Wonderful things to do this weekend in the UAE

From fantastic summer deals to limited-edition theme park passes and traditional afternoon teas, here are our recommendations to make the most of the weekend with your family and loved ones.


The biggest Hollywood-style theme park in the region has announced the release of a limited-edition Smurfs 65th anniversary Annual Pass to commemorate 65 years of Smurfs enchantment. Visitors of all ages have the ideal opportunity to immerse themselves year-round in the vibrant Smurfs’ world.

Enjoy unlimited access to the park and the opportunity to interact with all of your favourite blue characters, including Papa Smurf and Smurfette, as well as immerse yourself in the adventures of a lifelike Smurfs Village thanks to thrilling attractions like the Smurf Village Express roller coaster, the Smurfs Studio Tour family ride, the Woodland Play Park and many others.

Smurf-tacular annual passes are available for purchase on MOTIONGATE™ website or at the counter

Rosewood Abu Dhabi

For the ultimate retreat, you can now take in the gorgeous lifestyle destination of Al Maryah Island as well as the spectacular beauty of Saadiyat Island. Each guest staying at Rosewood Abu Dhabi will have daily beach access to the immaculate Saadiyat Beach Club as part of the beach package. In addition to breakfast every morning and a price reduction on rooms when you book the Summer Beach Escape, you’ll also get an extra 20% off at the hotel’s restaurants, 20% off at the Saadiyat Beach Club, and 20% off at the spa.

Until September 30. From AED750. Promo code: DISBEACH. For bookings click here

Twenty9 Lounge

At Twenty9 Lounge in Millennium Place Barsha Heights, take part in the distinctly British tradition of afternoon tea. Enjoy savoury and sweet goodies like fruit tarts, buttery scones, and artisan pastries, as well as international tea and coffee blends, for AED 65 per person. This stylish lounge offers breathtaking views of the city and excellent shisha flavors served on the terrace.

Millennium Place Barsha Heights. Every day from 3-5pm. Visit the website or Instagram

Great British Restaurant

With the launch of Sun, Sand, and Brunch every Sunday, you are invited to experience a brand-new weekend activity. Located at Dukes The Palm, immerse in a culinary experience that masterfully combines British charm with opulent delicacies, all against the stunning backdrop of Dubai’s lavish Palm Jumeirah.

The menu highlights the best culinary delicacies with a modern twist and has been carefully prepared by the team of renowned chefs. Expect an extravagant range of culinary treats, such as delectable pizzas, expertly grilled hamburgers, and a tempting array of nachos and hotdogs.

Every Sunday from 1-4 pm. From AED299 per person; Inclusive of F&B and soft beverages. Call +9714 455 1101 or email dukesthepalm.dining@royalhideaway.com. Visit the website or Instagram

Vida Downtown

Take advantage of a fantastic summer deal at Vida Downtown, which offers 40% off stays with a special room upgrade for U By Emaar members. The trendy contemporary boutique hotel is the ideal spot to unwind, enjoy specialized wellness amenities, and be in the middle of Dubai’s trendiest area as it is close to both the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa.

Booking dates: until May 20. Stay dates: until September 30. For bookings, click here


Until May 21, Head Bartender Stevan will give an entertaining and educational concoction lecture and pairing on this gorgeous rooftop, featuring a new Old-Fashioned French blend each evening. For AED 350 per person, you can taste your own concoction, expertly coupled with one of the restaurant’s signature dishes such as a “blend bite” that will compliment and improve the flavours.

Burj Plaza, Downtown. Until May from 5-7pm. AED350 per person. Call +974 524 5301 or email reservations-dubai@fouquets.com. Visit the website or Instagram



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