Your UAE Weekend Guide: 12 to 14 May

Your UAE Weekend Guide: 12 to 14 May



Will it be brunch, sundowners or a pool party this weekend?

The mercury is rising, so while we relish the last remaining weeks of al fresco dining, here are the best things to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Friday 12 May 2023

Feel the fire 

Immerse yourself in a night of social dining at En Fuego, where you'll experience the vibrant spirit of South America and indulge in authentic culinary delights accompanied by endless surprises. Step into the continent's love for a good party by donning a sombrero party hat for just one night. Friday 5 May, from 9pm to midnight. AED 275 (soft beverages), AED 325 (house beverages) and AED 375 (sparkling).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Experience brunch with a twist

Experience a unique twist on brunch with Mediterranean-inspired dishes, breathtaking views, and positive vibes at The Deck, an eco-friendly beachfront restaurant at voco Dubai The Palm. This lively venue is bringing back the classic Friday brunch but with an evening twist. Fridays, from 7pm to 10:30 pm. AED 199 (soft drinks), AED 249 (house beverages), AED 299 (premium beverages) and AED 349 (bubbly).

GO: Email or call 054 447 0623 for reservations and more information.

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Party at The Penthouse

The Penthouse at FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel has revealed its new Eyes Wide Shut evening brunch. Here, guests will enjoy a three-course menu and unlimited drinks for three hours. The menu includes popular dishes such as Rock Shrimp Kakiage, Chicken Yakitori, Wagyu Tacos, Lamb Chops, Roasted Black Cod and Grilled Tiger Prawns. A live station will serve Sushi Maki, while the dessert offering features Cheesecake, Ecuador Chocolate or Matcha Ice Cream. Fridays, from 8pm to 11pm. AED 30 (ladies) and AED 400 (gents).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Saturday 13 May 2023

Brunch at BASTA

The new Martini Brunch at BASTA brings the coastal summer vibes of Italy to The St. Regis Downtown Dubai. Expect carefully crafted beverages featuring an impressive selection of martinis, cocktails, and chilled aperitivo. To complement the cocktails, Basta has a specially curated wine list that includes unique natural grapes by the glass and non-alcoholic craft drinks. The brunch promises an Italian adventure, offering three hours of Italian classics from antipasti and crudo to fresh seafood and grilled mains. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 325 (house beverages)

GO: Visit for reservations or more information.

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Make a splash

Escape the summer with Andaz Capital Gate's Aqua Affair pool party. The leaning tower boasts the highest pool in the capital, suspended 100 meters above the ground. Expect live beverage stations and a resident DJ at this exclusive event reserved for only 25 guests. Saturday 13 May, from 4pm to 7pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 399 (pool packages).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information. 

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Savour sunset sips

Gather your friends on the rooftop of Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi for sky-high beverages. AT25 is offering revellers ten beverages for AED 50 per person to be enjoyed while taking in the views of Downtown Abu Dhabi. Dive into the pool for a refreshing dip, or hit the dancefloor and groove to the beats of a live DJ. Available beverages include red, white, rose, and sparkling wine, house spirits and selected hops. Available on Saturdays, from 4pm to 8pm. AED 50 per person. 

GO: Call 02 304 7777 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 14 May 2023

Visit a new beach

The recently opened Dubai Islands Beach is the first beach in Dubai that welcomes dogs to swim, allowing pet owners to bond with their furry friends without travelling far for dog-friendly locations. Located along Dubai's northern coastline, the beach offers a range of activities, including beach volleyball, beach football, paddleboarding and kayaking. Expect F&B concepts to be added by the end of the year. Dubai Islands Beach is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

GO: Visit for more information.

Dubai Islands Beach

Enjoy a taste of Thailand

Experience the vibrant culture of Thailand with The Thai Kitchen's new Sawasdee Sunday Brunch. Relax and take in the stunning views of Park Hyatt Dubai while savouring hearty dishes like Som Tum Green Papaya Salad, Chicken Satay, Spicy Prawn Tom Yum soup, Pad Thai, Steamed Sea Bass and a traditional Thai Green Curry. End the meal with Mango Sticky Rice topped with coconut cream. Sundays, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 220 (soft beverages) and AED 375 (house beverages).

GO: Call 04 602 1814 for reservations and more information.

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Indulge in La Dolce Merenda

Inspired by the beloved Italian tradition of a light snack between lunch and dinner, the FACT Award-winning Scalini has launched its new La Dolce Merenda Menu. The delightfully sweet and indulgent menu includes a soft and buttery homemade Sourdough Bread served with whipped butter and a selection of Marmalades, tempting Petit Fours, and a choice of signature Scalini desserts (including Bombolini alla Nutella, Crème Brulee, Nutella Cheesecake and Tiramisu) or a traditional Italian Cake of the Day, complemented with fresh Lavazza coffee. Sundays, from 5pm to 7pm. AED 110 per person

GO: Call 04 349 0068 for reservations and more information.

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