Our picks: 11 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all the things you can do over the weekend in the nation’s capital, such as workshops, deals, sports, entertainment and new openings
Thursday June 29
Float and watch a movie
Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s Floating Film evenings – where you watch a movie while chilling in the pool – are running this summer and tonight you can see kids’ animation Despicable Me 2. There’s also face painting for youngsters and a games corner, plus a bouncy castle
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, free entry. Tel: (02) 5588990. Taxi: next to the Westin. adgolfclub.com
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
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
Blu Sky has a new Italian-themed menu
Sports bar Blu Sky has a new pizza menu for summer with eight flavours available: super pepperoni, tandoori Chicken, margherita, Hawaiian, seafood, Mexican, veggie and barbecue chicken.
Southern Sun Hotel, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Mon to Fri 3pm to 3am, Sat and Sun noon to 3am, from Dhs45. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun, Al Mina Street, Tourist Club. tsogosunhotels.com
Friday June 30
Driving deals at the F1 track
Yas Marina Circuit have several deals on for summer: they’re offering their Chevrolet Camaro Drag Experience half price (Dhs325), plus 25 per cent off DriveYas experiences, where you can go for a spin in an Aston Martin GT4, Mercedes-AMG GTS, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000.
Until August 31
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Marina Circuit. yasmarinacircuit.com
New menu at PizzaExpress
British pizza chain PizzaExpress is serving new dishes at both its Abu Dhabi branches. On the menu you’ll find Aragosta Reale, a thin crust pizza with lobster meat, baby broccoli, marinated yellow cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and lobster bisque sauce. There’s also a kale, walnut and citrus salad and tagliatelle with lobster meat, asparagus, onion, garlic, sweet paprika and red chilli in a lobster bisque sauce and black caviar chives and lemon.
Various locations including World Trade Center Mall, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to
12.30am. Tel: (02) 4447752. Taxi: World Trade Center Mall. pizzaexpressuae.com
Saturday July 1
Buy a 50-minute body massage at Eden Spa and get a free 30-minute refresher facial included in
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6974354. Taxi: Le Méridien.
Devour dim sum
Dai Pai Dong’s dim sum-heavy Yum Cha brunch is back – and with a new chef in the kitchen.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat noon to 4pm, Dhs155. Tel: (02) 8135552. Taxi: Rosewood, Al Maryah Island. rosewoodhotels.com
Cheer on the British Lions at McGettigan’s
if you’re watching the rugby, you can see all the games taking place in New Zealand at Al Raha outlet McGettigan’s. The Irish spot has a special menu featuring country-themed burgers. You get a drink in the price as well. Today they play New Zealand. McGettigan’s is also hosting a five hour brunch (noon to 5pm) on Friday , June 29, priced at Dhs199.
Until July 8
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, daily 5.30pm to 3am, Dhs99. Tel: (02) 6524333. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. mcgettigans.com
Cheap gym membership in Al Ain
The garden city’s new hotel Aloft Al Ain is offering discounted gym membership until the end of August. Dhs500 gets you a month’s access to its Re:charge gym and splash pool and you can use it between 7am and 6pm, Sunday to Thursday. You’ll also get 20 per cent off meals at the hotel’s pool bar, The Rooftop. Sign up as a couple and you get a 20 per cent discount off the price.
Until August 31
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Towwaya, Al Ain, Dhs500. Tel: (03) 7138888. Taxi: Al Ain football stadium. aloftalain.com
See UAE art at NYU
Check out But We Cannot See Them, featuring works by five locally-based artists.
NYUAD Arts Center, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Mon to Sat noon to 8pm, free. Taxi: NYUAD. nyuad-artgallery.org.