From a Filipino festival to an affordable art souq…

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

From a Friday brunch that includes you tucking into dishes from not one, but seven award-winning restaurants, to a Filipino festival, there’s something to suit all tastes over the weekend here in the capital.

Here’s a list of things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend:   

Thursday, June 13

1.  Try the new menu at Stratos

The new menu at Stratos centres around a special Josper charcoal oven that uses high temperatures to seal, smoke and grill at the same time. The menu offers 11 different cuts of beef from three continents. Other tasty treats include Spanish octopus carpaccio topped with eggplant cream, and confit duck with a blend of crisped duck skin, soured red cabbage and caramelised pink lady apples. Dessert options include baked Alaska paired with a rose and pistachio sorbet.

Stratos Lounge and Grill, Le Royal Meridien, Abu Dhabi, daily 5pm to late. Tel: (800) 101 101.

2. Last chance: Kids dine free at Cascade

Enjoy a meal on the house at Cascade Entertainment & Dining for your child (under 12 years) when you purchase a main course at Al Fanar, Dish Dash, Cafe Bateel, Chili’s, Black Tap, Galitos, Bucca Di Beppo or Burger Fuel. The offer is available from June 5 to 15 from noon to 8pm. Terms and conditions apply so check with the staff before placing your order.

Cascade Entertainment & Dining, Yas Mall, Yas Island, offer runs from noon to 8pm, June 5 to 15, Tel: (02) 414 6401,

Friday, June 14

3. Brunch away at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

The Brunch Escape Friday brunch at Essence in Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi will have you indulging in dishes from not just one, but seven award-winning restaurants. Whether it’s a steak at Rodeo Grill or German specialities from Brauhaus, authentic Italian from Prego or sushi from Benihana, you can have it all and it’s all in one location. There are live cooking stations and beverage mixologists, and of course, you can’t leave without trying the desserts.

Essence, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya Area, Abu Dhabi, every Friday, Dhs339 with soft drinks, Dhs478 with selected house beverages, Dhs604 sparkling, Dhs170 children six to 12 years, Tel: (02) 697 9011,

4. Head to Yas Waterworld for a Kabayan Fiesta

The Middle East’s biggest Kabayan Fiesta is back this weekend on Friday, June 14, 2019. From 6pm to 11pm you can enjoy an action-packed evening filled with live music, tasty Filipino treats, and after-dark access to all the rides, slides and attractions for five hours. There will also be music so you can dance the night away at the Filipino music village, Sari-Sari stores (a convenience store found in the Philippines) for your shopping needs, a karaoke beach club to show off your singing talents, and cultural performances for your entertainment. Tickets are available online or at the park gates and prices start at Dhs55 and you can add on an extra Dhs50 for the all-you-can-eat Filipino themed buffet. Anyone can attend the event and online booking is recommended to guarantee entry.

Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, 6pm to 11pm, Friday, June 15, Dhs50 entry and additional Dhs55 for the all-you-can-eat Filipino buffet, Tel: (600) 511115

Saturday, June 15

05. Buy some affordable art at the Art Souq

Do you love to collect art? Here’s one for you. The Etihad Modern Art Gallery is hosting its annual Art Souq exhibition and it’s running until August 17. All of the artwork here for sale and are priced at under Dh15,000 – thus making it pretty affordable if you are a young budding collector. You can purchase anything from postcards, original paintings, sculptures and more.

Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen Area, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 10pm Sat to Thur until August 17, Tel: (02) 6210145.

06. Hops and a burger at Market Kitchen

For just Dhs99 per person, you will be able to dig into a gourmet burger and two craft beers at Market Kitchen in Le Royal Meridien. You will have five varieties to choose from including a vegetarian burger and seafood option and it also comes with a variety of colorful buns. The offer runs every Saturday from 6pm to 11pm this June.

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi, 6pm to 11pm every Sunday in June, Dhs99. Tel: 800 101101.

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