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The best of Abu Dhabi this week: September 26 to October 2

Dinner in the dark, movies in the park, and the Expo 2020 Dubai opening ceremony.

Sunday 26 September 2021

Dinner In The Dark at Fresh Basil, Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences

The immersive new concept at Bab Al Qasr Hotel offers adventurous diners a sensory-driven dining experience. The 90-minute culinary adventure takes place in a pitch-black dining room, where you can enjoy a three-course mystery set menu while relying on your remaining senses – smell, touch, taste and sound. Dining In The Dark is available daily, from 7pm. AED 249 per person (three-course mystery set menu with a welcome drink and canapés).

GO: Call 056 992 2078 for reservations and more information.

Dining In The Dark

Monday 27 September 2021

The Game Festival at Villa Toscana, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Showcasing the rich heritage of Italy, the menu for the annual ‘game festival’ at Villa Toscana includes a selection of starters, mains, and desserts. Dishes include roe deer carpaccio, rabbit pappardella ragu and quail ravioli with pine nuts and Italian radicchio. The experience concludes with a rich and indulgent chocolate orange mousse, served with spiced fruit brioche and yoghurt sorbet. Available daily until 15 October, from 7pm to 10pm. 

GO: Email or call 02 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Steak Bites at The Warehouse Wine & Tapas Bar, Pearl Rotana Capital Centre Abu Dhabi

Winner of ‘Best Bar’ at the Fact Dining Awards Abu Dhabi 2020, The Warehouse Wine & Tapas Bar offers a compelling reason to visit every day of the week. ‘Tuesday Steak Bites’ are the perfect antidote to those hump day blues! Tuck into unlimited steak bites for two hours accompanied by a glass of house grape for AED 149 per person. If cheese and grape is more your thing, then ‘Cheese and Wine – Wine not?’ is a daily promotion that runs from opening to closing and offers diners the chance to indulge in two hours of free-flowing selected grapes paired with a variety of cheese and cold cuts for AED 140 per person.

GO: Email or call 02 307 5552 for reservations and more information.

Wednesday 29 September 2021

Four Hands Dinner at VaKaVa, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

Latin American chefs Richard Sandoval and Eber Villalobos will step into the kitchen for a special culinary collaboration. The Cuatro Manos dinner will showcase dishes from Mexico and Peru alongside classic plates over two nights. Signature dishes include traditional smoked guacamole, Peruvian sea bass ceviche of sea bass and pulled lamb shank served with adobo sauce and creamed potato. Diners can choose between coffee tres leches with coconut ice cream or crispy churros with manchego ice cream and Abuelita sauce for desserts. Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 September, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 350 per person (four-course menu and a drink).

GO: Email or call 02 811 5666 for reservations and more information.

Thursday 30 September 2021

Watch the Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony

Utilising the largest immersive sound installation in the world and the world’s largest blended video projection installation, an incredible roster of international, regional, and home-grown talent will perform at Expo 2020’s Opening Ceremony in Al Wasl Plaza. Spectators will enjoy a display of visuals, music and performances, as some of the world’s most creative minds and emerging talents come together in a dazzling performance that will be shared with audiences around the world. Among those slated to perform are world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli and Platinum-selling British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the momentous events, you can stream the live ceremony here.

Friday 1 October 2021

Cinema In The Park at Umm Al Emarat Park

Umm Al Emarat Park have brought back their ‘Cinema in the Park’ for another season. Families and movie lovers can watch box-office blockbusters on the large outdoor Screen at the Children’s Garden. Cinema in the Park has an exciting line-up of back-to-back movies for the whole family, such as Moana, The Croods 2, Frozen 2, The Incredibles, Big Hero 6 and Harry Potter. While movie-goers immerse themselves in the films, Park Rangers will help children create masterpieces at the origami stations. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

Saturday 2 October 2021

Signature Steak Cuts at The Signature 3, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Showcasing three cuts of steak, plus international dishes from across the globe, this culinary journey is elevated by glorious views of the Arabian Gulf. Tuck into USA Angus Beef Tenderloin, USA Prime New York Striploin and Blackmore Farms Wagyu Rib Eye, presented with a choice of sides and sauces. The intimate experience also includes expertly prepared plates such as burrata, Chilean seabass or truffle and wild mushroom black ravioli. Available daily, from 12pm to midnight.

GO: Email or call 02 498 8888 for reservations and more information.

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