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 December 22
Eat brunch at night
Thai restaurant Talay is now serving up an evening brunch every Thursday night. The menu has a range of dishes brought directly to your table including Thai chicken satay, seafood tom yam soup, stir fried beef tenderloin with broccoli, sweet and sour chicken and mango sticky rice.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Thursday 7pm to 10pm, Dhs199 per person. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Méridien Hotel. talayabudhabi.com
Mix a drink
Check out this cocktail masterclass at Yas Viceroy, which features a festive theme.
Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, from Dhs84. Tel: (02) 6560700. Taxi: Yas Viceroy. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
See some Colombian art
Check out the colours of Colombia at this new exhibition at the Abu Dhabi Art Hub in Mussafah. Colombian Art Month will feature five artists: Emir de Avila, Laura Mastrascusa, Andres Felipe Perez, Sofia Ruiz and Sandra De La Cruz.
Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 9am to 7pm, free. Tel: (02) 5515005. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Art Hub. adah.com
Check out a concert by The Voice Kids
Head to Marina Mall today and tomorrow to check The Voice Kids perform live. In addition to the winner, Leen Al Hayek, finalists from the show including Ameer Ammouri, Joriya Hamdi, Ghadi Bechara, Mirna Hanna and Zain Obaid will also take part. The kids will perform songs in both English and Arabic. The concert on Thursday will be held at 7.30pm and another on Friday, at 3pm. Tickets are available at Marina Mall’s main customer service desk.
Marina Mall, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, timings vary, Dhs100 for tickets. Tel: (800) 6623. Taxi: Marina Mall. marinamall.ae
Friday December 23
Go to the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival
Honouring the Father Of The Nation, the late Sheikh Zayed, this heritage festival celebrates the rich history and culture of the UAE. There’ll be folklore events, Emirati singers, horse shows, military marching band parades and a classic car exhibition.
Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, free, until January 1. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Al Wathba. zayedfestival.com
Eat from a new menu
Hakkasan, the What’s On Award winning Chinese restaurant, has launched an Only At The Palace menu that features dishes and cocktails that are only available in their Abu Dhabi outlet. The menu includes braised seafood soup with black truffle, crispy prawn with foie gras sauce and charcoal grilled wagyu rib-eye beef with sea salt and lime dressing.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, daily 6pm to midnight, Fri noon to 4pm and 6pm to midnight. Tel: (02) 6907739. Taxi: Emirates Palace. hakkasan.com
Check out some camels
The Al Dhafra Festival is back and features a traditional camel auction (where prized animals have been sold for up to Dhs3.5 million), camel races and camel milking competitions. There’ll also be a children’s village, traditional food and photography competition.
Madinat Zayed, Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi, free entry, until Dec 29. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Al Gharbia. aldhafrafestival.ae
Saturday December 24
Eat brunch at Li Jiang
Friday isn’t the only day to indulge in a feast of food. Check out the new Saturday brunch at Li Jiang, which serves up a range of Asian cuisine including Thai beef salad, dim sum, kung pao chicken, nasi goreng, laksa and lemongrass crème brûlée.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs170 to Dhs370. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
Check out a Winter Wonderland
Head to the Galleria mall to check out the Winter Wonderland along the Promenade. The event will feature roaming performers, a snowy winter village, festive activities and more. Visit the website for the full schedule.
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 3pm to 10pm, free entry, until Dec 30. Tel: (02) 6166999. Taxi: Galleria, Al Maryah Island. thegalleria.ae
Go to the spa
The Metamorphosis package at Remède Spa in the St Regis Abu Dhabi will see you spend over two and a half hours at the spa. The package includes a 60-minute customised body wrap, bespoke 60-minute massage and 30-minute facial. Each treatment can be customised to suit your needs and is valid throughout the month of December.
St Regis Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs985. Tel: (02) 6944553. Taxi: St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche. stregisabudhabi.com