Your UAE Weekend Guide: 18 to 20 August

Your UAE Weekend Guide: 18 to 20 August



Celebrate the weekend in style. 

From themed afternoon teas to luxurious spa days and extravagant dinners, these are our picks of the best ways to celebrate the weekend in style.

Friday 18 August 2023

Sip and Spa at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach proudly presents "SereniTea," an experience that blends the realms of The Pearl Spa and Wellness with the artistry of Shai Salon's Afternoon Tea. The experience commences with a 90-minute Signature Massage at the FACT Award winning The Pearl Spa and is followed by an Afternoon Tea crafted by the renowned French pastry Chef Nicolas Lambert. Available daily, from 10am to 4pm (spa treatment) and 4pm to 8pm (afternoon tea). AED 950 per person.

GO: Email or call 04 270 7732 for reservations and more information.

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Commemorate Indian Independence Day

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm Dubai, is celebrating India's Independence Day this weekend. Diners are invited to embark on a culinary voyage designed by Executive Chef Sonu Koithara at Varq. Here, guests can expect vegetarian and non-vegetarian set menus. The culinary journey features Achari Haldi Fish Tikka, Siya Mirch Ka Murgh, Marthbaan Ka Meat and Bhatti Paneer. To bring the meal to a close, guests can enjoy sweet treasures like Chilled Mishti Doi paired with Gajrela Cannelloni. Available daily until 20 August, from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm. AED 250 per person.

GO: Call 04 275 4444 for reservations and more information.

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Enjoy an exquisite evening at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Experience the epitome of Cantonese fine dining with Hakkasan Abu Dhabi's popular night brunch. Taking place in Hakkasan's sophisticated bar, diners are treated to a selection of dishes within the exquisitely designed dining area. The culinary voyage features XO Edamame, Peking Duck, Dim Sum, Jasmine Tea Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs, Szechuan Style Wonton, Almond Soft-Shell Crab, Taro Prawn, and Stir-fry Roasted Duck Lettuce Wraps. A delightful finale awaits with the Chef's selection of desserts. Fridays from 8pm to 11:30 pm. AED 488 per person.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

indoor brunches in Abu Dhabi

Saturday 19 August 2023

Enjoy an indulgent spa day

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara invites visitors to immerse themselves in luxurious Arabian indulgence with a revitalising retreat and spa bundle. Wanderers can reconnect, unwind, and rejuvenate at this desert palace in the Liwa Desert and enjoy a holistic escape for two, complemented by breakfast and a bespoke spa therapy. Available daily until 22nd December. Rates from AED 2,030 per couple.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information. 

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Check out the Van Gogh X Japan immersive exhibition

Delve into the story of a brilliant mind through a panoramic lens while admiring artworks from both East and West at the Van Gogh X Japan immersive exhibition. Discover how Ukiyo-e shaped Van Gogh's style while enjoying the most iconic art pieces in 360° at Dubai's Theatre of Digital Art. The immersive and enlightening exhibition effortlessly intertwines art from contrasting cultural realms with kimono exhibitions, Japanese flower arrangement masterclasses and tea Ceremonies. Available daily until 31 August, from 10am to 10pm.

Visit for more information.

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Splurge at Burj Al Arab

For those in search of an enchanting date night, Ristorante L'Olivo at Al Mahara inside Burj Al Arab offers exquisite Italian dining. Nestled against the backdrop of a floor-to-ceiling tropical reef aquarium, guests are invited to indulge in a gastronomic expedition brimming with authentic flavours from Capri and the Mediterranean. Couples are welcomed into a breathtaking sanctuary, graced by the soft glow of candlelight, the gentle presence of rose petals, and an atmosphere that radiates affection. This forms the perfect backdrop for a night of love, where guests can savour a five-course tasting menu from Chef Andrea Migliaccio while toasting with the finest bubbles handpicked by an expert Sommelier. Adding to this captivating experience, a diver will appear in the aquarium, holding a personalised sign for the couple. The surprises continue with a flower bouquet and the option to enhance the experience with a Rolls Royce pick-up and drop-off. AED 9,900 per couple (48-hours notice required).

GO: Email for reservations and more information.

Ristorante L'Olivo

Sunday 20 August 2023

Experience family fun at HuQQabaz Dubai

Gather the family and head to Huqqabaz this weekend. The restaurant's famous Board Breakfast features a selection of traditional Turkish items, in addition to international dishes such as Acai Bowls, Avocado Toast, Berries Pancakes, French Toast and Hash Brown Benedict. The family-friendly restaurant has a small aviary with parrots and a dedicated children's area featuring arts and crafts, and face painting. Kids entertainment is free of charge for all guests on Sundays, from 11am to 12pm, where you can expect bubbles, balloons, challenges, and slime workshops.  

GO: Follow @huqqabazdubai on Instagram or call 800 47 229 for reservations and more information.

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Spend Sunday lunchtimes at Sucre

Sucre in DIFC invites diners to enjoy a three-course lunch each Sunday. The meal begins with inventive starters such as Caesar Salad, Quinoa Salad, Tuna Tartare, and Seared Squid. While main courses include Ajillo Prawns, Australian Angus Ribeye, Baby Chicken or Gnocchi Sorrentina. Lunch culminates with a selection of sweet treats from Basque Cheesecake to Dulce De Leche Fondant and Tiramisu. Sundays, from 12pm to 5pm. AED 150 per person.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Make time for tea

Experience enchanting moments at The Lounge in Caesars Palace Dubai, where two charming terraces beckon you to indulge in afternoon tea. Here, personalised service, signature Avantcha teas, and exquisite pastries await. Sip on Caesars Bergamotto Verde tea or Caesars Silk Road Oolong while enjoying smoked salmon, coronation chicken, organic egg, and cucumber sandwiches. When it comes to sweet treats, you can expect Blueberry Tart, a Chocolate Pencil, and raisin scones served with house-made jams and Cornish clotted cream. Available daily from 2pm to 5pm. AED 180 per person or AED 300 per person (including a glass of bubbly).

GO: Email or call 04 556 6466 for reservations and more information.

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