dining celebrity chefs Chef's Corner: Chef Jonathan Van Der Merwe
Chef's Corner: Chef Jonathan Van Der Merwe
Updated on 04 June 2024

In a recent interview with Discover Dubai, Chef Jonathan Van Der Merwe, a brand chef at tashas, delves into his culinary skills, his roles and duties as a brand chef, his daily routines, and additional insights. Chef Jonathan commenced his journey as a sous chef at Flamingo Room by tashas in 2020, eventually transitioning into the role of brand chef at tashas.

Reflecting on his culinary journey, Chef Jonathan, who started as a commis at Cube Tasting Kitchen, a renowned degustation restaurant in South Africa, reminisces about his inspiration drawn from his grandparents' kitchen. There, he was surrounded by the savoury aromas of his grandfather's cooking, followed by the sweet delights and pastries that his grandmother meticulously prepared throughout the day.

1. How did you get started in the food industry?

My first experience in the culinary industry was at age 16. During that time, I was employed part-time over the weekends and school holidays. Some of these positions involved serving customers and preparing food at food stands located in a flea market, as well as undertaking dishwashing responsibilities in restaurants. Fortunately, my dishwashing role was brief, and I soon progressed into prep and basic cooking duties. The chaos and nature became almost addictive and I decided to pursue a tertiary education in the culinary arts.

2. What is your earliest cooking memory?

My earliest memory is of helping my grandfather make cottage pie. I would incorporate egg yolks into warm mashed potatoes with a wooden spoon and sneak a handful of the mixture from the pot for a quick taste when he wasn't paying attention.

3. What is your favourite dish from your country?   

My favourite South African dish is Potjiekos, which translates to 'small-pot food'. Despite its name, it's cooked in a large cast iron pot. Prepared over an open flame, this dish starts with large cuts of meat like oxtail and beef neck, alongside an assortment of vegetables. Proper layering of vegetables is essential, with thicker ones added first, followed by delicate ones at intervals to prevent overcooking. Then, stock is poured over the ingredients, and the pot is covered with a heavy lid. To maintain consistent heat, coals are gradually added to the base of the pot.

4. What is the one go-to and easy snack you love making for midnight cravings?

A sandwich! Whether it's a classic toasted cheese and black pepper sandwich or an open-faced creation featuring tomato, cream cheese, and whatever cold cuts happen to be in my fridge at the moment.

5. What is the one raw ingredient you cannot cook without from your country?

It would undoubtedly be rooibos. It’s primarily used as a tea, characterised by its naturally sweet flavour and captivating aroma. Apart from tea, it has many other uses in the culinary world. It can be used for smoking meats and vegetables, adding depth of flavour to sauces, and even incorporated into creams for desserts. In tashas Battersea in London, we use rooibos to craft a stunning red-tinted teriyaki sauce that perfectly complements our salmon dish.

6. What is the best dish to try at your restaurant?

If I had to single out just one dish, it would do a disservice to the diverse offerings across all our restaurants. However, I'd be more than happy to share some of my personal favourites as well as our most sought-after dishes.

For meat enthusiasts, our Portuguese steak is an absolute must-try. The combination of our signature sauce, succulent tenderloin, and perfectly crispy homemade lays has made it a firm favourite among our patrons. Our prawn pasta is another dish that tantalises the taste buds with a subtle hint of spice, served with stracciatella, and a zesty lemon and herb crumb.

For those looking for vegetarian options, our iconic Texas salad has gained widespread recognition and replicated across Dubai. Additionally, our chopped kale and halloumi salad offers a refreshing and nutritious alternative.

