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.
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 September 1
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
Sip some afternoon tea
London’s calling at this British themed afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt on Saadiyat. Hosted during the month of September, guests can expect truffled egg and watercress sandwiches, cheesecake berry trifle, bakewell tarts and of course, freshly baked scones with clotted cream.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 5pm daily, Dhs156 to Dhs236 with bubbly. Tel: (02) 4071138. Taxi: Park Hyatt Saadiyat. abudhabi.park.hyatt.com
Eat some cheese
Every Thursday evening head to this Saadiyat Island spot for a selection of cheeses and unlimited red or white wines from Italy, France and Australia. Cheeses including Camembert, Saint-Loup goat’s cheese, Parmesan crisp, Gorgonzola, Red cheddar and Emmental are paired with crackers, bread, grapes, fruits, celery and walnuts.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7pm to 10pm, Dhs135 per person. Tel: (02) 6575888. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. fanrrestaurant.ae
Friday September 2
Try out Tai Chi
Grace Hwang will teach you the basic movements and the principles behind Tai Chi at this workshop.
Bodytree Studio, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, 10am to noon, Dhs150. Tel: (02) 4434448. Taxi: Between 26th Street and 11th Street,opposite Adnoc. bodytreestudio.com
Party at Al Maya Island
Head over to Al Maya Island for an all-day pool party. DJs Natalie Brogan, 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
Eat a burger
US import Five Guys have opened up an outlet in Marina Mall.
Marina Mall, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6668327. Taxi: Marina Mall. fiveguys.me
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 September 3
Watch Peter Pan
Travel to Neverland with this modern stage show that features upbeat pop music and acrobats.
Al Raha Beach Theatre, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 to Dhs350. Tel: (056) 6756834. Taxi: Al Raha Theatre. tixbox.com
End the day with sundowners at Inakaya, inclusive of a sharing three-course menu.
Venetian Village, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, daily 5pm to 7.30pm, Dhs199 for two people. Tel: (02) 4041921. Taxi: Venetian Village, next to Ritz-Carlton
Late night splash
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