Your ultimate guide to this weekend in the UAE –June 23 to July 2, 2023.

Savour Mexican cuisine

For authentic Mexican flavours, the newly opened Puerto 99 in DIFC boasts an incredibly diverse menu offering. Blending reminiscence with forward-thinking, Puerto 99 DIFC combines elements of Mexican tradition with futuristic installations that tell their unique story—an exotically playful space that is both enchanting and sophisticated, borrowing inspiration from the depths of the Mexican jungles. In addition to their elevated dining element, Puerto 99 DIFC offers an exciting nightlife experience with its top-notch sound and light systems, attracting the late night DIFC dwellers looking for a gateway to the most exclusive fiesta in Dubai. Located in Waldorf Astoria DIFC, It’s open from Sunday to Wednesday 1pm to 1am and Thursday to Saturday 1pm to late.

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Hone your inner artist


Guests are invited to step into the realm of inspiration at One&Only The Palm curated by the talented local artist, Rabab Tantawy, as they participate in a captivating workshop at the stunning 101 Privé, One&Only The Palm’s exclusive overwater event space with ArtKorero. Perfect for families and friends, attendees can immerse themselves in the creative process and unlock their artistic potential. Known for its renowned traditional Arabian hospitality, the resort warmly welcomes visitors within the cultural hub of the Middle East. The workshop is taking place on Friday, June 30, 2023 and is priced at Dhs400 per person and includes all materials, refreshments and bites at 101 Privé.

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Brunch it up


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The award-winning fine-dining restaurant Demon Duck welcomes guests to savour the finest Asian cuisine. Indulge in the exquisite Pan-Asian cuisine crafted by the renowned celebrity chef Alvin Leung. Filled with a vibrant atmosphere accompanied by eccentric and whimsically theatrical décor, savour the flavours of the menu’s exceptional classics along with entertainment by the one and only DJ Aneesh Gera. It takes place every Saturday at Caesars Palace Dubai from 1pm to 4pm

Unwind at this spa-cation


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Indulge in an exclusive idyllic getaway at One&Only The Palm and relax at the property’s private air-conditioned poolside cabana, a few steps away from the stunning grand pool. Curated for couples or any two guests, the Guerlain Spa offers a luxurious 60-minute treatment, along with a Pool & Beach day pass accompanied by a 3-course lunch menu at ZEST. The package is available until September 30, 2023 and is priced at Dhs2,800 on the weekends including public holidays and Dhs2,300 on weekdays from Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

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Indulge in an elegant Afternoon tea

Mandarin Oriental

Situated in the elegant lobby of Mandarin Oriental with an adjoining terrace, there’s no shortage of traditional treats and decadent delights when it comes to the Summer Afternoon Tea menu at Noor Lounge: a selection of savoury and sweet bites is complemented by a variety of refreshing mocktails, iced teas and coffees. The Summer Afternoon Tea is priced at Dhs320 for two or Dhs165 for a single guest, available daily from 2pm to 6pm from July 1 to August 31, 2023.

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Enjoy a laid-back brunch

Maison Mathis

Spanning over four hours, the generous Maison Mathis brunch takes place to the backdrop of incredible live music provided by the soulful Charlene Duo who will take the celebrations into the after party, which kicks off from 5pm, along with an epic buy one get one free deal available on selected drinks. The main sharing style concept is available for re-order again and again, starting with Maison Mathis’ legendary oysters. Freshly shucked, the oysters are the perfect way to tantalize tastebuds and begin the meal with a bang. The dishes include Wagyu Tartare, Lamb Chops and more.  The soft drinks package is priced at Dhs229 per person, with the house beverage package priced at Dhs329 from 1pm to 5pm, making it one of the longest brunch at Voco Dubai The Palm.

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Savour a delectable burger at home

Burger Food

From glorious patties to juicy fries, there’s an array of delicious burger joints in Dubai that we’ll surely be savouring from. Whether you need a bit of mid-week indulgence or are simply looking to treat yourself after a long week, a burger is the best way to enjoy an indulgent meal, making those calories worth-it. From gourmet-style burgers at La Maison Ani to innovative palate tingling katsu burgers at High Joint, there’s an arrat of endless options available. With no shortage of brilliant buns across the emirate,
Emirates Woman  is here to present our tried-and-tasted hotspots to visit ASAP.

