From a Thursday brunch to a night with funny-man Jason Manford…

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

From heading out to the deserts of Abu Dhabi for a happy hour to learning about your chakras and how to align them, 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, July 25

1. Wok and roll into your weekend with a Thursday brunch

Worked hard all week? Well, on Thursday evenings, its time to play. Head to the Wok & Roll brunch at Mr. Miyagi’s at Yas Marina where for four hours starting 7pm, you can enjoy unlimited drinks along with five courses starting from only Dhs290. There’s karaoke, games and dancing ninjas for your entertainment, so it’s the perfect way to get you dancing into the weekend. Mr. Miyagi’s also offers the brunch on Friday at the same time.

Mr Miyagi’s, Yas Marina, Wok & Roll brunch, Thursday and Friday 7pm to 11pm, Dhs290 house, Dhs390 sparkling. Tel: (02)  406 2000.

2. Enjoy happy hour at Al Mesayan

Looking for a place to hang out with friends or a loved one after work? Consider Al Mesayan at Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa. The lounge offers a happy hour from 6pm to 8pm where you can enjoy 50 per cent off selected beverages. There are also non-alcoholic options available that include mocktails, fresh juices and soft drinks. Choose to sit indoors at the cool marquee with table seating or outdoors amongst dimmed lanterns and rich Arabian design. Whether you choose to sit however, don’t forget to catch the stunning sunset.

Al Mesayan, Jumeriah Al Wathba, happy hour daily 6pm to 8pm, Tel: (02) 204 4444,

Friday, July 26

3. Brunch at COYA Abu Dhabi

If you love Peruvian cuisine, you’ll want to book yourself in for this brunch at COYA Abu Dhabi in the Four Seasons. The restaurant is kicking off it’s brunching season this Friday where guests can enjoy true Peruvian fare from the brand new menu. Brunch is from 12.30pm to 4pm, but stay on for the after brunch party with COYA’s resident DJs from 4pm to 6pm.

COYA Abu Dhabi, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, brunch 12.30pm to 4pm every Friday, Dhs238 soft, Dhs378 house, Dhs498 champagne, Tel: (02) 306 7000

4. See a famous funnyman live

Award-winning English comedian, Jason Manford, is back in the UAE this summer as part of his ‘Muddle Class Tour’ courtesy of The Laughter Factory. The comedian will be performing live in the capital at Park Rotana on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9pm. Expect new material being dished out by the comedian as he discusses his life, from childhood to growing up in a working-class family to reaching adulthood as a middle class man. It will all be delivered in Manford’s favourable style, with likeable charm and teasing intelligent wit. Tickets for the show cost Dhs230 and can be purchased here.

Jason Manford, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, 9pm on July 26, Dhs230, Tel: (050) 878 6728, 

Saturday, July 27

5. Last chance: Check out Nomadic Traces: Journey of Arabian Scripts

For a culture fix, head to Warehouse 421 and check out the Nomadic Traces: Journey of Arabian Scripts that debuts this Saturday. The exhibitions were commissioned by nine artists and designers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. The works of arts range from drawings, art installations, and ceramics that explores the origins of six of the most influential alphabets in the history of the Middle East.

Warehouse 421, Mina Zayed, Street Samrayr, Abu Dhabi,until July 29, 10am to 8pm. Tel: (02) 676 8803,

6. Get a full chakra healing with Inner Seed

Chakras is a sanskrit word which means wheel, and there are seven centres of spiritual power in the human body. These seven energies are constantly spinning in our bodies and in a healthy, balanced person, the chakras provide the right balance of energy to every part of your body, mind, and spirit. In this ladies only workshop you will explore each chakra’s meaning and learn how to balance your chakras most effectively through inner self work. The class is from 6pm to 8pm and costs Dhs180 and you will get a smoothie of your choice. You will need to bring your own yoga mat, journal and pen. Dress comfy!

Full Chakra Healing, The Studio, Corniche, 6pm to 8pm, Saturday July 27, Dhs180, Tel: (02) 621 0000,

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