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

News of a long weekend is on the cards and while some companies have already announced the extra day off, others are waiting for the moon sighting to confirm Islamic New Year. However, do note that a dry night has already been confirmed on Saturday, August 31 at 6.30pm, for 25 hours.

So whether you’re making plans for a two or three day weekend, here are the top things to do in Abu Dhabi over the weekend.

Thursday, August 29

1. Catch Wash live at Onyx Abu Dhabi 

American singer Wash is performing live at Onyx Abu Dhabi at Novotel Hotel Al Bustan, Abu Dhabi this Thursday. Two renowned DJs will also be joining the famous R&B and hip hop star. It’s complimentary bar for the ladies, and we suggest reserving your seats.

Onyx Abu Dhabi, Novotel Hotel Al Bustan, Abu Dhabi, 10pm onwards, Thursday, August 29 Tel: (050) 977 9535,

2. Drive to Dubai and catch Westlife

Irish boyband Westlife are set to return to the stage in Dubai this Thursday, making their debut at the Coca-Cola Arena on Thursday, August 29. The boyband have been in the music industry since 1999 and have hits such as Flying Without Wings – which spent a whopping 13 weeks in the charts. Tickets are still available with general admission tickets starting from Dhs350. For a walk down memory lane with the boys, check our post here.

Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk, Dubai, doors open 6.30pm, Thursday August 29, from Dhs350.

Friday, August 30

3. Check out Adihex

The annual Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex) is the region’s most popular exhibition of hunting, equestrian activities, falconry and heritage conservation and it’s back for its 17th edition this week. Expect to see workshops, seminars, poetry contests, art exhibitions, inventions, and plenty of activities for the little ones and more. Ticket cost Dhs27 per day, but there is a five day ticket available for just Dhs73.50.

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, 11am to 1opm until August 31, from Dhs27.

4. Get a gemstone massage at Tips & Toes

Did you know that your hands and feet are the hardest working parts of your body? So, it’s definitely crucial that you show them some TLC every now and then. While a regular manicure and pedicure could work, give yourself that extra healing boost with a crystal healing at Tips & Toes. You can get an express mani pedi with a gemstone massage for Dhs260, and there are five crystals you can choose from: Rose Quartz, Jade, Yellow Tigers Eye, Carnelian, and Blue Turqoise, each offering their own unique healing power. A list will be provided to you when you arrive with their healing properties. Once you pick a crystal, it will then be massaged into your skin to help reduce muscle pain and ease blocked energy. It can also detox the body and even strengthen the immune system.

Tips and Toes, various locations around Abu Dhabi, 9am to 10pm, throughout August.

Saturday, August 31

5. Enjoy Aqua’s Rock and Roast brunch and pool access

Aqua’s Friday brunch at Rosewood Abu Dhabi has proven to be quite popular, but if you’re busy on Friday, head here on Saturday for their Rock and Roast’. Feast on unlimited starters including a soup of the day, roasted vegetables, a taco corner, a salad station, and a wide variety of breads with an assortment of cheese and grapes, followed by live carving stations serving up roast veal brisket, hand-pulled lamb shoulders, beef striploin and more. The Rock and Roast also comes with complimentary pool access so you can relax and catch up with friends and family while children get access to fun time at Rosebuds, the kids’ club at Rosewood Abu Dhabi. The bottomless buffet of roasts, starters and desserts is priced at Dhs145 per person with soft drinks or Dhs195 with unlimited wine, beer and cocktails.

Aqua, Rosewood Abu Dhabi , Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs145 soft, Dhs195 house, 12pm to 5pm every Saturday, pool access offer ends on August 31, Tel: (02) 813 5550,

6. Get a full chakra healing with Inner Seed

It’s August 31, so before entering a brand new month, why not get some deep inner healing? Inner Seed is offering a full chakra healing workshop for ladies only on Saturday, August 31, that will help you heal specific wounds, improve your manifestation and boost your overall well-being. The workshop will explore each chakra’s meaning and you will learn how to balance your chakras most effectively through inner self work. The class is from 6pm to 8pm and costs Dhs180 including 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, August 31, Dhs180, Tel: (02) 621 0000,

Sunday, September 1

7. Get some UFC action with Abu Dhabi Showdown Week

One of the most exciting UFC fights in history is about to take place in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, September 7, when current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Dustin Poirier face off for UFC 242 in the brand new purpose-built arena on Yas Island. In the build up, Abu Dhabi Showdown Week is hosting a series of events, mega concerts and parties leading up to the big fight. On Sunday and every day leading up to the fight, the Abu Dhabi EDITION is hosting a poolside brunch with Mediterranean light bites for Dhs200 (valid for three hours).

Abu Dhabi EDITION, Sept 1 to Sept 6, noon to 6pm, Dhs200 valid for three hours, Tel: (02) 208 0000

 8. Check out a Caribbean Circus

Take the family to Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi this public holiday and catch the indoor Caribbean Circus. There will be highflying trapeze artists, acrobats, daredevil motorcyclists, and much more. There are two shows daily with the first show at 6pm and the second at 9pm, and they last for two hours. Ticket prices start at Dhs75 for bronze, and they go up to Dhs200 if you want to get a closer look at the action. Tickets will be made available on Platinumlist soon and also at the venue. You have until Saturday, September 7, 2019 to check it out.

Caribbean Circus, Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi, two shows daily 6pm and 9pm from Aug 8 to Sept 7, ticket costs Dhs75 onwards. Tel: (056) 936 5999. 

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