Our picks: 11 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
There’s a music festival at the du Arena, some new menus to try, a Kiss tribute band are in town, and there’s a family fitness festival taking place on Yas
Thursday January 25
Van Gogh like you’ve never seen him before
See the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch impressionist, in the capital at Abu Dhabi National Theatre in a very unique way – Van Gogh Alive projects the artist’s works onto the gallery’s walls, showing them at a larger scale and in stunning detail. The show features 3,000 images set to a soundtrack of classical musical.
Until February 26
Abu Dhabi National Theatre, Al Itihad, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 10pm, Dhs70. Taxi: National Theatre, near Sky News and Abu Dhabi Media buildings. tickets.virginmegastore.me
Check out Terraforming
British photographer Duncan Chard has been taking photos for his new exhibition about the UAE for more than years.
Until January 29
Le Royal Meridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 9am to late. Taxi: Le Royal Meridien. Tel: (02) 6742020. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Friday January 26
See Kiss live in concert (sort of)
No, Gene Simmons isn’t in Abu Dhabi, but you can hear the next best thing – Friday night sees Kiss tribute act Hotter Than Hell performing in Abu Dhabi at Porters.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, 6pm, Dhs100. Tel: (02) 4953936. Taxi: Grand Millennium. millenniumhotels.ae, platinumlist.net
Get fit on Yas
There’s a new health-orientated event this weekend called the Family Fitness Festival. Yas’ Gateway Park will feature fitness classes, nutrition talks and more over two days. Head down to try Les Mills Body Pump classes, hip hop dance classes from Motion Studios and yoga sessions. One important note: you have to register at their website for free tickets.
January 26 and 27
Gateway Park South, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 5pm, free. Taxi: Yas Park. fitfest.ae
Dance to Cairo tunes
Superstar singer Mohamed Hamak, singer, songwriter Aida El Ayoubi and more at the Cairo Sound Music Festival on Yas. It’s an alcohol free, family-friendly festival.
du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (04) 3200197. Taxi: du Arena. cairosoundfestival.com
There’s an awesome photography exhibition on Saadiyat…
Check out photos from the past ten years of the Emirates Photography Competition.
Until March 31
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. abudhabievents.ae
…And an exhibition at The Louvre
The inaugural special exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi, From One Louvre To Another: Opening A Museum For Everyone, traces the history of Musée du Louvre in Paris and will run throughout the first quarter of 2018. It features approximately 145 significant paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and other pieces from the collections of Musée du Louvre and Château de Versailles.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (600) 565566. Taxi: Louvre Abu Dhabi. louvreabudhabi.ae
New brunch at Hakkasan
The classy Asian outlet has relaunched its Hakka Brunch with new dishes.
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12pm to 4pm, Dhs318 to Dhs678. Taxi: Emirates Palace. Tel: (02) 6907739. hakkasan.com
Saturday January 27
Open day at Hiltonia Beach Club
The Hilton’s beach club is hosting a free day, with bootcamp, spin, stretching classes and more. There’ll be activities for kids on the day as well. It’s free to get in.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, from 10am, free. Tel: (02) 6924324. Taxi: Hiltonia Beach Club. hilton.com
New dishes at Afya
Beachside restaurant Afya has added 40 new course to its menu, with sharing platters making an appearance. The Traders Hotel outlet has added starters, mains and desserts including Cajun chicken with marinated roast vegetables, eight stone-baked pizzas, a passion fruit crème brûlée and more.
Traders Hotel, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 5098555. Taxi: Traders Hotel. tradershotels.com
Visit the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival (last chance)
Learn about the UAE’s founding father at this annual festival – expect spectacular parades, falconry shows and plenty more.
Until January 27
Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, timings TBC. Tel: (800) 555. Taxi: Al Wathba, near the cycle track. abudhabievents.ae