Our picks: 13 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to the next three days in the nation’s capital, including new movie releases, exhibitions, festivals and lots more
Thursday November 2
See golf’s best
The world’s top women golfers face off at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open this weekend. There’s family entertainment on offer as well.
Until November 4
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, free to attend, daily 7am to 5pm. Taxi: Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. fbmladiesopen.com
Fashion and more at the Chic Lady Show
Expect runway shows, exhibits from international designers showing off the latest abayas, jewellery and more.
November 2 to 4
Adnec, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi, Wed to Sat, 4pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 2551245. Taxi: Adnec. chicladyuae.com
Thor: Ragnarok is in cinemas from today
Having broken up with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), newly single Thor (Chris Hemsworth) isn’t having much luck with the ladies. His initial encounter with Hela (Cate Blanchett) – the Norse goddess of death and Marvel’s first female baddie – leaves him without his trusty hammer and shorn of his signature blonde locks. And when he meets warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Thor’s love game plummets from weak to fan boy. As you can probably tell, this threequel has a lighter, Guardians Of The Galaxy vibe, but audiences will quickly warm to this superhero makeover.
Friday November 3
Check out an alfresco brunch at Emirates Palace
Brunch At The Palace is a new alfresco event taking place by the Las Brisas bar and the hotel’s pool, and features a DJ and, more importantly, lots of options for children, such as a candyfloss machine, a chocolate cart and popcorn machines.
Emirates Palace, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs290 to Dhs480, Dhs145 over-tens, under-tens free. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com
Freaky Friday at Yas Marina
Perfect for kids of all ages, this party will be filled with themed attractions such as The Maze Of Madness and The Pumpkin Patch, where children can enjoy bowling pumpkins and get creative in an arts and crafts corner. Staff dressed as witches and ghouls will lead the children around Yas Marina at 5pm for guided trick-or-treating, followed by a fancy dress competition.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri 3pm to 6.30pm, Dhs30. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasisland.ae
New brunch at Hyatt Capital Gate
Abu Dhabi’s leaning tower has a new brunch concept in 18 Degrees. It’s Mediterranean food, with mains such as duck leg confit, jasmine tea salmon, crab cake and Florentine steak on the menu.
Hyatt Capital Gate, Al Sarafat, Abu Dhabi, Fri Dhs232 to Dhs416. Tel: (02) 5961440. Taxi: Next to Adnec. abudhabi.capitalgate.hyatt.com
New dishes at Balcon Terrace
The Southern Sun’s pool bar Balcon Terrace is open for the new season – and it’s got new food. A selection of Asian dishes are now on offer including pandan leaf chicken with sweet chilli dripping, octopus carpaccio, roasted wagyu bone marrow with furikake dressing and yasai tempura.
Southern Sun Hotel, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 3pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun. tsogosun.com
KT Tunstall sings live
The British singer, known for her album Eye To The Telescope, is playing a one-off, acoustic set in the capital.
InterContinental, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, Fri 7pm, Dhs250 to Dhs350. Taxi: InterContinental. abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net
Saturday November 4
Spend at the Baby & Kids Flea Market
Shop for pre-loved toys and baby goods, hang out with other parents and let your kids partake in free activities at this new monthly event.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel And Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 3pm, free entry. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Live comedy at Frankie’s
Frankie’s Italian Restaurant Bar & Grill is hosting a night of live comedy, starring host Simeon Goodson, from New York (pictured above), plus UAE-based comics.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 9pm, free entry. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont. facebook.com/FrankiesUAE/
Ripe Market returns
Get some fresh vegetables, teas or superfoods and attend a fitness workshop.
Umm Al Emarat Park, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, Sat 3pm to 9pm, Dhs5 park entry. Tel: (04) 315700. Taxi: Mushrif Park. ripeme.com
Check out an animation exhibition
Comic Craze showcases works from the UAE’s flourishing community of comic artists, such as Khalid Bin Hamad, whose sci-fi animation series Empire Of N uses the Japanese animated style of anime to reflect on the Emirati identity.
Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, Sat to Thur, 9am to 8pm, free entry. Tel: (03) 7118225. Taxi: Al Qattara Arts Centre. abudhabievents.ae
Check out Hajj: Memories Of A Journey
Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, is celebrated at a new exhibition this month at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Hajj: Memories Of A Journey tells the story with artefacts, photos, multimedia displays and art installations. Inside you’ll find pieces from private and public collections but also contributions from the general public – Abu Dhabi’s Tourism & Culture Authority has been collecting souvenirs, gifts and keepsakes from pilgrims in the capital who have made the spiritual trip to the Saudi Arabian city, which will be showcased in a gallery at the mosque (such as souvenirs gifted by family and friends upon their arrival from Mecca).
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (02) 4191919. Taxi: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. szgmc.ae