Chef Jonathan Van Der Merwe

Brand Chef 

tashas 

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The championships will be held from 18 to 28 October
Fun events to enjoy this weekend
Metal music fans in Dubai have another concert to look forward to as the world-famous symphonic metal band Apocalyptica is coming to Dubai for their debut performance on 13 September at The Agenda in Media City.
UNTOLD Dubai, the four-day festival will be held in February 2024 at Expo City Dubai
Enjoy an active break with these fun things for kids to do this summer.
Some last weekend of the month fun!
The Laughter Factory, UAE's longest-running comedy hub since 1997, is gearing up to bring laughter to audiences with its stellar lineup of comedians for June.
Activities to check out this weekend
Fun events for the weekend!
Michael Jackson tribute star Ben Bowman will perform amazing dance routines and songs by the King of Pop on 17 December at Coca-Cola Arena
Dubai's entertainment scene never slows down, and if you're looking to maximise your weekend fun in the city, Discover Dubai has got you covered with its ultimate weekend guide, packed with things to do.
Maroon 5, the Grammy-winning band will grace the stage in Dubai this November. The band will deliver an outstanding performance at the upcoming Dubai Airshow during Dubai Airports' Gala Dinner.
Bollywood buffs, get ready; the king of romantic songs, Arijit Singh, is all set to take over Dubai on 27 April. Yes, the mega singing sensation will make an anticipated return to Dubai in a concert experience like never before at Coca-Cola Arena.
To celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has announced the commencement of a series of diverse Ramadan public enjoyment events and activities.
To help you plan the best weekend, Discover Dubai has compiled a guide to the best things to do, ensuring you have an incredible weekend. Take a look and plan accordingly. 
The shows will be held on 4 and 5 March in Dubai and from 10 to 12 March in Abu Dhabi
Amazing events around the UAE to have a brilliant time
Get ready to laugh away your stress with The Laughter Factory, UAE's premier comedy destination since 1997, announcing an exciting line-up for July. 
Amazing events to enjoy this weekend around Dubai
Dubai is gearing up for a star-studded night as the American pop-rock sensation, OneRepublic, is set to grace the stage at Bla Bla in JBR on Thursday, 25 January.
After enthralling audiences in India for eight years and making its first international debut in London in 2023, Jashn-e-Rekhta, the world's largest Urdu language, literature, and cultural festival, is coming to Dubai on 27 and 28 January.
Get ready for an exciting and eventful weekend!
Experience the vibrant culture of Japan in the heart of Dubai at the Museum of the Future with Salt Camp's Japanese festival.
Dubai-ites get ready to party as the Winter Music Fest is all set to return for its second edition. After drawing an impressive crowd of over 12,000 fans last season, Winter Music Fest Season 2 is gearing up for a spectacular comeback in Dubai.
The exciting Cirque du Soleil experience will have 11 shows from 11 to 18 January 2023
The Al Habtoor City Gourmet Festival is set to launch this summer in Dubai, promising a delightful journey for food lovers. From 27 June to 31 August, immerse yourself in a diverse culinary adventure across the Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection.
A round up of some exciting things to do over the next 7 days starting from this weekend!
The Laughter Factory is back for more laughs!
Dubai's ultimate Drum N Bass Night, Project 174 by MAC Global, is gearing up for an exciting night on 6 October, starting at 8pm at the P7 Arena, Media One Hotel.
Enjoy a funny show this month!
The artist will perform on 27 March
The firework show will be held at 10pm at Dubai Festival City Mall
Amazing things to make this weekend one to remember!
The Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra will host a concert on 19 June to raise money for children affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
Discover Dubai has put together the perfect guide for you. Keep reading and start making your weekend plans today!
Exciting events to definitely check out this week!
The exhibition is on from 11 to 15 May
The event will run on 26 February at Media Rotana Hotel in Barsha Heights
Awesome events to enjoy in Dubai!
Movie lovers, take note! Roxy Cinemas has launched an unmissable movie experience for all cinephiles in Dubai. Get ready to catch the top blockbusters and Oscar-nominated films at Roxy Cinemas for a limited time only.
Get ready to laugh out loud, Dubai residents, as Nigel Ng, the renowned Malaysian stand-up comedian and content creator based in London is coming to Dubai Opera on 7 October 2024.
