanent brick and mortar stores. As was the case for the brilliant Fusion Ceviche, Hawkerboi, and Kinoya, to name just a few.

That’s the Dubai dream in a flamboyantly presented, tuille-renderednutshell though, right? The road to success is accessible – built on hard work, talent and, sure, a bit of luck.

The benefit to you as supper club supporter is the possibility of discovering a future phenomenon at grassroots level. The chance of sampling genuine gastronomic genius, at reasonable prices, before the rest of the world finds out about it. And so we went undercover and on record to bring you the very best of Dubai’s super secret supper clubs.

Hosted by the deliciously mysterious and extravagantly gifted Madam Vo, this DIFCbased supper club rotates its nights around certain themes. There are evenings where Vietnamese influences lead the menu; others where the bubbling pots of Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong district take the wheel; and then there are those warm Bavarian nights, which orbit around the underappreciated Munchen majesty of German cuisine. Haus of Vo also periodically operates single’s nights, and offers diners the opportunity to diversify their own skill portfolio with hands-on masterclasses in such chef tinkering as dumpling making.

What’s On verdict: Haus of Vo has mastered both ends of the supper club golden ratio with inventive, inspiring menus and expertly curated social communion. @hausofvo


K’iin is an underground dining experience spiritually linked to the flavour heartlands of Mexico, led by star chef Jonathan Colin. It’s an intimate, candlelit supper where fine dining fuego is reframed with a more sociable edge. The sevencourse tasting menu pays homage to Jon’s Mexican heritage as well as his experiences across top French and Japanese restaurants, and true to the supper club code – there’s a story behind every dish. On the menu, guests can expect authentic Latin dishes seen through a modern lens including scallop aguachile, beef tartare and buñuelo de viento, and grilled octopus ‘al pastor’.

What’s On verdict: K’iin Supper Club really is a passion project. Aside from a happy and full belly, you’ll leave with meaningful new connections and a dining experience you won’t forget.


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Haus of Vo

Girl and the Goose

Bringing a taste of Latin America to Dubai, Girl and the Goose is a guestlist-only dining concept from self-taught culinary colonel Gabriela Chamorro. Serving elevated Nicaraguan gastronomy with a healthy twist, chef Gabriela’s passion lies in showing guests that “healthy food doesn’t have to be boring”. This unique supper club experience combines elevated family recipes with chef Gabriela’s inspirations and tales from her travels around the world. Bookings on Splidu.com.

What’s On verdict: A feast for the eyes, a feast for the palate, and a feast for the soul. You’ll not only walk away with a happy and full belly, but a newfound knowledge for different cultures, friendships, and love for Nicaraguan cuisine. @girl.and.the.goose

Khalid Eats (Palestinian supper club)

After following his passion for cooking, Khalid Eats hosts an intimate Palestinian supper club that takes place at Mishkah, Al Quoz. Serving authentic Middle Eastern food in a contemporary setting, Khalid Eats supper club is easily one of the most exciting gastronomic projects on the circuit today. A fact demonstrated, not least, by his collaborations with chefs and Dubai dining institutions. @khalideats

Savour to Taste

Chef Scott Henry, hosts his theatre of foodie themes in a converted residential space in JVT. “I hope you’re hungry” he said when we visited “I’ve been in the kitchen for days”. It’s no exaggeration either, the preparation required for that evening is staggering.

Chef Scott’s career as a private chef to the rich, famous and upwardly yacht-mobile has taken him across the globe, acquiring secret culinary skills and experimenting in the molecular gastronomy realm. There were 600 individual ingredients in that evening’s five-course menu, I’d struggle to even think of half that number of edible items. And there’s next to zero waste, everything, as much as possible at least, gets put to good use. Book now via Splidu.com.

Verdict: A secret dining experience that feels destined for the stars. There are few places you can go in Dubai, that offer such proximity to originality, passion and culinary wonder.



Moreish by K

Head chef and creator of Moreish by K, Kunwal Safdar has become a wellknown name in the Dubai food scene. From humble beginnings as a pandemic passion project, her zero-waste supper club has become one of the city’s most talked-about. The cuisine embodies her rich cultural background, fusing together flavours from the Emirates, Punjab and Persia. One of her signature items is her samosas, filled with beef, goat cheese, and acacia honey. These girl boss creations are something you cannot miss out on. What’s On Verdict: Inventive yet nostalgic, sophisticated yet wholesome, Moreish by K will never cease to amaze with her delicate harmony of flavours. @moreish.by.k


Kuv’s Secret Supper Club

This is a bit of a special one, a supper club that is – as we write this – making the leap from guarded guestlists and secret rendezvous to a dedicated IRL, walls ‘n’ all, restaurant. Given life through the phenomenal kitchen craft of chef Ionel Catau, the new forever home of Gerbou comes to us in collaboration with art collective, Tashkeel and the titan-tier New York culinary group import, Atelier House Hospitality. Gerbou is taken from the Arabic for ‘welcome to our humble abode’ and, as the name suggests, majors in delivering experiences that pay homage to Middle Eastern cuisines past, present and future. It’s also likely to be another strong contributor to showing off the finer points of Emirati food culture to the rest of the world. And it’s due to open very soon.


One of the city’s longest running supper clubs is helmed by architect-turned-chef, Kuv. Born in Bahrain, raised in London, and now in Dubai, Kuv is one of the supper club culture’s founding fathers in the UAE and his core foodie focus is doing wonderful things with the flavours of North Africa and the Middle East. He frequently switches up his menus, which remain a closely guarded secret until the night (it’s worth noting that dietary requirements can be catered to though), to the extent that his Splidu page (where you make reservations) is currently taking bookings for iteration 201 (Dhs375).


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The Italian Supper

It’s tough to beat an evening out at a supper club, but having a team of pizza magicians to come and cook at your place might just be one way of topping it. Another example of a Dubai success story, chef Fabio and Flavio left their day jobs to pursue their passion and start their own supper club, The Italian Supper. Guests can expect homemade pasta, creamy risotto, authentic pizzas, and their unmissable pistachio tiramisu.

That’s amore.


Eye Heart Rabbit

Eye Heart Rabbit is a neighbourhood pop-up and modern Middle Eastern supper club by chef Jesse Blake of Lowe fame. With a personal, cosy setting, Eye Heart Rabbit serves impeccable top-restaurant-quality food, from smoked hummus to fattoush, maintaining an exceptionally high standard dish after dish. @eyeheartrabbit

The CBF Express

This private soiree is hosted by the charismatic and talented chef Roseanne Orim, and provides a platform for what is undoubtedly one of the most underrepresented culinary superpowers in Dubai – that of West Africa. The CBF Express (full name ChopBelleFull Express) takes place at a secret location in Business Bay, with (as is the way with these supper clubs), precise coordinates only given upon a confirmed booking. Chef Roseanne began the supper club back in December 2022 with a mission to celebrate and share the diverse mix of cuisine from across the West African region. With a new menu every quarter, selected guests can look forward to such palate pleasers as seared mahi-mahi with yassa au poulet sauce, braised pepper soup beef short rib, and plantain olive oil bread. @thecbfexpress








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Sweet spring, when the flowers bloom, the birds sing and the sun shines. But in Dubai that sweet chirp for birdsong is accompanied by the warning claxon that summer… is coming. This is why the time is now to ‘spring’ into action, step out and take a tour of some of our favourite attractions that are going to close their doors come June. Put on your walking shoes and head offMay is the last month of the great outdoors.

Ripe Market

Last chance: May

Dubai Safari Park

Last chance: May 31

Home to about 3,000 animals. Dubai Safari is quite possibly the perfect family day out. The variety of wildlife at the park is quite impressive, and includes tigers, gibbons, moon bears, lions, elephants, giraffes, camels, Arabian onyx, Arabian wolves, mountain gazelles and beyond into the animal kingdom. Besides observing these animals in rough approximations of their natural habitat, there is also a range of uber cool edutainment activities and attractions to get stuck into. Think workshops, performances and interactive feeding exercises. When temperatures rise, the park closes to protect the health of, not just the residents, but also the visitors. You can book your visit up ‘til May 31 on the website.

Dubai Safari Park, Al Warqa, Hatta Road, Dubai, Dhs50 for adults, Dhs20 for children under 12, under threes free. dubaisafari.ae

Cinema Akil in 25hours

Last chance: May

Everyone’s favourite outdoor market for all things vintage, small business, artisanal, homegrown and gourmet shuts down in the summer every year, around May. So hurry up and visit before the chance slips away. Ripe Market is a weekend affair, pitching tent in the Police Academy Park on Saturdays and Sundays with pop-up stalls, food vendors, classes and workshops, entertainment and loads more to see and do. It’s the go-to spot if you’re looking to support local, stock up on fresh foods and healthy produce. It’s a fun day out with your family and friends, and definitely different from the typical mall crawling we must resort to come summer.

The Ripe Market, Academy Park, Al Sufouh, 9am to 9pm Sat, 9am to 7pm Sun, Tel: (0)4 315 7000. @ripemarket

Alfresco arthouse cinema sounds like a romantic winter dream and it very much is. This reimagining of the Alserkal Avenue original is an open-air pop-up, dressed in Cinema Akil’s signature ‘movie theatre red’ that’s a loving callback to the Golden Age of the silver sreen. The entire area has been set up in the atrium of the 25hours Hotel at One Central, which was always intended to be a multipurpose communal space. Although stunning, watching a movie as you slowly dehydrate probably isn’t topping your summer to-do list, which is why now is the perfect time to catch all the classics on show. You can find their full schedule on the website.

Cinema Akil in 25hours, 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central, Dubai. @cinemaakil

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Dubai Garden Glow

Last chance: May

This neon haven of all shapes and sizes is located inside Zabeel Park, and is an entirely outdoor lit-up walkthrough attraction. Garden Glow is another one of those familyfriendly destinations where little ones will be amazed by the towering glowing shapes. There are a number of sections inside the park – Glow Park, Dinosaur Park, Magic Park and Art Park, each with different installations. In Glow Park you’ll see moving flowers and butterfly paths, while the Magic Park has over 25 fun exhibits and 3D artworks. The Art Park has more abstract works and the Dinosaur Park is pretty self-explanatory. Glow

Garden usually pulls the plug around May. Go now before the glowing T-Rex takes his constitutional summer slumber.

Dubai Garden Glow, Gate No 6, Zabeel Park, Dubai. Open Sun to Fri 5pm to 11pm, Sat and national holidays 5pm to 12am. Tel: (0)55 918 8126. dubaigardenglow.com

Hatta Wadi Hub

Last chance: May 15

Hatta Wadi Hub is without a doubt one of the most exciting outdoor areas to explore in the UAE. It’s the complete getaway, with lots of nature, challenging terrain and experiences that will take you off the beaten track. If you’re keen to swap the cityscape and the pavements for some mountains and adventure, now is the time to do it. The entire cluster of Hatta’s tourist experiences takes a break during the summer months – that would include the glamping, the hiking, mountain biking, archery, zorbing, ziplines, axe-throwing, paragliding and horse riding among other things. Bookings are available only until May 15, so that might be your last chance for this stint. Book your stay and design your itinerary on the Visit Hatta website. visithatta.com


As one wise habibi might say

While these spots and experiences may not necessarily shut down for the hot months, it may be too toasty to get their full experience. Go while you can.

The Dubai desert safari

The desert safari is a quintessentially Dubai experience. And whilst the desert does tend to be cooler than the city, this is mostly at night, hence your window for desert safari-ing reduces considerably during the summer, and the best safari should take you from daylight to moonlight.

Al Qudra Lakes

If you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, Al Qudra Lakes might just be it. These artificial lakes in the heart of Dubai’s desert are best enjoyed in the cooler months when you can camp by the lakefront, or enjoy some bites from the food trucks. It’s also a great place to spot native Dubai wildlife in their natural habitat including desert foxes, oryx, and a number of bird species on the endangered list, such as the steppe eagle and the Asian houbara.

Dubai Gold Souk

The rest of the city might have evolved, spawning tall towers, stacked houses and all the luxury facilities of today. But the Souk remains traditional. There’s a gold and spice market to explore, and also some shops with trinkets and souvenirs. The tiny lanes are all open air and some of them have rustic wooden archways. It’s a wonderful glimpse into a different face of the city, away from all the glitz and glamour.

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Dubai has some incredible outdoor venues and terraces with stunning views – and this is probably the last month to enjoy them before summer strikes. So use this as a sign to book in that girls’ get-together over dinner, drinks and dancing at one of these top outdoor ladies’ nights…



Monday and Friday


While Babiole isn’t fully outdoor, this 44th floor restaurant at the Hilton in Habtoor City deserves a mention as the outdoor terrace is packed with plenty of tables for you to sip, dine and then party into the night. There are two ladies’ night dinner deals on Mondays and Fridays, with the Monday ladies’ night serving up a three-course menu and free-flowing drinks from 7pm to 12am for Dhs195. On Fridays, ladies’ night takes place from 8pm to midnight, with the same deal priced at Dhs265. 44th floor, Hilton Dubai Habtoor City, 7pm to 12am, Mondays, Dhs195, and 8pm to 12am, Fridays, Dhs265. Tel: (0)56 515 4665. @babioledubai



Attiko is a glamourous spot for ladies’ night every Tuesday, with three hours of free-flowing beverages for Dhs150. With 180-degree views over Dubai’s skyline, ladies can sip the night away to the tunes of Attiko’s resident violinist and DJ. W Dubai Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh, 8pm to 11pm, Tuesdays, Dhs150. Tel: (0)4 350 9983. @attikodubai

Asia Asia

The perennially popular Go Geisha ladies’ night at Asia Asia in Pier 7 is a great spot for dinner and drinks at a wallet-friendly price. Available from 6pm to 1am every Tuesday, you’ll pay Dhs250 for a threecourse menu and three drinks from a selection that includes cocktails, wine, spirits and beer. Upgrade to include sparkling and it’s Dhs275. Book a table on the terrace for the best alfresco setting and stunning Marina views. 6th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 6pm to 1am, Tuesdays, Dhs250. Tel: (0)4 276 5900. @asiaasiauae


Enjoy a taste of La Dolce Vita at Isola, a scenic waterside restaurant at Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse. There’s indoor seating as well as an expansive terrace perfect for making the most of the winter months.

On Tuesdays, ladies are invited to enjoy a three-course menu of their contemporary Italian dishes and three drinks for Dhs155. It’s served up to the soulful tunes of a live DJ and sax.

Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse, Jumeirah Islands, 7pm to 11pm, Tuesdays, Dhs155. Tel: (0)4 583 3124. @isolarestaurantdubai

Mercury Rooftop

Outdoor ladies’ nights don’t come much chicer than at Mercury Rooftop, the elegant alfresco bar set atop Four Seasons Jumeirah. Every Tuesday, you and your girlfriends are invited to tuck into a threecourse meal paired with two hours of free-flow drinks for Dhs210. Head to the rooftop lounge, take in the stunning views and enjoy an evening with your gals.

Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, 8pm to 12am, Tuesdays, Dhs210.

Tel: (0)4 270 7804. @mercurydubai

The Penthouse

The Penthouse Dubai on the 16th floor of FIVE Palm Jumeirah must be among the best outdoor ladies’ nights in Dubai - both for its views and for its wallet-friendly deal. This adults-only rooftop playground comes with panoramic city vistas, and invites ladies to enjoy three free drinks and a three-course menu for Dhs150. It’s paired with live entertainment, and sometimes even fashion shows. FIVE Palm Jumeirah, 7pm to 11pm, Tuesdays, Dhs150. Tel: (0)4 455 9989. @thepenthousedubai

Torno Subito

We think we might have found the world’s only Michelin Star restaurant offering a ladies’ night – and it’s right on the beachfront of the Palm Jumeirah. Top chef Massimo Bottura’s ode to his childhood on the Italian Riviera in the 1950s is kitsch and colourful, presenting a menu of crowd-pleasing Italian eats that are hearty and comforting. On Tuesdays, head here for a set menu of Italian dishes and free-flowing bubbles for just Dhs199. But it’s not just for the ladies, gents can get in on the action with the same deal offered for Dhs299.

W Dubai – The Palm, West Crescent, 6.30pm to 11pm, Tuesdays, Dhs199. Tel: (0)4 245 5800. @tornosubitodubai

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Bar Du Port

A beautiful boho bar with a string of daily deals, there’s never a bad time to go to Bar du Port. A lively ladies’ night that’s all about the party vibes, this Wednesday deal offers you and your gal pals a choice of two starters, a dessert and two hours of freeflowing drinks for Dhs220. It’s a gorgeous outdoor spot that pairs its ladies’ night with cool tunes from the resident DJs that are sure to have you on your feet. Dubai Harbour, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 1am, Wednesdays, Dhs220. Tel: (0)50 969 9820. @barduportdubai

Hillhouse Brasserie

Catch-up with your besties in a casual spot overlooking the greens at Dubai Hills’ popular pub, Hillhouse. A casual-chic boulangerie and brasserie, there’s a lovely outdoor terrace you can book a spot at for their ‘Ladies of the Hills’ Wednesday ladies’ night. Priced at Dhs135 for two-courses and three drinks, or Dhs150 for three-courses and three drinks, it’s a relaxed spot to dine on elevated pub classics and sip your favourite tipples with friends. Hillhouse Brasserie, Dubai Hills Golf Club, 6pm to 10.30pm, Wednesdays, from Dhs135. Tel: (800) 323232. @hillhousedubai

Laguna Beach Taverna & Lounge

If you’re looking for a boho chic spot to let your hair down this week, then Laguna Beach Taverna & Lounge is the spot for you. For Dhs99, you and your girl gang can have unlimited drinks from 7pm to 10pm, including cocktails, red wine, white wine, beer and selected spirits. Enjoy your drinks with your toes in the sand at this beachy paradise.

