9 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 July 28
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. 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
Eat brunch at sundown
Who said brunch has to start at lunchtime? Caramel Restaurant has kicked off their weekend brunch, which goes from 7pm to 10pm in the evening. The menu includes everything from chicken lettuce bites with shitake mushrooms and hoisin sauce, chicken lollipops served buffalo style with blue cheese and mini Kobe beef sliders and mini truffled fish and chips.
The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur, Dhs199 per person. Tel: (02) 6783344. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat Island. caramelgroup.com
Eat from a new menu
Gobble up the tastes of summer with a new seasonal menu at Aussie outpost Jones the Grocer. Dishes on offer include pan seared chicken with freekeh salad, marinated tuna with wakame seaweed and tofu salad, gazpacho with rock melon, hot smoked salmon with purple potato and for dessert, frozen banana parfait.
Pearl Plaza Tower, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8am to 11.30pm, Fri to Sat 9am to 11.30pm, dishes from Dhs28 to Dhs68. Tel: (02) 6395883. Taxi: Opposite BMW Showroom. jonesthegrocer.com
Friday July 29
Party at Al Maya Island
Head over to Al Maya Island for an all-day pool party. DJs Lucy Stone, Paul Hamilton and Chad Phunk will be on the decks. Guests must be aged 21 and up.
Al Maya Island, Abu Dhabi, 11am to 9pm, tickets Dhs100, ladies free entry before 1pm. Tel: (056) 6257552. facebook.com/BPM.AL.MAYA
Look at some cool artwork
UAE artist Clare Napper is exhibiting her series of cheeky posters at Iris Yas Marina. The Great Exhibition Tour will feature 10 new posters of Abu Dhabi locales including The Club, the Corniche, the fish market in Mina Port, Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Emirates Palace, as well as highlights from past collections.
Iris, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, free entrance, until August 11. Tel: (055) 1605636. Taxi: Yas Marina. highlife-dubai.com
Take the kids to the mall
Deerfield’s Mall will be hosting special kid-friendly activities in the main atrium including arts and crafts, dance lessons, video gaming stations and more.
Deerfield’s Mall, Shahama, Abu Dhabi, from 4pm, free. Tel: (02) 5010888. Taxi: Deerfield’s Mall. deerfieldstownsquare.com
Saturday July 30
Eat food for half the price
The Beach Rotana is taking 50 per cent off the bill at its signature restaurants during July, with each restaurant offering the promotion on a different night. Sundays it’s on at French-Polynesian bar and restaurant Trader Vic’s, Mondays at suhshi spot Benihana, Tuesdays at Indian restaurant Indigo, Wednesdays at Italian Prego’s and on Saturday’s at seafood outlet Finz.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, timings vary. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: Next to Abu Dhabi Mall. rotana.com
Last chance to go to the Liwa Date Festival
There’s a good chance you’ve eaten your fare share of dates during Ramadan, but if you want to try a few more, then head to the Liwa Date Festival. Hosted in the Western Region until today, the festival expects to attract some 70,000 visitors. As well as buying dates and associated products, visitors can also check out a market selling traditional Emirati goods.
Liwa, Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi, until July 30. Taxi: Liwa, Western Region. abudhabievents.ae
Go to a waterpark
Beat the heat with a visit to a waterpark. Yas Waterworld has extended its hours during the summer season. Saturday to Wednesday you can stay from 10am to 8pm, while Friday the park will be open until 10pm.
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs250 to Dhs485. Tel: (02) 4142000. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com