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.
Help defeat cancer at Stills
The pub on Yas Island is doing its bit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is selling giant, pink, lipstick ‘kiss’ stickers for Dhs10 each. Your name is added to it, you stick it on one of the pub’s walls with the others and all funds raised go to Breast Cancer Arabia.
Stills, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island. Sun to Wed noon to 1am, Thur to Sat noon to 2:15am. Tel: (02) 6563053. Taxi: Crowne Plaza Yas Island. crowneplaza.com/abudhabi.
The Wonderland Show at Marina Mall
Alice In Wonderland? On ice? Yep, you read that right. The classic fairy tale gets a reboot at this show on the ice rink in Marina Mall. There are three performances daily until October 10 and meet and greet sessions at 6pm and 8pm daily as well.
Marina Mall, Corniche Road, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, free, daily 5pm, 7pm, 9pm. Tel: (02) 6812310. Taxi: Marina Mall. marinamall.ae
Meet Optimus Prime
Wouldn’t it be great if cars really did turn into robots? They will this weekend at Abu Dhabi Mall. Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and evil Decepticon Megatron will be making an appearance, and there’s a treasure hunt for kids to take part in as well.
Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, free, Oct 3 to 4, 4pm to 9pm. Tel: (02) 6454858. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Mall. abudhabi-mall.com
No White Walls
Make sure you check out this popular exhibition showcasing local and international artists who have made the UAE their home. While you’re perusing the multimedia pieces, enjoy great views of the Abu Dhabi Creek and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. fairmont.com
Dusit Thani’s Oktoberfest
Abu Dhabi’s Thai hotel is celebrating all things German this weekend at its steakhouse The Capital Grill. The menu features sausages, sauerkraut, potato rosti and german hops.
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Al Ittihad, Abu Dhabi, until Oct 3, 7pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (02) 698 8137. Taxi: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. dusit.com
Celebrate at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall
This mall in Baniyas City is celebrating Eid with a magician, an arts and crafts stand, a caricaturist, henna painting and a clown.
Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Baniyas City, Abu Dhabi. Oct 2 to Oct 7, 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 5031400. Taxi: Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Baniyas City. basmall.ae
Liquid Rain UV paint party with Hollaphonic
Aloft Hotel’s legendary rooftop pool party returns tonight. DJ Natalie Brogan is on the decks, there’s an 8ft tall LED robot, stilt walkers, fire breathers, UV face and body paint available and giveaways on the night. Tonight’s party features a guest appearance from Dubai-based duo Hollaphonic.
Aloft Abu Dhabi, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi, Oct 3, 9pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 6545138. Taxi: Aloft Abu Dhabi, near ADNEC. aloftabudhabi.com
Traders Hotel re-launches its Weekend BBQ beach event this weekend. From 6pm on Friday, Dhs140 gets you entry to the Afya Beach Lounge, plus food (including Arabic mixed grill), plus there’s plenty of activities on offer for kids, including cooking classes, clowns and a bouncy castle.
Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs140. Tel: (02) 5108818. Taxi: Traders Hotel. shangri-la.com/abudhabi/traders
Swiss Art Gate Exhibition at Emirates Palace
In need of an art fix? Head to Mezzaluna at Emirates Palace to admire work by Swiss/Irish artist Claudio Viscardi. He’s influenced by Italian Renaissance painters. The event is co-organised by Swiss Art Gate.
Until November 15
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, daily 12.30pm to 7pm (viewings by appointment only: text you name and requested date and time of visit to (050) 2251783. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com. swissartgateuae.com
Watercooled now open at Yas Marina
Escape the Abu Dhabi heat by taking to the waves at Watercooled. This new watersports centre offers courses and facilities including wakeboarding, waterskiing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Watercooled, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6395997. Taxi: Yas Marina. watercooleduae.com
Live music at Iris
This lively lounge bar at Yas Marina is hosting the first of its new live music events tonight.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, from 10pm, free. Tel: (055) 1605636. Taxi: Yas Marina. http://irisabudhabi.com
See a new exhibition
Find out how coral reefs are being destroyed by pollution at The Crochest Coral Reef Project, a new exhibition at New York University Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Campus. The project, started 10 years ago by twin sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim in Los Angeles, features giant wool crochets that resemble reefs.
NYU Campus, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 9pm, until Dec 4, free. Tel: (02) 6284309. Taxi: NYU Campus Saadiyat Island. nyuad.nyu.edu/en, crochetcoralreef.org.
Best of British at Marco’s
Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse has been open in Abu Dhabi for five years and has cooked more than 50,000 pieces of meat during that time. And this month, they’ve added some new dishes to the menu, including Westholme Wagyu (the most highly credited black Wagyu to ever leave Japan) Obsiblue prawns from New Caledonia and wild Atlantic sea scallops.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, daily 6pm to midnight. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. fairmont.com/abu-dhabi
Eat burgers and win prizes
Burger Fuel wants you to eat meat and win some prizes. To celebrate the launch of its new BBQ Roadster burger, they are giving away scratch and win cards with every Roadster purchase. The good news is everyone wins a prize – and while some are simply Burger Fuel goodies and items off the menu, there are also driving experiences at Dubai Autodrome and PlayStation 4 consoles and games up for grabs.
Various locations including The Galleria, Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10.30am-11pm, Thu to Fri 10.30am to midnight. Tel: (02) 673 8779. Taxi: The Galleria. burgerfuel.com