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort, 7pm to 10pm, Wednesdays, Dhs99. Tel: (0)4 455 6677. @lagunabeachdubai

Luna Dubai

The gorgeously glamorous rooftop bar at Four Seasons DIFC invites ladies to enjoy a brilliant wallet-friendly drinks deal every Wednesday. For Dhs150, you’ll get unlimited drinks from 7pm to 10pm, as well as platters of sushi to graze on as you listen to the sounds of the live DJ.

Four Seasons DIFC, 7pm to 10pm, Wednesdays, Dhs150. Tel: (0)4 506 0300. @lunaskybar


Trendy rooftop bar SoBe is a fabulously fun spot for ladies’ night every Wednesday. Assemble your squad and head to this haute Palm Jumeirah hangout for three hours of free-flowing drinks for Dhs120, plus 50 per cent off the food menu from 8pm to 11pm. Take in the stunning 360 degree skyline views with a refreshing beverage in hand.

W Dubai – The Palm, West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to 11pm, Wednesdays, Dhs120. Tel: (0)4 245 5555. @sobedubai

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Byron Bathers Club

Thursdays are for the Sheilas at Aussieinspired Byron Bathers on The Palm. With its stunning interiors and terrace that spills to the poolside, you’ll want to bask in the balmy evening air, sipping on twohours of free flowing wine and sangria. It’s served up every Thursday for Dhs99. Al Manaal Building, Shoreline 4, 7pm to 10pm, Thursdays, Dhs99. Tel: (0)4 323 7378. @byronbathersclub


Glamour is the name of the Thursday ladies’ night that takes place at the vibrant alfresco dining destination, Barfly, which

sits atop Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah. The best tables in the house are undoubtedly out on the alfresco terrace, where live entertainment from fire breathers and dancers adds to the allure of the venue’s panoramic vistas, while you sip on two hours of unlimited drinks for Dhs149. If you’re keen to dine too, you’ll get 30 per cent off the a la carte menu of pan-Asian favourites, and you can bring your guy friends along for Dhs149, inclusive of three drinks.

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, 7pm to midnight, Thursdays, Dhs149. Tel: (0)54 994 1460. @barflydubai


A rustic-luxe beach bar on Palm Jumeirah, Ula is giving all the Bali vibes. On Thursday, ladies’ night invites you and your besties to catch-up over a two-course menu and three drinks for Dhs200.

Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs200. Tel: (0)4 566 3041. @uladxb


Peaches and Cream

A relaxed way to wind into the weekend, on the laidback side of Palm Jumeirah sits beachfront eatery, Peaches and Cream. Inviting you to bring along your besties, their ladies’ night is a rare Friday gem, serving up two-hours of unlimited wine and sangria alongside two tapas items for Dhs125 per person.

Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to 12am, Fridays, Dhs125. Tel: (0)52 947 4552. @peachesandcreamdxb

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The best places to eat and drink in Dubai’s most exciting new foodie neighbourhood…

Whether it’s rocking out at the iconic CocaCola Arena, having a wild encounter at the Green Planet, or catching up over lunch at one of the many eateries, City Walk has long been

a destination for all things food and culture. Now, with the addition of the newly-opened licensed dining destination, C2, it’s the ideal spot for dining, drinks, and weekend relaxation.

Baku Café

Casual Azerbaijani restaurant with outdoor terrace serving weekend breakfasts, traditional Azerbaijani dishes, signature cocktails and spirits. Eat this: Breakfast set menu featuring fluffy pancakes, selection of cheeses, shakshuka, and more (Dhs75) @bakucafe.ae

Brass Monkey

Two storey adult-only entertainment bar with bowling, arcade games, a crowd-pleasing all-day menu, three indoor bars, and an alfresco rooftop terrace. Drink this: Cherry pop cocktail (Dhs55) @brassmonkeysocial

Daikan Izakaya

Trendy ramen restaurant and izakaya serving slurp-worthy bowls of noodles, small plates, sushi, and unique desserts. Eat this: Vegetarian chef’s special ramen (Dhs70) @daikanizakaya_ae

L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

A true Neapolitan institution and world-renowned pizzeria, known for its Eat Pray Love fame, with a stunning Burj Khalifa-facing outdoor terrace. Eat this: Marinara pizza (Dhs60) @pizzeria_da_michele_dubai

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Mythos Urban Greek Eatery

Foodie favourite, homegrown Greek taverna with a wide selection of Greek wine, refreshing cocktails, and authentic flavours served in a beautiful setting.

Eat this: Jumbo prawns saganaki (Dhs119) @mythosdubai

Nola Bijou Bistro & Bar

Homegrown gem and New Orelans-inspired eatery with sharing-style menu, iconic marble-top bar, live jazz music, and buzzing day to night vibes.

Eat this: Truffle rigatoni (Dhs151) @noladubai

Brand new to Dubai’s dining scene, Primi serves traditional Italian comfort food. Sit in the restaurant or out on the airy terrace and enjoy freshly made pastas, pizza, seafood, and more. Drink this: Sgroppino al Primi (Dhs62 or Dhs42 for nonalcoholic) @primi_ae


An edgy yet laidback licensed steakhouse serving great food in a cosy atmosphere with shaded outdoor terrace, vegan menu, and a wow-worthy barsure to impress.

Eat this: Wagyu tartare with potato hash (Dhs110) @theraredxb

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The three-course Sunday lunch is priced at Dhs495 per person, but can this high-grade roast rival a homecooked feast?

Walking into Dinner by Heston feels like stepping into another era. The medievalinspired British restaurant is unlike any other in Dubai – you’re met with a giant mechanical pineapple clock, Tudor motifs, and a wow-factor open kitchen.

Helmed by British chef extraordinaire Tom Allen, Dinner by Heston has quickly become a bucket-list restaurant and even managed to snag a Michelin Star within months of opening.

Amidst the venue’s decadence and drama, it’s the introduction of a quintessentially British tradition – the Sunday roast – that piques our interest. It’s an experience (roasties to rival your

mum’s, Yorkshire pudding, glass of red wine or two, getting dressed up, a post lunch nap etc) that has proven tough to replicate here in Dubai.

The Sunday roast, a soul-warming ode to tradition dating back to medieval Tudor times, finds its rightful place at Dinner by Heston.

At Dhs495 per person for a three-course lunch and Dhs295 for children, we came to discover whether this Michelin Star Sunday roast was worth the price tag.

Choosing a starter is easy when the iconic signature Meat Fruit is on the menu – a silky rich chicken liver parfait disguised as a mandarin, served with charred bread. The tomato salamagundy offers a lighter vegetarian alternative to start.

Just before the main course is served, the waiter comes over with a roast potato preview — reminiscent of sneaking one from your mum’s pan when she wasn’t looking. Arguably one of the most important things on the plate, the roasties here are the crispiest and most glorious shade of golden brown we’ve ever had.

The Hereford sirloin is expertly carved into perfectly pink slices and served with Yorkshire pudding, horseradish cream, and beef gravy, while the extra juicy chicken, rolled into three pieces with flavour-packed skin, is served with veal and herb stuffing.

The vegetarian roast cauliflower instantly

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impresses served with truffle and mushroom sauce – the perfect balance of texture and flavours.

The mains are served with buttery carrots and shredded Brussels sprouts with beef pancetta and chestnut. Everything on the plate has been well thought out and made with passion. So much so, we’re salivating thinking about it again. It would be impossible to cook up a roast this good at home.

Finally, ward off those Sunday scaries with the Tipsy Cake: warm buttery brioche buns served with the signature caramelised spit roast pineapple.

The children’s menu is finished off with a nostalgic bowl of jelly topped with popping candy but, of course, it’s the amazingly inventive nitrogen ice cream trolley that steals the show.

Atlantis The Royal, daily 6pm to 11pm. Sundays 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 426 2444. atlantis.com


It’s rare for a Michelin Star restaurant to create such a homely, family-friendly atmosphere but Dinner by Heston does just that. The food, service, and views make this great value for a show-stopping Sunday best.

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What’s On is dedicated to getting to the bottom of the debates that matter, this month – we tackle that most hallowed of culinary institutions, the buffet brunch. Is it on its last orders? Or just the first round of starters? You decide.


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Ladies and gentlemen of the imaginary jury, I’m sure the opposing counsel will try to draw your attention to any giddy nostalgia or fond memories you might hold for this, what was once a grand institution. But you must not be dazzled by their winning smiles, infectious joie de vivre and deft turn of phrase... if you examine Exhibit B carefully, you

will clearly see, it has performed its last jostling elbowed run at the seafood table. The chocolate fountain has run dry, we must bid buffet brunches a final farewell. Sure, there was a time when their gluttonous excess could be conscionably digested, but now – in the Thunberg era of zero waste and renewable drinking straws – those ideals, like the gnarled khubz at 4pm on the live shawarma station, have turned rather stale. Times change, cultures move on and we must embrace the new, or risk getting left behind. Besides, the fresh winds of a la carte brunching, with sharing starters and mains au choix

surely represent a more sophisticated, higher food quality format. Out with the mass-catered mixed-temp lasagna, in with precision grilled, a la minute antichuchos Viva la brunching revolution comrades. I’ll rest my argument on one final point – but its an important one. Which other culinary engagement would you pile a plate high with little regard for the mix of fare on it? The only one I can think of, is a child’s birthday party. I put it to you, that it’s time to blow out the candles and take off the party hats, brunch is too old for that now, we should let it live with dignity.


AJ & Lucy aka @mrandmrsbrunch

As passionate advocates of Dubai’s gastronomic identity over the past 15 years, we salute the buffet brunch and stand firm in our assertion that they must remain a cornerstone of our social and cultural fabric. They are a celebration of variety and a weekend institution that have become as much a part of Dubai’s glittering reputation as its towering skyscrapers and bustling souks.

The buffet is a symbol of abundance and sharing, echoing the generous spirit of

Middle Eastern hospitality. They are also the very emblem of inclusivity, catering to the varied tastes and specific dietary preferences of our cosmopolitan populace. The freedom to explore and share the joy of discovering new dishes and meeting new friends is something not possible while being restricted to your table. The buffet brunch is an experience that transcends the mere act of eating. They are social affairs; a celebration of cultural unity and shared joy.

This level of choice and inclusivity is lost in the rigid structure of a la carte menus, which often limit the diner to a singular experience rather than a tapestry of flavours. Buffets result in efficient turnover

and the ability to cater to large numbers of guests, which is particularly important in a city that thrives on tourism and large-scale dining. Let’s uphold the buffet brunch tradition, not as an outdated custom, but as a vibrant, evolving celebration that captures the dynamic essence of our city.

If you want to take part in a live case study, @mrandmrsbrunch recommend the buffets at Traiteur, @parkhyattdubai and @alqasrbrunch. Miles is a passionate supporter of the @tascadubai brunch.

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The perfect coastal escape

Maison De La Plage fills your heart with sunshine. It’s a portal of sorts, taking you by the hand with that signature Chef Izu Ani megawatt smile that never fades and travelling across space and time to the refreshing Riviera of France.

Another jewel in Chef Izu’s crown of hospitality, the restaurant and beach club sitting on Palm West Beach is bright and shiny from daylight to moonlight, a transition, which I have had the good fortune of experiencing.


As we step into the restaurant that gives way to the outdoor seating by the pool,

there is a sense of departure from the typical Dubai landscape. The interiors are white and lavish, but understated quiet luxury, as one would say. Tones of beige and brown complement the elements of green from the foliage and the space is perfectly reminiscent of a modern countryside farm. We’re seated by the pool, on the sand. In the evenings, the energy is colourful and vibrant with dinner patrons enjoying the last of the Dubai winter as it slips away.


The beef carpaccio with Parmesan cheese and truffle dressing (Dhs125) is a salty affair, and one we polish off too soon. For the mains, we choose the Izu burger (Dhs135) and the gnocchi with sorrentina, basil and mozzarella (Dhs95). The burger is a classic, with a brioche bun lashed in butter, Emmenthal cheese that offers a glorious stretch and quality Wagyu beef. You can taste the difference. The gnocchi dish is just melt-in-your-mouth goodness, steeped in more sweet tomatoes and cheese.

The burrata with heirloom cherry tomatoes and pesto salad (Dhs90) is a delightful explosion of flavours, juicy, tart and creamy all at the same time. The tang of the tomatoes smeared on the crunchy brown bread with the rich burrata is a winning combination of flavours and textures.

To conclude, we order the Hokkaido cheese ice cream with roasted strawberries (Dhs100), unaware of the portion size –it’s enough to feed four people and we’re only two. It’s a pleasant surprise, for sure, and so is the soft serve itself. There’s a salty, malty-ness to it, almost like salted caramel without the excessive sugar.

Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily, 10am to 2pm. Tel: (0)4 452 3344. @maisondelaplage_



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Master of the 5 Ds – duck, dips, dining, drinks & duck...

When Banyan Tree took over from Caesars, we had to say farewell to a few popular restaurants

Fortunately for Dubai’s dining public, fan favourite Demon Duck by Chef Alvin Leung, remains. But does its brunch still pack a punch, or has it quacked under the pressure of a new stewardship? We went along to find out…


While the interiors of the venue are quirky with scattered duck-themed prints, the outdoor seating is where to position yourself while there’s still bearable weather. Underneath a canopy of trees, on the grass, the ocean lulling in the background just above the hedges – it’s a starkly different setting than the dimly lit but equally vibey restaurant.


We’re taking an express tour through the starters because the main event is a dish

that belongs in the all-time Dubai dining Hall of Fame. Get the wagyu dumplings – juicily unruly scrappy little gems. The crispy duck hummus is a surprisingly deft twist on a regional classic. And the sweet and sour notes of the scallop ceviche helped it win out as the table’s favourite entrée. But then ‘it’ arrived, and nothing else seemed to matter. Alvin Leung’s slow roasted, 14-day-aged duck is a masterpiece (so good it’s mentioned twice in our intro). The fat is rendered to an immaculate crisp and paired with the hoisin and calamansi sauce on the spongy bao bun, that interplay of textures and taste notes

is so beautifully orchestrated, eating it is just unadulterated joy. It’s worth noting that the duck carries a Dhs400 supplementary charge, but it’s good for four people at least, carved tableside, divided between diners, and beyond worth the indulgent splurge.


A collection of Demon Ducks’ finest desserts were brought to the table, framed by a cartoonishly dramatic chocolate rubber duck filled with lychee foam. Like chef Leung himself, its playful exterior hides a soul that means business.

I’m not usually one for all the theatrics and foam. However, this particular froth is one that I was not prepared to blow off my plate. Banyan Tree Dubai, Bluewaters, Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm, Dhs288 soft, Dhs388 house, Dhs488 Prosecco.

Tel: (0)4 556 6466. @demonduckdubai


A great Dubai brunch made even better by the optional inclusion of the roast duck. And you should absolutely order the duck.

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We’re going loco for Kokoro, Dubai’s first Japanese handroll bar, which opened its doors last month. Here, the chefs wrap fresh cuts of the finest sushi-grade fish in warm rice and a crisp piece of seaweed, handing it directly to you across the counter. @kokoro.dxb


Whether you’re craving something savoury, sweet, or completely unique, Pekoe tea & bread bar in Alserkal Avenue is redefining the Dubai bakery scene. What’s On recommends the maritozzo or the gruyere & bacon croissant. @mypekoe


This month, we’re ditching dessert for sgroppinos – a fun and boozy proseccobased cocktail served with a scoop of lemon sorbet inside. Get one at JLT’s new rooftop Italian, Franky’s Pizzeria, for Dhs60. @frankyspizzeria


Who said working out needs to be boring? Take your fitness routine to new heights with a sun-drenched workout followed by a day blissing out on the day beds at Palm

This year has a lot in store for Dubai foodies, so we’ve broken it down with a month-by-month guide to what’s trending and what’s not. From the dishes you should be eating to the places you should be staying…

West Beach’s dreamy beach club The 305. The weekly Wednesday wellness morning includes poolside Pilates followed by all-day pool and beach access, lunch, and two drinks for Dhs250. @305dubai


Every Wednesday at 5pm, join the sunset walk with inter-generational social club, The Nadi Club. With countless social and health benefits, the walk takes place weekly (while weather permits) from Feels Café on Kite Beach. @thenadiclub


Thanks to the game-changing new opening from The Dorchester Collection in Business Bay, The Lana –with its dreamy rooftop pool and Dior Spa - is proof that city staycation’s can be just as relaxing and laid-back as a beach one. @thelanadubai

What’s (NOT) Trending:


Call me old fashioned, but, to me, the point of a business lunch is to enjoy a selection of à la carte dishes for a fraction of the normal price. It’s about enjoying the restaurant’s best dishes without breaking the bank during the quieter hours. Therefore, business lunch menus featuring made-up dishes that aren’t on the regular menu miss the mark for us. Thank you but you’re not fooling us…


Ok, maybe in the Gen Z world of Tiktok, caviar bumping is having a bit of a moment right now. While we can attempt to get behind caviar on hash browns, we’re not sure whether licking fish eggs off the back of your hand is the vibe.

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Dubai Food Festival is back, and this year there’s a new addition: Chef’s Menu. Get ready for multi-course, gourmet dining at the hands of 24 of the city’s top culinary talents. Here’s our edit of the must-try menus…

Chef Kelvin Cheung at Jun’s

Price: Dhs370

Timing: 5pm to 12am

What’s On Chef of the Year Kelvin Cheung is known and loved for his globally influenced fare that’s inspired by his travels, life and heritage across India, North America and China. For Dubai Food Festival, expect to enjoy modern American and Asian flavours fused together with Middle Eastern influences, presented with comedic and personal tales from the chef and founder of Jun’s.


