From a ladies-only concert, the dragon boat festival and a free yoga event…

Counting down to the weekend so you can fill it with fun stuff? We hear you!

From the first ladies-only concert in the UAE featuring Emirati singer, Balqees Fathi, to a feast of grilled meats for you to dig into and a free yoga festival, there’s something new to do every day during here in the capital.

Here are 7 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend.  

Thursday, March 21

1. Try some Vietnamese food

If you’re looking to try a different cuisine, why not try tucking into some Vietnamese delicacies at Ho An. From Wednesday to Monday the restaurant is offering an all-you-can-eat Super Sapa menu featuring dishes from the Sa Pa region in northwest Vietnam. Items from the mains menu include sautéed diced beef, and roasted banana with coconut ice cream for dessert.

Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, available 6pm to 7.30pm from Wednesday to Monday, Dhs148 soft, Dhs198 house beverages, Tel: (02) 509 8888,

2. Ladies, attend a one-of-a-kind concert at Yas Waterworld 

Here’s one exclusively for the girls. Head to Yas Waterworld and attend a ladies-only concert with Emirati singer, Balqees Fathi. The venue won Favourite Ladies Night at the What’s On Awards last year for their weekly event dedicated to ladies-only, that comes with a full female crew.

Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 6pm to 11pm, March 21, Dhs220 general admission, Tel: 600 511115,

Friday, March 22

3. Catch the Dragon Boat Festival action

The 12th edition of the Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival takes place over the course of two days, 22nd and 23rd March 2019. The event will be hosted by Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri and the hotel, as well as it’s sister property, Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, will be offering special rates to participants as well as the audience. Both hotels will be prime spots to catch the fantastic boat racing action.

Dragon Boat Festival, Friday March 22 to Saturday March 23, Tel: (02) 444 62030,

4. Feast on some meat

Meat lovers, this one for you. The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is hosting a ‘Grand Grill Festival’ with plenty of meat and music to go around. Dig into some (read, a lot) grilled dishes and BBQ delicacies such as rump steak, Vetkoek, an 11 hour smoked brisket, springbok cheeseburgers and more. There will be a live band and DJ performing to keep the adults entertained and water slides and bouncy castles for the kids.

The Grand Grill, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Sheikh Khalifa Highway, Abu Dhabi, March 22, Dhs130 BBQ and one house drink, additional Dhs135 bucket of 5 beers, under 12s free entry, Tel: (056) 660 8780

Saturday, March 23

5. Tuck into some classic French cuisine

Head to the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi where Olea, the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, is offering a French-themed dinner spread throughout March. In addition to its usual popular Mediterranean dishes you will discover the finesse of French cuisine with classics like bouillabaisse, pumpkin gratin, ratatouille and tapenade.

Olea, Saint Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, every Saturday in March, Dhs230 soft, Dhs415 house and hops, Tel: (02) 498 8888

6. Attend a Chakra Healing Workshop

Attend an informative workshop at The Studio, where you will explore what each chakra means and how to balance them through exercises, yin yoga, and meditation. Laura, your teacher for the day, will also teach you how to still your mind and reconnect with your inner guidance and intuition and how to release chakra blocks. Don’t forget to bring a journal, pen, and your yoga mat to lay down.

The Studio, Villa 42 between 6th Street and Al Bateen Street (32nd), Abu Dhabi, 8.30am to 9pm, March 20, Dhs160 Tel: (02) 621 0000 

7. Attend Yogafest at Umm Al Emarat Park

Yogafest Abu Dhabi is a free community event held this Saturday from 10am to 6pm. You will see over 20 yoga and wellness holistic health brands coming together and the event will also feature 4 spaces of activities with their main stage hosting a full schedule of various styles of yoga. The event will have several tents that will host many therapeutic and educational workshops and classes where family programs will take place. The event is in associated with Ripe market, so you will also find Ripe markets activities going on alongside the fest. Registration is a must, so register ahead to avoid disappointment.

Yogafest Abu Dhabi, Umm Al Emarat Park, 15th Street, Mushrif Area, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 6pm, March 23, free, Tel: (055) 157 0968

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