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Your UAE Weekend Guide: 14 to 16 October

Culinary pop-ups, charitable initiatives and plenty of brunch options guarantee a memorable weekend in the UAE.

As we recover from the excitement of this week’s FACT Spa and Wellness Awards UAE, there is plenty of culinary excitement to keep our bellies full and our spirits high this weekend.

Friday 14 October 2022

Support a good cause at Origami Sushi

A sushi place that’s been the talk of the town is donating all profits from the sale of its Japanese Chocolates Box to Dubai Cares, a UAE-based global philanthropic organisation. Origami Sushi is supporting this mission with a fundraising initiative that lasts for three months. Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has been working towards providing children and youth access to quality education. The chocolate selection includes four distinctive flavour combinations made in-house. A box contains 12 pieces of choice and is sold at AED 155. Available at Origami Dubai Mall and Origami Sharjah until 28 November 2022.

GO: Follow @eatorigamisushi on Instagram for more information.

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Journey to Mykonos at this vibrant night brunch

Mykonos at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi boasts picturesque and stylish aesthetics. Whilst offering elaborated casual dining, boho-chic interiors and a cosy ambience. The restaurant offers diners a charming beachfront setting, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the city skyline. Indulge in a one-of-a-kind seaside night brunch on Fridays, where the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine includes healthy salads, creative sushi rolls, and freshly caught seafood. Fridays from 7pm to 11pm (thee-hour package). AED 199 (soft beverages) and AED 299 (house beverages). 

GO Visit or call 050 785 2320 for reservations and more information.

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Saturday 15 October 2022

Brunch like you’re on the Italian Riviera

Live La Dolce Vita every Saturday with Michelin-lauded Torno Subito’s La Riviera Saturday brunch. Bringing a taste of Italy to W Dubai – The Palm, diners can expect a selection of refreshing beverages and classic Italian dishes, including cured sea bream pistachio, tagliatella cuttlefish, burrata with basil pesto and cannolo di ragu Napoletano provola e pomodoro, followed by the classic tiramisubito and pink cheesecake. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 325 (soft beverages), AED 425 (house beverages) and AED 525 (premium beverages).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Marriott International Hotel

Experience a FACT Award-winning brunch

Step into a unique market-inspired experience at the FACT Award-winning brunch at Sim Sim inside Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas. Witness the charm of a farmer’s market with an array of delicacies showcasing flavours from around the world alongside live musical performances. Dive into live cooking stations packed with international flavours, the finest and freshest seafood selections, dedicated BBQ stations, succulent meats, a Mexican station, pasta corner, fresh salad bar, a vast selection of cheese and cold cuts, heavenly dessert stalls, and so much more. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. Prices from AED 390 per person.

GO: Email or call 02 697 0000 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 16 October 2022

Head to the Ugly Noodles pop-up

Head to 25hours Hotel One Central this weekend and enjoy a culinary pop-up from cult-favourite homegrown noodle brand, Ugly Noodles. Available for two days only inside the Arabesque courtyard at Nomad Day, diners can enjoy delicious dumplings or steaming bowls of soup. Must-order dishes include the Dan Dan noodles, wagyu beef cumin skewers, Sichuan wontons, canvas gelato and milligram cheesecake. Ugly Noodles marks the first in a series of quirky pop-up restaurants. Available on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October, from 2pm to 9pm.

Visit for more information.

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Visit the most family-friendly brunch in town

Enjoy brunch at Liwan inside Swissôtel Al Ghurair and cherish quality time with family and friends whilst discovering different cuisines every week. Savour the flavours of the world with Shepherd’s pie from Europe, Middle Eastern Syrian lamb ouzi, South East Asian speciality Nasi Goreng and much more. In between bites, kids can enjoy activities including Little Chefs, Little Picasso, Little Gardener, Treasure Hunt and a Zumba class to keep them entertained. Sundays, from 12.30pm to 4pm. AED 159 (adults) and AED 59 (children aged six years and above).

GO: Visit or WhatsApp 04 293 3270 for reservations and more information.

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