THE GREAT SUMMER ESCAPE
Five ways to beat the heat and make the summer work for you. From epicurean adventures that will take you to Europe and back, to celebratory spa days on UAE shores that promise to soothe mind, body and soul, relax into the weekend…
Celebrating five years of success in Dubai, Waldorf Astoria on Palm Jumeirah has launched a slew of celebrations this summer. To take advantage of some down-time as Dubai goes into relaxation mode, most appealing to us is the Enliven The Senses experience at the Waldorf Astoria’s award-winning Spa, where guests will be taken on a sensory journey that includes a foot ritual, 60-minute massage and mindfulness meditation, soothing mind, body and soul. Heaven sent.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai is located on Palm Jumeirah. For more information, please call +971 4 818 2222
A night at the opera, anyone? As theatre aficionados, you won’t have missed the news that The Phantom of the Opera is coming to Dubai Opera in October this year. But, if you did miss out on the best tickets when they went on sale, the good news is that the production has added eight more nights to the run, giving show-lovers one more week to see one of the world’s most popular musicals. Get ahead of the curve, as the additional nights’ tickets are on sale now.
The Phantom of the Opera runs between October 16 to November 6. For more information, please visit dubaiopera.com
THE EPICUREAN ADVENTURE
Yet to jet-off on your summer vacation? Let Villamore’s Mediterranean Summer Series brunch sate your wanderlust. Inspired by the culture, traditions and cuisines of Nice, Mykonos, Capri and Bodrum, the themed brunch, which runs from June to September, will take your tastebuds on an epicurean European adventure. First up is the French Riviera resort of Nice, where the fresh flavours of the sea and the aromatic herbs of the countryside culminate in succulent dishes, like Nicoise salad and Bouillabaisse. Chic eats at their best.
The Nicoise brunch runs until July. Villamore is located at Emerald Palace Kempinski. For more information, please call +971 4 248 8890
A debut Middle Eastern exhibition of Edvard Munch’s artwork has opened at The King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture (Ithra), in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, showcasing 40 pieces from the world-renowned Norwegian artist of the Modernism era. Edvard Munch: Landscapes of the Soul delves into the artist’s psyche, presenting an eye-opening and emotional artistic expression of his inner self. The exhibition also includes a lithograph of the artist’s most iconic painting, The Scream. An honour to have this exhibition hosted in the region, it really is not to be missed.
Edvard Munch: Landscapes of the Soul runs until September 3 at Ithra. For more information, please visit Ithra.com
THE AL FRESCO DINING
Well, kinda… Fish, the beautiful seafood eaterie at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi has installed a new glass cover over the restaurant, allowing guests to still dine on the terrace this summer, whilst embracing the notion of bringing the outdoors in. If you haven’t been, the views are reason enough, but the twinkling lights, cobbled pathways, rustic Santorini-style whitewash interiors and sublime seafood (you must try the seabass souvlaki) ensure all senses are sated.
Fish is located at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. For more information, please call +971 4 511 7373
THE ONE-STOP SHOP
What we love in the summer is a place that caters to all our whims in one place, rather than traipsing around the city in the sweltering sun. Step forward Kulture House, the new boutique cafe-cum-concept-store-cum-florist-cum-art-gallery in Jumeirah. You get our point? With a focus on artisanal interiors pieces collected from Africa to Asia, beautiful floristry work, local art on the walls and a contemporary menu that serves up jalapeño eggs Benedict and deep fried Oreos (yes, it’s a thing) , this is the true definition of a one-stop shop.
Kulture House is located in Jumeirah 1. For more information, please call +971 56 328 8817
- Words: Emily Baxter-Priest