Get ready to chuckle and have a blast this April as the hilarious Dubai Comedy Festival returns on 12 April! Back for its 2024 edition, this beloved festival guarantees non-stop laughter with top comedians from around the globe.
Time to get ready for some weekend fun!
Get ready, Dubai! The iconic O Beach, renowned for its legendary pool parties and entertainment, is making its way from Ibiza to the Dubai Marina Beachfront.
Brilliant events to make the weekend a memorable one
The ice show will be held on 6 and 7 January 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena
The 28th edition will run from 15 December to 29 January 2023
The show will be held on Saturday, 13 May at Movenpick JBR Dubai
So don your explorer hat and make the most of your weekend with Discover Dubai's comprehensive guide, filled with fantastic ideas and recommendations for the best things to do in this vibrant city.
Dubai residents, brace yourselves for an electrifying December as global superstar Sean Paul and iconic rapper T.I. are ready to perform at Coca-Cola Arena on 30 December.
Kylie previously performed at the resort's grand opening in 2008
The concert will be held on 19 February on the Main Stage
Amazing events to enjoy the weekend
Attention music lovers, one of the greatest DJs and producers in the world, Martin Garrix, is all set to headline the Atlantis Live music series in Dubai on Saturday, 11 May.
Get ready for an amazing tour this July with Adam Bloom, Red Richardson and Michael Fabbri
The 90-minute show features 23 artists performing their signature dances
Brilliant events that are sure to make the month a fun one for all!
The IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships is running now until 20 June and is free to attend
Get ready for an exciting long weekend because Dubai has thrilling events, activities, concerts, musicals, and more to ensure you're thoroughly entertained.
Mini golf at Mini World is offering a free game until Tuesday, 7 November. The 18-hole mini-golf course provides adventure and fun for individuals of all ages.
Known for hosting some of the most extravagant celebrations worldwide, and after following its successful 2023 edition, Elrow Dubai XXL is gearing up to dominate the Middle East once again in 2024.
Cityland Mall, the world's first nature-inspired family-friendly shopping spot, has teamed up with Spacetoon, a top family content provider in the Arab region, to bring you the Cityland Dubai Toy Festival.
Now that Iris Dubai will be moving back to its Meydan location tonight, 5 October, we can tell you for sure that you wouldn’t be running out of things to do anytime soon.
The event will be held on 14 October at City Walk
Get ready, Dubai residents! The prestigious Dubai World Cup is making its grand return at Meydan Racecourse on 30 March 2024, promising a thrilling blend of top-notch sporting prowess and social extravaganza.
Get ready to make the most of the new month!
The lightsaber will be on display till 31 March at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
Top things to do in Jumeirah 1,2,3, Beach Road, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh, Palm Jumeirah
From thrill seekers to theatre lovers, there is something for everyone this weekend!
As June begins, Discover Dubai has rounded up some of the best events to ensure that June is a month to remember.
The season will shine a light on the amazing creators from writers to artists
The singer of 'Young, Dumb and Broke' is now scheduled to take the stage in Dubai on 2 March 2024, at the Coca-Cola Arena.
World Art Dubai, the Middle East's largest contemporary art fair, is back for its 10th edition.
The new season will offer new attractions, shows, shopping offers and food concepts
Tickets for GameExpo and GameExpo Summit are now on sale. The events will take place between 1 to 5 May.
One of the most eagerly awaited music festivals, White Festival, is making a comeback next month at Dubai Harbour on Saturday, 20 April.
Time for some fun events this weekend!
Time to kick back and enjoy the weekend
Fun activities to try over the weekend
Watch comedians Andrew Ryan, Liam Withnail and Radu Isac perform!
The comedian will perform for one night only on 15 April at Coca-Cola Arena
The shows will be held on 6 and 7 May
Fun activities for the weekend
The electric concert will be held on 18 March at Coca-Cola Arena
If you are looking forward to attending some events in March, Discover Dubai has got you covered with its ultimate guide. Read on. 
Roxy Cinemas, renowned for its premium cinema experience in Dubai has announced a memorable New Year's Eve celebration at its luxurious The Beach branch in JBR, with a special movie adventure.
We CANNOT keep CALM, as the lineup for UNTOLD Music Festival, making its Middle East debut at Expo City Dubai from 15 to 18 February 2024, has been revealed.
The concert will be held at Coca-Cola Arena
