Your ultimate weekend guide in the UAE – February 3 to February 5, 2023.
Stock up on your favourite skincare products
There’s some good news for skincare lovers. The Ordinary has finally launched in the Middle East exclusively at Sephora. Launching under Estée Lauder Companies, the brand is set to offer its full range of peels and acids and even makeup products to suit your beauty needs. This -viral skincare brand is known for taking the beauty industry’s most effective ingredients and simplifying marketing speak to highlight straightforward, yet effective formulas. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity.
For more information visit sephora.ae
Experience a pool day
Not only is W Dubai, Mina Seyahi, the city’s first adult-only property, but it’s also offering guests the perfect day escape at its poolside deck, Ginger Moon. This venue offers a ‘no beach’ beach club experience to enjoy the outdoors. Sit poolside soaking in the sun while enjoying snacks and cocktails before heading into Ginger Moon’s boho-inspired restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner.It’s open daily from 11am to 2am with a live DJ playing your favourite hits. The hotel’s iconic glass architecture towers over the city below, offering unobstructed views of Dubai’s skyline. The hotel exclusively welcomes adults and young adults over the age of 16.
For more information visit wdubaiminaseyahi.com
Put self-care first
Held in the iconic red room, Barry’s boot camp workout is renowned around the world for being a rigorous high intensity interval training (HIIT) with cardio and strength training that allegedly burns up to 1000 calories each session. Intro classes are priced at Dhs85, with first time starter packages priced at Dhs285. Those who can’t make it in person can subscribe to Barry X, an interactive digital workout app that makes losing weight from the comfort of your home easier than ever before. Located in Dubai Marina and DIFC, this must-try workout studio is accessible from both ends of Dubai.
For more information visit barrys.com
Try an afternoon tea
For a sweet escape between lunch and dinner, Eunoia By Carine at the Hyatt Centric Hotel, Jumeriah 1 is serving afternoon tea, with a delicious menu to enjoy a selection of freshly made hand-crafted treats. Chef Izu Ani has curated the menu himself, the first time for the award-winning chef, renowned for his talent for highly innovative creations and flavours. Tea will be served daily from 3:30 pm to 6 pm at Eunoia by Carine, an elegant space with stellar ocean views. From Truffle egg mayonnaise with chives to other desserts such as dark chocolate cake and more, each dish is worth trying. Afternoon tea for one with beverages and a selection of sandwiches, pastries, and scones is priced at Dhs155. It can be availed for 2 for an additional Dhs45 to add a beverage package of tea and coffee for Dhs200 for two persons.
For more information visit hyattrestaurants.com
Enjoy a blissful escape
To encapsulate the true essence of each Riviera, visit the newly opened beachside haven, Bungalo34. This is a place where effortless style meets glamour, nostalgia and sophistication under the Tashas Group. Designed for a calm Mediterranean experience, guests can select from an array of nostalgic dishes such as the Strapatsada, a Greek favorite of scrambled eggs, roasted peppers, feta and crushed tomatoes. For the interiors, the iconic design, playful artworks, and reflective surfaces capture movement and personality within each detail. Picture beachside elegance with sunrise shades, ocean blues and simple geometry, the venue draws on the elegance of Riviera dining.
For more information visit bungalo34.com
Dine at this new culinary hotspot
By celebrity Chef and owner of two Michelin-starred restaurants in London, Jason Atherton’s three-venue dining City Social and drinking concept spans the top 3 floors of the iconic Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai, and showcases culinary artistry and craftsmanship at its finest. Perched at the top of a sweeping staircase is 7Tales. The Izakaya-styled speakeasy bar is set to transport guests to Tokyo after dark, with graffiti lined walls and Japanese hip-hop tunes played by 7Tales’ resident DJs Perched at the top of a sweeping staircase is 7Tales. Grosvenor House, Dubai’s latest dining destination features three concepts in total – all housed within three inter-accessible levels, the first of which City Social and 7 Tales have opened their doors today, with a third one coming soon. The restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday from 6pm until 2am and on Fridays and Saturdays 6pm until 3am and 7 Tales is open from 7pm until 2am on Monday through Thursday and from 7pm until 3am on Fridays and Saturday.
For more information visit citysocialdubai.com
Immerse into the world of books
One of the most anticipated events of the year is returning to Dubai to celebrate its 15th anniversary in the Emirates. Set to start on Wednesday, February 1 to 6, 2023, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will bring speakers, novelists and inspiring entrepreneurs to share their stories in the UAE. The theme this year is titled Old Friends and guests can expect everything from live music and poetry performances out amongst the Dubai desert to film screenings, workshops, quiz nights, and dinner events celebrating some of the biggest names in literature. No matter what your interest is, there’s something for everyone. Tickets start at Dhs25 and have different price points depending on the event type and the seating category. Festival goers can buy individual event tickets, or invest in a Festival pass that would allow them to attend as many general sessions.
For more information visit emirateslitfest.com
Go sky high
The first to operate balloon flights in the northern Emirates, ActionFlight, has recently launched in Ras Al Khaimah. The flight will take visitors soaring over the rolling terracotta dunes for awe-inspiring sunrise views of the Emirate’s breathtaking natural landscapes. Operating seven days a week during the ballooning season, the picturesque experience sets afloat in the Al Wadi desert, where guests will board the 450,000 cubic feet balloon standing at a colossal 34.6m. Taking flight just before sunrise, the journey lasts approximately 60-minutes where visitors can marvel at the illuminated desert dunes, majestic Hajar mountains and glistening coastline and might even be able to spot special appearances from the indigenous wildlife. The full package includes complimentary transportation from anywhere within Ras Al Khaimah and transfer options from other Emirates with an additional fee. Guests can relax and unwind as they indulge in a decadent selection of dishes and be treated to a fascinating bird of prey show with native Arabian falcons, owls and hawks. Post-trip, all passengers will take home a souvenir flight certificate signed by the Balloon Pilot as a memento from the extraordinary experience. The full package includes complimentary transportation from anywhere within Ras Al Khaimah and transfer options from other Emirates with an additional fee. The family-friendly flight has the capacity to carry up to 20 passengers and for those looking for a more intimate experience, private compartment and flight bookings are available on request. ActionFlight will run flights seven days per week, flight availability may be subject to change due to weather conditions. Kids under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets start at Dhs1,315 per adult and Dhs1,155 per child inclusive of the flight and return transport.
For more information visit actionflight.ae
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