Our picks: 9 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 13
Scoff some tacos
El Sombrero has six new tacos to try including tempura fish, braised lamp and fried shrimp.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Sun 6pm onwards, Dhs99 for four tacos and a drink. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. elsombreroabudhabi.com
Swim with Olympians
Olympic Silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne and three-time Olympian David Carry will be hosting a special three-day swim camp at the Le Méridien Abu Dhabi. Guests of all levels will be able to participate in both pool and open water sessions, receive nutrition advice, one-on-one training and more.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs5,550 to Dhs6,850. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Near Abu Dhabi Mall. lemeridienabudhabi.com
Head to Tips and Toes this month for a Swedish massage, hammam or mini facial and express mani/pedi.
12 Street, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 9pm, Dhs495. Tel: (02) 5572255. Taxi: Khalifa City, near Al Yasmina School. tipsandtoes.com
Friday October 14
Sign up for a charity run
The ADCB Zayed Sports City Pink 5 and 10K run is open to both children and adults and will support Breast Cancer awareness and research. Open to all abilities, there’ll be support stations every 1.75km along the route that will see you around Zayed Sports City.
Zayed Sports City, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi, 7am start, prices vary. Tel: (050) 1094055. Taxi: Gate 16 or Gate 12, Zayed Sports City. premieronline.com
Go to Fashion Week
Check out Abu Dhabi’s very own version of Bryant Park this month at Yas Mall Fashion Week. The event will feature a range of brands showing off their latest collections for autumn/winter including Tryano, House of Fraser, Debenhams, BCBG and Ted Baker. There’ll also be demos from stylists, hair and beauty studios, as well as live entertainment. Until October 15.
Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, timings vary. Tel: (02) 4146401. Taxi: Yas Mall. yasmall.ae
Eat German food at Brauhaus
It’s your last chance to visit this German pub in Beach Rotana for traditional games, food and music from a visiting Alpine band.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 6pm till late. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: Next to Abu Dhabi Mall. rotana.com
Saturday October 15
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
Watch the Wizard of Oz (sort of)
Yellow Brick Road is a theatrical performance that takes the original story of Wizard of Oz and gives it a modern twist, touching on a variety of subjects including climate change, displacement and bureaucracy. Entry is free, but you’ll have to register beforehand.
The Art Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, free with prior reservation. Tel: (02) 6284000. Taxi: NYU campus on Saadiyat Island. nyuad-artgallery.org
Drink a trendy coffee
This cafe serves Kyoto coffee using a specialist large drip tower. It drips water slowly through specially selected coffee grounds for eight hours, before chilling the brew for 24 hours to achieve a pure-flavoured cold cuppa.
Al Maha Arjan by Rotana, Hamdan Street, Al Markaziya, Abu Dhabi, daily, 6am to 10.30pm. Tel: (02) 6106666. Taxi: Al Maha Arjan. rotana.com