Culture guide: Where to be this long weekend

Culture guide: Where to be this long weekend

Dine, dance, view

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

There's more to the long weekend than just the nation's birthday. Here are three top events you should not miss...

While the UAE National Day celebrations might dominate the cultural scene this weekend, there are still plenty of non-flag related events happening around Dubai, from a concert by a superstar DJ to an arts exhibition by a master photographer, to a final culinary hurrah by one of Dubai's much-loved food institution.

Last brunch at The Ivy

British restaurant The Ivy at Emirates Towers is closing its doors at the end of 2016 after five years in Dubai's culinary spotlight. Famed for its traditional cuisine, this is your last chance to indulge in its signature four or eight-course brunch and savour The Ivy shepherd's pie and Scandinavian iced berries with hot white chocolate sauce. "As The Ivy in Dubai gears up for its final festive hurrah, we anticipate both regulars and those who have yet to experience the restaurant will be out in their droves," said Emma Banks, General Manager of Jumeirah Restaurant Group. Don't miss out!

Weekend culture guide Dec 2-4

Weekend culture guide Dec 2-4

For reservations, Call +971 4 319 8767.

Party with DJ Tiesto

The dance music legend is back for an exclusive concert. Previously seen in Doha earlier this year, Grammy-winning DJ Tiesto will now perform at the Dubai World Trade Centre for one night only. Dance your weekend away at the party of the month and as an added experience, Dubai-based Hollaphonic is also scheduled to share the stage with the "greatest DJ of all time".  

Weekend culture guide Dec 2-4

DJ Tiesto will perform at the Dubai World Trade Centre on December 2. For tickets, visit

An artistic exhibition on Arabia by Mark Luscombe-Whyte

From a career that has spanned 25 years, British award-winning photographer Mark Luscombe-Whyte presents 38 carefully curated images as part of his solo exhibition. Organised by Architectural Digest Middle East, the collection of stunning photos reflect both the architectural and natural beauty that the region has to offer, from the desert to palaces to mosques including Abu Dhabi's iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which was recently visited by Prince Charles.

Weekend culture guide Dec 2-4

Weekend culture guide Dec 2-4

The Mark Luscombe-Whyte photo exhibition will run until December 6 at the The Galleria in Abu Dhabi. Then, for a complete list of must-experience events this month, read Buro 24/7 Middle East's December culture guide. 

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