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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GO MAD FOR FONDUE
Fondue: it’s not all about cheese, you know. The Lounge at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana is serving a chocolate fondue this weekend. You’ll find a variety of chocolate flavours, including dark, white and hazelnut, plus fruit, cookies, marshmallows and brownies to dip. And you’re guaranteed no cheese dreams when you go to bed.
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to 11.30pm, dhs75. Tel: (02) 6570167. Taxi: Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, near Corniche. rotana.com
DO THE SAMBA
Chamas, the meatiest of all meaty restaurants in Abu Dhabi (otherwise known as a churrascaria), has live performances from four lady samba dancers on June 4 and June 18. Take your dancing shoes, as audience participation is expected.
InterContinental, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, daily 6pm to midnight. Tel: (800) 423463. Taxi: InterContinental. dining-intercontinental-ad.ae
TRY A NEW MENU AND SEE ART AT FERRARI WORLD
The themepark hosted Itailan chef Rosella Giannini last weekend (who owns a restaurant popular with Formula One fans in her home country), and her latest creation, ravioli with Swiss chard, has been added to the menu at the destination’s Mamma Rosella restaurant. Ferrari World is also celebrating Italian National Day by displaying vintage posters dating from the 1920s to the 1950s until June 15.
Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 11am to 8pm, dhs240. Tel: (02) 4968000. Taxi: Ferrari World. ferrariworldabudhabi.com
SEE IN THE WEEKEND AT PEOPLE BY CRYSTAL
Abu Dhabi’s new superclub has a special event on tonight, with Grammy award nominated, Canadian singer, songwriter and producer The Weeknd performing his hits including The Knowing and Thursday.
The Collection at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Thur to Fri 10pm to 4am. Tel: (050) 2972097. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat Island. thecrystalgroup.net
GO TO A BRAZILIAN WORLD CUP PARTY
The tournament is just under a week away, but Stars ’N’ Bars are starting the World Cup early tonight with their Brazilian themed party.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 11.30am to 3.30am. Tel: (02) 5650101. Taxi: Yas Marina. starsnbars.ae
CINDERELLA BY THE ROYAL MOSCOW BALLET
Abu Dhabi’s summer season gets underway today at ADNEC with the first of ten performances of Cinderella, the classic magical tale about glass slippers, wicked step sisters, a prince and romance, performed by the Royal Moscow Ballet. Two lead soloists from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet will join the RMB and the show is set to a score by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, June 6 to June 16, shows at 7pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Taxi: ADNEC. tixbox.com
CELEVRATE ALL THINGS IRISH
In association with the Abu Dhabi Irish Society and Na Fianna, The Park Rotana will see a celebration of Irish music, dance, food and beverages today, including music from traditional Irish band Ruaile Buaile, and Irish dancers Kevin Murray and Jenny Bailey from the River Dance and Lord of the Dance productions will perform on the day. Tickets are Dhs100, but Irish beverages and a barbecue is included in the price.
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 8pm, Dhs100 (adults), Dhs50 (children). Tel: (02) 6573333. Taxi: Park Rotana. rotana.com. Tickets can be purchased from https://www.ticketgroup.com/whitelabel/abudhabiirishsociety_wl/
EAT MEAT AT RHODES 44
This British chef’s restaurant in St Regis Abu Dhabi holds a barbecue on its garden terrace every Saturday, with beef, tuna, lamb, mini-burgers and chicken on the menu. Once you’ve polished all that off, you can tackle the R44 Pudding Plate and the cheese counter.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi. Saturday 12.30pm to 3pm. Tel (02) 694 4444. Taxi: St Regis Nation Towers, Corniche. stregis.com
VISIT A FLEA MARKET
You can buy second-hand clothes, home wares and more (or sell your unwanted goods) at the latest Sheraton charity flea market. Tables for sellers are Dhs285 (email email@example.com for more info).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 3pm. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
SEE PERUVIAN ART
Eddie Sulca is a Peruvian artist who weaves patterns inspired by the Inca and Wari tribes, and his spectacular work is on display this month at the Dusit Thani.
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Al Ittihad, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (04) 3806479. Taxi: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. dusit.com
LEARN TO TANGO
Want to learn some new dance moves? TANGO-OK is teaching Argentine tango this weekend. You don’t need a partner to sign up.
International Music Institute, Khalidiyah Street, Opposite Grand Stores, Sat 6pm to 7pm, Dhs50 (registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org). Tel: (02) 6211949. tango-ok.com