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, March 31
Watch man and machine
Watch a razor-sharp performance by Taiwanese choreographer, dancer and inventor Huang Yi and his robot companion KUKA (a giant robotic arm mounted on a platform) that combines dance with mechanics.
NYU Art Center, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, free with prior registration. Taxi: NYU Campus on Saadiyat Island. nyuad-artscenter.org
Check out a new festival on the Corniche
Spend your weekend checking out the newest festival in the city, Mother of the Nation. Celebrating HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the family-friendly event that will feature a series of exhibits, performances and outdoor activity zones including a zip line. The festival will run until April 2.
Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to midnight, tickets are available at the festival entrance and cost Dhs20 per adult, Dhs10 for children under 12, kids aged five and under are free. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Corniche. motn.ae
Check out The Space before it closes for good
Community hub The Space is closing its doors today for good. Visit now to take part in the closing party, which will include meditation sessions, painting workshops, live podcasts, film screenings, book sales and performances of rock, poetry and more.
The Space, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, from 4pm onwards. Taxi: twofour54, Khalifa Park. facebook.com/thespaceAD
FRIDAY, April 1
See Kevin Hart crack jokes
American comedian/actor Kevin Hart will be performing on April Fool’s Day (yes, really) at the du Arena for one night only. Performing as part of a stop on his What Now? International Tour, the funny man is worth a cool $28 million dollars and is best known for his work in films such as Get Hard with Will Ferrell, Ride Along and Ride Along 2 with Ice Cube and ensemble film Think Like A Man.
du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs395 to Dhs1,150. Tel: (02) 5098000. Taxi: du Arena. thinkflash.ae, ticketmaster.ae
Watch the Celtic Tenors
The Irish trio will perform both classical and more contemporary songs at this beach concert.
The Club, Al Meena, Abu Dhabi, 9pm, Dhs175 for non-members and guests. Tel: (02) 6731111. Taxi: British Club, Meena Port. The-club.com
Saif and Sound at People by Crystal
DJ Saif and Sound is celebrating the third anniversary for his radio show at Revival Night at People by Crystal Abu Dhabi. Expect a mash up of old school, hip hop and commercial oldies to dance too. There’ll also be party gifts for every guest in the club.
People By Crystal, The Collection at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 11pm to 3.30am, free entry. Tel: (050) 8269698. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat Island. facebook.com/PeoplebycrystalAbuDhabi
SATURDAY, April 2
Celebrate Feria De Abril
Head to the Saadiyat Beach Club for a special edition of Puesta Del Sol, that will be celebrating the Spanish festival Feria De Abril. There will be traditional Flamenco performances, a live cooking session and a Spanish guitarist too.
Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 5pm to late, free entrance,Dhs99 for paella, Dhs120 with sangria. Tel: (02) 6563500. Taxi: Saadiyat Beach Club. Saadiyatbeachclub.ae
Visit a photography show
Best know for his time-lapse videos of the UAE, Emmy-nominated Slovenian artist Beno Saradzic will be exhibiting 20 of his images of the capital in his new exhibition, Abu Dhabi: Embracing the Elements. Hosted at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, expect plenty of aerial views, unique compositions and cityscapes during the entire month of April.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, free entry. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com
Party at the mall
Marina Mall is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary with special activities and offers. There’ll be a range of food trucks (including Burger House, Guy Creperies, Man’oushe Street and Meylas) next to the Ferris wheel, life size board games, kid activities and raffle draws. Events will be hosted until April 11.
Marina Mall, Corniche Road, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 10am to midnight. Tel: (02) 6812310. Taxi: Marina Mall. marinamall.ae