Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers welcomes the cooler weather with some incredible surprises

Al fresco BBQs, a new and sophisticated British-themed Nahaam brunch, sumptuous Culinary Month menus and more incredible surprises await this cooler weather season

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, the distinguished Forbes Five-Star hotel in the heart of the UAE capital, is delighted to unveil a whole series of dining and lifestyle experiences that are set to make this October the most memorable one yet.

Bringing a vast array of new and tantalizing culinary journeys, guests are invited to immerse themselves in more amazing specialities, flavours and tastes than ever before.

With Conrad Culinary Month offering curated set menus for just AED 250 per person, the new British-themed ‘Pardon My Brunch’ Saturday celebration bursting into life at Nahaam, and steakhouse Ray’s Grill making its much-anticipated reopening, there’s plenty to delight people of tastes and interests.

Al fresco dining is also back across the hotel’s many picturesque terraces. Nahaam is welcoming in the cooler weather with al fresco evening BBQs, while Li Beirut’s new Saturday night brunch is ideal for enjoying under the stars in the stunning outdoor seating area.

Ray’s Grill reopening

Ray’s Grill, the premium steakhouse at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, has reopened in spectacular style with a fresh array of delicious, sumptuous meats, enrapturing specialties and premium beverages.

Situated on the 63rd floor, the sophisticated hideaway is renowned for being one of the most impressive and lavish dining spots in the city. Leaving every guest amazed by its lofty 360-degree views of the city skyline and sparkling Arabian Gulf, Ray’s Grill is the perfect place to celebrate special occasions or honour important milestones.

Closed since Le Petit Chef, the popular and theatrical culinary experience came to an end in July, the Ray’s Grill team has used the last few months to make improvements to the unique venue’s overall look and feel.

Featuring plush furnishings and a calming ambiance, the curated menu by Head Chef Daniel Irvine is all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and premium produce sourced from every corner of the earth.

Born and trained in the UK, Chef Daniel has worked at numerous luxury hotels across the world, and he has been treating diners at Ray’s Grill to his enchanting recipes for many years. A genuine natural talent and bright personality, he pours all his knowledge of cutting-edge techniques and flawless skills into every creative specialty.

Presenting an unforgettable interactive and immersive dining experience, diners are invited to relax, absorb the incredible glittering vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and watch in wonderment as Chef Daniel and his team prepare tasty specialties such as Angus beef, tuna and mushroom tartare, and the signature chef’s salad, crafted from the finest colourful, crunchy, and flavoursome seasonal produce, all straight at the table.

The succulent sharing-style Châteaubriand and meaty Tomahawk are also expertly calved at each table, while guests are encouraged to admire the unique restaurant’s full array of sumptuous, sweet delights and enjoy having the decadent dessert trolley to come straight to them.

Further enticing options are found amongst the classic appetisers of shrimp cocktail and crab cakes, the choice of grilled fresh seafood, vegetarian-friendly cauliflower steak and delectable double-patty smash burgers, made with 100% minced chuck steak and adorned with various irresistible toppings.

Meat lovers will be in their element with the extensive assortment of world-famous premium cuts and succulent grills, which are all complemented with a curated choice of paired aromatic grapes, playful hops and signature cocktails.

The knowledgeable Ray’s Grill wine sommelier is happy to recommend the perfect variety to enhance every meal, while the venue’s extensive wine cellar contains endless smooth and delicious grape blends from the globe’s most prestigious vineyards.  

Then, once the memorable feast is completed, every guest is invited to extend their magical evening up in clouds even further with some opulent after-dinner drinks at Ray’s Bar, found just one level below.

Adding additional thrills and intrigue, diners are encouraged to get there via a mysterious secret passageway that leads directly from Ray’s Grill down to the sizzling night spot on the 62nd floor. Providing an exciting way of exploring the hidden charms of the iconic hotel, every guest is given a pin code that grants them exclusive entry.

