Our picks: 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all that’s happening in the nation’s capital, such as workshops, deals, sports, entertainment and new openings
Thursday July 13
New oud player at Sky Lounge Thirty One
The bar at the Grand Millennium has new entertainment every Thursday night, starting tonight. Oud player Bassam Khalifa will be performing every week.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, Thur from 8.30pm. Tel: (02) 4953916. Taxi: Grand Millenium. millenniumhotels.com
See War For The Planet Of The Apes
The third in the trilogy of monkey movies is released today! From the moment apes gained intelligence, it set them on a collision course with humans over who will be the dominant species on Earth. Led by a merciless Colonel (Woody Harrelson), the humans wreak havoc on the ape forces, giving Caesar (Andy Serkis) a reason to turn against the humans for the first time.
Make a splash at ladies’ night
Yas Waterworld’s ladies’ nights are back and running every Thursday.
Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi, Thur 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 414200. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com
Friday July 14
New brunch at Hemingway’s
One of Abu Dhabi’s oldest pubs has a new brunch deal, with a focus on traditional roast dinners, including braised beef brisket, cottage pie and sausages.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, noon to 4pm, Dhs125 to Dhs195. Tel: (02) 6811900. Taxi: Hilton Corniche. hilton.com
Dining deals at the InterContinental
Eat at any restaurant at the InterCon (such as Italian Circo (above), new Asian outlet Cho Gao or the Belgian Beer Café) and get a Dhs25 voucher for every Dhs100 you spend. You can then use those vouchers in the hotel’s restaurants at a later date, and also at its Bayshore Beach Club, or when you pay for a hotel room. Vouchers will be issued until September 15 and can be redeemed until October 31.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6666888. Taxi: InterContinental Abu Dhabi. ihg.com
Adopt a pet
Abu Dhabi’s pet hotel Cloud9 is having an adoption day today – there are dogs, cats and bunnies all looking for new homes and loving owners.
Street 23, Villa 2, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, Fri noon to 4pm. Tel: (02) 5564111. Taxi: near the fire station. cloud9pethotel.com
Surf ’n’ turf at Nahaam
Pool-side restaurant Nahaam has a special offer on meat and fish this summer on Fridays – for Dhs160 you get to choose from a variety of surf ’n’ turf dishes and you also get two beverages included in the price.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 7pm to 10pm, Dhs160. Tel: (02) 8115555. Taxi: Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
Saturday July 15
Watch some classic French cinema
Cinema Space are showing the classic 1960 film noir movie The Big Risk, about the Parisian underworld and starring Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo. It was directed by French legend Claude Sautet and has been called, “The greatest of all French gangster movies.” The screening is in French with English subtitles.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, free. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. cinemaspace-classetousrisques.splash
Visit a bazaar on Reem Island
Mangrove Place on Al Reem Island has a bazaar running today, with local vendors selling products, including Art Shoe Shop (above).
Mangrove Place, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat 9am to 7pm. Taxi: Reem Island. facebook.com/mangroveplacebazaar
Chill out in a tent
The Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan’s Ramadan tent Khaymetna is staying open all summer, with games such as backgammon on offer, plus an a la carte menu of Arabic dishes and an oud player also in attendance.
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed noon to 11.30pm, Thur and Fri noon to 12.30am. Tel: (02) 6570000. Taxi: Khalidiya Palace. rotana.com