Ramadan in Dubai: 29 iftars to try

Ramadan is expected to start on Monday, April 12 and will run until Tuesday, May 11, depending on the sighting of the moon… During Ramadan, iftar is the meal served at sunset to break the long day of fasting (the word literally means ‘break fast’). Things may be different this time around but hotels and […]
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What’s On The Bookshelf: 3 books to read from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced and our friends at the Emirates Literature Foundation have shared a list of three books to take note of… With the recent announcement of the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the annual literary awards relay has officially started. The sixteen novels will […]
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UAE Profiles: Ahmad and Abdallah, Emirati Founders of MyDeleel

Meet Ahmad Ali Sumaiti and Abdallah Al Obeidly. They are the founders of MyDeleel, a company that aims to showcase an authentic Emirati experience by exploring the UAE through the eyes of actual locals. Deleel is an Arabic word which means ‘guide‘ – someone who enlightens people on the local culture and heritage of the […]
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Celebrate Mother’s Day with La Brioche

Sponsored: Another framed photo of you not going to cut it for this year’s Mother’s Day gift? Try this instead… Mothers know that the best way to show love is through food, whether it be a tray of freshly-baked biscuits, a bubbling casserole dish that’s as rich as it is comforting, or a cake made […]
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Ladies, enjoy amazing deals all day and night on Tuesdays at La Mer

Sponsored: Check out incredible discounts at loads of different venues from 9am until midnight… Dubai can get a little pricey at times so, naturally, we are always on the lookout for some fantastic money-saving deals. Ladies are pretty fortunate when it comes to said deals and now an all-day-all-night offer has launched at La Mer. […]
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Doce Nata: Freshly Baked Portuguese Tarts in Mall of the Emirates

My wife and I visited Mall of the Emirates and dropped by Doce Nata shop. Located at the Ground Floor of the mall (just in front of Minutes repair shop), this is a pastry shop that specializes in preparing freshly baked Portuguese tarts in Dubai. We first came across Doce Nata last Christmas season when […]
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Bla Bla Dubai launches Friday brunch and a ladies’ night

This day-to-night entertainment destination just got even better… Bla Bla, found at The Beach opposite JBR, is Dubai’s newest entertainment and dining restaurant complete with twenty bars, three restaurants and one beach club. It’s had no shortage of visitors since it opened on January 21 and now there are two more reasons to go. Following […]
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Fashion for less: Shop high street and designer at this thrift store pop-up

Good for the environment, good for the purse strings… If you’re something of a fashionista, keeping your wardrobe updated can probably get a little pricey. But what if we told you that you could do it for less and do your bit for the environment at the same time? Say hello to Thrift for Good. […]
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Check out 8 homegrown food concepts at this new pop-up market in Dubai

Brand Dubai has launched a pop-up market to celebrate local food businesses… You can now taste your way around eight homegrown food concepts at a pop-up market in One Central, Dubai World Trade Centre. Organised by Brand Dubai, part of the Government of Dubai Media Office, this open-air market is called ‘Proudly from Dubai’. It […]
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Sheikh Hamdan launches project to renovate Al Fahidi Fort in Dubai

Once completed, the project will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of Emirati history and culture…  If you love visiting Al Fahidi Fort – an iconic spot in Old Dubai, be prepared as it’s about to become to undergo some changes to make your experience even better. HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al […]
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Is David Guetta going to perform in Dubai? It looks like it…

The superstar DJ teased an announcement on his Instagram page… Huge international DJ, David Guetta, has hinted about hosting a performance in Dubai sometime soon. The French mastermind behind hits such as Titanium, Love Is Gone, Without You and so many more took to Instagram to share a teaser video with his 8.6 million followers. The clip includes […]
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Resorts on island paradise, Sir Bani Yas to reopen in February

The island wilderness reopens just in time for Valentine’s Day, HINT HINT… Sir Bani Yas is one of those destinations that has to be seen to be believed. Located a 25-minute boat ride from Jebel Dhanna (a two-hour drive from downtown Abu Dhabi), the island wilderness is home to a collection of exciting wildlife, architectural […]
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Seva is hosting a pop-up this weekend with vegan chocolate, cheese and more

