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 August 11

Shaan Live in Concert

Shaan Live in Concert (2)

Bollywood playback singer and reality TV regular Shaan will be performing some of his biggest hits at Emirates Palace as part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season. Here’s hoping he’ll serenade the crowd with ditties from hit movies including Jab We Met and Om Shanti Om.

Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, Dhs145 to Dhs245. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Emirates Palace. abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net

Eat a meal on a private beach

Upgrade a picnic on the beach to a private dinner in a sea-facing gazebo at the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri. The private dining experience features a three-course meal that includes a selection of hot and cold mezze, one meat mixed grill as well as a seafood platter with hammer fish, calamari, prawns. Afterwards you can retire to a private couch for shisha, cake and fresh fruit. Booking is required 24-hours in advance.

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs2,400. Tel: (02) 5098888. Taxi: Shangri-La. shangri-la.com

Book out the entire spa for your next treatment

scintillia spa

Guests booking a treatment at Scintillia Skincare spa will get to enjoy the entire two-roomed facility to themselves. The spa specialises in facial treatments including the Fadia Karam Signature and Eve Lom facial.

Scintillia Skincare, Muroor, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thurs 10am to 9pm, closed Fridays, treatments from Dhs450 to Dhs1,000. Tel: (02) 6744318. Taxi: Al Rifai building on Muroor Road.

Friday August 12

Party at Al Maya Island

Head over to Al Maya Island for an all-day pool party. DJs Lucy Stone, Alex Lees 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

Comedy Night with Kapil

Check out India’s answer to primetime talk show host Jimmy Fallon – Kapil Sharma. Best known for his hugely successful TV show Comedy Nights with Kapil (think combination of comedy sketches and celebrity interviews) expect big laughs.

Al Raha Beach Theatre, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Dhs200 to Dhs900. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Theatre. abudhabievents.ae

Eat some dessert

Lartisan gourmand

Move over cupcakes, there’s a new pastry in town that’s as trendy as it is tasty. L’Artisan Gourmand features ten classic flavours like salted caramel, Madagascar vanilla and macchiato, as well as a special collection with kooky designs like pirate pandas and rabbits.

Al Wahda Mall, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, from Dhs20. Tel: (050) 6089399. Taxi: Al Wahda Mall. lartisangourmand.com

Rock out with a Bollywood star’s band

Lyricist duo Vishal-Shekhar will be performing at the du Forum and will be joined onstage by multi-talented Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar. In addition to acting, writing and directing films, Akhtar also performs with his band Farhan Live.

du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 to Dhs200. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: du Forum. thinkflash.ae

Saturday August 13

Eat something new

There’s a new seasonal menu on offer at Café Bateel that is all about fresh, lighter fare. Available in all the branches of the outlet, expect a range of options including bresaola and quail egg salad with date balsamic dressing, spiced tuna wrapped in saj bread and a rose water raspberry dome on an almond short crust.

The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to midnight. Tel: (02) 6712284. Taxi: Galleria Mall, Al Maryah. bateel.com

More Bollywood music to listen to

The du Forum will host Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. Known as Shankar, Ehsan and Loy, the trio of composers and instrumentalists are behind hit songs from films such as Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Bunty Aur Babli.

du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 to Dhs200. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: du Forum. thinkflash.ae

Ladies day at Happiness Island

Happiness Island

Head to Happiness Island, the newest beach resort in town, every Saturday for a ladies-only poolside party. Hosted in the secluded Taboo 101 area of the resort, expect live music from female DJs, a waterfall bar and a majlis for added privacy. It’s worth noting that during the ladies-only Saturdays, the infinity pool and beach will still be open to men and children.

Happiness Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat 9am to 9pm, entrance from Dhs200 to Dhs300 inclusive of a Dhs150 food and drink credit. Tel: (02) 6526777. Taxi: British Club Dock on Saadiyat Island. facebook.com/happinessislandAD

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