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 25
Check out the Malayalam Fest
Head to Yas Island to see Indian superstars Naresh Iyer, Arshad Najim, Akhila Anand, Manjiri and Vivekanandan. There will also be comedy performances by Malayalee comedian Ramesh Pisharody as well as dance performances and live music from Benett and band.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm onwards, Dhs100 to Dhs650. Tel: (050) 1325747. Taxi: du Forum. abudhabievents.ae
Go to Beauty secrets
Cosmetics, hair shows, abayas and local fashion take centre stage at an Arabic-themed lifestyle exhibition.
Adnec, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4446900. Taxi: Adnec. abudhabievents.ae
La Dolce Vita
Celebrate Italian style with a special evening at Prego’s with Chef Giovanni. Expect Italian food, music, entertainment and movies at the beach.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Feb 24 to 27. Tel: (02) 6979000. Taxi: Next to Abu Dhabi Mall. rotana.com
FRIDAY, February 26
Do some cardio boxing
Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee at this cardio boxing class every Friday.
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan By Rotana, Al Khubeirah, AbuDhabi, 6pm, Dhs53. Tel: (02) 6570182. Taxi: Khalidiya Palace. rotana.com
Check out TriYas
Watch fitness fanatics take on the region’s only day-to-night triathlon. Hosted at Yas Marina Circuit, the competition has a variety of lengths for kids, beginners and elite athletes. Participants will swim in Yas Marina, cycle the famed Formula 1 track and run through Yas Marina. Head to the circuit to cheer on participants and while you are there, check out the activation zone in the TriYas village.
Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, 1pm onwards, Dhs75 to Dhs600. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Marina. premieronline.com
Try a round of mini-golf in the dark
The glow-in-the-dark mini golf course at Dalma Mall will see you make your way around exceedingly strange obstacles that have been decorated in neon paint. The 10,000 square foot space, which boasts an Arabian theme, has 18-holes and should take you around 45-minutes to an hour to complete.
Tee & Putt, Dalma Mall, Musaffah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur to Sat 10am to midnight, Dhs50 per person. Tel: (02) 5555307. Taxi: Dalma Mall. teeandputt.com
SATURDAY, February 27
Eat some Arabic-style pizza
Eat wood-fired Arabic pies at Mijana’s outdoor terrace while listening to live music. The promotion will run until February 29.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 1am, Dhs50. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
Eat a lazy brunch launched at Olives
Have a lazy brunch at Todd English’s Olives restaurant this Saturdays. 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
Run a 5K sunset run
Head to the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club to run a friendly 5K around the golf course. Aimed at all levels of runners, you’ll pass nine holes and should be able to catch the sunset on Saadiyat Beach. Not a bad way to end the weekend.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 4.30pm, Dhs140 for non-members, Dhs80 for kids. Tel: (02) 5578000. Taxi: Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. facebook.com/SaadiyatBeachGolfClub, premieronline.com
Shop at a Pop-Up
Fashion collective La Loupe is hosting a one-day pop up shop at The Collection on Saadiyat Island for the first time. Featuring over 60 homegrown vendors and brands from the UAE, the event will also have food stalls, beauty products, artwork and music.
La Loupe Pop-up, The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 11am to 6.30pm, free entrance. Tel: (056) 1031631. Taxi: The Collection at St Regis Saadiyat. facebook.com/laloupeauh