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The FACT UAE Weekend Guide: 27 to 29 October

Will it be all tricks or pure treats this Halloween weekend?

The final weekend in October is bringing plenty of Halloween fun, bombastic brunches and cultural events across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Friday 27 October

Relax and recharge

Say farewell to restless nights with Palazzo Versace Dubai’s rejuvenating spa treatment designed to bring harmony to your sleep-wake cycle. The 90-minute treatment at the FACT Award-winning ‘Spa of the Year 2023’ begins with deep breathing exercises, followed by a full-body exfoliation employing pure magnesium salts. After the invigorating scrub, The SPA’s skilled therapists use tranquillising massage techniques, concentrating on the scalp and feet to dissolve stress and tension. Available daily, from 11am to 10pm. AED 890 (90 minute treatment).

GO: Visit www.palazzoversace.ae for more information.


Solve a murder mystery

Step into a spine-tingling realm for the criminally insane at Hudson Tavern’s Halloween Insane Asylum. This electrifying murder mystery encounter offers participants a two-hour interactive adventure where they must piece together clues, unveil hidden truths, and apprehend the elusive killer. But the thrill doesn’t stop there, as the tickets also includes free access to the Halloween after-party, where an evening filled with shocks, surprises, and suspense awaits. Friday 27 October, from 8pm to 10pm. AED 130 per person.

GO: Visit www.sevenrooms.com for reservations and more information.

Evening brunch Dubai

Embrace art

Al Maryah Island will bring together live artists, music, and entertainment for the first Soleil Noir Hydrogen event at Rosewood Abu Dhabi. The vibrant hues of GLO pool bar, coupled with views of the Abu Dhabi skyline, will provide a canvas for Sneakhotep’s visual art. Having exhibited across the UAE, Sneakhotep positions himself as a street scribe, using calligraffiti to exchange knowledge and traditions. Attendees can anticipate live music from DJs Rob Forrest and LPN and an art auction. Friday 27 October, from 7pm.

GO: Email abudhabi@rosewoodhotels.com or call 02 813 5550 for reservations and more information.


Saturday 28 October

Get spooky at SUSHISAMBA

Experience a thrilling Halloween at SUSHISAMBA’s Inferno Brunch this weekend. This immersive brunch will ignite your taste buds with signature dishes while you enjoy dancers, live acts, and dynamic DJs. Indulge in antichuchos, sashimi and sushi before tucking into main courses like Australian Angus Tenderloin and Black Cod with white miso. Special cocktails on the day include the Black Widow, Bloody Spritz, Divine Crow, and Spooky Negroni. Saturday, 28 October, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 649 (house beverages) and AED 799 (Champagne).

GO: Visit www.sushisamba.com for more information.


Have brunch at a FACT Award-winner

Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of elegance and sophistication with Penelope’s Brasserie & Jazz Bar Américain’s Jazz Age-inspired brunch. The FACT Award-winning French restaurant overlooking Yas Marina will transport guests to a bygone era filled with style, extravagance, and a generous flow of libations and lively entertainment. Indulge in seabass carpaccio with citrus passion dressing, burrata with marinated grapes and pomegranate, and crispy calamari with homemade mayonnaise, followed by flank steak with béarnaise sauce, oven-roasted seabream with sauce vierge, chocolate fondant and vanilla crème brûlée. Saturdays, from 2pm to 5:30pm. AED 275 (soft beverages), AED 350 (house beverages), AED 450 (house beverages and Prosecco).

GO: Visit www.penelopes.ae for reservations and more information.


Hit the beach

Prepare for an unforgettable Halloween celebration that combines a spine-tingling dining experience with exclusive access to Saadiyat Beach Club’s beachfront paradise. The FACT Award-winning venue will transform into an enchanted realm with captivating decorations to set the stage for an enthralling experience. Here, diners can delight in a buffet featuring Halloween-themed dishes and libations before enjoying the pristine beach, pool, and facilities for the remainder of the day. Saturday 28 October, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 545 (soft beverages), AED 654 (house beverages) and AED 745 (premium beverages).

GO: Call 02 656 3555 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 29 October

Enjoy a spa day

Embark on a day of relaxation and renewal at Cinq Mondes Spa inside Hyde Hotel Dubai. Enjoy a day of sheer bliss with complimentary access to the rooftop pool, a cutting-edge gym, and steam and sauna facilities. Take your pampering to the next level with a 45-minute full-body massage designed to dissolve your worries and leave you feeling invigorated. Following your spa session, you can have a meal and a revitalising beverage at the pool bar. Available daily, from 19am to 9pm. AED 500 per person.

GO: Call 04 871 1040 for reservations and more information.

Cinq Mondes Spa at Hyde Hotel

Make a splash

Embrace the UAE’s cooler climate at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. The family-friendly Yas Island hotel has launched the ultimate Latin American pool day at Yas Bay. Chill by the pool and listen to live music while enjoying food and drinks at Capila – Pool Bar & Grill. Make a splash, bask in the winter sun and enjoy Latin American dishes such as anticuchos prepared at the live BBQ station, clásico ceviche, and indulgent churros. Poolside activities such as ping pong, teqball, subsoccer, and jenga are also included, Available on Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 210 (soft beverages) and AED 295 (house beverages).

GO: Visit http://sevn.ly/xNiyl70W for reservations and more information.

Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Treat yourself

Crème, the renowned bakery hailing from London, has made its grand entrance in Dubai, unveiling a delectable array of baked goods and soft-serve treats. Among the flavours gracing the menu at Crème in Dar Wasl Mall are Classic Milk Chocolate, Double Chocolate Cookies, Dulce Milk Chocolate, and Miso & White Chocolate cookies. Beverage options such as Americanos, Banana Toast Lattes and S’mores Hot Chocolate are also offered. Available daily, from 9am to 11pm.

GO: Follow @cremelondonuae on Instagram for more information.


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