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The best things to do in the UAE this week: 10 to 16 July

Prepare for luxurious lunches, memorable masterclasses, and sunny staycations this week.

For those sticking around for the summer, there’s still plenty to keep us occupied despite the scorching heat. While we retreat indoors, culinary adventures and educational masterclasses await. Read on for our picks of the week.

Monday 10 July

Tuck into a discounted lunch

Indulge in the FACT Award-winning flavours of Reif Japanese Kushiyaki in Dubai Hills Business Park at a discounted price. Curated by FACT’s Chef of the Year 2022, Reif Othman, the restaurant will offer a lunchtime discount of 10% to all diners this summer. Treat yourself to signatures such as Reif’s Marble Bun, Sandos, Sushi or grilled Kushiyaki Skewers. Available on weekdays, from 12pm to 3pm until 31 August.

GO: Email or call 04 255 5142 for reservations and more information.

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Tuesday 11 July

Participate in a masterclass at MayaBay Dubai

MayaBay Dubai will host its inaugural Sushi and Sake Masterclass this week. Led by Head Chef Shane Mac Neill and Wine Director Eleonora Caso, prepare to experience the rich culinary traditions of Japan. This hands-on experience will guide you through the art of sushi making, where Chef Shane will share his expertise, techniques, tips, and secret culinary wisdom. You will learn the intricacies of creating exquisite sushi using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. And as you savour each bite, you’ll be introduced to the perfect sake pairings. Tuesday 11 July, from 11am to 2pm. AED 219 per person.

GO: Email or call 04 275 2500 for reservations and more information.

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Wednesday 12 July

Take a seat at Gaia’s chef’s table

Whether it’s a special occasion or a desire for an exceptional dining experience, the Chef’s Table at the FACT Award-winning Gaia offers an ideal setting to indulge in culinary delights. Guests can opt for their favourite dishes from the à la carte menu or enjoy a curated menu tailored to their preferences. With a focus on the finest, freshest produce and daily imports of fish and seafood, guests can personally select their fish from Fish Market located upstairs, ensuring a dining experience tailored to their tastes. Available daily, from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm.

GO: Call 04 241 4242 for reservations and more information.

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Thursday 13 July

Join a mixology masterclass

Embark on a journey of mixology mastery with H Bar’s expert team of mixologists. In this hour-long masterclass at The H Dubai, guests can learn the art of crafting innovative cocktails while enjoying exquisite canapés. Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or eager to perfect your cocktail-making skills, H Bar offers an immersive experience that will leave you with the knowledge and expertise to create exceptional libations. Available daily, from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. AED 175 per person, AED 310 per couple and AED 140 per person for groups of five or more.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Friday 14 July

Celebrate Bastille Day 

Josette invites guests to celebrate the essence of French culture and culinary traditions with an elegant high tea on Bastille Day. Step into the Le Moulin Rose room, where an atmosphere of charm and sophistication awaits with Josette’s Sparkling Afternoons. Indulge in a curated selection of decadent treats featuring delicately crafted sandwiches and pastries adorned with the French flag and edible decorations. Friday 14 July, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. AED 185 (soft beverages) and AED 250 (Champagne).

GO: Visit or call 04 275 2522 for reservations and more information.

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Saturday 15 July

Book a summer staycation

Are you looking for a fun-filled family staycation in Abu Dhabi? InterContinental Residences Abu Dhabi boasts plenty of family-friendly facilities, including swimming pools, beach access, a spa and fun activities for children. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and dinner at Selections Restaurant, and take advantage of the hotel’s summer offer while making memories with your nearest and dearest. The offer is valid until 30 September 2023.

GO: Email or call 800 423 463 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 16 July

Tuck into Pitfire Pizza’s latest creation 

The Queen of Pizzas has officially arrived at Pitfire Pizza. Crafted by the Pizza Queen, Michele Johnson, the Queen B Pizza features Pitfire’s sourdough base, complemented by a tangy tomato sauce, and crowned with a velvety ball of creamy burrata. The pizza is generously topped with chopped cherry tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze and is available at all Pitfire dine-in locations for AED 70. If you still need to visit the FACT Award-winner, now’s the perfect excuse.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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