Drink, dine and dance: the best things to do in the United Arab Emirates this week.
Happy hours, business lunches, brunches and a taste of Christmas all form part of our picks of the week.
Monday 12 September 2022
Celebrate Negroni week
Campari has teamed up with Belcanto’s chef bartender Mikhail Melnik to create a special collection of Negroni cocktails inspired by two female powerhouses in the world of art and music – Kristel Bechara and Yana Mann. The “Victorian Crochet” is a concoction inspired by Kristel Bechara’s art piece of the same moniker, made of jasmine-infused aperitif, Campari, and sparkling wine. “I Care If You Listen” is opera singer Yana Mann’s favourite quote and offers a beautiful mix of Mediterranean juniper and Campari infused with oysters, pastis, and salt. Guests can pair Mikhail’s limited edition cocktail menu with Belcanto’s a la carte cuisine at the fine-dining Italian venue located at the Dubai Opera. Available 12 to 18 September, from 6pm to midnight.
Tuesday 13 September 2022
Partake in a Nomikai party
Japanese culinary traditions get a contemporary make-over at Virgin Izakaya, and happy hour at celebrated Bluewaters dining destination is ideal for sundowners and social catch-ups. In Japan, a nomikai is a drinking party often held in restaurants or izakaya bars. Here in Dubai, Virgin Izakaya offers a similar experience with special prices on drinks and selected items from the bar menu. Available Monday to Friday, from 4pm to 7pm.
GO: Visit www.virginizakaya.com.ua for reservations and more information.
Wednesday 14 September 2022
Get back to business
Located close to the airport, metro and major shopping destinations, Grand Mercure Hotel and Residences Dubai Airport offers a wonderful business lunch at the all-day-dining restaurant Walima. The restaurant offers a selection of international and local Middle Eastern dishes with a cultural culinary touch. Available daily from 12:30pm to 3pm. AED 69 per person (set menu including a drink).
Thursday 15 September 2022
Indulge in a dark brunch
Northern Chinese restaurant, Hutong, has launched a Dark Brunch amidst ambient mood-lighting and stylish interiors and it’s one of the best things to do in Dubai this week. Here, a lavish three-course menu and curated cocktails await. Begin with unlimited starters and delicate dim-sums before moving on to Kung Po chicken, wok-tossed sea bass with leek, and finish with Hutong’s signature dessert platter. Thursdays from 9pm to midnight. AED 288 (soft beverages), AED 388 (house beverages) AED 449 (Prosecco and cocktails) AED 588 (premium grape and bubbles) and AED 1,688 (Champagne).
GO: Visit www.hutong-dubai.com for reservations and more information.
Friday 16 September 2022
Party with Afrojack at Billionaire Dubai
Billionaire Dubai is back for a new season, with a captivating new show full of musicians, acrobats, and dancers. The lavish nightlife venue will welcome DJ and producer Afrojack to celebrate the re-opening. The Grammy-winning producer and songwriter continues to revolutionise music, since making his breakthrough with the multi-platinum-selling single “Take Over Control“, the genre-bending musician has co-created massive hits for big-name artists – Beyoncé included. September 16, from 9pm until late.
GO: Call 04 510 3100 for reservations and more information.
Saturday 17 September 2022
Begin the countdown to Christmas
Taking place exactly 100 days before Christmas Day, Hillhouse Brasserie in Dubai Hills invites guests to enjoy a fun-filled festive family feast. The Countdown Brunch will feature a menu of duck liver pâté, Duck Hook Scotch eggs, wild mushroom risotto, roast turkey with stuffing, and prime rib beef with gravy – all served with classic trimmings including roast potatoes, honey roasted parsnips, butter carrots, braised red cabbage and Brussel sprouts. The festive feast will end with Christmas pudding, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge Arctic roll and mince pies. All perfectly paired with Christmas tunes by a live singer and seasonal drinks. Saturday 17 September, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 195 (soft beverages), AED 370 (house beverages) and AED 420 (bubbly).
GO: Call 04 337 1000 for reservations and more information.
Sunday 18 September 2022
Enjoy a family-focused Italian brunch
The ‘La Famiglia’ Sunday Brunch at Verso inside Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl is back for a new season of family fun. Beginning with an aperitif and antipasti, the Italian feast boasts signature dishes served tableside, including pizza and pasta. In addition to the plethora of food, children will be entertained with fun activities, popcorn and (of course) tiramisu. Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 180 (soft beverages) and AED 280 (unlimited Italian grapes and hops).
GO: Call 056 433 6898 for reservations and more information.