Weekend brunches, decadent dining destinations, and live music are all on the cards for a wonderful weekend.
As we near the end of October, al fresco dining, live music and superb sporting events are the things you should be adding to your UAE weekend plans.
Friday 20 October
Experience the region’s first vinyl bar
Fueled by a mutual appreciation for Japanese culture, Honeycomb Hi-Fi and House of Suntory have joined forces for a noteworthy collaboration. For one month, the Honeycomb Hi-Fi terrace will be transformed into the ‘House of Suntory Bamboo Garden,’ an exquisitely crafted space inspired by the serene beauty of Japanese nature, where each detail pays tribute to the Suntory legacy, from a personalised bamboo garden to bespoke décor elements and a specially curated beverage menu. Available daily from 7:30pm until 10 November.
GO: Call 04 412 6666 for reservations and more information.
Sing with Amr Diab
Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actor Amr Diab will perform at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena this weekend. Over four decades, Amr Diab has left a mark on both the Arabic and global music scenes. Known as the “Father of Mediterranean Music,” Amr Diab has consistently pushed artistic boundaries by seamlessly blending traditional Arabic melodies with contemporary pop and electronic influences. His career boasts a staggering catalogue of more than 30 albums, earning him the title of the best-selling Middle Eastern artist in the Guinness World Records. Tickets start from AED 195, so why not add some musicality to your UAE weekend plans.
GO: Visit coca-cola-arena.com for tickets and more information.
Listen to the music of Anuv Jain
India’s hottest indie sensation, Anuv Jain, is set to make his Dubai debut at The Agenda in Dubai Media City. The electrifying singer-songwriter has taken the indie music scene by storm, boasting four million monthly Spotify listeners. During the lockdown, his mesmerising melodies shone brightly, with his hit track Baarishein amassing an astonishing 56 million YouTube views and 115 million Spotify streams. Expect him to play songs like Alag Aasmaan, Gul and Mishri. Friday, 20 October from 7:30pm. Tickets are available via Platinumlist from AED 200.
GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for reservations and more information.
Saturday 21 October
Tuck into a Babylonian Brunch
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, has launched its new Gardens of Babylon Brunch. Taking inspiration from the ancient city of Babylon and the grandeur of its Hanging Gardens, this brunch promises international cuisine, free-flowing libations, and live entertainment. The buffet includes a feast of Argentinian shrimp, marinated salmon, squid ink pasta and a tempting selection of freshly hand-rolled sushi and sashimi. Round out proceedings with live stations for pan-seared foie gras and roasted Beijing duck before demolishing the dessert bar. Saturdays, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 328 (soft beverages), AED 428 (house beverages) and AED 528 (bubbly).
Party with Craig David
The British singer. Craig David is headed to DXBeats at Barasti Beach Bar. He is famous for his mix of soul, garage and R&B. He hit the headlines when he was 19 years old, and his debut single Fill Me In and album Born to Do It topped the UK charts. His hit singles include 7 Days, Rise & Fall and Walking Away. Over his career, he has sold 15 million records and been nominated for 14 BRIT Awards and two Grammy Awards. Saturday 21 October.
GO: Visit www.dxbeats.ae for rickes and more information.
Experience the thrill of UFC 294
Sports enthusiasts should ensure you add UFC 294 to your UAE weekend plans. The main event will see UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev defend his belt in a rematch against former title holder and No.1 ranked contender, Charles Oliveira. Abu Dhabi will also see the highly anticipated return of Khamzat Chimaev as he moves back up to middleweight to take on No.7 ranked contender, Paulo Costa. Fireworks are all but guaranteed inside the Octagon. Saturday 21 October.
GO: Visit www.etihadarena.ae for tickets and more information.
Sunday 22 October
Get some me-time at Blended Wellness
Blended Wellness is a FACT favourite. Located in Dukes The Palm, A Royal Hideaway Hotel, the multi-wellness destination boasts a salon with cuts and colour, and a spa with facials and massages. The state-of-the-art gym includes boxing, pilates and spin classes. If you’re partial to a pamper, try the Escape package for AED 500. The experience includes a 60-minute massage, three courses and two cocktails at Ula, and pool and beach access. It’s the perfect addition to your UAE weekend plans.
GO: Visit https://blendedwellness.com for more information.
Enjoy sunset sips at MIYA
Miya Dubai aims to bring a touch of Mykonos to your UAE weekend plans. Overlooking Bluewaters Island and the Arabian Gulf, discover sunset sophistication with the restaurant’s new aperitivo offering. Here, diners can savour mezze and cocktails and experience a refined Mediterranean evening. Available day, from 4pm to 8pm. AED 35 per beverage.
GO: Visit https://miyadubai.com for more information.
Laugh out loud with Andrew Schulz
Comedy aficionados buckle up because a comedic whirlwind is about to hit Abu Dhabi like never before. The uproariously hilarious Andrew Schulz is going to be performing live at the Etihad Arena, Yas Island on 22 October. Andrew created and starred in Netflix’s Schulz Saves America, fearlessly tackling divisive topics. He has his own podcast, Flagrant and has made a mark on the screen as well. You might remember him from the remake of the streetball comedy classic, White Men Can’t Jump, where he shared the screen with the likes of Jack Harlow. He also graced Netflix’s romantic comedy You People, alongside stars like Eddie Murphy and Jonah Hill.
GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.