Ray’s Grill is open for dinner from Monday, October 3 onwards, between 6:30 PM and 11:00 PM, Monday to Saturday.  

Conrad Culinary Month

Conrad Culinary Month invites residents and travellers from across the globe to embark on a delectable journey through the world’s finest cuisines.

Taking place throughout October and curated to highlight the stylish downtown hotel’s vast array of award-winning signature outlets and expert chefs, the innovative activation sees six of the property’s most impressive restaurants launch their own carefully curated three-course set menu for just AED 250 per person.

A truly tantalising gastronomic celebration, Conrad Culinary Month encourages diners to treat their palettes to an array of tempting specialities, and savour the enrapturing tastes, flavours and aromas of Li Beirut, Nahaam, Ray’s Grill, Sole, Tori No Su and VaKaVa.  

From juicy roasted racks of Arabic-style grilled lamb to fresh sushi, flavoursome South American specialities, traditional Italian favourites and more, it presents an exciting opportunity to relish signature dishes from some of the UAE capital’s most outstanding restaurants, and the region’s top culinary talents.

Conrad Culinary Month will run from October 1 to October 31, priced AED 250 per person for a three-course set menu at Li Beirut, Nahaam, Ray’s Grill, Sole, Tori No Su or VaKaVa.

Hilton’s ‘Roam Free’ campaign arrives in the UAE

This October, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers is thrilled to introduce the UAE Capital to Hilton’s global ‘Roam Free’ campaign.

Inviting guests to try something new, sample unexpected flavours and allow their senses to roam wild and free, the opulent hotel by the Abu Dhabi Corniche is adding a creative and playful twist to some of its most indulgent dining and lifestyle experiences.

Celebrating the fact that adventurers from across the planet are once again able to travel, feel, taste and discover different worlds and cultures, the ‘Roam Free’ activation invites families and friends to open their hearts and minds and go on a unique journey filled with unforgettable moments. 

Roam Free will launch across the MENA region on October 3, and run until March 23, 2023.

Pardon My Brunch at Nahaam

Those with a taste for the finer things in life will be thrilled to hear that Nahaam at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers is launching a lavish Saturday brunch affair that is truly a cut above the rest.

The new ‘Pardon My Brunch’ experience is a refined and charming British-themed brunch that is designed to introduce friends and socialites to a new and dignified way of celebrating the weekend.

Inviting guests to escape reality and enjoy a leisurely afternoon spent savouring the best of Great Britain’s sumptuous delicacies and treasured traditions, the lively yet sophisticated affair presents an exclusive new themed menu complemented by premium refreshing cocktails and beverages.

The jovial and distinctly British mood is further enhanced with staff uniforms inspired by the attire of Britain’s iconic Royal Horse Guards, while there are endless fun props and photo opportunities for those who want to capture their special day on camera.

While the amazing live entertainment keeps the vibes upbeat and playful, guests are encouraged to sample tempting light nibbles such as octopus carpaccio and beef cecina within ‘The Royal Platter’, freshly made breads and premium cold cuts at ‘White Chapel’, and many more enticing bites all served in an opulent buffet that takes in the UK capital’s most iconic and world-famous sights.

The heart-warming main course options then present the finest flavours of the ‘City of London’, with traditional beef, salmon and lamb wellingtons, plus delicious brunch specialties such as the signature ‘4-Minute Egg’ special and the hearty ‘Breakfast en Bread’ artisan sourdough sandwich, filled with egg, cheese, smokey bacon, asparagus and a choice of further delightful fillings.

Meanwhile, the shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips and other delectable home cooked British specialties are further enhanced with a vast choice of incredible international recipes. From authentic Italian pastas and pizzas to creamy chicken tikka masala curry, juicy lamb koftas and fresh sushi, every guest will be left utterly spoilt for choice.

Finally, the spectacular ‘Queen of the Dessert’ station presents one of the largest and most opulent spreads of sweet cakes, desserts and sweets in the whole of the UAE.  

