11 fabulous things to do in the UAE this weekend

Your ultimate weekend guide in the UAE, May 5 to 7, 2023.

Soak up the sun

Don’t miss out on the vibrant fusion restaurant of Gallery 7/40 where design and culinary art meet. With exceptional dishes such as Spanish tapas and Greek coastal cuisines, visitors can opt for a dreamy sunbed experience with beachside bites. From tuna tartar to fresh souvlaki, visitors have more than enough options from the restaurant’s expansive menu. Open daily from 10am to 3am, this vibrant hotspot will ensure you can lay back in the sun and take in the magnificent views that the city has to offer. In a world where art and culinary expertise collide, this one-of-a-kind beach haven is exactly where you need to be.

Watch the Backstreet Boys live

If you haven’t yet purchased tickets to watch the Backstreet Boys live this weekend in Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena, Hilton Abu Dhabi now has a way for you to watch them last minute. The package price for two people including tickets, taxes and two nights’ stay (between May 6 to 8 or May to 9) is Dhs4,080. And because it’s the Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, you also get access to one of the Yas Theme Parks for each night of your stay. As the full categories of tickets have been sold, this is an opportunity to see them live and experience the global pop royalty during their DNA World Tour.

Brunch it up

Zuma’s award-winning Baikingu Brunch is back in Dubai with a warm ambience and an array of delectable dishes featuring live Sushi and Robata stations including a variety of hot and cold dishes to choose from. Featuring sushi, sashimi and maki rolls, this mouth-watering brunch is not one to miss out on. Starting from Dhs595 for the soft drinks and cleansers, the brunch takes place from 12:30pm onwards every Saturday. Located at Gate Village, Building 3, this chic Japanese restaurant is definitely worth a visit.

A menu refresh

Fi’lia has officially welcomed their new headchef, Celia Stoecklin. Working in Michelin-starred restaurants and honing her skills alongside world-renowned chefs has elevated her culinary background and allowed her to perfect her techniques. Chef Stoecklin’s menu is set to tantalise the taste buds of all guests. From Carpaccio to Orata, there’s a host of new dishes to try with the restaurant’s fresh ingredients and enticing flavours. With her innovative take on Italian cuisine, this restaurant is one to visit this weekend.

Pamper yourself

The salon has been redesigned to feature a sleek, minimalistic, earthy look with Middle Eastern accents while continuously offering top-of-the-line services. From an array of treatments such as blowdries to manicures, customers are spoiled for choice at the salon. These unique services combined with the award-winning SNOB team’s friendly approach and attention to detail, make SNOB one of the most premium relaxing and pampering sanctuaries in the region. Additionally, new state-of-the-art services and sought-after brands have been included, such as Milkshake, Codex, Davines and Elemis. This little getaway is located in the heart of Jumeirah and promises an indulgent self-care session for all those who visit.

Try a delectable beachside breakfast

Koko Bay promises an indulgent breakfast unlike every before, Packed with premium ingredients and flavours, there’s a host of vegan-friendly options on the menu, new cocktails, an elevated grape and spirit list. Some hero dishes include the avocado toast, eggs benedict, French toast and more. As the weather is still cool, Koko Bay, located on Palm West Beach is the ideal place to go. Inspired by the beaches of the Far East, this Modern beachside spot also promises a selection of craft cocktails including savoury dishes to complement them.

Book the ultimate spa-cation

Amidst the busy schedule, finding some quiet time for yourself can go a long way to feel rejuvenated for the week ahead. With the city’s unending offerings of rejuvenating treatments ranging from a Balinese massage to lymphatic drainage, you’re sure to be walking out feeling like a completely new person. These holistic therapies are conducted by expert professionals and to help you choose, has curated a guide of all the spas to make a booking ASAP in Dubai. From One & Only Royal Mirage to the newly opened Atlantis The Royal, there’s a must-try spa in every area of Dubai.

Savour Mexican food at home

Burro Blanco, UAE’s iconic, homegrown joint known for its focus on Mexican-inspired street food, is celebrating its 5th anniversary and Cinco de Mayo. To mark this milestone and celebration, the restaurant will be serving up its famous, customized burritos for only Dhs5. The Dhs customized burritos will be available on all dine-in and pickup orders on May 5th from four of Burro Blanco’s participating branches, noting that delivery orders from these locations, including Khalidiya, Masdar, Business Bay, and Motor City, will be closed for the day. With its focus on quality ingredients, attention to customer service and experience, and a menu that mixes the best Mexican-inspired food, Burro Blanco has become the go-to burrito joint in the United Arab Emirates.

Book a fine-dining experience

With an immersive dining experience, this Italian restaurant is located on the rooftop of the popular beach destination, SAN Beach, on West Palm Beach. The sophisticated interiors are inspired by the ‘60s and ‘70s era of the Italian Riviera, to promise the ultimate cityscape. From delectable dishes such as freshly made pastas, pizzas and breads, customers can experience laid-back authentic-style dining with dishes crafted to perfection. The restaurant offers two dining concepts – an indoor dining area with a front-row view of the open kitchen, and a beachside dining area with panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Bluewaters Island. The open floor plan of the restaurant includes a customised marble bar, a large open kitchen, and a wine cellar that offers some of the finest picks from Italy. Loren Ristorante evokes a luxurious and chic, yet sophisticated atmosphere, emulating the ambience of a refined Italian coastal dining experience.

Shop for your favourite eyewear

Optitalia Group, one of the GCC’s leading companies in the distribution of eyewear, is proud to announce Vision Industry, a revolutionary optical concept store that is set to make a real splash in the eyewear space. Now open in Mall of the Emirates, the brand offers a bespoke eyewear service with over 60 brands ranging from Carrera to Dior and other brands. With a bespoke service to create your own eyewear from scratch, customers can now buy tailor-made products as per their preferences in case they can’t find it, Vision Industry will make it for them with fine Italian craftsmanship.

Grab the latest copy of Emirates Woman

For the cover, we have partnered with Blacklane, a luxury brand synonymous with a top-tier approach to saving time, with a dedicated team of professional Academy-trained chauffeurs that allow you to maximise your travel time. We also focus on the timeless craft of watchmaking in this issue from an edit of the most outstanding novelties at the annual Watches and Wonders in Geneva in The Watch Addict, to discussing the art of watch collecting with Melika Yazdjerdi, Co-founder of Perpétuel and Ashfields Consultancies in Time to Begin. Private Label London tell us how the secure impossible-to-find pieces in A Rare Breed, and Christie’s Remy Julia discusses the art of the watch auction process in Timeless Investments. Beauty and lifestyle wise, we compile an edit of anti-aging products that deliver results in Turn Back Time, we look at innovative designs that make the best long-term investment pieces in The Pad, and we ask some of the most incredible women we know how they optimise time and what wisdom time has brought to their lives in Priceless Time.

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