Try something new: 25 brilliant new things to do in Dubai

New dining spots, performances and much more…  

A new month brings a list of new things to do in Dubai and we couldn’t be more delighted to share information with our readers on the latest and greatest.

Here are 25 new things to do in Dubai this month.

Visit the dancing bakers at the Kenturah Reserve


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A vibrant Australian bakery arrives on a rooftop in Dubai, bringing ingredients and passion from the shores of Palestine. Conceived and operated by The Bearded Bakers, who are known for their pop-ups around Australia, these crafty bakers serve Knafeh that’s so good you’ll be licking your plate. This welcoming group of bakers is also known for their vivacious attitude, frequently jiving away while preparing their sweet Palestinian goods. Expect Knafeh, Arabic ice cream, Moroccan tea and homemade lemonade.

Kunafeh Bakery Dubai, Keturah Reserve, Dubai, Thursday to Sunday, 8pm to 1am. @knafehdubai

Visit the newly opened Dubai Crocodile Park


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A new and unique experience has washed up on the shores of Dubai, but beware as it might bite. In Mushrif Park, you can visit some 250 Nile crocodiles at Dubai Crocodile Park. The year-round attraction offers guests the experience of a lifetime, assuming of course one of your life goals is to see crocodiles from various points of view, including close-up and under the water.

The Dubai Crocodile Park, Mushrif Park, open daily from 10am to 10pm, Dhs95 per adult, Dhs75 children aged 3 to 12. Tel: (0)4 266 3700, dubaicrocodilepark.com

Check out Al Barari’s hidden gem, New Earth Café

Spend your days surrounded by palm trees and sunshine at this stunning hidden gem. From smoothie bowls to avo toast, superfood lattes to affirmation juices, New Earth Café is a conscious eatery located in the green heart of Dubai, Al Barari, serving simple, honest food that nurtures and nourishes.

New Earth Café, Al Barari, Dubai. daily, 7am to 6pm. Tel: (0)4 267 0502, @newearth.cafe

Enjoy DIFC’s newest brunch at Josette

DIFC’s newest restaurant is the ultimate Parisian experience and now every Saturday, Josette presents a glamorous brunch with live entertainment, DJ performances, and a delicious sharing-style menu. Guests can expect dishes including escargots, aubergine mille-feuille, and tuna tartare, followed by grilled ribeye with Josette sauce, pan-fried seabass, and a selection of desserts including crème brulée, eclair, and flambé pavlova. Oh and don’t forget to test out the ‘press for Champagne’ button.

Josette Dubai, ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC, Every Saturday. Three-hour packages available from 12pm to 5pm. Dhs395 (soft), Dhs550 (house), Dhs750 (champagne). Tel:(0)4 275 2522.  @josettedubai

Get cultural at the Abrahamic Family House

This long-awaited beacon of tolerance is worth the trip to Abu Dhabi. It’s a masterpiece of modern architecture, housing places of worship for the three Abrahamic religions. This very special beacon of love, tolerance and peace, located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, is open to the worshipping and visiting public. Entrance is free and we highly recommend booking in advance to secure yourself one of the facility’s expert ‘storytellers’. They’ll help you get the most out of your Abrahamic Family House Experience.

Jacques Chirac Street, Saadiyat Cultural District, free @abrahamicfh

Satisfy your chicken cravings at BonBird


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A new sister restaurant to Dubai’s beloved Pickl, BonBird is now serving up clucking good fried chicken in City Walk, right next door to big sister, Pickl. With floor-to-ceiling windows out front, you get panoramic views of the sticky-fingered diners inside. The chicken shop is set out in minimalistic chic — white tile and red accents to celebrate the BonBird emblematic branding. It truly is all about the chicken for them. Expect, chicken tenders, chicken on the bone, burgers and a spicy chicken melt sandwich, alongside fries, mac and cheese and much more. If your feeling particularly boujie, why not top your fried chicken with caviar?

BonBird, City Walk, now open daily 11am to 2am. @bonbird.uae 

Test out your padel skills on a new floating court

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With padel taking the world by storm, we have seen many venues dedicated to this fast-growing sport pop up across the city. Adding a classic Dubai twist, you and your besties can now have your weekly padel match on a floating court in JLT. Padelx is open from 6am to 11pm, with two courts available with prices starting from Dhs200 an hour.