Art lovers, get ready to celebrate art in Dubai since the iconic Art Dubai is coming back for its 17th edition on 1 March. It will be held at Madinat Jumeirah and feature new commissions and premières by internationally recognised artists.
The show will be held on 26 December at Sofitel Dubai Downtown
The exhibition will run till 30 November
The show will be held on 3 October at Coca-Cola Arena
If you're looking to spice up your May with some unforgettable performances, Discover Dubai has you covered with its list. Keep reading to find out which concerts you won't want to miss this month.
The concert will be held on 4 February 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena
Things you can do for New Year's Eve.
The festival will run from 15 December 2021 to 29 January 2022
Fun events to check out this weekend!
Originating from Seoul, South Korea, the WaterBomb Festival is coming to Dubai on 7 and 8 June. It's renowned as the world's only festival that combines top artists with loads of water fun. Here's your guide to the happenings on each day.
The exhibition is open till 30 June
Michelin-starred restaurants to feature at the return of one of Dubai's favourite events
Events that will make this weekend one to remember!
To celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Museum of the Future, situated on Sheikh Zayed Road, is hosting a special 3-day event called Ramadan Majlis Nights.
Things to check out this weekend!
Dubai is gearing up to bring in the Year of the Dragon with a dynamic array of events, activities, and retail promotions organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.
The June tour will see Liz Miele, Khaled Khalafalla and Scott Bennett perform
Dubai's concert scene is heating up with the addition of Lea Salonga, the acclaimed actress and musician, to the calendar, who will performing at Coca-Cola Arena on 10 November, as part of her 'Stage, Screen & Everything In Between' tour.
Enjoy the matches while the kids stay entertained!
Dubai is gearing up for a blast from the past with iconic 90s bands B*Witched and Eternal set to rock the stage at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on 4 May.
Dubai's leading carrier, Emirates Airlines, has announced the first set of destinations to be served by its A350 aircraft entering service in September 2024.
The concert will be held on 30 September
The concerts will be held at The Agenda, Media City
The concert will be held for two nights on 30 September and 1 October at Queen Elizabeth II Theatre
The event will be held from 29 October to 27 November
Attention movie lovers! Cinema Akil, an independent cinema platform dedicated to bringing quality films from around the globe to the UAE, has announced the return of its fourth annual Italian Film Week.
Get grooving with the amazing West Side Story musical!
As another weekend in Dubai approaches, Discover Dubai is back with its comprehensive guide to the city's top events, ensuring you can make the most of your time with the best happenings around town.
Do you love food and more food? Then this is for you. Etisalat Beach Canteen, part of Dubai Food Festival, is back for daily from 8pm onwards until 14 March. The food carnival is on Jumeriah Beach
If you plan to attend some events in April, Discover Dubai is here with its April events guide, highlighting all the must-attend events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The event will be held on 27 February
Fun things to do this week.
The festival will run from 12 to 21 May around Dubai
Top things to do in Sheikh Zayed Road, 2nd of December Street and Al Satwa
Cinema Akil is set to host Italian Film Week from 9 to 15 June
If you're all set to make the most of your weekends, Discover Dubai's ultimate weekend guide is for you. Read on to know what Dubai has in store for you this weekend. 
The exhibition will be held till 30 October
The season will run till 4 September
Make this May a special one with Disney Concerts!
Dubai residents, brace yourselves for an electrifying night of music and celebration as the iconic 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' inductees Green Day are set to perform in the Middle East for the very first time!
Get ready to party and groove to your favourite old-school hits! Head to Bla Bla Dubai in JBR for MIXTAPE on 2 November.
The event will be held on 20 May at Zero Gravity
Dubai's beloved immersive family entertainment destination, AYA Universe, is gearing up to introduce its latest immersive feature, the Star Pool.
Indian comedian, actor and television host Kapil Sharma will perform at Coca-Cola Arena on 24 September
Roxy Cinema has announced a Saturday brunch, inviting cinemagoers to indulge in delicious treats while watching their favourite movies.
Are you looking for something exciting to do in Dubai over the weekend? Look no further! Discover Dubai has got you covered with its ultimate guide to the best events in the city.
The festival will run in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood from 15 to 24 March