Rejuvenate at a blissful staycation

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

For an undisturbed beach getaway, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa promises a staycation unlike any other. Guests can savour in the dishes from the renowned Café Nikki featuring dishes made from the freshest ingredients including highlights such as, Yakitori, and much more. For some secluded tranquility, guests can visit the idyllic Nikki Spa for a complete relaxation with a Hammam, sauna, steam, ice fountain and a mixed vitality pool both indoor and outdoor with an exclusive offer for UAE residents at 30 percent off the best available rate for a two night stay, complimentary breakfast at Café Nikki, 30 percent off treatments at the spa, use of Tone Gym and thermal zones and complimentary entrance to the beach club during the stay. To redeem the offer, visitors need to present a valid UAE ID and mention the code ‘STAYCATION’.

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Make a splash at the pool


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Fridays are all about making a splash at Terra Solis. Guests can dive into the weekend with the irresistible pool access packages at AED 200 per person, accompanied by a 50 percent redeemable voucher for food and beverages. Visitors are in for the electrifying Ibiza Friday experience, featuring a live performance by the dynamic Quilliam, complemented by the soulful Mambo Brothers’ Ibiza sunset mix, meticulously curated by One World Radio. Tantalise taste buds with the delectable specials of the day for just Dhs255, including refreshing Sangria and mouthwatering Patatas Bravas, all while basking in the sun-kissed paradise of a poolside oasis.

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Experience a dreamy escape

Searching for a dreamy adult-only escape right above the sea? SAL is the place to be! Soak up the sun in style as you laze by the infinity pool, taking in breath-taking views of the pristine coastline. And if that’s not enough, unwind at SAL’s chic restaurant and indulge in its delectable cuisine while sipping on delicious cocktails. The package is available on weekdays from Monday to Thursday for Dhs500 per person inclusive of Dhs250 redeemable on F&B, weekends from Friday to Sunday for Dhs700 per person inclusive of Dhs350 redeemable on F&B.

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Opt for a summer glow up

Raffles The Palm

Throughout the season, Raffles the Palm Dubai offers an extraordinary experience with the Summer Glow Up package that enlivens moments of reflection by immersing themselves in a 60-minute Balinese massage, followed by a day at leisure by the pool or on the picturesque, white-sanded shore of Raffles the Palm Dubai. For Dhs550 per person, guests can experience all this and redeem AED 150 F&B credit by the pool or at Piatti by the Beach. Anyone wishing to treat themselves to the epitome of wellness and serenity can do so with the exquisite ‘The Joy of Eid Al Adha’ package, exclusively available from June 28 until July 2, 2023. Crafted to make this special occasion truly memorable, spa enthusiasts can embark on a blissful journey with a luxurious 120-minute Relaxing North African Hammam treatment meticulously designed to soothe body and mind. As an added delight, each guest will also receive a complimentary Cinq Mondes Spa gift, ensuring a truly immersive and rewarding experience. Priced at Dhs995 per person, this package promises an unrivalled escape and an opportunity to celebrate Eid Al Adha in pure serenity and comfort.

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Work it out

Pilates reformer

Looking to revamp your fitness routine? Then Pilates might be the perfect option for you. With celebrities such as Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, elevating their fitness routine with reformer Pilates, it’s time for you to take up a session or two. Designed to improve physical strength and coordination, form long-term habits and ensure greater core strength, these workouts allow to strengthen your muscles and feel mentally fit. Pilates can help create long, lean, and defined muscles, while also helping to reduce stress, creating awareness in the body, and improving mental clarity. So, if you’re looking to begin on your Pilates fitness journey, we’re curated a guide of all the must-visit studios in Dubai. From Blended Wellness to Posture., there are a myriad of professional studios list in our Emirates Woman guide in the emirate with expert trainers.

Rejuvenate at this short-haul escape

Oberoi Al Zorah

Escape to the lap of luxury at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, where breathtaking natural landscapes, stunning beaches, and world-class amenities come together to offer an unparalleled luxury getaway. Situated just 25 minutes away from the city center, this stunning oasis blends contemporary architecture with natural colors, providing the perfect backdrop for panoramic ocean views and long white sand beaches, leaving guests feeling both amazed and at peace. For the adventure enthusiast, the resort has a range of outdoor activities, including kayaking and paddle-boarding through mangroves, cycling along scenic trails, and golfing at an exclusive course. For a more laid-back experience, the resort offers yoga, rejuvenating spa sessions, and three exclusive lounges, including Vinesse Bar, Aquario Bar, and The Library. Guests can also unwind by the beach, basking in the warm sunshine while listening to the soothing sound of waves.

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Watch the full Emirates Man interview with Jay Shetty

For the cover we are honoured to have former monk and author, Jay Shetty who we discuss manifestation, meditation, and the power of gratitude with. Jay was also kind enough to share his time with us on his recent trip to Dubai, you can watch the full interview on YouTube where he shares his thoughts on habits, discipline, and happiness – a conversation that is as inspiring as it is insightful. Watch the full interview on YouTube.

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