12 spectacular things to do in the UAE in January

From ultimate spots to celebrate special occasions to exciting new offerings to indulge in, here are the things to do in the UAE in January 2024

Earth Goods

Grab your breakfast cups and kickstart your day with Earth Goods Organic, the UAE’s homegrown organic and natural food brand. Unveiling their newest innovation – On-the-Go Breakfast Cups in tempting flavours such as Apple Cinnamon and Very Berry – these nutrient-packed cups, free from added sugar, offer a convenient and wholesome choice to your day. Find them in-store or online at leading retailers across the Emirates!

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Disguised as a neighbourhood sandwich shop, this clandestine speakeasy beckons guests through a secret green fridge door into a realm where sophistication intertwines with mystery. Channeling the spirit of the Prohibition era, Moonshine’s mirrored corridor leads patrons on a journey from the 1920s to 2023. Don’t miss the meticulously crafted drinks and bites, boasting a unique fermentation-driven menu with koji applications.

Call +97152 450 7795.

Costa Coffee

Costa Coffee pays homage to UAE’s rich history with a new flagship store in Al Seef, combining modernity and history to create a space celebrating the tradition of community through coffee. Costa Coffee also introduces exclusive drinks including Iced Spanish Flat White, Hazelnut Vanilla Latte, and Salted Caramel Cappuccino, complemented by complimentary henna sessions on January 13 and face painting for children on January 14, both commencing at 11 am.

Ibn AlBahr

Ibn AlBahr, the Bib Gourmand-awarded Lebanese seafood concept, has extended its presence to Dubai Creek with its celebrated menu from Club Vista Mare. The venue offers indoor and al fresco settings for up to 250 guests, providing panoramic views of the Creek. Culinary delights include Shrimp bisque seafood soup, Fish tabbouleh, Bottarga, Bizri, and Tajen samak, all meticulously crafted with the freshest daily catch. Vegetarian classics like Ibn AlBahr potato, Cheese rolls, Stuffed vine leaves, Raheb, Mousakaa, and Loubye b zeit complement the extensive offerings.

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YOY Restaurant unveils an exclusive unlimited Varenyky deal, transforming the midweek dining experience into an absolute delight. Guests are invited to indulge in an unlimited selection of the restaurant’s bestselling varenyky dumplings, featuring tempting options like Meat Varenyky, Black Varenyky with Foie Gras, Spring Galushky, Brown Varenyky, Cabbage Truffle Varenyky, and Sweet Sour Cherry Varenyky. To enhance the Varenyky feast, complimentary hops and house grapes are offered.

Monday-Friday, from 2-6pm. AED250 per person. Visit website.

Around The Block

Renowned for its exceptional coffee and lively ambience, the Around The Block reopens in Jumeirah’s vibrant Wasl 51 with a new Japanese concept TŌRI offering a modern Japanese dining experience featuring contemporary twists on traditional dishes in an izakaya-style setting. Since its inception in 2019, Around The Block has become a popular culinary destination in Dubai, known for its diverse menu encompassing hearty breakfasts, international lunches, and dinners, complemented by a focus on exceptional specialty coffee. 

Call +9714 342 8000.

Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s Coffee, a renowned craft coffee brand, celebrates the opening of its fourth branch in the heart of Dubai at City Walk 2, Al Wasl – Jumeirah. With existing branches in prominent Dubai locations, the City Walk store stands out not only for its warm design but also for its diverse menu featuring single-source beans, expertly crafted brewing methods, and a selection of sandwiches and desserts.

Call +97150 428 1788.


“James,” the French-inspired Michelin Guide-listed bistro in Shams Boutik Mall, Reem Islands, introduces an all-new dinner menu, showcasing a broader culinary identity beyond traditional café fare. The menu features quality and innovative dishes, with appetizers like Tuna Tiradito and Crispy Rice Salmon blending French and Asian flavours. The main courses feature Lobster Linguine, Spinach Ravioli, Himalayan Salt Stoned Tenderloin, and Catch of the Day, while the dessert offerings include Date Pudding and Croissant Delights.

Call +9712 886 9949.


riina, a new all-day restaurant in Tilal Al Ghaf, brings a relaxed yet lively atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with its interior showcasing earthy tones, organic edges, and a biophilic approach. Inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, the menu emphasizes additive-free dishes, embodying the concept of “purity.” Highlights include Smoked salmon flatbread, Seabass in phyllo puff, Grilled lamb chops, and The burger. The beverage menu offers quality coffees, smoothies, and fresh juices. 

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Origami Sushi opens its fifth location in Abu Dhabi at Marsa Al Bateen Marina, featuring Japanese culinary craftsmanship with a focus on simplicity and minimalism. The venue’s design incorporates natural materials, organic shapes, and ethnic Japanese elements, creating an authentic atmosphere. The restaurant includes a private ‘koshitsu room’ for intimate dining experiences and presents an exclusive menu for Abu Dhabi patrons, featuring signature dishes and unique offerings like Prawn tempura, Wagyu ribeye, and Chicken tsukune skewers. Signature dishes include Japanese Tuna pizza, Wagyu in potato chips, and a variety of uramaki, maki, sashimi, nigiri, and robata dishes.

Contact +9712 563 4073.

Gan bei

With a 21-year legacy, Gan bei offers an exquisite fusion of over 200 Indo-Chinese dishes adapted to modern tastes. Present in 20 restaurants across four countries, it presents a diverse culinary journey inspired by neighbouring Asian cuisines. Gan bei’s eclectic menu caters to all preferences, featuring meat, poultry, seafood, vegetarian, and vegan options.

The Barnyard

Nestled in Dubai Hills, The Barnyard creates a harmonious haven with a menu emphasising “farm-to-table,” “organic,” and “nutrient-rich” concepts. From creamy chia pudding to succulent seafood, each dish showcases culinary excellence and premium ingredients. With a zen library, activities for young visitors, and stunning outdoor views, it offers a holistic experience, redefining well-being. From carefully sourced coffee to tantalising toasties and exquisite desserts, every element contributes to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

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Local, a rustic social dining spot, has opened its second location at The First Collection Waterfront in Business Bay. The all-day dining venue offers a refined and modern space for guests to socialize, relax, and enjoy authentic international dishes and refreshing beverages. The menu features sustainably sourced ingredients, presenting a diverse range of dishes such as Truffled Burrata, Veal Osso Bucco, Gulf Tiger Prawns, and Beef Brisket Nachos.