5 Unique, Must-Try Dining Experiences in the UAE

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With such a saturated F&B scene, simply going to dinner is just not good enough anymore. Instead, we want our senses tingled, our minds blown, and our Instagram accounts flooded. Thankfully, residents of the UAE have access to a variety of experimental dining options that offer delicious food with a side of unique experience, whether that’s the opportunity to be suspended by a crane while enjoying your meal or dining on a helipad while the sun sets over Abu Dhabi. Here, Savoir Flair counts down the five most coveted dining experiences happening in the UAE right now.


Dinner in the Sky

Dinner with a side of safety harness? This fearless dining concept, which originated in Belgium, has guests enjoying their meal while being suspended 50 meters above ground. With the concept appearing in over 40 countries around the world, Dubai’s Habtoor Grand Resort is the newest location to try this novelty dining experience. To book your tickets, click here.

Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: (+971) 4 399 5000


INKED 'The Nights Before' Dinner Series

To celebrate the festive season, experimental culinary space INKED will host a dinner series entitled ‘The Nights Before’ from December 18th to 22nd. The Al Quoz warehouse will be transformed into a winter wonderland, and guests will be served a hearty menu of festive favorites prepared by INKED’s highly creative culinary team.

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
Tel: (+971) 4 344 1788


St. Regis Helipad Sunset Supper

Once a month, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi will host a dinner on its helipad as part of the ‘Helipad Sunset Supper’ series. An attentive staff of chefs, butlers, and waiters will serve you caviar and fresh oysters as you look out onto what is arguably the most stunning view of the city from a platform elevated 225 meters above ground. This experience is priced at AED 400/SAR 408 and will take place on the second Friday of each month throughout winter.

Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi
Tel: (+971) 2 694 4444



Would you expect anything less than something over the top from Donatella Versace’s new hotel, The Palazzo Versace Dubai? The Enigma restaurant changes its dining concept every four months, which means there is no menu and always a culinary surprise behind each course, whether that’s molecular gastronomy or eccentric ingredients.

Culture Village, Dubai
Tel: (+971) 4 556 8888


Dining in the Dark

It’s said that not being able to see what you’re eating creates a heightened state for your other senses, such as smell and taste, which is why the concept of dining in the dark has been a popular culinary experience for years. If you’re eager to see what all the hype is about, head to Noire at the Fairmont Dubai, which is offering diners the opportunity to eat their meal in complete darkness while being served by waiters wearing night-vision goggles. This experience includes a three-course meal and is priced at AED 325/SAR 331 per person.

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: (+971) 4 332 5555