And it’s completely healthy… Seva in Jumeirah 1 is perfect if you’re looking out for a cafe that offers up tranquillity paired with tasty food and positive vibes. It’s a great place to read, catch up with friends or just spend time alone with your thoughts. ‘Seva‘ is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning ‘selfless service […]
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10 awesome things to do in Dubai this weekend: Jan 14 to 16

It’s nearly here again… Somehow it’s Wednesday and that means the weekend is nearly upon us. Whether you’re looking for a new brunch or seeking out a new fitness challenge, there’s so much to do in Dubai. We’ve got you covered with plenty of options, so just sit back and take your pick. Thursday, January […]
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10 epic UAE nature spots you need on your bucket list

Time for a road trip… With everything going on in the world this year and last, there’s never been a better (and more necessary) time to discover the delights that the UAE has to offer. From stunning beaches to nature reserves, there’s so much on our doorstep. Whether you’re going on an adventure or a […]
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How you can get 100 passes to Dubai’s top fitness classes for Dhs299

Locations include Underdog Boxn, Barry’s Bootcamp, Bare, Physique 57, Shimis and more… Looking to get fit this January? If you haven’t jumped on the fitness bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. Core Direction has launched an unmissable deal called Core Pass, giving you choice and flexibility about where you want to work out in Dubai. […]
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Emirates Introduces Premium Economy Seats

Emirates introduces Premium Economy cabin where passengers can enjoy an enhanced flight experience. The new seats are equipped with features designed for space and comfort. Also Read: The Emirates ICE Inflight Entertainment Experience Aside from the new cabin, this leading airline company has also introduced enhancements and a new look across all its cabin of their […]
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A first look at Abu Dhabi Police’s new uniforms

As of January 1, 2021 Abu Dhabi’s Police Force will be kitted out with a brand new look… Abu Dhabi Police have been given a new look uniform to start 2021 with. The, now quite literally, boys (and girls) in blue will have three separate styles of uniform: Ceremony suits are to be used by […]
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Shhh… The Secret Terrace at Downtown Dubai is a great way to bring in 2021

Sponsored: Expect amazing food with spectacular views… Plans for New Year’s still not sorted? There’s still time to plan with your loved ones for a great night out at the Secret Terrace at Pullman Dubai Downtown. Want a sneak preview of what your night could look like? Well, apart from the premium and unobstructed views […]
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Fancy a fun, open bar NYE deal for just Dhs365?

Sponsored: Deck the halls with bows of holly, at (Fa La La) Lah Lah’s Bazaar… It’s become quite the season’s winter hotspot, and now Lah Lah’s Bazaar – inside Zabeel House, The Greens – takes a festive twist with a special, family-friendly Christmas Day brunch and a very competitive NYE offer. Here’s exactly what’s going […]
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Get free Pickl ice cream sandwiches all week

Brilliant burger joint Pickl is giving away 1,000 ice cream sandos this week at its new branch… but only to What’s On readers… The ice cream sandwich has become a Dubai classic, but nothing beats Pickl ice cream sandos, one of Dubai’s most treasured treats. Thankfully, you’re in with the chance of bagging yourself one of these […]
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12 brilliant things to do in Dubai this weekend

It’s the countdown to Christmas… This week is flashing by in the blink of an eye and Christmas is just days away. However you’re spending the festive holiday, there’s plenty going on in Dubai. From Christmas brunches to Boxing Day celebrations, here’s 12 brilliant things to do in Dubai this weekend.  Thursday, December 24 (Christmas […]
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Sleek Japanese restaurant Clap Dubai opens its doors in DIFC

The new rooftop spot promises a carefully considered experience… DIFC has a brand new nighttime concept, called Clap. Hailing from Beirut, the Japanese restaurant can be found in Gate Village 11, directly above Shanghai Me. The new venue boasts the largest rooftop in DIFC, with views of the surrounding skyscrapers. The eclectic decor is an […]
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Where to find mulled wine in Dubai this Christmas 2020