Chef Luca Crostelli at Cala Vista

Price: Dhs300

Timing: 12.30pm to 12am

A sun-drenched ode to the Southern Italian coastline, Cala Vista is one of the prettiest new alfresco eateries in the city. The man behind the menu, Luca Crostelli, comes from a family of culinary stars, and presents a three-course menu of hearty Italian flavours backdropped by the Burj Al Arab.


Chef Mario Martinez at Leña

Price: Dhs340

Timing: 7pm to 11pm

While the man behind the concept of sleek steakhouse Leña is top chef Dani Garcia, when he’s not in residence in Dubai, it’s chef Mario Martinez that helms the kitchen. For Chef’s Menu, he curates a sharing menu that features a variety of charcoal-cooked meat, seafood and vegetarian options, which are inspired by the innovative vision of Andalusian chef Dani García. @lenadubai.dg

Chef Neha Mishra at Kinoya

Price: Dhs250

Timing: 12pm to 1am

From Ramen queen turned multi-restaurant empire

owner, comes What’s On Restaurant of the Year, Kinoya. During the Chef’s Menu series, you can dine here at the hands of celebrated chef Neha Mishra, where a specially-curated menu of their inventive Japanese flavours is priced at Dhs250. You’ll get to dine on specials that aren’t typically available on the regular menu offering options like donabe, onsen tamago, dashi and omurice.


Chef Paul Gajewski at The Guild

Price: Dhs400

Timing: 6pm to 12am

The Guild’s five-course Chef’s Menu experience is a selection of the restaurant’s highlights, expertly curated by executive chef Paul Gajewski. Priced at Dhs400 per person, it’s a flight through modern European flavours inspired by elegant brasserie fare, featuring dishes like king crab cocktail and grilled Australian crayfish. @theguilddubai

Chef Roberto de Vivo at Sucre

Price: Dhs345

Timing: 6pm to 2am

This Mediterranean-inspired fire dining concept is all about punchy flavours, and that’s exactly what you can expect from head chef Roberto de Vivo’s Chef’s Menu offering. Expect a showcase of dishes such as Sicilian red prawn carpaccio followed by options such as Angus ribeye, with sides and desserts like Sucre’s famed dulce de leche fondant.


Chef Steve Nguyen at Ling Ling

Price: Dhs395

Timing: 6pm to 9.30pm

The culinary creator behind lively, late-night dinner spot

Ling Ling, chef Steve Nguyen is a master of Instagrammable Asian fusion fare. For Chef’s Menu, he presents a fivecourse menu of signatures that includes dishes like crispy bee pollen chicken with black pepper honey glaze, and lamb shank rendang, with lemongrass, chili, coconut, eggplant and carrot. @linglingdubai

See the full list of participating restaurants at @dubaieats

Chef Paul Gajewski Chef Steve Nguyen Chef Roberto de Vivo Chef Neha Mishra Chef Luca Crostelli Chef Kelvin Cheung



Can this Grande Dame of the food world win over Dubai’s dining public?

The word ‘icon’ is thrown around a little too liberally these days, but it’s hard to see Chef AnneSophie Pic as anything but. The French food artist, affectionately known as “the world’s most decorated female chef”, has accrued countless accolades in her otherwise male-dominated industry. Pic’s first UAEbased restaurant, La Dame De Pic – has enjoyed Michelin recognition at its locations in Paris (one Star), London (two Stars), Singapore (one Star) and Megève, France (one Star) –so anticipation for this project has been high, and our interest in it, uniquely Pic-d.

Your dining options at La Dame De Pic come via a series of set menus – Harmony (Dhs695) consists of five courses, and Symphony (Dhs915) is composed of seven. Each of the curated culinary trails has its own vegetarian pathway (Harmony also offers a full vegan option), a demonstration of chef Pic’s commitment to creative inclusivity.

We delighted in the Symphony menu – which actually adds up to a total of 10 courses when you include the three amuse bouches and palate cleansers. And you can accompany your degustation with a drink pairing package – a series of masterful mixology either with or without alcohol.

While yes, there are the frills of foam and gels, sea urchin and other ingredients often caveated with being ‘acquired tastes’ (see: geranium ice cream). But it’s all with just cause. Everything that was placed at the table was intelligently crafted and perfectly balanced in a fun or romantically considered way.

On the topic of gels, foam and savoury ice cream, the first course contained two of those culprits, and yet still emerged as a standout favourite. Hand-dived scallop ceviche is served with a geranium roast ice cream, sake gel and a crunchy German turnip. The

dish is topped with a slight smattering of caviar, typically not something I’m drawn to. However, paired with the ice cream and the sake gel, the salty fish egg flavour lights up your eyes and elevates the subtle tones of the scallop. And then, suddenly, the crunch of the turnip is welcome.


I like to benchmark my restaurant experience on whether I would bring my family back and can confidently say – La Dame De Pic is a gastronomic experience that I am excited to share with my loved ones in the future.

The menu is not, as you might expect, a love letter to French cuisine alone, but rather an ode to European food in general, ripe with elements of local culture, and threaded together with flavour notes from an international bank of inspiration.

One&Only One Za’abeel, open 6pm to 12am daily, set menus start from Dhs695. Tel: (0)4 666 1617. oneandonlyresorts.com

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Getting lost on foot in the tangle of narrow lanes and heritage coral-hewn buildings of Al Fahidi Historical District is a wonderful pursuit for those keen to experience the other side of Dubai’s hyper modernity. But it’s not always ideal in the heat. Hidden amongst the sand-coloured structures is a collection of cafes, museums, art galleries, and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Culture of Understanding (SMCCU) – where visitors and expats get the opportunity to learn and truly understand local culture, dress and customs. It’s from this Centre where you can also hop aboard a culture tour with a difference.

Heritage Express has teamed up with the SMCCU to offer visitors and residents the chance to take in Dubai’s wider cultural attractions while onboard a charming – and fully air-conditioned – trolley tour.

Led by Emirati Cultural Ambassadors, these tours start in Al Fahadi before driving past the city’s most precious cultural landmarks, while guests listen to songs, hear stories passed down through generations and learn first-hand what it means to be Emirati. Last month, What’s On boarded the Heritage Express for a few enlightening hours. Here’s what to expect…




At the SMCCU reception, we meet a very smiley Abdullah, the Emirati Cultural Ambassador and our tour guide for the day.


Just steps away from the SMCCU, ‘Camel in the City’ is a relatively new activation at Al Fahadi, which offers a series of educational talks on desert animals. We get up close with mother and baby Noorah and Asoof, feeding them Arabic bread while learning about their importance and history.

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Abdullah leads the way into a goathair Bedouin tent, where we’re given Arabic coffee and dates as we learn about the centuries of nomadic life in this part of the Arabian Peninsula.


Then, we hop aboard the Heritage Express, a charming cultural bus, dressed up as a centuryold trolley car with arched windows, brown, wood-like panelling, and colourfully embroidered white cushions.



We go around Old Dubai’s most historically significant landmarks, including Al Seef, Al Fahidi Fort, Al Shindagha, before heading onto Beach Road towards Union House and the Etihad Museum. Along the way, Abdullah shares his life story while answering questions guests have on local culture and customs.



Lunch is served inside the beautiful courtyard at SMCCU, where silver platters piled high with chicken biryani, khamir bread, balaleet vermicelli, chickpea curry and luquimat is served while guests from different tours come together to eat and enjoy an open discussion with our Emirati hosts – an enlightening question-and-answer session where no topic is off-limits.





There’s a brief stop at Jumeirah Mosque to explore the grounds, visit the majlis and its small museum of 60s artefacts, and an art exhibition documenting powerful images of Islam worship at mosques from around the world.

Heritage Express runs The Emirati Hospitality Experience daily for Dhs250 per person.

The Emirati Hospitality Experience with Heritage Express, SMCCU, Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood, Dubai, daily, various times throughout the week, Dhs250 per person. Tel: (0)50 121 0569. heritageexpress.com

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World Art Dubai – where the world’s art comes together May 2 to 5

Spin art performance:

Putting a spin on the ‘immersive art’, Sergey Markofken will create a masterpiece live using the spinning canvas technique with colourful splashes of paint, all accompanied by music.

orld Art Dubai, the world’s largest contemporary retail art fair is back this month.

Running from May 2 to 5, the 10th edition of this four-day art festival will host over 4,000 artwork pieces from 400 galleries and solo artists from across the world. Expect 12 pavilions dedicated to countries and regions, including Japan, India, China, Turkey, Iran, America, Asia, Russia, UAE, Europe, the UK and Arabia.

What is contemporary art? In short, contemporary art refers to art created by artists living today. The works of art is usually the artist’s ‘response’ to the complex issues that shape our diverse, global, and rapidly changing world. As such, this means that the creativity showcased will be an eclectic melting pot of artistic style.

Expect the traditional (but still stunning nonetheless) paint on canvas style, but you will also see works of art in other forms including photography, fashion, and sculpture.

More than just a walk through a gallery… Unlike a museum or an art gallery, visitors can do so more than just walk around gazing at a work of art. If there is a piece you would love seeing on your wall at home, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can purchase it. And in even better news, Art for Every Wall features a wide collection of affordable originals.

Moving pictures

A palette of fun awaits everyone who ventures through the doors of World Art Dubai. At the art fair, you can even watch art pieces come to life right before you in uniquely creative ways.

Urban Art DXB: Returning once again to World Art Dubai, Urban Art DXB will wow viewers with attractive graffiti. For this edition, the area has expanded to now incorporate urban dance and performances, a live DJ, fashion, graffiti, skateboard customisation and more. Other bits on the programme include art and cultural performances, VR experiences, and an ice show. There’s even a fashion show with a twist, where artists walk the ramp showing off their latest masterpiece.

Express yourself

It is said that contemporary art stimulates your mind and emotions encouraging creativity and self-expression. This is exactly what will happen to visitors at the fair, and World Art Dubai allows it to blossom by offering a creative and vibrant space packed with workshops led by experts.

TICKET INFORMATION: A one-day pass for an adult costs Dhs25, and Dhs15 for children aged 12 to 18 years. Go with your art loving friends and get a one-day group pass for three for Dhs55 (approx. Dhs18.50 per person), or a group of four for Dhs65 (Dhs16.25 per person). Purchase your tickets on platinumlist.net

World Art Dubai, Zabeel Halls 1, 2, 3, World Trade Centre, Dubai, May 2 to 5 1pm to 9pm. worldartdubai.com

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You’ve worked with some big names in music – Ella Henderson, Calvin Harris – who would be your dream collab?


Oh yeah, there’s loads of people I’d love to work with. Kendrick Lamar is up there for me, I’m a big fan. I’d love to work with Elton John. I’d love to work with Dua Lipa, she’s a proper pop star. Miley Cyrus, I’d love to work with her. And there’s a guy called Teezo Touchdown as well, who’s really, really cool. So I’d love to work with him.

What three songs are you listening to on repeat right now?

British singer-songwriter Tom Grennan is headed to Dubai for his debut performance at The Agenda on May 24. Ahead of the show, he spoke to What’s On about music, dream collabs, and his plans for his first visit to Dubai…

We know you had a budding career in football before you ended up in music. How did you end up getting into performing?

Yes, I played football when I was younger. Music wasn’t a thing for me until I was 17 or 18. Although my mum always said I belonged on a stage. Then I went to uni to train to be an actor, and it was while I was there that I picked up a guitar and started to write songs. And luckily enough, I was in the right place at the right time, and it’s been a whilwind since then.

You were training to be an actor when you fell into music, is that something you’d like to pick up again?

Definitely. I believe that acting will be a big part of my story. I feel like in the next year, I’ll try and get myself into into the eyes of some agents and see what happens.


You’ve got an action-packed 2024 coming up, is there anywhere that’s still on your bucket list?

I’d love to go to South America. I’m actually really excited to come to Dubai though. I’ve never been to Dubai – but my girlfriend works out there a lot and she says I’ll love it. So I’m looking forward to meeting my fans there. I didn’t even know that I had fans in Dubai.

What are you looking forward to experiencing in Dubai?

I’m going to fly out a few days before the gig, eat some good food, play some golf, and just chill out. And hopefully it won’t be too hot to go to the desert! Oh, I’d love to do that. I need to do that. Dune buggying around the desert? No problemo.


There’s a song by Djo [Stranger Things actor, Joe Keery] that I’m listening to a lot at the minute. I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s such a good song. I’ve listened to a lot of Fleetwood Mac recently. And a lot of Lauryn Hill.

What else is in the plans for 2024?

I’ve just finished my new record in America, and the music is on another level to be honest. I just want to put records out there and see what happens. I really really want to have another hit this year, so to get that would be great. Then I’m hoping to just have fun. I always say I love what I do, and I’ve never not stopped loving it. So yeah, just keep smiling and keep enjoying it.

Tom Grennan, The Agenda, Dubai Media City, 8pm, Friday May 24, from Dhs185. platinumlist.net

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Two creative worlds collide as the big screen is brought to life on the great stage at these performances in Dubai…

Hans Zimmer returns to Dubai

One of cinema’s ‘all-time top scorers’, Hans Zimmer began his big screen composing career in the 1980s. After collaborating with other movie music icons (and writing the theme tune to UK quiz show, Going for Gold) his big solo break came when he penned the score to the seminal, multi-Oscar winning hit, Rain Man (1988).

In the four decades between then and now, Zimmer has now composed music for more than 150 films including stirring accompaniments to Interstellar, Inception, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and recently, the highly innovative and hanting soundtracks of both installments of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune - adaptation.

As captivating as his music is when watching the movie, nothing prepared Dubai for his live performance at the Coca-Cola Arena in January 2023.

The entire production of the three-hour long concert was exceptional to the point

that – more than a year later – eyes still sparkle during discussions.

To say it was well-received is an understatement, and the addition of a second date last year only cemented how well-loved Zimmer’s music is across all cultures.

Those who missed it in 2023 are in luck, because the multiple Academy Awardwinning composer announced his return to Dubai to grace the stage of the City Walk performance centre once again this year on May 31.

And Zimmer fever has done it again as seats to the show sold out, which resulted in the venue adding a second date on June 1.

Performing alongside Zimmer, who turns in staggering performances on a number of different instruments himself, will be an army of world-renowned musicians. Highlights include Tina Guao on the cello, Pedro Eustache on the winds, and many of the vocal artists from the original soundtracks.

Tickets are now available via coca-colaarena.com and hanszimmerlive.com, with prices starting from Dhs299. If you have Zimmer, or one of his iconic scores on your mind, and you still don’t have your tickets yet, we can only ask (through gritted teeth), ‘What are you dune?!’

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk Dubai, May 31 and June 1, from Dhs299. coca-cola-arena.com

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WHEN: MAY 11 TO 13

As we often see, long after a movie is over it’s the film’s score which sticks in your head. Added in during post-production, movie scores live rent free in our brains longer than any thrilling scene ever will. But just imagine how different the movie experience will be with these tunes played live in front of us while we watch the movie on the big screen?

This is exactly what Dubai Opera is bringing to audiences this month. The performing arts centre will be showcasing three popular films with their iconic scores played live in the opera house while you watch the popcorn munching action.

Star Wars: A New Hope

When: May 11, 2pm and 8pm

Whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or not, John Williams’ score for this renowned saga is well known. On May 11, you can hear this exciting melody live as you watch this 1977 American epic on at the Dubai Opera.

Quick movie synopsis: In a galaxy far, far away, the struggle for freedom unfolds as the Rebel Alliance battles the sinister Galactic Empire. Join the heroes as they embark on a mission to destroy the Death Star.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

When: May 12, 2pm and 8pm

Fan of Captain Jack Sparrow? Who isn’t?

Showcasing the thrill of the high sea adventure, join trio – Will, Elizabeth and Jack Sparrow on the big screen at Dubai Opera against the backdrop of the iconic tunes by the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Dubai Festival Chorus.

Quick movie synopsis: An exciting and sometimes just plain hilarious journey ensues as Will goes in pursuit of pirates to save the love of his life, Elizabeth who happens to have a valuable coin linked to a curse. And because Captain Jack Sparrow is involved, you just never know what’s going to happen.

Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid

When: May 13, 8pm

Before you start, yes, Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid is a silent film… but while there are no words, the cinematic masterpiece has an emotive soundtrack, which makes up for the lack of conversation in this comedy-drama. Conducted by Timothy Brock, the orchestra brings the narrative to life through enchanting melodies.

Quick movie synopsis: This silent masterpiece is about a vagrant who discovers an orphan and brings him up as his own. When the boy’s mother reappears on the scene their relationship is put in jeopardy.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, May 11 to 13, from Dhs275. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. dubaiopera.com



When: May 10

Warming up the stage for Hans Zimmer a few weeks before his energetic performance, Cinema Medley by the Imperial Orchestra fuses together the magic of movies and film bringing the movies to life. No less than 80 musicians take their spot under the limelight to bring to life several classic motion picture soundtracks and themes from the most iconic films and TV series of the 20th and 21st Century.

Expect to hear popular classics including Phantom of the Opera, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Batman, Harry Potter and many more. Tickets start from Dhs249 per person. Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, May 10, from Dhs249. Tel: (0)4 440 8888. coca-cola-arena.com

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Work has begun on the world’s first “healthy living island”

When it comes to holistic health, there are few names that resound with quite the same healing vibrations as SHA Wellness Clinic. Their integrated approach to living well earned them more than 100 international awards last year, including the title of ‘World’s Best Clinic’ at the World Spa Awards.