Dubai-ites, brace yourselves - the UNTOLD music festival is all set to make its Middle East debut in Dubai from 15 to 18 February. The four-day music festival will feature talented artists on the scene and these artists will light up the stage.
If you're gearing up for the weekend and looking for exciting activities, events, or concerts to attend in the Emirates, you're in luck. Discover Dubai has compiled the ultimate guide for you.
Make the most of the amazing National Day weekend
Watch Blue, Boyzlife and Five perform on 13 October at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
More chefs announced to appear and 15 top restaurants confirmed.
This year's edition will run from 1 to 6 February
The packages are aimed at children of all ages.
Dubai residents will enjoy the Eid Al Adha holidays from 15 to 18 June, with work resuming on Wednesday, 19 June. To help you make the most of this extended break, Discover Dubai is back with a comprehensive guide on things to do.
The singer will perform on 21 December at 8pm
The event will be held on 20 April at Pure White at Dubai Harbour
Exciting events happening this weekend!
Make this weekend a really fun one!
The September Selfdrive Laughter Factory Tour features Dane Baptiste, Karen Rontowski and Jack Gleadow
Dubai-ites get ready to be spooked as Dubai Parks and Resorts is all set to turn into a haunted wonderland from 30 September for six chilling weeks.
The shows will be held from September until November
With new offerings, immersive experiences and attractions, Dubai knows how to keep its visitors and residents entertained. And now, to add more to the entertainment, Dubai gets one-of-a-kind live-action go-karting experience.
It is time for the long Eid holiday fun!
To enhance your festive experience, Dubai World Trade Centre is bringing back its Ramadan Majlis. The Majlis will open on Friday, 15 March and continue until Eid.
Brilliant events to check out this weekend
Emaar has revealed that for this year's Emaar NYE 2024, you now have the option to buy a ticket for an exclusive viewing location, eliminating concerns about dealing with the crowd or the need to rush to secure your spot.
Archer Aviation, a leader in electric flying cars and Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation are partnering to build a vertiport network in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Enjoy live performances, dining, music and more
Guinness World Records has cited Dubai Holding's Hatta sign with the tag of “Tallest Landmark Sign”.
The event will be held from 10 to 13 November
Make this month one full of beautiful memories!
Make the most of the weekend!
The festival will be held from 7 September to 2 October
The Laughter Factory May lineup is sure to fill you with laughs
Make July a brilliant one to remember with activations galore
Get ready for a tour filled with laughs
AP Dhillon is all set to take over Dubai with his soulful voice and foot-tapping songs at the Coca-Cola Arena in February.
Dubai's Miracle Garden, the world's largest natural flower garden, returns for its 12th season, featuring breathtaking displays of over 150 million natural flowers from more than 120 varieties.
The Hong Kong Film Festival is returning for its second edition in the UAE, taking place at Cinema Akil, the only independent cinema in the country.
The concert will be held on 4 March at Bla Bla Dubai
The service will be included in the ticket
The Dubai Esports and Games Festival will come back for its third edition from 19 April to 5 May. Presented by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, the DEF 2024 edition aims to offer an extraordinary lineup of events.
The concert will be held on 12 December
We cannot keep calm, as UNTOLD music festival is just two weeks away. The full artist lineup is yet to be revealed, the day-wise schedule is now available, adding to the anticipation for an unforgettable event.
Events to enjoy yourself this weekend!
The festive season will be celebrated till 2 January 2022
Cricket fans in Dubai have a lot to look forward to now that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has kicked off in the UAE. So, if you were still wondering where to catch the big matches in Dubai, we’ve found you just the right spots
The final run will be held on 26 March
Make this weekend a fun one!
No plans? We've got you covered!
Dubai-ites brace yourselves as Ski Dubai is set to host the second edition of the Festive Fun Run on Saturday, 9 December. Taking place at Ski Dubai within the Mall of the Emirates, this -4°C race event boasts a delightful visit from Santa Claus.
A comedy show without getting off the sofa
The award-winning actor and comedian will be performing at Dubai Opera on Saturday, 7 November from 8pm onwards, and early bird tickets are available until Monday, 12 October.
