Things to do this weekend in Abu Dhabi
What’s On has a full list of all the things to do this weekend in Abu Dhabi, 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, January 21
Watch some world-class golf
Offering up a prize purse of Dhs9.9 million, the eleventh edition of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship will see Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and triple-champ Martin Kaymer tee off on the fairways of Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Until January 24.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, Dhs50 for a one-day pass, Dhs150 for a four-day season pass. Tel: (02) 5588990. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Golf Club. abudhabigolfchampionship.com
Get a facial at Emirates Palace
Turn back the clock with a deep cleansing facial meant to make skin look younger.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs645. Tel: (02) 6907978. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com
Eat a meal at sunset
Boa Steakhouse has unveiled a new early evening menu that will let you watch the setting sun sink into the mangroves, all whilst tucking into either an Australian striploin or Aussie rib eye steak. The meat comes paired with your choice of side dish (sautéed broccoli, mash potatoes or French beans) as well as unlimited grape or mocktails.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily from 6pm to 8pm, Dhs215 or Dhs230 per person. Tel: (02) 6411500. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves Promenade. boaabudhabi.ae
FRIDAY, January 22
Go to a Yoga Market
The second edition of this annual yoga market at Bodytree Studio will have back-to-back yoga sessions throughout the day, as well as host a market with vendors selling yoga clothing, crystals, aromatherapy oils and more. There will also be a 90-minute master class from visiting instructor Andrea Marcum.
Bodytree Studio, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 4pm, Dhs150 entrance inclusive of unlimited classes on the day. Tel: (02) 4434448. Taxi: Between 26th Street and 11th Street, opposite ADNOC. bodytreestudio.com
Try Arabic high tea
Watch the sunset over the marina at Byblos Sur Mer and try a sharing platter for two including kunafa-wrapped prawns, ginger-minted fruit salad and awamat (Arabic doughnuts) with kohlrabi molasses.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, daily 4pm to 7pm, Dhs295 for two. Tel: (02) 6666888. Taxi: InterContinental Hotel. diningintercontinental-ad.ae
The Festival at Masdar
Hosted as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, this two-day festival lets visitors learn about sustainable energy, listen to live music performances, visit special eco-shops and will host special learning workshops for the kids.
Masdar City, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, timings vary. Tel: (02) 6533333. Taxi: Masdar City. facebook.com/eventsatmasdar
SATURDAY, January 23
Last day to see poetry and artwork
Check out a range of artwork spanning two generations in this family showcase, with paintings from Noura Ali Al Ramahi and Fatima El Jaroudi, and poetry from Sarah Snowneil Ali. Best of all, half of the profits from the exhibition will be donated to the Future Centre For Special Needs.
The Space, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, free. Taxi: twofour54, Khalifa Park. facebook.com/thespaceAD
Go to the spa
Try out the new advanced skin radiance facial at ESPA and receive a 30-minute back massage for free.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs780. Tel: (02) 8188051. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
Last chance to watch plays at the Short + Sweet Festival
Find out about the local theatre scene in Abu Dhabi at this two-day festival. There’ll be a selection of ten-minute plays, in a range of genres.
NYUAD Arts Center, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, timings vary, free, pre-registration required. Taxi: NYUAD Arts Center. nyuad-artscenter.org, facebook.com/shortandsweetabudhabi