What’s Christmas without the hot festive drink? Christmas is literally days away and that means that we’re fully in festive mode. Mulled wine is the spiced warm wine drink that Christmas just isn’t complete without. Naturally, we’ve hunted around for where you can get your hands on it in Dubai. Here’s where to find mulled […]
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The announcements at the Dubai Metro platforms are about to change

This is going to take some getting use to… Dubai Metro travellers, take note: According to a new announcement made by Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the platforms of the Dubai Metro stations will now bear numbers rather than end destination names. The announcement was made on the transport authority’s social media channels on Thursday […]
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5 barbecue boxes to order in Dubai this weekend

Time to unleash some griller tactics… Barbecue season is well and truly upon us… But if you want to shake up your steak routine with truffle burgers, Indian skewers or American-style smoked meats, check out these three gourmet barbecue boxes, delivered straight to your door in Dubai. The gourmet burger one Level-up your burger game […]
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Want to save 20 per cent on your New Year’s Eve dinner? Here’s how

Sponsored: The Meydan Hotel is home to festive brunches and New Year’s Eve galas… Make this festive season one to remember, with Christmas brunches and a New Year’s Eve gala dinner at the Meydan Hotel – including an early-bird discount for New Year’s Eve if you book in advance. Here’s why the Meydan Hotel is […]
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Christmas in Abu Dhabi: Where to spend Christmas Day 2020

Santa has arrived, you’re wearing your festive finery, so where are you going to eat so much you’ll need to take a nap? Barfly by Buddha-Bar The fancy pan-Asian restaurant takes a festive spin on its signature dishes. Venetian Village, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs147 for […]
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8 pre-Christmas brunches to book in Dubai this weekend

Let’s get this Christmas party started… Christmas is so close you can almost smell it. But if you simply can’t wait until December 25, why not starting your festive feasting this weekend. We’ve rounded up six pre-Christmas brunches to book in Dubai this weekend – consider it pre-game prep for the big day. Yet to […]
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Host your own yacht party for New Year’s with this luxury charter in Dubai

Sponsored: Sail into 2021 with your own luxury yacht party… If you want to cruise into 2021 like a boss, there’s only one way to do it: charter your own luxury yacht in Dubai – and host a New Year’s Eve party your friends will never forget. Centaurus Charter offers luxury yacht rentals in Dubai, […]
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More details on the first Abu Dhabi Shopping Season, starting today

Setting sale for discounts in thousands of stores across the emirate… The very first Abu Dhabi Shopping Season (ADSS) launches today, Thursday December 10 and it seems like Christmas has come a little early this year. There’s up to 80 per cent discounts available in over 3,500 stores, inside more than 20 of the emirate’s […]
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Theatre of Digital Art has just launched a weekly music night

This takes the experience to a whole new level… The incredible Theatre of Digital Art opened its doors in October this year and has fast become a must-visit attraction whether you’re an art lover or not. Drawing in scores of residents and visitors alike, the venue simply called ToDA features some of the world’s most […]
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Emirates warns passengers to arrive early to DXB airport

The airline expects more than 200,000 passengers arriving into Dubai during the Christmas period… In anticipation of another busy travel period over Christmas and New Year, Emirates have issued a warning to passengers travelling through Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the next few weeks. Passengers have been told to allow extra time in their journeys, […]
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Here’s how to buy tickets for Jack Whitehall’s show in Dubai

Registration is now open for the January event… The brilliant Jack Whitehall is heading to Dubai early next year. The British comedian is slated to headline at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday January 14, as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. Produced by GME Events, Jack will bring his Stood Up tour show […]
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Review: Sal at Burj Al Arab

Is this Dubai’s most luxurious beach club? Dubai’s seven-star hotel reopened with a brand new venue in October. Sal is Burj Al Arab’s new beach club, replacing The Terrace and Scape. Under the shadow of the coveted sail-shaped hotel, the large beach club is split up with two large pools and a man-made beach. Guests […]
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The Dubai Fountain now has four new fun water activities 

