The Weekend Guide: What to Eat, What to See, What to Buy, and Where to Go

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Dubai is like Disneyland for adults (and kids too), but it can be overwhelming and time-consuming to filter through everything to find just what to do this weekend in Dubai. Let’s be honest, after you’ve worked all week long, the last thing you want to do is waste your precious R&R time sifting through offers and websites. Sometimes, you miss the best events because it takes too long to find them.

Savoir Flair is here to help start your weekend off on the right note, by giving you our favorite picks for what you should be doing this weekend in Dubai. So whether it’s a much-needed day at the beach, a well-deserved spa treatment, or a day of adventure, you have never felt more on holiday than you will in Dubai this weekend.

1

Solve a Mystery With Holmes and Watson

If you’ve been missing some Sherlock Holmes – or more importantly Benedick Cumberbatch – then no need to wait for the Christmas special. Head over to The Junction for their entertaining theatrical production of Holmes and Watson. The story starts three years after the mysterious disappearance of both Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, where both are presumed dead. Three men claiming to be the real Sherlock Holmes are being held in an asylum, and John Watson has been called to identify the real Holmes, but he must do so while following clues and saving the innocents from an assassin carrying out Moriarty’s final wishes. The play is directed by long-time theater enthusiast Gautam Goenka and stars incredible local talents Mario Silva, Satyen Chandiramani, and Mahmoud Basyoni as Sherlock Holmes and Satya Baskaran as John Watson.

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2

Grab a Bite at What the Food – Part Two – in Alserkal

The Dubai Food Festival is on this week, and our favorite place to fill our bellies has to be Alserkal Avenue. This weekend, you can head over to the artistic lanes of Dubai for a taste of Dubai’s most creative and innovative culinary entrepreneurs in the second installment of Alserkal’s What the Food. Check out Chef Halawa‘s supper club, A Night in Palestine, for an unforgettable culinary journey through home-cooked Palestinian and Jordanian dishes, or The Curry Bureau for a contemporary spin on Indian cuisine. Food concepts are also being hosted together with workshops to get your artistic side on while you eat. Check out the workshops being hosted at The Jam Jar, Tashas, Âme Artistic Studio, and Al Kass Ceramics, and as always, the warehouses will be open to visitors to see the compelling artworks on display – we highly recommend the Mirrors at Leila Heller Gallery.

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3

Enter the World of Banksy

No, Banksy didn’t come to the UAE – that we know of – but if you want to see the largest collection of his works under one roof, head over to The Theater at Mall of the Emirates, where 120 of the revolutionary street artist’s most iconic and inspiring images have been recreated in ‘The World of Banksy’. (Banksy himself has given permission for anyone to do so. After all, he claims that “Copyrights are for losers.”) Keep an eye out for the videos of various pranks he’s pulled, with real-life images of his work hanging out on a wall or a corner are one of the most interesting aspects of the exhibit, and you will definitely see all your favorites. Well worth a visit. Perhaps this will convince Banksy to pay Dubai a visit.

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4

Make It A Nikki Beach Day

Nikki Beach Dubai has gotten a bit of a makeover since COVID hit. With limited guest capacity and social distancing most definitely in place, the beautiful beach has turned into a glamorous, hidden gem in the city. Find a place by the Miami Modernist style pool, or lounge around on the sands of the beach for a relaxing day in the sun. But whether you spend all day or only a few hours, make sure you hit the restaurant for some exciting new dishes from Chef Kavish, like the impeccable Seabass ceviche, the Shrimp Pil Pil, and the Grilled Seabass for both an enjoyable afternoon and a pleasant meal.

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5

Buy Some Art at World Art Dubai

‘Discovering New Perspectives’ is the theme of this year’s most affordable art fair in the region with over 2,000 pieces by over 250 artists, both established and up-and-coming, happening this weekend at The Dubai World Trade Center. Visitors this year can expect to see robotic, sustainable, and fashion installations along with photography and art workshops, a collaboration with Theater of Digital Art, The Art of Dance, and a brand new special collection by the Dubai Police.

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