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.


Barney Live World Tour

The world’s nicest dinosaur is in town. Expect plenty of lessons, a few sing-alongs and some silliness with Baby Bop, BJ and friends. Shows will be hosted until August 1 at Emirates Palace.

Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm, Dhs95 to Dhs195. Taxi: Emirates Palace. abudhabievents.ae


See an art collective

The Fresh & Light exhibition features work from Connie Noyes, Fatema Al Mazrouie and Dean Williams.

Salwa Zeidan Gallery, The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thurs 9am to 7.30pm, Fri and Sat by appointment only, free. Tel: (02) 6669656. Taxi: The Collection, Saadiyat Island. salwazeidangallery.com

Liwa Date Festival (last chance)

It’s the last day of this annual cultural festival dedicated to dates, palm trees, mangoes and more in the Western Region.

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

FRIDAY, July 31

Shaun the Sheep Live: Save Our Tree

Find out what happens when the Farmer decides to chop down Shaun’s favourite tree in the sheep field at Mossy Bottom Farm. Shows will be hosted in Al Ain and will feature plenty of friends from the flock including Shirley, Timmy, Timmy’s mum and even Bitzer, the sheepdog.

Al Ain Municipality, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, timings vary, Dhs75 to Dhs225. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: Al Ain Municipality. abudhabievents.ae

Abu Dhabi Summer Season - Shaun The Sheep Live

Liquid Rain Pool Party

Cool down from the summer heat with the liquid rain pool party at Aloft Abu Dhabi. Past events have seen over 1,500 guests in attendance and will include music from DJs ChadPhunk, Natalie Brogan and Jon Besant. 21 years of age and older only.

Aloft Abu Dhabi, Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 for men, free entrance for ladies. Tel: (02) 6545115. Taxi: Adnec. aloftabudhabi.com

Have some gelato with your pizza

Sheraton Abu Dhabi’s newest chef Juri Pelusi has added a variety of dishes to Italian restaurant La Mamma’s offerings, including a calorie laden gelato pizza that is drizzled with Nutella.

Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 6970238. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. lamammaabudhabi.com

SATURDAY, August 1

Go see some sculptures

Get a sneak peek of what is to come at the future Louvre Abu Dhabi. The second part of the latest exhibition is on display now at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Running throughout the month, Immortal Figures will showcase sculptures including an Italian bust of the 13th century Catholic priest Saint Peter Martyr, an Uli statue from New Ireland and a Nepalese gilt copper figure of Maitreya.

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

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Play footy 

Escape the heat with these two indoor, air-conditioned seven-a-side football pitches.

Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, until August 17, daily 9am to 11pm, Dhs500 for one hour. Tel: (02) 4446900. Taxi: Adnec. adnec.ae

Eat steak

Choice Cut steakhouse is offering a 50 per cent discount on your total bill in honour of their anniversary.

Novotel Abu Dhabi, Al Bustan, Al Aman, Abu Dhabi, daily 6.30pm to midnight. Tel: (02) 5016444. Taxi: Novotel Al Bustan, Airport Road, near Adnec. novotel.com