Our picks: 13 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 May 4
Mexico eats and tunes
Celebrate Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo with a selection of special dishes plus live music from a Latino band at the Sheraton off the Corniche. The event takes place at the hotel’s Mexican restaurant El Sombrero.
May 4 and 5
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur and Fri, 6pm to midnight, Dhs197. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
See an arty movie on Saadiyat
Head to Saadiyat Island for a weekend of movies presented by Image Nation and Cinema Akil. On Arab Geographies is a series of flicks highlighting cinema from the Arab world around the theme of geography. Films showing include In The Last Days Of The City, by Egypt’s Tamer El Said.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Thur to Sat, timings vary, free. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. (02) 6575800. cinemaakil.com
Friday May 5
Street food on Yas
Head to Yas Island today and tomorrow for Street Food Market – think restaurant pop-ups, live entertainment and activities for kids. The event is hosted by Street Food Market DXB.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri and Sat, noon to midnight, free entry. Taxi: du Forum. facebook.com/streetfoodmarketdxb
Guess How Much I Love You
The stage version of the children’s book by Sam McBratney about two hares is in town this weekend.
Abu Dhabi Theatre, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, Fri 7.30pm, Dhs100 to Dhs175. Tel: (050) 8805074. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Theatre, near Marina Mall. artforall.ae
New Coya brunch
You’ll find ceviche, grilled skewers and Chilean sea bass on the brunch menu at the city’s latest Peruvian restaurant.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs278 to Dhs548. Tel: (04) 3169600. coyarestaurant.com
Hit top speed at Al Forsan
Fancy driving a go-kart at 110kph? You can at Al Forsan. The sports resort is home to some of the fastest go-karts in the country.
Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, daily 2pm to 11pm, price on request. Tel: (02) 5568555. Taxi: Al Forsan. alforsan.com
Krank it up to lose weight
Kranking is an upper body cardio workout involves sitting or standing next to a stationary machine, or krankcycle as it is officially called, and spinning your arms as fast as you can. It’s good for your core and strengthens your cardiovascular system. The Abu Dhabi Country Club offers both mixed and ladies-only sessions on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.
Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, Dhs60 mixed 45-minute class, Dhs30 ladies-only 30-minute class. Tel: (02) 6577777. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Country Club. adcountryclub.com
New dishes at Bu!
Mexican head chef Humberto Canales has debuted a new, streamlined menu at pan-Latin restaurant Bu!. There’s 20 new dishes to try ranging from ceviches and tiraditos topped with caviar and truffles to main courses such as lomo al trapo (beef tenderloin covered in cloth and cooked over charcoals).
World Trade Center Mall, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed noon to 3pm, 6pm to 2am, Thur and Fri noon to 3am. Tel: (02) 6668066. Taxi: World Trade Center Mall . butrinity.com
Saturday May 6
Bling and things at Adnec exhibition
The International Jewellery And Watch Show returns to Abu Dhabi this weekend. With more than 20 countries participating, there’ll be a range of high-end vintage finds as well as everyday pieces reflecting the latest trends. International vendors from Italy, Lebanon, India and the UAE will attend.
May 4 to 6
Adnec, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi, Tue to Sat 4pm to 10pm . Tel: (02) 4446900. Taxi: Adnec. jws.ae
See The Creative Act
Admire more than 25 works of art by 18 artists (the pieces will eventually be displayed in Guggenheim Abu Dhabi).
Until July 29
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 8pm. Tel: (02) 6575800. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
Scrub it up
Heavenly Spa is offering a complimentary Feel Well body scrub (almond, cinnamon and Himalayan sea salt) if you book a 90-minute massage.
Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 6169999. Taxi: Westin. westin.com
Get a roast dinner thanks to Marco
That most British of meals, the roast dinner, is now available at Marco Pierre White’s Steahouse And Grill. The steakhouse is offering a three-course menu every Saturday evening, with roast chicken, beef (prime rib-eye) and lamb served with all the trimmings on the menu. Diners can choose a dessert from the a la carte menu, such as toffee pudding.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain , Abu Dhabi, Sat 6pm to 1pm, Dhs185 to Dhs285. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com
Try an Uber-style yacht service in the capital
There’s a new boat rental service in town called CharterClick – and the concept is a bit like Uber, except it’s for yachts. You can hire a selection of boats including the Prince Of The Sea, It’s a four-sail yacht that can achieve up to 10 knots, no electricity needed. There’s a swinging chair (pictured) and the boat fits 90 people so is perfect for big parties. It embarks at Emirates Palace and What’s On has teamed up with CharterClick to offer you guys a five per cent discount when booking your boat over the next month. Be sure to enter the promo code WHATSONAD, valid until the end of May.