Wasted weekends are a crime. Don’t spend Saturday wishing you could turn back time. Here’s how to make the most of the next few days!
Thursday 26th April
Been a long week? Head to the beach at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi and grab a sun lounge – but you can forget the sunscreen because this is a nighttime affair. Yalla Laughs will be bringing some of the best comedians in the UAE to the stage to kick start your weekend with its beachside special. Free. Al Zahiyah, near Abu Dhabi Mall. 8pm. Visit: yallalaughs.com
Want to see something amazing? Magical collective The Illusionists are in town to blow your mind. With seven performers showcasing some amazing talent that will leave you scratching your head in disbelief, this show is not to be missed. AED 310. du Forum, Yas Island. Thu 8pm, Fri 4.30pm and 8.30pm, Sat 4.30pm and 8.30pm. Visit: tixbox.com
Friday 27th April
Food, glorious food! Serving up some top grub, the Yas Food Club Social is bringing together brands like Flakes Hub, Take A Bao, Loca, Moshi and more for an awesome foodie weekend. Plus there are film screenings, shops, activities and loads more to keep the whole family entertained. Free entry. Yas Beach, Yas Island. Fri and Sat 10am-10pm. Visit: clubsocial.ae
Celebrating all things books and with a series of workshops and vendors, The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is the place to be for bibliophiles. Plus, with graphic novels and Funko Pops on sale, it’s great for youngsters, too. Free. Adnec, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Until 1st May. Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm. Visit: adbookfair.com
Reuniting and reciting, Rooftop Rhythms is back this weekend to showcase local talent. Expect some slick verses and performances from these spoken word artists who aim to inspire and capture your imagination. Free, but registration required. The Marketplace, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. 8pm. Visit: nyuad-artscenter.org
Who’s ready to rock? Banging out some beats on the terrace, you can see some great local bands perform as you enjoy your weekend. Acts include The Sandtunes, Straightjackets and more who will try to get you up dancing with their music. Free entry. The Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. From 8pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportsmanszsc.com
Saturday 28th April
Back for the third time, the FBMA Ladies Run is inviting women to take on a 2.5km or 5km challenge to improve their fitness. It doesn’t matter your level or if you plan to walk, jog or run, it’s all in the name of fun. AED 120. Zayed Cricket Stadium, Khalifa City. 6pm. Visit: premieronline.com
Music can make a film – think Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Bringing some of your favourite movie scores to life, A Night At The Movies will see the the National Symphony Orchestra play iconic cinematic tracks like you’ve never heard them before. From AED 75. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Visit: ticketmaster.ae
If you need a new hobby then why not try out dragon boating? Helping newcomers get a taste for the sport, on Saturday mornings you can join the mixed team from Noukhada Dragon Boat team to see what it’s all about. Free. Eastern Mangroves Promenade. 8am. Visit: facebook.com/noukhadadb
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