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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Electric Days at Eight
Dubai party night Electric Days hosts a one-off event this evening at the recently re-opened Eight. DJs on the night are Alley Oop, Amy Well and Jacob Bailey. It’s Electric Days’ first ever night in the capital.
Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Oct 30, Dhs70 (9pm to 10pm), Dhs100 (after 10pm). Tel: (050) 1446662. Taxi: Souk Qaryat Al Beri. electricdays.net
Beauty and the Beast
The classic fairy tale beings a ten-day run in Abu Dhabi. This award-winning Broadway show is based on the 1991 animated Disney movie.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Oct 30 to Nov 8, Dhs150 to 750. Taxi: du Forum. thinkflash.ae, ticketmaster.ae
The Big Weekend
This three-day festival kicks off today and features tons of things for kids to do, including a climbing wall, bouncy castles, slides, and obstacle course and a petting zoo. Haddins Gym are also there holding a competition to crown Abu Dhabi’s fittest kid.
Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, Oct 30 to Nov 1, Dhs50 (day pass), Dhs180 (day pass for a family of four). Taxi: Zayed Sports City. thebigweekendabudhabi.com
Rooftop Rhythms goes spooky
The open mic, music and poetry organisation is holding a Halloween-inspired Rhyme-O-Ween event tonight. Poets performing on the night get free entry.
Paris Sorbonne University, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, Oct 30, 8pm to 10pm, Dhs40. Taxi: Paris Sorbonne University, Al Reem Island. facebook.com/rooftoprhythmsAD
Try a new abra experience
Ever stood on the sand at the Shangri-La or Fairmont hotels and wondered how long it’d take to cross the Maqta Creek and reach the Ritz-Carlton? Wonder no more. A new abra sefvice has been launched, taking you on a 20-minute journey along the waters and it stops at The Ritz-Carlton, The Souk, The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and the Shangri-La Hotel.
Kohr Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi, daily trips from 6pm to midnight, free. captaintonys.ae
Sign up for #Walk2014
It doesn’t take place until November 7, but if you fancy joining 20,000 other Abu Dhabians in the fight against diabetes next week, then we suggest you sign up for #Walk2014 now. The stroll takes place on Yas Island and is one lap around the F1 track: that’s 5.5km. You get a T-shirt and a cap included in the registration price.
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Nov 7, 3pm (walk starts 5pm), Dhs20. Taxi: Yas Marina Circuit. yasmarinacircuit.com
It might not feel like autumn yet but you can enjoy the season’s flavours, with a menu based on everyone’s favourite spooky, bright orange veg, at BiCE.
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 8115888. Taxi: Jumeirah At Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
New menu at FANR
Heading to Saadiyat to take in some art? Fanr, in Manarat Al Saadiyat, has a new menu, featuring spicy chicken wing sucettes, watermelon and feta salad, spicy shrimp linguine and the Fanr gourmet Angus cheeseburger.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6575888. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat.
Try breakfast at the beach
Beach House at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is now serving a breakfast menu, featuring salmon with potato and leek cakes, and oven-baked rosti with fried eggs.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4071234. Taxi: Park Hyatt, Saadiyat. abudhabi.park.hyatt.com
Abu Dhabi Film Festival (LAST CHANCE)
This year’s Abu Dhabi Film festival comes to an end this weekend, but there’s still plenty of good films to see, including a digitally-restored version of the kids’ classic Mary Poppins at Emirates Palace on November 1 at 2pm. Read a full preview here.
Until November 1
Various movies showing at various times at Emirates Palace and Vox Cinemas, Marina Mall, until Nov 1. abudhabifilmfestival.ae
Sign up and stride
The annual Abu Dhabi Striders half marathon takes place on Yas Island on November 14 and there’s still time to sign up and take part. Participants get a day’s access to Yas Waterworld afterwards.
Abu Dhabi Striders, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, November 14. www.premiermarathons.com, facebook.com/abudhabistriders
New Ferrari World shows
The capital’s motor-themed park has launched two new regular shows. Mission Ferrari is an acrobatics show about a secret agent, while Viva Ferrari combines 3D animations, performance art and optical illusions.
Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, shows daily. Tel: (02) 4968000. Taxi: Ferrari World. ferrariworldabudhabi.com