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.
Head to the poolside Mai Café at Aloft Abu Dhabi for an Argentine style BBQ dinner and show with live tango performances. With special dancers brought from Buenos Aires, guests can watch a traditional Argentinian folk dances, join in a free tango class or bust a move in the milonga on the dance floor.
Aloft Abu Dhabi, Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to midnight, Dhs239 with dinner package and glass of grape. Tel: (02) 6545115. Taxi: Adnec. aloftabudhabi.com
Strings of Love
Fans of Bollywood music can see playback singers Mohit Chauhan and US-import Jeffery Iqbal perform at the Abu Dhabi City Golf Club. Tickets includes access to the after party with DJ Sonee and DJ Sukhi, regular club policy applies.
Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, 8.30pm, Dhs100 to Dhs300. Tel: (050) 5800904. Taxi: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club. adcitygolf.ae
Head down to the Garden City for an epic start to the weekend at this pool party. Performers will include live graffiti artists, Go Go dancers and fire dancers. For music there will be a surprise celebrity DJ, the Touch Down band and DJ Onie on the decks.
Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain, 7pm, Dhs60 inclusive of two drinks. Tel: (03) 7046000. Taxi: Danat Al Ain. danathotels.com
Marcel Khalife in Concert
The family that jams together stays together. Father and sons will perform for the first time in Abu Dhabi from their collaboration ‘Marcel-Rami-Bachar.’ The Lebanese musicians will present a blend of oriental, electronic and classical music.
Paris-Sorbonne University, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm. Tel: (02) 6569555. Taxi: Paris-Sorbonne on Reem Island, next to Gate Towers. sorbonne.ae
Watch Legally Blonde The Musical
The Abu Dhabi Choral Group will be performing the global hit show about sorority girl Elle Woods. Played by Alana Barraj, Woods heads to Harvard to study law and win back her ex-boyfriend.
Abu Dhabi Folklore Theatre, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, until May 1, 7.30pm, Dhs100-110. Tel: (050) 4420029. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Theatre, near Marina Mall. abudhabichoralgroup.com
Craig David at Legends
Fresh from an appearance at Blended, R&B star Craig David will hit the decks at Legends. The new nightclub, which is opening this weekend at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi, will see special guest stars make appearances throughout the weekend. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 for men, Dhs100 for ladies. Tel: (02) 6970358. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com, legendsabudhabi.com
This time for Africa
Head over to the Le Méridien Abu Dhabi for an African festival this Friday. Hosted at the Village, explore the traditions and various cuisines of the continent at this themed day. The evening will include a fashion show from Eritrean fashion designer Farida, bouncy castle for kids and food stalls featuring dishes from Ethiopia, Morocco and South Africa.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs50 for men inclusive of one drink, free entry for ladies and kids. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Méridien. lemeridienabudhabi.com
Big Lebowski party
Celebrate the cult movie classic with a theme night inspired by the film including Wii bowling, quizzes and live music.
Barosa Pub, Ramada Downtown, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, free entry. Taxi: Ramada Downtown near Abu Dhabi Mall. facebook.com/yallalaughs
Pukka Up pool party
Cool down at Centro Yas Island’s Ibiza themed pool party. DJ Chris Delaney, DJ Chris Smith and DJ Jamie Heston will be on the decks. Beach balls and lilo’s will be provided. Couples and mixed groups only.
Centro Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, noon to 10pm, free entry for ladies, Dhs100 for men. Tel: (050) 5937977. Taxi: Centro Yas Island. rotana.com, platinumlist.net
Alessandro Safina at Emirates Palace
Italian tenor Alessandro Safina will perform at the Emirates Palace today. Safina has combined his opera roots with modern day pop music for a unique sound. The gala evening will include a three-course meal and non-alcoholic drinks. In addition there will be a children’s room for guests, which will see kids taken care of by professional nannies.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs1,250 to Dhs3,500. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: Emirates Palace. abudhabievents.ae
Buy handmade stuff
The Souk Qaryat Al Beri is hosting a monthly artisan market. The indoor artisan bazaar will see guests be able to purchase glass-blown jewellery, artisanal soaps, handmade cards, wall art and more from 50 artisans.
The Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, noon to 8pm. Tel: (056) 6634047. Taxi: The Souk Qaryat Al Beri. facebook.com/qaryatalberi
Brunch at the Capital
Check out the new Friday brunch at c.taste in the Centro Capital Centre. A variety of cuisines are on offer and range from International, Asian and Arabic.
Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs145 with soft drinks, Dhs205 with bubbly and house beverages. Tel: (02) 4096666. Taxi: Near Adnec. rotana.com
Learn about the scriptwriting process with 10-minute playwright Alex Broun at this special class.
The Space, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, Dhs1,000. Tel: (04) 4385574. Taxi: Twofour54, by Park Rotana. abudhabifestival.ae
Al Gharbia Festival (Last Chance)
Today is the last day of the ten-day watersports festival that sees dhow racing, kite surfing and kayaking take over the coast. In addition to professional games, there are family activities including live entertainment (last year they had fire dancers), sand sculpting and activations for kids to try water sports for free.
Mirfa, Western Region, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Mirfa. algharbiafestivals.com
Affordable Art Sale
Looking to spruce up your home with art? The Abu Dhabi Art Hub is hosting an Affordable Artworks exhibition that will showcase pocket-friendly works from international artists at their design studio in Mussafah.
Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, until May 16. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Mussafah. Tel: (02) 5515005. adah.ae