Our picks: 15 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all the events taking place in the nation’s capital
Thursday June 7
We’re now three weeks into the Holy Month – Ramadan Kareem to all our readers, and don’t forget to check out our iftar and suhoor guide if you’re looking for somewhere to break your fast. If you’re a non-muslim and not fasting, don’t forget our daytime dining guide as well.
Explore a Ramadan market
Pop-up specialists La Loupe are hosting a Ramadan Caravan at Al Seef Village Mall this weekend. There’ll be more than 30 homegrown vendors selling jewellery and gifts including handmade shoe makers Babel & Co and kids’ clothing company S.A.M.
June 7 to 8
Al Seef Village Mall, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, Thur 5pm to midnight, Fri 5pm to 11.45pm. Taxi: Al Seef Village Mall. facebook.com/laloupeauh
Try a 10-course iftar
The What’s On Award-winning Indian restaurant Tamba will be serving an iftar menu featuring a whopping 10 dishes. On it you’ll find smoked pineapple soup, Bombay bhaji rolls, baba ghanoush with pulled beef and more. Suhoor starts at 9pm, and the outlet is offering a Dhs180 dessert platter featuring its signature chocolate mousse dessert, The Break-Up.
World Trade Center Mall, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, daily sunset to 9pm, Dhs180. Tel: (02) 6728888. Taxi: World Trade Center Mall. tambarestaurant.com
Learn about Sheikh Zayed at The Galleria
This year, the UAE has been celebrating what would have been Sheikh Zayed’s 100th birthday, and during June you can learn more about the country’s founding father at a new photography exhibition. Running throughout the Holy Month, on display are 40 images, many of which show the impact of his legacy on the country and important landmarks in the UAE’s history. There’s photos of the opening of the country’s first national university in 1977, plus an image of Sheikh Zayed with Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qassimi and Sir Geoffrey Arthur, who was a British resident in the Gulf, before the signing of the Treaty Of Friendship, between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, at the Jumeirah Palace in Dubai in 1971.
Until June 17
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur 10am to midnight, Fri noon to midnight, free. Taxi: Galleria. Tel: (02) 6166999. galleria.ae
Quiz night at Heroes
The pub in the Crowne Plaza has its weekly quiz night tonight, with prizes up for grabs and questions from quizmaster Mike Greaves.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (02) 6166261. Taxi: Crowne Plaza. ichotelsgroup.com
Friday June 8
Check out a new Ramadan tent
The Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi has been hosting Abu Dhabians for iftar and suhoor in their new tent this Holy Month. There’s an oud player, an a la carte iftar menu served from 7.30pm, plus suhoor from 9pm, and there’s an Arabic sweets cart as well.
Holiday Inn, Al Sarafat, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6574856. Taxi: Holiday Inn, Airport Road. holidayinn.com
Fashion meets art in Al Ain
The Garden City of Al Ain 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
Zayed: Story Of A Nation exhibition
You can check out artworks by students in Abu Dhabi that celebrate Sheikh Zayed at Saadiyat’s cultural hub.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 11am to 5pm, free entry. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. visitabudhabi.ae
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 9
Learn about Ramadan and family fun at Yas Mall
The shopping centre’s last Hala Bil Weekend takes place this Friday and Saturday. There’s themed activities such as arts and crafts, face painting and kids can also be entertained by stilt walkers and more. At 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 10:30pm a storyteller will read tales about the Middle East to families in both Arabic and English.
Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri to Sat 6pm to midnight. Taxi: Yas Mall. yasmall.ae
Wellness day at the Shangri-La
Your health is the focus of this day at the Shangri-La Hotel – you can take part in a 60-minute Chi Gong session, get complimentary health check-ups, race in a mini dragon boat race get 30 per cent off treatments at Chi, The Spa during the day. Prior registration required.
Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, 9am 10am. Tel: (02) 5098900. Taxi: Shangri-La Hotel. shangri-la.com/abudhabi
Burn calories at ITrainSaturdays
Too hot for you to train outside? You can run around Yas Mall and Ferrari World for free every Saturday morning at 8am, thanks to health insurers Daman.
Spend at a flea market
The Sheraton is hosting one of its legendary flea markets this Saturday, and this one focuses on kids and baby products. Pay Dhs200 and you can set up a stall and sell your kids’ old items.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 6pm. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Watch the boxing at McGettigan’s
Abu Dhabi’s Irish pub will be showing British boxer Tyson Fury’s comeback fight against Albanian star Sefer Seferi. The fight starts at 1.30am UAE time.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Saturday 10pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 6524333. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. mcgettigans.com
Check out 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 is in 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