Give the traditional biryani a miss this Eid and celebrate modern Indian dishes at Mint Leaf of London. The fine-dining eatery at Emirates Financial Towers is serving a scrumptious three-course Eid menu featuring signature hits such as asparagus and paneer samosa, succulent adraki lamb chops, zesty kaffir-lime infused Fisherman’s Prawns, and dessert delights like rasmalai! The huge windows’ vista of DIFC’s dazzling lights mean you’ll top off your festive food with a festive mood. Dh280 per person, today until Monday (September 9-12). Call 04 706 0900 for reservations.
Love From Lebanon
Festivals mean gorging on comfort food with loved ones in a cosy family kitchen, preferably grandma’s. Do that at Leila, the charming Lebanese restaurant chain with a homey ambience that’ll give the women in your life a holiday from the kitchen. The Eid set menu has staples of hot and cold mezze – tabbouleh, fried cheese rolls, manti (dumplings), pesto ras afor (meat cubes in pesto), grilled beef and chicken brochettes. Just bring along the chitchat and an appetite. Dh140 per person. Visit www.leilarestaurant.ae.
Silvery-white moon over powder-white beaches make for great paintings – and for a peaceful 90-minute yoga session that Fairmont the Palm is hosting on September 17 at its beach. Replacing glossy studios with nature and instrumental music for the lull of the waves, practise asanas with yoga instructor Kate Kowalski. Mats, towels and herbal teas included, Dh75 per person. From 8pm. Call 04 457 3330.
Fireworks, food, shopping and games are the ingredients to a perfect family outing. Yas Marina is cooking up just that over the Eid weekend today and tomorrow (September 9-10) with a spellbinding fireworks show, a heritage tent for culture vultures with activities like basket-weaving, traditional Emirati games, and kids’ movies. Hungry for more? The dockside promenade’s restaurants from Lebanese to Italian have feasts for a capital Eid. From 4pm-7pm. Visit www.yasmarina.ae.
Tablet For Fitness
Rigid, boxy tablets have made us stretch our arm muscles, perform acrobatics for better viewing position or weight-train just holding them. With Lenovo’s sleek Yoga Tab 3 you can go back to being lazy and only exercise your grey cells. The limber tablet hangs to project videos from the in-built projector, stands or tilts (for reclined movie-watching), has 18-hour battery and AnyPen technology so conductive objects – ballpoint pens, graphite pencils – can be used as a pen and dirty fingers can’t stain the 10.1-inch screen. Did we mention the lovely faux-leather finish? Dh1,999, Emax.
To your list of exploratory road trips this long weekend add a taste tour too, and discover surf ‘n’ turf concept Burger & Lobster. The self-explanatory London bistro’s sleek DIFC branch has special Eid combos – Dh198 buys you two beverages, a free dessert or milkshake and anything you fancy from the three-dish-only menu that sticks to what they do best – whole lobster, corn-fed Angus burgers in brioche buns and lobster rolls. Ordering here is fast, furious and flavoursome! Call 052 521 3405 for reservations.
Owning a swanky Lexus car might remain a dream but you can gift your petrolhead loved one a transporting Eid brunch at Intersect by Lexus – the motoring brand’s concept restaurant designed to recreate the car’s experience. Gorge on grilled octopus with romesco sauce, mushroom and barley risotto, carrot cake with white chocolate labneh and more seated on plush leather seats similar to the car (without worrying about stains). From Dh195 per person. Call 04 355 9524.
Reel Life Fun
Forget TV reruns and Netflix marathons. Live life larger this long weekend and go square-eyed watching new movie releases on Reel Cinemas’ big screens! They’re open 24 hours at The Dubai Mall from today until Monday (September 9-12), – watch epic action-drama Ben Hur, adventure fantasy Pete’s Dragon and Hindi rom-com Baar Baar Dekho in 2D, 3D or 4D. Screenings at The Beach, City Walk and Dubai Marina Mall branches until 2am. Visit www.reelcinemas.ae.
It’s A Wrap!
The runways have been seeing sequins from head-to-toe this season and Diane Von Furstenberg is embodying the glittering vision in this revamp of her iconic 1970s wrap dress. The ribbon ties and armour-like tasselled shoulders will turn you into the golden girl of every party. Dh8,795, Harvey Nichols.
Pamper Me Pretty
Turning lucky number seven stylish is Sister’s Beauty Lounge’s seventh and new branch in JBR. Featuring tasteful white decor, elegant Cate Parr artwork, a swish coffee-bar and a retail section full of skincare and haircare products, the salon is as glamorous as the treatments they offer – like eyebrow microblading and Margaret Dabbs ones. Book one to primp yourself up for Eid, or give someone a special gift card. Call 04 557 9595 or visit www.sistersbeautylounge.com.