Truffle tasting, lessons in literature and fat-biking through the desert…here’s what we’ll be doing with our downtime this weekend
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11
Truffle fans, take note. W Dubai’s supremely-Instagrammable Italian restaurant, Torno Subito has launched a truffle-based tasting menu, available exclusively for the month of February. A five-course sharing spectacular, Il Tartufo – which means ‘The Truffle’ – comprises an array of delectable, truffle inspired dishes, including Uovo, a poached egg dish with Parmigiano foam, asparagus, mushroom chips, and truffle; the Chef’s Favourite, featuring warm focaccia with creamy mozzarella, robiola cheese and truffl; handmade Tagliolino pasta, with porcini mushroom essence and, naturally, more truffle; Wagyu cheek, with potato and truffle puree, spinach and truffle sauce and Crema ice cream – an unexpectedly yummy combination of, vanilla, hot cherries, and truffle – to finish. Better still, order two Il Tartufo tasting menus to your table and you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of house grape. Priced AED499 per menu, call 04 245 5800 to book.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12
If you missed the main part of this year’s Emirates Festival of Literature, you still have a chance to immerse yourself in regional arts excellence during its closing weekend this Friday and Saturday. Taking place in Dubai’s creative heart of AlSerkal Avenue, the final two days of the annual arts extravaganza celebrates both the written and spoken word, and includes literary sessions from around the world, workshops, poetry and community events that the whole family can enjoy. Highlights include appearances from Lemn Sissay, author and diplomat Omar Saif Ghobash, the Fashion, Football & Feminism session featuring Hafsa Lodi and FIFA coach Houriya Altaheri, and the beautiful Festival finale. For more information, and to get your tickets, visit emirateslitfest.com
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13
Fancy a spot of desert exploration on two wheels? Then make your way to The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert Nature Reserve to try out a guided desert tour on the resort’s very own luxury electronic Fat bikes. A secluded oasis set amongst 500 hectares of desert conservation, the new E-Fat Bike tours offer a unique way to see the desert and provide a workout for beginner and experienced bike riders alike. Boasting 26 inch tires, and a 48V motor, the specially-designed Super 1000 Desert E-Fat bikes have five speed levels and can go up to 40 kilometres per hour, allowing for either a leisurely or a thrilling ride, meaning you can tackle the toughest of dunes at any given moment. Guided by experienced rangers, aside from the magnificent desert landscape to enjoy, guests can learn about the flora, fauna and wildlife along the route, with the chance of meeting resident Arabian Oryx and Arabian Gazelles that roam free through the dunes along the way. Guided tours are priced AED 250 per person per hour, AED 400 per couple per hour, AED 400 per person for two hours or AED 700 per couple for two hours. For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com