Everything from afternoon tea to spa deals and theme parks
She’s dealt with your tantrums, heartbreaks, bad mouth and irrational behaviour – and that’s just in the past year alone. This Mother’s Day falls on Wednesday March 21 in the UAE and we think it’s high time you showed the maternal figure in your life some appreciation. So whether you’re lucky enough to have your mum with you this year, you have an adopted Dubai mum that deserves some love, or if you’re a mum yourself, make sure you go out and celebrate the important lady in your life.
Al Bayt Afternoon Tea Enjoy a steaming cuppa just like you would with your mum at home – except with panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain while listening to melodic tunes from a harpist or violinist. There’ll also be treats including smoked salmon with lemon and sumac, beef pastrami with pickle in tomato bread, and rose cheesecake and strawberry scones. Dhs170 (including a special welcome beverage for mum). Wed Mar 21, 2pm-6pm. Palace Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Asado Take mum on a trip to a grand Argentine country farmhouse (and by that we mean Downtown Dubai) for a vibrant setting, a live Argentinian band, and most importantly – a traditional parilla grill. This Mother’s Day there’ll be a special set menu featuring tostada da gamba, prawns with avocado, sour cream and coriander, slow-cooked short ribs with mashed potato. Dhs400 (per person, soft drinks). Dhs500 (per person, mixed drinks). Wed Mar 21, 6pm-11.30pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Boutique Le Chocolat Mums love chocolate and thoughtful behaviour, which is why this delectable treat from Boutique Le Chocolat is an excellent choice of gift. The personalised chocolate bar has a customised label and design, so you can use your most cherished picture/mugshot of your mum alongside a heartfelt message. You can choose from milk, dark and white chocolate with toppings including nuts, dried fruits and more. Best part is, it’s big enough to share. Now give that here, Julie. Dhs65. Open Sun-Thu, 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-12am. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5075).
Bread Street Kitchen Treat your mum to a slap up roast at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant on the Palm, where you can get a tender piece of chicken or a juicy slab of beef with all the trimmings this Mother’s Day. The classic roast will be accompanied by a complimentary glass of bubbly and Bread Street Kitchen has even got the gifts in, which the team will be handing out to mothers on the night – taking the heat off you a bit. Dhs135 (classic roast). Sun Mar 11, 6pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Byzantium Loungeat Taj Dubai Treat your mum to a day of indulgence and relaxation at Byzantium Lounge where she (and you) can unwind with an enlivening Jiva herbal facial followed by balanced and deliciously healthy bites, detoxifying beverages and refreshing herbal tea. Sounds like bliss. Dhs499. Wed Mar 21, noon-7pm. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).
Eggspectation Mums are getting the best gift ever this Mother’s Day from Eggspectation. The Canadian eatery will be offering mums a stack of complimentary pancake skewers upon entering the restaurant, with layers of fresh strawberries and homemade salted caramel drizzle. And if that’s not enough, mums will also get a complimentary single-stemmed flower on both days. Free (pancakes). Mar 11 and Mar 21, 7am-midnight (The Walk, JBR), 7am-11pm (City Walk), www.eggspectation.com.
Mums dine for free at Feast Mums eat for free at Feast Restaurant this Mother’s Day weekend, meaning you’ll have more money to spend on a present… There’ll be a special dessert buffet adorned with flowers for the occasion and there will also be a cheese and bread banquet and a carving station. Free (mums), full price (offspring). Sun Mar 11 & Sat Mar 24. Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 509 4444).
Mother and Daughter spa deal You and mum deserve a rest, and The Soul & Wellness spa at Sheraton Grand Hotel has you covered. The Mother and Daughter deal includes a one-hour signature massage, a 30-minute organic Arabian body scrub and a ten-minute guided meditation session where you and mum will chill out on daybeds and listen to calming words via headsets. You’ll also get use of the facilities and a superfood meal from the healthy menu. Lovely. Dhs800 (for mum and daughter). Available Mar 1-31,9am-10pm daily. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 509 4444).
Free dessert at Bombay Bungalow Everyone knows that mums love cake and she’ll get a free dessert at Bombay Bungalow this Mother’s Day. Puddings include coconut rasmalai with salted caramel, alphonso mango kulfi and summer berries with vanilla bean ice cream. There’s no other way to finish off an Indian feast. Available Mar 11 & 21, noon-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR (800 692 8779).
Mum & Me Afternoon tea Hands up if your mum likes scones. The afternoon tea at The Neighbourhood Terrace at Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community is the perfect treat for Mother’s Day. Enjoy views over the lake while you put the world to rights over stacks of finger sandwiches. Get the kettle on. Dhs99 (per person), Dhs149 (per person, with bubbly). Mar 10 & 17, 1pm-3pm. Green Community (04 885 2222).
Riverland Dubai Mums can make huge savings at Riverland for the next two months as a part of Mummy Mondays – to extend the Mother’s Day love throughout March and for the next eight weeks. Every Monday, between 10am and 1pm, mums will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of free mother and child activities, including yoga, mini makeovers, soft play and face painting. There will also be exclusive offers at selected cafes and restaurants. Mondays, until Apr 30, 10am-1pm. Riverland Dubai, Dubai Parks And Resorts, www.riverlanddubai.com.