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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Mark Knight DJ set at People By Crystal
The legendary house and techno DJ, who hails from Brighton on the south coast of England, performs in Abu Dhabi tonight. If you’ve not heard his Toolroom Knights albums, you’re missing out.
People By Crystal, The Collection at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Thur to Fri 11pm to 4am. Tel: (050) 2972097. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat Island. thecrystalgroup.net
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 The Lego Movie, so expect everything to be awesome. Pizza, pastas, burgers and ice cream are available on the night.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, Thur 6pm. Tel: (02) 5588990. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, near The Westin hotel. adgolfclub.com
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
Try Thai street food
Abu Dhabi’s Thai hotel, the Dusit Thani, is holding Bangkok Street Food Week, starting tonight. Executive guest chef Chalong Sakkapalankul from the DusitD2 Chiang Mai hotel will be creating the dishes in Thai eatery Benjarong, including barbecue beef salad, fish maw soup and fish balls with noodles.
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Al Ittihad, Abu Dhabi, Sept 18 to 26, 7pm to 9pm. Tel: (02) 698 8888. Taxi: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. dusit.com
See a movie for free
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Etihad Airways and Vox Cinemas have joined forces with European Film Screenings to offer a week of free movies in the capital. Tonight at 8pm it’s Oscar-winning Italian flick La Grande Bellezza, tomorrow it’s The Ice Dragon from Swedish director Martin Högdahl at 6pm and Paris Je T’aime starring Steve Buscemi and Natalie Portman, while on Saturday you can see Empties, a comedy about old age, at 6pm and Dutch romantic comedy Soof at 8pm
Vox Cinema, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. Screenings at 6pm and 8pm, free. Taxi: Marina Mall. uae.voxcinemas.com
Free infant massage workshop
Mom’s First School and the Intercontinental have teamed up for an infant massage workshop today. And the good news is it’s free. Mums with babies less than a year old can attend. Email email@example.com to sign up and make sure you leave your phone number and your baby’s name and age.
InterContinental, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, Fri, 9am, free. Taxi: InterContinental. infantmassagecourse.com
The Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi is serving a selection of dishes from the Philippines at its brunch today – and at a bargain price as well.
Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi, Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi, Fri, Dhs69 Tel: (02) 6520000. Taxi: Cristal Hotel, Madinat Zayed. cristalhospitality.com
Steak and jazz brunch at The Foundry
One of the capital’s newest hotels, The Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, has launched its new Steak and Jazz brunch. There’s also an oyster bar, a thermidor station and a cocktail bar.
Southern Sun Hotel, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs 275 to 475. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun, Al Mina Street, Tourist Club. tsogosunhotels.com
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
Karate lessons at Mafraq Hotel
Let your little ones channel their inner Karate Kid at Mafraq Hotel’s Health Zone. Eight sessions cost just Dhs200. For ages five and older.
Mafraq Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Mafraq, Abu Dhabi, Tues, Thurs, Sat 6pm to 7pm. Tel: (02) 6596701. Taxi: Mafraq Hotel. mafraq-hotel.com
Pizza making at Holiday Inn
If your kids want to get in on the action in the kitchen, head to the Holiday Inn today for Pizza Factory. For just Dh20, your nippers can learn make their own pie and then stuff their faces with it once its cooked.
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Al Reehan, Abu Dhabi, from 12pm, Dhs20. Tel: (02) 6574856. Taxi: Holiday Inn. holidayinn.com
New Art Hub Gallery
In need of an art fix? Head for Dalma Mall, where Abu Dhabi Art Hub has opened up a new gallery dedicated to local and international works.
Dalma Mall, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, daily 10.30am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 5506111. Taxi: Dalma Mall. adah.ae
Try a festival of curries
Indian restaurant Rangoli is holding a festival of curries this week, so head to Yas Island if you fancy some tikka masala, bhunna madras, jalfrezi, korma, balti, dhansak and more.
Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily (except Monday) 7pm to midnight. Tel: (02) 6564000. Taxi: Yas Island Rotana. rotana.com