8 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Beach festivals, parties, dining deals… we hope you’re ready for it.
The weekend is here, and we can already tell it’s going to be a big one. We’ve got closing parties, newly returned brunches, beach festivals, beer festivals… we can’t wait to get amongst. Have a good one, Abu Dhabi!
Thursday September 27
Perfect your swing at a golf event
The annual Golf Digest Middle East Amateur Golf Series is back, and it opens today at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. The winners of the respective men’s A (0-10 handicap), B (11-24 max) and women’s divisions will automatically qualify for the 11th Golf Digest Middle East Classic, which will take place at Emirates Golf Club on October 16 – and there are some great prizes up for grabs. There are still spots available, just enter here.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, September 27, 1pm shotgun, Dhs455 (includes tournament entry, green fee, and buffet post play). golfdigestme.com
Check out a beach festival
A’l Bahar at the Corniche is hosting a family-friendly beach bash this weekend, with interactive performances, games and food stalls. There will be roaming acrobats, capoeira performers, stilt walkers, live musicians and DJs, as well as plenty of activities for little ones. It’s free entry to the beach festival, but rides, games and craft activities are charged separately.
A’l Bahar Beach Bash, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Thurs & Fri 3pm to 11pm, Sat 3pm to 10pm, free entry. al-bahar.ae
Hit up an after-dark party at Bounce
Trampoline park Bounce is having a ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ night, complete with glow-in-the-dark props and paint, UV lights, neon colours, and pumping hip hop beats. The event is open to both guys and girls aged 14 and above, with one hour of bouncing starting from Dhs85.
Bounce Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall, September 27, 8.15pm to midnight, from Dhs85. bounce.ae
Friday September 28
Head along to Abu Dhabi Hopfest
Abu Dhabi Hopfest is back at Abu Dhabi Golf Club this weekend. The celebrations include more than 25 top hops from around the world, live music, food, and exciting games for the whole family. Tickets cost Dhs99, or Dhs89 if you’re a club member, and that includes one drink and something to eat. There’s free parking, too.
Abu Dhabi Hopfest, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, September 27 to 29, 4pm to midnight, from Dhs89. Get tickets here.
Book a table at a newly returned brunch
Top Japanese restaurant Zuma is relaunching its Friday brunch today. You’ll be able to do the rounds of Zuma’s famous sushi and robata counters, as well as a range of signature dishes served to order. Packages start from Dhs362 including soft drinks, while children aged four to 12 can eat for Dhs158.
Zuma Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Fridays, 12.30pm to 4pm. zumarestaurant.com
Party at Yas Waterworld
It’s the Neon Nights closing party at Yas Waterworld tonight, and some world-renowned international DJs will be there to close the season in style, including Sigma, Philip George and The Menendez Brothers from Ministry of Sound. There is no age restriction, however, childen aged 13 and below must be accompanied by an adult.
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, September 28, 7pm to midnight, tickets from Dhs265. yaswaterworld.com
Saturday September 29
Relax at a new Saturday brunch
Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi is launching a new Saturday brunch at Origins, The Brunch Express. The family-oriented brunch will feature a kid-friendly menu and play zone, while adults can enjoy a selection of live cooking stations. You’ll also receive a free after-brunch pool pass, which grants you access to Latitude, Yas Hotel’s family rooftop pool with views over Yas Marina Circuit.
Origins, Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Saturdays, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs190 (soft), Dhs290 (house), 1 kid under 12 eats free when accompanied by an adult, Dhs95 for each kid not accompanied by a paying adult. yashotelexperiences.com
Enjoy unlimited sushi for Dhs99
Love sushi? Olive Tree in Aloft Al Ain offers unlimited sushi every Saturday for Dhs99. Nab a table overlooking the plaza and get your fill of fresh maki.
Olive Tree, Aloft Al Ain, Saturdays, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs99 (including water). olivetreealain.com