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, October 29
Zayed Sports City will be glowing on October 29 – literally – as the very first five-kilometre Neorun takes place here in the capital. Dress to impress, because this race has a Halloween theme.
Zayed Sports City, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, Dhs165. Tel: (02) 5570344. Taxi: Zayed Sports City. neorun.com
Get your nails done
It’s your last chance to treat yourself and support charity. Bedashing Beauty Lounge is donating 30 per cent of all their sensual hand and feet treatment sales to a Health Authority – Abu Dhabi approved cancer support group during the month of October. Valid in all five outlets of the ladies spa here in the capital, the treatments eligible for the donation include a caviar manicure, caviar pedicure, seasonal hand or foot treatment, or paraffin delight hands or foot treatment.
Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 10am to 9pm, Fri noon to 9pm, treatments from Dhs115 to Dhs290. Tel: (02) 4171999. Taxi: Opposite Al Bateen Gardens, next to Mubarak Bin Muhamad School. bedashingbeauty.com
Le Méridien will be celebrating Oktoberfest throughout the weekend. With a live band flown in especially from Bavaria, guests can also eat traditional food (think pretzels, homemade sausages, sauerkraut and potato salad) at a special buffet in the Centre Garden and drink German brews.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur and Fri 7pm onwards, Sat 1pm to 6pm, free entrance, Dhs125 for buffet. Tel: (02) 697 4315. Taxi: Le Méridien. lemeridienabudhabi.com
FRIDAY, October 30
Go to Boa for Brunch
Check out the new brunch where guests can order off an a la carte menu and enjoy dishes served platter-style at Boa Steakhouse. The menu features items such as charred tuna tartar with capers, Australian Black Angus New York strip steak, French corn-fed chicken breast and apple crumble.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs295, Dhs395 with house beverages, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6411500. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves Promenade. boaabudhabi.ae
See some art
The third edition of the No White Walls art exhibition features six new artists including Mohammad Awwad, Julia Ibbini, long-time Abu Dhabian Emily Gordon and Jennifer Simon. Held at the Fairmont, expect a diverse variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, photography, digital and textile art.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont. no-white-walls.com
Celebrate the food, culture and traditions of America at this one-day festival.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, Dhs100.Tel: (800) 5588990. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Golf Club. facebook.com/toasteventsuae
Head to the Westin for a charity run around the greens of one of the UAE’s most famous golf courses. The full marathon takes in six laps of the club’s gardens, but there’s also a three-lap and one-lap race available for less experienced runners. The event is raising money for the 2015 Road To Awareness fundraising campaign that raises money for Unicef projects across Africa and the Middle East.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, Dhs160, Dhs40 children. Tel: (02) 6169999. Taxi: Westin. westinabudhabigolfresort.com, premieronline.com
Eat Malaysian Food
Head to the Malaysian Embassy for a special night market based on popular street foods from the country.
Malaysian Embassy, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 10pm. Tel: (02) 4482775. Taxi: Malaysian Embassy on Al Saada Street. kln.gov.my
SATURDAY, October 31
Trick or Treat time
Put on some fancy dress to celebrate Halloween at this party at Cooper’s pub.
Park Rotana, Al Matar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs100, ladies free. Tel: (02) 6573333. Taxi: Near Khalifa Park. rotana.com
Make pizza with the kids
Spend the afternoon making pizza pies at La Mamma restaurant. The new Pizza Bambini classes will see the little ones decorate their own pizzas all by themselves. There will also be face painting as well.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 3pm. Tel: (02) 6970238. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. lamammaabudhabi.com
Wadi Adventure Race
This edition of WAR will include a new format for the 10km race, which includes more than 55 obstacles, as well as a new ‘Longest Day’ 15km race that includes over 80 obstacles. For beginners, there is an entry-level 5km race with over 25 obstacles to tackle. As always, the obstacles will only be revealed on race day.
Wadi Adventure, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Sat 7am to 8.30am, free. Tel: (03) 7818422. Taxi: Wadi Adventure in Al Ain. wadiadventure.ae