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, June 30
Unwind for less
So Spa in the Sofitel Abu Dhabi has a deal on its hammam treatments – you can get 20 per cent off the price of one during Ramadan.
Sofitel Corniche, Al Markiziyah Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 10pm, Dhs396 to Dhs816. Tel: (02) 8137777. Taxi: Sofitel Corniche.sofitel.com
Send the kids to camp
The Hilton’s summer camp is one of the oldest in the city – this is the twelfth year it has taken place – and they’ll be hosting cooking classes, water-skiing lessons, yoga sessions and lots more. Camp runs until September 1 and the price includes snacks, lunch and drinks. Activities are suitable for kidlets aged four to 12.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 9am to 3pm, Dhs200, Dhs875 weekly. Tel: (02) 6924205. Taxi: Hilton Corniche. abudhabi.hilton.com
Take the stairs at Zayed Sports City
Huff and puff up the steps of the Zayed Sports City Stadium at TrainZSC. The vertical training sessions will see you run/climb stairs to build muscle and increase your cardiovascular strength. Hosted on the last Thursday of every month, the stadium’s track will also be open to the public for those looking to run. 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 10pm, free. Taxi: Zayed Sports City. trainzsc.com
FRIDAY, July 1
Shop at a Ramadan Caravan
Fashion collective La Loupe is hosting a one-day pop up shop at The Souk at the Qaryat Al Beri. Featuring over 50 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, 8pm to 2am, free entrance. Tel: (056) 1031631. Taxi: The Collection at St Regis Saadiyat. facebook.com/laloupeauh
The trampoline park has finally made its way to the capital. While the massive Marina Mall space is still under construction, there is a small exhibition area to give you a taster of what’s to come. Keep in mind that the space is tiny – only 35 people can be accommodated every hour – so get there early.
Marina Mall, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 1am. Tel: (02) 6812310. bounce.ae
Go to a Supper Club
Head to Safina on Saadiyat Island for a casual dinner with friends this Friday. Food is served family style to the table.
Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs199 to Dhs399. Tel: (02) 6563500. Taxi: Saadiyat Island. saadiyatbeachclub.ae
SATURDAY, July 2
Go to an Art Souq
Check out a special exhibit at the Etihad Modern Art Gallery. There will be affordable artwork on offer, traditional arts and crafts, live music, a heritage bazaar and more.
Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 12am, closed Fri. Tel: (02) 6210145. Taxi: opposite Al Bateen Mall. etihadmodernart.com
Go to the mall
The Galleria is hosting a series of activities to celebrate Ramadan this year, including an exhibition by local calligrapher and graffiti artist Dia’a Allam. There’s a falconry display, a selection of arts and crafts activities for kids, henna artists and a band performing daily.
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur 10 am to midnight, Fri noon to midnight. Tel: (02) 6166999. Taxi: Galleria on Al Maryah. thegalleria.ae
Watch the Euros
It might not be the World Cup Finals, but the European Championships are still a great chance to see some of the world’s best footballers, and every game of the tournament will be shown on a 10mx6m LED screen (that would put ones found in many movie theatres to shame) inside the du Forum. You’ll also find a fanzone in there, food, competitions and activities for children. Entry is free.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (055) 5490716. Taxi: du Forum. duforum.ae