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The FACT UAE Weekend Guide: 29 September to 1 October

Spa retreats, lazy pool days, and weekend brunches will guarantee fun in the sun during the long weekend.

The first weekend in October is finally upon us, and these are the things we are most looking forward to during the three-day weekend. Read on for our UAE weekend guide.

Friday 29 September 2023

Relax and recharge

With the onset of cooler temperatures, the Zaha Hadid-designed ME Dubai offers guests a memorable spa day. Relax and unwind with a Therapeutic Dry and Oil Deep Stretching Massage meticulously designed to ease muscle tension. In addition to gym, pool and sauna access, guests can enjoy a complimentary 30-minute add-on, available for a limited time. Available daily from 12pm to 9pm until 30 September AED 399 (60-minute treatment)

GO: Call 04 525 2500 or email for reservations and more information.

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Celebrate the mid-Autumn festival

Known for its authentic Chinese cuisine, Hutong Dubai will celebrate the mid-autumn festival this weekend. This event features a sumptuous dinner menu inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Northern China. Tuck into Crispy Chayote (AED 68), Spring Golden King Crab (AED 218) and the Millefeuille Series Selection (AED 198) featuring Wagyu beef, lobster, sand ginger chicken, Mapo Tofu, and an assortment of wild mushrooms. The Moon Festival honours unity, togetherness, and the enchanting beauty of the full moon, meaning mooncakes will also be available for pre-order. Available daily until 30 September, from 12pm to 12:45am.

GO: Visit for more information.

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Sample signatures at OKKU

OKKU at Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah in Dubai has unveiled an innovative menu that showcases the restaurant’s signature dishes in smaller portions. The ‘Small Bites’ menu is available in the bar and lounge area and features Chicken Karaage, Crispy Rock Shrimp, Mushroom Tempura, Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice with Caviar, and the Wagyu Tartare Taco. Several floral and fruity cocktails are also offered. Available daily, from 6pm to 8pm. Dishes from AED 30.

GO: Visit for more information. 

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Saturday 30 September 2023

Enter another galaxy

La Piscina at Palazzo Versace Dubai is gearing up for another unforgettable pool party to close out the month in style. This time, they’re taking the theme to outer space with “Galaxy Dive,” transporting revellers on an interstellar voyage like no other. Expect a captivating celestial setting, a dining package that includes a selection of unlimited beverages and entertainment from DJ Gina that is expected to be out of this world. Saturday 30 September, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 150 (ladies) and AED 300 (gents).

GO: Follow @lapiscinadubai on Instagram for more information.

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Groove by the pool

Bask in the radiant Dubai sun at the Peach Party at the sky-high Privilege Pool on the rooftop of SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences. Make a splash every Saturday and groove by the pool while taking in unobstructed vistas of Burj Khalifa and the Downtown Dubai skyline. Expect dynamic dancers, DJs, playful inflatables, speciality cocktails and a poolside food menu. Saturdays, from 2pm. AED 199 (gents) and AED 99 (ladies).

GO: Call 04 607 0654 for reservations and more information.

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Celebrate World Sake Day

In honour of World Sake Day, Reif Japanese Kushiyaki is adding an exciting twist to their Buranchi Brunch in Dubai Hills. The brunch menu will feature Angus beef kushiyaki, Chicken gyoza, REIF’s renowned greens, Salmon with negi miso, and Seabass with yuzu soy. Guests can elevate their experience with free-flowing Japanese beers, Japanese sake, signature cocktails and wines. Saturday 30 September from 12pm to 2pm and Sunday 1 October, from 6pm to 8pm. AED 238 (food only) with an additional AED 128 for the alcohol package.

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

Reif Japanese Kushiyaki Dubai Hills

Sunday 1 October 2023

Try the Vagabond Brunch

Nestled on Bluewaters Island, the Vagabond Brunch at VAGA Restaurant celebrates the best of modern Armenian-Arabic cuisine. Tuck into aromatic Lamb Ouzi, Manti, Grilled Baby Chicken, and the VAGA Pavlova while taking in the waterfront views and listening to the tunes of DJ Alber Ensso. Saturdays and Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm. Prices from AED 299 per person.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

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Plan a proposal 

Dubai’s first Bali-themed Spa offers a personalised package for those looking to pop the question. Head to Soul Senses Spa & Wellness for a two-hour package that includes a 60-minute Aroma or Balinese Massage for two, a cake, a bottle of bubbly, rose petals and a complimentary video and five edited pictures to capture the precious moment. AED 1,200.

GO: Call 050 301 0810 for reservations and more information.

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Fill up on sushi

Prepare your chopsticks and get ready for a sushi extravaganza at SOON Nobby x True Izakaya. The restaurant’s new “All You Can Eat Sushi” experience grants guests the opportunity to savour two hours of boundless sushi delights, including the Crispy Unagi Maki Roll, Hot Salmon Maki Roll, Salmon Maki Roll, Vegetarian Futomaki, Futomaki, and Spicy Tuna Temaki. Sundays from 6pm to 10pm. AED 160 (food only) and AED 260 (food and selected house beverages).

GO: Email or call 055 434 0575 for reservations and more information.

SOON Izakaya

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