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The FACT UAE guide to the week ahead: 17 to 23 June

For fun in the sun this week, look no further…

Summer dining, sushi soirées and sundowners are all on the agenda for this week. Read on for our picks of the best places to visit in Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the next seven days

Monday 17 June

Try a new menu deep in the desert

Enjoy a memorable meal at Terra Secca in Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa. The newly revamped menu showcases Italy’s finest recipes, such as Burrata Campana and Spezzatino Di Manzoand. Savour soups such as Zuppa Di Aragosta, featuring braised Canadian lobster tail, or indulge in house specialities like Agnello Alle Erbe, a marinated rack of lamb with caramelised onions and natural jus. Explore a variety of pasta, risotto, and gnocchi, including the chef’s live preparation of Flambé Tagliatelle in a cheese wheel, before finishing with a Classic Tiramisu.

GO: Email info.alwathba@luxurycollection.com or call 02 204 4444 for reservations and more information.

Terra Secca this week

Tuesday 18 June

Celebrate International Sushi Day

Kokoro, the UAE’s first handroll bar in Alserkal Avenue, celebrates International Sushi Day with a specially curated menu featuring its top-selling dishes. For one week only, guests can enjoy Spicy Sake (salmon) Handroll, Spicy Kanpachi (amberjack) Handroll, Spicy Tuna Handroll, and Sake (salmon) Sashimi for just AED 150. Kokoro, which translates to ‘heart’ in English, provides diners an intimate experience, allowing them to interact closely with the masters behind the bar. Every dish is made fresh to order, with talented chefs slicing, spicing, and serving a variety of sushi and handrolls live. Available from 18 to 25 June from 12pm.

GO: Follow @kokoro.dxb on Instagram for more information. 

Kokoro this week

Wednesday 19 June

Grab the girls

Nestled on Saadiyat Island, Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi is a luxurious escape that blends world-class dining, nightlife, and beachside relaxation. As evening arrives, the energy transforms, with Buddha-Bar’s renowned music and mixology taking centre stage. During Goddess Night, revellers can enjoy exclusive beverage specials, beautiful bites, and captivating beats from the resident DJ. Available on Wednesdays from 7pm to 11pm.

GO: Call 02 498 8443 for reservations and more information.

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Thursday 20 June

Solve a murder mystery

Step into The House of TABŪ in The St. Regis Downtown Dubai where Lady Jadeite, the enigmatic mistress of TABŪ Manor, invites you to experience an evening of indulgence and suspense. Here, you will become an integral part of a thrilling narrative woven with secrets and unexpected alliances where four women, each with their own hidden secrets, lead you through an evening of thrilling twists. Immerse yourself in a murder mystery while savouring sushi and Japanese-grilled specialities. Available on Thursdays from 8:30pm. AED 299 (soft beverages), AED 499 (house beverages) and AED 599 (bubbly).

GO: Email tabu.reservations@stregis.com or call 054 793 0931 for reservations and more information.

TABU this week

Friday 21 June

Escape to Monaco (in Dubai)

Located on The World Islands, voco Monaco Dubai is a breezy 35-minute boat ride from mainland Dubai. A climate-controlled walkway mimics the summer climate of southern Europe, maintaining a refreshing temperature of 27 degrees. The private island hideaway also features a 700-meter stretch of pure coastal bliss, complete with a large swimming pool connected to the trendy Lagoon Pool Bar. Rates from AED 350 per night for two guests or day passes can be purchased for AED 200 per person (including AED 150 food and beverage credit).

GO: Visit www.thoe-hotels.com for reservations and more information.

voco Monaco this week

Saturday 22 June

Laugh out loud with Munawar Faruqui

Taking place on Saturday, 22 June, Munawar Faruqui is bringing his much-anticipated solo show, Dhandho, to the Zabeel Theatre in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. With two shows lined up, the evening promises not just laughter but a hearty dose of reality, delivered with Munawar’s unique flair. Munawar’s big break came in 2020 when he uploaded his first stand-up video on YouTube. The video went viral, amassing 15 million views and catapulting him into the limelight. His sharp wit and candid storytelling resonated with millions, earning him a loyal fanbase.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.

Munawar Faruqui Dubai

Sunday 23 June

Fuel your football fandom

Head to the Horse & Hound in Al Habtoor Polo Resort for a special Sunday roast featuring Manchester United’s star goalkeeper, André Onana. Here, guests can enjoy a traditional roast with all the delicious trimmings, accompanied by a bottle of hops or a glass of grape, while also having the opportunity to engage with André Onana during a Q&A session, gaining insights into his career and the world of football. Sunday 23 June, from 12pm to 5pm. AED 399 for adults and AED 199 for guests under 21.

GO: Email fnbreservations@habtoorpoloresort.com or call 052 564 0415 for reservations and more information.

André Onana this week

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