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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Your weekend hit list: Visit the new Andaz hotel, Celebrate Loy Krathong, and more

Stuck for something to do in the coming days? We have a few suggestions for you

The iconic Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi is now an Andaz hotel. Courtesy Hyatt
The iconic Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi is now an Andaz hotel. Courtesy Hyatt

Check out the new Andaz hotel

If you’re keen on visiting somewhere new this weekend and you’re not headed to the F1, check out Andez, which was once the Hyatt Capital Gate hotel. Its recent rebranding and redesign means that each guest room in the so-called “Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi” is outfitted with specially curated amenities, such as the hotel’s bespoke Andaz Loungewear created by local designer Essa Walla, who was commissioned to develop an exclusive line. The bold and colourful pieces evoke Arabian flair. The ground floor of the hotel serves as a permanent art space for guests to explore. For more go to www.hyatt.com

Hard Rock Cafe DXB lands

Spanning more than 476-square-meters, Hard Rock Cafe DXB features an intimate live music stage and Rock Shop. Courtesy Hard Rock Cafe
Spanning more than 476-square-meters, Hard Rock Cafe DXB features an intimate live music stage and Rock Shop. Courtesy Hard Rock Cafe

If you’re heading out of Dubai International Airport this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for the new Hard Rock Cafe. You’ll find the second branch for the famous chain at Concourse B in Terminal 3. Spanning more than 476-square-metres, Hard Rock Cafe DXB features a live music stage and Rock Shop, which includes a signature DXB collection of pins and shirts. Diners can expect burgers, fajitas, nachos, and desserts, as well as a full drinks menu. As they all do, this outlet features classic memorabilia, including a Versace shirt once worn by Prince, and Jimi Hendrix’s fringed leather vest. Check it out on the fly.

Celebrate Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong Festival means special menus for great prices at Pai Thai at the Madinat Jumeirah. Courtesy Pai Thai
Loy Krathong Festival means special menus for great prices at Pai Thai at the Madinat Jumeirah. Courtesy Pai Thai

The annual Loy Krathong Festival is back, and one of the most authentic Thai eateries, Pai Thai at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, is offering foodies a special three-course menu from just Dh290 per person. Regarded as one of Thailand’s most beautiful festivals, Loy Krathong is marked by people floating “krathongs” – small sculptures made from a cross-section of a banana tree trunk – on waterways, carrying their prayers and wishes for the future. It’s a time to rid yourself of anger, hatred and ill-feeling. At Pai Thai, a decorative abra will provide the stage for dance performances to entertain guests. The offer is available until November 28. For more, email restaurants@jumeirah.com.

Wellness in the dunes

Now that the weather is cooler why not consider spending your Saturday at Al Maha Desert Resort in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where you can take advantage of the property’s Saturday Wellness Package. For Dh325 per person you can enjoy a 60-minute morning yoga session followed by a three-course lunch from the resort’s Well-being Set Menu. Afterwards, take advantage of full use of the spa facilities, including the Jacuzzi and steam room. Those opting for spa treatments can get 50 per cent off. If you prefer something more, the Wellness in the Dunes full-day package costs Dh877. For more, go to www.marriott.com.

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