Our picks: 12 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

Your guide to all the things you can do over the weekend in the nation’s capital, such as workshops, deals, sports, entertainment and new openings


Thursday August 10

Save money with this month’s What’s On magazine

Inside our August edition you’ll find 100 2-for-1 vouchers to use in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and beyond. There’s dining deals, hotel stays, spa treatments and much more. It’s on-sale in all good stores now.

Spend at Tips & Toes and you could win a holiday

Need a vacation? You could win one to Bali if you head to Tips & Toes this month. If you spend more than Dhs500 in a single visit to any branch in the UAE, you will be entered into a draw to win a three-day trip for two to the idyllic island of Bali. Eight customers, and their plus ones, will be whisked away to stay at the luxurious Chapung SeBali Resort & Spa in the heart of Ubud.
Deluxe Villas, 12th Street, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 9pm. Tel: (02) 5572255. Taxi: Khalifa City. tipsandtoes. com. ALSO: Marina Mall

Try sushi with a local twist

Sushina is a new sushi restaurant that puts a bit of fusion into its dishes – Emirati cuisine is spliced with Japanese classics for unique flavours.
World Trade Center Mall, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Thur to Sat 10am to 11pm, Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Taxi: WTC Mall. facebook.com/sushiname

See art at Emirates Palace

Equus & Folium is an exhibition of large-scale paintings of horses and digital paintings of leaves by Bernado Nieves and Daniela Carletti. You’ll find it in Italian restaurant Mezzaluna.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, daily 12.30pm to 7pm, free. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. swissartgateuae.com

Check out a new NYU exhibition

Woven Identities is a new exhibition on Saadiyat that looks at the often transient lifestyle that people lead in the UAE and examines how we conform to our environment.
The Art Gallery at NYU, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Mon to Sat noon to 8pm, free but prior registration is required. Taxi: NYUAD. nyuad-artgallery.org.

Friday August 11

Meet the Ninja Turtles

Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael are at Bawadi Mall as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season. There are games and competitions for kids.
August 10 to 12
Bawadi Mall, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily 5pm, 7.30pm, 9.30pm, free. Tel: (03) 7840000 Taxi: Bawadi Mall. bawadimall.com

See Talents Around The World

Featuring an all-star lineup, this stage production is part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season and brings together a group of performers who have competed on their country’s Got Talent TV series. Artists include India’s Got Talent stars XIX Crew, a hip hop dance group as well as Irish tap dancers Narnia, acrobatic performers Habasha Circus Group and Khulan Circus Group and Ukrainian Shadow show performers Verba.
Until Aug 31
Bawadi Mall, Meyzad Road, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily 5pm to 10pm, free. Tel: (03) 7840000 Taxi: Bawadi Mall

Saturday August 12

Watch the English Premier League

Top-flight football returns this weekend and the good news is Bein Sports is back on our screens, meaning you can watch this weekend’s fixtures (including Chelsea v Burnley, Everton v Stoke and Watford v Liverpool), in the city’s sports bars, such as Sports Café in the Fairmont.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, daily 4pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com

Watermelons rule at Four Seasons

The Four Seasons on Al Maryah Island is serving dishes made with watermelon in four of its outlets, including steakhouse Butcher & Still, Italian Café Milano and cocktail lounge Zsa Zsa. You’ll be able to try starters such as watermelon and goat’s cheese salad, mains including watermelon, blackberries and chia seed salad, and watermelon ice cream and sorbet bombe for dessert. You’ll find cocktails made with the fruit as well.
Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Dhs30 to Dhs65. Tel: (02) 3332222. Taxi: Four Seasons. fourseasons.com

See Alice In Wonderland

The classic animation based on Lewis Carroll’s tale about a girl called Alice and a white rabbit is showing on Saadiyat.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 4pm, free. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. cinemaspace-aliceinwonderland.splashthat.com

Enter a spicy chicken wing challenge

Porters is hosting the second season of its Hot Wings Challenge. Every time you eat a wings combo meal deal during August at the pub, you get points – earn 50 points and you can compete at its championship on August. At the final showdown, the three fastest finalists to finish 12 hot wings and one pint will be crowned The Porters Hot Wings Challenge Season 2 winners and will receive 33 wings and 33 pints valid for one year, with the champion also taking home a Grand Millennium Al Wahda dinner buffet voucher and Zayna Spa voucher for two.
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4953916. Taxi: Grand Millenium. millenniumhotels.com

Attend a very long happy hour

The Tavern’s happy hour lasts for five hours every Saturday to Wednesday, with drinks priced as low as Dhs20.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. tavernpubabudhabi.com

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