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 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 6
Listen to classical music
Abu Dhabi Classics kicks off its new season with a performance by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Emirates Palace Auditorium. Performing for the first time in Abu Dhabi, the show will feature a selection of Richard Wagner compositions.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 10pm, Dhs100 to Dhs750. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. abudhabiclassics.ae
Dance with Disco Manilla
Cut a rug to some groovy 70’s Filipino tunes at this free concert with Spanky Rigor and Roger Rigor.
NYUAD Arts Center, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, free. Taxi: East Plaza, NYUAD. nyuad-artscenter.org
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
For the fourth year running, the Crowne Plaza Yas Island takes over the du Forum with a weekend Oktoberfest celebration that sees a German band flown in to entertain guests, traditional food as well as prizes draws, including airline tickets. Until October 7.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Thurs from 7pm to 2am, Friday 4pm to 2am, tickets Dhs175 if buying online, Dhs220 at the door. Taxi: du Forum, Yas Island. ticketmaster.ae
Friday October 7
Bow Wow performs at MAD
The American rapper will be on Yas Island tonight to perform his songs Let Me Hold You and Like You. He’ll be performing as part of the URBN night, which includes a complimentary bar for ladies on the night.
Mad Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (055) 8346262. Taxi: Mad on Yas. facebook.com/MadOnYasIsland
Go to a fashion show
Deerfields Mall will be showcasing the latest fashions from retailers including Lace & Lass, Black Thread, Abdullah Hussein Khunji, Amri Fashion, Lailat Al Zaffa, BHS and Red Tag this weekend. In addition to the fashion shows, Syrian singer AbdelKarim Hamdan will also be performing tonight.
Deerfield’s Mall, Shahama, Abu Dhabi, 6pm onwards, music from 9pm. Tel: (02) 5010888. Taxi: Deerfield’s Mall. deerfieldstownsquare.com
New kiddie brunch
Check out the family-friendly Krunch brunch at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, complete with golf activities, Porsche Kids Driving school and bouncy castle.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, noon to 4pm, Dhs225 to Dhs425. Tel: (02) 5578000. Taxi: Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. sbgolfclub.ae
Go to a pink brunch
Head to the Ritz-Carlton for a charity themed pink brunch at Giornotte today. Best of all, for every diner at the brunch, Dhs25 be donated to will be given to the Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, brunch 1pm to 4pm, from Dhs320 with soft drinks, Dhs 420 with house beverages, Dhs520 with bubbles. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
Saturday October 8
See some falcons at ADIHEX
Check out the Abu Dhabi International Hunting And Equestrian Exhibition at Adnec to buy camping, hunting, fishing, equestrian and safari kit from some 600 brands. Don’t want to shop? There’s plenty more going on including falconry shows, camel auctions and saluki beauty competitions. You’ll also find a heritage area inside, offering insight into the history of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, and an archery range. Until October 8.
Adnec, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi, Dhs15 for entry, timings vary. Tel: (04) 4072480. Taxi: Adnec. adihex.net
Eat some chillies
The new menu on offer at Jones the Grocer will make you sweat. Featuring nine different chillies, including pasilla, jalapenos and habanero peppers, you can dig into dishes including fire roasted tomato and chipotle chilli soup and buttermilk fried chicken and sriracha slaw burger.
Pearl Plaza Tower, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8am to 11.30pm, Fri to Sat 9am to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 6395883. Taxi: Opposite BMW Showroom. jonesthegrocer.com
Eat German food at Brauhaus
Head over to this German pub in Beach Rotana for traditional games, food and music next month. In addition to a visiting alpine band, there’ll be Bavarian dishes from German Chef Kimmig. Until October 14.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 6pm till late. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: Next to Abu Dhabi Mall. rotana.com