From home baked family staples such as Bakewell tart, jam roly poly and Dorset apple cake, to classic recipes such as English Eton mess and summertime-favourite knickerbocker glory sundaes, every dish is filled with nostalgia and the timeless tastes of the bustling streets of London.

Providing constant refreshments throughout the leisurely afternoon, guests are also encouraged to pair each typically British course with a carefully curated selection of free-flowing premium spirits, grapes, mixes, and soft drinks.  

Pardon My Brunch at Nahaam is available to enjoy every Saturday from October 15th onwards, from 12.30 PM to 4 PM with packages starting from AED 375 for soft drinks, AED 495 for house beverages and AED 895 for the ultimate ‘British Experience’, including premium bubbly.

Li Beirut Layali Night Brunch

Award-winning Arabic restaurant Li Beirut is inviting guests to join them for a relaxed and uplifting night brunch filled with the most enrapturing flavours and tastes of Lebanon.

Spanning an expertly crafted set menu of authentic dishes, the magnificent appetiser spread of cold and hot mezze is served sharing style, before the generous main course enchants with its choice of juicy grills and aromatic delicacies.

Offering the choice of dining in the atmospheric dining room or against stunning views of the sparkling Arabian Gulf on the magnificent terrace, the memorable experience is concluded with a selection of classic Lebanese desserts.

Meanwhile, the upbeat mood is set with enchanting tunes from talented live entertainers, plus free-flowing refreshing house beverages or soft drinks. 

The Li Beirut Layali Night Brunch will take place every Saturday from 7 PM to 11 PM, priced AED 300 for soft beverages or AED 480 for house beverages.

Nahaam Friday Night BBQ   

Food connoisseurs and socialites are invited to unite and celebrate the beginning of the blissful cooler season with a sumptuous al fresco BBQ out on the beautiful poolside terrace of Nahaam.

With live grill stations providing an endless flow of perfectly grilled meats and BBQ specialties, plus a delectable array of tasty cold appetisers and colourful salads, the Nahaam Friday Night BBQ is set to become the city’s new favourite way of marking the start of the weekend in style.

Guests are encouraged to further enhance their Friday-night wind down with free-flowing house beverages, while the pretty terrace provides the ideal place to absorb the views of the starry night sky and enjoy the pleasant evening weather.     

The Nahaam Friday Night BBQ is available to enjoy every Friday night from 6 PM to 9 PM for AED 175 per person for unlimited food. House beverage packages are also available.

Very Berry Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge & Observation Deck at 300

This October, the Very Berry Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge and Observation Deck at 300 is treating guests to an artistic and delicate array of delicacies that ooze sheer elegance and style.

Designed to showcase the many amazing fresh flavours and naturally sweet tastes of premium berries and organic fruits, the unforgettable experience provides the perfect way of celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or special occasions. 

Served within the chic and elegant ambience of the Lobby Lounge, where a live pianist entertains with charming renditions of everyone’s favourite modern tunes, or in the beautiful Observation Deck at 300, known for its breath-taking panoramic views of the city skyline and sparkling Arabian Gulf, it’s a sophisticated and enrapturing afternoon tea experience that will be remembered forever.

Daily, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. AED 260 per person at Observation Deck 300 and AED 230 per person at Lobby Lounge.

Live music at Lobby Lounge is available from Tuesday to Sunday, between 3 PM and 5:45 PM.

VaKaVa Saturday Brunch

Inviting guests to party the Latino way and immerse themselves in Latin America’s fabulous flavours, colours and aromas, the VaKaVa Brunch is an unforgettable experience from start to finish.

Presenting an exclusive, adults-only ambience infused with uplifting tribal beats, expertly crafted dishes, and unique artistic concoctions, VaKaVa keeps the lively vibes flowing from 2 PM to 7 PM every Saturday.  

Chef Eber’s ever-changing delectable menu of Peruvian bites is refreshed every few weeks to ensure that there’s always something new and exciting to try.  

