6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

From challenging yourself at Tough Mudder to checking out a Bon Jovi tribute band…

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

From signing up to the first ever Tough Mudder taking place in Abu Dhabi, to checking out a weekend-long water festival called Wipeout WKND, there’s something to suit all tastes over the weekend here in the capital…

These are the best things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend…

Thursday October 10

1. Last chance: Avail of the Dhs100 offer at Ferrari World

Head to Ferrari World this weekend from 5pm to 8pm and you can enjoy Ferrari World tickets for just Dhs100. The park is home to over 37 record-breaking rides including the largest rollercoaster on the planet. You will also be able to get one nanny entry for free when accompanying a child under 11 years of age. You can snag your tickets at the ticketing counter but don’t forget to carry your Emirates ID to avail of the offer.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs100 sundowner offer, 5pm to 8pm until October 12,  Tel: (600) 511115, ferrariworldabudhabi.com 

2. Check out Wrong Jovi – a Bon Jovi tribute band

Head to Abu Dhabi Golf Club and check out a four-piece international tribute band to rock legend Bon Jovi. The band will be in the capital for one night only, and doors open from 6.30pm until midnight. Expect hits such as Livin’ On A PrayerWanted Dead Or AliveAlways, and more. Tickets cost Dhs100 inclusive of one drink. VIP packages are also available.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, tickets cost Dhs100 inclusive of one drink, 6.30pm to midnight on Thursday October 10, Tel: (056) 536 2230 adgolfclub.com 

Friday October 11

3. Check out Wipeout WKND – the fun water festival at Yas Marina

A weekend-long water festival called Wipeout WKND, is coming to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina on Friday October 11 and Saturday October 12. An adults-only event will take place on Friday, but a family-friendly event with loads of activities for kids and parents will take place on Saturday. Expect pop-up bars, live music, group games, cool alfresco food stalls, and a huge inflatable Total Wipeout style obstacle course on the water on Friday. On Saturday, there will be tons of activities for parents and children to get involved in like a mini SUP football tournament, games on the grass, fun pool times and massive colourful inflatables to keep the little ones entertained all day plus pop-up bars and food stalls. Read more about it here.

Wipeout WKND, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, Friday October 11 & Saturday October 12, from Dhs100 per adult, Dhs50 per child. yasmarina.ae/events

4. Challenge yourself at Tough Mudder

World-renowned obstacle course challenge, Tough Mudder, described as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet‘, is happening in the capital for the first time on Friday October 11. It will take place at Al Hudayriat Island in Abu Dhabi and there will be three different courses (for varying abilities) you can choose from. There’s also muddy fun for the little ones in the form of Mini Mudder.  Read more about this challenging muddy event here.

Tough Mudder, Al Hudayriat Island in Abu Dhabi, event starts at 7.30am on October 11, early bird tickets available until Aug 31, otherwise it’s Dhs100 for Mini Mudder, Dhs300 Tough Mudder, Dhs350 Tough Mudder Classic, Dhs450 Tougher Mudder, toughmudder.ae

Saturday October 12

5. Head to Marriott Downtown for a spot of high tea

The sun-drenched Central Ground Cafe in the Marriott Downtown is the perfect setting to create, think, meet, catch up and relax. The hotel has launched a new daily high tea during the afternoon time with an affordable selection of pastries, freshly baked scones and mini-sandwiches served alongside a selection of teas. Sip and stare at a display of stunning artwork, created by the likes of the Polish artist Mary Noga.

Central Ground Cafe, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi. Dhs80. Daily 1pm to 5pm. Tel: (02) 3047777. marriottdowntownabudhabilife.com

6. Try the new menu at Sanderson’s

Keeping true to their ‘good food better mood’ ethos, executive chef Troy Payne and his team have created a menu that boasts nutritional superstar ingredients without compromising flavour. Take ‘the Good Dog’, a vegan work of art. An heirloom carrot is first poached in spices, then gently roasted and rolled in seeds. Served in citrus-dressed spinach with sliced avocado, it’s then snuggled into a crimson beetroot bun and finished with a drizzle of tofu chilli mayo and raw garlic butter. For dessert there is the Lucuma Matata, with ice cream made from the low-glycemic index Peruvian superfruit and antioxidant superpower Lucuma. Made into an ice cream that sits on dark chocolate waffles, it’s served with fresh mango, crunchy pistachios and a rich date syrup. No sugar crash here, just slow-burning energy to help you power through the rest of the day.

Sanderson’s Cafe, Andalus Al Seef Resort, Abu Dhabi. Daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 222142. wearesandersons.com

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