The original SHA outpost was established in 2008 and is located in a picturesque clutch of land between the Sierra Helada Natural Park and the Bay of Altea in Alicante, Spain.

2024 saw international expansion, with the addition of a stunning new medical spa destination on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. But their next project, under construction right now – on an island here in the UAE – is something on a far grander scale.

Together with local developer, IMKAN, their aim is a noble and ambitious one – engineering a manmade, world first ‘healthy living island’. You’ll find it alongside the lapis waters of AlJurf – halfway between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi – at the site of what was once Sheikh Zayed’s own private beach resort.

The approach to the island could hardly be more zen – framed by a leafy canyon of native ghaf trees, complete with free-roaming deer and inquisitive oryx. The foundations of this wellness atoll have already been mapped out, and now the churning wheels of construction have begun erecting the more than 100 residential and leisure structures that will stripe the island.

SHA’s hope is that they are able to manufacture a Blue Zone, which will be known as SHA Residences Emirates.

Words: Miles Buckeridge


A ‘Blue Zone’ is a geographical pocket –often a small village or an island – where the residents tend to live much longer than the average human. The reasons behind this longevity are attributed to factors such as nutrition (particularly eating local, unprocessed, seasonal foods – with a reduced intake of meat and fish); community support for elders; a sense of purpose; and staying active.

A 2013 study awarded four locations the Blue Zone badge – those were, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan; Nuoro Province, Sardinia, Italy; the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and Icaria, Greece.

But how is it possible to replicate such extraordinary age-defying results outside of a naturally evolved environment?

SHA Wellness Clinic’s tried and tested method relies on an integrated approach to optimal health. It’s an applied focus on nine core areas of wellbeing: healthy nutrition, natural therapies, preventive and healthy ageing medicine, advanced aesthetics, cognitive stimulation and emotional health, wellbeing and inner balance, and physical performance.

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Words: Laura Coughlin


Six new reformer Pilates studios to try in Dubai

Aquick Google of ‘reformer Pilates’ may reveal machines that resemble torture machines. But take it from us, it’s not half as hard as it seems – and it might just spark a new lifelong obsession. This month, why not give one of Dubai’s new reformer Pilates studios a go?


An exciting newcomer to Downtown Dubai is Posture, its second branch after the highlysuccessful flagship on The Palm. It’s a beautiful Balearic-style space – double the size of the Palm spot – and spread over two floors with a sleek aesthetic, three state-of-the-art workout rooms, coffee and shake bar, a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, not to mention uninterrupted Burj Khalifa views. The schedule is packed with classes running from morning to evening –just be sure to nab your spot in advance, because if it’s anything like the Golden Mile original, it’ll be super popular with in-the-know Pilates lovers. The Residences Tower 3, near Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, Dhs160 (single class). Tel: (0)58 580 7256. @thisisposture


Soon to grace Dubai Marina is Balans – a new studio poised to bring harmony and, ahem, balance to the city. This luminous space – all cream, sage and stone – features modern reformers and a chic aesthetic, while offering room to move without encroaching on your neighbour. Renders hint at luxurious amenities, including a cold plunge room, physiotherapy rooms, and a separate studio dedicated to aerial yoga and stretching.

Emaar 52/42, Dubai Marina, near Address Beach Resort.

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This new studio in Springs Souk wins the prize for most varied class offerings, including reformer Pilates, barre Pilates, aerial Pilates, Pilates Motr (which, judging by images online, is a new gadget that’s part foam roller, part resistance trainer), pre- and post-natal Pilates, athletic reformer, and private sessions on a Cadillac – the crème de la crème of Pilates carriages. Classes are small and focused, and taken by friendly teachers who emanate a true passion for Pilates.

Springs Souk, Mon to Fri 6.30am to 8pm, Sat 8am to 5pm, Sun 10am to 7pm, Dhs269 (trial three classes), Dhs175 (single class). Tel: (0)55 474 0012. @tula.studios


Located within Al Sufouh, the recently opened Flex Studio offers small group reformer Pilates classes limited to four people, allowing individual coaching. The studio, which already has branches across Saudi Arabia, has been designed to create a sense of calm – though that’s not to say classes are easy. Their sessions offer a full body, low impact workout, using lighter weights to tone arms and abs, and heavier springs to sculpt hips and glutes. Al Sufouh Suites, Floor A, Al Noor Street, Al Sufouh, Dhs200 (single class). Tel: (0)50 109 8345. @flexstudio_uae


Arguably Dubai’s coolest new fitness spot is the soon-to-open KARVE, a New York-inspired studio in Alserkal Avenue pioneering the transformer Pilates method. It’s low-impact – but don’t let that trick you into thinking it’ll be easy. A side-step from classic reformer, this 50-minute workout is designed to ‘karve’ the body and mind, using time-under-tension techniques, pulses and isometric holds to initiate a serious burn. Expect 50 minutes of triceps dips, side planks and lunges performed on the machine, with a breathwork session at the end to reestablish a mind-body connection. karve.ae


Recently opened in JVC is CIMA, the first women’s-only holistic wellness space in the area. The centre is located in a residential building with three hubs: the Reformer Studio, comprising eight state-of-the-art Merrithew beds, with multiple skill-tiered classes. Then there’s the Aerial Studio, and the Wellness Studio for yoga, mat and barre. It’s a calming space, but expect a tough workout designed to tone, stretch, and lengthen, with knowledgeable instructors on hand – we love Aussie Freyja Rampe’s killer sessions –offering individual adjustments to ensure everyone is getting the most out of the class. Register online for a free class. Binghatti Crescent, JVC. Mon to Fri 7am to 10pm, Sat and Sun 8am to 5pm, from Dhs130 (single class). Tel: (0)52 689 0628. cimauae.com

Reformer Pilates 101

Can beginners do reformer Pilates? Yes. Movements can be adjusted for different levels. Start with beginner-friendly classes to learn at a manageable pace and ask for help if needed.

Can reformer Pilates improve posture.?

Yes. It can support a strong core, promote flexibility and realign the body and spine, which can result in improvements in postural alignment.

How do you use a reformer Pilates machine?

Reformer Pilates is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Teachers are on-hand to guide you through using the reformer board and help you adjust posture.

What are the benefits of reformer Pilates?

Reformer Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, body alignment, and cardiovascular health. It can ease back pain, and aid weight loss when combined with balanced nutrition.

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unctional. That’s the ‘F word’ I was talking about. Although if the title had you thinking about a different set of syllables, that was likely the word I was muttering under my breath during a set of burpees in my first class. It was, as most worthwhile transformative experiences tend to be, a trial by fire. And I loved it.

I’m getting ahead of myself though, let me introduce you to F45 Training: the cult fitness brand from Down Under, with a Chief Brand O cer post held by Hollywood A-Lister Mark Wahlberg. Each class is 45 minutes, and combines a mixture of HIIT, functional training, resistance workouts and cardio circuits. They’re designed to burn fat, build muscle, improve functional form, and torch up to 1,000 calories.

There are currently thousands of these boutique F45 fitness studios across the world, with a sizeable footprint right here in the UAE (including the Marina, Motor City, Meydan, Town Square, Mirdif and Downtown). I’d heard independent claims that they achieve impressive results over

a short period of time. And whilst I know that there are no shortcuts in fitness, there are crash courses – so I downloaded the app and took advantage of their one week for Dhs199 intro deal at the Palm Jumeirah branch. A day later I’m standing outside the glass frontage for the 7am class, apprehensively nursing a can of preworkout. Ashley, the warm and professional studio manager, ushers me in.

New recruits have to get on a futuristic looking set of scales, a rite of passage that analyses your BMI alongside your weight and some other metrics that make for sober reading. Then it’s into the warm-up – stretches and a bit of light cardio, “this is fine” I remember thinking to myself, “I can do this” which in retrospect was more proactive gaslighting than rea rming mantra. Today’s session is ‘Titans’, a tour of resistance focused circuits – targeting both the lower and upper body. 45 seconds on, then a break of 20 seconds. I’d envisaged 70s drill sergeants, but the trainers are all incredibly encouraging, knowledgeable

and generous with their time. I’ve been doing a bit of running over the past year, and though I wouldn’t class myself as an athlete – I would say I’m reasonably cardio fit. What F45 demonstrated, immediately, is how few of my muscles I’d actually been testing until now. After the session, it took a few days before I could walk downstairs without looking like a meme. It’s brutal, humbling at times, intense and challenging. But I’ll bring you back to what I said in the opening paragraph: “I love it”. I’m now several weeks in, but I loved it from the very first class. The real F word here, it turns out, is Forever. F45 Training, Golden Mile Galleria, Palm Jumeirah, membership packages from Dhs1,100 (special offers are available). @f45_training_palmjumeirah

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Moxibustion at TCM Shanghai

This traditional Chinese heat therapy taps into our Qi – vital energy that flows through channels in our body. Moxibustion involves the burning of special dried plant products and materials on, or very, close to the surface of the skin. Made from Chinese mugwort, this plant stuff is called moxa

Moxabustion is used to treat issues such as chronic pain, arthritis, digestive problems and reportedly boosts immunity. The patient must first go through a screening to determine whether they are suitable for this therapy, and which points require the positive effects, with sessions usually lasting 10-30 minutes.

TCM Shanghai 37b Street, Villa 1, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim. tcmshanghai.ae

Extreme makeovers

Ice cold or burning hot – these extreme temperature therapies are one of a kind

The world of alternative wellness is pushing the boundaries, on every front. Not just in the form of therapy, but also the elements incorporated, the techniques utilised, the science science-d. We’ve seen pretty much all there is to see, from vampire blood facials to moon crystalcharged sound healing and snails crawling all over your face.

Taking it up a notch in a different direction, temperature treatments are hardly novel, but challenging still. Using heat and cold to manipulate our physiological chemistry to our advantage is incredible and for those looking to buy into this trend, there is no shortage of such treatments in Dubai.

Cryotherapy at Resync

This is perhaps the most extreme form of temperature therapy out there. Cryotherapy works by tricking your body into believing you are in danger of hypothermia. This activates the body’s circulation to prevent the core temperature dropping. This process helps with muscle pain, inflammation, and boosts collagen production. Inside the cryochamber, the temperature drops to -110 degrees celsius, enriched by oxygen in a threeminute session that will be over before you know it. Play your favourite music and ‘chill’ as the super safe chamber does the work for you. DIFC, Dubai, daily, 8am to 9pm, Dhs350 for one session. Tel: (0)56 992 8118. @resyncme

Ice bath at Contrast Wellness

The prospect of sitting in a tub full of single-digit degree water may be daunting, but believe it or not, mortals like us have been practicing this therapy for millennia. It’s great for minimising inflammation; building the immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems; enhancing your mood; relaxing your muscles; and can help improve your sleep quality. The Greeks and Egyptians were firm fans of the practise, so it comes with a reliable service history. At Contrast Wellness in City Walk, you can bring a friend with you and take the icy plunge together. City Walk, daily, 7am to 10pm, Dhs95 for a 3o min session. Tel: (0)50 521 8044. @contrastwellness

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The capital appeal of Prague

A cultural city break in the Czech capital




Welcome to the capital of the Czech Republic - a city whose history never fails to educate, whose myths will raise your brows, and whose architecture has stood the test of time, enroute to becoming one of Europe’s most dynamic emerging tourism hotspots...

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Prague Castle

The largest ancient castle in the world built over seven hectares, Prague Castle is a unique mix of Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Be sure to admire the St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and the Golden Lane. At the top, peer out into the city and soak in its architectural grandeur.

Wenceslas Square

A site of historical importance, this spot was named after St. Wenceslas (don’t miss the statue) and has played host to several events, celebrations, and demonstrations. A short walk away from the National Museum, this is where you go to get your souvenir fix. You’ll want to hang back after sundown, as the lively energy only gets busier with nightlife options in the New Town.

Narodni Muzeum

Also known as the National Museum, the Narodni Muzeum is a true treat for culture lovers visiting Prague. The grand façade of this neo-Renaissance structure will welcome you to a site that houses a slew of attractions to take you on a journey of the region’s history, culture and art. Find out more about the Prague that was, and how it shaped the Prague that you find yourself in today.

Charles Bridge

St. Vitus Cathedral

Glass windows, Gothic architecture, and its standing as a long-renowned coronation site of kings in the region are only a few reasons St. Vitus Cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Europe.

Lennon Wall

Dedicated to The Beatles legend, this iconic wall has been decorated with John Lennon-inspired graffiti, illustrations and art for close to four decades, proudly showcasing a recurring theme of peace and love. Once you’re done taking your pictures, don’t forget to visit the John Lennon Pub right across the street.

With unparalleled views of the city on either side, you can easily lose an afternoon under the sun as you listen to the sounds of the Vltava River. Prague’s standing as a dog-friendly city is only amplified here, as families and their pups take a stroll on Charles Bridge, which is lined with 30 Baroque status of historical importance. This quintessential Prague experience is mere steps away from the Old Town.

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01. Bohemian Glass

Carefully crafted by hand in factories about an hour away from the Czech capital, Bohemian glass is available to buy as vases, decorative figurines, drink glasses and more. Available in classic transparent pieces or coloured variants, these pretty pieces are the perfect momento from any trip to Prague. Look out for the little golden sticker at the bottom certifying these pieces’ authenticity.

02. Marionettes

These wooden handmade puppets are definite head turners when you’re about the city looking for things to buy. Unique and a great keepsake, they’re wood carved with plaster cast elements; they’re painted beautifully so make sure you get a close up look to appreciate the intricate detail.

03. Nesting Dolls

Matryoshka dolls, or nesting dolls, have Russian origins, but are also available widely in Prague. They’ve gained fame as a local collectible over time and are available in numerous colours, and will make the ideal addition to your showcase, as a gift, or just a reminder of your travels through this charming city.

04. Czech Garnet

This beautiful red mineral adorns jewellery and can be found widely in souvenir and ornament stores. The dark red colour, sometimes considered the national rock of the country, comes from the Central

Bohemian Mountains, having been mined in the area since the Middle Ages.

05. Czech Porcelain

Like Bohemian glass and similar souvenirs, Czech porcelain is known for its meticulous craftsmanship and lasting quality. Smooth, durable and designed beautifully, these will make the perfect addition to your kitchen, with elegant dinnerware and tea sets available widely on your travels.

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With beautiful Bohemian art adorning the lobby, dining space downstairs and traditional Czech myths illustrated on the walls as you stroll in, Andaz Prague is an ideal base for discovering this cultural city, located a ten-minute walk from the Old Town. Peaceful and pristine, you’re steps away from the tram line if you choose to ride transit like a local and explore the city.


We stay at Andaz Prague’s luxurious Wintergarden suite, complete with neatly-cut Bohemian glass accessories, a well-stocked minibar and Bohemian art adorning the walls.

Pull open the door to the mini bar, and you’re greeted by a line of Czech colas, juicies, fermented drinks and still and sparkling water. A Nespresso machine with Italian and Colombian coffee pods, as well as refreshing tea blends mean you’ll likely never run out of fragrant, refreshing concoctions to sip on.

When it’s meal time, simply scan the QR code on your TV screen and order in-room dining from either their all-day kitchen; or Zem, the in-house avantgarde Czech eat. Chances are, you’ll want to dine on your own personal terrace in the Wintergarden

Suite. We recommend the Czech Benedict (Dhs44) for breakfast, the smashed avocado sandwich (Dhs50) for lunch and the Andaz Burger (Dhs75) for dinner.

The bathrooms are stocked with epsom salts to underscore the rejuvenation factor, and a fragrant line of soaps and hygiene products from Moooi add a luxurious, local touch.


This pampering space offers a range of rejuvenating treatments that will up the relaxation quotient on your stay. Alongside all the more traditional treatments, you can book in for interesting sounding experiences like the relaxing hot massage with white chocolate oil and the brand-new cell story/miracletox face treatment, a noninvasive treatment based on the principle of liquid needles that come to Prague after having established a reputation in the US, Korea and Singapore. Most treatments at Femme last 60 minutes and are priced at 3500 CZK (approximately Dhs540).


This fascinating 13-part walking tour by Andaz Prague will have you discovering famous myths and legends around the city. On your way into the hotel, stroll through the foyer with blue-and-white art illustrating the city’s myths and legends on either side. Explore the city over approximately two hours, either by yourself, or accompanied by a seasoned tour guide. You’ll walk briskly, and in amazement, around the city as you pass, and stop at attractions such as the majestic Prague Castle, the sprawling Charles Bridge, and the Powder Tower. Major highlights on the Walk of Myths and Legends include the Old Town Orlo in Prague’s Old Town, the Golden Lane, one of the most ‘grammable locations in Prague dotted with quaint houses from the 16th century, and the Golem of Prague, the city’s “kindly protector-turned-monster”. Other notable attractions you’ll be introduced to include the 7 Keys of Treasure at St. Vitus Cathedral, and the 4 Gates of Prague, high into the foothills of Prague above the main city centre, that will give you the perfect opportunity to scan the city for trademark towers, churches and sites of prominence that decorate its skyline.

Rates from Dhs1,718. @andazprague

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Nestled along the eastern coast close to Fujairah and approximately 10-minutes away from the Oman border, Sharjah’s Kalba is one exclave you shouldn’t bypass

Hanging Gardens

Located a few metres past the Kalba tunnel, Hanging Gardens is Kalba’s latest attraction. Home to more than 100,000 trees and flower blooms, its most striking feature is the waterfall. You can get your photographs at the base, or walk up the hiking trail for closer views (at different angles) and a good leg workout.

