8 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

Just as the excitement of the festive period subsided, the weekend came knocking…


We know you’re probably tired from all the merriment so here are 8 chilled ways to spend the weekend, whether you have little ones in tow, want to learn more about Emirati heritage or fancy learning a new skill.

Thursday 3rd January

For a fun day out with the whole family, head over to Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club for the Emirates Longines Show Jumping League International. Watch horse and rider teams as they take to the course while enjoying activities for little ones including face painting, pony rides and slides. Until 5thJan. Free entry. Al Saada Street, next to Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Mushrif. Thu 10am-8pm, Fri 8.30am-9pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm. Visit: emiratesequestrian.com

Eager to learn more about local culture? The annual Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival is in full swing. Until 26thJanuary, you can check out various shows, competitions and displays, including a heritage parade, fountain and laser shows, a custom car show, falconry competitions, Arabian horse shows, street performances, an open cinema for the little ones and plenty of food. Free entry. Al Wathba. Daily 3pm-10pm. Visit: zayedfestival.com

Head into the desert and catch the last two days of Liwa Sport Festival 2019. Watch as drivers brave the world’s highest sand dune, Tel Moreeb, in cars and bikes and take on a motocross challenge. The event also includes camel and horse races, a classic car competition and a drifting track. Until 4thJanuary. Free entry. Al Dhafra. Daily 3pm-11.30pm.

Friday 4th January

As part of the ongoing Architecture of Loneliness exhibition at Warehouse421, the creative hub is hosting Phototecture. Artist and architectural photographer Mohamed Somji will lead participants on a photo walk of Mina Zayed to discuss how photography, architecture and fine art are intertwined, before allowing people to put what they’ve learned into practice. People taking part are welcome to shoot with a mobile phone, analogue camera or digital camera. Participants must be over 16 years old. AED 80. Warehouse421, Mina Zayed. 3.30pm-5.30pm. Contact: 02 676 8803, warehouse421.ae

If you’re looking for a bargain after the cash-crunching festive period then this is just the ticket. The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has launched a new annual season called Retail Abu Dhabi. Over 650 outlets are taking part, offering deals on shopping, hospitality, events and dining until 5th February. Participating malls include Yas Mall, Khalidiya Mall, Mazyad Mall, Dalma Mall, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Deerfields, Al Ain Mall and Bawabat Al Sharq Mall. Visit: radseason.ae, facebook.com/radseasonae

Saturday 5th January

If you’re in Al Ain, then check out the Emirati Traditional Games exhibition, putting an artistic spin on local heritage. The display includes artwork inspired by games Emirati youngsters used to play, including Um Al Iyal, a type of tag game, and Khoosa Boosa, a group game based on rhyme. Until 1st July. Free entry. Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Qattara, Al Ain. Daily 8am-8pm. Contact: 03 711 8225

Kicking off the Year of Tolerance, Sedra Foundation is welcoming people to join them on an inclusive desert hike in Al Khatim. Hosted in collaboration with the upcoming Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi and open to people of all abilities, the event will include a scenic walk as well as a clean-up to rid the desert of rubbish and protect camels from ingesting plastic. Free, but registration required here. 2pm-8.30pm. Visit: facebook.comHave you ever wanted to make your own candles? Then the Intro to Mould and Candle Making Workshop with Dune Candles is perfect. Learn more about candle design, moulding and casting techniques before creating your own to take home. AED 390, including all materials. Al Seef Village Mall, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street, Ministries Complex. 11am-2pm. Visit: https://skilldeer.com/checkout/funnel?step=details&product=course&courseId=2443&quantity=1&optionVariation=5758-28326

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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