10 ways to have an amazing weekend in the capital

Just like that, the weekend is here and there’s not a moment to waste. 

With a street festival, al fresco food events and cultural performances to choose from, there’s really no excuse for getting the back-to-work-blues on Sunday.

Thursday 6th December 

Fill up on great grub as The Big Grill Festival comes to Yas Island to serve up freshly cooked meat alongside live music from Kizza, ABBAMANIA, Big Mountain and more. Free. Yas Links. Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri noon-midnight and Sat noon-11pm. Visit: bit.ly/2G2jT80

 

Add another recipe to your repertoire and join the jones the grocer masterclass where you can learn how to prepare roasted baby chicken and potatoes dauphinoise from scratch. AED 295, registration required. Pearl Plaza building, Al Khalidiyah. 7pm-9pm. Visit: jonesthegrocer.com/events

Friday 7th December 

Enjoy a bite to eat as you shop at Al Wahda City Street Festival, hosted by La Loupe and the Grand Millennium Al Wahda, where a host of local vendors will be selling unique items for you to stock up with before the holidays. Free. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. 3pm-10pm. Visit: facebook.com/laloupeauh

The first-ever Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon will take over the Corniche this weekend as thousands of runners take part in the inaugural event over the full distance and shorter routes. Not signed up? Head along and give some support to the runners as they work up a sweat. From AED 50. Adnoc Tower, Corniche West. 5.30am. Visit: adnocabudhabimarathon.com

Musicians and artists will be performing this weekend to celebrate the re-opening of the Cultural Foundation at Qasr Al Hosn. Catch Emirati poet Salem Shukri Al Attas who will perform spoken word as he pays homage to the UAE and its cultural heritage. Free, registration required. Cultural Foundation, Qasr Al Hosn, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street. 6pm-8pm. Visit: poetryeveningwithsalem.platinumlist.net

Take up a new hobby and try out bossaball, a hybrid game that combines volleyball and football, while a DJ provides some tunes to get you pumped up for games. Bring up to ten friends and take part in the workshops to have some fun in the sun. Free. A’l Bahar, Corniche West. 10am-6pm. Visit: al-bahar.ae

Enjoy a good giggle as some of the best comedians in the country take to the stage as part of the regular Yalla Laughs stand-up series. Free. Level Lounge, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street. 8.30pm. Visit: facebook.com/yallalaughs

Saturday 8th December 

Kids can get into the festive spirit this weekend by taking part in the annual Santa Chase and the family can get ready for the big day by shopping at the Christmas Market while listening to carol singers. Free. Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Sas Al Nakhl. Noon-7pm. Contact: 02 616 9999, facebook.com/events/1380253365434335

Calling all pet lovers, visit the Paws and Tails Pet Carnival by Lulu Hypermarket and enjoy agility shows and contests, pet grooming and stands selling various goods for your fluffy friends from food to accessories. Bringing your pet along? Be sure to register first! Free. Khalidiyah Mall, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street. 4pm. Visit: luluhypermarket.com/AE/paws_and_tails

Unwind and watch a classic film as a fully restored version of Meet Me In St Louis screens to introduce a new generation to one of Judy Garland’s greatest performances. Free, registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 4pm. Visit: cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to tag us in your photos at @adwuae on Twitter and Instagram and @abudhabiworld on Facebook – who knows, you might even be featured in the magazine!

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