Hanging Gardens is also home to a running track, mini skatepark, play areas and two restaurants. There’s also an excursion train complete with train stations running along the base.

Al Hefaiyah Lake

Similar to Hanging Gardens, Al Hefaiyah Lake will make you wonder if you are still in the UAE. Nestled in the Kalba mountains this picturesque water reservoir is about five minutes from the Hanging Gardens, past Al Hiyar Tunnel.

Here, visitors can hop onto boats and take a tour of the lake, hike the mountain trails that vary in length and difficulty, and chill out with little ones in the play areas. It is also home to Al Hefaiyah Mosque, which features a women’s prayer hall, an outdoor courtyard and an Islamic library.

All that exploring can be hungry work, so make a pit-stop at the Al Hefaiyah Rest House, which comes with lovely views of the lake and Kalba’s mountains.

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Khor Kalba Mangrove Centre

This ecotourism project in Kalba is located a few minutes away from Kingfisher Retreat by Sharjah Collection and offers visitors a tour of the oldest mangrove forest in the emirates.

Inside, you can birdwatch and spot rare breeds such as the Arabian Collared Kingfisher, and marine life like crabs, green turtles and other fish and microorganisms. Expect to walk for approximately two hours (pace dependant), so comfy shoes are a must. Maps around the grounds guide you as you make your way around so you don’t miss something important.

Need to refuel? There is a coffee shop on site.

Dhs15 per adult and children under 12 free, Tue to Thur 9am to 6.30pm, Fri 2pm to 6.30pm, Sat and Sun 11am to 6.30pm, closed on Mon.

Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Center

Located at the base of the Hajar Mountains a little outside Kalba city lies the Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Center. As the name suggests, the centre focuses on the conservation and celebration of the region’s mountain habitats. Inside, visitors can marvel at the vast range of the flora and fauna of the mountains. Expect to see cheetahs, Arabian Tahr, Arabian Rock Hyrax, Arabian Wolf, deers, hyenas, and more. Dhs15 per adult and children under 12 free, Tue to Thur 9am to 6.30pm, Fri 2pm to 6.30pm, Sat and Sun 11am to 6.30pm, closed on Mon.

Khor Kalba Fort

For those seeking a dose of heritage, a visit to Khor Kalba Fort is a must. Dating back approximately to 1745, this fort displays various artefacts and findings through excavations in the area. Spanning ceramics to stone, metal tools and more, there is a treasure trove of items within its four unequal walls. Take a close look at some of them as some are marked with important symbols from previous civilisations.

Located opposite the Khor Kalba Fort is Bait Sheikh Saeed Bin Hamad al Qassimi, which exhibits the belongings of the Kalba royal family. The bait

(translated to house in English) reflects the authentic Emirati architectural style and was the residence of Sheikh Saeed and his family. It is one of the most beautiful heritage houses in the UAE, which makes it a spot not to skip. Sat to Thurs 8am to 8pm, Fri 4pm to 8pm, Dhs10 per adult and Dhs5 per child ages two to 12. sharjahmuseums.ae


Kalba Waterfront

News that construction on the Kalba Waterfront was 100 per cent complete was announced in 2022, but we are still awaiting its official opening. When open, it will be a new shopping and dining district where you’ll find restaurants, retail, and familyfriendly fun. The entire waterfront project will overlook a serene lagoon lined by mangroves, which is sure to attract nature lovers.

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Khor Kalba Fort Al Hefaiyah



Check in to the stunning Fairmont Bab Al Bahr for one night, with a city-view room. Full of beautiful natural landscapes, soak up the serenity on your overnight stay, then wake up for a complimentary breakfast to energise you for a new day. While you’re there, check out their brilliant ladies’ night offer at Marco’s Italian on Thursday, where you can enjoy two hours of free-flow drinks for Dhs70. T&Cs Apply

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Foodies, this is your chance to dine around the world at InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Start your one-night stay with a delightful Italian affair at Porto Gina, before spending the afternoon lounging at the pool or on the beach. Continue your escape with a dinner at relaxed Jones Social while you overlook the Al Bateen Marina. No stay at InterContinental Abu Dhabi is complete without a buffet breakfast at Selections. T&Cs Apply

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Nestled in the heart of the capital, this contemporary hotel offers comfort and convenience for your next little holiday. Enjoy a relaxing stay with all the essentials covered, from comfortable accommodation to delicious meals. Explore the city’s attractions or unwind and sip pretty, poolside. Your two-night getaway is inclusive of a delicious breakfast at Saffron and lunch or dinner at Dino’s Bistro Italiano or Warehouse Wine and Tapas Bar. T&Cs Apply

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Get ready to experience dining like never before at newly re-opened Bord Eau by Nicolas Isnard. Step into another world when you delight in a five-course tasting menu, where each dish transports you to the finest French kitchens. Best-in-class ingredients and culinary techniques create a unique experience for every guest at this Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi restaurant. T&Cs Apply

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SIRO, One Za’abeel


If you’re the type that likes to hit the gym and/or spa hard on holiday, this could be the stay for you...


Taking up residence inside the engineering marvel that is the One Za’abeel building, SIRO has managed to carve its own distinct space, jump-squatting-up from its 30th-floor lobby. It’s a Strava pin that places the hotel alongside the sawtoothed towerscape of Downtown Dubai, DIFC and offers elevated vistas that take in The Dubai Frame and Za’abeel Parks.


Perhaps unsurprisingly for a hotel that has proudly declared itself a space of fitness and recovery – SIRO’s design orbits around core themes of zen and balance. There’s a sense of Scandinavian serenity throughout the communal and living areas, with soothing ergonomic design touches, zero clutter minimalism and muted organic tones. SIRO subliminally communicates the idea of wellness and clean living so effectively, you honestly feel a few pounds lighter and pretty much purged of cortisol, within moments of arriving. But these calming Yins hide rooms with fiery Yangs. The Experience Box, for example – where you can take HIIT and ‘Sculpt’ classes –is a choreographed thunderstorm of LED lighting.


The rooms have been designed to continue this wellness focus, with amenities and features that deliberately contribute to a sound body, sound mind, and sound sleep. We stayed in a Recovery Suite (there are Fitness Suites available for those that need a quick palate cleansing treadmill sesh in between the group cardio workouts) which comes with a private treatment room, special recovery bath, Swedish ladder and a bedroom with soporific sleep-enhancing features. It’s all incredibly luxurious but in a healthy, thoroughly unostentatious, SIRO way.


Split between the twin paths of Fitness and Recovery, the facilities at SIRO mean you really can have your cake, eat it, and then burn off the associated calories. Train like a professional sports star taking one of those off-season Dubai breaks, with The Fitness Lab. It operates across a gym and several separate studios, offering up to 50 weekly elite-athlete-conceived classes in HIIT, pilates, cycling and other sweat-baiting activities. On the flip side, The Recovery

Lab is part premium spa – part yoga shala, with treatment rooms that offer technologically enhanced rejuvenation techniques, coldplunges, massages, dry-needling, assisted stretching, compression therapy and skin HIIT.


SIRO’s own contribution to the edible experience is understandably, holistically minded with a nutritionist on hand to guide you towards making good choices; a Refuel juice bar; curated modular meals; and the outstanding, French-cuisine-focused all-day diner, Aelia. But there’s more. Because the hotel is situated in the One Za’abeel building – guests are just footsteps away from the gastronomic wonderland that is, The Link – with restaurants backed by a constellation of Michelin-recognised talent. So as with everything at SIRO, there are choices – you can take the road paved with tofu and kale, or the naughtier, arguably tastier one of butter and quail.


The standard room and suite packages usually come with set group fitness classes included. The treatment sessions are often chargeable extras, although there’ll soon be periodical offers with more wellness inclusions. The Recovery suite prices start at around Dhs3,400 (plus taxes), but there are lead-in options from Dhs1,200 which also include access to One Za’abeel’s Tapasake pool.

One Za’abeel, Za’abeel. Tel: (0)4 666 1700. sirohotels.com

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Brunch in the UAE is a right of passage whether you’re resident or a visitor. And the brunch scene across the emirates is truly unrivalled. From foodie feasts to showstopping entertainment and big buffet bonanzas, we’re spoiled for choice. And with an ever-evolving foodie scene across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the Northern Emirates, it can be hard to keep track of the biggest and best brunches. But we’re here to help with our bi-annual guides to the latest and greatest spreads. So, without further ado, here are all the incredible brunches to check out this season...

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Alba Terrace

Social Saturdays at The Abu Dhabi EDITION’s Alba Terrace invites diners to indulge in a Mediterranean-inspired brunch complemented by a selection of zesty cocktails and a sommelier-curated wine selection.

The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Sat, 1pm to 4.30pm, Dhs265 soft, Dhs395 house. Tel: (0)2 208 0000. @abudhabiedition

Asia Asia

Located along the pretty promenade of Yas Bay, Asia Asia’s Spice Route Brunch features a four-course menu of pan-Asian favourites served alongside unlimited drinks from 2pm to 5pm.

Yas Bay Waterfront, Sat, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs275 soft, Dhs375 house, Dhs475 sparkling. @asiaasiaabudhabi

Bab Al Qasr

Taking place at Artisan Kitchen, the central dining room at Bab Al Qasr, this Saturday brunch features that all-important international big buffet with all the usual suspects. Throw in complimentary pool and beach access and you’ve got yourselves a sweet daycation.

Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs285 soft, Dhs410 house. Tel: (0)2 205 3000. babalqasr.com


Belgian Café

Say santé to the weekend at this chilled-out pub at InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Expect to tuck-in to the essence of Brussels, with a spread of seafood buckets, carvery plates and unlimited drinks.

InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs249 soft, Dhs349 house. Tel: (0)50 723 5441. abudhabi.intercontinental.com

Café Del Mar

Bringing the flavour of the Balearics to the shores of Yas Island, Café Del Mar is a luxe spot for a brunch that combines bbq bites, refreshing sips, live entertainment, and pool access.

Yas Bay, Yas Island, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs349. cafedelmarabudhabi.com


Central’s Saturday brunch means burgers, fries, shakes and more, all served within the confines of an arcade with gaming machines, simulators, and bowling open to all. The best part? All brunch packages come with Dhs100 worth of game credit.

Yas Bay Waterfront, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs300 house, Dhs200 teens 12 to 21 years, Dhs150 children 6 to 11 years, underfives free. Tel: (0)4 423 8311. @central_uae


Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant

Unlimited roasted prime rib, braised brisket, fish ‘n’ chips, Shepherd’s pie, and much more – all accompanied by bottomless beverages, live entertainment from the resident DJ and live band make this a proper brunch feast. Teachers and nurses enjoy 35 per cent off. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Sat, Dhs229 soft, Dhs319 house, Dhs369 premium. Tel: (0)2 657 3325. rotana.com

Dino’s Bistro


A bubbly Italian weekend brunch for Dhs280 per person. That’s the deal at Dino’s, where guests enjoy Italian delights alongside freeflowing cocktails, wine and bubbly. With its warm, friendly atmosphere, it’s a popular one. Pearl Rotana, Sat and Sun, noon to 4pm, Dhs220 soft, Dhs280 bubbly, half price for children. Tel: (0)2 307 5555. rotanatimes.com

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Al Bahr

The Grand Brunch features over 145 dishes and more than eighteen live stations, each whipping up the best of Asia, Japan and the Mediterranean. To conclude, head to Bridges Bar for a special happy hour starting at 4pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 soft, Dhs445 house, Dhs595 premium. Tel: (0)2 654 3333. @fairmontbabalbahr


José by Pizarro

Warning: Brunch at José by Pizarro only takes place on the first Saturday of every month, so book in early. Expect Spanish authenticity and laid-back charm with great energy. Dishes are designed to be shared tapas-style and each can be paired with a crafted selection of wines or cocktails. Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs480 wine and beer, Dhs660 premium. Tel: (0)2 811 5666. @conradetihadtowers

Jumeirah At Saadiyat Island

Beautiful all-day dining venue White hosts Saturday brunch with live cooking stations that bring together cuisines from across the globe. While savouring the delicious dishes, White keeps guests busy with fun activities, including a spinning wheel with prizes, kids’ entertainment, and live duo entertainment. Jumeirah At Saadiyat Island, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs475 house, Dhs600 sparkling, under-sixes free. Tel: (0)2 811 4342. jumeirah.com



Set sail on a journey to the heart of the Mediterranean with the authentic Riviera Brunch at new hotspot MIKA by Chef Mario Loi. Expect a range of sharing platters, served alongside your own Spritz cocktail, courtesy of MIKA’s roaming sprizeria, a unique feature that brings the Mediterranean zest to your table. Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs449 house, Dhs595 bubbly. Tel: (0)56 433 1422. @mika.abudhabi


New at Nahaam restaurant is a Saturday brunch that features live entertainment and free-flowing beverages alongside a buffet brimming with variety. Family-style mains are served directly to the table, creating a communal dining experience.

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs345 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs625 premium. Tel: (0)2 811 5666. @conradetihadtowers


Join Chef Eber Villalobos on Saturdays at Pachamama, which pays homage to the Peruvian term for ‘Mother Earth.’ The brunch menu comprises Peruvian-influenced dishes such as tacos made with plantain tortillas, zesty ceviche, and empanadas, accompanied by drinks, live music and a resident DJ.

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Sat, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs290 soft, Dhs450 house. Tel: (0)2 811 5666. @conradetihadtowers


Pacifiko Tiki

A Polynesian paradise in Al Bandar Marina, a string of wallet-friendly deals await at this tropical spot. On Saturday, snag a table on the terrace or book a seat indoors to be closest to the buffet and enjoy free-flowing food and drink for three hours.

Al Raha Beach, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs249 house. Tel: (0)50 696 9298. @tiki.pacifico


Mediterranean vibes with Italian flair await at trendy Paradiso, with dishes such as buttery grilled king prawns, truffle pizza and agnolotti bursting with a creamy mix of ricotta and pumpkins. Save room for the grand finale – a scrumptious pannacotta adorned with Madagascar vanilla, apricots and caramelised almonds.

Yas Bay Waterfront, Sat and Sun, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house, Dhs450 sparkling. Tel: (0)50 437 2869. @paradisoabudhabi

Park Hyatt

With brunch at the Café Restaurant, children will have a blast at Camp Hyatt kids club, while parents indulge in a huge buffet.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel And Villas, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs720 sparkling, half price for children six to 11 years, under-sixes free. Tel: (0)50 740 5323. hyattresaturants.com



Kick off your weekend at Porters’ Saturday party brunch. Expect authentic pub grub, a lively atmosphere, and a lot of fun with games and interactive activities. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs125 soft, Dhs175 house. Tel: (0)2 495 3936. @portersabudhabi

Ray’s Grill

This sophisticated Michelin-recognised restaurant is one of the most lavish in the city. Tuck into a delectable set of starters such as Ray’s house salad and crab cakes, followed by pan-seared fillet of seabass and prime ribeye served with proper Yorkshire puddings. Conclude with Ray’s famous apple crumble and New York cheesecake.

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs450 house. Tel: (0)2 811 5666. @conradetihadtowers

Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Aqua Brunch brings cuisine from around the world to Al Maryah Island. Expect live music from a saxophonist and live stations from across the globe. Brunch also includes pool access and supervised access to the Kids’ Club. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Sat, 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs255 soft, Dhs355 house, Dhs455 sparkling. Tel: (0)2 813 5550. rosewoodhotels.com


Sim Sim

At this popular family-friendly feast, expect live cooking stations from seafood to Mexican, plus a pasta corner, salad bar, dessert stalls, and so much more. A multi-award winner for a reason. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas Abu Dhabi, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs390 soft, Dhs525 house, Dhs615 bubbly, Dhs195 children 6 to 11 years, under-sixes free. Tel: (0)2 697 0000. rotanatimes.com

Sofra bld

One of the most popular Saturday brunches in Abu Dhabi is the ‘Gardens of Babylon’ brunch. Expect extravagance, and an overthe-top sensory feast with unlimited drinks. Look out for the pan-seared foie gras, roasted Beijing duck and whole roasted fish stations. Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs328 soft, Dhs428 house, Dhs528 sparkling. Tel: (0)2 509 8555. @shangrilaabudhabi

St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Marvel at an electrifying Champagne sabering ritual. Explore a dedicated homemade chocolate room. And feast on an almost overwhelming array of delicious international delicacies. All creatively packaged into one unforgettable experience. This is The Project Brunch at the Terrace on the Corniche.

St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs275 soft, Dhs400 house, Dhs650 French bubbly. Tel: (0)2 694 4553. @stregisabudhabi



Every Friday and Saturday evening, Teatro offers you the opportunity to indulge in all of its signature dishes from tenderloin steak to butter chicken at Taste of Teatro’s evening brunch from 6pm to 11pm for just Dhs295. Stock up at the sushi bar, too.

Park Rotana, Sat, 6pm to 11pm, Dhs195 soft, Dhs295 house, Dhs120 children six to 12 years.

Tel: (0)2 657 3317. rotanatimes.com


La Famiglia Brunch at Verso features a wholesome, sharing-style set menu featuring Italian dishes brought straight to your table. Kids can have their own fun with face painting, balloon shaping and their very own kids’ foodie corner. Pool and beach access is also available to all.

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs180 soft, Dhs280 house. Tel: (0)56 433 6898. @verso_abudhabi

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The B.I.G Brunch is an appropriate name for this gourmet extravaganza that takes place every Saturday at Garage. Rev up your weekend with food and drinks from five vibrant dining hubs, including exciting Asian flavours, and premium meat cuts. It’s paired with lively tunes and drinks from a dozen taps. W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs420 house, Dhs589 sparkling. @wabudhabi


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The WB™ Abu Dhabi

Head to the Directors’ Club at The WB™ Abu Dhabi on Saturday, where premium meats take centre stage. The three-hour feast comes with unlimited drinks, a selection of desserts, and live entertainment to round out the afternoon.