And they can be enjoyed by the whole family! The Dubai Fountain at Downtown Dubai attracts scores of people for being one of the world’s largest choreographed fountain system. But now, you have four more reasons to visit the family-friendly destination. Emaar Entertainment has launched The Dubai Fountain Water Experiences at its brand new extension […]
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In pics: your incredible photos of the fog in Dubai

Living with our heads in the clouds… Nothing heralds the change of seasons in the UAE more than the frequent outbursts of fog. From cloud-piercing skyscrapers to full-on white-outs, here are some of our favourite photos of the recent fogs in Dubai. City in the sky   View this post on Instagram   A post […]
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Here’s what went down at the What’s On Lock In – Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk

First tastes of The Nine brunch, first sips at Taiko bar, yoga, an overnight stay, and a bloomin’ beautiful brekkie… Every month or so, What’s On picks one lucky hotel to host a glorious weekend, celebrating everything the hotel has to offer the lovely residents of the UAE: good food, good drinks, and a damn […]
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New films you can catch in cinemas this week: December 3 to 9

Check out our handy guide to the latest movie releases coming out this week…  Calling all movie buffs! Thrillers and plenty of horror flicks are being screened at the cinemas this week. Here’s a handy guide just for you. You’re welcome.  Monster Hunter  A portal transports Lieutenant Artemis and an elite unit of soldiers […]
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You can now catch a movie on the slopes of Ski Dubai 

The brr-illiant experience is only available until the end of February… Love heading to the movie theatre in your leisure time? How would you like to watch the story unfold on the big screen wrapped up in a cosy blanket while out in the snow? No, no plane ticket to the Arctic needed – all […]
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Jack Whitehall to perform in Dubai this January 2021

The Dubai Shopping Festival has announced that leading UK comedian Jack Whitehall will perform in the UAE as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival… Huge news for comedy fans, as the brilliant Jack Whitehall is slated to headline at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday January 14. Produced by GME Events, Jack will bring his […]
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Taste dishes from 15 of Dubai’s top chefs at Reform this weekend

This is the perfect way to end the long weekend… Pull out your stretchy pants. Reform Social & Grill is hosting a moveable feast on Saturday December 5, as 15 of the city’s top chefs come together for an exclusive cookoff. Following the launch of The Best Of Dubai: A Dining Experience, by Flavel Monteiro, […]
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What happened when What’s On met John Cleese

John Cleese on grumpy old man triggers, deathbed humour and the state of comedy today… British national treasure John Cleese is currently in Dubai, working with Motivate Media Group’s newly created talent and training divisions. We first spoke with the comic great back in 2013, when he told us about tall-people problems, his dislike of […]
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Download the December issue of What’s On mag right now for free

Family-friendly adventures, Christmas Day feasts, gift guides, NYE parties, and much more… It’s been one heck of a year. One full of Zoom calls, virtual pub quizzes, meltdowns and masks. Don’t tell anyone, but I actually really missed the office, and all the banter that goes with it. Honestly, a day without hearing our man […]
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4 Christmas Day staycations to give you those holiday feels

A trio of exciting Christmas day dinners and staycation deals… Feel like getting away for a bit this Christmas? You can. Why not book yourself in for a Christmas Day staycation that will give you all of those festive feels without having to lift a finger? Check out these great Christmas Day staycations in Dubai […]
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Authentic Japanese Dinner at Kimura-Ya in The Oberoi Dubai

We had a wonderful Japanese dinner at Kimura-Ya in Business Bay. Located at the lobby level of The Oberoi Hotel, Kimura-ya is an acclaimed restaurant chain that has over 200 outlets across Japan. This is the first time that it branched out in the UAE. The menu is designed by Japanese Chef Kohei Kobayashi and […]
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Full List of Rides at the Carnaval in Global Village

There are plenty of great places to visit when you’re in Dubai. Aside from the awesome architectural design of most establishments in the emirate particularly the towering presence of the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, the Dubai Frame, and many others, there’s also the Dubai Global Village, which hosts lots of fun and exciting […]
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Shabestan Persian Restaurant in Radisson Blu Deira Creek

We celebrated a friend’s birthday at Shabestan in Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek. Shabestan is an authentic Persian restaurant which has been around since 1984! Given its history and how it’s tried and tested through time, this establishment is must-visit for any foodie. This is not our first time dining in the first 5-star hotel […]
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Al Dawaar: Dining at Dubai’s Only Revolving Restaurant