Dhai Dubai invites visitors to experience seven light art installations that reflect the diverse narratives and creative expressions of the city. Running from 26 January to 4 February, 2024, the festival promises an engaging program suitable for all.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East's premier theme park destination, is gearing up to enchant families with a spectacular fireworks display at Riverland Dubai, beginning on 27 January, 2024.
Brilliant events to check out this weekend
Get ready to turn those frowns upside down at the at The Selfdrive Laughter Factory August tour!!
The weekend is here, and Dubai is buzzing with exciting events! If you're looking for the latest events and concerts in the city, look no further than Discover Dubai's complete guide to things to do.
Fill your weekend with all the activities and enjoyment!
Here's to an amazing weekend!
Three shows will be held at L'Alliance Française and at Skylight at Arjaan By Rotana
Delight in up to 50% to 80% off discounts on books for 10 days
The solo concert will be held on 30 April at Coca-Cola Arena
Get ready for a show full of laughter!
The show will feature live entertainment, aerialists and special effects and lighting
Things to do this weekend when bored!
From their humble beginnings at the Hard Rock Cafe to headlining the Amplified Music Festival, CAS continues to soar, now with a highly anticipated performance at the Coca-Cola Arena on January 31, 2025.
Dubai-ites, get ready for a mega dose of fun because guess who's landing in January 2024? It's none other than the PAW Patrol squad!
Top things to do in Downtown Dubai, DIFC, Business Bay, Al Meydan and Dubai Design District
His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council officially opens Dubai Sports World, which offers over 40 courts and pitches for multiple sports, that runs until 10 September
Fun events to do in Dubai!
To honour the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment has introduced a variety of thrilling events, entertaining attractions, and retail specials happening throughout the city this week. 
Get ready to rock and roll in Dubai as the Grammy Award-winning reggae and dancehall star Shaggy, joins forces with the legendary R&B group Blackstreet for a sensational concert at Coca-Cola Arena on 11 May 2024.
Known as the Godfather of EDM, Dutch DJ and record producer Tiësto is all set to headline UNTOLD Dubai, the mega festival taking place at Expo City in Dubai from 15 to 18 February. 
Dubai residents, gear up for an exhilarating run as the Bubble Run is set to make a vibrant return in January 2024, this time at Expo City.
Top things to do in Bur Dubai, Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha
The 11th edition of Etisalat MOTB kicks off today, running from 5 to 14 January 2024. As the flagship alternative of the Dubai Shopping Festival, this free-to-enter event at Dubai Design District (d3) is a hub of creativity and design.
Discover Dubai has prepared the ultimate guide just for you. Dive in and discover the excitement!
Cinema Akil is hosting the global film festival, Il Cinema Ritrovato, for the first time in the Middle. The film festival will take place between 15 and 21 September and is in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute Abu Dhabi.
Dave Crane is coming back to Dubai with his iconic 'The Dave Crane Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show' on board the iconic QE2, located in Port Rashid. Tickets start from Dhs 99.
Eventful things happening over the next seven days
Fun things to check out this weekend!
To make the festive week of Eid Al Fitr more exciting for little ones in Dubai, the 'Bubbles and Balloons' festival is making a comeback on 10 April at Dubai Festival Plaza.
Central Cee and Jorja Smith will headline at the event
Are you missing travelling and exploring new places? Even with us being confined to our homes, you can still keep discovering new places through complimentary virtual tours arranged by digital platform Google Arts and Culture.
Enjoy watching amazing street artists from 8 to 20 March
Watch performances from the boyband BTS and experience Parasite live
From foot juggling, hand balancing and aerial acts, the show has it all!
Discover Dubai has created an ultimate guide for you. Here's lots of things you can do in Dubai over the upcoming weekend. 
Dubai runners, get ready to hit the tracks because the Dubai Harbour run is back next Sunday, 14 April!
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the biggest celebration of stories and ideas in the region, is set to come back from 31 January to 6 February 2024 at the Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City.
Jubin Nautiyal, the renowned Indian playback singer with his enchanting voice, is gearing up to mesmerise the city in a magical evening of melody on 30 December.
Dance the night away on 25 February from 9pm to 2am
Love Trance? This Friday night, Grab your free tickets for InnerTrance
