10 activities to do over the long Eid Al-Fitr weekend in the UAE

The ultimate weekend guide in the UAE, April 19 to April 24, 2023.

Put self-care first

Experience a host of relaxing treatments at the newly opened Saray Spa at Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah. The resort’s opulent Middle Eastern-inspired spa welcomes visitors and residents to seek relaxation and refuge within its stunning surrounds, transporting them worlds away from the lively Palm West Beach. Reflective of Dubai, this haven seamlessly offers timeless remedies alongside technologically advanced treatments, each designed to nourish, relax, and revive. The extensive facilities include dry saunas, steamrooms, Jacuzzis and an elegant hammam, with three individual tables crafted from traditional Carrara marble; perfect as an individual treatment, or enjoying as an exceptional communal space to share with friends, family or loved ones. To unwind prior to any treatment, the relaxation room offers plush sofas, low lighting, and a warm colour palette of earth tones for pre-treatment meditation. From Theragun Recovery Massage to the Desert Sand Hammam treatment.

For the art connoisseurs

The famous Opera Gallery has now opened a new location at Atlantis The Royal. Showcasing a series of contemporary artists, each of them pay homage to the Middle East and visitors and residents will have access to this. The gallery will have its own dedicated exhibition programming, featuring works by artists such as Georges Braque, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Bernard Buffet, Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama, Niki de Saint Phalle, Georg Baselitz, Pierre Soulages, and more. In addition to its exhibitions and upscale activations, Opera Gallery will curate public areas of the resort. As its 16th location, this gallery promises an unforgettable experience for art lovers.

Indulge in some sweet treats

Dubai’s highly acclaimed homegrown concept Parker’s has revealed a dramatic rebrand in Dubai Mall. The enchanting new restaurant is a tranquil retreat from the bustling city, inspired by a charming Parisian Park but with touches of Mr. Parker’s playfulness. The whimsical interior infuses the space with a sense of wonder and imagination, creating a dreamlike ambiance. The exquisite hand-painted cloudscape ceiling is a breathtaking feature, accompanied by murals of lush green forest, colorful blooms, and elegant birds. Upside down, mushroom-shaped wicker pendants hang suspended as though floating toward the art deco, jade floor tiles. From the truffle sando to the iconic Matilda cake, guests can savour a myriad of mouth-watering desserts crafted to perfection. Open daily from 10am to 1am, this beautiful bakery is most-definitely worth a visit this weekend.

Book a quick cityscape

If you’re looking for an escape without the hassle of a long-haul flight, the newly opened Côte d’azur situated on the World Islands at The Heart of Europe is the perfect option. The high-end suites offer stunning ocean views and unparalleled services. Guests can indulge in the resort’s innovative offerings, including the world’s first underwater hotel, the first dedicated wedding hotel, the first floating and underwater living experience, the first coral institute in the region, the first dedicated 5-star family hotel, the world’s first artificial rainy streets, and world’s first outdoor snow plaza. Inspired by the vibrant playground of the rich and famous South of France, this exclusive beachfront resort features four exquisite boutique hotels, each with unique architecture and design named after famous locations on the French Riviera. With watersports and recreational activities, there’s plenty to do on the resort.

Unwind at this beachside brunch

During an elevated family-friendly brunch, guests will indulge on a buffet of delectable dishes including fresh seafood platters, crisp salads, a selection of sushi rolls, meats and fish served sharing style straight from the grill. Café Nikki prepared a delectable array of desserts to ensure that the meal ended on a sweet note. Resident DJ along with soothing sounds of sax will provide the chilled soundtrack to a super-relaxing afternoon in the sun followed by complimentary pool and beach access for guests who are looking to enjoy pristine white sands and the sun setting over the Arabian Gulf. Taking place every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, packages start at Dhs350 per person and this brunch is ready to take Nikki Beach by storm once again this weekend.

Savour an exquisite lunch

This Eid, Suq Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach promises a feast unlike any other. All set to take place on April 22 and 23, guests can enjoy the lush green terrace with family and friends, while savoring the mouth-watering traditional hot and cold mezzeh, lamb ouzi, sharwarma, homemade pasta, live BBQ grills and more. To top it off, Gault & Millau UAEs pastry chef of the year 2022, Nicolas Lambert, will showcase his exceptional desserts. Taking place from 1pm to 4pm, the prices starts at Dhs455 including soft beverages and Dhs225.

Celebrate art and sound 

Experience the build-up to Eid Al Fitr 2023 with Tranquillity at 360 degrees with exceptional calligraphy artist Dia Allam, accompanied by the musical brilliance of Anas Al Halabi’s Handpan Orchestra. Surround yourself with beautiful Arabic calligraphy that defines life’s different “Layers” while listening to the harmonious sounds produced by the orchestra, on April 21,2023. Guests will have the chance to walk out of the performance feeling relaxed; with a refreshed perspective on the beauty of Arabic art and a newfound appreciation for the distinctive sounds of the Handpan. Ticket prices start at Dhs180 at the the Theatre of Digital Art at Souk Madinat in Jumeirah.

Live like a Royal

Book a royal Suite at The H Hotel over the long weekend. Regal, decadent, and stately – the Royal Suite is the epitome of luxury in Dubai. This suite is indeed an urban palace, taking up the entire penthouse level of the hotel and spread across 1,130 sq m over two floors. Upon entering the suite via a private elevator, the first striking feature is the Royal Majlis – a decadent space centred by a giant circular sofa – large enough for 30 people to sit comfortably – and a beautiful contemporary chandelier that dominates the ceiling. The breath-taking feature of this royal penthouse suite is the double-story floor-to-ceiling corner windows that offer unparalleled panoramic views of Dubai’s old town and Sheikh Zayed Road, featuring its own private cinema.

Savour a Greek feast

As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, celebrate Eid Al Fitr in true Greek fashion at OPA Dubai, for an evening filled with vibrant hospitality, delicious food, and traditional celebration rituals. As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, celebrate Eid Al Fitr in true Greek fashion at OPA Dubai, for an evening filled with vibrant hospitality, delicious food, and traditional celebration rituals. In addition to the food, guests will be entertained by traditional Greek dancing. The performers will showcase the rich cultural heritage of Greece and its influence on other Mediterranean cultures, calling for the perfect evening filled with a lively atmosphere. Located at Fairmont Dubai, this restaurant is open from 7pm until 3am.

Dine under the stars

Sonara Camp is the first-ever eco-conscious desert dining destination on the outskirts of the Gold City, a bespoke dining experience to go down in the books. Select between the signature Oasis barbeque or Oasis Mexican fusion menu or opt for our other private event menu propositions- Japanese fusion, Gastronomic dinner, Oriental or vegan with menus that can be created together with the resident chef. For a magical night under the stars , guests can pay a memorable visit with their loved ones. Priced at Dhs860 per adult, this experience includes a gentle desert drive from the gate to the camp, a seasonal menu prepared by the Resident Chef , sand boarding, volleyball, soft archery, and more, a falcon show, a camel ride at the camp, a fire show and unlimited entertainment.

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