The Friday brunch at Al Qasr is quite rightly the stuff of legend. It is rumoured to be the first Friday brunch to exist in the UAE and remains hugely popular attracting hundreds of hungry guests each and every Friday without fail. It is also arguably the biggest brunch on the Dubai dining scene with an overwhelming selection of food available, that will quite possibly cause your brain to go into sensory overload. This brunch is so large that at one point you were given a map to help you navigate your way through the various bars and food options on offer. Things have changed slightly now but it is still an extravagant affair.

Let’s start this blog post by saying that we don’t follow the Formula 1, but having lived in the Emirates for a number of years now, the Abu Dhabi GP was something that we wanted to experience at least once. The race which is held annually on the Yas Marina Circuit is arguably the biggest sporting event held in the UAE with over 60,000 spectators taking to Yas Island each year to experience the final race of the Formula 1 season.

At the end of last month we here at Out & About UAE were kindly invited by Joe’s Crab Shack to visit the restaurant on opening day and sample some of the food. We were very excited as this was the first occasion since starting the blog that we had actually been invited to write a review by an establishment. Unfortunately we were unable to attend the event and were disappointed to say the least.

Fast-forward a couple of weeks and we found ourselves by chance in The Dubai Mall. So instead of heading to one of our usual favourite spots for food (The Cheesecake Factory), the decision was made to try out the newly opened Joe’s Crab Shack, to see if we really had missed out by not attending the tasting event on opening day.


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Foodies throughout the UAE rejoiced this past weekend as Taste Of Abu Dhabi returned to the capital for the second time – promising to be bigger and better than before.

Taste is a worldwide brand, with food festivals held in a number of cities throughout the world. The concept is very simple, to give customers the chance to sample dishes from some of the best restaurants in the city that they live.

Salt has just celebrated its first birthday and although seemingly late to the game, we recently enjoyed our very first visit to this food truck phenomenon.

Salt became the talk of the UAE last year with its clever social media campaign which adopted the hashtag #FindSalt. The concept involved a travelling food truck that would reveal its location via photographic posts on Instagram. Thus encouraging customers to come and find them at secret locations throughout the Emirates. This clever marketing strategy worked exceptionally well, because nothing liked this had been attempted in the region before and it created such a hype that people would literally queue for hours to indulge in their signature burgers

Since arriving in the UAE a number of years ago, we have consistently heard great things about the Ripe Markets that take place at various locations throughout the Emirates. With the weather finally cooling down and the fact that we were yet to visit the newly renovated Mother Of The Nation Park (formally Mushrif Central Park) in Abu Dhabi – we finally decided that it was about time that we went to check it out for ourselves.

Lets just get one thing out of the way – we here at Out & About UAE absolutely love a good Friday brunch!

Brunch is a pastime that we don’t really have in the United Kingdom. So we were super excited to discover the all you can eat/all you can drink mayhem of this legendary UAE tradition upon our arrival on these shores. Having worked our way through a fair number of these brunches over the past two years, we are calling it now… Olea at the St. Regis Saadiyat currently has the best Friday brunch in the capital!