We had the opportunity to dine in Dubai’s only revolving restaurant, Al Dawaar, on a Wednesday. Located on the 25th floor (rooftop floor) of Hyatt Regency Dubai, Al Dawaar offers an international menu, live kitchen, and the unique experience of dining while the restaurant floor moves slowly so you can enjoy a 360 degree view […]
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Eat, Play, and Relax at Food Central in City Centre Deira

If you’re looking for a new place to enjoy great food, have fun, or simply hang out — head to Food Central at City Centre Deira. As part of the mall’s East Court renovation, this two-storey food hall offers plenty of dining options, along with fun and leisure activities. Food Central is the latest addition […]
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Hotel Review: Ajman Hotel by Blazon Hotels

We had a relaxing staycation in Ajman Hotel by Blazon Hotels on a weekday. I booked an All-inclusive package which allowed us to enjoy the facilities of this five-star resort. Ajman Hotel is located on the far end of Ajman Corniche and this resort features a 400-meter private beach which is the biggest private beach […]
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Tips to Help You Get a Working Permit in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most exciting cities in the 21st century. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the last 30 years, and there seem to be no signs of slowing down. The city’s labor needs are increasing to sustain this kind of growth. At the same time, Dubai has a diverse economy with […]
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Review: Indochine Dubai

A celebrity haunt from the Big Apple lands in Dubai, but has it bitten off more than it can chew?  For 35 years, fashionistas and A-listers have been rubbing shoulders inside the elegantly tropical New York hotspot, where banquette seating, wallpaper with palm fronds and dim lighting combine to recreate colonial Hanoi. It makes sense […]
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Breathtaking new hotel ME Dubai is set to open in March

Stunning architecture and state-of-the-art features and facilities await at this luxury new hotel… After many months of anticipation, the first stunning ME by Meliá hotel in the Middle East is officially throwing open its doors on Sunday, March 1, and there’s a lot to look forward to. We can’t metaphorically take you inside the hotel […]
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Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR launch brand new Dhs250 party brunch

Get ready for delicious food, tons of entertainment and some seriously funky cocktails… Lock, Stock & Barrel has long-established itself in Dubai as one of the city’s unwaveringly favoured sports and party bar brands and now there’s even more reason to go, as the LSB JBR branch is launching a brand new Friday brunch. Jovially […]
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8 awesome weekend evening brunches in Abu Dhabi to try

It’s never too late to brunch… Waking up in the morning especially on the weekend can be a drag. Thankfully, however, there are several brunches around Abu Dhabi that only start post 6pm. Here’s our top pick of evening brunches to try in the capital over the weekend… Thursday Bistro Start the weekend as you […]
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Review: Brick Rooftop Kitchen & Bar in Abu Dhabi

A hot new restaurant opens in the capital… Relax@12 at Aloft Abu Dhabi has gone. Long live Brick Rooftop Kitchen & Bar. What a transformation, too. Gone are the purple-hued lights and table orbs, now replaced with an upscale-earthy décor. Think climbing green vines, wood and brick. Real candles burn in lanterns on each table […]
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Dubai wins another Guinness World Record title

Well, Dubai you’ve done it again…  Dubai is no stranger to a Guinness World Record, having the accolade of ‘world’s tallest building’ and ‘largest building in the shape of a picture frame’ (to name a few) under it’s belt. And now they’ve only gone and won another one. The 3D-printed building located at Emirates Towers […]
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Experience incredible flavours at this new contemporary dessert bar

Sponsored: BRIX Dessert Bar offers a unique dining experience that’s all about the flavour… Most of us can agree that desserts are the best part of a meal, right? Well now you don’t have to wait through different courses – just jump straight to the best bit. BRIX Dessert Bar, sister restaurant to the ever-popular […]
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10 things to look forward to in Dubai this March