The WB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs275 soft, Dhs399 house, Dhs599 sparkling. @thewbabudhabi


Zuma’s Baikingu Brunch incorporates all the best that the restaurant has to offer, beginning with a selection of starters, including Zuma’s signature shrimp tempura, crispy fried squid, as well as an assortment of sashimi, nigiri and maki. Plus, options from the live robata cooking station, followed by signature main courses, including miso marinated black cod and grilled Australian wagyu ribeye, finishing things off with an assortment of desserts from the eclectic food display.

Zuma Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs495 soft, Dhs595 Prosecco, Dhs695 Champagne, Dhs195 children aged four to 12. Tel: (0)2 401 5900.


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Address Sky View

Buffet and pool access. If that’s your idea of a summer Saturday well spent, head to Address Sky View’s Poolside Brunch Club. The pool has a pretty epic view of Burj Khalifa, while food is served in the Glass Garden.

Address Sky View, Sat, 10am to 4pm (brunch is served from 12.30pm), Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs650 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 873 8888. addresshotels.com


Alici on Bluewaters breezes through Dubai’s brunch scene with a distinct weekend experience. The acclaimed Italian seafood restaurant hosts a double brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. The specially curated menu features crudo, antipasti, main courses, desserts, Italian wines and more.

Bluewaters, Sat and Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs595 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 275 2577. @alicidubai

Akira Back

A firm favourite on the brunch social calendar, Candypants’ Akira Back Saturday party promises Japanese cuisine with Korean and international influence and spectacular views of Palm Jumeirah, paired with an unbeatable high energy that only the Candypants masters can create.

W Dubai – The Palm, Sat, 1pm to 4.30pm, from Dhs425 to Dhs799. Tel: (0)4 245 5533. @candypantsdubai


Amazónico Dubai introduces its new brunch, where guests are welcome to a tropical oasis in DIFC with resident DJs and live performances. Indulge in Ginshake nigiri, arepas con carne, and other revamped dishes, paired with handcrafted drinks.

DIFC, Sat 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs595 soft, Dhs695 house, Dhs795 premium, Dhs300 children under 12, under-sixes free.

Tel: (0)4 571 3999. @amazonicodubai

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Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

The beloved Fork and Cork brunch is a great all-you-can-eat Saturday feast, with cooking stations and sizzling grills amidst Palm views, with live entertainment. Desserts highlights include a 20-litre chocolate fountain.

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs400 soft, Dhs555 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 567 8304. @crescendodubai

Asia Asia Business Bay

Discover the flavours of the ancient Spice Route every Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 11pm with a diverse four-course menu of chef’s favourites.

Grand Millennium Business Bay, Fri and Sat, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs300 soft, Dhs325 (house for crew and teachers), Dhs400 house, Dhs500 sparkling. solutions-leisure.com

Asia Asia Pier 7

Now hitting legendary status, Asia Asia may have had a revamp last summer but the fun vibe remains very much the same. Enjoy an eclectic four-course set menu of panAsian cuisine, unlimited drinks and lively entertainment all enjoyed in the heart of Dubai Marina.

Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Sat 2pm to 5pm, Dhs300 soft, Dhs400 house, Dhs500 sparkling. solutions-leisure.com

Atelier M

Atelier M’s brunch at the top of Pier 7 features a diverse range of sharing platters, freeflowing drinks, and a DJ spinning popular hits and new sounds.

Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Sat, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs299 house, Dhs399 sparkling. Tel: (0)52 124 3113. @atelier_m_dubai

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The hip rooftop terrace at W Dubai – Mina Seyahi serves up a stylish Saturday soireé, where guests can enjoy a pan-Asian sharing-style set menu of dishes such as shrimp tempura, tuna carpaccio, beef tataki, and Chilean sea bass.

W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, Sat, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs296 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs545 sparkling, Dhs695 Champagne. Tel: (0)4 350 9983. @attikodubai

BA Boldly Asian

This night brunch at Fairmont The Palm takes place on Fridays and Saturdays and features dishes such as barbecue bao, black pepper beef stir fry, the chef’s selection of sushi, sashimi, signature rolls, sticky Chinese non-halal ribs and more, accompanied by hits of the ‘80s because, well, why not?

Fairmont The Palm, Fri and Sat, 6pm to 11pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs395 wine and beer, Dhs495 cocktails. Tel: (0)4 457 3457. @ba.boldlyasian

Bai Bar & Terrace

Billy’s Brunch is a laidback Saturday option with good pub-style live music. Food is slightly elevated pub grub, and loads of it. You’ll start with unlimited starters, followed by a choice of main and dessert, all served with bottomless drinks for three hours.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs249 soft, Dhs299 house, Dhs399 premium. Tel: (0)56 995 8210. @bai_bar_terrace


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Welcome to BCH:CLB’s new BRNCH:CLB, with show-stopping live performances and Mediterranean flavours. The fun doesn’t stop there. As the sun sets, the brunch transitions to an after-party on the beach.

W Dubai – The Palm, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs375 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs595 prosecco, Dhs745 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 834 3803. @bchclbdxb


Beefbar’s BB Brunch (Beefbar Bossanova Brunch) offers signature dishes in a vibrant setting. Experience an eclectic array of appetisers such as rock corn and KFC –which is chicken fried using Kobe beef tallow accompanied with Sichuan pepper sauce – followed by mains such as steak frites and black cod.

Jumeirah Al Naseem Lagoon, Sat, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs750 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 423 2238. @beefbar_dubai

Black Flamingo

Miami-themed Black Flamingo brings brunch with Caribbean culture, food, and music in mind. The set menu features a fusion of Asian and South American dishes. Expect a party in full swing with Afro, reggaeton, latin, and RnB beats.

Radisson Beach Resort, Palm, Dubai, Sat, 2pm to 6pm, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs445 premium. Tel: (0)4 513 4777. @blackflamingodxb


Bombay Bungalow

Michelin-selected Indian restaurant Bombay Bungalow now serves a weekend brunch paired with live Bollywood music. It includes a three-course meal for just Dhs110 with highlights such as papdi chaat, burrata butter chicken, mango kulfi, served with salted lassi or virgin mojitos.

Beach Mall JBR, Sat and Sun, 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs110, Dhs55 for children under 10 years. Tel: (800) 692 8779. @bombaybungalow

Boom Battle Bar

Dive into a range of ‘Boom’ bites like wagyu pulled beef sliders, jalapeno poppers, and panko prawns at Boom Battle Bar’s Big Boom Brunch. All packages include crazier golf, and brunchers can book any of the other games to enjoy the full experience.

DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs195 soft, Dhs275 house, Dhs350 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 585 7357. @boom.dxb


Whether you’re a Dubai veteran or a newbie on the brunch scene, the Westin’s Bubbalicious brunch is always wow-worthy. The beachfront property packs plenty in on the day with three restaurants teaming up, chefs at hot cooking stations, and live entertainment and drinks stations.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Beach Resort & Marina, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs475 soft, Dhs585 sparkling, Dhs680 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 511 7373. westinminaseyahi.com



The Buddha-Bar brunch returns for summer, bigger and better than ever. Think top-drawer dishes including lobster dumplings, chicken salads, and Cantonese beef, with drinks served hard and fast courtesy of Buddha-Bar’s award-winning bartenders.

Grosvenor House Dubai, Sat, 1.30pm to 4pm, Dhs450 soft, Dhs550 house, Dhs750 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 317 6556. buddhabar-dubai.com

Café Nikki

Welcome to an elevated family-friendly buffet brunch with live sax entertainment, where guests indulge in seafood platters, crisp salads, a selection of sushi rolls, meats and fish. Complimentary pool and beach access are also included.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs500 house, Dhs700 sparkling, Dhs175 children under 12. Tel: (0)4 376 6290. @nikkibeachdubai

Canary Club

Good food, good vibes and an open bar – Tiki’s Rituals Brunch on the rooftop of Canary Club is an all-singing, all-dancing Afro-house beats party.

Banyan Tree Residences, Hillside, JLT, Sat, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs325 soft, Dhs425 house, Dhs525 bubbly, Dhs625 premium. Tel: (0)4 584 5999. @canarayclubdxb


Carnival by Trèsind

Modern Indian cuisine with a touch of theatre at the Michelin-selected Carnival by Tresind’s Saturday brunch. Fun dishes like the Doritos dynamite and the Jackfruit 65 await. DIFC, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs375 soft, Dhs475 house, Dhs550 sparkling. Tel: (0)52 242 4262. @carnivalbytresind

City Social

All hail the Saturday brunch at City Social from Jason Atherton, where the food is close to flawless. Dig into the Social lasagna and the beef tartare, but save room the strawberry trifle – this is simple food executed well. After brunch, head to speakeasy 7 Tales to keep the party pumping.

Grosvenor House Dubai, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs750 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 402 2222. @citysocial_dubai

Claw BBQ

Claw BBQ is as close to an American dive bar as we’re going to get in Dubai. Head there for a lively All-American brunch, with games galore and a mechanical bull to conquer. Book for your birthday (six people minimum) and get brunch for free.

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs299 house, Dhs399 premium. Tel: (0)4 230 0054. @clawbbqthepalm



Secret Parties has added a fantastic new edition to its collection, this time at Clay. Guests can expect signature Secret Parties elements – an amazing roster of vibrant entertainment, Nikkei dishes, and of course free-flowing drink to wash it all down with.

Clay Dubai, Bluewaters, Sat, 2pm to 5.30pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs445 house, Dhs545 premium. secret-parties.com

COYA Dubai

One of the most popular brunches in Dubai, guests indulge in a three-course Peruvian menu, which begins with guacamole, a selection of maki rolls, and a variety of antichuchos. Moving on to the mains, guests can choose from Chilean Sea Bass or beef ribs with miso. To end the meal, there’s pastel de tres leches, crema de carmelo, and the irresistible churros de naranja.

Four Seasons Village, Sat, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs409 soft, Dhs609 house, Dhs779 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 316 9600. @coyadubai

The Coterie

At ‘A Day at the Races Brunch’, guests are invited to take part in some interactive “dine and win” action, accompanying a delicious sharing style menu, and cocktail stations serving your favourite race day drinks.

P6 Car Park, Ibn Battuta Mall, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs275 soft, Dhs295 (house for crew and teachers), Dhs345 house, Dhs435 sparkling. Tel: (0)58 566 4240. coteriegroup.com

Demon Duck

Experience a creative twist on Chinese and Pan-Asian classics with live entertainment, signature cocktails, and a garden oasis ambiance. Keen to try chef Alvin Leung’s signature slow-roasted duck, too? That’ll be an extra Dhs400 on the standard packages. Banyan Tree, Bluewaters Island, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs288 soft, Dhs388 house, Dhs488 prosecco. Tel: (0)4 556 6466.



DoubleTree by Hilton by JBR

Gastro Kitchen’s taken the traditional brunch format and given it a jarring overhaul. Literally. Starters and salads here are all served in jars. Think, prawn Mexican ceviche and sea bass ceviche, and an array of salads. For the main course, there’s beef anticuchos with chimichurri corn ribs, baby chicken with wedges and slow cooked cauliflower steak. DoubleTree by Hilton by JBR, Sat, Dhs299 soft, Dhs399 house. Tel: (0)55 166 8092. @gastrokitchenJBR

En Fuego

Where better to fiesta than at Atlantis The Palm’s South American restaurant? En Fuego’s Vida Del Carnaval Saturday brunch features live cooking stations whipping up a whole host of South American favourites. If the three hours of partying isn’t enough, the after-party from 4pm to 6pm will definitely add fuel to the fire.

Atlantis, The Palm, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs550 sparkling. @enfuegodubai


It’s a family-friendly Bavarian spectacular at Ernst in 25hours Hotel, where Oktoberfest vibes are felt every Saturday with charcuterie boards to start, followed by their famous nonhalal knuckle and sausages served buffet-style, with free-flowing drinks. A sweet ending rounds out the fun – apple strudel with ice cream. Kids eat for free.

25hours Hotel One Central, Sat noon to 4pm, Dhs200 soft, Dhs300 house, Dhs400 sparkling and drafts. Tel: (0)4 210 2511. ernstbiergarten.com



Offering the ultimate brunch experience, this Middle Eastern eatery at Palace Downtown features a buffet filled with all your favourites, plus a live outdoor BBQ station grilling everything from Omani lobster to premium rib eye.

Palace Downtown, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs349 soft, Dhs499 house. Tel: (0)4 428 7961. @palacedowntown

Expo City Dubai

Expo City Dubai presents Brunch City every Saturday until 8 June, a mega brunch featuring six of the destination’s restaurants, with live music, roaming magicians, and global cuisine. Afterwards, head to the Mobility District for a Saturday Block Party.

Expo City Dubai, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, until June 8, Dhs149 ladies, crew and teachers, Dhs199 gents, Dhs49 children five to 15 years. expocitydubai.com


Saturday afternoon highlights at Fi’lia include a flying pizza, freshly made and served tableside as a pass-around, a huge Parmesan wheel for pasta-making, and the signature Spritz trolley crafting unique libations for all to enjoy.

SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, from Dhs299. Tel: (0)4 607 0737. @filiadubai

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FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

This backyard grill at the Radisson Blu hosts the Deep South Social on Saturdays, featuring American cuisine with a southern vibe and live entertainment. Think barbecue bites, small plates and seafood licked by fire.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house, Dhs525 sparkling, Tel: (0)56 404 4169. @radissonbludubaiwaterfront

Garden on 8

Why experiment with Saturday brunch elsewhere when you’ve got a trusted favourite like Garden on 8 hosting a grand garden party every week? At least that’s what the team at this cheeky little pub on the 8th floor of Media One will tell you anyway. It remains a firm favourite on the expat circuit.

Media One Hotel, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs299 house, Dhs369 bubbly. Tel: (0)52 144 7438. @gardenon8

Graze Gastro Grill & Bar

This urban steakhouse is an unsung hero in City Walk, carving up some of the best cuts of meat, poultry and seafood. Tuck into all that and much more at their Saturday brunch from 1pm to 5pm.

La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk, Sat, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs425 house. Tel: (0)4 403 3111. @lavilledubai



The Imperial Brunch pays tribute to the Manchu-Han Imperial Feast, a legendary banquet in the Qing dynasty. The brunch begins with unlimited starters and delicate dim sum. For the main course, guests may select one dish, and end on a sweet note with Hutong’s sharing dessert platter. DIFC, Sat, 12.30pm to 3.30pm (kitchen closes), Dhs288 soft, Dhs448 house, Dhs488 Prosecco, Dhs688 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 220 0868. @hutongdubai


Experience Tokyo nightlife in Dubai and dance the night away with soulful beats of hip-hop, RnB and deep house, along with a lineup of the top artists and DJs in Dubai at Ikigai’s Shibuya Nights brunch. The after-party continues until 3am.

Millennium Place Marina, Sat, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs229 soft, Dhs299 house, Dhs399 sparkling. Tel: (0)50 901 0147. @ikigaidubai


Sharing-style dishes of gyros, calamari, steamed mussels, sea bass, and Greek salads are served as part of Santorini Saturdays, the all-new brunch at all-new restaurant ILIOS. Radisson Beach Resort Palm Jumeirah, Sat, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs450 house, Dhs650 bubbly. @iliosdubai


Jaleo by José Andrés

Paella station, flamenco performance, and all the tapas you can eat – the vibrant La Feria brunch at Jaleo by José Andrés is a proper Spanish celebration.

Atlantis The Royal, Palm Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs495 sparkling, Dhs149 children four to 12 years. Tel: (0)4 426 2626. @jaleodubai


The stunning dinner-and-a-show, Parisianmeets-DIFC hotspot Josette offers an exciting brunch serving a variety of French brasserie classics. Guests are treated to a beautifully presented, sharing- style menu offering freshly prepared viennoiseries, entrees, mains, and decadent desserts.

ICD Brookfield, DIFC, Sat, noon to 5pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs550 house, Dhs750 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 275 2522. @josettedubai

Jumeirah Al Qasr

Lovers of international brunch fare will find the Al Qasr stalwart a perfect start to any weekend. Expect an elegant culinary feast with sumptuous delicacies from across the globe. The brunch features live cooking stations, from European and Asian flavours to mouthwatering smoker and grill stations.

Jumeirah Al Qasr, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs450 soft, Dhs550 house, Dhs650 sparkling, Dhs750 premium. Tel: (800) 323 232. jumeirah.com


Jumeirah Mina A’Salam

This Agrabah family brunch at the chic Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is as great for children as it is for adults. The team has clearly nailed the formula: good food, great locations, and an assortment of children’s activities and live entertainment.

Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, from Dhs350 soft, Dhs430 house, Dhs530 premium, Dhs150 children four to 11 years. Tel: (0)50 836 1513. @agradbabrunchdubai

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Head to Zenzi Beach for a selection of sharing platters that lean towards South American cuisine. The alfresco restaurant embraces a bohemian-chic vibe, and a leisurely atmosphere.

