Our picks: 8 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all the events taking place in the nation’s capital
Thursday May 17
The Holy Month started today in the UAE – 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.
Check out a new Italian restaurant
The Pearl Rotana’s new Italian restaurant Dino’s has opened, serving a menu that focuses on the classics.
Pearl Rotana, Adnec, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3.30pm, 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 3075555. Taxi: next to Adnec. rotana.com
Try a new healthy menu at La Petite Maison
The French outlet has launched a new Mediterranean-themed menu for Ramadan and summer. Designed for sharing, you can taste a range of appetisers and entrées including wild monkfish and whole lobster, plus a selection of new desserts.
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3.30pm, 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6929600. Taxi: The Galleria. lpmdubai.ae
Friday May 18
Magnesium makeover at Emirates Palace
The hotel’s spa has recently introduced two new treatments using products by French company Thalion that give you an extra dose of calcium or magnesium without you popping any pills – instead, it’s applied through your skin.
Emirates Palace, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm, Dhs800. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae
Take a cruise this Ramadan
Set sail in a luxury yacht and cruise along the Abu Dhabi coastline while breaking your fast this Ramadan. You can try an iftar buffet of Middle Eastern delicacies and Arabic sweets on this newly launched cruise, while listening to the sounds of an oud player with local tour company M&H Cruises.
Corniche Marina, Abu Dhabi, timings vary, Dhs175 suhoor, Dhs275 iftar. Tel: (02) 3043333. Taxi: Corniche Marina. mh.cruises
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 May 19
Revamped Amalfi returns
Replacing the former Italian restaurant Amalfi, District By Amalfi is the latest refurbished opening at Le Royal Méridien. Try flavours from the Italian Amalfi coast mixed with dishes from New York City.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, timings TBC. Tel: (02) 6950300. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Check out an 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