Les summer vacances are officially in the rearview mirror, and it’s time to work hard and play hard again…

Friday, September 1

Get the belly laughs on with Bill Burr

Bill Burr

American  laughmaker Bill Burr descends on the Etihad Arena on Friday evening, and you can get your chuckles, grins and guffaws on with one of stand up’s best-known brands. Rants and self-depricating humor are in the offing, as you bid goodbye to the peak summer months.

Bill Burr Live, Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri Sept. 1, Tel: (600) 511115, etihadarena.ae 

Enjoy palatial living at the InterContinental Residences

Luxurious living awaits at the InterContinental Residences Abu Dhabi, with unmissable F&B and recreational offers up for grabs. Step into your own palatial residence, with options including 1 to 3 bedroom apartments and studios, all elegantly furnished with a fully equipped kitchenette and breathtaking views to boot. Available all month long for you to enjoy.

InterContinental Residences Abu Dhabi, Zayed the First Street, Abu Dhabi, from Dhs950 per night. Tel: (0) 2 5999333, @intercontinentalresidencesabudhabi

Get great value on More Cravings

UAE Restaurant Month comes to you in September on the More Cravings app, with excellent deals to enjoy. This month-long celebration of some of the finest players on the UAE dining scene, will invite diners to explore specially curated menus within Marriott’s Fine Dining and Casual Dining venues for a value-for-money price. In the capital, prominent restaurants that will be featured include the newly reopened Oak Room at EDITION and Villa Toscana at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi.
UAE Restaurant Month, More Cravings by Marriott Bonvoy, Dhs245 fine dining, Dhs125 casual restaurants. @morecravings

Saturday, September 2

Dino of a good place for an incredible Italian brunch?

Dino Bistro Italiano

Dino’s incredible weekend brunch brings renowned Italian classics to your table, and no matter your schedule, they’ve got you covered. Tuck into the finest flavours of Italy, with the mid-day brunch amid a warm, casual ambiance setting the ideal backdrop. Terrific taste is paired with a selection of premium beverages, and the à la carte brunch is served right to your table, so you and your party won’t have play the waiting game to satiate your appetites.
Dino’s Bistro Italiano, Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, Dhs180 soft drinks, Dhs240 house drinks; ages 6 to 12, half-price; under five, free.

Work hard this week? It’s time to play at Yas Mall

Yas Mall’s Town Square has just kicked off one of the season’s hottest entertainment offerings, and you can get your hands dirty playing favourites such as Fortnite and FIFA 23. Get your gaming on across a multitude of platforms including the PlayStation 5, Xbox one and Nintendo Switch, and you could even walk away richer with thousands of dirhams up for grabs, for top performers. Fancy walking around in disguise while paying homage to your favourite characters from the past and present? The Cosplay Competition comes to your rescue on Saturday, September 2 in more ways than one, with a cool Dhs8000 on the table if you’re crowned numero uno.

Yas Gaming Festival, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, August 30 to September 12. Tel: 800 927 6255, @yasmallad

Freeze the mundane at Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Supercharge your weekend with Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s ice bucket session on Saturday, September 2 which includes a Wim Hof Method Breathing exercise, an Ice Bath, breakfast at Aqua from 6.30am to 11am, access to Sense, and pool access. Led by coach Benoit Demeulemeester, the session aims to help you overcome stressful change with challenging but fun exercises.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 8:30am to 11am, Dhs600. Tel: (0)2 813 5550, endorphins.me

Sunday, September 3

Let the butler do it, at Nurai Island 

nurai island

Nurai Island, Saadiyat Island’s luxury premum island, has launched its highly anticipated butler service, which will be available from September for all villas as part of the resort’s standard features. With you, at the fore of their vision, the service has been introduced to elevate Nurai Island’s guest experience to new heights, contributing to an unforgettable stay for you. Look forward to a truly relaxing weekend at Nurai island, as their butlers handle the planning, and sort out the details.
Nurai Island, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, from Dhs400 (day pass). Tel: (0) 2 617 2222, dining@nurai.com

Enter the Amazon at The Fountains at Yas Mall

Step into a world of fun and flavour this summer, at The Fountains at Yas Mall. Go back in time to when Amazon only referred to the South American tropics, at the Rainforest Café where you can experience a fun-filled, interactive jungle with your little ones. Alongside a unique journey to savour, their vibrant menu serves up options such as the mixed seafood grill or ‘Taste of The Islands,’ a supreme seafood fiesta with coconut shrimp, shrimp scallops, tilapia with mango salsa served with seasonal vegetables and Caribbean rice.
Rainforest Café, The Fountains at Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. 12pm to 10pm daily. Tel: (0)2 566 1999, @rainforestcafeuae 

Get acquainted with offers galore, at the Shangri-La

Exciting offers await for UAE citizens and residents to embark on an unforgettable staycation, while you experience the best the capital has to offer. Stay a litte longer in Abu Dhabi with a selection of packages including complimentary access to some of the the city’s shiniest jewels, including The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Qasr Al Watan. Brilliant benefits include dining and spa credits, complimentary meals, rewards and priority waitlist privileges. The only condition is, make sure you get yourself a Shangri-La Circle membership so you don’t miss out on the above and much more.
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0) 2 509 8888, @shangrilaabudhabi