Ladies’ days, movies in the park, and the return of the Ripe Market…

Ready for the weekend? Us, too. Now that temperatures are officially at more comfortable levels, we plan on making the most of it – which is why you’ll find us at the Ripe Market at Umm Al Emarat Park this Saturday. Here are six great ways to spend the weekend in Abu Dhabi…

Thursday October 18

Make the most of ladies’ day at Yas Waterworld

Ladies can start the weekend early by heading along to Yas Waterworld between 10am and 11pm. The ladies’ day lets female guests have the park’s 40-plus rides, slides and attractions all to themselves. To ensure a private atmosphere all day long, guests are asked to leave their phones behind.

Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Thursday October 18, 10am to 11pm, Dhs250 adults, Dhs210 juniors.

Head to an African party

To celebrate African Pride Month, Bounce Abu Dhabi is hosting a special African night party. There will be a dance show from Abu Dhabi University’s Nigerian club, as well as Zumba sessions and African music by DJ Zangola. Sudanese rapper Taher Elias (T.A) will also be performing at the event.

Bounce Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall, Thursday October 18, 5pm to midnight. Dhs85 for an hour of bouncing.

Friday October 19

Watch a movie in the park

Dubbed the ultimate outdoor cinema experience in the UAE, Movies in the Park takes place at Yas Island’s du Arena. As well as screenings of family-favourite films such as Moana and Jurassic Park, there’ll be dancers, a funfair, live music and food trucks.

du Arena, Yas Island, October 18 to 20, 3pm to midnight, free.

See a French rap star

French rapper/singer Maître Gims will be performing at MAD on Yas Island tonight. The Congo-born star has racked up millions of views on YouTube, and has collaborated with big names like Lil Wayne and Dua Lipa. It’s ladies’ night, which means female fans will get free drinks, while entrance for guys is Dhs150 with two drinks.

MAD on Yas Island, Friday October 19, from 11pm, free for ladies, Dhs150 for guys. Tel: (055) 834 6262. @MadOnYasIsland

Saturday October 20

Check out the newly returned Ripe Market

The popular Abu Dhabi Ripe Market will make its return today at Umm Al Emarat Park. The al fresco market will take place every Saturday from 3pm to 9pm during the cooler months, and will feature more than 100 stalls, with fashion, beauty, art, home decor, and locally grown fruit and veggies from Ripe Organic on offer.

Ripe Market, Umm Al Emarat Park, Saturdays, 3pm to 9pm. Dhs5 park entry.

Book a table at a Saturday brunch

Looking for a relaxed way to finish the weekend? Head to Stars N Bars for their Saturday Family Brunch, which includes unlimited appetizers, a first course, main course, and dessert assortment platter. The non-alcoholic package costs Dhs250, house beverages Dhs300, and bubbly Dhs350.

Stars N Bars, Yas Marina, Saturdays noon to 4pm, from Dhs250. Tel: (02) 565 0101.

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