Our picks: 12 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all the events taking place in the nation’s capital
Thursday May 3
Love, revenge at the Louvre
The history of Egyptian cinema comes under the spotlight at a very unique performance tonight – Love And Revenge combines hip hop from Lebanese star Rayess Bek and pieces by visual artist La Mirza, who also hails from Lebanon. The show features footage from classic Egyptian movies dating from the 1940s to the 1990s, weaved into a plot about the murder of a Syrian actress called Asmahan (the real-life Asmahan died in 1944 in Egypt after her car drove into the River Nile). Love And Revenge examines the Arab world’s traditions and contradictions, claim the creators, and features electronic music and movie editing done in real-time.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs114 to Dhs143. Tel: (600) 565566. Taxi: Louvre. louvreabudhabi.ae
Go Overboard at the cinema
Nothing can replace Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in the classic ’80s comedy… or so we thought. This gender-swapping update stars Anna Faris as cleaning lady Kate who dupes her amnesiac boss Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez) into believing he’s her hardworking husband. But will everything fall apart when Leonardo remembers his not-so-humble origins? Of course! But Faris handles the awkward situation with hilarious gusto.
Make a splash at ladies’ night
Yas Waterworld’s ladies’ nights are back and running every Thursday.
Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi, Thur 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 414200. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com
See a stage performance of Anything Goes
Abu Dhabi Coral Group are back this weekend with the first in a series of stage performances of the classic musical Anything Goes, written by legendary US songwriter and composer Cole Porter. It’s a love story about Billy Crocker, who works on Wall Street. He runs into his ex-girlfriend on a boat trip to England and tries to win her back. Unfortunately, her fiancé and her mother are also there and have other ideas.
Folklore Theatre, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, timings vary, Dhs100 to Dhs110. Taxi: near Al Wahda Mall. platinumlist.ae
Friday May 4
There’s a new water festival on at A’l Bahar
The new area on the Corniche has a festival on this weekend with lots of activities for kids, including a game of soapy soccer, plus lot of slides, including one called the Triple Fun Mega Water Slide. There are 15 water-themed activities plus an obstacle course.
May 4 to 5, 11 to 12
A’l Bahar – Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 12pm to 7pm, Dhs100 (early bird). Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: Abu Dhabi Corniche. al-bahar.ae
Decked out on Yas Marina returns
Yas Marina is hosting one of its family-friendly Decked Out weekends today and on Saturday. It’s a superhero-themed event called Keep Calm & Be A Superhero, featuring bowling, car races, break dancing, graffiti artists and a screening of children’s movie The Incredibles.
May 4 and 5
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri and Sat 3pm to 7pm. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasmarina.ae
Dance to African beats
There’s a new festival in the capital this weekend that celebrates Africa. Africa Fest UAE will feature music from drumming troupe Dubafrique, Nigerian Dubai-based singer/songwriter MKO and more. You’ll be able to try African dishes and braai created by Springbok Butchery. There’ll be stalls selling African arts, crafts and jewellery.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 3pm until late, Dhs50 to Dhs75. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. africafestuae.com
Check out the The Founder’s Memorial
The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent tribute to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan which you’ll find just off the Corniche in Abu Dhabi next to Emirates Palace, is now open to the public. An art installation called “The Constellation” forms the centrepiece of the memorial. The design by public artist Ralph Helmick comprises 1,300 geometric shapes and 1,000 cables, which create a three-dimensional portrait of the late leader. Check out our full preview.
Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Corniche, near Emirates Palace. thefoundersmemorial.ae
Saturday May 5
New menu at Sportsman’s Arms
The Sportsman’s Arms in Zayed Sports City has rebooted its menu for the summer months. It’s added a selection of sharing plates, plus dishes from the US and Ireland such as sliders, loaded nachos, pizzas and beef sausage and mashed potatoes. They’re available all day, every day of the week.
Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 2am. Tel: (02) 4034235. Taxi: Zayed Sports City. sportsmanszsc.com
Palestinian Art at Warehouse421
Abu Dhabi Art has joined forces with Dubai’s Meem Gallery and Warehouse421 for an exhibition of pieces by Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata. The exhibition will feature work from Boullata’s last three project – Bilqis, Addolcendo and Angelus. The pieces are for sale as well.
Until May 13
Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, free. Taxi: Warehouse421 next to COOP in Mina Zayed. warehouse421.ae
Wedding advice in Al Ain
Al Ain’s Convention Centre hosts Weddex this month, an exhibition for future brides looking for inspiration for their big day. There will be displays of wedding gowns, accessories, furniture, rental cars, photography, henna art, honeymoon destinations and more.
Until May 5
Al Ain Convention Centre, Al Ain. Tel: (02) 4446900. Taxi: Convention Centre. alaincc.ae
There’s a new men’s spa on Saadiyat
Men’s grooming company 1847 has launched its first branch in the nation’s capital. The brand, which has seven branches in Dubai, has taken up a new home in the recently opened Saadiyat Beach Club and shaves, haircuts, mani/pedis, massages and facials are on the menu. A little-known fact: the spa’s name, 1847, is a reference to the year that English inventor William Henson patented the safety razor.
Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 9pm. Tel: (02) 6563530. Taxi: Saadiyat Rotana. 1847formen.com