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The FACT UAE Weekend Guide: 16 to 18 February

Al fresco dining, a beautiful beach club and abundant live music will guarantee a fun-filled weekend across the UAE.

The third weekend in February is upon us, Valentine’s Day is over, and the al fresco dining season comes with plenty of things to look forward to. So start planning your weekend of dining, nightlife and entertainment – you can thank us later.

Friday 16 February

Check into Dubai’s first fitness and recovery hotel

The fitness brand SIRO is launching its inaugural hotel in Dubai’s One Za’abeel development, filling a gap in the market to develop an immersive hospitality experience that specialises in fitness, mental health, nutrition recovery and sleep. SIRO One Za’abeel aims to create a supportive, aspirational environment so that guests can unlock their true potential – think of it as a retreat with a difference. The property has bought in the big guns and teamed up with Kerzner International. Kerzner has been flexing its muscles with the iconic Atlantis Resorts & Residences and One&Only Resorts, so we expect big things.

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

SIRO One Za'abeel

Party on a rooftop

Situated across three floors inside the Terra Pavilion at Expo City Dubai, PXB offers a haven for health enthusiasts. With its rooftop space and state-of-the-art studio, this sustainable, plant-based concept presents a three-hour drinks package each Friday. The rooftop setting, refreshing beverages, and vibrant atmosphere make PXB the perfect destination for Friday gatherings. Fridays from 5pm to 8pm. AED 99 per person (three hours of house beverages).

GO: Follow @pxblifestyle on Instagram for more information.

February at PXB

Experience a new dinner show

Dubai diners are flocking to BIRDS on the 63rd floor of Address Downtown. The inaugural performance at this new dinner show is Sky Lake, and, as the name suggests, it blends movements from ballet with avant-garde choreography. Chef Alexander Raylyan, who has worked on BIRDS’ previous projects, brings a menu of King Crab with Soba Matcha Noodles and Japanese Wagyu Tataki with White Asparagus to Dubai.

GO: Visit https://birds.city for more information. 

Birds in Dubai

Saturday 17 February

Have brunch at a FACT Award winner

Featuring a vibrant Cebiche Bar and terrace seating, La Mar provides an atmospheric backdrop for a Peruvian brunch overlooking the Skyblaze Fountain at Atlantis The Royal. The experience commences with anticuchos, classic empanada, and a selection of seafood before culminating with a chocolate mousse crafted from chocolate sourced from various regions in Peru. Expect DJ sets and traditional Peruvian beverages such as Chicha Morada and the legendary Pisco Sour. Saturdays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 495 (soft beverages), AED 595 (house beverages) and AED 275 (children aged five to 12 years).

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

La Mar by Gastón Acurio

Dine al fresco at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental

Get ready to play with fire at Sand & Koal, where you’ll find yourself with sand between your toes, serenaded by the rhythmic waves and mesmerised by the vibrant teal ocean views. The restaurant now offers a Saturday brunch menu featuring Crab and Shrimp Rice, Octopus Skewers, Scottish Salmon, Wagyu Pichana and Basque cheesecake. With yachts cruising by and glasses of handcrafted cocktails, this boho-chic hotspot right on the sands is perfect for a fun day out. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 380 (soft beverages), AED 480 (house beverages) and AED 580 (Champagne).

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

February at Emirates Palace

See Alicia Keys perform at Saadiyat Nights

Saadiyat Nights is proving to be a star-studded affair where music fans find themselves immersed in a sea of melodies under the moonlit sky. Now, Alicia Keys has joined the star-studded lineup. The singer and songwriter began playing the piano at the age of seven. She made her debut in 2001 with the album Songs in A Minor, which sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned her five Grammy Awards. Since then, Keys has released several successful albums and has become known for her soulful voice and powerful ballads such as Girl On Fire, Fallin’, If I Ain’t Got You, No One and Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart.

GO: Visit www.ticketmaster.ae for tickets and more information.

Concerts in the UAE

Sunday 18 February

Visit Chef Izu’s new beach club

The Cote d’Azur might be 6,400 kilometres away from the UAE, but it will feel a little closer, thanks to Maison de la Plage. Located on Palm West Beach, the luxurious beach club has been created by Chef Izu Ani and brings the spirit of the French Riviera to Dubai. In French, Maison de la Plage means beach house, and sums up the new spot. The space boasts day beds, cabanas, a pool and a restaurant. Signature dishes on the menu include the Izu Burger, Grilled Octopus, Lobster Linguine, Marinated Lamb Cutlets and Snails with butter and anchovies. Maison de la Plage is open from 10am to 2am. Daybed-loungers start from AED 250 (with AED 100 redeemable on food and beverages).

GO: Follow @maisondelaplage_ on Instagram for more information.

Maison de la Plage

Witness Dubai’s first mega-music festival

Grab your glowsticks and prepare for an epic weekend because UNTOLD Festival is taking over Expo City Dubai from 15 to 18 February. Brace yourselves for four days of non-stop raving as UNTOLD Dubai becomes a playground for the biggest names in the music business. With over 100 artists bringing the beats, revellers can expect performances from Armin van Buuren, Bebe Rexha, Ellie Goulding, G-Eazy, Hardwell, Major Lazer and PSY. 

GO: Visit https://untold.ae for more information.

the UAE in 2024

Grab a slice (or two)

Weekends just got even more delicious with One Life JVC’s buy one get one free pizza offers. Whether you’re hosting a pizza party or cosying up at home with Deliveroo, savour wood-fired pizzas prepared using a 24-hour fermented dough. From the classic Margherita to the moreish White Party, the offer is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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

February at One Life JVC

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