Pretty parties

Call in your babysitters and grab your BFFs because the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s month-long ladies’ night offers are a rocking way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Cooler-than-cool seaside Beach Lounge expels the Monday blues with chill-out tunes and dreamy views of the Burj Al Arab, while Dhow and Anchor will rally you through the tail end of the week on Wednesdays with delicious Brit food and complimentary beverages from 8-10pm. Call 04 432 3232 or email

Pier pressure

Naturally, it’s a woman’s touch that turned Pierchic, the edge-of-the-pier restaurant at Jumeirah Al Qasr, into the UAE’s most romantic venue. Chef Rosalind Parsk’s delicacies get a lunar uplift at the al fresco Full Moon dinner tomorrow. Savour a five-course Mediterranean menu with such dishes as Cornish crab salad, juicy Wagyu and vanilla panna cotta with hibiscus sorbet as the moon bathes the sea and sky in silver. Dh1,500 per person, from 8pm. Call 04 432 3232.

Bargain bites

While the rest of the world believes women only love a shopping bargain, we know how exciting a dining discount is! The Dining Room at Jannah Burj Al Sarab hotel in Abu Dhabi is offering a 10 per cent discount on bills for breakfast, lunch and dinner on March 8. Plus, executive chef Hussain Rammal will plate up a special complimentary dessert for the ladies. Delish! Call 02 652 6777 or email

Spa bonding

If the adage, like mother like daughter, holds true for you, we’re sure the pair of you will enjoy an amazing spa day together. Go for the InterContinental Dubai Festival City’s Me & Mom Special package and choose one of two facials, a massage and body scrub from a list including Purifying Facial, Aromatherapy Massage, etc. Lying down on adjacent treatment beds, it’ll be like old times except, with a whole lot more pampering! Dh1,500. Call 04 701 12567 or email

Flatter with a platter

Serve the woman who handed you your childhood desires on a platter breakfast in bed with BookMunch’s Mother’s Day Package. Let her relax with the café’s gift-wrapped tray of buttery croissants, muffins, fresh juice and granola parfait delivered home on March 6 or March 21 (Emirati Mother’s Day), so your mum can wake up and smell the coffee and love. Pre-order minimum three days in advance. Dh280. Call 04 388 4006.

Gold rush

Obtaining a Cleopatra-style anti-ageing gold mask for the women in your life is expensive and a tad unrealistic. Instead, we suggest skincare brand Orogold if you want to go for gold this Mother’s and Women’s Day. Gilded with 24-carat gold particles, the multivitamin day and night creams leave you with a golden glow. Friday readers can grab the set (Dh2,085) and a gold facial worth Dh600 for just Dh1,459.50! Call 056 403 9976 to make an appointment.

Art matters

Powerful concepts like Pledge for Parity need powerful art to convey it, and that’s what Dubai-based British artist Susan Brooker’s More Than a Woman exhibition at Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residence does. Opening on March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day, the bright paintings feature women displaying their cultural heritage to emphasise how they are an integral part of society.

Dine with a view

Level 43 Sky Lounge at Four Points by Sheraton on Shaikh Zayed Road takes comfort dining to new heights. Offering spectacular 360-degree views of the city, the lounge on the hotel’s 43rd floor has three seating areas – a private dining space, terrace and an indoor restaurant – lovely umbrella-capped drinks, groovy beats and delicious canapés. Think refreshing watermelon and feta, potato chaat salad, and delicious fried lobster coated with cornflakes and served with sweet lemon mayo and fresh mango. Flanked by views of the iconic Dubai skyline on one side including the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, swivel your head and the fairy lights on the World Islands twinkled on the other. 
We’d return over and over for fabulous food and views like this. Visit