Announcements made earlier in the year came as a surprise to many: UAE made the big shift into a 4.5-day work week, with Friday afternoon, Saturdays, and Sundays as the new weekends. Looking to make the most out of these changes? Take your family and friends to these five Dubai destinations we’ve handpicked just for you.
There’s truly nothing like brunch on a Friday. The Scene is one of Dubai’s most loved family-friendly brunch spots that offers a little bit of everything the parents and kids will love. Located at the heart of Dubai Marina, this quaint Pier 7 restaurant is headed by British TV personality Simon Rimmer. The menu consists of the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary dishes from the UK. In addition, the adults can choose a drink from its extensive beverage menu and pair it up with the restaurant’s classic pub bites. Insider tip: don’t miss out on the pan-fried salmon and rigatoni!
The Scene, Level 4, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 04 422 2328, [email protected]
Museum of the Future
Keen on doing something a little more laidback but different? Take yourself on a journey to the year 2071 at Museum of the Future. Unveiled earlier this year, the museum gives its visitors a look into the world years into the future. It features seven storeys of surreal walkthrough experiences that showcase new architecture, technology, and other innovations. Aside from its astounding displays, the structure in itself is also a visual marvel. Each and every element of its architecture serves as a representation of different things: the circular shape pertaining to humanity, the greenery as the earth, while the void symbolises the future.
Museum of the Future, Trade Centre 2, Sheikh Zayed Road, 800 2071, www.museumofthefuture.ae
Arabian Tea House
Bearing the prestigious honour of being the first authentic Emirati restaurant since 1997, Arabian Tea House continues to serve its patrons a unique and wonderful dining experience. Situated in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, this iconic spot in the city transports its guests into the past with its vibrant interior design, traditional Arabic drinks, and picturesque views of both historical and modern buildings. Make the most out of your visit and order the chef’s personal favourites: karak tea, khabisah, and the dates cake.
Arabian Tea House, Al Fahidi St., Bur Dubai, Dubai, 04 353 5071, [email protected]
Start your weekend right with your special someone by taking them to one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai. Thiptara offers a classy and intimate space perfect for a lovely night with the beau. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous front row view of the Burj Khalifa and dancing fountain while you’re treated to traditional Thai cuisine that’s highlighted by a scrumptious Bangkok-style seafood spread.
Thiptara, Ground Level, Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, 04 428 7961, https://www.addresshotels.com
Unwind the best way possible this weekend at 88 Terrace. This new Dubai lounge sitting atop the largest rooftop in the city takes nightlife to a whole new level. The up-and-coming exclusive terrace restaurant will overwhelm the senses with its eclectic mix of Mediterranean-Spanish delights. The posh futuristic interiors and scenic views of the Dubai horizon, meanwhile, add to its charm, truly making it a destination not to be missed on your next bar crawl.
88 Terrace, No. EB1, Entrance 8, Bluewaters Island, 056 881 6888, [email protected]