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 18

Cirque Adrenaline

Cirque Adrenaline

From the producers of The Illusionists and Le Noir comes a new high-energy show that calls itself “the most daring, death-defying show on Earth”. While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, after finding out some performers eschew safety wires altogether, we can’t argue with the daring part. Expect trapeze artists, motorcyclists and contortionists who will be performing stunts such as the Wheel of Death and the Sphere of Fear when this circus act rolls into town.

Al Raha Beach Theatre, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, August 18 and 19, timings vary, Dhs95 to Dhs195. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Theatre. tixbox.com

Celebrate Indian Independence Day

Yas Mall Abu Dhabi, main entrance

Head to Yas Mall on August 18 and 19 to check out traditional Indian dance performances, face painting and more in honour of India’s Independence Day. Events will be hosted in the Town Square throughout the day.

Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, free entrance. Tel: (600) 599905. Taxi: Yas Mall. yasmall.ae

Save at the Spa

The Anantara spa on Sir Baniyas Island is offering 30 per cent discounts on any of its spa treatments during August. You can also get 50 per cent off on couples’ treatments.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,. Tel: (02) 8015281. desertislands.anantara.com

Friday August 19

Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans 2

Making his Abu Dhabi debut, Marlon Wayans will be performing stand-up next month at Al Raha Beach Theatre. The youngest of the Wayans Brothers this Hollywood regular is best known for his performances in Little Man, White ChicksScary Movie 1 and the recent 50 Shades of Black parody.

Al Raha Beach Theatre, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, Dhs145 to Dhs245. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Theatre. platinumlist.net

Liquid Rain party

Aloft’s pool party is the stuff of legends in Abu Dhabi – expect DJs, water games and special entertainers.

Aloft Abu Dhabi, Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 3am, Dhs100 for men, free for ladies until midnight. Tel: (02) 6545193. Taxi: Adnec. aloftabudhabi.com

Listen to a story

Al Seef Village - 2

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 20

Spice at Asia de Cuba


The Chino-Latino restaurant on the Corniche is now serving its new Spice Menu, featuring grilled flank steak with baby bok choi, miso ginger butter and shiitake soy reduction.

Nation Riviera, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 6pm to 7.45pm, Dhs140. Tel: (02) 6993333. Taxi: opposite St Regis, Corniche. asiadecuba.com

Bounce around 

Get ready to jump with joy (literally), because Bounce Abu Dhabi is now open in the capital. The trampoline park has been a massive hit up the road in Dubai, and the good news is the Marina Mall branch is larger than the Al Quoz space by about 1,000 square metres. Inside you’ll find 80 interconnected trampolines, two slacklines and two dodgeball courts.


Eat some meat

Brisket Tacos

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



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