From breakfast at one of Abu Dhabi’s highest rooftop lounge sto upping your photography skills…

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

From breakfast at one of Abu Dhabi’s highest rooftop lounge to upping your photography skills, 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 December 12

1. Indulge in a festive high tea

Head to Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi where a festive high tea awaits. Taking place in the festive-filled Lobby Lounge, it features traditional sweet and savoury favourites paired with unlimited tea or coffee. Plus, you’ll also get fantastic views of the landscaped gardens and dancing water fountain. Available throughout December, it’s Dhs99 per person or Dhs195 for two.

Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, Dhs99 per person, Dhs195 per couple. Tel : (02) 201 4000 

2. Check out a new cafe

Looking for a cute new catch up spot? Check out 90 Centigrade cafe, a unique home-grown concept that offers speciality coffees and an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tuck in to dishes like loaded halloumi pancake and lobster Tagliantelli Al Fredo and more.  

90 Centigrade cafe, Grand Millennium Al Wahda, open 6.30am to 1.00 am, Tel: (02) 495 3968,

Friday December 13

3. Get your sweat on in the Ride for Zayed cycling event

The second annual Ride for Zayed will take place from 8am to 12.30pm on Friday where cyclists are invited to complete up to 101 kilometers, or any distance of their choosing. The event first took place last year, where cyclist had to cycle 100 kilometers in celebration of the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who would have been 100 years of age. There will be a limited number of complimentary cycles and helmets available – but riders are encouraged to bring their own. The event will be held at Al Hudayriat Island. To register, head here.

Ride for Zayed, Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi, registrations required, Tel: (02) 628 4000 

4. Take a photography class

This Photography Level 2 workshop will be conducted by Kathleen Hoare of Gulf Photo Plus, and will teach you how to go on full manual mode for that next sunset or skyline shot. You will learn about HDR, panning, long exposure to allow you to capture shots exactly how the human eye sees it. Participants will also learn how to correctly use flash, read histograms, and play with light painting. You need to book your space for the class here and it costs Dhs595.

Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, Dhs595 for photography course, Tel: (02) 676 8803.

Saturday December 14

5. Breakfast at AT25 in Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s tallest outdoor rooftop lounge is now serving breakfast every Friday and Saturday from 9am until 3pm. You will also gain access to the rooftop pool as you enjoy stunning views of the Capital’s city scape. Dishes on the a la carte menu include smokey salmon, delicious Nutella pancakes, crunchy French toast, grilled banana and toasted brioche to fresh fruit salads to name a few.

AT25, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, every Fri and Sat, Tel: (02) 304 7777

6. Dine at Namak by Kunal Kapur

In the mood for a delicious hearty Indian meal? Consider award winning Indian restaurant, Namak, by celebrity chef Kunal Kapur at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. Every Saturday, they host a relaxed Saturday brunch where you can tuck into an extensive menu of restaurant signatures from 12.30pm to 4pm. The menu includes four salads, four appetizers and you can pick from any two main dishes on the menu such as ghee roast wagyu, foi gras galouti, and more. But that’s not all – you will also receive Namak’s trademark biryani with Burrani raita absolutely free. It’s usually Dhs380 per person for the soft package but there’s a 50 per cent discount until Monday December 30. Pay an additional Dhs120 for the house package.

Namak by Kunal Kapur, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Dhs380 per person soft (additional Dhs120 for house) Tel: (02) 698 8137