Like Thai food and water fights with strangers? You’re in luck! Songkran, Thailand’s festival of water, welcomes the new year and cleanses away misdeeds with plenty of partying
Celebrated officially in Thailand from 13th-15th April, events are taking place around Dubai all month.
Cafe Isan, JLT
Celebrate Songkran and an equally momentous occasion, the second birthday of this friendly neighbourhood Thai hangout, which specialises in cuisine from the north-east of the country. There’ll be a free buffet and the chance to spray it like you mean it with water-based fun while dancing to Thai music. Don your craziest costume, as there’s a prize for the funniest outfit.
Saturday, 14th April. 2pm-8pm. Cluster M. 04 513 5289.
Pai Thai, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
Ride through the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah to start your experience of a specially-created three-course set menu, music and dancing from the lovely Wanthakan. Classic Thai dishes are sure to delight – nothing gets the party started like a plate of Chu Chee Goong (crispy prawns, creamy red curry, ripe mangoes and kaffir lime leaves).
10th-23rd April, 6pm-11.15pm weekdays, Friday and Saturday 12.30pm to 2.15pm, 6.30pm to 11.15pm. AED 280 per person for food only (minimum two sharing). 04 432 3232.
Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant, Dusit Thani Dubai
This fine dining establishment near Business Bay combines cuisine based on centuries-old recipes with Dubai skyline views and a regally-decorated interior, borrowing inspiration from the halls of King Rama IV. During Songkran there’ll be a seven-course menu that fans of Thai food will love, packed with noodles and grilled meats straight from the streets of Bangkok.
During April. 12pm-3pm and 7pm-10.30pm. Near Business Bay Metro. AED 195 per person for food. 04 317 4515.
Spice Emporium, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
What better time to equip yourself with the skills needed to ditch the takeaway menus and enrol in Thai cooking classes. Discover what makes Thai food just so unbelievably yummy and put together favourites like Tom Yum Goong or Pad Thai with help from Spice Emporium’s expert Thai chefs.
Every Sunday-Wednesday, 12pm-3pm. AED 300 per person. 04 511 7373.
Songkran Festival at Deck Se7en, Novotel Al Barsha
Indulge in a feast of Thai street food on the pool terrace and don’t forget to bring your swimmers, as this afternoon brunch comes with free access to the water.
Friday April 13th, 12.30pm-4pm. AED 125 per person with traditional mocktails/AED 225 unlimited house beverages. 04 304 9000.
Songkran Festival at Thiptara, Palace Downtown
Authentic Thai food served at a magical waterfront restaurant, looking up at the Burj Khalifa and with unbeatable views of Dubai Fountain. See in the Thai new year by tucking into a set menu of grilled beef skewers, vegetable dim sum, classic chicken green curry and more.
13th April-15th April, 6pm to 11.30pm. AED 400 per person, inclusive of soft beverages. AED 500 with house. 04 888 3444.