Our picks: 13 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all the events taking place in the nation’s capital
Thursday April 5
There’s an MMA fight night on at the du Forum
Love MMA? Head to Yas tonight. Local fitness club Cobra Fitness is hosting Phoenix 6, the latest edition of the Middle East’s leading MMA competition, the Phoenix Fighting Championship. Locally-based fighters taking part include Brazil’s Luana De Souza Jaures Dea, also known as The Crazy Cameroonian. There’s also the small matter of a MMA Middleweight World Title clash between Mohammad Karaki and Salam Eddine Dekhissi.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur from 5pm, tickets from Dhs100. Taxi: du Forum. ticketmaster.ae, facebook.com/muaythaiabudhabi
Check out a new exhibition at the Louvre
Louvre Abu Dhabi has joined forces with the National library of France for its latest exhibition that examines the history of how humanity has viewed planet Earth as a sphere. Globes: Visions Of The World features more than 40 globes and spheres, some of which date back 2,500 years. In total, the exhibition features 160 works from France’s Bibliothèque nationale.
Until 2 June
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs60, under-12s free. Tel: (600) 565566. Taxi: Louvre. louvreabudhabi.ae
Aussie beef at Southern Sun
The What’s On Award-winning steakhouse The Foundry has a one-off menu planned for lovers of Australian beef. The outlet has joined forces with Classic Fine Food & Stanbroke, an Aussie beef pastoral company, and on the night you can try cuts, including Sanchok and Augustus.
Southern Sun Hotel, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7pm to 11pm, Dhs375. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun, Al Mina Street, Tourist Club. tsogosunhotels.com
Fashion meets art in Al Ain
The Garden City is hosting an exhibition of fashion illustrations over the next few months. Lines And Stitches features designs by UAE artists and inside you’ll find 21 pieces, along with eight art installations. There will also be workshops, hosted by fashion designers and illustrators from the UAE, every Saturday while the exhibition is running.
Until June 14
Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, Sat to Thur, 9am to 8pm, free entry. Tel: (03) 7118225. Taxi: Al Qattara Arts Centre. abudhabievents.ae
A Quiet Place is in cinemas from today
Real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt team up as a married couple whose family lives in a silent woodland retreat – they communicate with sign language, walk on sand paths and play Monopoly with knitted tokens. And if they dare to make the slightest squeak, monsters will rip them to shreds. It’s clear that director Krasinski understands the power of sound, because this nerve-shattering horror will make you scream.
Friday April 6
Cabana deals at the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal has launched new packages at their beachside cabanas. The Cabana Romantica costs Dhs560 and features a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc, a cheese platter and macarons. The Beat The Heat deal includes six bottles of Corona, mini burgers or nachos and snacks for Dhs780. The Summer Chill Deal includes eight bottles of soft drinks, a fruit platter and oriental pastries for Dhs450.
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
See Serbian art at Breakfast In Sand
Le Royal Méridien has joined forces with Abu Dhabi Art Hub for Breakfast In Sand, an exhibition featuring four Serbian artists. The talents created pieces for the Art Hub’s Serbian Art Month back in February and the exhibition isin conjunction with the Serbian Embassy in the UAE. The four artists displaying are Milica Babovic, Ana Golovic, Leila Vujovic and Ivana Zivic. The pieces are inspired by their time in the UAE.
Until October 19
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 10pm, free. Tel: (02) 6950300. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
New exhibition at Warehouse421
For the past two years, UAE art has been making waves in Italy, and has been exhibited at the renowned Venice Biennale, an arts organisation based in the city. Now, those works are on display at Warehouse421 until June.
Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, free. Taxi: Warehouse421 next to COOP in Mina Zayed. warehouse421.ae
Swim and fight pollution on Saadiyat
Sadly, litter and plastic pollution are becoming regular sights on Abu Dhabi’s beaches, but you can do your bit to raise awareness about the issue by taking part in Swim For Clean Seas 2018 this weekend. There are quarter-, half- and one-mile options for adults and juniors at the event.
Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi, 7am, Dhs90 to Dhs200. premieronline.com
Saturday April 7
Seek out The New Identity
Etihad Modern Art Gallery’s latest exhibition The New Identity features an all-female cast of young UAE-based artists. Talents displaying in the exhibition include Emirati analogue photographer Amira Al Awadhi and Palestinian-Swedish rising star Alaa Mahmoud Alqedra, who sculpts and creates installations and drawings using household items such as kitchen tools and Lego.
Until April 30
Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, free entry. Tel: (02) 6210145. Taxi: Al Bateen Mall. etihadmodernart.com
Splash about with Aqua Fun
Try a new brunch at 99Sushi
The Japanese outlet has a new 11-course a la carte brunch menu called Zeitaku that is only available on Saturdays.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat 1pm to sunset. Tel: (02) 6777271. Taxi: Galleria. thegalleria.ae
Shang Palace has a new menu
Chinese restaurant Shang Palace has rebooted its menu, and it’s now inspired by the four corners of China. Menu highlights include roasted Beijing duck with pancakes and wok-fried foie gras and deep-fried soft shell crab.
Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 5098900. Taxi: Shangri-La Hotel. shangri-la.com/abudhabi