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Dear diary, we’ve fallen in love with a city again, and just wait till you see the week we have planned. There are private island escapades, opportunities to get artistic, dining deals and cultural adventures, and, dear diary, I think Abu Dhabi could be ‘the one’.

Sunday, October 18

Home is where the art is

One of the leading lights of the Abu Dhabi art world, Warehouse 421 has come up with a suitably creative solution to 2020’s social distancing requirements for its workshops. Takeout Workshops take place in the virtual space, you just have to sign up via the link and the studio will deliver you a craft materials package straight to your door. Plug in now for Khayal with Early Starters, the practical application of wrapping string round pins in boards and making some stunning 3D art. Tune in live for insider tips and pin-point expert instruction. 

Warehouse 421, Zayed Port, The Khayal workshop takes place on October 23 to 24 (4pm to 5pm), but you’ll need to book in advance to get your pack in time, Dhs150.

Monday, October 19

Stickin it to the man

Master of the premium taste, low-fat ice cream, Brooklyn Creamery has done it again. They’ve just launched a new form of chocolate covered ice cream on a stick. They’re obviously not that first to do that, but they might be the first to rein the calorie count to just 87 and maintain all that *eyes roll back* flavour. The sugar-free top-of-the-pops pops come in boxes of four, with two Belgian chocolate-coated vanilla bars and two Belgian chocolate-coated sea salt caramel ones, yours for just Dhs20. You can pick up your order from most leading supermarkets in the UAE and via the Deliveroo delivery service.

Tuesday, October 20

Battle of the Belge

You can enjoy all the delights of Europe’s secret weapon, at the InterContinental’s Belgian Cafe. Pro hack: Do it for less with the daily happy hour between 4pm and 7pm, giving you 50 per cent off selected beverages.

Belgian Cafe, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St – Al Bateen, open daily from noon to 1am. Tel: (800) 423 463.

Jazzing things up for the ladies


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Up on the 36th floor of Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, there are some stunning visatas and unbelievable deals for sistas. Jazz & Fizz have their weekly ladies’ night on Tuesdays, and it is well worth checking out. The capital’s kweeeens get bottomless sips of grape and 50 per cent off food between 6pm and 3am. And if that isn’t worth a round of jazz hands, we don’t know what is.

Jazz & Fizz, Level 36, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Tue 6pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 813 7890,

Wednesday, October 21

Going out on a wing

Wing gang, we’ve got news. Up & Below at Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre, has just launched a new Wing Thing deal which gets you unlimited house drinks along with 12 chicken wings for just Dhs129. And it’s not just about your standard buffalo sauce dips either, journey through Peruvian Green, Moroccan Charmula, Spicy Makhni, Garlic Parmesan, Honey BBQ and more varieties. And remember the first rule of WIng Gang, the messier the face, the better the taste.

Up & Below at Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre, Daily 3pm to midnight, Dhs129. Tel: (02) 698 2222, @courtyardabudhabi

A special Palace

As one of the most visually astounding and culturally relevant landmarks in Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan has been dearly missed during its pandemic hibernation. But the good news is that, as of October 20, the Presidential Palace will be opening its doors to the public once more and sharing the ornate splendor within. Tickets are just Dhs60 for adults (Dhs30 for kids) to visit the beautiful building, and once inside you can gawp at the epic architecture, visit the great hall and dive into the story behind the birth of the nation.

Al Ras Al Akhdar – Abu DhabiQasr Al Watan is closed Mon, open on Sun, Tue and Wed between 10am and 6pm, Thu to Sat midday to 7.30pm, Dhs60. Book on

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