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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The Incessant Ramblings of a Yellow Kind (LAST CHANCE)
If your interest in art leans more towards the abstract, check out this exhibition from colour blind artist and certified energy healer Ashvin. His mixed media pieces are hugely popular in private collections – sitar maestro Pundit Jasraj is said to be a fan.
Until September 4
The Space, Park Rotana Complex, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi. Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm, free. Taxi: Park Rotana. facebook.com/artashvin, facebook.com/thespaceAD
O1NE’s opening weekend
The nightclub on Yas Island celebrates its opening weekend tonight and tomorrow evening. Tonight it’s the official opening party, tomorrow night is themed: get ready for O1NE Night In New York.
O1NE, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 11pm to 4am. Tel: (052) 788 8111. Taxi: O1NE, Yas Island. email@example.com
Brewfest at the Fairmont
Partial to a brew? The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s annual festival returns tonight and tomorrow. A pub grub menu is available, there’ll be a DJ, plus 50 types of brew to try. It takes place in the hotel’s massive beach tent.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
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
Yas Waterworld ladies’ night
Looking for a girls’ night out with a difference? Don your swimming costumes, as tonight is also ladies’ night at the capital’s giant water park.
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Daily 10am to 8pm, annual pass Dhs2,500. Tel: (02) 4142000. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com
Charity runs at ADNEC
Aloft Hotel, in conjunction with ADNEC, is holding its fifth annual, Aloft Runs For Children event at the exhibition centre this weekend. You can sign up for 6km, 10km and 20km runs indoors and raise money for the hotel’s chosen charities, which includes UNICEF. You must register first.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: ADNEC. tixbox.com. aloftabudhabi.com/en/roadtoawareness
Expanding Horizons exhibition (LAST CHANCE)
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
The Music Hub open day
Fancy yourself as a bit of a singer? The Music Hub in Abu Dhabi is looking for students and is holding an open day, today. You’ll get to meet the tutors, learn about the courses on offer and tour the facilities. And sing, or course. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Floor, Falcon Tower, Al Nasr Street, opposite Al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi. 10am to 5pm. Tel: (02) 632 7888. Taxi: Al Hosn Fort. musichub.ae
Learn to Drift
Fancy learning to drive like they do in the movies? Make it happen this month at the Yas Marina Circuit, which is offering a 20 per cent discount on their Learn to Drift courses (which is the art of taking corners while oversteering, for the uninitiated). There’s a fleet of custom-made Toyota 86s to choose from.
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6599800. Taxi: Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island. yasmarinacircuit.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
Flag Football at Duplays
Be inspired by the start of the NFL season, which kicks off Thursday September 4, and try out the Any Given Saturday II flag football league. Prizes include dinner vouchers from Circle Café.
September 6 to 27
Duplays, American Community School of Abu Dhabi, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, September 6 to 27, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Dhs250 per individual, Dhs1,500 per team. Tel: (055) 5103628. Taxi: American Community School, near Irish and Colombian embassies. duplaysabudhabi.playpass.com
Affogato in Italian restaurant Mezzaluna
Can’t choose between a sweet treat and a caffeine hit? Get both with an Affogato – a traditional Italian treat consisting of a scoop of gelato with a shot of hot espresso poured over the top. It’s available during the month of September.
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae
New menu at Porter’s
Porter’s pub has spruced up its 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
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