All the happenings to look forward to this January

Celebrate the new year with fun-filled activations, restaurant offerings, and more things to do in the UAE in January. 

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Celebrating Australia’s National Day at the renowned steakhouse Bushman for a relishing four-course set menu brimming with signature beverages and succulent grills. Chestnut mushroom carpaccio, Tender Valley Black Angus tenderloin, and Elderflower bavarois with guava raspberry confit are the menu highlights here.

January 27. 6pm-11:30pm. AED499 per person. Call +9714 567 8304.

Verde Beach

Led by Chef Julien Lee Thibault, Verde Beach’s Mediterranean menu takes you through an unforgettable festive experience through its delectable dishes and sharing-style delights that include Tuna tartare, Grilled octopus, Wagyu Tomahawk, Marinated chicken skewer, Oven roasted Mediterranean lobster, Crème brulée with iron, vanilla and raspberry, and Warm chocolate with praline mousse and vanilla ice cream. Indulge in authentic flavourful dishes with live entertainment and world-class hospitality at Verde Beach.

Beach from 10am-7pm. Lunch from 12pm-5:30pm. Dinner from 8pm to 1 am. Call +9714 228 5053 or email Visit website or Instagram. To view the location, click here.

Tres Marias and HERE-O Donuts

This Veganuary, try out limited-edition plant-based donuts, made with homegrown brand Tres Marias’ 100% vegan oat milk and HERE-O Donut’s homemade vegan sourdough, raspberry jam and mango icing sprinkled with almond and walnut garnish.

Until January 31. Available across Ripe Market, Tres Marias Coffee outlet in Al Quoz, and across HERE-O Donuts outlets.

Bacchanal, Caesars Palace Dubai

Indulge in a hearty Sunday roast experience with The Great British Carvery at Bacchanal, brimming with succulent cuts of chicken, beef, lamb, and turkey, lashings of gravy, a wide selection of vegetable sides, Yorkshire pudding as well as desserts such as apple crumble with custard, sticky toffee pudding, and treacle tarts, to end on a sweet note.

From January 22. 1-4pm. AED250 per person and an additional AED100 for 3 drinks. AED125 for children above 12. Call +9714 556 6466.

Poolside, Occidental Sharjah Grand Downtown



Celebrate Orthodox Christmas with loved ones and relish a specially curated Christmas buffet, coupled with festive music. Little ones will get a surprise visit from Santa!

From 7-10pm. AED325 per person. AED165 for the children’s package (6 to 11 years old). Contact +9716 593 7979.

Hell’s Kitchen Dubai



Feast on a traditional British roast for a relaxed Sunday with family and friends. The Sunday lunch features the finest Prime Rib dry aged for 35 days as well as Duck fat twice roast potatoes including all the trimmings, the famed Yorkshire puddings, and lashings of gravy.

Sundays, 12:30pm to 3:00pm. AED275 per person for two courses and AED325 per person for three courses. AED 125 per child. Visit website.

Paradiso Abu Dhabi

The picturesque Mediterranean hotspot on Abu Dhabi’s stunning Yas Bay unveiled an exceptional à la carte menu just in time for winter. Brimming with French and Italian specialities, the menu is a collaborative project between Nicole Rubi, the renowned chef and founder of LPM Restaurant and Bar, and Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. At the sophisticated waterfront escape, diners can tuck into a homemade pasta selection reimagined to include Nicole’s arrabbiata gnocchi, Plin plin stuffed with ricotta, and Fagotini with parmesan cream and artichokes. Seafood enthusiasts can savour fresh calamari with parsley sauce, succulent grilled king prawns, light, crisp pizza varieties and a host of desserts.

Located at Pier 71, Yas Bay, Abu Dhabi.  Call +97150 437 2869.


The modern Portuguese Nikkei restaurant, on the 24th floor of Sheraton, Mall of the Emirates, stems inspiration from the rich trading history connecting the two countries back in the 16th century, when Portuguese explorers landed on the southern tip of the Japanese Archipelago. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the restaurant boasts spectacular views of the iconic Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, which adds further to the romantic setting. The curated menu includes the freshest Sardinhas Marinadas, Nikkei Portuguese, and authentic Bachalau a Bras. Diners can also look forward to signature concoctions and plenty of culinary highlights.

Contact +9714 377 2007.

Novikov Café



The café’s concept reimagines the traditional bistro experience with a contemporary twist. This season, tuck into a new signature menu showcasing some of Novikov’s classic favourites such as the thinly sliced yellow tail, Duck salad, Asian crab salad, Alaskan king crab leg, and Strozzapreti pasta with trufles.

Call +9714 320 0209.