Our picks: 11 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
What’s On has a full list of all the things to do for the long 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 29
See Yanni perform live
The Greek musician performs a selection of his greatest and new hits in Abu Dhabi this weekend. He’ll be hosting two concerts at the du Forum on September 29 and 30.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm, Dhs495 to Dhs1,295. Tel: (02) 5098000. Taxi: du Forum. thinkflash.ae
Dance at Desi Heat
Head to revolving outlet Stratos, just off the Corniche, every Thursday to add some masala to your next night out, at this Bollywood themed party.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 11pm to late. Tel: (02) 6742020. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. stratosabudhabi.com
Sundowners at Inakaya
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 per couple. Tel: (02) 4041921. Taxi: Venetian Village, next to Ritz-Carlton.
Friday September 30
Party at this Caribbean beach party
Head to the Beachcomber at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel to check out reggae artist J Boog perform on the beach. There’ll also be Jamaican food and cocktails on offer.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 5pm till late, Dhs100 per person, free entry for ladies before 7pm. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Paint party at Al Maya
Get ready to get messy. Al Maya Island is bringing back their paint party and there’ll be face painters, dancers, stilt walkers and UV paint and glowsticks on offer. DJ Lucy Stone, Alex Lees, 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
Catch some waves
Watch pros and amateurs compete for glory at the National Championships For Wakeboarding.
Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150. Tel: (02) 5568555. Taxi: Al Forsan. alforsan.com
Go to Rooftop Rhythms
Check out the season opener of this popular spoken word night at New York University Abu Dhabi. Best of all, entrance is free all night long.
NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 10.30pm, free. Taxi: The Marketplace, NYUAD.facebook.com/ rooftoprhythmsAD
Listen to famous film soundtracks at this concert
A Night At The Movies… Extreme is an evening of classical music from the UAE’s National Symphony Orchestra. The concert will also feature a piece by award-winning British composer James Griffiths called Starlight Horizon (from Brit indie sci-fi flick The Drift). The main performance is at 7.30pm although there’s an hour-long educational concert for families also taking place at 4.30pm, with no interval.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Dhs75 to Dhs325. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: Emirates Palace. nsouae.org, ticketmaster.ae
Saturday October 1
Ride for charity
Liv Cycling is hosting a pink ride for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Ladies should dress up in pink and head to the Al Wathba Cycling Track to ride 50km to help support the cause. There’ll also be a prize for the best dressed after the ride.
Al Wathba Cycling Track, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, 6am. Taxi: Al Wathba, near the camel race track. facebook.com/LivCyclingME
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
Sip some tea
The Rosewood’s afternoon tea will have you nibbling on English scones, chocolate tarts and caramel mille feuille.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, 3pm to 6pm, Dhs120 per person. Taxi: Rosewood, Maryah Island. Tel: (02) 8135552. rosewoodhotels.com