What’s On has a full list of all the things to do this weekend in Abu Dhabi, including workshops, deals, sports, entertainment and new openings.
Get a mani, a pedi and a massage – all at the same time
The Nail Spa has a new offer this month, which sees you book a mani and pedi plus back and neck reviver massage in their multi-tasker chair – and they’ll upgrade your massage to include colour therapy. The treatment has you choose one of five colour cards, representing specific emotions, and a corresponding essential oil. The session should take just under an hour, because the 30-minute massage is done simultaneously while you get your nails attended.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs280. Tel: (600) 544001. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. thenailspa.com
New band at Asia de Cuba
You can now listen to Cuban tunes during the weekend at Asia de Cuba. Sinco Pa Ti are a five-piece band featuring Cuban and Colombian musicians and they play everything from old-school Cuban classics to the latest salsa dancing numbers. You can them perform on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as during Friday brunch.
Nation Riviera, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Thur 9.30pm to 12.30am, Fri noon until 4pm, 9.30pm to 12.30am. Tel: (02) 6993333. Taxi: Opposite St Regis, Corniche. asiadecuba.com
Load up at a Bavarian buffet
Flavours in the Sheraton is now serving German grub every Thursday night. The restaurant’s new menu includes Königsberger Klopse (meatballs in a white sauce), wiener schnitzel, bratwurst sausages and Spätzle, a type of dumpling. For dessert there’ll be Black Forest cake, warm apple strudel and Berliner jam doughnuts.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Corniche East, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs160. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Tuck in at the Yas Viceroy’s food festival
The Yas Viceroy wants you to try all its cuisines at once. Guests can dine on either two-course or three-course set menus at five of the hotel’s outlets this week, as part of its Restaurant Week festival. On the menus are Angus beef robatayaki at Japanese restaurant Kazu, butter chicken at Angar and sautéed king prawns at Italian restaurant Amici.
Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs125 to Dhs175. Tel: (02) 6560000. Taxi: Yas Viceroy. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Visit a fashion pop-up event – LAST CHANCE
Local lifestyle event organiser Abu Dhabi Fashion Days has expanded into the world of mini pop-up stores. Dubbed the ADFD Closets, the quarterly events last for two weeks and feature items created by six local brands and designers. The event ends today.
Nation Towers, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 10am to 10pm, Fri 2pm to 10pm. Taxi: Nation Galleria. abudhabifashiondays.com
Check out a hummus factory at brunch
Yes, you read that right. A hummus factory makes up part of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s revamped Friday brunch. You can ask the chef to make the dip in a variety of flavours, including avocado, pesto, red pepper, strawberry or even chocolate. The brunch now includes food from several of the hotel’s outlets, namely Frankie’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill, The Chocolate Gallery and CuiScene.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, Fri noon to 4pm, Dhs279 to Dhs519. Tel: (02) 6543333. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com
Eat at a Beirut market-style brunch
Head to Sambusek for a Lebanese-inspired brunch, served to your table. Expect a selection of cold and hot mezzeh, live cooking stations on the terrace (try the open-faced shawarma) and a dessert buffet.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs349 with house drinks. Tel: (02) 8135550. Taxi: Rosewood. rosewoodhotels.com
Have a go on a spa bike
Finding it a bit too hot to cycle outside now? You can still get your legs spinning on a spa bike. Put simply, you can peddle your way to fitness inside a private hydro-massage booth (the pedals are in water). The aquatic environment protects joints from the rigours of riding, and those pedalling full-out can expect to burn upwards of 700 calories a session.
Anahata Wellness, 35 Street, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 9am to 9pm, Fri 10am to 7pm, Dhs210, first session free. Tel: (02) 5577722. Taxi: Corner of 35 and 62 Streets. anahataspa.ae
Try an electrifying spa treatment
Want to up the ante at your next personal training session? Add some electric muscle stimulation into the mix. The hair-raising exercise session sees you wear a special jacket that will shock the muscle fibers in your body as you work out with a trainer. Fans of the therapy claim it can be 40 per cent more intensive than traditional strength training sessions.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel And Spa By Anantara, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs250 for a trial session and consultation. Tel: (02) 6561152. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi. anantara.com
Watch a musical – LAST CHANCE
Movie favourites the Addams family come to life in a new musical production hosted by local community choir Abu Dhabi Choral Group. The two-hour production sees a grown-up Wednesday Addams, played by Katy McCants Floyd, bring a “normal” boy home to meet the family for the first time. The final shows are this weekend.
Abu Dhabi Folklore Theatre, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily 7.30pm to 10pm, Fri 13 2pm to 4.30pm, Dhs110, Dhs80 under-12s. Tel: (02) 4432682. Taxi: Behind Al Wahda Mall, opposite Institute Of Applied Technology Female Campus. platinumlist.net, abudhabichoralgroup.com
Find a bargain at a charity flea market
Shop for treasures on the cheap at this rummage sale at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel And Resort. Funds raised will go to support children in need – so you can feel pretty good about your purchases, too.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel And Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 2pm, free. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Chill at a poolside barbecue
Eat a barbecue meal poolside at Nahaam restaurant every Saturday during the month of May.
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 5pm to 8pm, Dhs165. Tel: (02) 8115666. Taxi: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
Get a full-body workout in a new gym
The recently opened Curves gym in Al Bateen offers short sweat sessions for those of you looking for a full-body workout. The circuit sessions at this ladies-only facility will see you do aerobic exercises in between bouts of strength training on hydraulic machines. With exercises that will have you moving every major muscle group, the gym claims one 30-minute session can burn up to 500 calories.
Curves, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 9am to 8pm. Tel: (02) 6344040. Taxi: Building C5, Baynuna Street. curvesme.com
Eat like a New Yorker
Every Saturday the Terrace on the Corniche at the St Regis Abu Dhabi is serving up a New York-style breakfast buffet. Expect classic American options such as French toast, pancakes and waffles. There’s also an a la carte egg menu (think Benedict and a selection of omelettes) as well as a smoothie and juice bar and a crêpe station.
St Regis Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, Sat 6.30am to 3pm, Dhs110.
Tel: (02) 6944444. Taxi: St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche. stregisabudhabi.com
Try surfing… indoors
Always fancied surfing but a bit afraid to get out on the water? Get a taste for life on a board with Surfset, a new concept class in which you exercise on an indoor surfboard, mounted on a moving platform to replicate conditions in the surf. The unstable base turbo-boosts your workout, leading to an expected calorie burn of between 400 and 900 calories per class.
Adrenagy Gym, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, Dhs119. Tel: (02) 4441121. Taxi: Khalifa Park. adrenagy.com