Theme park rides, Thanksgiving feasts, and the small matter of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix…

The weekend is finally here! And we hope you’ve been getting your full eight-hours-a-night this week, Abu Dhabi. Because it’s going to be huge. Many of you will be taking part in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix festivities, but if it’s not really your thing, we’ve got options for you, too. Here are six things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend…

Thursday November 22

Have a Thanksgiving feast

Loca will be offering a Thanksgiving menu with a Mexican twist all day. For Dhs150, you get guacamole and chips, and a choice of turkey fajitas or turkey tacos as your main, followed by roasted camote (sweet potato) with caramel for dessert. The special menu will be served with two mixed drinks.

Loca Abu Dhabi, The Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island, Nov 22, available all day from noon, Dhs150. Tel: (02) 582 3639.

Get the F1 party started

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend is officially here, and even if you didn’t manage to get your hands on tickets, you can join in on the fun at Yasalam’s “Live Across The City” event at A’l Bahar at Abu Dhabi Corniche. Tonight they’re holding the Emerging Talent Competition finale, where you can watch up-and-coming musicians battle it out for the grand prize. The winner will get to perform before the Guns ‘N Roses after-race concert.

#ETC2018 Grand Finale, Pit Stop at A’l Bahar at Abu Dhabi Corniche, Nov 22, from 7pm, free.

Friday November 23

Check out the new ride at Warner Bros. World

Batman fans should head to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi this weekend to try out the new Batman: Knight Flight. The ride combines a high-tech flight simulator with physical scenery and state-of-the-art special effects for an immersive experience. Thrill-seekers will be able to climb aboard the remote-controlled flying vehicle to help Batman fight crime throughout Gotham City.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, daily 10am to 8pm, from Dhs295.

Head along to a special F1 brunch

Stars N Bars’ popular Funch Bunch is moving the party onto its Star Deck outdoor lounge for three days of brunching over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Along with the usual fun and games, there will be an all-inclusive beverage & bites package for Dhs500 per day from 12pm to 4pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Or, the three day package is Dhs1250.

Stars N Bars, Yas Marina, Yas Island, November 22 to 24, 12pm to 4pm, Dhs500. Tel: (02) 565 0101.

Saturday November 24

Take part in a free archaeological tour

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is hosting an open day at two Bronze Age archaeological sites in Al Ain today and Sunday. You’ll be given a free tour of Hili 8 (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Hili 4, which date back more than 5000 years. Tours will take place every half an hour from 10am to 3pm, departing from Hili Archaeological Park.

Hili Archaeological Park, Al Ain, Nov 24 & 25, 10am to 3pm. To register, email

Watch a rap star perform at a superclub pop-up

Dubai’s home-grown superclub, BASE, is hosting a pop-up in collaboration with renowned New York nightlife brand, 1 OAK, above Cipriani in Yas Marina. American rap star Tyga will be headlining tonight, while superstar South African DJ Black Coffee will perform a closing set on Sunday night.

Base x 1 OAK, Yas Marina, Nov 22 to 25, 11pm to 6am, free entry, couple policy applies. Tel: (056) 681 8881. @YasMarinaAbuDhabi

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