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Six fantastic things to do in Dubai this weekend: September 30 to October 2

From the opening of the World Expo to brunches and themed menus. These are the best things to experience in Dubai this weekend.

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 stunning visuals, music and performances, as some of the world’s most creative minds, internationally renowned artists and emerging talents come together in a dazzling, ground-breaking performance that will be shared with audiences worldwide. 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.

Try the new vegan menu at Scalini, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Scalini welcomes guests to indulge in a new selection of satisfying plant-based dishes. Inspired by his Mamma’s hearty homemade Italian cuisine, Executive Chef Giuseppe Giampietro has curated his menu using beautifully fresh and seasonal ingredients, ensuring all tastes and dietary preferences are catered for. The refreshing Mista Scalini with crisp lettuce, ripe cherry tomatoes, endive leaves, and avocado is the perfect appetiser, whilst those looking for antipasti will relish the authentic Minestrone Soup. Main courses include the traditional Penne Arrabiata and the Paccheri Zia Maria, with large, tubed pasta. Available daily, from 12pm.

GO: Call 04 349 0068 for reservations and more information.

Friday 1 October 2021

Experience the world’s greatest show at Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 finally throws open its doors to the public, and for the first time in World Expo history, every participating country has its own pavilion. Explore 191 country pavilions and a diverse range of installations, artistic creations, workshops and performances. It truly is ‘the world’s greatest show.’

GO: Visit for more information.

Try the new Friday brunch at Nobu Dubai, Atlantis The Palm

Nobu’s brand-new Friday brunch celebrates the signature dishes that have earned their place on the menu at Nobu restaurants worldwide. The brunch begins with an unlimited selection of starters, including the signature yellowtail jalapeño, salmon new style, truffle edamame, black cod croquettes and sushi. Brunch-goers can then choose from one of seven Nobu mains, including the Wagyu ribeye flambe, beef and foie gras gyoza, lobster shiso salsa and the signature black cod miso. Finally, brunch ends on a sweet note with an extensive dessert selection, including mochi ice cream, Nobu cheesecake and assorted seasonal fruits. Fridays, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 555 (soft beverages), AED 655 (house beverages) and AED 795 (Champagne).

GO: Visit or call 04 426 2626 for reservations and more information.

Saturday 2 October 2021

Tuck into a weekend roast at McCafferty’s, Circle Mall JVC

Traditional Irish pub McCafferty’s is now open on the rooftop of Circle Mall, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and an extensive beverage menu. A weekend roast is also available, serving pepper-crusted rib of beef or Impossible vegan meatloaf, alongside a house beverage. Friday to Sunday, from 12pm to 10pm. AED 120 per person.

GO: Follow @mccaffertysjvc on Instagram for more information.

McCafferty’s JVC

Support Breast Cancer Awareness month at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Orange Hospitality has partnered with Al Jalila Foundation and Brest Friends to raise awareness and aid local breast cancer research. For October, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro will be offering a special Pink Menu. Promising an exquisite pink affair, dishes include carpaccio di rape rosse (beetroot carpaccio with goat cheese and pistachios), risotto alla barbabietola e burrata (beetroot risotto with burrata cream and candied beetroot) and a stunning dessert, mousse al cioccolato bianco e sorbetto al lampone (white chocolate mousse and raspberry sorbet). A portion of the proceeds will go to Al Jalila Foundation’s breast cancer campaign. Available daily until 31 October.

GO: Email or call 04 275 2555 for reservations and more information.

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