Our picks: 8 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Your guide to all the events taking place in the capital over the next few days…
Thursday August 30
Pizza, pasta and movies at District By Amalfi
The recently re-opened Italian is a celebration of all thing NYC, and Thursday evenings it hosts an event called Sera Con Amici (Evening with Friends). For your dirhams, you’ll get unlimited meat and cheese antipasti, Soho pizzas, pasta dishes and two house beverages. There’ll be a special beer menu showcasing brews from ten districts in New York as well, while classic gangster movies will play on screens in the background.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur 6pm to 11pm, Dhs300 for two. Tel: (02) 6950300. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
New hammam at Eastern Mangroves
Anantara Spa has introduced a 90-minute Anantara Signature Hammam Ritual. The hammam experience includes locally sourced fresh ingredients such as dates from Ras Al Khaimah, camel’s milk from the desert, Arabian coffee and za’atar.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel And Spa By Anantara, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi, 10am to midnight, Dhs990. Tel: (02) 6561000 Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
Friday August 31
Dance at Aloft’s Liquid Rain pool and foam party
It’s the second Liquid Rain party of the season at Aloft Abu Dhabi and it takes place on the fifth floor of the hotel at Mai Cafe. 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
Listen to local bands
Zayed Sports City, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 1am, free entry. Tel: (02) 4034235. Taxi: ZSC. sportsmanszsc.com
Neon Nights at Yas Waterworld
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4142000. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com
New brunch at rebranded Yas Hotel
The Yas Viceroy is no more – Yas Island’s iconic hotel at the F1 track has been rebranded the Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi and it’s relaunched its brunch deal, too. Gone is the Pit Stop Brunch, and in its place is the Origins Brunch, which will feature barbecued grilled lobster, make-your-own poke stations, beef wellington with all the trimmings, and Arabic and Indian courses. Your brunch ticket also gives you access to the hotel’s after-brunch party at rooftop bar Longitude, plus pool access.
Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house), Dhs495 (champagne). Tel: (02) 6560600. Taxi: Yas. yashotelabudhabi.com
Saturday September 1
See Kin at the cinema
Dennis Quaid stars in this weekend’s big movie release Kin, a sci-fi adventure about a kid who discovers a giant laser gun from another world – and is chased by its alien owners as a result. Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz and Carrie Coon also star.
Enter the Yas Gaming Festival
Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, August 22 to September 1. Taxi: Yas Mall. Tel: (800) 9276255. yasmall.ae