Our picks: 14 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 July 20
Get creative at Warehouse421’s camp
The art hub in Mina Port is running workshops for kids and grown-ups this summer. A variety of sessions are available covering topics such as yoga, ceramics, 3D printing, table decorating, board games and aboriginal art. All in all, Warehouse421 is holding more than 50 workshops and sessions – that’s far too many to list, but click here for a preview of some that caught our eye.
Until August 10
Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Warehouse421 next to COOP in Mina Zayed. warehouse421.ae
Abu Dhabi Summer Season starts today!
A month-long festival of family-friendly entertainment starts today, with a Tom & Jerry Show at Al Raha Theatre. Click here to read our full preview of all the shows taking place over the next 30 days.
Empire nightclub’s opening night
Abu Dhabi has a new nightclub – Empire opens tonight at the Yas Viceroy, and offers revellers a panoramic view of the city’s F1 track and state of the art LED and sound systems. It’s open four nights a week: Monday is ladies’ night, Tuesdays is Arabic Night, Thursday is R ’n’ B whil Fridays are called Dinner & A Show – reservations for that night include a four-course meal. This evening, though, it’s all about the opening night party.
Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Mon, Tue, Thur 11pm to 3.30am, Fri 10pm to 3.30am, free entry, table bookings from Dhs2,000. Tel: (050) 5015052. Taxi: Yas Viceroy. facebook.com/empireyas
Boogie on down at Boogie Box
Tonight is the second evening of the new season for house and techno music night Boogie Box. Now in its seventh year, DJs on the night will be Hassan Alwan and Yafèi.
Yas Beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 9pm to 3am, free. Taxi: Yas Beach. facebook.com/boogieboxrecords
Check out a new NYU exhibition
Woven Identities is a new exhibition on Saadiyat that looks at the often transient lifestyle that people lead in the UAE and examines how we conform to our environment.
The Art Gallery at NYU, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Mon to Sat noon to 8pm, free but prior registration is required. Taxi: NYUAD. nyuad-artgallery.org.
Friday July 21
Make a date for Liwa
The annual Liwa Date Festival, hosted in the Western Region, started July 19 and runs until July 29. The festival expects to attract some 70,000 visitors. As well as buying dates and associated products, visitors can also check out a market selling traditional Emirati goods, and take part in an Instagram competition. There’s also a Children’s Village to keep kids amused.
Until July 29
Liwa, Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi, daily 4pm to 10pm. Taxi: Liwa, Western Region. liwadatesfestival.ae
Explore Asian cuisines at Cho Gao
Cho Gao has a new brunch running this summer called Taste Of Asia, featuring sharing platters for starters, followed by a main course and then puddings from the dessert buffet.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri to Sat noon to 4pm, Dhs200. Tel: (02) 6166261. Taxi: Crowne Plaza. ichotelsgroup.com
Check out a summer tent
The Southern Sun hotel has a tent called Kahraman that was initially open for Ramadan, but is now staying open all summer. It’s free entry and open until 1am and there’s an Arabian set-menu available featuring grills, hot and cold mezze and desserts costing Dhs120 for two people.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 3pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun, near Corniche Hospital. tsogosunhotels.com
Saturday July 22
See The Four Musketeers
Cinema Space are showing the classic 1974 swashbuckling tale starring Oliver Reed, Michael York and Richard Chamberlain.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 4pm and 7pm, free. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. cinemaspace-thefourmusketeersfilm.splashthat.com
Save cash on sports kit
Go Sport stocks everything from Garmin bike computers to Giant bicycles, foam rollers, gym equipment and protein shakes – and they have a sale on this month across all their brands with discounts between 30 and 60 per cent available. This is the last weekend of the sale.
Until July 24
Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 6454858. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Mall. facebook.com/gosportme
Tell a story
The Abu Dhabi Storytellers And Presenters Workshop is a Meetup group for people who want to sharpen their public speaking and debating skills. They are meeting this month to “tell some stories” at 7pm on July 22 at Cafe Arabia.
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.
Guggenheim sneak peak
You can see what will be exhibited in the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi at The Creative Act on Saadiyat Island. Split into three sections – Performance, Process and Presence – the exhibition features more than 25 works of modern art from 18 international artists including Anish Kapoor, Susan Hefuna and more.
Until July 29
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 8pm, free. Tel: (02) 6575800. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
Learn a lingo, super fast
If you want to master a foreign language in record time, the Eton Institute has three-week long, 60-hour courses on offer. They’re suitable for beginners and intermediates looking to advance their language skills. The next course starts on July 23.
July 23 to August 10, August 20 to September 7
Eton Institute, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 9am to 1pm, 1.30pm to 5.30pm, Dhs2,550. Tel: (800) 3866. Taxi: twofour54, Khalifa Park. etoninstitute.com/ae