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Your UAE Weekend Guide: 7 to 9 July

Will it be beverages, brunch or the beach this weekend?

Before the UAE empties out for the summer, we have compiled the best things to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this weekend, from bombastic brunches to blissful beach retreats.

Friday 7 July 2023

Dine at a multiple FACT Award winner

21grams, the Balkan bistro and recipient of the 2023 MICHELIN Bib Gourmand, has unveiled a special summer program that invites the community to contribute their valuable input towards shaping the next season’s menu. The homegrown restaurant will reveal a special dish each week, paying homage to Balkan traditions. Guests are encouraged to indulge in these weekly specials and provide feedback through review cards in the restaurant. As summer draws to a close, 21grams will review all of the feedback and the dish that resonates the most with the community will become the ‘Community Special’ on the upcoming season’s menu.

GO: Visit www.21grams.me for reservations and more information.


Beat the heat at Urla

With its innovative floor cooling system, Urla offers a refreshing escape from the scorching heat. The FACT Award-winning restaurant boasts a summer menu that will tantalise your taste buds and transport you to an Aegean paradise. In addition to the culinary delights, Urla’s summer decor sets the perfect ambience for a memorable experience. Immerse yourself in enchanting surroundings that evoke a sense of tranquillity and relaxation.

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

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Tuck into a race track-inspired menu

Taste the Race at Garage inside W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island invites guests to enjoy a dining experience inspired by the world’s most famous racetracks. With five culinary hubs to choose from, foodies can indulge in Japanese cuisine at Nikkei House, sample sensational Singaporean flavours at Steam Table, choose from Emirati favourites at Mezza Bar, enjoy American eats at Meat Vault, or tuck into sweet Italian treats at Tart Van. Available daily until 30 September. AED 99 per person (three-course tasting menu) and AED 125 (five-course tasting menu).

GO: Visit wabudhabiyasisland.com or call 02 656 0000 for reservations and more information.

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Saturday 8 July 2023

Brunch in the sky

With the temperatures rising, CÉ LA VI Dubai’s summer brunch promises an superb dining experience paired with Dubai’s most impressive views. Kickstart the weekend in style with tempting culinary delights, refreshing rosé and beverage options amidst captivating entertainment. Expect mesmerising magic tricks, captivating tunes and sky-high revelry. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 390 (soft beverages), AED 490 (house beverages), AED 590 (house beverages and Minuty Rosé) and AED 690 (house beverages and Veuve Clicquot).

GO: Visit http://celavi.com for reservations and more information.

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Tuck into a family feast

Enjoy an afternoon of homemade Italian food at Certo restaurant in Radisson Blu Dubai Media City. The Festa di Famiglia Family Brunch includes all your favourite Italian dishes from the buffet-style salad station and live pasta station. Children can make pizza and have fun in the kids’ play area. Saturdays, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. AED 209 (soft beverages) and AED 349 (house and sparkling beverages).

GO: Email certo.mediacity.dubai@radissonblu.com or call 04 366 9187 for reservations and more information.

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Savour a signature brunch

Experience the Signature Saturday Brunch at Sofra inside Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi this weekend. Expect international flavours, colourful desserts and an endless foray of imaginative drinks, making this brunch a sociable afternoon that’s best shared with family and friends. Expert mixologists invite guests to indulge in exquisite creations from the “Shangri-Lab” brunch bar, perfectly paired with delicacies prepared by the hotel’s culinary team. Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm. AED 298 (soft beverages), AED 398 (house beverages) and AED 498 (bubbly).

GO: Email restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com or call 02 509 8555 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday 9 July 2023

Hit the sand at RIVA Beach Club

RIVA Beach Club situated on the Palm Jumeirah is an idyllic place to sit back and unwind. With spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf and the legendary Palm, guests can take their pick of options at RIVA, from relaxing by the pool to dining or enjoying a selection of dishes and drinks by the water. So, grab your friends and family and unwind at the ultimate pool destination this month. Available daily, from 10am to 5pm. AED 125 for adults (weekdays fully redeemable), AED 65 for children (weekdays fully redeemable), AED 175 for adults (weekends fully redeemable) and AED 90 for children (weekends fully redeemable). 

GO: Visit https://riva-beach.com or call 04 430 9466 for reservations and more information.

Beat The Heat at Gal Dubai

Step out of the scorching summer heat and into a blissful oasis at Gal Dubai. Prepare for an unforgettable dining experience with an array of Turkish Mediterranean dishes. Complementing the cuisine is an innovative cocktail menu and a captivating ambience created by a DJ and live entertainers. The outdoor floor cooling system means you can marvel at the Burj Khalifa views without working up a sweat.

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

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Enjoy mezze hour

Visit Majlis Lounge at Rosewood Abu Dhabi to indulge in the hotel’s news Mezze Hour daily menu. The menu showcases Arabic specialities, including hummus with tahini, eggplant mutabaal, fattoush, cheese sambusek, fried kibbeh and shish tawook with garlic sauce. Available daily, from 12pm to 8pm. AED 115 per person.

GO: Email abudhabi@rosewoodhotels.com or 02 813 5550 for reservations and more information.

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