Capital ideas for your week…

Looking to pack your week in Abu Dhabi with a fun list of things to do? Thankfully, there’s plenty to do including trying out a delicious business lunch, checking out a cool new art exhibition, shopping and much more.

Here are six things to do in Abu Dhabi that you don’t want to miss.

Monday, March 20

Dine at José by Pizarro

Jose by Pizarro

Spanish superstar chef José has opened his first restaurant in the capital in the magnificent Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. The restaurant opened its doors over the weekend on Friday, March 17 and offers up a selection of sharing tapas, mains such as chicken paella and more. What’s On was lucky to get a one-on-one with Chef Jose and a first look at the restaurant which you can check out here. You can make a reservation here.

Jose by Pizarro, Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers on the Corniche. @josebypizarro

Tuesday, March 21

Check out a cool exclusive art exhibition at The Galleria Al Maryah Island

La Parisienne

‘La Parisienne’ is a unique art exhibition featuring the works of renowned French multidisciplinary artist Rachel Bergeret. Visitors will see 18 of her striking three-dimensional paintings, exploring the intersection of luxury fashion, art and sustainability, each of which pays tribute to different prestigious fashion houses such as Chanel, Saint Laurent, Dior, Hermes and more. The artworks incorporate resin, gold leaf and recycled images from shopping bags; perfume bottles; and pearls. The artist was inspired by iconic artists such as Gustav Klimt, Toulouse Lautrec and Edmond Kiraz when she created the pieces for this exhibition. The exhibition is located at the North Atrium, Level G, and is open during The Galleria’s operating hours.

The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, weekdays 10am to 10pm and weekend 10am to 12am, Tel: (0)2 493 7400.

Take a break from your desk and dine at Villa Toscana

Take a break from your busy day and experience a touch of Italy. At Villa Toscana, business lunch is a luscious affair, with charcoal grilled lamb chops, or fried prawns and calamari, and of course, no Italian lunch is complete without pasta and delightful homemade desserts to round off your meal.

Villa Toscama, Nation Towers, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, W Corniche Road, Mon to Fri, 12pm and 3pm, Dhs120 for antipasti and one dessert, Dhs145 for antipasti, one main course and one dessert. Tel: (0)2 694 4553

Wednesday, March 22

Hit the pause button at Remède Spa

Remède spa - things to do in Abu Dhabi

For a bit of spa indulgence, head to Remède Spa. The spa has curated a two-hour treatment for ladies and gents which is guaranteed to relax you. It includes a 40-minute customized body polish which will nourish the skin, a 50-minute Balinese massage to ease body tension and a 30-minute customized facial or foot massage. The deal will cost you Dhs1,120 and available only until the end of April. For reservations and more information email or reserve here.

Remede Spa, Nation Towers, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, Dhs1120, avail until April 30, Tel: (0)2 694 4100.

Go shopping at ETHER by Cloud Spaces

Ether by Cloud Spaces - things to do in Abu Dhabi

Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi is now home to Ether – a one-of-a-kind retail concept in the UAE packed with over 120 up-and-coming and established brands from regional and international entrepreneurs. The list spans eight categories: fashion, beauty, food and beverage, accessories, home, art, NFTs and lifestyle. In the space, you’ll also find Café Nutmeg, with traditional and contemporary recipes from the UAE, Arabia and beyond. Ether also has its own events and performance area where you can be entertained by a number of live events, and even state-of-the-art fashion, design and art studios.

ETHER by Cloud Spaces, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Tel: (800) 38537.

Thursday, March 23

Book yourself in for a pre-Iftar Sound Bath and Meditation

Inne Seed UAE

Ladies, if you’re preparing for the Holy Month of Ramadan, take this pre-iftar wellness session with Inner Seed UAE. This session is a form of sound therapy which uses sound to nature the body, mind and soul. It involves quartz crystal, healing instruments and celestial chanting which will allow you to enter a state of peace, relaxation, trust and empowerment. If you can’t make it to this session, there’s another being held on March 28. You can sign up here.

Zen The Spa, Saadiyat Rotana Resorts & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, March 23, 5pm to 6pm. Tel: (0)50 352 8640. 

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