The best things to do in the UAE this week: 22 to 28 May
Read on for our picks of the week.
This week brings business lunches, culinary collabs and marvellous mixology to our sunny shores.
Monday 22 May
Dine on Iberian and Latino cuisine
Experience the culinary delights of La Niña and indulge in a business lunch that features a tempting selection of signature dishes. Delight your senses with the sizzling Gambas di Ajillo or the succulent Rabo de toro. Whether you’re looking to impress clients or catch up with colleagues, La Niña’s Business Lunch is the perfect choice. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3:30pm. AED 115 (one starter and one main course) or 155 (two starters and one main course).
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Tuesday 23 May
Dance the night away at LY-LA
Prepare to be immersed in a new and exhilarating musical concept with LY-LA Music. Bedouin traditions inspire this opulent and hidden lounge in DIFC, inviting guests into a realm of musical expression. Revellers can expect a fusion of genres, including eclectic afro beats and melodic organic house music, intertwined with the rich culture of the Middle East. On 23 May, resident DJ Tayllor will entertain the elite crowd with his eclectic selection of expressive tracks. Tuesdays, from 10pm.
GO: Call 04 570 6289 for reservations and more information.
Wednesday 24 May
Try Mazi’s new Saganaki Saga menu
Contemporary Greek restaurant Mazi at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi has introduced a new four-course set lunch menu of colourful Greek specialities. The menu begins with a combination of hot and cold starters, followed by a saganaki-inspired main course, and concludes with a homemade Greek dessert. Available daily, from 12pm and 3pm. AED 295 per person.
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Thursday 25 May
Experience a six hands dinner
Akira Back at W Dubai – The Palm has collaborated with the Dubai Chefs Collective to create a culinary event that is not to be missed. Akira Back’s chef Giovanni will join forces with chef James Knight Pacheco and chef Carlos de Garza to present a specially curated menu. The menu features Garum Beef Tartare with roasted capsicum and Borage flowers, Hamachi Pizza with beetroot cure, a seafood twist on Domi Puri, Hokkaido scallops, and a Wagyu brisket dish called The Fields. Thursday 25 May, from 8pm to 10pm. AED 499 (food only) or AED 799 (food and beverage pairing).
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 245 5800 for reservations and more information.
Friday 26 May
Witness the glamour of the IIFA
The 23rd edition of the grandest celebration of Indian cinema – the International Indian Film Academy Awards, is set to descend upon Yas Island for a glorious weekend of cinematic excellence. The most renowned stars of the Indian Film Academy, including Ranveer Singh, Ananya Pandey and Salman Khan, will be hosted by W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, the Official Celebrity Host Hotel for the event. The weekend is sure to be a star-studded affair with delicious food and enlivening parties such as Bollywood Night at W Lounge and Starry Night at WET Deck, featuring DJ Clement and DJ Amaan Nagpal, from 25 to 27 May.
GO: Call 02 656 0000 for reservations and more information.
Saturday 27 May
Off The Wall, the urban speakeasy at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown, is collaborating with Moreish by K to host a special ‘Show Your Satwa’ event. The event pays homage to the vibrant Satwa neighbourhood, featuring curated cocktails, street food, and a playlist of R&B classics. The beverage list includes the Laban Up-inspired Nokia 63 and the infamous Bullfrog. Saturday 27 May, from 9pm. AED 150 (unlimited street food and soft beverages) or AED 250 (unlimited street food and three house beverages).
GO: Visit www.hotelindigodubai.com for reservations and more information.
Sunday 28 May
Go against the current
Salmon Guru is celebrating its first anniversary with a bespoke cocktail creation to commemorate the occasion. Here, guests can enjoy the special drink by saying “Against the current” to Salmon Guru’s team of skilled bartenders. During the evening, revellers can also witness Salmon Guru creator Diego Cabrera’s magic firsthand during a guest shift where he will showcase the art of mixology with his fans in Dubai. Sunday 28 May, from 5pm to 2am.
GO: Call 052 814 9537 for reservations and more information.