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Thai, Aussie, Kiwi celebrations, Arabic breakfasts and Japanese celebrities

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Dubai is a culturally diverse melting pot, ensuring we’re never short of a national day or celebration in the city. This week, from Saturday April 13, Thais will be celebrating Songkran, the new year celebrations often dubbed the water festival. Thai hotel Dusit Thani Dubai will be putting on a feast to celebrate at its Friday brunch on April 12, with a focus on Thai street food. Thai restaurant Benjarong will also be offering a special Songkran-inspired menu, plus classical Thai music and dance performances, until Monday April 15.

And the national days continue. Next week, on Tuesday April 23, the UAE’s English expats will be celebrating Saint George’s Day, and on Thursday April 25, the city’s Australasian contingent will mark Anzac Day, in remembrance of the Australian and New Zealand troops who fought in the First World War. Ahead of Anzac Day, the Australian Trade Commission is holding an Australia Open Day on Saturday April 13 at The Address Downtown Dubai. The event will showcase Australian brands, tourism and education opportunities, as well as the nation’s food, with companies such as Jones the Grocer involved in the event. The Australian Meat and Livestock Association will also be hosting a barbecue, and there will be a cooking competition.

The Kiwi’s are at it too this month, thanks to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise launching The Taste New Zealand Chef’s Competition. Chefs from the region are challenged to create a menu using Kiwi produce:
the competition will culminate in a gala dinner on Saturday April 27, when the winner will be announced.

Come Anzac Day, we wonder whether Kiwi-Aussie bar Nezesaussi will be packed to the rafters. We’re already fond of the venue’s late breakfast deal at weekends, which finishes at 4pm. So we welcome the addition of more late breakfast offers to the city. Plantation Lounge at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach has introduced a late Arabic breakfast deal, served daily from 6am until 3pm. Priced at Dhs115 per person, the menu includes foul medames, labneh, grilled halloumi, omelettes and Arabic bread.

Finally, last week we mentioned a spate of celebrity chefs visiting our city, and this week welcomes international restaurant legend Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. On Tuesday April 16, he will be resident in the kitchen of Nobu restaurant, preparing an eight-course tasting menu paired with Japanese rice beverages. The menu will include signatures such as wasabi oysters, lobster kakiage and umami marinated A9 grade wagyu beef. The dinner costs Dhs1,200 per person and space is limited, so advance reservation is advised. Until next week, bon appétit!

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