On the 28th August 2019, the UAE celebrates the 5th Emirati Women’s Day. Since its conception it has unabashedly united ladies and rejoiced in everything that makes the beautiful women of the UAE different, yet endearingly similar.
With a focus on tolerance this year, women from all walks of life are celebrated for their remarkable minds and actions. It’s a fabulous step towards recognising women in all their splendour and the UAE does a wonderful job in being at the forefront of women’s rights; setting an example that the world may follow.
We wanted to join in on the fun and spread the love by suggesting a few places for you to take your ‘Emirati Woman of the Year’ and shower her with the treats she deserves –
Roux: Main Course
Estimated Savings: AED80
Location: City Walk
Our Opinion: Roux is our favourite one-stop-shop for anything related to food and chilled vibes. You can come any time of day and grab a bite to eat, pull up a chair and linger awhile or even bring a date. It’s great for working lunches, business meetings, catch-ups with friends and of course mouth-watering food and must-try drinks. Roux is top of our list for taking that special lady (or maybe you just want to treat yourself) on Emirati Women’s Day.
Top Tip: As soon as we saw the pancakes, we fell in love. Give them a try!
Estimated Savings: AED70
Location: Boxpark, Al Wasl and Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
Our Opinion: GOSSIP Café & Desserts is a stylish boutique eatery that is frequented by trendsetters and foodies alike who enjoy the highest quality of fresh, natural and organic ingredients that are locally sourced and naturally sweetened. Every dish at GOSSIP is created with a twist and is customisable as all the concepts are developed and created in house.
Top Tip: It’s the perfect spot for a business meeting or girly catch-up.
Culinary Boutique: Main Course or 25% Off Total Bill
Estimated Savings: AED85
Location: Villa 56, Jumeirah Beach Road
Our Opinion: Culinary Boutique is a gourmet café and cooking school where they celebrate food and a strong sense of community through their sharing style culture and unique service philosophy. The venue is a creative hub that is focused on curating an unforgettable experience. It’s a wonderful stop-off along the Beach Road and perfect for the gram.
Top Tip: Make sure to book, it’s cosy in there and it gets busy!
Siraj: Main Course
Estimated Savings: AED90
Location: Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
Our Opinion: This is one of our top picks for Emirati Women’s Day. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his son have been seen tucking into the amazing food here on multiple occasions because Siraj offers a unique menu with a blend of delicious Emirati and Levantine flavours. Siraj is a slick addition to the city’s vibrant culinary scene. The elegant ambience combines an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary Arabic-inspired décor.
Top Tip: Dress to impress just in case you spot a member of the royal family…
Godiva Chocolatier: Ice Cream or Beverage
Estimated Savings: AED30
Location: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai and Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Abu Dhabi
Our Opinion: It doesn’t get more indulgent than Godiva. Just the smell of the shop gets us excited and when you’re wandering around a mall, sometimes a little sweet treat is what you need to refuel.
Top Tip: Get the swirled mix of vanilla and dark chocolate ice cream. It’s unmissable and perfect for Insta.
Magnolia Bakery: Dessert
Estimated Savings: AED30
Location: Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
Our Opinion: This beloved and iconic landmark from New York City’s West Village opened its first international location in Dubai and it’s synonymous with cupcakes, Magnolia Bakery kicked off the cupcake craze with signature pastel-coloured buttercream-frosted bitesize cakes that are irresistible! Visit them for classic American bakes, vintage décor and a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Top Tip: Try their banana pudding. It’s famous and worth the hype!
Café Blanc: Main Course
Estimated Savings: AED50
Location: Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Abu Dhabi
Our Opinion: Café Blanc delivers a distinctive and unique dining experience with an extensive food menu and exclusive Lebanese cocktails and desserts. Combining tradition with creativity, this eatery is perfect for Emirati Women’s Day and a celebration of all things strong and feminine.
Top Tip: The view of the Mangroves is simply beautiful, so try and nab a table by the window. Sadly, August is still too hot to perch outside.
Estimated Savings: AED70
Location: Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi
Our Opinion: We have to kick off by saying, we love breakfast here. If you’ve not been we insist you go and take lots of pictures. Make sure to let us know what you think too because we’re confident you’ll love it. It is effortless and cool and with a menu that includes churro fries, it’s hard not to love.
Top Tip: We don’t even know where to start with what to suggest. The food is outstanding. Perhaps you should just camp out all day with your fav Emirati lady and sample everything for breakfast, lunch and dinner!