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, November 12

Abu Dhabi Science Festival

Take a voyage into outer space, dig up a dinosaur, drill for oil or create your own LED kite – the options are endless at the fifth edition of the award-winning Abu Dhabi Science Festival. They’ll be having so much fun, your kids won’t even realise they’re learning!

Mushrif Central Park, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, Dhs5. Taxi: Mushrif Central Park. abudhabisciencefestival.ae

Try an evening brunch

Get a head start on brunching at the Bistro, with dishes such as Thai green curry and lamb rogan josh on offer.

Courtyard By Marriott World Trade Centre, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs99 to Dhs299. Tel: (02) 6982222. Taxi: Marriott Courtyard, World Trade CenterMall. marriott.com

Be mystified

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The Illusionists are returning to Abu Dhabi after a sell-out tour in the UAE last year – this time with a new cast, new tricks, and new wow factor thanks to intense pyrotechnics, a heart-stomping soundtrack, and a truckload of impossible-looking acts. Starring The Alchemist, The Eccentric, The Showman, The Escapist, The Clairvoyants, The Conjuress and The Charlatan, The Illusionists 1903 promises to transport audiences back to a time when conjurers were the real rock stars. Shows until November 14.

du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur 8.30pm, Fri to Sat 2.30pm, 6pm, 9.30pm, Dhs175 to Dhs1,975. Tel: (056) 6756834. Taxi: du Forum on Yas Island. tixbox.com

Go Mad

Check out the newly opened club on Yas Island, Mad on Yas Island. Replacing O1ne Yas Island, opening weekend will feature DVN, Anthony Bassoulou and Dany Neville.

Mad on Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 11pm onwards, until Sunday Nov 15. Tel: (055) 8346262. Taxi: Near Yas Tunnel, Yas Island. facebook.com/MadYasIsland

FRIDAY, November 13

Walk on the YMC

walk 2015

Lace up your shoes and take the whole family out for this annual health event at Yas Marina Circuit. Walk 2015 is set to coincide with World Diabetes Day, there will be activities and games beforehand.

Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, gates open at 2pm, walk starts at 5pm, Dhs10 entry fee, kids aged 16 and under are free. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasmarinacircuit.com 

Bow tie dinner

Fancy a posh night out? Dress up for a five-course set menu in Qanas, with live music from the Westex band.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm, Dhs360. Tel: (02) 5588990. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Golf Club. adgolfclub.com

 Eat Brunch at the Palace

Head to Emirates Palace to indulge in a beachside brunch at BBQ Al Qasr this Friday. Think live cooking stations, a DJ on the decks and beachside cabanas to relax in.

Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs290 to Dhs480. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae

SATURDAY, November 14

Watch Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s famous opera tells the story of Cio-Cio San, or Butterfly, a Japanese lady who marries an American naval officer in 1904.The performance features soprano Monica De Rosa McKay in the title role, tenor Gian Luca Pasolini as officer BF Pinkerton and Agata Bienkowska as Suzuki, Butterfly’s friend.

Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, Dhs200 to Dhs350. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emirates Palace. abudhabievents.ae

Check out the Festival of Lights

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi goes Bollywood with a special line-up of Indian dance acts, live music, henna applications and rangoli artwork.

Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, until Nov 15. Tel: (02) 4968000. Taxi: Ferrari World. ferrariworldabudhabi.com

 Eat a roast dinner

Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill is now serving up a traditional Saturday Roast dinner on Saturdays. The four-course menu will include soup, a carvery station featuring roast turkey, leg of lamb, prime rib roast and bangers and mash, as well as a cheese buffet and choice of dessert.

 Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, ‪Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, noon to 3pm, Dhs170 for four-courses and one trip to the carvery and cheese station, Dhs245 for unlimited trips to the carvery and cheese station. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com