Our picks: 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
What’s On has a full list of all the things to do for the 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 October 20
Yoga UV party
Get out your glow sticks for this black light yoga class at Bodytree Studios.
Bodytree Studio, Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm, Dhs95. Tel: (02) 4434448. Taxi: 11th Street/Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Street. bodytreestudio.com
Eat Chinese food
Guests can order a three-course lunch at Dai Pai Dong that features a choice of soup (sweet corn or sweet and sour), clay pot (choose from braise chicken with mushroom, roasted duck, wok fired shrimp with chili garlic sauce and Ma Po’ tofu clay pot) and an assortment of fresh fruit for dessert.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thurs noon to 3pm, Dhs75 per guest. Tel: (02) 8135588. Taxi: Rosewood, Al Maryah Island. rosewoodhotels.com
Go to a caviar masterclass
Learn all about these pricey eggs at Emirates Palace’s Caviar 101 course. Visitors will be able to learn all about Amstur Caviar and then indulge (and sample the good stuff) with a four-course meal in Sayad.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs450. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com
Friday October 21
Watch the Abu Dhabi Tour
This four-day 555km race will see some of the biggest names in professional cycling – Mark Cavendish, Alberto Contador and Elia Viviani – compete for glory right here in the capital. You can check out the pros in a handful of locations including Liwa, Saadiyat Island, Al Ain and Yas Marina Circuit.
Various locations including Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Yas Marina Circuit. abudhabitour.com
Go to pink paddle
The annual pink paddle is back at Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara and sees guests will be able to take a guided tour of the mangroves behind the hotel (while wearing pink, of course) on a kayak. Best of all, Dhs100 from each participant will be donated to Bosom Buddies, an Abu Dhabi-based cancer support group founded in 2002.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 8am to 10am, Dhs150 per adult, Dhs130 per child. Tel: (02) 6561152. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
Watch a cricket match
The annual cricket match, the Abu Dhabi Ashes, takes place today. With two expat teams representing England and Australia, see who’ll win the title and glory this year. Entry is free and guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks (barbecues are not allowed) for a picnic on the lawn during the match.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, free entry, 10.30am to 5.30pm. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com
Dance to ’90s hits at Zayed Sports City
The Sunset Festival takes place at Zayed Sports City, and line-up includes British singer/songwriter Gabrielle (famous for her eye-patch and her hit single Dreams). Atlanta hip hop stars Arrested Development (their biggest hit People Everyday got to No2 in the UK charts) and German dance band Snap! (their top tracks include The Power and Rhythm Is A Dancer). South African group Freshlyground and UAE-based multi-instrumentalist Adam Baluch are also on the bill.
Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, 3.30pm, Dhs255 to Dhs355. Tel: (04) 2743555. Taxi: Zayed Sports City. platinumlist.net
Saturday October 22
Eat some beef
Head to The Foundry to eat some Canadian beef. Hosted until October 29, the steakhouse will feature an a la carte menu with a range of cuts and breeds from Canada including Angus, Charolais and Hereford.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun hotel, near Corniche Hospital. tsogosunhotels.com
Look at some cool art
Abu Dhabi art exhibition No White Walls returns to the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and will be on display throughout the hotel. Expect approximately 50 diverse works from Julia Ibbini, Emily Gordon, Karine Roche and Yiannis Roussakis on display, including paintings, sculpture and photography.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, free entrance. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com
Check out a Dragon boat race
Now in its ninth year, watch teams of Dragon boat racers work their way up and down Maqta Creek on Friday and Saturday. There’ll also be a barbecue at the Shangri-La hotel during the festival.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Dhs160 for barbecue. Tel: (02) 5108818. Taxi: Shangri-La. shangri-la.com