Our top picks: 6 things to do in the UAE this weekend May 17 to 19
Fabulous news: it’s the weekend. If you’re casting your eye around for something to do, look no further. Whether it’s some a luxury iftar, potent facial, or spot to watch the royal wedding you’re after, we’ve got you covered.
Thursday May 17
Take in some cultural art works
It’s the first day of the Holy Month, so we think this one makes sense. Community arts association Ductac is holding its annual Ramadan exhibition, and it sounds like it’s going to be a goodie. The Gallery of Light has a focus on diverse mediums and emerging artists, so not only will you get into the spirit of the month, you might discover your new favourite maker. Expect an exploration of how Ramadan effects the lives of people in our part of the world.
Gallery Of Light, Ductac, Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm, May 15 to June 17. Tel: (04) 3414777. ductac.org
Break your fast in style
The Holy Month is all about coming together with friends and family, and the Habtoor Grand Resort’s luxurious Ramadan tent is the perfect place to do it. They’re promising a tempting iftar buffet from sunset to 8.30pm, followed by suhoor served á la carte until 3am. It’s a lavish, stylish affair with traditional oud entertainment.
Ramadan tent at Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Iftar buffet from sunset to 8.30pm daily, suhoor served á la carte from 8.30pm to 3am. Iftar Dhs149 per person. Tel: (04) 408 4275. habtoorgranddining.com.
Friday May 18
Treat yourself to a facial
If you’re in need of a serious skincare reboot, this is your option. Sisters Beauty Lounge offers the ultra-luxe Margy’s Monte Carlo range of treatments, and our pick is the botox effect facial. It’s all about anti-oxidants, massage, and masking—expect hyaluronic acid, marine extracts and collagen masks as well as thorough cleansing and exfoliation. You’ll walk out glowing, not least to the massage element. Lovely.
Margy’s botox effect facial at Sisters Beauty Lounge, Jumeirah Village Mall and The Dubai Mall. Dhs790 for 90 minutes. Tel: (800) 747 8377. sistersbeautylounge.com.
Catch up over a board game
How long has it been since you got involved in a serious game of Monopoly? Here’s your chance. Tania’s Teahouse are extending their opening hours throughout Ramadan, and invite you and your loved ones down to catch up over some Scrabble and a cup or three of chai. If you’d like to break your fast there, so much the better. Try the acai bowl.
Ramadan at Tania’s Teahouse, 779A Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai. 6.30pm to 2.30pm daily throughout the month. Tel: (04) 324 0021. taniasteahouse.com.
Saturday May 19
Celebrate the royal wedding
Britain’s Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle tie the knot today, we think it’s worth watching live just to see her dress. We’ve rounded up the top spots to watch the whole thing over here, but you could do much worse than Al Fayrooz in the Madinat Jumeirah. Each guest will get their own personal miniature wedding cake.
Royal wedding afternoon tea at Al Fayrooz, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah. 2-6pm Saturday May 19. Dhs345 per person or Dhs240. Tel: (04) 432 3232.
Ease into the Holy Month with a twist
Jivamukti yoga teacher Dina Ghandour is a long-term favourite around here for her thoughtful yet challenging classes. To mark the start of the Holy Month, she’s offering a detox and twist community class to help us move into a period of introspection and connection. Open to all, whether you’re fasting or not.
Ramadan detox & twist flow with Dina, Trident Wellness Centre, Dubai Marina. 5pm Saturday May 19, Dhs50 per person. Tel: (04) 441 6287. 136point1.ae.