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The best things to do in the UAE this week: 13 to 19 March

The best places to dine, drink and dance in Dubai this week.

Brunches, movie nights, live entertainment and afternoon teas are all on the agenda for another week of fun in the sun. Read on for our FACT’s picks of where to dine this week.

Monday 13 March

Enjoy a decadent treat at CHOIX

Specially curated by chef Pierre Gagnaire, CHOIX’s afternoon tea at InterContinental Dubai Festival City offers an authentic Parisian experience with its expansive selection of delights accompanied by coffee and DAMMANN Frères Tea. Indulge in signature scones and pastries, homemade macaroons, and Omani shrimp tartlets as you relax amidst stunning views of Dubai Creek. Available daily, 12pm to 6pm. from AED 125 per person.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Tuesday 14 March

Spend an evening with Frank Sinatra

Belcanto Restaurant at Dubai Opera collaborates with Jack Daniel’s to launch Jack & Jazz with music from the Italian quartet Four N’ More. Here, you can indulge in a night of uplifting Jazz and sophisticated Italian cuisine. Jack & Jazz pays homage to Frank Sinatra, transporting diners to New York, New York for a night of revelry, complete with classic hits such as Fly Me to the Moon and The Best is Yet to Come. Using state-of-the-art 3D mapping technology, Belcanto will project animations of Frank Sinatra’s old films and music videos throughout the restaurant. Tuesday 14 March.

GO: Email or call 04 456 0936 for reservations and more information.

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Wednesday 15 March

Grab the guys for a movie night

This week, Roxy Cinemas will become the ultimate mancave, featuring movies and games exclusively for the gents. The cinema’s new Boys Night will showcase cinema classics and the latest blockbusters on the big screen. Along with the movie, the experience includes free-play arcade games, food, and access to the Platinum Lounge, where guests can play vintage arcade games, snooker, and foosball whilst enjoying small bites and a Heineken Zero. The first movie screening will be Bruce Willis starring Die Hard. Wednesday 15 March at 7pm. 

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Thursday 16 March

Experience Mata Mata nights

Sumosan, the contemporary Japanese restaurant inside The Dubai EDITION, introduces Mata Mata Nights. Here, guests can indulge in culinary theatre, stunning cocktails, and unmatched entertainment from DJ Chiccodeejay. Dance the night away whilst dining on sushi, sashimi and other delectable dishes. Thursdays, from 10pm. 

GO: Email or call 040 388 4540 for reservations and more information.

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Friday 17 March

Treat mum to a complimentary Afternoon Tea

Treat your mother to afternoon tea at Eunoia By Carine on mother’s day, and she can dine for free when accompanied by her family. The experience includes crustless sandwiches, plain and raisin scones served with jam and cream, and a selection of sweets, including chocolate cakes, lemon meringue éclairs and hazelnut flans. As a token of appreciation, mothers will receive flowers from the restaurant. Available from 17 to 21 March, from 3:30 pm to 6pm. AED155 for two adults.

GO: Email or call 04 302 1241 for reservations and more information.

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Saturday 18 March

Brunch at a FACT Award winner 

Offering a sophisticated twist on the traditional izakaya style of informal eating, Zuma’s new Baikingu Brunch begins with a selection of starters, including Zuma’s signature shrimp tempura, crispy fried squid, and an assortment of sashimi, nigiri and maki. The offering also includes beef yakiniku from the live robata cooking station, followed by signature main courses such as miso-marinated black cod, jumbo tiger prawns, and grilled Australian wagyu ribeye. To end the brunch on a sweet note, guests can indulge in various desserts, including sorbets, ice creams, chocolates, and exotic fruits. It’s a fantastic place to dine. Saturdays from, 12:30pm to 4pm. Prices from AED 495 at Zuma Abu Dhabi and AED 595 at Zuma Dubai.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 19 March

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Carine

Carine Ani’s homegrown brand Mémère Coco has teamed up with the beautiful bakery to offer guests a selection of delicate cakes freshly baked daily, just in time for Mother’s Day weekend. The sweet delicacies include an indulgent banoffee pie, a decadent chocolate tart, and an irresistible lemon tart. Available from Sunday 18 to Tuesday 21 March.

GO: Email or call 04 417 9885 for reservations and more information.

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