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 25

Dance at Iris

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The start the weekend off with a dance at Iris. Guest DJ James Zebiela will be on the decks playing tech house music till late.

Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 9pm till late, free for ladies, Dhs150 for men inclusive of one drink. Tel: (055) 1605636. Taxi: Yas Marina. irisabudhabi.com

Eat some meat

American BBQ joint Famous Dave’s has launched a new menu including smoked rack of lamb, hand held brisket tacos and a brisket burger served five different ways.

Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 11am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 11am to midnight. Tel: (02) 6587863. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Mall. famousdaves.ae

 Listen to a free concert

Irish indie rock band Little Green Cars is in town and will be performing a free concert at McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi. The setlist will feature new music from their second album Ephemera.

Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, free entry. Tel: (02) 6524333. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. mcgettigans.com 

Friday August 26

Party at Al Maya Island

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

Go to brunch


The Fiesta del Sol brunch at Bu! sees a selection of tapas style food (including papas bravas and arroz chaufa) brought to your table.

World Trade Center Mall, Aiport Road, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs250 for soft drinks, Dhs350 for house beverages, Dhs450 for champagne. Tel: (02) 3048179. Taxi: World Trade Center Mall. butrinity.com

Listen to a story

Take the kiddies to Al Seef Resort and Spa by Andalus for a free story time session. Every Friday the hotel will have readers read children’s books aloud in the morning. Stories will vary but should be suitable for children aged five to ten years old. The hotel is also collecting books to be donated to children’s charity, Operation Smile so if you pop down brings some old books to donate too.

Al Seef Resort, Al Seef, Abu Dhabi, Fridays from 11am, free entry. Tel: (02) 6526722.Taxi: Next to Al Seef Mall. andalus.ae

Saturday August 27

Late night splash

Yas Waterworld Ladies Night

Yas Waterworld has extended its opening hours for summer. The park is now open until 8pm from Saturday to Wednesday night.

Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 8pm, Fri 10am to 10pm, from Dhs250. Tel: (02) 4142000. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com

Celebrate Thailand at the mall

Yas Mall is celebrating Thailand with a range of performances including Thai Boxing, cooking demos and traditional dances in the Town Square.

Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 2pm onwards. Tel: (600) 599905. Taxi: Yas Mall. yasmall.ae

Hang out at The District


During August and September the du Forum becomes The District, an educational destination open seven days a week and aimed at 14 to 22-year-olds. It’s home to five areas, called The Park, The Alley, The Yard, The Street and The Block. Inside you’ll be able to take part in acting classes, attend fashion design shows, learn about smart phone photography and attend 3D design workshops. The organisers claim it’s a place where teens and young adults can socialise, play, think, create, get inspired and be motivated.

du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily from midday to 10pm. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: du Forum. visitabudhabi.ae

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