22 Things to Do in the UAE this Easter

22 Things to Do in the UAE this Easter

29 Mar 2015

Ahlan!’s pick of festive meals, deals and fun days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Make like the Easter Bunny and hop it to one of these cracking events...

Gather the Kids for an Easter Carnival
Providing something for all the family to get involved in, there’ll be an Easter Egg Hunt, carnival games, two bouncy castles, a train, a merry-go-round, an arts and crafts station and a photo booth. Better make it snappy! INFO: 12noon-6pm Fri 3-Sat 4 Apr, Dhs100 per child, price includes kids’ meal and carnival ticket, booking advised, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, 04 454 2638, reservations@reformsocialgrill.ae

Book in for a Sunday Brunch in Bab Al Bahr
For those who have the luxury of taking the first day of the week off to celebrate in the traditional way, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr will be offering a brunch spanning three of its restaurants, CuiScene, Frankie’s and Marco Pierre White, for a buffet offering with barbecued delights, British staples of ribeye, rotisserie chicken and Yorkshire puds and fresh homemade ravioli and risotto. INFO: 12noon-4pm Sun 5 Apr, Dhs269 with soft drinks, Dhs319 with grape and hops, Dhs489 with bubbly, Dhs135 for kids aged six-12, Khor al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, 02 654 3238, dining.bab@fairmont.com

Get Cooking at the Reform British Bake Off
Reform Social & Grill is the connoisseur of all things British and this Easter weekend it will be debuting The Great Reform Bake Off. Residents of Dubai are encouraged to get creative and bake their finest sweet treats, which will be judged by a panel of industry foodie professionals including Reform’s very own head chef, Ryan Waddell. First, second and third prize will be awarded to the cream of the crop. INFO: 2pm-4pm Sat 4 Apr, free, open to UAE residents and nationals of all ages, entries to be submitted by 1pm. Judging to commence from 2pm, winner announced at 4pm, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, 04 454 2638, reservations@reformsocialgrill.ae

Feast on a Spanish Spread
Celebrate Easter the Spanish way at Casa de Tapas with a family brunch of sharing dishes, including traditional delights of egg puffs and sautéed porcini mushrooms and eggs cocotte stuffed with shrimps. In addition, there’ll be plenty of festive entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including egg painting for the little ones. INFO: 1pm-4pm Fri 3 Apr, Dhs149 with soft drinks, Dhs199 with house drinks, hops and grape, Dhs249 including bubbly, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, 04 4161 800, reservations@casadetapas.ae, www.dubaigolf.com

Get Your Sugar Fix at Candylicious
Stock up on an array of goodies at this specialist sweet shop, where Easter egg varieties include peanut butter, malted milk and cookies and cream. INFO: Stores in The Dubai Mall and Yas Mall, www.candyliciousme.com

Sample a 3-course Meal at Soul
This New York-inspired restaurant’s serving up a set menu including a choice of two starters, main courses and desserts each. There’s also entertainment on the Thursday and Friday evenings in the form of a jazz and soul singer and a modern jazz saxophonist respectively. INFO: 5pm-1am Thu 2-Mon 6 Apr, live music 7pm-11pm Thu-Fri, Dhs225, JBR The Walk, Dubai, 04 449 8888, hotel.jumeirahbeach.FB@moevenpick.com, moevenpick-hotels.com/JumeirahBeach‎

Get Out in the Open at Blades’ Picnic Brunch
Al Badia Golf Club’s award-winning picnic brunch gets a springtime twist, with egg hunts, face painting and even an appearance from the Easter Bunny himself. INFO: 11.30am-3.30pm Fri 3-Sat 4 Apr, Dhs275 with soft drinks, Dhs375 with house drinks, InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1127/28, restaurantreservation.dfc@ihg.com, www.diningdfc.com

Try Hand-crafted Chocs at Choix
The patisserie created by multi-Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire is selling a selection of hand-crafted Easter-themed chocolates and pastries to take home. INFO: InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1127/28, restaurantreservation.dfc@ihg.com, www.diningdfc.com

