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4 great ways to have a picnic in Dubai

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A pleasing breeze in your hair, a glass of something chilled in your hand, ants in your strawberries – these are just a few of the reasons that people the world over love a picnic. Eating outdoors gives a sense of adventure to a mealtime… and now’s the time to unpack the hamper and checkered rug. Here are four fool-proof ways to do it in Dubai.

1. Simply turn up to someone else’s
This is the easy option and, frankly, we’re not sure you’ll need the other three tips. On Fridays between 1pm-3pm, Vida Downtown’s Urban Picnic Brunch combines the laidback outdoor vibe of a picnic with classic brunch qualities, offering al fresco finger food with plunge pools and DJs and a generally cool crowd. Job done.

“While we were creating the Urban Picnic Brunch, we took the fundamental picnic-dining concept, and then added a gourmet element to it,” says Anke Glassing, general manager of Vida Downtown Dubai. “We took picnic food staples and added a contemporary touch them, so there’s a live barbecue station for burgers, steaks and hotdogs, but also a cheese station with produce from around the world and over 20 types of homemade bread.”

2. Pick up a ready-made hamper
French bakery Paul has a picnic bag range designed to feed two-to-four people. Starting from AED109, the thermal-cooled picnic bags contain salads, sandwiches, juices as well as sweet treats – plus a complimentary picnic cloth for a touch of Gallic style.

Jones the Grocer also offer a fully-stocked picnic basket with everything included – and it’s a great place to pick up bits and pieces to complete your spread.

3. Go shopping
Almost as easy as popping by Paul is dropping into Market & Platters in Dubai Marina and pointing at loads of things until your basket is full. Their homemade dips and huge selection of deli classics like sundried tomatoes, potato salad and olives are always guaranteed to impress anyone you decide to invite. Go on, be generous.

4. Make something
Trust us, whatever you rustle up, the effort will be appreciated by everyone. So try this simple recipe for a roasted red-pepper dip. Serve with pitta bread strips:

2x chopped red peppers

1x peeled and chopped onion

1x clove of garlic (finely chopped)

2 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

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