Your ultimate guide to this long weekend in Dubai – October 20 to October 23, 2021.

Visit the world’s largest wheel

Ferris Wheel

The wait is finally over, Ain Dubai is set to open this weekend on October 21, 2021. The record-breaking wheel has been in the works for quite a while – construction began in May 2015. Six years on, Ain Dubai is ready to officially open. The prestigious project, which is a part of Dubai Holding’s entertainment portfolio, will consist of 48 high-tech cabins offering 360-degree views of Dubai’s impressive skyline. Located on Bluewaters Island, this enclosed capsule reaches an astonishing height of up to 820 feet, making it the largest observation wheel in the world with three cabins including Observation, Social and Private cabins for different purposes depending on the occasion. It will be open daily from 12pm to 10pm with each rotation of the wheel lasting for about 38 minutes each.

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Visit a luxe fashion pop-up

YSL Dubai

If you’re heading to Dubai Mall this weekend, make sure to visit the Saint Laurent pop-up store the Maison’s Winter 21 collection with a special prelaunch of the Sade Puffer envelope in three metallic colours. The Sade in gold, silver & rose will be exclusively offered during the pop-up. The limited-time pop-up store uses led screens to create a sense of transparency while showcasing the creative video conceived by Anthony Vaccarello. The flexible modular construction can be integrated into different spaces. This new design concept debuts for the first time in the Middle East in the fashion catwalk of The Dubai Mall. The pop-up will be in the Dubai Mall until October 23.

Escape Dubai and dine alfresco in Ajman

Al Zorah Oberoi Aquario

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for an afternoon and visit the newly opened stunning beachside speciality restaurant, Aquario. Located only a 40-minute drive from Dubai at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Aquario is the perfect outdoor setting for an intimate dinner or for those special celebrations. Aquario prides itself on serving the freshest fish, sourced sustainably and responsibly from local and international waters, prepared using culinary techniques from by the Provençal and Italian Mediterranean coast. Diners can select the finest of dishes from the menu that includes freshly shucked Fine De Claire or Gillardeau oysters, lobster linguini and seabass baked in salt. The seafood is responsibly sourced and cooked to perfection while retaining authentic flavours and nutrition.

Try a new secret speakeasy

La Cantine speakeasy

A new secret speakeasy has opened hidden inside La Cantine du Faubourg and this long weekend is the perfect time to visit. Behind an unassuming door, you’ll find Gohan, a new independent Japanese restaurant concept by the La Cantine team. Small in size but impressive in character, the venue is a celebration of authentic and conventional Japanese dining rooms. Like the venue itself, the name Gohan (御飯) has humble and affectionate traits, it translates as “meal of any sort” and is often used colloquially to refer to any cooked rice dish. It is personal, traditional and intimate. The food concept is a take on an “elegant street food”, a selective and deliberately refined menu of skewers, sushi and gyoza working with the highest quality ingredients and introducing high-end foreign products such as foie gras and caviar into the mix.

Invest in the health of your hair


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Harklinikken, the iconic Danish haircare clinic dedicated to self-love and empowerment through beautiful healthy hair, is currently transforming its clinic on Jumeirah Beach Road. In the meantime, customers both old and new can take advantage of the haircare brand’s new pop-up location at La Ville in City Walk. Harklinikken hair specialists will be there to give the same excellent service at the dedicated, intimate, and ultra-private pop-up. Consultations will be conducted strictly by appointment only, with no walk-ins. Book on their website, via email or via phone.

Dine alfresco

Nikki Beach

As the cooler weather arrives, alfresco dining is back on our radars. In celebration of this, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai’s Down-To-Earth dinner series is returning this weekend on Thursday, October 21. Down-To-Earth pioneers sustainable eating through vibrantly coloured, peak-season fruit, and components from the land and sea, with over fifteen sharing-style dishes priced at Dhs350 per person, inclusive of a glass of sustainably made fizz. The dinner series celebrates its picturesque seaside setting on the sand by primarily including raw seafood, in its purest form, with the notion that creating an impression begins at the dining table. Located in Soul Lounge at Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai, the Down-To-Earth dinner will also take place on November 4 and November 18.

An iconic brunch returns


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Located in Park Hyatt Dubai, the iconic Traiteur brunch is returning for the alfresco season. With a plethora of the best seafood, meat, cheese & desserts on offer coupled with the most incredible marina-side setting, expect nothing but the best from this New England style dining institution. The open kitchen concept that Traiteur pioneered has been reinstated and promises to add to the amazing atmosphere of the day, additionally, there is a new station dedicated entirely to ceviche. Running every Friday from 1pm to 4pm, packages start from Dhs495 for soft drinks, Dhs695 for sparkling, Dhs775 for champagne and Dhs895 for premium.

Soak up the sun at this luxe beach club

Soak up the sun at DRIFT Beach Dubai this Friday, October 22 where Minuty, the family-owned vineyard behind the popularity of pale pink rosé, is hosting a sun-drenched day of glamour complete with crisp drinks, live entertainment and giveaways. Located at One&Only Royal Mirage, the event will be set to the backdrop of the stunning infinity pool, which overlooks one kilometre of prime beachfront and lush landscaped surroundings offering panoramic views of Dubai Marina. Upon arrival, guests are welcome to indulge in a glass of M de Minuty Rosé, the perfect accompaniment to be enjoyed poolside or paired with a delicious dish from the venue’s delectable Provençal cuisine.

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