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, from Dhs350 to Dhs625. Tel: (0)4 453 0444. jumeirah.com


Jun’s brings the true meaning of brunch to Dubai with Weekend Rituals featuring an a la carte menu of Jun’s favourites (hello charred rainbow heirloom carrots and labneh, Dhs65) and dishes such as pancakes (Dhs75). Add on a drinks package for proper brunch feels. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Sat and Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Drinks packages only: Dhs100 soft, Dhs200 house. Tel: (0)4 457 6035. @junsdubai


Karma Kafe

Karma Kafe has been dishing out the good grub for years. Head to Souk Al Bahar on Saturday afternoon for four-courses of top-notch Asian cuisine, unlimited drinks, and Burj Khalifa views. Souk Al Bahar, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs355 soft (indoor), Dhs400 soft (outdoor), Dhs475 house (indoor), Dhs520 house (outdoor), Dhs575 sparkling (indoor), Dhs620 sparkling (outdoor). solutions-leisure.com

La Cantine du Faubourg

La Cantine du Faubourg hosts its Brunch 105 every Saturday and Sunday. Food includes a la carte offerings of breakfast staples, a selection of signature mains and decadent desserts. Live entertainment comes via a DJ. Emirates Towers Hotel, DIFC, Sat, noon to 5pm, Dhs375 soft, Dhs510 house, Dhs755 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 352 7105. @lacantinedubai


LAH LAH at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, has an all-new brunch fiesta, with both day and evening servings that celebrate the culture and cuisine of Southeast Asia. Enjoy shisha outside for Dhs80 extra. Zabeel House by Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs265 soft, Dhs360 house, Dhs385 sparkling, Dhs75 children. Or 7pm to 11pm (total of three house), Dhs250 soft, Dhs360 house, Dhs385 sparkling, Dhs75 children. Tel: (0)4 519 1111. @lahlahdxb


La Mar by Gastón Acurio

The Pisco Brunch menu at La Mar dives deep into traditional Peruvian cuisine. The afternoon kicks off with a curated selection from La Mar’s renowned Ceviche Bar, followed by iconic dishes such as anticuchos as well as the classic empanada. The menu culminates with chocolate mousse.

Atlantis The Royal, Palm Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs385 soft, Dhs445 house, Dhs495 sparkling, Dhs195 children aged five to 12. Tel: (0)4 426 2626. @lamardubai

La Mezcaleria JBR

Beachside brunching at La Mezcaleria’s JBR location means free-flowing drinks alongside a range of dishes including California rolls, beef sliders, or cheese quesadillas, rib eye, grilled chicken, salmon steak, Nutella cheesecake and tiramisu.

Pavilion, The Beach, Sat, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs330 wine and beer, Dhs395 house, Dhs490 premium. Tel: (0)50 520 2020. @lamezcaleriajbr

LDC Kitchen + Coffee

Dubai’s friendly breakfast spot has an ‘AllYou-Can-Eat Breakfast Brunch’ offer, where you can tuck into a range of LDC’s signature breakfast dishes, including French toast, buttermilk pancakes, salmon Benni and more. Various locations including ONE JLT, DIFC Gate Building 4 and Central Business Towers, Sat and Sun, 8am to 4pm, Dhs69. @ldckitchen


Lock Stock & Barrel, JBR

Not for the faint hearted – or those with sensitive ears – Lock Stock is loud and proud with a maddening crowd. Come for a good time, dive into the bar bites, down all the drinks and enjoy live music as the confetti canons go boom – it’s wild.

Rixos Premium JBR – The Walk, Sat, 7pm to 10pm, Dhs225 soft, Dhs275 house, Dhs325 sparkling. solutions-leisure.com


This brilliant – and supremely underrated –pizzeria offers Saturday brunch and features live music and a select menu of timeless Italian favourites created with seasonal ingredients, sourced directly from Italy.

Rixos Premium JBR, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs249 soft, Dhs289 house. Tel: (0)4 349 6950. @luigiadubai


Enjoy your bluefin crudo and linguine vongole with a side of sweeping Burj Khalifa panoramas at this lively Capri-inspired restaurant in Address Sky View, where the décor is jaw-dropping and the brunch is raucous with waiters waving enormous Italian flags to the tunes of Bella Ciao.

Address Sky View, Sat, 1.30pm to 5pm, Dhs385 soft, Dhs445 house, Dhs495 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 422 4321. @luciasdubai

Maiden Shanghai

Head to Secret Parties’ Naughty Noodles

Brunch and enjoy gourmet Chinese food and specially crafted cocktails with fabulous roving live entertainment. Join the afterbrunch party from 4pm until 7pm and take advantage of three drinks for Dhs120.

Five Palm Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs400 house (crew and teachers), Dhs450 house, Dhs500 premium. Tel: (0)4 455 9989. @maidenshanghaidubai


The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill

Three courses and an open bar, at The Maine, guests will start their experience with shucked oysters, Wagyu beef tataki and tuna tartare. For the main course, there’s The Maine burger, lamb chops, or mussels mariniere. Expect a fully open bar, featuring a variety of specialty bloody Marys. DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR, Sat and Sun, noon to 4pm, Dhs440. Tel: (0)4 457 6719. @themainedxb

Mama Zonia

There’s a jungle party happening every Saturday at Mama Zonia, in the heart of Dubai Marina, with roaming entertainment, unlimited drinks and food platters. Run by Secret Parties, be prepared for a wild one. Party on from 4.30pm to 6.30pm with four house drinks for Dhs150.

Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Sat, 1pm to 4.30pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs375 house (crew and teachers), Dhs450 house, Dhs500 premium. secret-parties.com

Maya by Chef Richard Sandoval

Long-standing Mexican restaurant Maya hosts its Mas Mas brunch every Saturday. While DJ Diego brings the beat, the culinary team brings the feast with an impressive lineup of Latin favourites. There’s a ‘make your own’ ceviche bar, tacos tiers, table-side guac, lobster, fajitas, steak and the rest.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Sat, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs325 soft, Dhs475 house. Tel: (0)4 316 5555. maya-dubai.com


McGettigan’s Factory The Palm

Experience the longest brunch on the Palm at McGettigan’s Factory at Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah.

A brilliant Saturday escape for the entire family, McGettigan’s is offering guests premium bites and drinks with entertainment from musicians and DJs for over five hours, from noon to 5pm. Make it a bleary-eyed seven-hour affair with their drunch option from 5pm ‘til 7pm with unlimited beverages for an additional Dhs149 per person.

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Sat, noon to 5pm, Dhs235 soft, Dhs385 house, Dhs485 premium. Tel: (0)4 230 0063. mcgettigans.com

McGettigan’s JLT

The Grafton Street Saturday Brunch means unlimited access to the carvery and buffet, plus drinks, live music, and fun and games hosted by friendly radio presenter Jono. Guaranteed good times… and sore heads come Sunday.

Cluster I, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs199 house, Dhs299 draught and bubbly, Dhs349 Guinness and premium drinks. @mcgettigansjlt

Mercure Dubai


At Farmstead, it’s all about the Turkish cuisine at its Saturday afternoon brunch. Live cooking stations feature salt-baked salmon, Turkish barbecues, oriental ouzi, and Arabic sweets.

Mercure Dubai Deira, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs99 soft, Dhs199 house. Tel: (0)4 491 0971. @mercuredeira


Mezzanine Bar & Kitchen

Enjoy a fantastic value 2-for-1 Saturday brunch at just Dhs395 per person every Saturday at Mezzanine. The three-course menu is paired with unlimited beverages, including spirits, wines, cocktails and beers. The brunch is accompanied by live music performed by British artists every Saturday. There’s a Saturday night brunch option, too.

Madinat Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs395 house. Tel: (0)58 599 4659. @mezzaninedubai

Mimi Kakushi

This slick spot sharpens its sushi slicing knives for a three-hour session every Saturday. Leading the unstoppable global Japanese culinary takeover, Mimi Kakushi’s impeccable team serves favourites, including black cod, gyoza, sashimi and kaiso sarada seaweed salad – wow, try saying that three times after a few sake.

Mimi Kakushi, Four Seasons Resort, Sat, noon to 4pm, Dhs435 soft, Dhs599 house, Dhs765 premium. Tel: (0)4 379 4811. @mimikakushi

Mott 32

At Brunch No.32 guests can tuck into the best dishes that combine contemporary Hong Kong cuisine with traditional Asian cookery. Try crafted dim sum, fried soft shell crab, and wok-fried beef, but save space for the almond and chocolate oolong tea xiao long bao dumpling dessert. Plus, DJ sets, soulful saxophone melodies and the artistry of a Chinese calligrapher.

Address Beach Resort, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs375 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs745 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 278 4832. mott32.com



Embark on a fiesta of flavours at the Ay Caramba night brunch in the freshly revamped Muchachas. Birthday parties (over six guests) get free churros and 20 per cent off the total bill.

Holiday Inn Express – Al Wasl, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs119 soft, Dhs249 house, Dhs349 premium. Tel: (0)4 327 5878. @_muchachas_

The Nice Guy

Let the good times roll on Saturdays at The Nice Guy. As the drinks flow, dig into ricotta pancakes or scrambled eggs, followed by daytime dishes such as the fan favourite pepperoni pizza, beef short ribs and the warm choc chip cookies. Live entertainment keeps the party mood going all afternoon.

Emirates Towers, The Boulevard, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs399 soft, Dhs499 house, Dhs699 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 276 9888. @theniceguydubai


Nomad’s Pots and Pans Family Brunch at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel offers an energetic open kitchen, live music, and interactive entertainment every Saturday. Indulge in European and international cuisine, premium drinks, and desserts. Adults compete in cornhole games while kids engage in creative activities.

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs195 soft, Dhs359 house, under-11s free.

Tel: (0)4 230 8555. jumeirah.com



Live cooking stations, an enticing seafood bar, and delightful grilled specialties combine to create a special Southeast Asian-style Saturday brunch at Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sat, 8pm to 11pm, from Dhs329. Tel: (0)4 574 1144. @nonyadubai


Ongaku, famed for its Tokyoinspired energy hidden within CLAP DIFC, introduces the ‘Buranchi’ Saturday Brunch from 12.30 pm to 4pm. Explore revamped dishes, inventive cocktails, and stunning decor for Instagram-worthy moments. Indulge in sushi, sashimi, and other sharing platters.

Gate Village Building 11, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs550 house, Dhs750 premium. Tel: (0)4 569 3820. @ongakubyclap


Palazzo Versace Hotel Dubai

A big hitter on the family fun brunch scene, Palazzo Versace’s Giardino’s Into the Jungle brunch guarantees an exclusive and enjoyable experience for the whole gang with Djs, a magician and loads of kids’ activities.

Palazzo Versace Dubai, Sat, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs570 sparkling, Dhs810 premium, Dhs165 for children four to 11 years, under-threes free. Tel: (0)4 556 8888. palazzoversace.ae


Get ready to experience traditional Italian cuisine and hospitality at the Papas brunch, complete with all the pizza and pasta, oversized spritz and stunning Dubai Marina views you could want.

Intercontinental Dubai Marina, Sat, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs375 (house for crew and teachers), Dhs450 house, Dhs550 sparkling. @papasdubai

Prime 68

The Saturday brunch at legendary steakhouse Prime68 showcases a carefully crafted menu, featuring a selection of succulent steaks, seafood, and a variety of other globally-inspired dishes. A fail-safe option for gastronomes.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs245 soft, Dhs395 house. Tel: (0)4 414 3000. @prime68dxb


Pure Sky Lounge

Get a free double upgrade when purchasing a soft beverage package for Dhs350 with a complimentary upgrade to the bubbly beverage package, worth Dhs525 at this long-standing rooftop evening brunch.

Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, Sat, 5.30pm to 9pm, from Dhs350. Tel: (0)4 318 2319. @pureskylounge

Raia Restaurant & Lounge

Panorama Brunch 2.0 After Dark takes place from 7pm to 11pm where guests can enjoy live music performances, mystery cocktails, drinking games, and more.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, Sat, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs399 house, Dhs499 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 275 4444. @raiapalmdubai

Radisson Blu Hotel

Dubai Deira Creek

This hotel has a long-standing legacy in the city. Their new Heritage Brunch revives iconic dishes, with past and present hotel restaurants showcasing favourites like seafood, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and more.

Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, from Dhs245. Tel: (0)4 205 7033. @radissonbludxb


Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills

Indulge in the Saturday Family Fair Brunch at FireLake Grill House. Enjoy food, drinks, games, live music, face painting, kids’ movies, and more for a wholesome family day out. Look out for the 2-for-1 deal on the bubbly offer. Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills, Sat 1pm to 4pm, Dhs249 soft, Dhs349 house, Dhs495 bubbly (2-for-1). @firelake_dubai

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR

Take a trip to Notting Hill at the newly launched London Social Garden Brunch by Secret Parties, at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR. Set sights on pastel hues, effervescent entertainment and a delicious spread. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs550 house, Dhs695 bubbly. secret-parties.com


Roka Dubai has launched its first-ever live station brunch. The stations feature cold and hot starters like green bean salad and crispy sushi rice, while main courses include sea bream fillet and cedar roast baby chicken. Enjoy indoor or terrace seating with Burj Khalifa views and live DJ entertainment. The Opus by Omniyat, Level 1, Business Bay, Sat, from Dhs295 soft. Tel: (0)4 439 7171. @rokadubaiofficial



Dubai’s most iconic brunch party is back with tonnes of fun and unbeatable energy. Brunch-goers can sip on bubbly or secret sauce slushies from one of Saffron’s legendary drink stations and take their pick of cuisines from across the globe with more than 220 delicious dishes to choose from. Guests can relish 20 different live cooking stations, including meat carving, sushi and maki rolling, noodle soups, Korean BBQ, and the ultimate in dessert stations complete with a chocolate fountain. Alongside live DJ’s, Dubai’s bucket list brunch will also feature round-the-clock entertainment, including dancers and singers, with each week is set to a different theme. Strictly over 21s.

Atlantis The Palm, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs495 house, Dhs535 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 426 2626.


Seven Sisters

Teaming up with LUV Events, Sundown Brunch has stood out as one of Dubai’s premier brunch experiences for the last five years, remaining the ultimate destination for hip-hop and R&B enthusiasts. Featuring a wide range of diverse dishes and innovative drinks crafted by their talented mixologists.

JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sat, 3pm to 8pm, Dhs259 soft, Dhs359 house, Dhs459 premium. Tel: (0)56 775 4777. @sevensistersdubai


Shangri-La Dubai

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, Shangri-La Dubai hosts a new Dragon Brunch. This gastronomic experience fuses the colourful traditions of Vietnam and China, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the vibrant cultures showcased at Hoi An and Shang Palace. Expect live cooking stations, serving iconic dishes such as pho, hand-pulled Chinese noodles, Peking duck rolls, and dim sum, alongside a selection of drinks.

Shangri-La Dubai, Sat, noon to 4pm, Dhs258. Tel: (0)4 405 2703. @shangrila_dubai


Located in Souk Al Bahar, Siraj beautifully melds Emirati and Levantine cuisine. The brunch menu consists of salads, cold and hot mezze, main courses, and desserts, with a live saj cooking station and kibbeh prepared at your table.

Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Sat, noon to 4pm, Dhs200 soft, Dhs300 house, Dhs400 premium. Tel: (0)4 513 6207. @sirajrestaurant


Soul St.

The SoulCaliCool Brunch at Five Jumeirah Village promises a “rollercoaster of entertainment and flavours, from pool games and space cowgirls to shot shows and incredible food.” Say no more. Five Jumeirah Village, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs249 (crew and teachers), Dhs299 house, Dhs399 premium. Tel: (0)4 455 9989. @soulstreetdubai


On Saturdays the spotlight is all on STK, who brings the drama with a showcase of tongue-in-cheek entertainment and culinary creations, all washed down with bottomless bevvies. Expect a tasty three-course meal all while enjoying a matinée of epic proportions. Rixos Premium Dubai JBR – The Walk, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs350 house (crew and teachers), Dhs400 house, Dhs450 sparkling. solutions-leisure.com


The revamped brunch at the highly underrated Sucre features prawn croquettes and clay oven squid, braised beef tacos and wagyu carpaccio. For a hearty feast, indulge in the Parillada Platter, an assorted selection of grilled meats and flavours.

Podium Level, Gate Village, DIFC, Sat, 1pm to 4.30pm, Dhs370 soft, Dhs490 house and Prosecco, Dhs690 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 340 0829. @sucredubai



The best of the Middle East and Far East collide for the new Samurai brunch at TABŪ. Highlights on the menu include grilled wagyu rib eye, sushi, oysters, and more. Stay and play with an afterbrunch package of Dhs120 for three additional drinks in the lounge until 6.30pm. St Regis Downtown Dubai, Sat, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs333 soft, Dhs444 house, Dhs555 bubbly. Tel: (0)54 793 0931. @tabudubai

Th8 Palm

The firmly family-friendly Brunchopolis at Envy restaurant takes place every Saturday and serves up a thrilling ensemble of bighitting international dishes. Beyond the cuisine and the bottomless beverages, there’s live musical entertainment and such kidfocused fun as face painting

Th8 Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs399 house, Dhs499 premium, Dhs150 children six to 12. @envy.dubai


An unparalleled view of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains, Thiptara has been the city’s go-to elegant Thai restaurant for years. Why not sample the best bits at brunch with an array of salads, appetisers, main courses, and desserts all on offer?

Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Sat, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs325 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs162 children five to 11 years, underfives free. Tel: (0)4 428 7961. @thiptaradubai





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Ting Irie

Dive into Ting Irie’s Dutty Wine Brunch every Saturday, a vibrant Afro-Caribbean celebration with DJs, dynamic dancers, and bottomless beverages. Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai, Sat, 2pm to 6pm, Dhs199 drinks only, Dhs249 food and house, Dhs349 food and premium. Tel: (0)4 557 5601. tingirie.com

Toro Toro

Toro Toro’s Hola Hola Brunch is a fantastic way to experience all of South American cuisine and culture right here in Dubai. The three-hour feast includes a variety of starters, mains, and desserts all served in a sharingstyle concept. Meanwhile, DJ Carlos plays all the latest hits.

