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, February 11
Eat a whole lot of dim sum
Grab a pair of elastic trousers and head over to the Rosewood Abu Dhabi for an all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch. In addition to a range of steamed, baked or fried parcels including the Har Gow shrimp dumplings, mango prawn rolls, curry beef puff and Chinese vegetable buns, you can also order soup (hot and sour seafood or sweet corn and chicken) as well as dessert.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur, noon to 3pm, Dhs75. Tel: (02) 8135552. Taxi: Rosewood, Al Maryah Island. rosewoodhotels.com
Stand up comedy night
Head to the rooftop bar Up and Below at Marriott Courtyard for some giggles with the Yalla Laughs comedy crew. Tonight’s line-up includes Maher Barwany, Amit Asundani, Rushdi Rafeek, Luke Hacker, Manju Naidu and Jon Boulton.
Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Hamdan St, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, free entry. Tel: (052) 2442371. Taxi: Marriott Courtyard, World Trade Center Mall. yallalaughs.com
Take a free karate class
Shihan Dimitris Sarafis, eighth Dan in Shotokan karate, will be hosting free karate courses at the Shangri-La. Expect to learn basic moves to improve speed and power, including hand strikes (uchi waza), punches (tzuki waza) and more.
Shangri-La, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 9pm, free, over-12s. Tel: (02) 5098888. Taxi: Shangri-La. shangri-la.com
FRIDAY, February 12
Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Head to Marina Mall to shop in the Valentine’s Village, an interactive zone celebrating all things cupid. There’ll also be a themed market with retailers like Scarabee, Arty, Bellcure and Yoku Moku on offer too. The market will be hosted until Sunday, February 14.
Marina Mall, Corniche Road, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 10am mto midnight. Tel: (02) 6812310. Taxi: Marina Mall. marinamall.ae
Buy designer stuff on the cheap
Check out the open day for new discount designer shop The Hub. The outlet sells pre-loved goods from clothes, jewellery, bags, household items and more. Brands available include Gucci, Celine, Tod’s, Philosophy, Reiss and Karen Millen.
Villa B14, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 8pm. Tel: (050) 4464193. Taxi: opposite Nissan showroom. facebook.com/TheHubME
Put gold on your face
Get a golden glow – literally – with a decadent 24 carat gold radiance facial at Emirates Palace Spa that sees micronised 24 carat gold sheets massaged into your skin.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs1,890 for 90-minutes. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com
SATURDAY, February 13
Last chance to check out the Qasr Al Hosn festival
It’s the last day of this heritage festival. There is an emphasis on the on-going restoration of the fort, plus there’s an exhibition taking an in-depth look at the history of the building. Visitors can also attend workshops and learn more about gardening, butter making techniques, Bedouin culture and the etiquette of drinking Arabian coffee. Plus expect live performances including animal shows featuring falcons and horses on the Festival Stage.
Qasr Al Hosn, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 11pm, free. Taxi: Qasr Al Hosn Fort on Hamdan Street. qasralhosnfestival.ae
Eat a lazy brunch launched at Olives
Have a lazy brunch at Todd English’s Olives restaurant this Saturday. Expect a range of sharing platters featuring dishes like beef carpaaccio, seared scallops with citrus risotto or grilled boneless rib eye with steak frittes served directly to the table. Meaning you don’t have to move an inch. What could be lazier than that? In addition, kids will be looked after with face painting and pizza making classes.
Venetian Village, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs190 with soft drinks, Dhs290 with Prosecco. Tel: (02) 4041941. Taxi: next to Ritz-Carlton. facebook.com/OlivesAbuDhabi
Watch a chef make you dinner
Pick your dinner – literally. Every Saturday at Li Jiang in the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi diners can choose from a selection of produce, proteins and sauces before watching Chef Lee prepare their meal in front of them in the show kitchen.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 12am, from Dhs90 and up. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com