There is literally SO much happening in Dubai in March… With the start of March approaching, we bid farewell to cooler weather and say hello to copious outdoor food and drink festivals, cool performances and some of the biggest annual sporting events and exhibitions of the year. We’re not going to lie, we’re excited. Here’s […]
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Leap Year Deals 2020: 6 of the best in Dubai

From free brunches for birthday people to some ’29’ themed discounts and prices… A lot of things can happen when the leap year’s extra day, February 29 comes around (it happens every four years, in case you didn’t know). Girls having the go ahead to propose to a guy or, you know, those people who […]
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It’s time to go glamping with your dog in Ras Al Khaimah

Rustic atmosphere + home comforts + nature + dogs = best holiday ever Your dog is your best buddy, and the bond between you two only strengthens when you take adventures together. Sadly, unless you’re up for camping, the options for weekend adventures in the Emirates are slim. Family staycations very rarely permit four-legged friends […]
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BOUNCE-X to open in Dubai Festival City this March

And you can win exclusive tickets to the VIP launch party… A new concept created by fun-for-all-ages adventure park BOUNCE is coming to Dubai Festival City Mall on Thursday March 12. BOUNCE-X will be the world’s first ‘freestyle terrain park’, complete with two storeys of trampolines, parkour elements and ninja courses. The 5,000 square metre […]
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Here’s a special promo code for discount on ULTRA Abu Dhabi festival tickets

It’s not just the bass that’s dropping at ULTRA Abu Dhabi… Ultra Abu Dhabi is the dance music festival ready to take on the capital next month. And What’s On has also secured you a 20 per cent promo code that’ll drop the cost of the two-day ticket by over Dhs100. All you need to […]
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Big brunch review: Villa Beach Brunch at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

This Friday brunch is breaking the mould, with all-day beach access and a late-afternoon seating… Dubai brunches are an institution (and believe us, we’ve done our fair share), with a pretty solid Friday format that follows a 12pm to 4pm(ish) time frame, inclusive of unlimited drinks, food and entertainment. So, we were considerably excited to […]
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Kids get free entry at Laguna Waterpark Dubai in March

One child goes free with the purchase of every adult ticket… The cooler Dubai weather has finally started to give way to the constant sunshine and perfect temperatures, meaning we’re approaching one of the nicest times of the year in Dubai. This means loads more fun outdoor activities for the whole family and what can […]
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10 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

We’ve 10 pro tips to give your Abu Dhabi weekend some real flavour… Get stuck into the capital’s top festivals, food challenges, fitness events, spectating opportunities and dance-floor carve-ups happening this weekend… Thursday February 27  Take on a mighty food challenge at Hoi An Some heroes wear capes. Some just tuck a napkin into their […]
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This incredible entertainment destination could be opening in Dubai

The new ‘Dubai Heart’ proposal includes record-breaking attractions… Living in Dubai, we’re no stranger to vast, grand and often slightly mind-boggling architecture, and new plans have now been proposed for a stunning heart-shaped Dubai entertainment destination at Dubai’s Jumeirah beach. If passed, the breathtaking ‘Dubai Heart’ will include a potentially record-breaking climbing wall, colossal water […]
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This luxurious spa has a brilliant new Saturday ladies’ day deal

For Dhs199 enjoy a 30-minute treatment, two glasses of sparkling wine and more… In need of a little rest and relaxation this weekend? Well, we think we have just the thing for you, as the luxurious Waldorf Astoria DIFC Spa has launched an unbelievable new ladies’ spa deal, and it’s just Dhs199. Every Saturday from […]
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3 luxurious pool day deals to enjoy in Dubai this weekend

Go on, treat yourself… We know how it is, when the weekend comes after a long week at work, all you want to do is place yourself horizontal next to a sparkling pristine pool. With the weather beginning to warm up a little, it’s a great time to start getting back to some of the […]
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Watch: Check out these new eco glamping domes in Abu Dhabi

These new eco glamping domes in Abu Dhabi could offer stunning ‘Maldivian’ staycation views on Saadiyat Island… Tucked away on Jubail island, just a short distance from Jubail Mangrove Park there are a series of luxury glamping domes. The project codenamed Jubail North isn’t finished yet, but we were able to snatch a sneaky preview. […]
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