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 28
Take the kids to Pinkfong And Baby Shark
If you have kids, there’s a very good chance they know Baby Shark, a Korean nursery song that you can watch on YouTube (it has been viewed an incredible 1.4 BILLION times). Now, you can see a live concert version of the hit cartoon (made by Pinkfong, a global kids’ brand), featuring hits such as Hello Pinkfong, Walking Walking, The Penguin Dance, Jungle Boogie, Train, Monkey Bananas and See You Again Pinkfong. There’ll be photo opportunities and merchandise giveaways as well. It’s on in Al Ain at Hili Mall and in Mussafah at Dalma Mall.
Various locations including Dalma Mall, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, Thur to Sat, timings TBC. Tel: (800) 325626255. Taxi: Dalma Mall. visitabudhabi.ae
Check out Yalla Laughs
This free comedy night features a diverse line-up of jokers hailing from the Middle East at Up & Below.
Courtyard By Marriott, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 11pm, free entry. Taxi: Courtyard By Marriott. facebook.com/yallalaughs
Dance to Animal Picnic
Iris at Yas Marina has Animal Picnic in town for one night only – the techno DJs come from Spain.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Tel: (055) 1605636. Taxi: Yas Marina. facebook.com/irisyasisland
Watch the World Cup
We’re now two weeks into the World Cup and there’s been some cracking matches so far and some shocking results (we’re looking at you, Germany). Click here for your guide to where you can catch all the games in the capital.
Friday June 29
Aloft’s Liquid Rain pool and foam party is back
It’s the first Liquid Rain party of the season at Aloft Abu Dhabi and it takes place on the fifth floor of the hotel at Mai Cafe. DJs Danny CEE and Lucy Stone will supply the hits. Don’t forget your swimwear.
Aloft Abu Dhabi, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 3am, Dhs100 gents, ladies free. Tel: (02) 6545193. Taxi: Adnec. aloftabudhabi.com/events
Local art at Al Qattara
There’s a new exhibition running in Al Ain this summer that’s all about community. Summer Exhibition at Al Qattara Arts Centre is showcasing 28 artworks by 23 emerging UAE-based artists and students. Running until late September, each piece offers insight into how every artist views their community, society and the world using a variety of mediums including oils, pastels and digital art. The exhibition also includes pieces by local Al Qattara students, fitting given that since opening in 2011 the centre has offered locals a year-long public programme including exhibitions, activities and art workshops.
Until September 25
Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, daily 8am to 8pm, free. Tel: (03) 7118225. Taxi: near Al Ain Sports Club. visitabudhabi.ae
Emirati poetry on Saadiyat
Listen to award-winning local poet Afra Atiq, the winner of the 2017 ADMAF Creativity Award, give a reading at The Library on Saadiyat. She is doing two readings, one on Thursday and one on Friday, both at 4pm.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur to Fri 4pm to 6pm. Tel: (02) 4071234. Taxi: Park Hyatt Saadiyat. facebook.com/ParkHyattAbuDhabi
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.
Saturday June 30
See Paa Joe And The Lion
Cinem’Art at Louvre Abu Dhabi is showing Paa Joe And The Lion this weekend. It’s a father and son story about a man who makes coffins for people in the shapes of animals and mythical beasts. His son wants to rebuild the business and construct a lion coffin. The screening is inspired by a current Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibit – the Reliquary casket made with Fatimid Rock crystal plaques (1200-1210). The cask is on display in Gallery 6 of the museum.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sat 5pm to 6.30pm, Dhs60, under-12s free. Tel: (600) 565566. Taxi: Louvre. louvreabudhabi.ae