Things to do this weekend
What’s On has a full list of all the things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, including brunch, deals, sports, entertainment, new openings.
It’s the start of the weekend, folks! But if you’re not sure what you’re doing yet, don’t worry. What’s On has the perfect solution, whatever mood you are in.
A Vision of Elvis
This tribute concert for Elvis Presley will see Rob Kingsley take to the stage in spangled clothes and sideburns. Expect hits from Sun Studio to the legendary 1968 comeback which aired on NBC in America.
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Feb 5 to 6, 8.30pm, Dhs175 under-18s, Dhs250. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emirates Palace. avisionofelvis.co.uk
Learn to cook local food
The Abu Dhabi Food Festival opens with Emirati Kitchen. Celebrating local cuisine, guests can watch Celebrity Chef Khulood Atiq prepare dishes in live demonstrations along the East Plaza of the Corniche, buy ingredients at a market souk, enjoy Arabic music and more.
East Plaza, Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Feb 5 to 7, 4pm to 10pm, Dhs10 for adults, kids aged 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tel: (800) 555. abudhabifoodfest.ae
Listen to Reggae
Celebrating his 70th birthday, this two-hour tribute concert to Bob Marley will see UK cover act Legend singing Is This Love, No Woman No Cry, I Shot the Sheriff and Jammin’.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to midnight, Dhs100. Tel: (02) 4998107. sbgolfclub.ae
View some art
Check out this solo art exhibition by Dubai-based poet and artist B’lu. The showcase will feature 50 contemporary works of mixed media paired alongside poems.
The Space, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, February 1 to 27, 9am to 8pm. Tel: (056) 3681166. Taxi: twofour54. facebook.com/thespaceAD
Laugh out loud
UAE-based gag company Dubomedy is performing today. There are three funnymen on the bill – American Omar Shams, plus headliner and UAE institution Declan ‘Paddyman’ O’ Sullivan, who combines his jags with a guitar and a harmonica. Brit comic Luke Haecker, holds the final place on the bill.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs150. Tel: (02) 5588990. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Golf Club. adgolfclub.com, dubomedy.com
Celebrate Waitangi Day
Act like a New Zealander and head over to Stills for a special celebration. The menu will include traditional treats like pavlova and kids can play in the bouncy castle.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs160 with soft drinks, Dhs275 with house beverages. Tel: (02) 6563000. crowneplaza.com/abudhabi
Emirates Palace is celebrating these crustaceans in a variety of their outlets throughout February. Enjoy North Atlantic lobster tortellini with fava beans velute and Manni olive oil at Italian restaurant Mezzaluna. What’s On award-winning seafood outlet Sayad will be offering lobster carpaccio with corals, lemon and albino caviar, and a lobster hot pot with pok choy, galangal and rice noodles.
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, throughout February. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com
Take an Abra
The existing Abra Service at the Souk Qaryat Al Beri has been extended to a 25-minute trip to include a pick-up and drop off at Eastern Mangroves every Friday and Saturday. The extended route will see service start at the Souk Qaryat Al Beri, stop at the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, then onto the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara.
Various locations, including Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, 11am to 6pm, Dhs50 for one-way or Dhs80 for return. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
Ride the faster rollercoaster in the world
UAE residents can get their need for speed at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi amusement park, with out paying full price. A special residents offer will see guests pay Dhs195 for their ticket after presenting a valid Emirates ID at the counter.
Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs195, 11am to 8pm. Tel: (02) 4968000. Taxi: Ferrari World. ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Cuddle a camel
Celebrate dromedaries in all their glory at this special two-week heritage event. The HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Camel Festival will feature beauty competitions for camels, Saluki races, a traditional market and heritage village and local performers.
Sweihan, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, till February 14, 7am to 9pm. Tel: (055) 8990715. Taxi: Sweihan, near Al Ain. abudhabievents.ae
Plan your wedding
Couples looking to get hitched can visit this wedding showcase to meet vendors, get inspiration and nibble on food.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, noon to 8pm. Tel: (02) 4071109. Taxi: Park Hyatt, Saadiyat. abudhabi. park.hyatt.com
See the light
Extended until March 26, the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Seeing Through Light features works from Angela Bulloch and Robert Irwin.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, free, until March 26. Tel: (02) 6575800. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. saadiyatcultural district.ae
Adopt a cat
Take home a furry friend at this adoption day for cat charity, Feline Friends Abu Dhabi. Strays, unwanted cats and abandoned felines are all looked after by this non-profit organisation.
British Vet Centre, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, 11am to 2pm. Tel: (050) 8231569. Taxi: British Vet in Khalifa City, opposite the Cricket Stadium. facebook.com/FelineFriendsAbuDhabi