Our picks: 12 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 the nation’s capital, including workshops, deals, sports, entertainment and new openings
Thursday June 8
Tuck in at Koi’s Thursday Supper Club
At Koi’s Thursday night brunch, guests sit in the lounge area and dishes are served tapas style to your table. Courses on offer include creamy rock shrimp tempura and Californian rolls.
The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur 8.30pm to 11.30pm, Dhs199 with house drinks. Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. koirestaurant.ae
Try a yoga session with singing bowls
Yes, you read that right, singing bowls, and they’re Tibetan ones as well. Let’s Go Yoga is hosting a yoga and singing bowls workshop tonight – a series of breathing exercises and stretches that are performed while you listen to the gentle, humming vibrations from the metallic bowls. The deep thrumming, combined with yoga moves, is said to free toxins, improve blood flow, reduce anxiety and boost mental clarity. It’s the first time such a workshop has been held in the capital.
The Hot House, Al Zeina, Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm to 9pm, Dhs300. Tel: (02) 5837753. Taxi: beside Nandos. sashaquinceyoga.com
#MoveThisRamadan at the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons is hosting free fitness classes for those of you wanting to exercise during the Holy Month. The 45-minute #MoveThisRamadan sessions take place every Thursday evening.
It’s a full-body stretching class aiming to improve flexibility and detoxify.
June 8, 15, 22
Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Thur 6pm, free but advanced booking required. Tel: (02) 3332222. Taxi: Four Seasons. fourseasons.com
Quesadillas and more at the Mercadito evening brunch
Mexican eatery Amerigos on Yas Island also has an evening brunch that is running throughout the whole of Ramadan. The Mercadito features quesadilla, chicken taquitos dorados, steaks and sides such as corn on the cob.
Park Inn By Radisson, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7pm to 11pm, Dhs144. Tel: (02) 6562222. Taxi: Yas Island. parkinn.com
New dishes and platters at Hoi An
Vietnamese outlet Hoi An has a new menu. Starters on offer include green papaya salad and grilled cuttlefish satay, and a tasting platter featuring seafood spring roll, beef sausage, lobster ravioli and chicken and shrimp rice paper. Pho bo soup also makes an appearance, as do mains such as grilled lemongrass chicken. Finally, there’s chilled mango soup or sago pearls with pumpkin for dessert.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, daily 6pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 5098555. Taxi: Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri. shangri-la.com
Hang about at a swing yoga class
Using a silk-wrapped sheet suspended from a ceiling, yogis are guided through a series of postures, supported by a swing, which can be used as extra support for the joints. It helps with alignment and takes some of the body weight while supporting more advanced poses such as backbends and inversions for more experienced yogis. It’s a ladies only class.
Fitness First, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7.30pm to 8.30pm, price on request. Tel: (02) 5828714. Taxi: Bawabat Mall. uae.fitnessfirstme.com
Friday June 9
Rudy Rahme art exhibition
See paintings and sculptures by the respected Lebanese artist throughout Ramadan and the Eid weekend.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 10pm, free. Tel: (02) 6950517. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Night safari at Al Ain Zoo
Get on board a private 4×4 tour at Al Ain Zoo for the chance to get a glimpse of nocturnal critters. The Night Bird Show at 8pm is another great one for a great experience under the stars.
Nahyan The First Street, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily 6pm, Dhs200. Tel: (800) 966. Taxi: Al Ain Zoo. alainzoo.ae
Visit the Ramadan and Eid festival
Head to Adnec to take in some shopping (think traditional Arabic dresses and jewellery), Arabic food, toys and games at this annual exhibition celebrating the Holy Month. Some 500 vendors have taken part in previous years and it’s the perfect way to learn more about this important time of the year.
Until June 28
Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 6pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 4446900. Taxi: Adnec. adnec.ae
Saturday June 10
Bounce daily at, er, Bounce
Abu Dhabi’s trampoline park has a special offer running during Ramadan – for Dhs299, you can use the trampolines every day during the Holy Month. Pay Dhs499 and you can also use Bounce’s zipline and Super Slide. The standard Dhs299 is also available at the Al Ain branch.
Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight, Dhs299. Tel: (04) 3211400. Taxi: Marina Mall. bounce.ae
Tell your birth story
Facebook group Abu Dhabi Birth Stories Circle is holding a session at Tone Fitness, where new mums can talk about their experiences of giving birth.
Bain Al Jessrain, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, Sat 5.30pm to 8.30pm, free. Tel: (050) 3168999. Taxi: Co-Op Building, Al Maqta. tonefitness.ae
Watch The Secret Of Nimh
Head to Saadiyat Island to see this animation from 1982 about a mother mouse on a mission to save her family from a farmer’s plow
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 11am, free. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. cinemaspace-thesecretofnimh.splashthat.com