6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

We’ll be watching Lion King… What about you?

Counting down to the weekend so you can fill it with fun stuff? We hear you!

From ugly crying at the Lion King (you know which scene I’m talking about) to brunching at Hakkasan to zipping around Yas Kartzone, there’s something to suit all tastes over the weekend here in the capital.

Here’s a list of things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend:   

1. Watch the Lion King

It is time. We here at What’s On couldn’t wait for this one to come out and we’re sure we aren’t the only ones. The ‘live action’ version of The Lion King is one of the most anticipated Disney remakes of all time. For those of you who haven’t seen the 1994 Disney animated film – the story follows young lion cub, Simba who is next in line for the throne after his father, Mufasa. After the murder of Mufasa by Simba’s jealous and throne hungry Uncle Scar the young lion prince flees his kingdom, only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. The movie is finally out and we’ve already got our tickets booked. What about you?

Lion King is out in cinemas across UAE  

2. Kayak around Louvre Abu Dhabi at night

If you’re looking for something unique to do this summer, consider booking yourself in for a night kayaking session around The Louvre in Abu Dhabi. The Louvre is operating tours during the daytime as well though, but you can now experience the iconic building from a whole new perspective while under the stars on the Arabian Seas. It’s the perfect alternative now the summer heat is in full swing. During the 60-minute kayaking tour, you will learn about the exquisite Louvre architecture while being accompanied by a professional instructor from Sea Hawk. Tickets for experience cost Dhs126 per person.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, until September 28, Dhs126. Tel: (02) 6736 688. seahawk.ae

Friday, July 19

3. Take the little ones to Xtreme Zone

Young ones and the young at heart will have a blast at the all-new Xtreme Zone in Abu Dhabi Mall. Spanning a whopping 30,000 square feet, the indoor play centre is home to 50 interconnected trampolines that cover 10,000 square feet in total. There’s also a giant climbing wall with a range of surfaces and challenges to suit all ages, plus a ‘Phaser Zone’ that combines the thrill of laser tag and paintball, minus the mess.

Xtreme Zone, Abu Dhabi Mall. Trampoline Park, Dhs40 for 30 minutes; Active Climb, Dhs20 for 15 minutes. Open 10am to 10pm Sat to Wed, Thur to Fri 10am to 11pm, Tel: (02) 448 8474. xtremezoneme.com

4. Brunch at Hakkasan

Craving flavorsome Chinese delicacies? Head to Hakkasan where the Cantonese restaurant is serving up brunch every Friday this summer. There are three packages to choose from and your drinks will vary, but expect to feast on the likes of Peking duck, soup, a selection of dim sum and small eats, main course and dessert.

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, brunch during summer 12pm to 4pm, Dhs318 soft, Dhs438 house, Dhs638 bubbles, Tel: (02) 690 7999, hakkasan.com/abu-dhabi

Saturday, July 20

5. Learn how to screen print on paper and fabric

Sign up for this creative class and you will learn practical screen printing techniques for use on both paper and fabric. The step-by-step process consists of a facilitated drawing session to generate images for screen printing, the introduction of stencils to create collages, screen treatment and the application of images, and finally, screen printing designs onto the desired surface. The class is from 11am to 5pm and costs Dhs160.

Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, Saturday, July 20, 11am to 5pm, Tel: (02) 676 8803 warehouse421.ae

6. Zip around Yas Kartzone

Bring the whole family down for some competitive fun on the new 1km track at Yas Marina. Don’t worry, you won’t melt into the seat of your car as it opens at 4pm closes at midnight: that’s eight hours of racing fun. There are Kid sessions for children ages five to seven and Junior sessions for children ages eight to 12. The Arrive & Drive sessions start from Dhs55 for the little ones, Dhs80 for juniors, Dhs120 for adults. Take a break from the tracks at Yas Kartzone’s new chill out spot where you can view all the action from the Yas Kartzone Box Park.

Yas Kartzone at Yas Marina, daily 4pm to midnight, cost varies, yasmarinacircuit.com

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