From a flea market to picking out some works of art…

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

From checking out the newly opened Australian eatery at Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown, to going shopping at the flea market ,to purchase some new toys for the kids or defying gravity at The Studio Abu Dhabi, there’s something new to do every day during the weekend here in the capital.

Here are 6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend.  

Thursday, April 11

1. Spend the evening with friends

Hang out with your friends and unwind after a long work week at District by Amalfi at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi. The restaurant has an offer where Dhs150 will have you tucking into unlimited meat and cheese antipasti, Soho pizzas, and special made pasta dishes. The offer also includes two house beverages, but there is also a special menu available that features beer from 10 Districts in New York for Dhs35 per bottle. You’ll have Italian mob movies playing for your entertainment and for those interested, there’s also a pizza masterclass available.

District by Amalfi, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 for Sera Con Amici “Evening with Friends” offer, Dhs35 additional for beer per bottle, 6pm to 11pm every Thursday this month, Tel: (02) 674 2020 

2. Check out Urban retrEAT

In the mood to eat and not sure of what to fill your tummy with? Head on over to Yas Mall and check out Urban RetrEAT where a feast from around the globe awaits. Urban retrEAT is essentially a platform for every food-preneur and local artist looking to start or grow their business, and the perfect chance for foodies to savour delicious dishes from around the world. From Arabic food to Mexican and even Jamaican and French, you’ll find it all here.

Urban retrEAT, Level 1-, Shop L1-052, Yas Mall, Yas Island, 10am to 10pm Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to midnight Thursday and Friday, Tel: (02) 414 6401,

Friday, April 12

3. Dine at Jones the Grocer

The popular Australian eatery is now open at Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown. It’s perfect if you want to catch up with friends over a coffee, have a gourmet family meal, or even have a business meeting. Tuck into a hearty breakfast or an organic acai bowl in the morning, or dig into the Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder on rosemary flatbread, the signature Jones Wagyu burger with crumbed Brie and Chargrilled harissa chicken for lunch or dinner. You can even shop here from a range of chocolates, roasted coffee beans, teas, cheese accompaniments, Australian yellow box honey, and other gourmet groceries and snacks.

Jones the Grocer, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown, Sheikh Zayed the 1st Rd, Electra Street, Abu Dhabi, open 7am to midnight daily, Tel: (02)  615 6440

4. Scope out some artwork for your walls

Hosted as part of Abu Dhabi Art’s annual programming, this event held at Manarat Al Saadiyat brings together some leading regional galleries for a pop-up affordable art sale. You can pick up some artworks from an emerging or established artist to decorate the walls of your home, with prices starting as low as Dhs350. The works on display include photographs, prints, and paintings.

Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. 9am to 8pm daily until June 8, Tel: (02) 657 5937.

Saturday, April 13

5. Check out a flea market

If you’re looking to buy pre-loved baby and kids items at a bargain price, head on over to the Ballroom at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort for the Abu Dhabi Baby & Kids Flea Market. You can find clothes, toys, equipment, strollers, books and literally anything related to kids at fantastic bargain prices. The flea market takes place every two months, and its free entry for shoppers. There’s also free entertainment for the kids.

Abu Dhabi Baby & Kids Flea Market, Ballroom at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort,  Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 6pm, April 13, Tel: (056) 466 0399

6. Attend this gravity-defying fitness class

Prepare your mind and body for the busy work week ahead at an anti-gravity aerial yoga class at The Studio Abu Dhabi. At this class, you hang upside down (for the most part) on silk hammocks which elongate your spine and release all tension in your bones and muscles. The class helps increase flexibility, strengthen your core muscles, release tension and get a deep tissue massage.

The Studio Abu Dhabi, Villa 42 Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 6.30pm on Saturday, April 13, Tel: (02) 621 0000,

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