Top 10 Things to Do in the UAE this Week!
Fri 7 Nov
Party at Pacha Dubai!
Launched way back in 1967, this legendary Ibiza haunt has grown into one of the world’s most famous nightspots – and now a sister club’s opened right here in the UAE! Four years in the making, it incorporates a bar, a rooftop terrace and a theatre-cum-restaurant, it’s taken over the three-storey space that previously housed Trilogy, and each floor has a very different theme. Here’s what you can expect to find…
Fri 7 Nov
See Eliza Doolittle at Grazia Fest!
The Big When I was Little singer will headline the Middle East’s first-ever Grazia Fest. Devoted to all things fashion, it’ll feature catwalk shows and pop-up shops – check out local design talent at the Made in DXB mini mall – plus bites and bubbles.
INFO: 12noon-12midnight, Dhs150, book at www.timeouttickets.com, Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Marina, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai Marina, 04 399 5777, www.dimc.ae
Thu 6-Sat 8 Nov
Taste of Abu Dhabi
With 50 exhibitors, dishes from 19 restaurants and five themed bars, this annual event is a foodie’s paradise. Attractions include music, cookery classes and demonstrations from celeb chefs Jun Tanaka, Eric Lanlard and Steven Edwards.
Try the New Menu at The Farm!
Set within the lush oasis of Al Barari, this wholesome restaurant prides itself on serving dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world, prepared using organic and ethically sourced produce. The Farm’s latest menu has a decidedly Mediterranean flavour – the perfect excuse to make the trip.
Every Sun, Mon, Tue & Wed
Book a Woman’s Wonderland Treat in The Lakes!
Gather the girls for an indulgent day of beauty treats and afternoon tea! The Woman’s Wonderland package includes a blow-dry at Marquee, a cute hair salon inspired by Fifties Hollywood, as well as a classic-style mani from The Nail Spa, with the pièce de résistance of the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Reform Social & Grill! The British-style restaurant will serve up an Alice in Wonderland-themed spread that includes tick-tock chocolate cakes and ‘Drink Me’ strawberry milkshakes – a whimsical deal sure to leave you grinning like the Cheshire cat!
INFO: Dhs250, book on 04 399 5336. Both treatments and afternoon tea must be taken on same day; allow 45 minutes for blow-dry and one hour for manicure. Marquee: 8am-8pm daily, The Blow Dry Bar, 04 399 5336, www.marquee.ae; The Nail Spa: 8am-8pm daily, 600 544 001; Reform Social & Grill: afternoon tea served 3pm-5pm, 04 454 2638, www.reformsocialgrill.ae
Check out Modern Arabic Food at Zayzafoon
This new lounge-style restaurant promises authentic delights from Lebanon and Egypt to the UAE. Offering delicate, aromatic dishes, Zayzafoon aims to celebrate the region’s culinary diversity by offering daily specials.
INFO: 9am-12midnight daily, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Baniyas City, Abu Dhabi, 02 503 1490, www.zayzafoon.ae
Sat 7 Nov
Club night of the Week
Martin Buttrich at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
A forefather of German techno and house, this Grammy-nominated DJ is celebrating 20 years of making “music of every shape” with his #9414 tour.
Thu 6-Thu 13 Nov
Catch International Comedians at The Laughter Factory
This month’s line-up features multi-award-winning Nathan Caton, who’s been active on the UK comedy circuit since he was 19. Combining personal, confessional material with insightful social commentary, he was described by Chortle.com as “a slick performer with an unbeatable stage attitude.”
A regular at the UK’s top comedy clubs, Jimmy McGhie’s appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News on the BBC – The Scotsman said of him: “See him now before you have to queue around The O2,” while Glenn Wool’s toured with Ed Byrne and performed all over the world. Edgy and incisive, his first solo show, Bizarre Cocktail, was a sell-out at last year’s Edinburgh Festival. It’s a fine way to spend an evening!
INFO: Dhs140, book at www.timeouttickets.com. Thu 6-Fri 7 Nov: 9pm, Mövenpick Hotel JBR; Wed 12 Nov: 8pm, Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai; Thu 13 Nov: 9pm, Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM; 04 355 1862, www.thelaughterfactory.com
Wed 12 Nov
Ladies’ Night of the Week
See DJ Amely at the Yacht Club!
Voted Top Supermodel DJ in 2013, DJ Amely’s known as much for her looks as for her turntable skills. Find out whether she’s more than just a pretty face while sipping unlimited bubbly at this award-winning weekly event.
INFO: 7pm-12midnight, venue closes 3am; free, The Yacht Club Bar & Galley, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud St, 02 666 6888, www.dining-intercontinental-ad.ae, http://djamely.com.uae
Every Fri and Sat
Brunch of the Week
Feast on fruits de la mer such as jumbo shrimps, Maine lobster and smoked salmon pizza! This homely venue is a must-try.
INFO: 1pm-4pm, Dhs250, including mocktails, Dhs350 with signature cocktails and grape, Dhs450 with bubbly: Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa St, 800 101 101, restaurants.Irmad@lemeridien.com