Looking for things to do over the long weekend? We’ve got 14 ways you can celebrate. Eid Mubarak, everyone!
Thursday August 31
1. Save money at Ferrari World
Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World theme park is offering a discounted rate for groups that runs throughout Eid. The Dhs275 entry fee is reduced to Dhs220 if you book online and have a party of four.
Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 11am to 8pm, Dhs220. Tel: (02) 4968000. Taxi: Ferrari World. ferrariworldabudhabi.com
2. Use your 2-for-1 vouchers from What’s On magazine
Inside our August edition you’ll find 100 2-for-1 vouchers to use in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and beyond. There’s dining deals, hotel stays, spa treatments and much more. Plenty of the vouchers are still valid in September and October, too.
3. Win a lip sync battle
Mime along to all the latest hits at Appaloosa on Thursday night. Weekly winners will compete in a final bout every month.
Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, Thur 10pm to 2am, free entry for ladies and couples. Tel: (02) 2014131. Taxi: Al Forsan Sports Resort. marriottalforsan.com
4. Scoff some really hot chicken wings
Think you can eat 12 “volcano hot” chicken wings in under 15 minutes? Head to Velocity bar and if you can, you’ll get a T-shirt for your efforts and the wings for free.
Marriott Hotel Downtown, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 4pm to 2am, Thur and Fri noon to 3am, Sat noon to 2am, Dhs80. Tel: (02) 3047777. Taxi: Marriott Downtown, near Al Wahda Mall. marriott.com
5. Try sushi with a local twist
Sushina is a new sushi restaurant that puts a bit of fusion into its dishes – Emirati cuisine is spliced with Japanese classics for unique flavours.
World Trade Center Mall, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur to Sat 10am to 11pm, Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Taxi: WTC Mall. facebook.com/sushiname
Friday September 1
6. Check out an Eid Food Festival (and fireworks!)
There will be food trucks as well as lots of “oohs” and “aahs” as fireworks go off to celebrate Eid at Gateway Park on Yas Island.
Gateway Park, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri to Sat, prices and timings TBC. Tel: (800) 92723. Taxi: Gateway Park on Yas. yasisland.ae
7. Party at Maya Fridays
Never been to Al Maya Island? It’s a 10-minute boat ride away from the mainland of Abu Dhabi and once there you’ll find the Al Maya Island Resort – and every Friday, you’ll also find a beach party taking place on the island’s white sands and by its pool, appropriately called Maya Fridays. Local DJs such as Chad Funk and Stew Magoo regularly spin the wheels of steel, bashing out dance and house tunes. Ladies get free entry before 1pm, Etihad staff before 2pm. Table packages for drinks and food, such as mixed fajitas, are also available, costing between Dhs1,500 and Dhs3,500. Guests must be aged 21 and up.
Al Maya Island, Abu Dhabi, 11am to 9pm, Dhs100, ladies free entry before 1pm. Tel: (02) 6677777. facebook.com/BPM.AL.MAYA
8. Try a Peruvian brunch at Coya
Abu Dhabi’s Peruvian restaurant has updated its brunch menu. It now features a ceviche and mojito masterclass, plus grilled options and new desserts.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri noon to 3pm, Dhs250 to Dhs333. Tel: (02) 3067000. Taxi: The Galleria. coyarestaurant.com
9. Barfly by Buddha Bar is also serving brunch…
Barfly relaunched its brunch on August 11 and it’ll be running on the Eid weekend as well. Dishes on offer include wagyu rib eye and mochi ice cream.
Venetian Village, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs225 to Dhs425. Tel: (02) 4041951. Taxi: Venetian Village, by Ritz-Carlton. venetianvillage.ae/barfly
10. And so is Crust at the Four Seasons
One of Abu Dhabi’s most child-friendly brunches, with a designated playroom, photo booth and movies showing, has special activities planned for Eid plus Arabic dishes.
Four Seasons, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs275 to Dhs545. Tel: (02) 3332700. Taxi: Four Seasons. fourseasons.com
Saturday September 2
11. Listen to a Colombian band
La Piscine restaurant at the Al Raha Beach Hotel has a barbecue planned for the Eid weekend, with a belly dancer show plus live Latino music from house band Colombian Duo.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 10pm, Fri and Sat, Dhs150. Tel: (02) 5080555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. alrahabeach.danathotels.com
Sunday September 3
12. Horse around at the Stable Caffè
The capital’s first horse-themed restaurant (the décor, not the menu, you’ll be pleased to hear) has arrived. It serves Italian dishes and gourmet burgers.
Al Seef Village Mall, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 10pm. Tel: (02) 3076207. Taxi: Al Seef Village Mall. facebook.com/stablecaffe
13. Get spooked out by virtual reality
Adventure Centre in Deerfields is your chance to explore a VR world – you wear a Samsung Gear headset that covers your eyes and your body is attached to a device that looks a little like a giant baby bouncer (it’s called a Virtualizer), but enables you to move without falling over. You can then play games such as Affected: The Manor, a psychological horror adventure.
Deerfields Townsquare, Al Shahama, Abu Dhabi, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 5010888. Taxi: Deerfields mall. adventure-centre.info
Monday September 4
14. Play classic arcade games
If you’re taking a long break this Eid, then visit Stars ’N’ Bars on the Monday evening – every week they get out a selection of classic arcade machines for guests to play, including Street Fighter IV and Virtual Soccer. There’s also pool tables and ’80s music on the stereo and three free drinks for ladies.
Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, Mon 9pm to 2am. Tel: (02) 25650101. Taxi: Yas Marina. starsnbars.ae