Our picks: 13 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.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Take the stairs at Zayed Sports City
There’s a new monthly training event that’ll have you huffing and puffing up the steps of the Zayed Sports City Stadium. TrainZSC by Daman ActiveLife offers vertical training sessions that will see you run/climb stairs to build muscle and increase your cardiovascular strength. The stadium’s track will also be open to the public for those looking to run. There’s a dedicated children’s area and Daman will provide free health checks on the night. Participants must register beforehand, either online or at the venue on the day.
Zayed Sports City, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi, Thur 6pm to 9pm, free. Taxi: Zayed Sports City. trainzsc.com
See the Vox Livens in concert
Vox Livens, the all-soprano ensemble, will perform a selection of songs about love and devotion tonight.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm, Dhs260 to Dhs300. Tel: (02) 6169999. Taxi: Westin. facebook.com/voxlivens
Check out Koi’s new menu
Fans of Japanese food can now order something new when visiting Koi Restaurant on Saadiyat Island. Chef Daisuke Yoshizak’s latest menu includes dishes such as sautéed sea scallops with foie gras, jumbo tiger prawn roll and braised wagyu short ribs. For vegetarians there’s homemade tofu with broccolini. For dessert try the coconut sago or the sticky toffee pudding.
The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 6pm to 12.30am, Fri and Sat 12.30pm to 1.30am. Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. koirestaurant.ae
Friday, May 27, 2016
Enjoy brunch in the clouds
Fifty diners will be able to eat brunch in the world’s highest suspended suite. Located in the Abu Dhabi Suite at the St Regis Abu Dhabi, there’s a cheese and dessert room, caviar ice-bar, oyster room, roaming chef stations and more. In between the food, receive a shoulder massage or manicure from the hotel’s spa facilities. The views are special, too.
St Regis Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, noon until 4pm, Dhs400, Dhs650 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6944553. Taxi: St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche. stregisabudhabi.com
Go fly a kite
Bayshore Beach Club at the InterCon is hosting a kite festival today. You can build your own kite and there’s prizes for the best ones.
InterContinental Abu DhabI, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 3pm, Dhs150 for two adults, Dhs50 per child. Tel: (02) 693 5296. Taxi: Intercontinental. Ihg.com
Have a hammam and get your hair done
Book any hammam treatment at ESPA at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal this month and receive a complementary pink hair and scalp mud application. The hair treatment, which it’s claimed will nourish and moisturise dry hair, contains mineral-rich red clay to simulate circulation and promote hair growth, as well as vitamin C-rich watercress and apricot kernel oil meant to soothe your scalp.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, from Dhs550. Tel: (02) 8188051. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
So you think you could have been a superstar, do you? Grab the mic and sing your heart out at Impressions rooftop lounge at the Eastern Mangroves hotel every Friday for a chance to win prizes.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel And Spa By Anantara, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 8pm to 2am. Tel: (02) 6561000 Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi. anantara.com
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Go see Phantom Limb – LAST CHANCE
Syrian-born American sculptor Diana Al-Hadid is big news in the art world – and this weekend is your last chance to see her work on Saadiyat Island. Phantom Limb is an exhibition of pieces inspired by the idea that people who have lost a limb still feel the sensation of it being there. The main Phantom Limb installation is surrounded by two more inset into the walls, called Sleepwalker and Still Life, that draw influences from 4th Century BC, neo-Attic Roman bas-relief Gravida (meaning the woman who walks). A bas-relief is an imprint on a stone, similar to what you’d find on a coin.
The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Mon to Sat noon to 8pm, free. Tel: (02) 6284000. Taxi: NYU campus on Saadiyat Island. nyuad-artgallery.org
Al Rais Art Exhibition at Etihad Modern Art Gallery – LAST CHANCE
See art by Emirati talent at this exhibition, which comes to an end today. It features work by painter AbdulQader Al Rais (his work has been displayed in the Louvre in Paris) along with visual artist Musab Abdul Qader Al Rais and Sumaya Al Rais.
Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 10pm, closed Fri. Tel: (02)6210145. Taxi: opposite Al Bateen Mall. etihadmodernart.com
Learn to belly dance
Fitness First are holding belly dance classes for ladies. It’s a great way to tone yourself up as you can burn around 300 calories an hour. Hula-hooping aside, there are few better ways to whittle your waistline.
Fitness First, Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 6am to 11pm, Fri 7am to 9pm. Tel: (02) 6746991. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Mall. fitnessfirstme.com
Get a mani, a pedi and a massage – all at the same time
The Nail Spa has a new offer this month, which sees you book a mani and pedi plus back and neck reviver massage in their multi-tasker chair – and they’ll upgrade your massage to include colour therapy. The treatment has you choose one of five colour cards, representing specific emotions, and a corresponding essential oil. The session should take just under an hour, because the 30-minute massage is done simultaneously while you get your nails attended.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs280. Tel: (600) 544001. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. thenailspa.com
Tuck into a barbecue by the pool
Eat a barbecue meal poolside at Nahaam restaurant every Saturday during the month of May.
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 5pm to 8pm, Dhs165. Tel: (02) 8115666. Taxi: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
Say hello to a mammoth
It’s been a while since woolly mammoths ruled the Earth (they were identified as an extinct species back in 1796), but that’s not to say you can’t get up close and personal with one right here in our fair city – in fossil form. The four-metre-high and one-tonne male mammoth’s remains, uncovered in western Siberia and believed to date back 15,000 years, are now on permanent display at Marina Mall.
Marina Mall, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight, free. Tel: (02) 6818300. marinamall.ae