Eat Your Way Around the World at Anise
Celebrate Easter in modern restaurant Anise, dining on international cuisine to a backdrop of a two-piece band. The dedicated Kiddie Corner will offer activities including egg decoration, face painting and balloon bending. INFO: 1pm-4pm Fri 3 Apr, Dhs325 with soft drinks, Dhs425 with house drinks including bubbly, InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1127/28, restaurantreservation.dfc@ihg.com, www.diningdfc.com

Explore Abu Dhabi’s Easter Village
With a rabbit-petting zoo, egg hunts, mini tennis and chocolate-themed cookery classes among the activities planned, there’s more than enough to keep the little terrors busy. Adults can relax with pool and beach access, browse food stalls and enter a raffle to win prizes including hotel stays, spa sessions and brunches. INFO: 9.30am-5pm daily until Sat 11 Apr, adults Dhs250, kids Dhs150, North Plaza Beach, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, 02 509 8888, www.shangri-la.com/abudhabi/shangrila

Celebrate the Arrival of Spring at Four Seasons
Suq, the all-day dining restaurant at the newly opened Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, will be marking the occasion with a traditional spring lamb for lunch, a live outdoor barbecue station and a whole host of chocolate treats. This relaxed offering is great for families with little ones, for whom a visit from the Easter Bunny and an organised Easter egg hunt are sure to delight. INFO: 1pm-4pm Sun 5 Apr, Dhs275, half-price for kids, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 270 7777, www.fourseasons.com/dubaijb

Fill up at Imperium’s Easter Feasts
Head for brunch on Friday or Saturday, or book in for a festive lunch on Easter Sunday at this opulent eatery, where you can feast on an international buffet from live cooking stations including lamb and chocolatey desserts. INFO: Easter Brunch 1pm-4pm Fri 3-Sat 4 Apr, from Dhs330 on Fri, from Dhs275 on Sat; Easter lunch 1pm-4pm Sun 5 Apr, Dhs250; Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, West Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 453 0444, JZSRestaurants@jumeirah.com, www.jumeirah.com

Brunch Away all Holiday at Kempinski Hotel Palm Jumeirah
From Good Friday to Easter Sunday, the hotel will be featuring sumptuous live cooking stations for a brunch. There will also be loads of family activities, including a mini train ride and petting zoo on the Friday, and soapy soccer on the Saturday and Sunday. INFO: 1pm-4pm Fri 3-Sun 5 Apr, Dhs375 with soft drinks, Dhs545 with house drinks, kids aged six-12 dine half-price, kids aged five and under dine free of charge with a paying adult. Brunello restaurant, 04 444 2501, email fb.thepalm@kempinski.com, www.kempinski.com

Head for a Staycation at Hatta Fort Hotel
For a mountain break among the majestic Hajar Mountains, head to Hatta Fort Hotel, just an hour’s drive from Dubai, and enjoy an extended stay in one of its deluxe chalet-style rooms. There’ll be Easter barbecue lunches and the package includes a buffet breakfast and dinner. While you’re there, try some of the activities on offer – how about archery or mini golf? INFO: Valid for stays on 4, 5 or 6 Apr, Dhs1,190 per double room per night, 04 814 5555, reservations@jaresorts.com, www.jaresorts.com

Treat the Kids to their Own Buffet at InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Choose dishes from both The Yacht Club and Latin grill Chamas while the kids tuck in at their own dedicated buffet area. Children’s entertainment includes a face painter, a magician, a balloon twister and a juggler, plus the obligatory egg hunt. INFO: 12noon-4pm Sun 5 Apr, Dhs250 with soft drinks, Dhs285 with mixed drinks, kids aged six-12 dine for Dhs125; all prices subject to six per cent tourism tax and 10 per cent service charge, Bainouna St, Abu Dhabi, 800 11500 or 02 666 6888, www.intercontinental.com/AbuDhabi

