From celebrating Oktoberfest to dining at the newly-opened Greek restaurant in the capital…

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

From signing up to a sustainability wellness course to checking out the Middle East’s biggest Kabayan Fiesta at Yas Waterworld, there’s something to suit all tastes over the weekend here in the capital.

 These are the best things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend…

Thursday October 3

1. Head to Casa de Cuba at Yas Marina

Casa de Cuba is the ultimate hotspot for a good night out and it is re-opening it’s doors tonight. Legendary Dinos Constantinides, owner of the 25th best cocktail bar in the world ‘Lost & Found’ has created signature cocktails for you which you can enjoy in an authentic Cuban setting. There will be a live DJ for your entertainment and a cool outdoor seating area overlooking Yas Marina for when you need a breath of fresh air.

Casa de Cuba, Yas Marina-building 2, Abu Dhabi, Tel: (056) 742 7435,

2. Dine at Mazi – the capital’s brand new Greek restaurant

Mazi, which means ‘together’ in Greek, is located at the The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and is the capital’s brand new Greek restaurant you simply have to try. The restaurant interprets old-time classic recipes with a modern twist and offers a range of unique dishes with an emphasis on them being sharable – a culinary tradition of Greece. The restaurant will use classic techniques and contemporary presentation using only the finest, fresh ingredients, some of which will be sourced directly from Greece. Yum! The venue will also feature a cozy bar area.

Mazi, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, Tel: (02) 498 8888,

Friday October 4

3. Enjoy a steak and grape dinner at the Foundry

Grab your partner and enjoy this cool (and delicious) deal at award-winning restaurant, Foundry at Southern Sun where you can enjoy at 250g steak with mash potato, grilled asparagus, onion rings and pepper sauce. It comes with one bottle of sauvignon blanc or cabernet sauvignon. The price for this super meal is just Dhs299 per couple.

Foundry, Southern Sun, Abu Dhabi, daily from 6pm to 10.30pm (excl Thursday). Dh299 per couple.

4. Head to Yas Waterworld for a Kabayan Fiesta

Back due to popular demand, the Middle East’s biggest Kabayan Fiesta is back this weekend on Friday, October 5, 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 or sing along to favorite tunes at the Karaoke beach club. Tickets are available online or at the park gates and prices start at Dhs55.

Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, 6pm to 11pm, Friday, October 5, Dhs50. Tel: (600) 511115

Saturday October 5

5. Sign up for a sustainable well-being course

Just as your biceps and glutes respond to exercise, so too does the human brain. Bodytree Studio is running a six-week Sustainable Well-being Course with Pernille that aims to provide you with “your own private happiness toolbox” by encouraging optimistic thoughts and building new mental habits. Over the course of the programme, you’ll learn how to improve your resilience and mental agility, discover what drives you, find balance between mind and body, and learn how to live your life according to your own values and goals.

Bodytree Studio, Hazza Bin Zayed the First Street, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 6pm from October 5 to November 9, Dhs1,200 for the six-week course, or Dhs225 per session. Tel: (02) 4434448.

6. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi

The celebrations at The Village at Le Meridien run for three nights starting Thursday, October 3 to Saturday, October 5, 2019 with all-night entertainment while you eat, drink and dance. Celebrations begin at 7pm and run until closing time, during which you can dig into a spread of German delicacies and foamy ice cold beverages. There’s a menu of traditional and unlimited Bavarian treats including sauerkraut, pretzels, home-made sausages and family favourites for just Dhs120. For your entertainment, a live five-piece band will play too.

The Village, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, free entry, 7pm until closing on October 3 to October 5, Tel: (02) 644 6666,

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