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The best things to do in the UAE this week: 21 to 27 November

For culinary adventures across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, FACT have you covered. 

With the arrival of the FIFA World Cup and the forthcoming festive season, the dining scene in the UAE is bursting with appealing options for eating and drinking. Read on for our top picks of the week.

Monday 21 November

Experience the region’s first listening bar

Honeycomb Hi-Fi brings to life a record store, izakaya kitchen and the Middle East’s first listening bar inside the Pullman Dubai Downtown hotel. From the record storefront, guests enter into “The Listening Room”, where the warm interior lighting brings a honey hue to the perforated wooden wall panels resembling a honeycomb, whilst acoustic foam-covered ceilings reaffirm the audio-centric dining and drinks experience. The casual Japanese menu from Chef Matt Abergel is broken down into cold/raw, hot, binchotan grill and rice/noodles sections. Signature dishes include scallop siu mai and mochi stuffed wings with yuzu chilli salt.

GO: Follow @honeycombhifi on Instagram for more information.

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Tuesday 22 November

Hit the terrace at Alaya

As we embrace the cooler winter season, Chef Izu’s Alaya has opened the doors to its vibrant terrace, encouraging diners to discover its cosy outdoor dining space. Set against the backdrop of towering architecture and cascading greenery, the elegant terrace is the ideal destination for a leisurely lunch, post-work aperitivo or a relaxed dinner under the stars. The outdoor space is clad in emerald mosaic tiles, plush coral-toned chairs, and Orient-inspired umbrellas to offer shade, making it the perfect social setting to savour Alaya’s magnificent cuisine and perfectly concocted cocktails.

GO: Visit or call 04 570 6289 for reservations and more information.

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Wednesday 23 November

Relax at a cosy neighbourhood eatery

Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach unveils a new outpost of Jones the Grocer, a popular café and gourmet grocer. Debuting in the bustling neighbourhood of Jumeirah Beach Residences, the Australian gourmet eatery is set to further elevate the hotel’s vibrant appeal. The new venue boasts a stunning outdoor terrace on the JBR plaza, perfect for al fresco dining for up to 96 diners, with additional space for 122 diners indoors. What’s more, the terrace is pet-friendly, providing a designated area for guests to bring their pets and enjoy a fantastic meal with captivating city views. In addition, the family-friendly venue features Jones the Grocer’s signature artisan cheese room, a charcuterie, a bakery, a patisserie, a deli, hand-selected groceries, and a show kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

GO: Email or call 04 439 8804 for reservations and more information.

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Thursday 24 November

Indulge in a Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday celebrated globally by family and friends who gather to eat great food and reflect on their many blessings. Located in the Waldorf Astoria DIFC, Bull & Bear will showcase a family-style dinner with a chosen main course, including sharing starters and desserts. Expect 24-month-aged Parmesan ravioli, seared scallops, confit salad and (of course) turkey with all the trimmings. Desserts feature Thanksgiving classics such as pumpkin pie, pecan pie cheesecake and indulgent s’moresThursday 24 November, from 6.30pm to midnight. AED 375 per person (three courses).

GO: Visit or call 04 515 9888 for reservations and more information.

Friday 25 November

Visit a futuristic speakeasy

True to its name, Nonsense in Bluewaters creates an eccentric experience. Guests will need a special code to enter – we recommend taking a look at the Nonsense Instagram account for upcoming clues. Inside, the venue is home to quirky décor, live entertainment and futuristic cocktails. The Blade Runner-esque décor includes big brass-coloured doors, a gold DJ booth, a 3D mural projection and neon lights that change according to the vibe. The menu includes classic cocktails presented in a modern, Insta-friendly way.

GO: Follow @nonsensedxb on Instagram for reservations and more information.


Saturday 26 November

Enjoy a coastal castaway party

The much-awaited Castaway Party returns to Al Maya Island & Resort this weekend. The private island beach club, located a 10-minute boat trip off the coast of Abu Dhabi, is well-known for its DJ-driven pool parties. So gather your friends for a private island party that brings fun fuelled by live DJ sets from DJ Jay R the Superstar and DJ Katt. Saturday 26 November, from 12pm to 8pm. AED 250 per person (including AED 100 food and beverage voucher and boat transfers). Ladies can avail of free entrance until 12pm.

GO: Visit or WhatsApp 056 818 5408 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 27 November

Dine in the desert

Head out into the Abu Dhabi desert for a fun and vibrant Weekend BBQ lunch by the pool at Panache inside the charming Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa. Indulge in a live grill station featuring US prime beef ribeye, a French rack of lamb, corn-fed baby chicken, and delightful grilled seafood such as prawn and salmon. The offer also includes healthy salads and refreshing beverages. Available on Saturdays and Sundays until 31 December, from 1pm to 3pm.

GO: Call 02 204 4444 for reservations and more information.

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