The show will be held on 3 September at the Coca Cola Arena
Exciting events for a fun weekend!
Attention all music enthusiasts! Garage Nation is making a rejoicing return, igniting the stage with electrifying beats and unbeatable vibes on Saturday, 1 June, at P7 Arena in Media One Hotel, Al Sufouh.
The sale will run from 25 to 27 November
With over 50 supercars in one place, Riverland at Dubai Parks and Resorts is hosting a special exhibition on Thursday, 22 February, featuring a parade of luxury cars.
Comedian to make his Dubai debut in March.
Dubai's art scene expands with the inauguration of 'IMMERSEE' at The Sustainable City. Nestled within the net-zero emissions SEE Institute, this innovative cultural hub operates entirely on solar energy, generating triple its energy requirements.
Exciting events to check out this weekend!
Let loose for the weekend!
Real Madrid World, the first-ever Real Madrid-themed park situated in Dubai Parks and Resorts, is all set to host the live screening of the Champions League Final on Saturday, 1 June 2024.
Coffee lovers, mark your calendars for World of Coffee Dubai 2024, a major event in the coffee industry. Hosted by DXB Live, it's happening from 21 to 23 January 2024.
The long weekend is finally here!
Get ready for 10 days of non-stop laughter
The 'Shape Of You' singer Ed Sheeran is all set to take over Dubai on 19 and 20 January at The Sevens Stadium on Al Ain Road.
Tiësto, Ne-Yo, Armin van Buuren and more are set to perform!
The festival runs from 12 to 22 May
Get ready for a December full of fun and festivities in the UAE! As 2023 winds down, the UAE is buzzing with amazing concerts, shows, and events that promise a good time.
The activities will be held daily from 4pm to 10pm
Create some great memories for New Year's
Exciting events to try out
Enjoy amazing dining options and live music sessions and performances!
Indian singer Neha Kakkar is making her way to Dubai for a one night only concert on 22 October at Coa-Cola Arena
Get ready, Dubai! Brace yourselves for another incredible performance as Tom Grennan, the chart-topping, multi-BRIT Award nominee, is set to take the stage at The Agenda in Dubai Media City on 24 May, 2024.
The event will be held from 21 to 25 June at Expo City Dubai
On Saturday, 1 June, ahead of International Day of Yoga, Lululemon is hosting a series of yoga and mindfulness sessions at the Asateer Tent, Atlantis The Palm.
The show will begin from 18 June
Get ready for three amazing days of deliciousness and entertainment!
Amazing events to make this weekend a great one!
Amazing events to make this weekend one to remember
American comedian and podcaster Andrew Schulz will perform on 22 October at Etihad Arena, Yas Island
American Afropop artist Davido is set to perform in Dubai on 2 September at Coca-Cola Arena, popular for the 2022 World Cup soundtrack 'Hayya Hayya'
Dubai-ites, brace yourselves; the emirate is all set to get its first-ever Dhai Dubai light art festival at Expo City Dubai. Yep, you read that right! The Dhai Dubai Light Art Festival will illuminate Al Wasl Plaza from 26 January to 4 February.
The festival will be held for three days from 8 to 10 December
The festival will be held from 12 to 22 May
With the weekend upon us, if you’re uncertain about what to do this weekend, Discover Dubai has you covered with its guide to the best events and activities in Dubai.
Make this Eid Al Adha break a blast with amazing events
Enjoy paddling around the lagoon with dolphins!
Make this long weekend a fun one!
Discover Dubai has your guide for the best things to do. Don't wait! Bookmark now and get ready for some weekend fun!
The show will be held on 9 October
Activities to make the weekend worthwhile!
The UNTOLD music festival has kicked off its Middle East debut at Expo City in Dubai, marking a historic moment for the city. Running for four days until 18 February, the first day witnessed over 40,000 music enthusiasts gathering at the venue.
Get excited for festive fun!
The set will run from 5pm to midnight on 22 April
Famous British Indie pop band Bastille is all set to perform in Coca-Cola Arena on 1 November 2023. Tickets for the concert start from Dhs 199 and goes up to Dhs 350.
The event will be held from 16 to 18 December
Things to check out this weekend
Sit back and enjoy watching Esther Manito, Julian Deane, Tabarak and Imah perform
Discover Dubai speaks to Sharleen Spiteri, on performing in Dubai and her career with Texas
Where to find free sweet treats and outings to celebrate birthdays
Amazing events to enjoy around the UAE this September
Get Ready For The First World Padel League In Dubai!
The annual summer shopping event will run from 1 July to 4 September
Amazing activities to enjoy this weekend!
Make the weekend a fun one!
Bollywood actor and singer Farhan Akhtar will perform on 1 September at Coca-Cola Arena
Mums can now enjoy the ultimate relaxation with or without