Things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
You know that moment on a Thursday afternoon when your work buddy asks what you’re doing this weekend and your mind goes blank? Well worry no more, friends, because What’s On has the perfect solution, whatever mood you are in.
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See a play
Grassroots theatre group Resuscitation Theatre perform Al Khayef tonight and tomorrow. It’s an adaptation of George Büchner’s Woyzeck, an unfinished play written in 1836. The play deals with the dehumanising effect war has on doctors and a soldier who undergoes medical experiments, but this version is transported to a different ear and the GCC region.
Emirates Writers Union Auditorium, National Theatre, opposite Sky News and Abu Dhabi Media, Al Etihad, Abu Dhabi, June 19 to 20, 8pm, Dhs50-75. Taxi: National Theatre, behind Airport Road and 17th Street. resuscitationtheatre.com
Join the Hive
And we don’t mean the Disney kids’ cartoon. Imago in Le Royale Meridien hosts Hive tonight. Billed as The Ultimate Dinner Party, the bar and chill-out terrace here are open until 3am and saxophonist Matt West supplies the music.
Le Royale Meridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur 9pm to 3am (reservations required). Tel: (02) 674 1094. Taxi: Le Royale Meridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Paris night at Amber
Parlez-vous Français? It doesn’t really matter if you do or don’t speak French at Amber’s Paris Night; in fact all ladies have to worry about is the free-flowing sparkling grape and other beverages which are available tonight.
Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Al Aman, Abu Dhabi, Thur 9pm to midnight. Tel: (02) 5016444. Taxi: Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, near ADNEC. novotel.com
Final Liquid Rain party
Aloft Hotel’s Liquid Rain parties at Mai Café are legendary, and the final one of the season is tonight. DJ Natalie Brogan will be on the wheels of steel and there will be stilt walkers, face and body painters, giveaways and an 8ft tall LED robot!
Aloft Abu Dhabi, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi, June 20, 7pm. Tel: (02) 6545138. Taxi: Aloft Abu Dhabi, near ADNEC. aloftabudhabi.com
Brunch on Saadiyat
Today is the last time you can try The Park Hyatt’s Friday brunch at The Café before it closes for summer. The menu features pan-fried foie gras, fresh scallops and wagyu burgers and king prawns, with cracking views of Saadiyat’s stunning coastline thrown in for good measure.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dis 280-360, Tel: (02) 4071234. Taxi: Park Hyatt, Saadiyat. abudhabi.park.hyatt.com
World Music Day
The World Trade Center Mall celebrates music this weekend with more than 100 musicians taking part in a festival on the ground floor. The mall has partnered with Alliance Francaise to hold the event.
World Trade Centre Mall, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri June 20, 5.30pm to 11pm, free. Tel: (02) 5082400. Taxi: World Trade Centre Mall. wtcad.ae
Watch the world cup in a tent
The first week of the World Cup has been a display of attacking football and upsets. And if you’ve not caught the action yet in one of the city’s many tents, we suggest you pop down to one this weekend. The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, the InterContinental, The Shangri-La (pictured) and the du Forum are four worth visiting.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
InterContinental, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (800) 423463, Taxi: InterContinental.
Shangri-La Hotel (pictured), Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 5098888. Taxi: Shangri-La Hotel.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to the end of the last match, free. Tel: (02) 5098143. Taxi: du Forum, Yas Island. duforum.ae
Check out The Galleria’s Restaurant Month
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is hosting its first-ever Restaurant Month this June, with deals available at most of its outlets (including Rosewood Abu Dhabi eateries such as Spice Mela). You’ll find a set menu from Dhs30 at Thai restaurant Lemongrass, a lunch sandwich and drink deal for Dhs45 at Wildfire New York Grill and a Dhs250 set menu for two at Sushi Art.
The Galleria, Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6166999. Taxi: The Galleria. thegalleria.ae
Learn about the history of the world
Make sure you find time to see this incredible exhibition, A History Of The World in 100 Objects, at Manarat Al Saadiyat. It’s a collaboration between the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and the British Museum.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 8pm. Tel (02) 6575800. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. saadiyat.ae
Table Top Sale
Abu Dhabi Mums is holding a Table Top Sale, with the profits going to Make A Wish UAE. You’ll be able to buy kids’ clothing, toys, books, DVDs, baby items and more. Tea, coffee and cakes will also be available.
St Andrews Church, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, Sat Jun 21, 10am to noon, free (Dhs50-75 if you want to book a table and sell). Taxi: St Andrews Church, Al Mushrif, abudhabimums.ae
Try a men’s hammam
Gents in need of some me-time and a thorough clean up can unwind by trying the traditional Turkish hammam treatment at the Eastern Mangroves.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi. Sat 10am to 2pm, Dhs255, Tel: (02) 6561000. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
Balance your chakra
The Monte-Carlo Beach Club’s 60-minute Chakra Balancing Treatment aims to align the body’s seven main chakras (energy points) by using massage, oils and healing crystals.
Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Sat 9am to 8pm, Dhs495. Tel: (02) 6563500. Taxi: Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island. montecarlobeachclub.ae