Your weekend hit list: Syrian food, game night, macrame class and more

Your weekend guide to the best things to do, see, experience and enjoy in the UAE

Enjoy Game Night at Hamilton's Gastropub at Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas. Courtesy Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas 
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Get your game face on

Unwind after work and enjoy You’ve Got Game at Hamilton’s Gastropub in the Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas every Monday night. Bring your own game or play those you find at the venue, which include Jenga, Apples to Apples, Connect Four and other classics. It’s a fun night out whether you go with family or friends, as the atmosphere at the British-themed bar is always vibrant. There’s a chance to win raffle prizes, which include brunch at the hotel. Mondays 4pm to 2am, Saadiyat Rotana and Villas, Saadiyat Island. For reservations, call 02 697 0000.

Evelyn Lau 

Budget bivalves are your Kizmet

Courtesy Kizmet 
Courtesy Kizmet 

Seafood-lovers will be delighted to hear about the Dh5 oysters, which are available every Wednesday at Kizmet. The freshly shucked shellfish deal runs from 8pm to 9pm, weekly, with a minimum order of Dh30 for six oysters. As well as affordable mollusks, the new Dubai Opera restaurant also offers very Instagrammable interiors, freshly mixed drinks and creative dishes, such as the tongue-in-cheek My Girlfriend is not Hungry (avocado fries with habanero mayo) and the Blossom pizza, which comes with squash blossom, tomato sauce and mozzarella. For more, visit

Farah Andrews

Simple and scrumptious Syrian fare at Al Liwan

Situated near the Abu Dhabi National Islamic Finance building on Corniche Street, Al Liwan serves delicious Syrian fare. The space is simple and functional, and you almost feel like you are dining in someone’s home. The walls are adorned with pictures from Syria in its heyday, but that will only distract you for a while until your order makes its way to your table. So many of the restaurant’s dishes are worth a try, but its half-chicken with potatoes cooked in a lemon and garlic sauce; its hummus with ghee and pine nuts; and the spicy potatoes are standouts. Whether you go for the salads, the fattah or meat platter with tomatoes, your taste buds will be well and truly tickled. Al Liwan may be a no-frills spot, but the staff are always friendly, the food delicious, and the prices easy on the pocket. For reservations, call 02 622 9440.

Aarti Jhurani

Knot just a knitting class

Courtesy Tribe Dubai 
Courtesy Tribe Dubai 

Macrame is undeniably popular at the moment, so try your hand at making a wall-hanging for your home in one of the creative workshops at Tribe Dubai. Suitable for beginners, the morning session, led by Natalie Peeters, will teach you the basic knots and see you create a finished product for yourself. The next session will be held on February 25 from 9am to 1pm. Classes cost Dh350 per person. To register and reserve a spot, email

Farah Andrews