8 events you don’t want to miss this weekend

There are times when a quiet weekend is called for, but when the weather is this beautiful, who could stay cooped up indoors? Soak up the last of the spring sunshine and enjoy a fun weekend with you family and friends…

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Thursday 29th March

Celebrate world cinema

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If you love foreign films then get a dose of French cinema at the 8th edition of FrancOfilm. The festival is back at VOX Marina Mall with five films celebrating the French language and artistic creation. Tonight, catch King of the Belgians, a comedic drama that follows a king who takes a tumultuous trip across the Balkans as he desperately races to return home during a political crisis. Prices vary. VOX cinema, Marina Mall, breakwater. 6.30pm. Visit: uae.voxcinemas.com

Buy a book

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Looking for a new read? Find a new book to immerse yourself in while doing good at the same time. The Abu Dhabi branch of Operation Smile is hosted a charity book sale until 31st March. Your purchase could help put a smile on a child’s face by offering corrective surgeries for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate. Free entry. Al Wahda Mall, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. Daily 10am-11pm. Visit: facebook.com/operationsmileuae

Friday 30th March 

Put some spring in your step

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Celebrating its last outdoor event of the season, La Loupe is bringing its pop-up market Eastern Mangroves Promenade this weekend for a family-friendly affair. Shop from over 45 homegrown vendors selling everything from artwork to jewellery and kids’ accessories, plus enjoy food, live music, kids’ activities and more. Free entry. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. 2pm-9pm. Visit: facebook.com/laloupeauh

Listen up

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Egyptian superstar Ahmad Mekky closes out the Rooftop Nights series with an exclusive outdoor concert to mark the event’s finale. The award-winning actor and rapper is out to wow the crowds with hits like ‘Waqfet Nasyt Zama’ and ‘Atr AL Hayah’ at his UAE debut concert. From AED 120. The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street. 7pm. Buy tickets here.

Give it a glow

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Hiltonia Beach Club is hosting is first pool party of the season so grab a glow stick and join the Glow Pool Party this Friday. Ukranian DJ Miss Odette will be on the decks to provide a sountrack for the night of house, EDM, RnB and hip-hop, while face paint will  and infralights will add to the atmosphere. AED 50. Corniche West. 9pm-3am. Contact: 02 692 4247

Raise the roof

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Who said poetry is boring? Proving that prose is perfectly relevant in the 21st century, the performers at Rooftop Rhythms will wow you with rhyme and reason as they perform their own pieces at the event’s sixth anniversary show. Complimentary entrance but registration required. The Marketplace, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. 8pm-10pm. Visit: nyuad-artscenter.org

Saturday 31st March

Ramp up your fitness

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The temperature is heating up and that maens outdoor events are coming to a close. Don’t miss one of the last free Cycle for Health events. The series encourages people to get active through cycling and lets your borrow bikes and helmets for a 1.9km bicycle ride around Zayed Sports City Stadium. There’s also a children’s play area, chill-out zone for after your ride and healthy food options so you can make a day of it. Free. Saif Ghobash Street. 8am-noon. Visit: clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae

Hop to it

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It’s the last day of the Easter celebrations at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island so grab the gang and head over for some fun springtime activities and a chance to meet the Easter bunny – who we’re told will be dishing out chocolate eggs. Youngsters can also join in arts and crafts activities from 3pm to 9pm. Free entry. From 3pm. Contact: 02 616 6999, thegalleria.ae

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