Friends and loved ones are free to unwind and relax whilst savouring starters such as creamy signature house guacamole, salmon tiradito, wild mushroom flatbread, lamb anticucho and crispy prawns, followed by irresistible mains like juicy Picanah steak served with potato and chimichurri, or fresh Chilean sea bass accompanied with a choice of delicious sides.

Elevated with a constant flow of premium hops, grapes and selected cocktails, plus a catchy soundtrack of eclectic beats, the pleasurable afternoon is concluded perfectly with a selection of handcrafted South American sweets.

The VaKaVa Saturday Brunch is available to experience every Saturday from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with packages starting from AED 295 for soft drinks and AED 495 for house beverages.


The Gatsby Brunch at Ray’s Bar   

Taking guests back in time to the glamour and elegance of the roaring 1920s, the Gatsby Brunch at Ray’s Bar is a compelling and thrilling Friday evening affair like no other.  

Starting the weekend with a sophisticated party inspired by Fitzgerald’s timeless tale of love, extravagance and success, the hedonistic evening provides a flawless fusion of delicious cuisine, live music, classic cocktails, and sensational views from the 62nd floor.  

Oozing retro-style class and nostalgia, Ray’s Bar is transformed into an exclusive 1920s speakeasy filled with catchy tunes and endless good times. Guests are encouraged to don their finest 1920s attire and fully immerse themselves in the charm and style of this romantic period.  

Guests are free to savour an unlimited array of dainty hot and cold appetisers such as potted Alaskan crab coming straight from the streets of London and New York, while the variety of hearty hot bites features delicious morsels such as braised short rib and lamb.

Finally, bringing the sunny skies and green meadows of the British summertime to the UAE capital, the decadent journey ends on a sweet note with rhubarb and apple pie, wild berry pavlova, and more delectable and perfectly crafted desserts.  

Upbeat and atmospheric melodies from the talented live band set the mood perfectly for the night of fun and special memories, while free-flowing cocktails, grapes and bubbly keep spirits joyful throughout the night, showcasing the best flavours and ingredients of 1922.

The Gatsby Evening Brunch at Ray’s Bar is available to experience every Friday from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM with packages starting from AED 379 for house beverages, AED 479 for sparkling and AED 679 for bubbly.   

Ladies Night at Ray’s Bar  

Ladies are invited to take their next girls’ night to new heights of incredible at one of the city’s highest and most elegant bars. Including free-flowing prosecco and selected cocktails, a food platter, fantastic panoramic views and uplifting live entertainment. It truly is an unmissable experience.

 Saturday, 8 PM to 11 PM. AED 199 per lady.  

Baos & Brews at Lillet Pool Bar  

There’s nowhere more magical to unwind and catch up with friends than by the shimmering infinity pool of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. This October, Lillet Pool Bar is inviting guests to experience its enchanting ambiance whilst enjoying a curated selection of bespoke bao buns, creative bites and refreshing draught beers.

Daily from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM. AED 120 per person.

Sunday Roast at Nahaam

A picture containing dish, barbecueDescription automatically generated

Families and friends are encouraged to come together every weekend and tuck into a traditional Sunday roast at Nahaam. Starring roast chicken, root vegetables, potatoes, crispy Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings, the heart-warming experience is further enhanced with a bottle of wine for two.

Sunday, 12 PM to 5 PM. AED 360 per couple.

Business Lunch at Sole

A bowl of foodDescription automatically generated with low confidence

Experience the art of dining like the Italians with the ever-popular business lunch menu at Sole. Spanning two or three courses of pasta, pizza, meat, fish and every kind of traditional Italian specialty imaginable, the experience is complemented with a bottle of water and an authentic Italian espresso coffee. 

Monday to Friday, 12 PM to 3 PM. Two courses for AED 125 and three courses for AED 165.  

To book your table for any of the above experiences, please call 02 811 5666.

About the author