Abu Dhabi residents, here’s our weekly roundup of exciting activities so you can get the best out of your weekend…

Friday, July 14

Indulge your Parisian palate for Bastille Day

Celebrate Bastille Day in true Parisian style, with a succulent set menu of delicacies in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Louvre.  The spread consists of super starters like green peas velouté and burrata ice cream, mains of veal sweetbread and Trufe mashed potato, a selection of French cheeses and a range of desserts including yummy French Profiteroles. If you’re more about the ambience, you’re in luck because Fouquet’s is located at the “most beautiful avenue in the world”.
Designed by 3 Michelin-star Chef Pierre Gagnaire, the menus include local produce, with a good measure of creative flair.

Fouquet’s, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cultural District, Dhs365 (incl. beverage), Tel. (0)52 540 6957, @fouquets.abudhabi

 Treat the kids to Mini Akibas at Yas Bay

Going against the grain with a childlike spin on its contemporary menu courtesy of mini foodies themselves, Japanese restaurant Akiba Dori has launched Mini Akibas, with its menu introducing childproof, affordable options suitable for your little ones. The non-spicy, nut-free menu has been crafted to cater to little eaters with specialties like Tokyo Neapolitan Pizza, chicken strips and the Graffiti Roll sure to appeal to children. With child-friendly chopsticks and tableware, Akiba is ready to welcome the whole family this weekend.

Dhs45, Akiba Dori, Yas Bay, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Tel: (0)4 770 7949, @akibadori

Saturday, July 15

Upshift your tastebuds for the B.I.G – brunch at Garage

With five culinary hubs and eleven beverage taps, this is one big brunch you want to try. Step into the vibrant venue and be welcomed by a global gamut of offerings that will appeal to the cuisine enthusiast in you. Fill your plate with Sicilian bites packed with flavour, Mezze spreads that draw inspiration from our region, tantalising Asian dishes and juicy cuts of meat from the vault. Tap a foot to the funky beats and celebrate the weekend with a B.I.G. bang. You can indulge yourself with Garage’s packages, at Dhs320 for soft drinks, Dhs420 for the house drinks and Dhs589 with sparkling.

Garage, The W – Yas Island, Saturdays 1pm to 4pm, (0)2 656 0000, wabudhabidining.com

R is for Rejuvenate this Saturday, at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Relax and rejuvenate at Sense, at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island. Described as an “oasis of luxury”, this spa will immerse you in a rich experience that will ramp up your well-being, engage your senses, and take you on a journey of pure indulgence, ultimately restoring the energy you’ve expended all week long. Packages include the Summer Body Bliss package priced Dhs605 for 60 minutes or a purifying, detoxifying Moroccan Hammam priced at Dhs550 for 60 minutes.

Sense, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, 11am to 9pm daily. Tel: 0(2) 813 5537, rosewoodhotels.com

Have your apple and tweak it too

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Apple users, head over to Yas Mall with your Apple watch and pick up a few nifty tips and tricks. You’ll learn interesting new ways to customise your favourite wrist tech accessory, while understanding the hardware, features and apps better, all in just thirty minutes.

Apple Store, Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, 2:45pm to 3:15pm, Saturday July 15. Tel: 800 0444 1824, apple.com/ae

Sunday, July 16

Clubbing has a whole new meaning at Angar

Drop by the Curry Club and take your taste buds on a flavourful journey every Sunday evening, as the perfect way to wrap up your weekend. At Dhs94, a platter of four different curries, lentils, a stack of parathas and a bowl of steamed rice at Angar will spice up your Sunday, while the restaurant’s lively vibe and impeccable service will set the tone right for the week ahead.

Curry Club at Angar, the W Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 6pm to 11pm, Sundays. Tel: wabudhabidining.com

Dive into a reservoir of knowledge at Al Bahia Library 

For those of you looking for a quieter weekend, the Al Bahia Library is a great spot to explore over 30,000 titles in both English and Arabic. The perfect environment to browse, read and reflect, you and your younger ones can enjoy a serene day out at this cultural centre in the capital, with the library also housing computers. The library also offers school visits and programmes for kids and adults.

Al Bahia Library, Al Bahia Park, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 8pm daily. Tel: (0)2 657 6074, @abudhabiculture