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, September 17

Meet some rugby greats

Head to McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi to listen to former Ireland and British & Irish Lions rugby players David Wallace and Donnacha O’Callaghan in a special question and answer session tonight. Guests also have a chance to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup 2015 final and a stay in a four-star hotel in London.

Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm, free entry. Tel: (02) 6524333. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. mcgettigans.com


Look at some art

Check out the opening of the third edition of the No White Walls exhibition at the Chocolate Gallery at the Fairmont. The show, features six artists working in a variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, photography, digital and textile art including Emily Gordon and Jen Simon.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, from 7pm, free to attend. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com

Eat good Italian food

A variety of new dishes, celebrating the flavours of the summer, are available at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi’s Italian restaurant Circo. The new menu by Chef Luca Banfi includes an Italian version of strawberries and cream, with creamy burrata and wild berries. Other dishes include the eggplant Parmesan inspired risotto alle melanzane, which features plum tomatoes and roasted eggplant, as well as the costoletta di vitello, a bone-in veal cutlet served with purple potato and leeks.

InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, daily 12.30pm to midnight. Tel: (02) 6666888. Taxi: InterContinental Abu Dhabi. dining-intercontinental-ad.ae

FRIDAY, September 18

Do your nails

Check out the Eid inspired nail polish and art options available at this nail bar, including the signature Evil Eye design.

Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, prices vary. Tel: (600)544001. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves Promenade. thenailspa.com

 Eat off a new menu

Jones the Grocer has launched a new, all-day-dining menu that features wheat free, paleo and vegetarian dishes. New items include coconut flour pancakes with blueberry compote, smoked scarmoza cheese and roast peppers ciabatta, zaatar grilled zucchini and eggplant wholemeal wrap, sea bass on soba noodles and a zucchini lasagna with five cheeses.

Al Mamoura Building B, Al Muroor, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4438762. Taxi: Al Mamoura Building, corner of Muroor and 15 Street. jonesthegrocer.com

jones the grocer

 Go to the beach

Take the kids out to Yas Beach for day of sun and sand. Every Friday, from 3pm to 5pm, the beach hosts a sand castle building competition. For little guests, parents should visit Kidoos World, a tented area filled with interactive games and educational shows suited to toddlers. And when you arrive, visit reception to grab a free coupon for ice cream.

Yas Beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 3pm to 6pm, kids under eight are free, Dhs50. Tel: (056) 2420435. Taxi: Yas Beach. yasbeach.ae

SATURDAY, September 19

Bag a bargain

The charity flea market at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort is back. With around 90 exhibitiors, you can pick up some pre-loved goods all while supporting international children’s charity UNICEF.

Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Corniche East, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 2pm, table rentals Dhs285. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com 

Watch the Rugby World Cup

Head to PJ O Reilly’s garden tent to watch the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily from 2.30pm. Tel: (02) 6742020. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com

Learn how to dance

This dance workshop will teach youngsters aged 13 and up how to move for theatre-like productions.

Bodytree Studio, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, 10am to noon, Dhs120. Tel:(02) 4434448. Taxi: Between 26th Street and 11th Street, opposite ADNOC. bodytreestudio.com

Check out some paintings

Amira Rahim is exhibiting her artwork at the Hilton Abu Dhabi until September 20. Not afraid of using colour, the works on offer include images of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, camels, eagles and other local animals done in acrylic and mixed media.

Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, free to attend. Tel: (02) 6811900. Taxi: Hilton Corniche. hilton.com

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