What’s On has a full list of all the things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, including workshops, deals, sports, entertainment and 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.


Get into the spirit of Ramadan

Celebrate the Holy Month by visiting an iftar or suhour happening here in the capital. From hotels to stand-alone restaurants, there’s plenty to choose from for a variety of budgets. Check out our Ramadan guide online to get started.

Try a new sport this summer

Head over to Al Forsan Sports Resort to take advantage of a special summer offer that sees Dhs100 get you one sporting experience. Choose from karting, paintballs, a 60-minute wake or kneeboarding session, archery or laser shooting.

Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, until Aug 31, Dhs100. Tel: (02) 5568555. Taxi: Al Forsan Sports Resort, Khalifa City, behind the golf club. alforsan.com

Mushrif Central Park summer workshops

Take the kids to the park this weekend for creative workshops hosted indoors at the exhibition hall. Taking place three times a day, activities are organised by Merry Makers and will include silk painting, magic tricks, building gingerbread houses, a soft play zone and more. Sessions are suitable for kids aged five to 12.

Mushrif Central Park, Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, Thur to Sat, 10am to noon, 1pm to 3pm, 4pm to 6pm, Dhs150. Tel: (02) 6669559. Taxi: Mushrif Park on Karamah Street. mushrifcentralpark.ae

Mushrif Central Park

FRIDAY, June 19

Mawasim Organic Market at World Trade Center Mall

Shoppers can visit an indoor organic fruit and veg market every Friday at the World Trade Center Mall. Located on the Ground Floor, the market features produce from local EU organically certified farm Mawasim. Expect seasonal items such as cherry tomatoes, seedless watermelons and kale.

World Trade Center Mall, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 2pm to 8pm. Tel: (02) 5082400. Taxi: World Trade Center Mall. wtcad.ae

Mawasim organic market wtc

Stretch out

Check out this 90-minute pop up Ashtanga yoga class at Bodytree Studio. The session will be taught by visiting yogi Andreas Bothner.

Bodytree Studio, Khalidiyah, 9am to 10.30am, Dhs70. Tel:
(02) 4434448. Taxi: Between 26th Street and 11th Street. bodytreestudio. com

Watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Head to The Space to watch this family-friendly flick. The detective story sees Eddie Valiant try to clear the name of Roger Rabbit, who has become the main suspect in a murder case. Combining live-action with animation, this is a classic movie suitable for the whole family.

The Space, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 5.30pm. Taxi: Twofour54, by Park Rotana. facebook.com/thespaceAD


Feel the heat at a hammam

This traditional Turkish treatment will see you steamed, scrubbed and rubbed with foam at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel. After steam softens the skin, you’ll be exfoliated to get rid of dead skin cells and then receive a foam massage using olive oil soap.

Eastern Mangroves Hotel And Spa By Anantara, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, until Aug 31, daily 10am to 5pm, Dhs255. Tel: (02) 6561146. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com


Ripe Market

This popular outdoors market has moved inside The Collection at the St Regis Saadiyat to escape the heat. This farmer’s market is held on Saturday mornings and in addition to local organic fruit and veggies, you’ll also find local vendors selling crafts and jewellery.

The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat 10am to 2pm. Tel: (04) 3807602. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. ripeme.com

Adopt a cat

Take home a furry friend at this adoption day for cat rescuing and rehoming group Sandy Paws. A selection of  cats and kittens will be available on the day.

German Vet Clinic, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, 11am to 1pm. Tel: (02) 5562024. Taxi: German Vet Clinic in Khalifa City. facebook.com/sandypawsuae