8 great ways to make the most of the weekend

The end of the week is here and you know what that means…

The time is now: There’s loads to keep you busy over the next few days so let’s not waste any time! Here’s what’s going on in the city.

Thursday 24th Jan

Watch an award-winning singer take to the stage as Joyce DiDonato performs In War and Peace with the world renowned Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra as part of Abu Dhabi Festival. From AED 250. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 8pm. Visit: 800tickets.com

It’s your last chance to enjoy the Durub Al Tawya performing arts programme, part of Abu Dhabi Art 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the futuristic guided tour  Remote Abu Dhabi; see local art with Beyond: Artist Commissions with works on display at Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain Oasis and Qasr Al Muwaiji in Al Ain; take part in the immersive boat experience and performance Five Ways To Speak with an Alien and experience Hertopia, a mobile app-based guided audio tour of the city. Prices and times vary. Visit: abudhabiart.ae

Friday 25th Jan 

The UAE will face stiff competition when they take on Australia in the quarter final of the AFC Asian Cup. Can the home side make it to the semi-final? Get along to the match, show your support and see if they can grab the win. From AED 50. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain. 8pm. Visit: ticketmaster.ae 

See the best spoken word artists, poets and performers take to the stage to share their way with words as Rooftop Rhythms returns. Free, registration required. The Market Place, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. 8pm. Visit: nyuad-artscenter.org

Keep the kids busy and let them get creative as they make a sweet and savoury pizza from scratch at the jones the grocer masterclass where they can get their hands dirty then eat their creation when they’re done. AED 149, booking required. Al Mamoura, corner of 4th and 15th Streets. 4pm-6pm. Contact: 02 443 8762, almamoura@jonesthegrocer.com

Sat 26th Jan 

Young artists can get creative and join people of determination by taking part in Unified Art, a workshop that aims to raise awareness about the upcoming Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and bring people together to create their own art. Free, registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 10am-1pm. Contact: artunified@abudhabi2019.org

See some live sport as Abu Dhabi Warriors returns, bringing some of the best MMA fighters together in one place to go toe to toe in the ring and compete in 11 fights on the night. From AED 100. Mubadala Arena, Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. 4.30pm-10pm. Visit: tickets.virginmegastore.me

If you’re excited about the Academy Award nominations then you can see an Oscar-winning film as Apocalypse Now is shown on the big screen. Free, registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 7pm-9.30pm. 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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