Padelx, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster I, Dubai, prices from Dhs200 (per hour), open daily from 6am to 11pm, bookings required. Tel: (0)58 894 4631.. @padelx_official

Check out Elmarsa Galleries newest exhibition

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Created by Tunisian modernist Aly Ben Salem, A Perfect World illustrates pivotal moments in North African history, and is currently running at Elmarsa Gallery in Alserkal Avenue. Aly Ben Salem is one of the first generations of artists to emerge out of Tunisia as the country struggles for independence from French colonial rule. At first glance Ben Salem’s work seems to be in stark contrast with his North African contemporaries, however, upon further inspection, their work shares a portrayal of a plural Maghrebi identity, highlighting their inherent history, memory, identity, cultural heritage, and authenticity. This exhibition will be running until Saturday, May 20.

Elmarsa Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, Tues to Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun and Mon closed, Tel: (0)4 341 5806, galerielmarsa.com

A Bangkok institution since 2012, Above Eleven, serves a menu of fine Japanese Peruvian fusion flavours, colourful cocktails and a top array of live tunes that range from salsa nights to a rotation of live DJs. The industrial-chic interior comes with exposed brickwork and large windows that will make the most of the stunning skyline views. Huge trees, dim lighting, and pops of teal and ruby are sure to pack Above Eleven with Instagrammable moments. The website also promises key features such as a garden maze in the entrance as well as a large outdoor terrace, so we reckon this might just be our new favourite sundowner spot in the winter months.

Above Eleven, Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, The Palm open daily 4pm to 2am. Tel: (0)4 666 1420 @aboveelevendubai

Take a tropical staycation at JA Palm Tree Court


With many locations dotted around the UAE, Maldives and Seychelles, JA Hotels and Resorts is known for its welcoming and friendly aura. Its Jebel Ali location has recently seen some changes, with the highly anticipated new villas and elevated amenities of Palm Tree Court. Its expansive grounds feature three different hotel venues, dining options, and a variety of activities ranging from water sports, horse riding, golf and a kid’s water park, cementing this location as an ultimate staycation destination.

JA Palm Tree Court, JA The Resort, Exit 13, Sheikh Zayed Road, Mina Jebel Ali, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 814 5555, jaresortshotels.com

Get creative at a new female-focused co-working space


Dubai now has a beautiful female focused co-working space, The Bureau. This light and airy co-working space is located in the heart of Dubai’s Gold & Diamond Park. The concept is co-founded by Dubai-born and raised sisters, Nikita and Rhea Patel, who shared the vision of creating a cosy, welcoming and supportive space. The Bureau offers a modern and light space with a co-working lounge, as well as private offices, meeting rooms, as well as a podcast studio and phone booth. This one-stop shop also incorporates a fitness studio called NAÕ, a vanity room complete with showers, and even a pumping room for new mothers. It’s important to stay fueled and hydrated, which is made easy thanks to an on-site Jones The Grocer, where you can stock up on coffee, snacks and wholesome meals.

The Bureau, Building 6, Gold & Diamond Park, Dubai, UAE, Tel: (0)54 583 3397, @thebureauae

Wine and dine at La Mar at Atlantis the Royal


Since Atlantis The Royal transcended onto the shores of The Palm’s East Crescent, an array of fine-dining restaurants have come with it, including the breathtaking La Mar. Just around the corner from the grand foyer of Atlantis The Royal, La Mar’s floating wooden staircase will transport you to this chic venue, adorned with dark stone and wooden features. Its sultry interior is complemented by dangling glass light fixtures, a seafood bar layered with sparkling ice, and an illuminated bar that lies along the back of the restaurant.

La Mar, Mezzanine level, Atlantis The Royal, daily 6pm to 11pm. Tel:(0)4 426 0000. @lamardubai

Take a day trip to Hatta and drink coffee at Under the Shade


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Nestled between the palms, this serene spot serves as a small sanctuary located in Hatta’s Heritage Village. This rustic venue’s charm lies in its simplicity and natural elements, transporting all coffee lovers to their own secret oasis. Guests can sip on a heartwarming coffee whilst basking in the sounds of chirping birds and trickling water. Bliss.

Under The Shade Coffee, Hatta Heritage Village, Dubai, 10am to 10pm daily, @uts.ae

Try out Jumeirah’s newest Mexican eatery, Lila Taqueria

This hidden gem is a cosy home-grown taqueria serving up the finest flavours from Mexico. The brains behind this project is Chef Shaw, a warm and passionate woman who is dedicated to embodying sustainability and community in her venue. This homegrown spot only opened two months ago but has already caused a stir among Dubai foodies, making it one of the hottest new neighbourhood hangouts.  Lila Taqueria utilises traditional cooking methods and authentic wood-fired ovens to create incredible flavours – sourcing all ingredients locally and ethically. All are welcome at Lila’s including your furry friends.

Lila Wood-fired Taqueria, 786 Jumeirah St, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah 3, Dubai, Tues to Sun 9am to 10pm, Mon closed, Tel: (0055 560 1778, lilataqueira.com

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