Date-worthy Dubai

Three options certain to impress even the most high-maintenance date (male or female)!


Whether hoping to impress someone new, plan something special for a friend or looking for new inspiration for the one you love, these three ideas will have the recipient wishing they’d met you sooner. From a low-lit, 1920s-style, boutique cinema to a spicy cooking session with a few of the best chefs in town, look no further if you’re out to impress.

Cooking up a storm

Whisking your date to a romantic restaurant with fab food isn’t exactly a struggle in this city so why not try something different and actually embrace the art of whipping up a storm in the kitchen together?

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The Meydan Hotel in Dubai has just launched a monthly cooking class where guests will learn how to cook Japanese and Chinese cuisine. And it’s amazing. Quite apart from the fact the chefs are funny, informative and very, very patient, it’s a great way to break the ice and they’ll be no sniff of an awkward moment.

The two-hour class, held in Shiba restaurant, is hosted by Shiba’s resident Japanese chef Masakazu Mikuriya and the restaurant’s Chinese speciality chef Bing Xia. Mikuriya has more than 25 years experience cooking in Japan and the UAE, and his personality is infectious. He’ll have you giggling before you’ve begun and has a great way of making you feel like an integral part of his team. Xia has more than 10 years experience cooking in China and the UAE and the techniques he demonstrates (and then gets you to attempt) are mind-blowing. During the class, Mikuriya and Xia will show guests how to make two of their signature dishes, which features sushi, dumplings and dim sum before you get to sit down, relax with drink in hand and sample your own work. It’s satisfying and something very different for Dubai.

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The class takes place on the last Wednesday of every month (6.30pm-8.30pm) and includes the cooking session with both chefs, a branded apron, one drink (and the food you produce) as well as the printed recipes so you can recreate the magic at home!

PRICE: Dhs275 per person

CALL: 04 381 3111

Fancy a flick director style?

Splash out for a trip to the new Roxy Cinema at Boxpark and you’ll earn serious brownie points. This is a cinema experience like no other.

Not only are you immediately transported back to a fancy 1920s picture house, you also make your way through an intimate bistro down narrow corridors before taking a hand-stitched, Italian leather-trimmed seat (complete with foot stool, pillow and blanket) and served food as the titles of your favourite flick begin to roll. It’s blowing the others out of the water and rightly so.

Meraas has unveiled the crowning glory of their Roxy Cinema brand, The Roxy, which is set to become a definitive cultural hub and cinema treasure in the emirate of Dubai, promising a rare movie going experience. Located in Boxpark, the 5-screen cinema is the epitome of luxury. Guests are greeted into what feels like a private member’s club before enjoying food at a gourmet bistro. 

The entrance is a glimpse into the intimate new concept with a single ticket counter set in a low-light, inducing a feeling of nostalgia while paying homage to the time-honoured tradition of going to the movies.

But the main attraction is the cinema itself. You settle in front of a boutique-style screen and all is well with the world.  

A one-of-a-kind app will also be released soon to act as your personal ‘movie companion’ meaning unique services like ordering food, seat selection and ticketless transactions will be possible.

The Roxy is part of Meraas’ latest entertainment concept, Roxy Cinemas, which are based at The Beach, BoxPark and City Walk.

Nostalgic roast

Taking someone out for a traditional roast dinner might not seem like anything special, that is until you’ve taken her/him to Marina Social’s new Saturday Social Roast. We can well and truly vouch for the fact they’ve easily elevated the ultimate British dining experience to new heights with its new Saturday offering.

What’s not to love about a weekly, nostalgic journey bringing you a piece of home?

If you’ve been reminiscing about long family lunches spent sharing good food with the people you love, or looking for a great spot with even better food to take someone special then look no further.

Forget a plate piled high with every vegetable you can imagine, slabs of meat, all covered by a soggy Yorkshire pudding and drowning in gravy. This is a fancy roast and it’s worth every single dirham. A posh prawn cocktail is precisely that and the chicken liver parfait we can’t actually find the words. Meat, veggies and said Yorkshires are served separately and you can help yourself as you fancy.

There’s also no restriction on timings as you can arrive anytime from 12pm-3pm, provided you’ve booked in advance (this one is expected to be super busy).

The popular eatery’s Chef Patron, Tristin Farmer says: “We wanted to bring a piece of home for all those who miss England with a fun Saturday lunch,” he says. “The aim is to bring loved ones together over delicious shareable dishes.”

Guests can enjoy a two or three-course meal for Dhs150 and Dhs195 respectively. And if we’re talking much-loved British classics then dessert won’t disappoint. Sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fondant (ok, it’s French but it’s so good you won’t care) and possibly the tidiest Eton Mess we’ve ever seen, but nonetheless, still amazing.

Whether you are a Brit native longing for a taste of home or a foodie looking to experience something traditionally British, Marina Social’s new offer will make planning a fab Saturday date a lot easier.

WHERE: Intercontinenal Dubai Marina

CALL: 04 446 6664

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