6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Sundowners on a newly re-opened terrace, brunch, and a festival of lights…
How’s your week been, Abu Dhabi? We hope you’ve been getting your full eight-hours-a-night because this weekend is going to be a big one. The Halloween festivities aren’t over yet – plus there’s a HopsFest and festival of lights to look forward to. Enjoy.
Thursday November 1
Celebrate UAE Flag Day
Much of the city will be adorned in red, white, black and green today, in celebration of UAE Flag Day. The day is a national campaign that was launched in 2013 by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to honour the country’s past, present and future. It is celebrated on the anniversary of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan becoming president of the UAE in 2004.
Head along to HopFest
American-Irish gastropub The Sportsman’s Arms is hosting a three-day hops and live music festival this weekend. The event is free to attend and features selected hops from around the globe, as well as live cooking stations, BBQs, and Boston’s favourite dishes such as fish ‘n’ chips and New England Seafood Bake. The music line-up features performances from international funk band, Jack Found, as well as returning crowd favourite The Sandtunes who will bring an Irish musical experience to the weekend.
The Sportsman’s Arms, First Floor, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Thurs 4pm to late, Fri & Sat noon to late. Free entry. sportsmanszsc.com
Friday November 2
Hit up a Halloween brunch
Missed Halloween? Don’t worry, The Village at Le Meridien is giving you another chance to get your spook on with their Halloween Family Brunch. There will be live cooking stations, international dishes, and a dessert area filled with chocolate-covered creepy crawlies, pumpkin-inspired sweets and ghostly lemon meringues. Little ones will be entertained by spooky tricks and a magic show in the kids’ corner. Plus, the couple or group with the best costumes will win some great prizes.
The Village at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, November 2, 1pm to 4pm. Dhs249 soft, Dhs349 alcohol, Dhs389 bubbly. thevillageatlemeridienabudhabi.com
Take part in a Neorun
The capital’s Halloween-themed fun run returns to the F1 track this evening. You’ll get splattered with UV paint along the 3km route, which has been designed for ages 10 and above. Fancy dress is recommended and all runners get a goodie bag.
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, November 2, from 5pm. Dhs165 to Dhs220. neorun.com/halloween
Celebrate the festival of lights at a waterpark
Yas Waterworld is set to introduce the very first Yas Waterworld Festival of Lights from 7pm to 11pm tonight. Expect a spread of authentic Indian food, DJ music, and plenty of twinkling lights at this special after-dark event.
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, November 2, 7pm to 11pm. Dhs55 (additional Dhs45 for the buffet). yaswaterworld.com
Saturday November 3
Sip sundowners on a newly reopened terrace
Italian restaurant Cipriani Yas Island recently reopened its popular wrap-around terrace for the cooler months. With beautiful views overlooking the water, it’s the perfect spot to see out the weekend.
Cipriani Yas Island, Yas Marina, daily 6pm to midnight. Tel: (0) 265 75 400. ciprianiyasisland.com