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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Craig David DJ set at People By Crystal
The legendary UK garage and r ‘n’ b singer from Southampton and the man behind the massive 1999 club hit Rewind brings his new DJ set TS5 to People by Crystal tonight. Click here to read our interview with the man himself.
People By Crystal, The Collection at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Thur 11pm to 4am. Tel: (050) 2972097. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat Island. thecrystalgroup.net
The Illusionists 2.0
Seven masters of deception, including The Futurist, The Deceptionist, The Warrior, The Manipulator and The Unusualist, perform at Emirates Palace tonight and until September 27. Read our interviews here.
Emirates Palace Theatre, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Sept 25, 7.30pm, Dhs199 to 1,399. Taxi: Emirates Palace. tixbox.com
Craze @ Crystal Lounge
Head to the St Regis Abu Dhabi’s Crystal Lounge for a French Riviera-themed night where bubbly and canapés are served and the music is decidedly French. Make sure you dress to impress as well.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi. Thur 7pm to 9pm, Dhs175. Tel (02) 694 4553. Taxi: St Regis Nation Towers, Corniche. stregis.com
No White Walls
This popular exhibition showcasing local and international artists who have made the UAE their home returns to the capital from tonight. 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
Try Thai street food
The Dusit Thani’s Bangkok Street Food Week comes to an end this weekend. 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 25 to 26, 7pm to 9pm. Tel: (02) 698 8888. Taxi: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. dusit.com
Skylite Bar on Yas reopens
This bar in the Yas Viceroy has its season-opening party tonight. Raise The Rood features DJs Mark and Fahad B providing the house tunes and there’ll be prize draws throughout the evening. Happy hour is 8pm to 9pm.
Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 6pm to 2am. Tel: (02) 6560600. Taxi: Yas Viceroy. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Head to Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
The beach club in Ghantoot also opens this weekend. Friday sees Spanish DJs Los Suruba, plus Finnebassen, on the decks and London DJ Kayper leads the charge during the venue’s Saturday brunch.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Al Jazira Island Hotel, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (056) 1133400. Taxi: Al Jazira Island Hotel, Ghantoot. bluemarlinibiza-uae.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
Charity flea market at the Sheraton
Pick up some pre-loved items at this quarterly market in the name of a good cause – all proceeds from exhibitors go to charities supporting children in poverty.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel And Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi 9am to 2pm. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.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
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 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