The best things to see, do and eat across the seven emirates this week.
The festive season is in full swing as we venture into the middle of December, but for those of you not in search of Christmas tree lightings and festive afternoon teas, there is still plenty of fun to be had across the seven emirates.
Monday 11 December
Tuck into authentic Thai dishes
Experience creatively prepared Thai dishes highlighting the intricate balance of flavours, aroma and spice at Benjarong Abu Dhabi. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi’s signature restaurant honours Thailand’s diverse geography with a new menu that mirrors the culture and traditions of the country while emphasising exquisite flavours derived from locally sourced ingredients.
GO: Email email@example.com or call 02 698 8137 for reservations and more information.
Tuesday 12 December
Witness a culinary collab
TakaHisa Japanese Restaurant will host a culinary collaboration this week with Chef Izumi Kimura from Sushi Jin, a MICHELIN-starred establishment in Tokyo. The collaboration harmoniously blends age-old techniques with modern innovation, premium seafood from Japan’s Toyosu Fish Market and A5 Kobe beef of the highest grade. The Omakase menu features pink plum-flavored chawanmushi, shrimp nigiri, shabu-shabu with local whitefish, and grilled skewers of perch. This exclusive event accommodates eight to ten guests per seating and takes place from 12 to 14 December. AED 3,000 per person.
Wednesday 13 December
Huqqabaz Garden elevates its popular dining experience with a newly opened outdoor terrace. The open-air space seamlessly blends lush greenery with modern design, providing a tranquil escape in the heart of the city. Adorned with vibrant flora and cosy seating, the terrace offers a perfect setting for unique dining options and captivating shisha flavours while basking in the serene surroundings. Available daily, from 10am to 4am.
GO: Follow @huqqabazgarden on Instagram for more information.
Thursday 14 December
Try the teddy bear afternoon tea
Head to Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, for a heartwarming Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea to celebrate the season’s true spirit. This special event invites children to experience the joy of giving, encouraging them to share the gift of a toy with those less fortunate and spread happiness and warmth during the festive season. Attendees can enjoy an afternoon tea buffet filled with various festive treats while making a meaningful contribution to the community. Thursday 14 December, from 2pm to 5pm. AED 250 for adults and AED 75 per child.
GO: Call 04 275 4444 for reservations and more information.
Friday 15 December
Visit a new Italian restaurant
Porto Gina offers authentic Italian flavours nestled bt Abu Dhabi’s serene Marina at InterContinental Abu Dhabi. With a panoramic view and a warm, inviting ambience, indulge in a culinary journey crafted with traditional Italian recipes and a contemporary twist. From handmade pasta bursting to wood-fired pizzas delivering a taste of Napoli, every dish is a testament to culinary finesse. Expect the freshest ingredients, exquisite wines, impeccable service and an ambience that mirrors the Italian coastline.
Saturday 16 December
Brunch at Broadway
Step into the glamour of the 1920s at Broadway, located in Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental. Elevate your weekend with a lavish brunch, complete with live music, premium cocktails, and a tempting menu boasting delights like Lobster Omelette, Steak Frites, Steak Tartare, Wild Sea Bass and a decadent dessert platter. It’s an extravaganza that takes leisurely dining to the next level. Saturdays from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. AED 380 (soft beverages), AED 550 (house beverages) and AED 750 (Champagne package).
GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information.
Sunday 17 December
Step into a winter wonderland
The Galleria Al Maryah Island has unveiled an exciting lineup of festive events and activities, promising an unforgettable holiday season for the entire family. Guests are invited to explore Santa’s Grotto at the North Atrium, where AED 10 per guest will be donated to support relief efforts in Gaza. Upon entry, lively elves and thematic decorations create an enchanting atmosphere for a delightful encounter with Santa Claus. Elsewhere, visitors can head to Central Kitchens to write heartfelt letters and wish lists before posting them to Santa with the assistance of his friendly elves. Available daily from 10am to 10pm until 24 December.
GO: Visit www.thegalleria.ae for reservations and more information.