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.


Look at Smoke Art

Swiss Art Gate’s latest exhibition, Crossroads #19: Smoke Art, is a series of photos taken by Belgian photographer Philip Van Avermaet. The series of images were created by photographing smoke from incense sticks.

Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, free, until Sept 13. Tel: (04) 3958782. Taxi: Yas Viceroy. swissartgateuae.com

 Check out the Art Souq

Etihad Modern Art Gallery is hosting an annual exhibition and art fair with artworks from a variety of international artists up for sale. Participants include Greek artist Yiannis Roussakis, French painter Karine Roche and Bulgarian sculptor Svilen Petrov.

Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, until Sept. Tel: (02) 6210145. Taxi: Al Bateen Mall. etihadmodernart.com

Etihad Modern art gallery

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

FRIDAY, June 26

Check out some new artwork

The eighth annual Ramadan Art Bazaar features works from 30 plus artists in the UAE including Jennifer Simon, Ishtar Al Shaybani and Jalal Luqman. You can check out the diverse collection and purchase works priced at Dhs4,000 or less.

Nation Galleria, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 10am to 2pm and 8pm to 11pm, Fri 8pm to 11pm, free, until July 17. Tel: (02) 3338288. Taxi: Nation Towers, Corniche. levelvevents.com

Learn to Drift

Guests can “race” a friend on two identical obstacle courses with a Toyota 86 with Drift Sprint, a part of the Yas Marina Circuit’s arrive and drive sessions. As part of the Yas Summer Offer, when you buy one Drift Sprint you’ll receive one-day access to Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. Valid until August 31.

Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Tue to Sat 10am to 5pm, Dhs600. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasmarinacircuit.com

yas marina circuit

Ramadan at Marina Mall

Throughout the Holy Month, Marina Mall will be hosting special kid-friendly entertainment and activations in the evenings. In addition to face painting, clown shows, and a wall-climbing experience, there will also be ten-minute football and basketball games.

Marina Mall, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 9pm onwards. Tel: (02) 6812310. Taxi: Marina Mall. marinamall.ae


Go to the waterpark

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is offering guests a Ramadan Resident Offer with discounted ticket prices. In addition, Dhs5 from each ticket will go towards providing gifts to children spending Eid in Al Rahba Hospital in the capital.

Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs390 to Dhs190, throughout Ramadan. Tel: (02) 4142000. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

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

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