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

Back to work after the long Eid holidays and feeling blue? Don’t worry, the weekend is just a day away…

From celebrating National Roller Coaster Day at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to tucking into a choco-rific breakkie, 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, August 15, 2019

1. Kick start your weekend with a Thursday night brunch

Clock out and enter your weekend in style with McGettigan’s TGIT Thursday Night Brunch. Enjoy live music from the house band alongside a three course meal and free flowing drinks. It features a selection from the pub’s signature dishes such as buffalo chicken bites, an award winning fish and chips, and a sticky toffee pudding to help end your night on a sweet note.

McGettigan’s TGIT Thursday Night Brunch, McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 11pm Thursday, Dhs199 house, Dhs249 premium, Tel: (02) 652 4333,

2. Last chance to catch the Year of Tolerance exhibition at The Galleria

The Year of Tolerance exhibition held at The Galleria is a collaboration with the National Archive that features never-before-seen photography. The collection spans more than two decades from 1965 to 1990, and highlights the fundamental values of the Year of Tolerance such as the spirit of coexistence among all cultures. The exhibition ends on August 15, so this is the last chance you’ll get to see some vintage photos.

Year of Tolerance exhibition. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Al Falah Street, Abu Dhabi, Tel: (02) 616 6999

Friday, August 16, 2019

 3. Celebrate National Roller Coaster Day at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Enjoy a day filled with adrenaline and adventure this Friday at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi as the theme park celebrates National Roller Coaster Day. Experience what it is like to drive a Ferrari F1 car on board the Formula Rossa – a ride that launches you along a 2,195 meter track at speeds topping 240km/hour in 4.9 seconds. If this ride is just a tad too scary for you, you can also enjoy kart racing and state-of-the-art stimulator rides. Foodies can tuck into authentic Italian dining and there are  complimentary cookies inspired by the world’s fastest roller coaster to end your dining experience on a sweet note. There will be special character appearances and one-of-a-kind entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to snap that ‘gram worthy photo at the cake display, podium and more.

National Roller Coaster Day, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Islands, Friday, August 16. Tel: (600) 511115

4. See The Louvre in a whole new light (at night)

Looking to experience the quiet solace of Abu Dhabi? Consider booking in a night tour of the Louvre with Sea Hawk Water Sports & Adventure. The 60-minute tour will take place this month on August 15 and 16 at 8.30pm and 10pm.  During the tour, you will learn about the exquisite Louvre architecture while being accompanied by a professional instructor from Sea Hawk. Tickets for the one-hour experience cost Dhs126 per person

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, until September 28, Dhs126. Tel: (02) 6736 688.

Saturday, August 17

Tuck into a choco-riffic breakfast

Chocolate lovers, here’s one for you – Molten Chocolate Cafe is now in the capital at Dalma Mall. They serve up a variety of breakfast options such as croissants, French toast, eggs Benedict, and  healthier options include acai and granola bowls, and fruit salads. For those of you who are actually here for a slice of chocolate heaven – they have triple chocolate crepe, chocolate pancakes, molten chocolate waffles, churros, brownies and much more. Yum!

Dalma Mall Abu Dhabi, Bawadi Mall in Al Ain, daily 10am to 10pm (Abu Dhabi), 9am to 11pm (Al Ain).
Tel: (054) 7932179.

6. Last chance: Buy some affordble art at the Art Souq

Looking for some cool art that won’t break the bank? Head to The Etihad Modern Art Gallery who is hosting its annual Art Souq exhibition. All of the artwork here for sale and are priced at under Dh15,000. 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 Aug 17. Tel: (02) 6210145.

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