6 fun things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

Brand new brunches, festive feasts, and cool exhibitions…

It’s the last weekend before Christmas. Can you believe it? If you’re looking for a last-minute festive feast, we highly recommend checking out the great deal at IKEA below – Dhs295 for a turkey takeaway. Bargain bird! Or maybe you’re looking to squeeze in one last brunch before the year is out? Don’t miss the new brunch launching at Iris Yas Island on Friday. Whatever you do, have a great one.

Thursday December 20

1. Check out a superhero exhibition

Yas Mall has partnered with DC and Warner Bros. to host The Art of DC – The Dawn of Super Heroes for the first time in the Middle East. The one-of-a-kind exhibition features original drawings of famous superheroes and supervillains, and a curated selection of costumes and props – including the cape worn by Christopher Reeve in the Superman movies and Lynda Carter’s iconic Wonder Woman costume.

Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, until February 15, Dhs50. eventboxtickets.com

2. Book a great-value turkey feast

‘Tis the season to eat turkey, and did you know that homeware giant IKEA does turkey takeaways? From December 20 to 25, IKEA is offering stuffed whole roast turkey for Dhs295 for regular customers and Dhs245 for IKEA Family members. The bargain bird weighs around 4-5kg and comes with trimmings in a roast pan. Orders just have to be made 24 hours in advance.

IKEA, Yas Island, December 20 to 25, Dhs295. Tel: 800 4532. ikea.com

Friday December 21

3. Go for a ride on a giant slide

A 15-metre-high waterslide will be erected at beachfront destination A’l Bahar on the Corniche this weekend. The waterslide will be suitable for visitors aged 15 and over, and is free to ride. No registration is required – you just have to rock on up.

A’l Bahar Beach Bash, Abu Dhabi Corniche, 10am to 6pm, December 21 to 22, free entry. al-bahar.ae

4. Try a brand new brunch

Party hotspot Iris Yas Island is launching a new Friday brunch today. Le Brunch runs from noon to 5pm and features live cooking stations, a huge barbecue, and creative cocktails. Packages start from Dhs190 including soft drinks, Dh240 including house wine and beer, and Dhs290 including spirits and cocktails. There will also be post-brunch drinks packages from 5pm to 9pm, and if you really want to make a day of it, combined packages are also available.

Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina, Fridays, noon to 5pm, packages from Dhs190. Tel: (055) 160 5636. @irisyasisland

Saturday December 22

5. Head along to the Fam Food Feast

It’s the last weekend of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival, and it’s going out with a bang at the Fam Food Feast in Umm Al Emarat Park. Suitable for the whole family, the event will have shows, creative workshops, and of course, plenty of food.

Fam Food Feast, Umm Al Emarat Park, 1pm to 9pm, December 19 to 22. visitabudhabi.ae

6. Satisfy your sweet tooth at a Festive Candyland

The Yas Marina promenade is transforming into a Festive Candyland this weekend. There will be all kinds of fun events and activities for kids aged 2 to 16, including gingerbread decorating, ornament crafting, candy themed game stalls, live performances and entertainment, and even visits from Santa Claus.

Yas Marina, December 21 to 22, Dhs30 per child (free when Dhs30 is spent at any Yas Marina restaurant). yasmarina.ae

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