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 August 16
Save money with this month’s What’s On magazine
Inside our August edition you’ll find 100 2-for-1 vouchers to use in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and beyond. There’s dining deals, hotel stays, spa treatments and much more. It’s on sale in all good stores now.
Celebrate Indian Independence Day
See celebrity performances and a Bollywood star sing live at Sparkles Of India, an Abu Dhabi Summer Season event running this weekend.
August 16 to 18
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 6pm to 11pm, from Dhs45. Taxi: du Forum. visitabudhabi.ae
Friday August 17
Run around Ferrari World
Ferrari World has joined forces with Yas Mall for another indoors race. Runners can choose from 2.5km, 5km and 10km options and will make their way around a course that takes in both venues. Called the Abu Dhabi Sports Council City Run, check-in and bib and chip collection is between 7am and 8am in the customer service area at the entrance of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The park has
post-run breakfast specials and entry deals that can be purchased in advance when registering.
Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, Fri 7am to 10am, Dhs55. Taxi: Yas Island. premieronline.com
Neon Nights return
Yas Waterworld will be transformed into a fluro extravaganza every Friday from August 17.
Until September 28
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4142000. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com
New dishes to try at Black Tap
The NYC Burger outlet famed for its freakshakes has new dishes to try including the Baja Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Cajun grilled chicken breast, salsa verde, avocado, beef bacon, melted pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, cilantro and fresh lime) and the Atomic Shrimp burger (fried shrimp, atomic sauce, dry coleslaw, boston leaf lettuce, sesame seeds, scallions, asian spices).
Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur to Sat 11am to midnight, Sun to Wed 11am to 11pm. Tel: (800) 9276255. Taxi: Yas Mall. blacktapme.com
Seafood and eat it at Sevilla
There’s live cooking stations aplenty at the Friday Fish Market Brunch at the Al Raha Beach Hotel. You can try a wide selection from the sea that can be cooked just the way you like, with the added entertainment value of a belly dancer and a DJ. Specialties include traditional roast, sushi and sashimi, French cheese and fritto misto and a variety of desserts. You’ll also get fullday pool and beach access.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs240. Tel: (02) 5080555. danathotels.com
Saturday August 18
Denzel’s back as The Equalizer
The Equalizer 2 is in cinemas from this weekend. After travelling to Turkey to dispose of some baddies and rescue a kidnapped little girl, special-ops agent Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) returns home to discover his colleague (Melissa Leo) has been murdered in a tit-for-tat assassination. So Robert decides to go full-on Kill Bill and slay them all. The first film made $192 million worldwide, so a follow-up was always on the cards.
A summer of sport at ZSC
Zayed Sports City is hosting the annual Abu Dhabi Sports Festival this summer. Take your friends and choose from a variety of sports including basketball, football and table tennis. They’re suitable for all fitness levels. Football pitches cost Dhs300 per hour, volleyball bookings are Dhs150 per hour and walk-ins are accepted subject to availability. Children aged between four and twelve can purchase Open Play session tickets for Dhs21 and parents, nannies and younger siblings can come for free.
Until August 20
Zayed Sports City, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 11pm, from Dhs21. Tel: (02) 4034555. Taxi: Zayed Sports Centre. zsc.ae
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