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The FACT UAE Weekend Guide: 8 to 10 September

Here’s where to drink, dine and dance this weekend in Dubai.

New restaurant openings, bountiful brunches, and an aromatic afternoon tea are all on the menu for culinary exploration this weekend in Dubai.

Friday 8 September 2023

Hit the beach

Conveniently situated on the Jumeirah Al Naseem beachfront, Summersalt Beach Club merges luxury and leisure with views of Burj Al Arab. In celebration of the new season, the venue has launched a new beachside menu featuring signature cocktails, delicate nibbles, sushi and ocean-fresh seafood. Highlight dishes include beef tataki and miso-caramelised black cod. Available daily, from 9am to 7pm. AED 800 per person (with AED 400 food and beverage credit) or AED 500 per person (non-redeemable).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

this weekend in Dubai

Enjoy a gourmet Greek getaway

Elevate your day with a gourmet Greek getaway from renowned chef Costas Spiliadis at estiatorio Milos. This Atlantis The Royal restaurant now offers a three-course Mediterranean lunch that showcases the world’s finest seafood. From freshly caught fish to Greek wild oysters, expertly crafted ceviches, and velvety tzatziki, each dish is graced with Aegean rock salt and olive oil sourced from ancient Koroneiki trees, enhancing the natural flavours and freshness of the ingredients. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 200 per person.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

Estiatorio Milos

Dine at Nama Yōso

Reif Othman, FACT’s ‘Chef of the Year 2022’, has turned his attention to a new Japanese concept. Now open inside the upmarket Mirdif Avenue Mall, Nama Yōso brings a taste of Japan to a residential community, where the dining scene currently revolves around fast-casual eateries and international chains. Known for his unconventional approach to Japanese dining, Reif will lean firmly into the notion of Nama Yōso, which roughly translates as “raw elements” in Japanese. If the menu at the chef’s extremely popular Reif Japanese Kushiyaki is anything to go by, we can but hope for scintillating sushi, sashimi, and tempting tiraditos.

GO: Follow @namayoso on Instagram for more information.

Reif Othman

Saturday 9 September 2023

Book a Barbie-themed staycation

Palazzo Versace Dubai’s Barbie-themed staycation offers an enchanting way to spend quality time in a palatial paradise. Nestled along the shores of Dubai’s historic Creek, this opulent hotel welcomes guests to revel in a brand-new Barbie-inspired staycation in a Junior or Grand Suite. Expect a truly unique experience encompassing pink towels, bathrobes and bed sheets. As a welcome gesture, guests will be treated to a selection of pink treats, including macarons, cake, and ice cream lollipops. The experience offers guests a Barbie-themed breakfast and a one-hour journey through Dubai in a pink stretch limousine. Available daily until 30 September. Rates from AED 3,999.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

this weekend in Dubai

Have brunch at MINA Brasserie 

A new brunch launches at MINA Brasserie this weekend in Dubai, combining fantastic food, captivating cocktails, and live music from a jazz duo. The gastronomic voyage features a lavish seafood tower, a lusciously creamy truffle gratinée, steak tartare, crab spaghetti, MINA’s signature steak, and impeccably roasted Seabass. The culinary journey reaches its zenith with a dazzling presentation of innovative desserts, featuring a luxuriously rich chocolate souffle, a Basque cheesecake, refreshing sorbets and Michael Mina’s irresistible banana tarte tatin. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 320 (soft beverages), AED 520 (house beverages) and AED 720 (Champagne).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

this weekend in Dubai

Party at Raspoutine

Prepare for an electrifying evening of house and techno at Rasputine Dubai as DJ William Djoko takes to the decks this weekend. Hailing from Amsterdam, this talented DJ and producer is known for his infectious energy and the promise of an extraordinary night of music. Known for the track Whiplash and the collaboration Out of Reach, his work has found a home on respected labels like Rush Hour, Voyage Direct, Tuskegee, and the NYC-based Strictly Rhythm.

GO: Email for reservations and more information.

this weekend in Dubai

Sunday 10 September 2023

Indulge in a fancy French breakfast

Beyond being an exquisite destination for lunch, dinner, and evening escapades, Fouquet’s Dubai offers diners a Parisian breakfast experience. The delightful morning spread inside Le Café offers red parasols on the shaded terrace, unobstructed views of the Burj Khalifa and continental classics such as scrambled eggs, chocolate croissants and raisin bread – all freshly baked and warm from the oven. Available on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 3pm.

GO: Visit for more information. 

this weekend in Dubai

Escape to the Amalfi Coast

Experience a fusion of island vibes and the enchanting Amalfi Coast ambience at Alici, the FACT Award-winning Southern Italian restaurant on Bluewaters Island. During weekend brunches, you can indulge in a meticulously crafted à la carte menu that showcases the finest local ingredients. Delight your palate with Dibba Bay oysters, luxuriously creamy burrata, linguine adorned with Canadian lobster, and a selection of seafood delicacies that promise to leave a lasting impression. Saturdays and Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 395 (soft beverages), AED 495 (house beverages) and AED 595 (premium beverages).

GO: Email or call 04 275 2577 for reservations and more information.

this weekend in Dubai

Tempt yourself with a fragrant afternoon tea

The Conservatory at The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina has collaborated with Parisian fragrance house Maison 21G for a new afternoon tea experience this weekend in Dubai. From the harmonious blend of Tonka whipped ganache with velvety caramel and a hazelnut crunch to the refreshing citrus notes of tangerine mint confit accompanied by candied tangerine, each morsel and scent narrates a tale of sensory craftsmanship. Available daily until 30 November. AED 265 (classic Afternoon Tea with a 2.5ml bottle of Maison 21G perfume).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

The Conservatory Afternoon Tea

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