Your ultimate weekend guide in Dubai, August 4 to August 6, 2023.

Unwind at this staycation

Armani Hotel

Whether a serene retreat or an adventure-filled staycation, Armani Hotel is the perfect getaway this weekend. Guests can experience the finest cuisine at all the dining havens including Ristorante, Kaf and Hash. To unwind they can opt for a rejuvenating massage at the spa and seize this once-in-a-lifetime staycation. UAE residents can indulge in the ultimate escape at Armani Hotel and enjoy rates starting from Dhs1,500 per room per night. This special offer includes exclusive access to an array of exciting discounts and attractions during the stay to be chosen from Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Play DXB, Dubai Mall or the General Admission for Sky View Observatory. All bookings can be made through the brand’s official website and it’s valid until September 30, 2023. The offer is applicable for UAE residents only with the need for a valid Emirates ID to be presented upon check in.

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Book a meal at the fine-dining restaurant


For a unique culinary experience, F.R.N.D.S Grand Café is the place to visit this weekend. With high-calibre dishes from both the Mediterranean and Japanese cuisines, craft cocktails and award-winning mixologists in a relaxed upscale atmosphere, visitors can indulge in meticulously crafted dishes and unforgettable flavours all crafted-to-perfection. For a more intimate setting, a private dining room enclosed with glass and situated between towering wine chillers will be available for guests upon pre-booking. The restaurant is located at Address Fountain Views Hotel Downtown and is open from Monday to Sunday, 9am until 3am.

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Experience a Barbie brunch

Lola Taberna

With the Barbie craze in Dubai, the award-winning Spanish restaurant Lola Taberna, Española will be hosting its own exclusive Barbie brunch which will feature a live flamenco shoe for a truly Spanish experience along with the latest hits by the resident DJ, a pink cocktail station and a grand doll-inspired photo booth for the ultimate Instagrammable moment. With a dreamy barbie-inspired atmosphere the best dressed guests can will valuable prizes and participate in competitions accordingly. It takes place on Saturday from 1pm until 4pm and is priced at Dhs199 per person with soft beverages, along with Dhs249 for house beverages and Dhs349 per person for the Estrella Package.

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Shop pre-loved


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The UK’s most-loved pre-loved retailer, Love Luxury has now arrived in Dubai. Specialising in pre-loved designer bags, jewellery and watches, the brand has a host of designers under one roof including Chanel and Hermès. After garnering a massive fan base on social media, the brand has has become the go-to for buying and selling luxury goods. For fine attention-to-detail, Love Luxury also has a VIP home service to Dubai residents with expertise from the specialists and with a brick-and-mortar store all set to open next month.

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Celebrate World Oyster Day


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For a shell-tastic evening, Rockfish at Jumeirah Al Naseem takes guests on a culinary journey with a special dining experience offering half a dozen succulent oysters for Dhs280 or a whole dozen for Dhs560. For a complete meal the experience offers Gillardeau N°2 Oysters, Scallops, Seared Tuna, Hamachi, Lobster, Red Prawns, Langoustines, and Clams for Dhs980, making this a seafood lover’s dream. This is available throughout the weekend for lunch from 1pm to 3:30pm and for dinner from 6pm until 10:30pm.

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Try this fancy dinner spot

The Guild

Inspired by the streets of Soho, one of DIFC’s most-anticipated spots, The Guild has opened its doors with its botanical-decorated interiors. With a retro allure, the space has two key spots including The Nurseries which has a cosy feel feature hundreds of plants and a Champagne room with a chic-daytime pastry boutique for coffee aficionados and a sunken lounge known as the Potting Shed. As the perfect spot for seafood enthusiasts, guests can indulge in a variety of dishes including the house sea urchin, Atlantic lobster, and more with its intimate dining experience. For a grand dining experience, The Salon allows guests to observes seasoned chefs’ close-up as they weave their masterful skills. Finally, the hidden gem of the space features The Aviary, which has the grand piano, glistening chandeliers and a dedicated lounge to layback and unwind. Located in ICD Brookfield, this venue is definitely a must-visit.

It’s brunch time

Demon Duck

To savour some classic dishes, exclusively for this summer. The highly-reputable Michelin restaurant Demon Duck has launched its brunch where visitors can indulge a myriad of Chinese and Asian classics. Guests can experience the restaurant’s Chop Chop Suey dish mixed at the table, consisting of a fresh vegetable medley and calamansi drizzled with sesame dressing. Guests can also taste Shrimp Gao, shrimp mousse, asparagus and bamboo shoots, Minced Beef Gyoza. For an additional Dhs400, the showstopping Slow Roasted Whole Demon Duck will also be available with steamed calamansi buns and calamansi hoisin sauce. The brunch takes place every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and is priced at Dhs288 for the soft beverage package and Dhs388 for the house beverage package and is located at Caesars Palace Dubai at Bluewaters.

Opt for some post-travel recovery


Arriving back from a trip aboard and not only facing the holiday blues but disrupted sleep patterns too. Resync’s new Jet Lag packages are curated for those who return from their holiday. With two packages to combat jet lag, the package combines the powers of Lymphatic Drainage Massage with Cold Therapy for better sleep, increased focus, a positive mood, boosted immunity and reduced water retention and swelling. The Round Trip package includes a full body lymphatic drainage massage for 60 mins, 1 facial lymphatic drainage massage for 15 mins and 1 whole body cryotherapy as an extra for Dhs655. For the one way, guests can opt for the 45 minutes refresh which includes 1 area Cryo T-Shock for 30 minutes and get an extra whole body cryotherapy for Dhs600. Located at Central Park Towers, this space is open daily from 8am to 9pm

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