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 February 16
Look at art
Check out this photography exhibit by Yiannis Roussakis that’s inspired by his recent trip to the rural villages of Ladakh, India.
Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 10pm, free entry. Tel: (02) 6210145. Taxi: opposite Al Bateen Mall. etihadmodernart.com
Check out the Love Food Festival
Hosted at Umm Al Emarat Park from Feb 16 to 18, this food truck festival will include local UAE vendors alongside UK and US trucks as well as guest Singaporean restaurateurs.
Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif, Dhs50 per person, children under 12 years free, 5pm to midnight, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6669559. Taxi: Umm Al Emarat Park on Karamah Street. facebook.com/lovefoodfest
Brunch after hours at Hilton Abu Dhabi
While brunch is usually thought of as being a meal between breakfast and lunch, Escape restaurant at the Hilton Abu Dhabi has other ideas. The alfresco seaside restaurant will be hosting two after-dark brunches that begin at 8pm this month. The spread will include quinoa and shrimp salad, lamb kebabs, mini burgers, ravioli with ricotta, cheesecake and more. Plus DJ James will be on the decks all night long.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 1am, Dhs120 with soft drinks, Dhs220 with alcohol. Tel: (02) 6924247. Taxi: Hiltonia Beach Club. hilton.com
Go to a free concert
Regional musical school Bait Al Oud is hosting a free teacher’s concert tonight at Manarat Al Saadiyat tonight. Musicians performing include Faisal Al Sari, Fathallah Ahmad, Bassam Abdel Sattar and Sherine Tohamy among others, who will also be accompanied by a musical group throughout the performance.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, free entrance. Tel: (02) 6575800 Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
Friday February 17
The capital’s day to night triathlon will see you run, swim and cycle around the famed Formula 1 track.
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 12pm, Dhs375 for individuals. Taxi: Yas Marina Circuit. yasmarinacircuit.com
Brunch and stay at the Marriott
When you book brunch for two at this hotel, you’ll receive a complimentary room to stay the night with promo code YX1. Valid until February 24.
Marriott Hotel Downtown, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, Dhs380 per person. Tel: (02) 3047777. Taxi: Marriott Downtown, near Al Wahda Mall. marriott.com
Go to a kite festival
Take the family to Sir Bani Yas Island to fly kites at the Anantara kite festival. There’ll also be a complimentary sausage sizzle, music and games for the kids.
Desert Islands Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, 11am to 5pm, Dhs150 per adult and Dhs100 per child for non-hotel guests. Tel: (02) 8015400. Taxi: Sir Bani Yas Island. sir-bani-yas-island.anantara.com/kitefest2017
Saturday February 18
Fly at a yoga session
Try out an acro yoga class that will see you try out acrobatic moves with the help of a partner.
Bodytree Studio, Al Karamah, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 6pm, Dhs120 single booking, Dhs200 for two. Tel: (02) 4434448. Taxi: Bodytree Studio, opposite Adnoc station, 11th and 26th streets. bodytreestudio.com
New sushi menu at Cho Gao
You can now get a plateful of sushi at Pan-Asian restaurant Cho Gao. The new Taste of Japan menu features a selection of salads as well as sashimi and nigiri options. There are ten types of rolls including California and spicy tuna, as well as crispy crust maki and unagi (or eel and crabstick). The restaurant is also expected to open a dedicated sushi bar space in the venue at the end of the month.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 1am. Tel: (02) 6166149. Taxi: Crowne Plaza Hotel. facebook.com/chogaoasianexperience
Celebrate Chinese New Year over tea
The Library will host a Chinese-themed afternoon tea with a selection of dim sum, crispy beef steam buns and fortune cookies all served with Jing teas in honour of Chinese New Year. The tea will be available until February 28.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs220 for two people. Tel: (02) 4071138. Taxi: Park Hyatt Saadiyat. abudhabi.park.hyatt.com