Our picks: 13 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

Another huge weekend in the emirate – the Abu Dhabi Food Festival starts today, there’s two nights of WWE on at Zayed Sports City, Creamfields plus lots more


Thursday December 7

Get ready to rumble at WWE Live!

Some of wrestling’s big names are in the capital for two nights of action, including Roman Reigns.
December 7 and 8
Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Dhs250, doors open at 6.30pm, 8pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 4034200. Taxi: ZSC. platinumlist.net

Stuff your face at the Abu Dhabi Food Festival


Food trucks, secret menus, money-off deals, giant picnics and a whole lot more – the Abu Dhabi Food Festival starts today and runs until December 23. Read our full preview here.

Check out a cool UAE-themed exhibition


emARTi 46 is on at Le Royal Meridien and features artworks from talents from all seven emirates. The exhibition looks at the country’s tradition, heritage and spirit.
Until December 29
Le Royal Meridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 9am to late. Taxi: Le Royal Meridien. Tel: (02) 6742020. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com

Friday December 8

Have a lazy lunch at Tamba


The What’s On Award-winning Indian outlet has launched a new Lazy Lunch concept for Fridays. The menu features 20 dishes that are served to your table.
WTC Mall, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (02) 6728888. Taxi: WTC Mall. tambarestaurant.com

Throw snowballs at Let It Snow


Yas Marina is where to head if you want a real snowball fight to mark the festive period. There’ll be a winter market plus plenty of games and attractions for children.
Until December 16
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4062000. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasmarina.ae

Explore a Swiss Market


A Christmas-themed market that’s been taking place in the capital for 13 years now, the Swiss Market is on at the beach garden and courtyard of the Beach Rotana and is full of market stalls, wooden chalets, plus traditional Swiss dishes such as raclette and fondue. There’ll be music from Swiss band Original Appenzeller Streichmusik Alde.
Until December 9
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 4pm to 10pm. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: Beach Rotana. rotana.com, facebook.com/SwiSSXmasAbuDhabi

Visit the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival

Learn about the UAE’s founding father at this annual festival – expect spectacular parades, falconry shows and plenty more.
Until January 27
Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, timings TBC. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Al Wathba, near the cycle track. abudhabievents.ae

Eat to win at c.Taste


Eat at this restaurant near Adnec and you’ll be entered into a competition to win prizes including a weekend say in Beirut, Lebanon.
Centro Capital Centre, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4096666. Taxi: Centro Capital Centre near Adnec. rotana.com

Dance the night away at Creamfields


Fans of EDM should head to Yas Island for a night of tunes from headliners Deadmau5, Axwell /\ Ingross and trance legends Above & Beyond.
du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 7pm, Dhs250 to Dhs795. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: du Arena. thinkflash.ae

Saturday December 9

Meet falcons at Khalifa Park


It’s a bird that has a strong connection with the UAE, and now you can see plenty of them in their full glory at the fourth edition of the International Festival Of Falconry. There’ll be 500 falconers, experts and researchers on hand to meet and you can discover more about these awesome birds during the event. You’ll be able to discover more about the country’s hunting traditions with the birds, watch international falconry schools in action and learn more about Emirati culture.
December 8 to 9
Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, daily 11am to 9pm. Taxi: Khalifa Park. Tel: (800) 5555. falconryfestival.ae

Festive fun at the Alliance Française market


Abu Dhabi’s French Alliance’s festive celebrations will feature market stalls, food and a surprise for children.
Alliance Français Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen Street, Abu Dhabi, Sat 9.30am to 5.30pm, free. Tel: (02) 6122900. Taxi: Al Bateen Street. afabudhabi.org/christmas-market

See the Fifa Club World Cup

There are two football matches taking place today, with local team Al Jazira taking on Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds the highlight at 8.30pm. Click here for more info on the tournament, which has matches taking place in Al Ain and at Zayed Sports City.

See In The Making at Warehouse 421


There’s something missing from Warehouse 421’s new exhibition – every object on display is incomplete, or only partly made. Think half-built computers, musical instruments and pieces of sports equipment. In The Making is in Abu Dhabi as part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year Of Collaboration, a series of events and exhibitions put on by both countries.
Until February 11
Warehouse 421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, timings and prices TBC. Taxi: Warehouse 421 next to COOP in Mina Zayed. warehouse421.ae

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