Things to do this weekend
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.
THURSDAY, July 16
Ramadan and Eid Festival (last chance)
Still need to pick up a few Eid gifts? Find them here. This traditional shopping exhibition at ADNEC features a variety of products including ethnic clothing, toys and Arabic foodstuffs.
Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 2am. Tel: (02) 4446900. Taxi: Adnec. adnec.ae
Go to the spa
Book the 90-minute Arabian Indulgence at Talise Spa and get a 30-minute foot reflexology treatment free.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs750. Tel: (02) 8115858. Taxi: Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
Eat some sushi
Japanese restaurant Mikado Café has added a handful of new sushi selections to their menu. You can now order Negi Hama Hossomaki, Mikado Roll, Unagi Avocado Roll and Yaki Mikado Roll.
Al Hana Centre, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, sunset to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6677557. Taxi: Al Hana Center, near Brioche Café
FRIDAY, July 17
Go to Yas Mall
During the first day of the Eid celebrations head down to Yas Mall to play the ‘Mall of Fortune’ game. Located in Town Square, the three-dimensional board game will see guests compete against each other for a handful of prizes. On Sunday, July 19, the mall will also kick off it’s first month-long Summer Festival. In addition to special promotions throughout stores, customers will be able to enter daily raffle draws and even win a flight from Etihad Airways.
Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Yas Mall. Tel: (02) 4146401. yasmall.ae
Purchase some artwork (last chance)
It’s the last day to check out the eighth annual Ramadan Art Bazaar. Featuring works from 30 plus artists in the UAE including Jennifer Simon, Ishtar Al Shaybani and Jalal Luqman, you can pick up works priced at Dhs4,000 or less.
Nation Galleria, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 10am to 2pm, 8pm to 11pm, Fri 8pm to 11pm, free. Tel: (02) 3338288. Taxi: Nation Towers, Corniche. levelvevents.com
Celebrate Eid with a buffet
During the first two days of Eid residents can head over to Aloft Abu Dhabi for a celebratory lunchtime all-you-can-eat buffet. Hosted at Dine, food will include lobster, seafood grills, steak and Arabic juices.
Aloft Abu Dhabi, Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, noon to 3pm, Dhs169 per person. Tel: (02) 6545120. Taxi: Adnec. aloftabudhabi.com
SATURDAY, July 18
Check out an Eid concert in Al Ain
Up-and-coming Emirati singer Habib Elyasi will perform at the Al Ain Municipality Theatre as part of the Eid-Al-Fitr celebrations. The concert is being hosted as part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season and will see Elaysi also perform on Sunday, here in the capital.
Al Ain Municipality, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, tickets Dhs75. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: Al Ain Municipality. thinkflash.ae
Mohamed Abdo Live
The prolific Saudi singer Mohamed Abdo will be performing at the du Forum. Dubbed ‘the Artist of the Arabs,’ Abdo has been singing for over 50 years and is best known for performing classical Arabic poems and songs.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, tickets from Dhs75 to Dhs100. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: du Forum. thinkflash.ae
Buy handmade goods at the Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Featuring a mixture of 25 vendors, guests will be able to purchase dates, spices, clothing, jewellery and other locally made goods at the indoor marketplace.
Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 2pm, 8pm to midnight, Thur 10am to 2pm, 8pm to 1am, Fri 8pm to 1am. Tel: (056) 1387945. Taxi: Souk Qaryat Al Beri. facebook.com/SoukArtisansMarket
SUNDAY, July 19
Listen to Habib Elyasi
Emirati singer Habib Elyasi will be in the capital for another performance at the du Forum. Elyasi will be joined onstage by Palestinian speed painter Mohammed Aldairi, who will perform as the concert’s opening act.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, tickets from Dhs75 to Dhs150. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: du Forum. thinkflash.ae