Our picks: 9 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all the events taking place in the nation’s capital over the next few days
Thursday June 21
Catch new Emirati horror movie Until Midnight
Fancy seeing a movie tonight? You can watch one made right here in the UAE by Emirati director Tariq Alkazim. Until Midnight is a horror flick starring social media star Ahmed Khamis (who also starred in 2015’s Arab Casting). Alkazim is a rising name in the movie industry in the GCC. His debut movie A Tale Of Shadows was released in cinemas last year. Nigerian actor Chuka Ekweogwu also stars in this creepy tale about a man who’s home alone, but starts to think there’s someone in the house watching him. It’s on general release in UAE cinemas from tonight.
Watch the World Cup
We’re now a week into the World Cup and there’s been some surprising results so far (we’re looking at you Iceland and Mexico). Tonight sees France play Peru and Argentina take on Croatia. Click here for your guide to where you can catch all the games in the capital.
Friday June 22
See Al Bait Bait Aboona
Abu Dhabi Summer Season officially starts this weekend with the first of its shows – Al Bait Bait Aboona is a comedy horror theatrical show by MBC starring Haya Alshoaibi and Soad Ali and also featuring Thamer Alshoaibi, Abdulmalek Almuzail and Yousef Almatar.
Al Raha Beach Theatre, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 to Dhs375. Tel: (02) 5080555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Theatre. Click here to buy tickets
Check out a Thai market
The Thai Embassy in the capital has market stalls selling goods from the country, plus Thai street food on offer tonight. There’ll be dance performances as well.
Royal Thai Embassy, Al Zafranah, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 10pm. Tel: (02) 5576551 Taxi: Al Shumous Street, off Salam Street, opposite Eastern Mangroves. facebook.com/thaiembassy.abudhabi
Attend the McGettigan’s Honky Tonk brunch
Fancy being a cowboy or cowgirl for the day? The Irish pub at Al Raha is hosting a five hour western-themed brunch with dishes such as fried chicken and sweet potato pie on the menu. The Honky Tonkers band will be playing hits by the likes of Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. Prizes are up for grabs if you go in fancy dress.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, noon to 5pm, Dhs229. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. Tel: (02) 6524333. mcgettigans.com
Go collecting at Etihad Modern Art Gallery
Etihad Modern Art Gallery’s annual exhibition and souq are back, giving you the chance to admire works by local artists, and maybe even buy a piece. The artworks on display have been featured at all of the gallery’s shows over the past year, and the event is now in its fifth year. The souq will be selling a selection of contemporary art pieces, including modern acrylic and oil paintings and digital prints.
Until July 31
Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, free entry. Tel: (02) 6210145. Taxi: Al Bateen Mall. etihadmodernart.com
Saturday June 23
Urban RetrEAT now open Yas Mall
There’s a new place to eat at Yas Island’s gigantic shopping centre – and it’s a place where you’ll be able to try 12 cuisines. Urban RetrEAT features UAE street food vendors on a three-month rotation, meaning you’ll be able to try a variety of dishes from all over the globe. Vendors that have signed up for it include seafood outlet Off The Hook, Latin-American food truck Casa Latina, Firefly Burger and Casa De Churros.
Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Yas Mall. urbanretreat.me
Yoga under the moonlight
Yoga Adventures are hosting a moonlight yoga session at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade tonight – you’ll also get to try kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding in the session, which is suitable for experts and beginners.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi, Sat 6.15pm to 8.30pm, Dhs210. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves Promenade. facebook.com/yogawithxia
Learn about Pop Art
Art Central on Reem Island is hosting a session about Pop Art – you’ll learn how it all started, who invented it, plus Andy Warhol’s role in the movement. You’ll also of course make your own masterpiece while there.
Boutik Mall, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat 4pm to 6pm, Dhs175. Tel: (056) 2017970. Taxi: Boutik Mall. artcentral.ae