Need inspiration for the weekend? Here are some ideas to get you off the sofa
With the whole of the UAE celebrating Eid al-Fitr this weekend, what better time is there to get away for a long weekend? Instead of spending the weekend stuck to the sofa, why not head out for a delicious meal, or that spa day you’ve always wanted?
Here are some top deals we’ve found for the upcoming long weekend.
Treat yourself to the taste of some traditional cuisine at Ewaan. Enjoy the scenic restaurant’s tall, Arabian-inspired archways, private dining coves and expansive terrace, with views of the pool and garden. Celebrate the holiday with family and friends with a special Eid al-Fitr buffet available across the weekend. From 225 per person. Until Mon Jun 26. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Bite something Italian at BiCE Ristorante
Celebrate Eid with family and friends at BiCE Ristorante in at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant is offering a three-course sharing menu featuring a selection of Italian classics over the Eid holiday week. Diners can also expect a live saxophonist to accompany a relaxed, lounge vibe. Dhs150 per person. Mon Jun 26-Thu Jun 29, and Sat Jul 1, 12.30pm-3.30pm (lunch), 7pm-11.30pm (dinner). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2999).
Chill by the pool at Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity will be hosting two days of Eid celebrations, taking place on Sunday June 25 and Monday 26. The beach area will re-open, as will its pool, as resident DJs Scott Forshaw, Chris Metcalfe, David Newsum, Adam Adlous and Natalie Brogan hit the decks until the early morning. Open from 10am-3am across the weekend, entry will be Dhs200 per day, with Dhs150 coming straight back to you in food and beverage vouchers. As a little bonus, the first 50 ladies through the door each day will be given Zero Gravity goodie bags. Dhs200 (Dhs150 back in vouchers). Jun 25-26, 10am-3am. Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Escape to the Hajar Mountains
Get out of town and head for the hills. JA Hatta Fort Hotel is offering a 30 percent discount on rooms at the newly renovated resort, plus a 20 percent discount on food and beverages. Couples, individuals and families can all get away for a big weekend celebrating Eid, with world-class dining options, and a range of activities including tennis, mini-golf, archery, hiking or kayaking. JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta, Dubai (04 809 9333).
Experience the Monte Carlo vibe at Sass Café
Sass Café, the brand from Monte Carlo, will be returning with its “Mondays Made Me” dinner party in on Monday June 26, to welcome guests for dinner with a decidedly Mediterranean vibe. Enjoy lobster spaghetti, saffron risotto, beef tenderloin of truffle burrata. Prices vary. Mon Jun 26, 8pm-2am. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 352 7722).
Feast on afternoon tea at Al Bayt
One of the UK’s greatest-ever exports, afternoon tea is available in some style at Al Bayt this Eid weekend. Enjoy warm scones with clotted cream and jams, cupcakes and cheesecake; or a seafood vol-au-vent, smoked salmon on rye and finger sandwiches, all served with your choice of tea or coffee. Dhs160 per person. Until Mon Jun 26. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Fill up at Arjaan by Rotana
Head to Arjaan by Rotana in Dubai Media City for a huge buffet at the Skylight restaurant. Enjoy a wide selection of traditional favourites including lamb ouzi, fish, lamb and chicken mandi and a live shawarma station, along with a choice of Arabian beverages, juices and desserts for just Dhs139. Groups of eight or more get a discounted rate of Dhs89 per person. From Dh89 per person. Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai Media City (04 436 0000).
Get ten percent off all Address and Vida Hotels and Resorts
Get away with friends and family at a number of Address Hotels and Resorts, and all Vida Hotels and Resorts. Book your stay until Wednesday June 28 and get ten percent off the best available rate, as well as complimentary breakfast for stays between Sunday June 25 and Wednesday June 28. Various locations, for reservations visit www.addresshotels.com or www.vidahotels.com.
Hang out with heroes at IMG Worlds of Adventure
If you’re looking for some fun family activities over the weekend to celebrate the arrival of Eid, IMG Worlds of Adventure has just announced its festive transformation. From Sunday June 25 until Saturday July 1, the adventure park will be marking Eid al-Fitr with a range of celebratory activities as well as state-of-the-art rides, attractions, and the arrival of new characters from Cartoon Network classics – including Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls. From Dhs245 per person, Dhs225 for guests under 1.2 metres in height. Eid operating hours: Sun Jun 25 to Wed Jun 28, 11am-midnight; Thu Jun 29 to Sat Jul 1, 11am-10pm. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, near Arabian Ranches, www.imgworlds.com (600 500962).
Have some down time at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort
With a private beach, swimming pools, sports activities and kids’ clubs, JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel is offering up a great deal. Get a 30 percent discount on all rooms, 20 percent off all treatments at The Spa and 15 percent off at 12 food and beverage outlets. There are also several different recreational activities to enjoy, including tennis courts, football pitches, or watersports such as windsurfing and water-skiing at the Watercooled Watersports Centre. JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).
Learn to dance at Milan Pole Dance Studio
Get 50 classes for Dhs1,900 (Dhs38 per class) or 25 classes for Dhs990 (Dhs40 per class). The 50-class package is valid for an entire year, though the 25-class package is valid for one month only (choose either July or August). Either package must be purchased by Thursday June 29. Dhs1,900 (50 classes), Dhs990 (25 classes). Sun-Wed 9am-9pm, Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-midnight, Sat 10am-5pm. Milan Pole Dance Studio, AA1 Office 1502, Al Mazaya Business Avenue, JLT (04 430 4693).
Nab a quick break in Abu Dhabi
Traders Hotel in Abu Dhabi is offering up its superior room for a special rate of Dhs350 per night for bookings made for the night of Sunday June 25 or the first day of Eid. Located near The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri and a private beach, enjoy a four-star weekend away. From Dhs350. Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 510 8888).
Stay in deluxe room at Shangri-La Hotel
Those booking their stay at Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi for the night of Sunday June 25 or the first day of Eid can get a deluxe room starting from a bargain Dhs850. Designed to create a relaxing environment, these spacious rooms offer up private balconies, canal views, marble mosaic bathrooms and walk-in rain showers. From Dhs850. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8888).
Take a break down by The Beach
JA Ocean View Hotel in JBR is offering up some pretty mega discounts for the Eid weekend. Check in to this four-star beachfront hotel with scenic sea views from every room and plenty of restaurants around the place. Sunbathe by the infinity pool, relax on the beach, or simply walk across to shop along The Walk and The Beach. The special rate on offer dishes up 30 percent off rooms, 20 percent off spa treatments and 15 percent off dining. JA Ocean View Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence, (04 814 5599)
Treat yourself to a spa break in Abu Dhabi
Sample one of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s suites to celebrate this weekend. Expect the full St. Regis’s butler service, full access to the Nation Riviera Beach Club, and daily breakfast in The Terrace on the Corniche. For even more relaxation, the Suite Temptation package also features a 60minute, Remède Spa signature massage, fully customisable with speciality products including aromatherapy blends and warm paraffin for extra rejuvenation. From Dhs1,950. St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Tower, Corniche, Abu Dhabi (02 694 4444).