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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Laugh at the United Nations of Comedy
Returning for a second year, the show features seven comics, with the likes of Lebanese funny man Nemr Abou Nassar, US/Palestinian comic Aron Kader, Kuwaiti-born Mo Amer, Egyptian star Khaled Khalafalla, MTV performer Amir K and, finally, Lebanese/American Sammy Obeid as part of the line-up. Click here for an interview with Khaled.
Emirates Palace Theatre, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Aug 28 to 29, 7.30pm, Dhs195 to 800. Taxi: Emirates Palace. thinkflash.ae, abudhabisummerseason.ae
See Kid Ink at People By Crystal
US rapper Kid Ink, who hails from Los Angeles and is famous for his tracks Show Me and Main Chick, performs in Abu Dhabi tonight.
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
Try new dishes at Catalan
The Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s fine-dining restaurant has introduced a new menu, inspired by dishes found in Barcelona.
Catalan, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 7pm to midnight, `dhs55. Tel: (02) 8135550. Taxi: Rosewood, Al Maryah Island. rosewoodhotels.com
Float and watch a film
Watch a movie while floating on a lilo in Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s pool, at one of their excellent Floating Film evenings. Tonight’s screening is Despicable Me 2. Pizza, pastas, burgers and ice cream are available on the night.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, Thur 4pm. Tel: (02) 5588990. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, near The Westin hotel. adgolfclub.com
Yas Waterworld summer deals and ladies’ night
Abu Dhabi’s waterpark has launched a new annual pass for families of four, which includes 10 per cent discounts on food and beverages at the park, the souvenir shop and on PearlMasters, Yas Waterworld’s interactive treasure hunt. Tonight is also ladies’ night at the park.
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Daily 10am to 8pm, annual pass Dhs2,500. Tel: (02) 4142000. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com
New menu at Porter’s
Doesn’t time fly? Porter’s pub is officially two years old this weekend, and part of the pub’s celebrations include sprucing up the food menu. New dishes on offer include tequila and lime corn-fed chicken served with sweet corn, avocado and tomato salsa, an Oktoberfest plate with bratwurst, meatloaf, beef sausage, golden Yukon mash and sauerkraut, plus slow-cooked beef tenderloin wrapped in beef bacon.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily 12pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 4953936. Taxi: Grand Millennium Al Wahda, millenniumhotels.ae
Kids Summer Festival (LAST CHANCE)
Got some bored nippers at home going stir crazy? Games, activities, face painting, water sports and more are available at various locations throughout August.
Various locations including Boutik Mall, Al Reem Island, Gardens Plaza, Al Raha, and Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Khalifa City A, Aug 28 to 29, 6pm to 8pm. Tel: (02) 8105560.
Unwind for less
If you buy a 90-minute treatment at the spa at the Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, you’ll get a free 30 minute massage to redeem on your next visit. You can choose from a Thai massage, a hot stone massage and a couples’ body massage.
Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, daily 1pm to 10pm, Dhs330 to 600. Tel: (02) 6106666. Taxi: Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, near The Capital Garden. rotana.com
See the surreal world of La Verita (LAST CHANCE)
La Verita, from the producers of Cirque du Soleil Corte, is a theatrical tribute to the life and works of the famous Catalan surrealist and artist Salvador Dali – and the first gig in its run in the capital is tonight. In keeping with Salvador’s unusual life, it features acrobats, singers, jugglers, clowns and even the can-can. Expect plenty of colour, feathers, rhinos, deep-sea diving suits, sequins, macabre corpses and giant horses’ heads. But most importantly, the performance is set against the backdrop of an original Dali painting,
La Verita, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, Aug 21 to 31, Dhs200 to 600. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: ADNEC. tixbox.com
Metronome night at The Space
The fourth of a new night of live music by local organisation White Cube, taking this time place at The Space.
The Space, Twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Twofour54, by Park Rotana. thespacead.tumblr.com
Expanding Horizons exhibition
Salwa Zeidan Gallery’s current exhibition Expanding Horizions is selling paintings, sculptures, prints and installations at wallet-friendly prices. Artists featured include Omar Zeidan, Hwang Seong Woo, Fatema Al Mazrouie, Joëlle A Kurdy, Alice Al Khatib, Marc Guiragossian, Rose Husseiny, Nasser Palangi and Abdul Badi.
Until September 5
Salwa Zeidan Gallery, The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 11.30am to 8pm, Sat 2pm to 8pm (Ramadan timings). Tel: (02) 6669656. Taxi: The Collection, Saadiyat Island. salwazeidangallery.com
A Pictorial Orchestration (LAST CHANCE)
Get cultured this month while dining on Italian dishes. Mezzaluna is exhibiting 18 pieces of vibrant, colourful work by Italian artist Amedeo Tremigliozzi. The exhibition, called A Pictorial Orchestration, is a collaboration between Emirates Palace, Swiss Art Gate and the Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. “My goal is to create a relationship with the viewer through my decor, to convey a sense of well-being and joy in my work, take the negativity and lead towards thoughts of light, just like a spiritual journey,” says Tremigliozzi.
Until August 30
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, daily 12.30pm to 7pm (viewings by appointment only). Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com