Grosvenor House Dubai, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs799 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 317 6000. torotoro-dubai.com

Trader Vic’s

Hilton Dubai Palm


Experience a Tahitian holiday, where guests are treated to the best Trader Vic’s has to offer, from food and drink to entertainment and service – with kids welcome.

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs499 house. Tel: (0)4 230 0050. tradervicspalm.com


Trader Vic’s JBR

Enjoy the Hawaiian vibes with live cooking stations and live DJ entertainment at the Tiki Hula Hula Brunch. Indulge in a free double upgrade when purchasing a soft drink package for Dhs350 or get a complimentary upgrade to the bubbly beverage package, worth Dhs550.

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350. Tel: (0)4 318 2319. @tradervicsjbr


The revamped edition of the classic Traiteur brunch promises an exquisite experience with stunning views of the creek, outstanding cuisine, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Park Hyatt Dubai, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs495 soft, Dhs695 sparkling, Dhs895 bubbly, Dhs925 premium. Tel: (0)4 602 1814. @parkhyattdubai


At this Secret Parties shindig, expect dazzling entertainment and stunning views of the Burj Khalifa, along with a variety of food and cocktail stations found throughout the spacious party-heavy venue. Stay on for the after-party – one of the most popular in town where it’s three house drinks for Dhs100.

Taj Dubai, Business Bay, Sat, 2pm to 5.30pm, Dhs345 soft, Dhs395 house (for crew and teachers), Dhs445 house, Dhs545 sparkling, Dhs745 premium. secret-parties.com



Intimate Japanese den Uchi has been quietly garnering attention this year, but it’s ready to shout about its new Uchi Social8 evening brunch. It begins with Uchi’s sushi bar open omakase, followed by appetisers, leading to a choice of main course and finishing with a variety of desserts.

DIFC, Sat, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs299 food only, Dhs399 soft, Dhs499 house, Dhs699 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 298 5044. @uchi.uae

Vida Emirates Hills

The Hillside Brunch at Origins promises brunch classics with a wide selection of cocktails and mocktails to be enjoyed poolside. Bring your swimmers for a sunbathe post brunch.

Vida Emirates Hills, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs299 house. Tel: (0)4 872 8888. vidahotels.com

Waldorf Astoria

Dubai Palm


Once Upon A Brunch is the family-friendly affair at Mezzerie. Enjoy an afternoon of food stations, live music, princess singers, fairy trails, balloon magic and garden games.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs320 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs595 sparkling, Dhs100 children seven to 12 years. onceuponabrunch.com



There’s never a dull moment at Wanderlust. Expect lavish food stations, including an oyster bar, sushi and seafood section, live barbecue and carvery stations. Combine that with a buzzing atmosphere and lively beats, and it’s no wonder that Wanderlust reigns supreme as one of the city’s most beloved party brunches.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299 house (ladies), Dhs349 house (gents). @jwmarriottmarquisdubai


Running from 1pm to 5pm every Saturday, this brunch is jam-packed with fun vibes, games and a live band performing all your favourite 80’s and 90’s pop hits. Enjoy tasty meats and fresh seafood from the BBQ grill. Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Sat, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs195 soft, Dhs295 house. Tel: (0)4 702 2455. @warehousedxb

Zero Gravity

Join Zero Gravity’s Tropical Brunch on Saturdays for an all-day pool and beach access starting at 10am. From 1pm to 5pm, indulge in unlimited food and drinks. It’s the ultimate Dubai experience, wild, fun, and practically a rite of passage for newcomers.

Skydive Dubai, Sat, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs349 ladies, Dhs399 gents. Tel: (0)4 399 0009. @zerogravitydubai


Zheng He’s

Zheng He’s yum cha brunch features an unlimited selection of carefully crafted dim sum, a variety of noodles and a choice of chicken or beef dishes served with fried rice and finished with fried banana.

Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs275 soft, Dhs345 house, Dhs425 sparkling, Dhs695 bubbly, Dhs175 children four to 12 years. Tel: (800) 323 232. @zhenghesdubai


Zuma’s Baikingu Brunch incorporates all the best that Zuma has to offer, beginning with a selection of starters, including Zuma’s signature shrimp tempura, crispy fried squid, as well as an assortment of sashimi, nigiri and maki. Plus, options from the live robata cooking station, followed by signature main courses, including miso marinated black cod and grilled Australian wagyu ribeye, finishing things off with an assortment of desserts from the eclectic food display.

Zuma Dubai, Gate Village 06, Podium Level, DIFC, Sat, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs545 soft, Dhs645 Prosecco, Dhs795 Champagne, Dhs255 for children aged four to 12. Tel: (0)4 425 5660. @zumadubai



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Akira Back

Level up your Sunday and enjoy a sharing-style lunch with bottomless drinks, stunning views of the Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf, plus live entertainment. W Dubai – The Palm, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs399 house, Dhs599 bubbly, half price for children under 12, under-sixes free from the kid’s menu. Tel: (0)4 245 5533. @akirabackdubai


Alici on Bluewaters Island breezes through Dubai’s brunch scene with a distinct weekend experience. The acclaimed Italian seafood restaurant hosts a double brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. The specially curated menu features crudo, antipasti, main courses, desserts, Italian wines and more. Bluewaters, Sat and Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs595 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 275 2577. @alicidubai


Al Nafoorah

Take a trip to the heart of Lebanon every Sunday with the launch of brand-new Cedar Brunch by Al Nafoorah. The all-new brunch, located in the palatial Jumeirah Al Qasr, invites guests to savour a truly nostalgic brunch experience headlined by Head Chef Ali Fouad’s all-time favourite mezze, as well as mixed grill and kunafa among other delicacies. Lebanese music and drinks, including jugs of Arak, round out the special brunch offering.

Jumeirah Al Qasr, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs550 sparkling, Dhs175 children five to 12 years. Tel: (800) 323 232. @alnafoorahdubai

Aloft Al Mina Hotel

The High Note Sunday brunch takes place on the hotel’s rooftop and includes a three-course menu brunch of Indian dishes, and access to the infinity pool all day.

Aloft Al Mina Hotel, Sun, 2pm to 6pm, Dhs149 soft, Dhs199 house, Dhs249 sparkling. Tel: (0)58 591 8153. @aloftdubai



One of JBR’s hottest beach clubs blows it out of the water with a new Sunday night brunch featuring three hours of free-flowing drinks and a delectable food platter for just Dhs300 per person. Dishes include tzatziki with pita, edamame, salt and pepper squid, Spanish croquettes, chicken satay, and California rolls, all served alongside an unlimited house selection of beer, wines, and spirits, while the venue’s resident DJ keeps the tempo high throughout the night. For those seeking an elevated experience, Azure offers private pool cabanas and VIP islands, available with a minimum spend. Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, Sun, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs300 per person. Tel: (0)52 777 9472. @azurebeachdubai


Bla Bla Dubai

The ultimate Sunday indulgence takes place at Bla Bla’s poolside brunch. Dive into a range of dishes and unlimited house drinks while listening to DJ and percussionist Walter Scalzone. Your sun lounger is included.

Bla Bla Dubai, JBR, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs285 soft, Dhs399 house. Tel: (0)4 584 4111. @blabladubai


(The Roast)

Hosted in the grand surroundings of Mina’s Kitchen, The Roast by Bubbalicious offers several carvery options, plus whole suckling pig, seafood, shepherd’s pie, charcuterie, a fish ‘n’ chips stand, and a range of drinks carts serving up gin cocktails, bubbly, and espresso martinis.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Beach Resort & Marina, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs350 with house drinks, Dhs450 with bubbly, Dhs175 children six to 12 years, undersixes free. Tel: (0)4 511 7373. westinminaseyahi.com



Enjoy a delightful foray of the chef’s specials with Italian house drinks, overlooking the Westin’s idyllic beach at this long-standing Italian. In alfresco season, few places are better than the split-level terrace, where tables enjoy lovely views of the beach.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs345. Tel: (0)4 511 7373. @bussoladubai

El Sur

Long-standing Spanish haunt El Sur hosts its Sunday siesta brunch featuring a delicious selection of tapas, followed by paella to share with friends & family over a glass of Spanish red.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs225 soft, Dhs275 house, Dhs295 Cava. Tel: (0)4 511 7373. @elsurdubai


Eugène Eugène

Dining at the stunning brasserie, Eugène Eugène, on the second floor of Kempinski Mall of the Emirates is a treat. Every Sunday from noon to 4pm, indulge in the Greenhouse Brunch, offering a lush escape within the city. Enjoy a buffet with sharing starters and desserts, along with main course options like roasted beef, roasted half chicken, baked salmon, moules frites, and more.

Kempinski, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, Sun, 12pm to 4pm (three-hour package), Dhs310 soft, Dhs410 house, Dhs610 premium.

Tel: (0)4 379 8963. @eugeneeugenedubai

Koko Bay

Embrace the seaside charm at Koko Bay’s revamped Koko Loco Brunch with a specially curated vegetarian selection and cocktails to be enjoyed on the sun-kissed shores of the now iconic Palm West beach.

Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs325 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs595 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 572 3444. kokobay.co


LDC Kitchen + Coffee

Dubai’s friendly breakfast spot has launched an ‘All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Brunch’ offer every Saturday and Sunday. Expect a range of LDC’s signature breakfast dishes, including eggs any style served with artisan sourdough toast, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, salmon Benni and lots more.

Various locations including ONE JLT, DIFC Gate Building 4 and Central Business Towers, Sat and Sun, 8am to 4pm, Dhs69. @ldckitchen

The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill

Three courses and an open bar, at The Maine, guests will start their experience with shucked oysters, Wagyu beef tataki and tuna tartare. For the main course, there’s The Maine burger, lamb chops, or mussels mariniere, served with mac ‘n’ cheese, triple cooked fries, and a What’s On fave, the charred Brussels sprouts. Expect a fully open bar, featuring a variety of specialty bloody Marys that you’ll only find at The Maine. DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR, Sun, noon to 4pm, Dhs440. Tel: (0)4 457 6719. @themainedxb


Mare by Bussola

Mare by Bussola brings you a laid-back weekend at the pool and beach. Enjoy an afternoon of dishes inspired by the picturesque coastal towns of Italy.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs450 bubbly, Dhs580 premium. @marebybussola


Nestled in the corner of Jumeirah Al Naseem’s turtle lagoon, MayaBay offers an eclectic Asian-inspired brunch with multiple choices of starters, main courses and desserts along with free-flowing dim sum, sushi and sashimi.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, Sun, noon to 3.30pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs550 house, sake and prosecco, Dhs750 Champagne. Tel: (0)4 275 2500. @mayabaydubai


Mimi Kakushi

This slick spot sharpens its sushi slicing knives for a three-hour session every Saturday AND Sunday. Leading the unstoppable global Japanese culinary takeover, Mimi Kakushi’s impeccable team serves favourites, including black cod, gyoza, sashimi and kaiso sarada seaweed salad – wow, try saying that three times after a few sake.

Mimi Kakushi, Four Seasons Resort, Sun, noon to 4pm, Dhs435 soft, Dhs599 house, Dhs765 premium. Tel: (0)4 379 4811. @mimikakushi


Unicorns, singing princesses, magicians and wizards –Imagination Sunday Brunch at Mowsem in Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah is the new family brunch in town. As the kids are thoroughly entertained all afternoon, adults can dig into Chef Christian’s big buffet. Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs399 house, Dhs499 sparkling, Dhs100 children six to 11 years. Tel: (0)4 230 0073. @hiltondubaipalm

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Peaches and Cream

The Mediterranean buffet style Sunday brunch at Peaches and Cream, nestled on the picturesque east side of the Palm Jumeirah, features an oyster station with freshly shucked oysters, charcuterie boards with cured meats, complemented by an array of Mediterranean flavours, and desserts.

Shoreline 1, Palm Jumeirah, Sun, Dhs350 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs550 bubbly, Dhs95 children four to 12 years. @peachesandcreamdxb


The beach-front seafood restaurant offering Mediterranean classics and a panoramic view of the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah invites guests to its new seafood brunch.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs459 soft, Dhs559 house, Dhs795 sparkling. Tel: (800) 323 232. @rockfishdubai



Suq, has extended its Saturday brunch to now include Sundays, with a palatial spread of international dishes. The centrepiece is the locally sourced area, where you’ll find UAE-produced tomatoes and mozzerella. Elsewhere, guests can feast on pizzas, sushi, and flavourful seafood. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs455 soft, Dhs615 sparkling, Dhs775 Champagne, Dhs225 children aged six to 11. Tel: (0)4 270 7770. fourseasons.com

Surf Club

At West Palm Beach bar Surf Club, guests can enjoy live entertainment, a chic cocktail station and a gourmet live oyster bar, every Sunday from 1pm to 5pm, followed by an after party from 5pm till late.

West Palm Beach, Sun, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs595 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 589 5444. @surfclubdubai


Revellers at Bare & Chic brunch can dive into delicious Mediterranean flavours and unlimited premium beverages, as live DJs and performers set the soundtrack for the afternoon. Sun-seekers can bask in the sun before brunch begins in the restaurant, starting the day as early as 10am.

Atlantis The Palm, Sun, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs365 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs595 bubbly, Dhs645 including pool and beach access. Tel: (0)4 426 0700. @whitebeach



A family-friendly Sunday brunch serving up a range of international dishes alongside plenty of kid’s entertainment, including pizza making classes, magic shows, movies and more.

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Sun, 1pm to 4.30pm, Dhs225 soft, Dhs295 house, Dhs365 sparkling, Dhs79 children six to 12 years. Tel: (0)4 702 2455. @yalumbadubai

Zero Gravity

Keen to keep the weekend vibes going?

There’s only one place for it – Zero Gravity’s Supernatural Brunch. Enjoy all-day pool and beach access and unlimited food and drinks from noon to 5pm.

Skydive Dubai, Sun, noon to 5pm, Dhs299 ladies, Dhs349 gents. Tel: (0)4 399 0009. @zerogravitydubai


Embark on a culinary journey across Italy at Zest all-day dining restaurant every Sunday at the luxurious One&Only The Palm. The new family-style brunch, or la Domenica Italiana as it is affectionately known, will feature sharing starters, a pasta dish, and main courses to share.

One&Only The Palm, Sun, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs390 soft, Dhs185 children five to 12 years, under-fours free. Tel: (0)4 440 1010. @oothepalm


The Cove Rotana Resort

Delight in Mediterranean-inspired Italian cuisine against the backdrop of the Arabian Gulf at Basilico Mediterranean restaurant at The Cove Rotana Resort. This is casual dining with a warm ambiance. Think brown-brick arches, rich wooden furnishings, a vibrant open kitchen, and live cooking stations. Brunch packages also include pool and beach access, so diners can make a day of it. The Cove Rotana Resort, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs210 soft, Dhs290 house. Tel: (0)7 206 6000. @thecoverotanaresort

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island

“What happens at brunch, stays at brunch.” That’s the motto at cheeky Saturday fiesta, The Islander’s Brunch at the DoubleTree. From burrata stations to Indian cuisine, travel around the world one bite and a time, with a huge buffet and unlimited drinks for three hours.

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, from Dhs269 to Dhs379. Dhs135 for children. Tel: (0)7 203 0104. @islandersbrunch


InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina

Al Resort & Spa

The NoHo Garden Brunch features global dishes, and vibrant entertainment. Savour signature dishes, crafted cocktails, and live cooking stations amidst wonderful surroundings.

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Resort & Spa, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, from Dhs275 to Dhs395. Tel: (0)7 202 6666. @intercontinentalrasalkhaimah

Movenpick Resort

Al Marjan Island

Get your free-flowing weekend cheer at Boons restaurant. There’s an international buffet, outdoor play area, live band, plus beach and pool access. Head to the afterparty at NEO Sky Bar for drinks deals. Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs225 soft, Dhs325 house. Tel: (0)7 246 0000. @movenpickalmarjan


Head to the beach of Ula Ras Al Khaimah for the glamourous Boho Brunch. Soulful and bringing with it the much-loved sounds of those laid-back Ibiza days, indulge in a superb sharing menu, accompanied by unlimited wines and crafted cocktails for Dhs300 per person. Al Marjan Island, Sat, 1pm to 4pm, from Dhs300 per person. Tel: (0)7 246 0199. ularasalkhaimah.com



Combining the urban and artistic vibes of Houston Street in Manhattan with the relaxed island living atmosphere, the al fresco brunch at NoHo’s Garden Terrace, surrounded by landscaped gardens, water features, and overlooking the Arabian Gulf invites you for an exquisite fusion of culinary delights, captivating entertainment, and enchanting natural surroundings.

Saturdays at NoHo Garden | 13:00 - 16:00

For more information, visit icrasalkhaimah.com or call us +971 7 202 6666



Fork Fork Cork Cork

Treat yourself to a tantalising Saturday Brunch to remember at Crescendo. Experience a mouth-watering culinary journey through a selection of global flavours in a relaxed, yet lively setting for friends and family.

Every Saturday 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

AED 19 5 for kids aged 5-11 years old

AED 40 0 per person for Soft Beverage Package

AED 5 5 5 per person for Sparkling Package

AED 950 per person for Premium Bubbly Package

Inclusive of Municipality Fee, Service Charge and VAT

ANANTARA THE PALM DUBAI RESORT P.O. BOX 71607, EAST CRESCENT, PALM JUMEIRAH, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES T +971 4 567 8304 • F +971 4 567 8009 • E restaurants.dubai@anantara.com
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