Art exhibitions, brand new brunches, and big breakfasts…

Looking for some weekend inspiration? Whether you’re looking to get your weekly dose of culture at a new art exhibition or scare yourself silly by watching the latest horror flick, we’ve got you covered. Here are 6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend…

Thursday September 6

1. Check out some Japanese art

Louvre Abu Dhabi is paying tribute to Japanese creativity with its latest exhibition, Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Decor, which launches today. It will feature a display of 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and folding screens that place a focus on the relationship between Japan and France. The exhibition will also include Manga Lab, offering a series of workshops about manga and graphic art.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, September 6 to November 24, Sat to Wed 10am to 8pm, Thurs to Fri 10am to 10pm, Dhs60. Tel: (600) 565 566.

2. Appreciate the spoken word

Backyard Poetry is back for a new season, and will now take place at the Otantik Restaurant and Cafe. This monthly open mic event provides a platform for young poets to showcase their talents and share their stories.

Backyard Poetry, Otantik Restaurant and Cafe, 10th Street, Thurs at 7pm, entry fee Dhs15. @backyardpoetryTM

Friday September 7

3. Book a table at a brand new brunch

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 features barbecued grilled lobster, make-your-own-poke stations, Beef Wellington with all the trimmings, and Arabic and Indians 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, Yas Island, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs285 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house), Dhs495 (champagne). Tel: (02) 656 0600.

4. Catch a new horror flick

Halloween might still be a month away, but we’re already gearing up for it with the release of horror-thriller The Nun. The new fright fest, part of the Conjuring universe, delves into the origin of the demonic Nun Valak, who first made her evil presence known in The Conjuring 2. 

The Nun, in UAE cinemas from September 6.

Saturday September 8

5. Treat yourself to a big breakfast

Have you got your hands on our September issue yet? We’ve rounded up all of the best breakfasts in the capital, so you’ll have plenty of inspiration for the most important meal of the day. You can’t go past the traditional brekkie at McGettigan’s AUH in the Al Raha Beach Hotel – it’s a real belly-buster, with eggs, sausages, bacon, beans, Portobello mushrooms, hash browns, black & white pudding and toast.

McGettigan’s AUH, Al Raha Beach Hotel, Thurs to Sat from noon, Sun to Wed from 3pm. Tel: (02) 652 4333.

6. Check out the new season at Warehouse421

The end of summer means one thing for Abu Dhabi’s art scene – it’s time for new exhibitions and events, and one of the first to announce their Autumn programme is Warehouse421. The Mina Port art hub has a series of exhibitions, workshops and film screenings that start this month. The first is an exhibition of artworks from students from Cohort 5 of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship.

Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, from September 8, various times and prices. Tel: (02) 676 8803.

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