Explore Jones the Grocer’s Egg-tastic Menu
The Australian food emporium is presenting a Chef’s Special menu with treats such as omelette with green and white asparagus, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce; salt cod quiche and dukkah-crusted lamb rump with beetroot, roasted onions and peas. You’ll also find hot cross buns, plus gourmet chocolate eggs that sounds way too good for the kids! Choose from Artisan du Chocolat’s Kaleidoscope eggs with folded layers of dulce de leche, couture ganache and praline overlaid with a myriad of natural colours; Pandora Bell’s Real Eggshell Eggs filled with chocolate praline or Valrhona’s Milk, Dark and Grand Cru eggs. Mmm! INFO: Until Sun 12 Apr, Abu Dhabi branches in Al Mamoura, Khalidiyah, Al Raha Gardens, Al Muneera and Sowwah Square, for all stores ring 02 4438 762; Dubai branches in Al Safa and Sheikh Zayed Rd opposite Time Square Centre mall, for either store call 04 388 1038, www.jonesthegrocer.com. Home delivery available in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on 800 4788 and at www.rsd.ae

Head on Up to Flavours on Two
This Financial District eatery is offering two festive deals – choose from brunch or dinner. Younger diners will be entertained by an arts and crafts workshop, face painting and an egg hunt and, what’s more, until 5 April there’ll be a bountiful selection of tempting Easter goodies on sale at the hotel’s Wraps Café. INFO: Brunch 12.30pm-4pm Sun 5 Apr, Dhs175 with selected drinks, children dine for Dhs100. Dinner: 7pm-11.30pm, Dhs190 with selected drinks; Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, www.rotana.com

Try International Fare in TECOM
Buffet restaurant Channels will be hosting an international Easter brunch with an Easter egg hunt and face painting put on for youngsters. INFO: 12noon-3pm Sun 5 Apr, Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs270, with selected grape, Dhs290 with spirits, kids aged six-12 dine for Dhs100, those aged five and under dine free; Media Rotana, Hessa St, TECOM, Dubai, 04 435 0201, fb.media@rotana.com, www.rotana.com

Find Hidden Gems at Manava!
Manava’s Easter egg hunt just became a bit more eggs-travagant, with five-carat gems hidden inside chocolate treats for kids to discover, making three mums very happy indeed. Children can keep busy with arts and crafts, an egg hunt and nail and body art, then indulge in Xbox games and a film screening later in the afternoon. Parents can fill up at the upscale buffet on appetisers such as citrus comfit salmon with braised salsify and poached quail egg and octopus with braised endive and trumpet mushroom. Serving stations dish up food from a number of places including China, Japan, the Middle East, India and France. INFO: 12.30pm-4pm Fri 3 Apr, Dhs350 with soft drinks, Dhs450 with house drinks, Dhs135 for diners aged 12-18, Dhs85 for kids aged six-11, children under six eat free; Sofitel The Palm, East Crescent, The Palm Dubai, 04 455 6677, www.sofitel.com

Spend Easter on the Sand at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Enjoy the holiday with the whole family, with kids’ entertainment including a bouncy castle, face painting, a balloon bender and children’s mini golf. No Easter celebration would be complete without an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. INFO: Event starts 11am, Easter egg hunt starts at 3pm, Sat 4 Apr, Sheikh Khalifa Highway, Abu Dhabi, 02 557 8000, www.sbgolfclub.ae

Enter the Easter Garden at Raffles
Executive Chef Tuomas invites families to an Easter Garden Brunch at Raffles Garden to feast on a Friday Roast with an Easter twist, with elderflower and mint cucumber shooters, grape and almond Gazpacho and asparagus vinaigrette with truffles to start, followed by Easter-themed carvery stations and seafood stalls. Kids can delight in bouncy castles, face painting, balloon bending, art stations and a colourful Easter egg hunt, plus an ice-cream truck and popcorn cart, not to mention running about in the 1,500sq m lawns. INFO: 1pm-4.30pm Fri 3 Apr, Dhs235 with soft drinks, Dhs385 with free-flowing house drinks, Wafi complex, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 324 8888, www.raffles.com/Dubai

Easter Sunday Brunch at Urban Kitchen
This Thai restaurant will be buzzing with live music, face painting, an Easter egg hunt, cookie decoration and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Brunchers can relish a selection of fresh seafood, roasts, French cheese and authentic made-to-order Thai curries. INFO: 12.30pm-4pm Sun 5 Apr, Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with house drinks, children aged six-11 dine for Dhs80, kids aged five and under dine free, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, 02 698 8137, reservations.table@dusit.com