We don’t know about you, but we are ready to get our weekend on.
Whether you want to spend an evening munching on Italian food or getting your yoga on, we’ve got some ideas for you to get your weekend vibes flowing.
Thursday 16th August
Celebrate India’s Independence Day this weekend at the Sparkles of India Festival. The three-day event will feature choreographed performances by India’s Got Talent finalists Beat Breakers as well as live cooking workshops from chef Varun Inamdar. Witness cultural dance performances and parades while you sink your teeth into Indian street food from every corner of the country. Until 18th August. AED 45 for one-day pass, AED 75 for three-day pass. du Forum, Yas Island. 3pm–8pm. Visit: bit.ly/2Mhf7VR
Unwind after a hectic week with a spot of moonlight yoga and stand-up paddleboarding through the tranquil mangrove forest. With all levels of yogi welcome, you can enjoy a beautiful sunset while practising your asanas… Bliss. AED 210, including rental for the boards/kayaks. Booking essential. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Sheikh Zayed Street. 6.30pm–9pm. Contact: 050 134 3254
Fancy some Italian food? If so, get yourself down to LARTE for the Ferragosto Evening Brunch, where the eatery is hosting a two-day buffet dinner on 16th and 17th August. Enjoy antipasti brought right to your table as well as an array of other delicious dishes, including homemade lasagne and lobster linguine. From 280. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. From 7.30pm. Contact: 02 657 5888, larte.ae
Friday 17th August
Start your Friday morning on the right foot with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council Indoor Run. Taking place at Ferrari World, you can walk or run 2.5km, 5km or 10km in air-conditioned comfort and get a head start on your fitness. Free. Yas Island. 7am–10am. Contact: 02 408 8999, adsc.ae
Everyone knows that it doesn’t rain much here, but if you head to Al Maya Island, you might just get lucky with a rain-themed pool party of epic proportions. Enjoy a chilled vibe and soak up the sun while DJs Rob Forrest, Cliff Towny and Remix Kid hit the decks for some great tunes. Free for ladies before 1pm, AED 125 for men. Al Maya Island. 11am–9pm. Contact: 055 374 1550, almayauae.com
Keep your little ones entertained with this pretzel-making class at jones the grocer. From sifting the flour to kneading and shaping, budding bakers will learn how to make the treat from scratch. AED 149 including all ingredients. Booking essential. jones the grocer, Al Raha Gardens Plaza, Khalifa City. 4pm–6pm. Contact: 02 557 4882, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 18th August
Are you an art collector on a budget? If so, get yourself down to Abu Dhabi Art Hub for the summer edition of its affordable art sale to support local artists. The exhibit will see more than 100 pieces all priced below AED 2,000, so why not pick something up to adorn your walls? Until 31st August. Free. The Mall at World Trade Center, Khalifa Street. 10am–10pm. Contact: 055 550 9640, adah.ae
Feed your kid’s creative whims with this unique art workshop where children aged eight to 12 can try their hand at crafting their own bowl and spoons out of coconut husks. AED 150 including all materials. Change Works AD, As Saman building, off Muroor Road. 1pm–4pm. Contact: 02 628 1811, changeworksad.com
Create a masterpiece this Saturday at Art Central with this workshop inspired by Henri Matisse. Inspired by his famous set of pieces called The Cut-Outs, artists will snip, paste and make their own collage painting. AED 250 including all materials. Booking essential. Boutik Mall, Al Reem Island. 4pm–6pm. Contact: 02 679 6795, artcentral.ae
Keep the weekend vibes going with the mixes of DJ Keith Dobbs at Catch’s rooftop bar. Each week, the spot hosts Urban Saturdays, where ladies can enjoy complimentary beverages plus great tunes to wind up the weekend. Free entry for ladies, AED 100 for gents. Nation Riviera Beach Club, Corniche West. 10pm–3.30am. Contact: 050 632 5144, createevents.ae
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WORDS Asma Sabriah Mohammad