Our picks: 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
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.
Thursday September 22
Go brunching at night
Start the weekend eating early with this new Thursday evening brunch at Market Kitchen in Le Royal Méridien. Diners can expect to see tapas-style dishes including soy-glazed beef short ribs, fresh fettuccine pasta and caramelised banana cake served straight to the table.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur 8.30pm to 11pm, Dhs220 with house drinks. Tel: (02) 6950300. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Check out Yalla Laughs
This desi comedy night features a diverse line up of jokers hailing from Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka who talk about anything and everything. The show is free to attend and will be hosted in English, but expect some Hindi phrases too.
Up & Below, Courtyard by Marriott, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, free entry. Taxi: Ramada Downtown near Abu Dhabi Mall. facebook.com/yallalaughs
Four outlets at this hotel will be offering up a fifty per cent discount to guests purchasing two select German beers including Nahaam, the Pool Bar, Ray’s Bar and the Lobby Bar. There’ll also be chewy pretzels available for purchase for Dhs10.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, timings vary per outlet. Tel: (02) 8115555. Taxi: Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
Friday September 23
Check out techie art
There’s a new exhibition at the Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi that’s all about technology and its effect on everyday relationships. Invisible Threads: Technology And Its Discontents features works by 15 international artists, including Chinese talents Ai Weiwei and Liu Bolin as well as American artist Addie Wagenknecht.
NYUAD Arts Center, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, free. Taxi: NYUAD Arts Center. nyuad-artscenter.org
Party at Al Maya Island
Head over to Al Maya Island for an all-day pool party. DJs Rob Forrest, Stew Magoo 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
Brekkie from Brussels
Eat like a Belgian at this buffet breakfast featuring waffles (of course), eggs Benedict and pastries.
Belgian Café Yas Island, Radisson Blu, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 2pm, Dhs120 to Dhs180. Tel: (02) 6562000. Taxi: Yas Island. radissonblu.com
Go Mad with Eva Simons
Dutch singer Eva Simons, best known for her single Policeman, will be at Mad tonight.
Mad Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 11pm till late. Tel: (055) 8346262. Taxi: Mad on Yas. facebook.com/MadOnYasIsland
Saturday September 24
Go mad for Mooncakes
Celebrate the Chinese mid-autumn festival with pastry parcels filled with white lotus and red bean paste.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, Dhs30 to Dhs48. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
Watch a movie under the stars
Take the kids to Mother of the Nation Park to watch The Incredibles at 6.30pm or Finding Nemo at 8pm for free. The movie screenings will take place at the Children’s Garden.
Mother of the Nation Park, Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, 6.30pm and 8pm, entrance fee Dhs5. Tel: (02) 6669559. Taxi: Mother of the Nation Park on Karamah Street. ummalemaratpark.ae
Charity Flea Market
The Sheraton’s bargain- filled market returns. Shop for treasures and trinkets on the cheap at this rummage sale. All monies support children’s charities.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel And Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 2pm. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com