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.


Liwa Date Festival

Dates, palm trees, mangoes and tradition are all out on show at this annual cultural festival that takes place in the Western Region.

Liwa, Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 10pm, until July 30. Taxi: Liwa, Western Region. abudhabievents.ae

Go see some art

Manarat Al Saadiyat is hosting a new exhibition that features artwork to be housed in the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Check out Al Qalam, which runs until July 25, and focuses on the written word. You’ll be able to see textual artworks and a Qur’an bifolio and manuscript.

Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 657 5800 Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae

Louvre Abu Dhabi

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

FRIDAY, July 24

Listen to live music on Yas

Dance the night away as Romanian DJ Rosario Internullo hits the decks at Iris Yas Island. Taking place indoors, to avoid the sweltering heat, the Sundown session will feature the European import’s unique style of dirty electro house music.

Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 9pm to 3am, Dhs100 (ladies free). Tel: (055) 1605636. Taxi: Yas Marina. irisabudhabi.com

Eat Brunch

Brunch is back! Visit Sofra bld for a family friendly version featuring Asian, Arabic and Indian dishes.

Shangri-La, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs290 to Dhs522. Tel: (02) 5098888. Taxi: Shangri-La. shangri-la.com

Shangri-La Abu Dhabi Valentine's Package

Eat some sushi

Japanese restaurant Mikado Café has added new additions to its menu. You can now order a selection of sushi including 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


Learn something new

Discover more about the various styles and techniques of Arabic calligraphy with a 15-session course by Alaa Al Rayaan at the Abu Dhabi Art Hub.

Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs1,700. Tel: (02) 5515005. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Art Hub in Mussafah, close to ICAD Residential City. adah.ae

Play in the park

Take your little terrors (aged five to 12) for creative workshops at Mushrif Central Park. Sessions run three times a day every Saturday and activities include silk painting, a soft play zone and more.

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

Mushrif Central Park - guide after reopening

Go to Yas Mall

The mall is hosting a month-long Summer Festival where shoppers can get special promotions throughout stores, 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