Will it be beverages, brunch or a concert this weekend?
The final weekend in April is here, and while the mercury is most definitely rising, there are still plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun. Here are our picks of the best things to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this weekend.
Friday 28 April 2023
Tuck into a new business lunch
The newly-opened Maison Mathis at voco Dubai The Palm has introduced a business lunch promotion called Le Déjeuner. The menu features European-inspired dishes, including Crispy Calamari, Chicken Avocado Wrap, Seafood Linguini, and Pizza Margarita. Satisfy your sweet cravings with Tiramisu or Chocolate Mousse Cake. Available Monday to Friday, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 110 (two courses and a soft drink).
GO: Call 04 249 5502 for reservations and more information.
See 6LACK in Abu Dhabi
With neo-culture shaping our future, it was only a matter of time before we had a festival to celebrate. Well, that time has finally come with the arrival of BRED Abu Dhabi. On Friday, 28 April, 6LACK will set the stage on fire. This multi-platinum-selling artist has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including J. Cole, Khalid, and Ty Dolla $ign. His third studio album, Since I Have A Lover, was released last month and showcases his introspective lyrics accentuated by his smooth, soulful voice. AED 195 (BRED Plus passes), AED 295 (BRED Fanatic passes) and AED 345 (BRED VIP passes).
GO: Visit https://bredabudhabi.com for more information.
Travel through time
Brace yourselves as Babylon returns for a new season of theatrical dining. Inspired by the ancient city of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the new season presents an extravagant, seven-act theatrical production featuring performances from acrobats, singers, and dancers. Guests will travel through time from the ancient Roman festivals of Bacchanalia to the French Revolution and 1940s Hollywood. Available from Tuesday to Saturday, from 8pm to 3am.
GO: Visit www.babylondifc.com for reservations and more information.
Saturday 29 April 2023
Sing along to the Backstreet Boys
Lucky Voice is undergoing a total Backstreet Boys transformation to celebrate the band’s upcoming concert in Abu Dhabi. Tuck into an unlimited menu of food and drinks while singing along to Backstreet Boys’ biggest hits, from As Long As You Love Me to I Want It That Way. Perform on stage, and the best singer at brunch will take home two Golden Circle tickets to watch Backstreet Boys live at Etihad Arena. Saturday 29 April, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 195 (soft beverages), AED 275 (house beverages) and AED 350 (sparkling beverages).
GO: Call 800 58259 for reservations and more information.
Enjoy a fancy French brunch
Josette combines Parisian elegance with opulence to create a memorable brunch experience every Saturday. The affair begins with freshly prepared viennoiseries and breakfast items, Escargots de Josette (snails with almond butter), Aubergine Mille-Feuille (eggplant mille-feuille), and Tartare de Thon (Bluefin tuna tartare with caviar). The main event features dishes such as Pâtes aux Morilles (tagliolini with morels), Entrecôte CDP (grilled ribeye with Josette sauce), and Filet de Loup de Mer (pan-fried sea bass). The selection of desserts includes crème brulée, Eclair, and Flambé Pavlova. Available on Saturdays, from 12pm to 5pm. AED 395 (soft beverages), AED 550 (house spirits) and AED 750 (Champagne).
Party at the VaKaVa brunch
Visit the Michelin-selected VaKaVa Brunch and immerse yourself in Latin America’s vibrant colours, aromas, and flavours. Expect an exclusive, adults-only atmosphere with uplifting tribal beats, expertly crafted dishes, and artistic cocktails. Start with creamy house guacamole, salmon tiradito, wild mushroom flatbread, lamb anticucho, or crispy prawns, and move on to mains like juicy Picanha steak or fresh Chilean sea bass. Chef Eber’s ever-changing menu of Peruvian bites ensures there’s always something new to try. Saturdays, from 2pm to 7pm. Packages start from AED 295 per person.
GO: Visit http://sevn.ly/xkHrszsz for reservations and more information.
Sunday 30 April 2023
Have breakfast at the Bungalo
Bungalo34 is back with a breakfast that is worth waking up for. Head to the tranquil beachfront restaurant for a menu of elevated coastal cuisine paired with an iced latte, morning smoothie, or sparkling mimosa. For a twist on classic breakfast dishes, try the Riviera-styled Continental Breakfast, featuring a freshly baked croissant, passion fruit yoghurt, cheeses, jam, and butter. Or if you’re in the mood for something slightly more elevated, the Smoked Salmon and Potato Galette, with boiled egg, herb yoghurt, dill & lemon vinaigrette, is ideal. Breakfast is served daily, from 9am to 12pm.
GO: Visit www.bungalo34.com for reservations and more information.
Savour sunsets, sushi and sake
The city’s newest rooftop lounge, attiko at W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, has recently launched its Sunday Social experience. Here, guests can wind down the weekend while enjoying a selection of sushi. Expect Sake Sashimi, Sake Nigiri, Crispy Rice Salmon, and Spicy Tuna Maki, complemented with either a bottle of sake, prosecco, white, rose, or red wine as you admire the 180-degree views over Bluewaters Island, Dubai Harbour and Palm Jumeirah. Available on Sundays, from 5pm. AED 295 per person.
Sip on marvellous mixology
Hakkasan Dubai’s bar team will collaborate with mixology expert Aki Wang, to offer a menu of signature cocktails and mocktails this weekend. Aki Wang, a three-time international cocktail competition winner, is renowned for creating liqueurs using hand-picked native teas and is considered a leader in Taipei’s flourishing bar scene. His Indulge Experimental Bistro has been a mainstay on Asia’s 50 Best Bars since 2017, ranked No. 4 in 2021. Guests can indulge in creations such as ‘Upside Down’ with rum, toffee, roasted coffee and tea extraction or ‘Chasing Helichrysum’ with vodka, green tea and truffle infusion, rosewood, and helichrysum sweet and sour mix. Sunday 30 April, from 8pm to midnight. Cocktails from AED 80.
GO: Visit www.atlantis.com for reservations and more information.