9 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

From live music, dance shows and end-of-season parties to children’s activities and beach clean-ups – there are so many events taking place this weekend, it was hard to stop at nine.


Here’s our selection of some of the best events taking place in Abu Dhabi this weekend. Go on, get planning, you can thank us later…

Thursday 25th April

As part of The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi’s performing arts season, which is drawing to a close soon, American dancer and choreographer Camille A Brown presents ink, a unique showcase of African-American social dance that uses tap, modern, jazz and hip-hop choreography to explore race, culture and identity. AED 105 for adults, AED 52.50 for youth aged 13 to 22. Saadiyat Island. 8pm. Tickets available online here.

Looking for one last hurrah before the heat hits? The Sportsman’s Arms is bidding farewell to the cooler weather with a party on Jack’s BBQ Terrace to close out the season in style. Enjoy live music, a barbecue brunch, craft hops and happy hour on Thursday and Friday. From AED 199 for one main and three hours of unlimited drinks. Above International Tennis Center, Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. Thu from 7pm, Fri from 1pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, reservations@sportsmanszsc.com

Are you a rock fan? Listen to the sounds of iconic Led Zeppelin as British tribute band CODA comes to the capital. The band replicates the sounds and sights of a Led Zeppelin show so you can expect quite the spectacle as the band performs hits like ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and ‘Ramble On’. AED 100. Strictly over 18s. Porters English Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza bin Zayed Street. 9pm-1am. Tickets are available online here.

Friday 26th April

Watch as some of the city’s top talent face off in Dansation Arabia 2019, billed as the UAE’s biggest dance-off. Think you have what it takes to see off the competition? Anyone aged between six and 21 years old is welcome to sign up to audition. Winners will have a chance to compete in the final battle judged by celebrity guests including choreographer Remo Dsouza and film director Bobby Chan. 26thand 27thApril. Free. The Mall at World Trade Center, Khalifa Street. 4pm. Register online at dansationarabia.com

Yas Marina Block Party 2019

Yas Marina will be crammed with party vibes as Block Party takes over the promenade this Friday. The second edition will feature nine bars, five bands, gourmet food stalls, garden games and more. Enjoy live music under the stars, grab a bevvie from the street-style pop-up bars and kiosks and take on friends in a series of games. Free entry. Yas Marina, Yas Island. 5pm-1am. Visit: yasmarina.ae

Looking for a creative outlet? Then sign up for the Design & Dine event. This month’s session is all about pop art and it’s the final event of the season so expect a good party, too. Aside from painting – you’ll get a hands-on tutorial so don’t worry if you’re not experienced – you can also enjoy a four-hour Mexican brunch with unlimited food and drinks as well as live music with Jasmine Taylor performing 90s pop anthems. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. AED 290 with soft drinks, AED 340 with premium beverages. Radisson Blu Yas Island. 4pm-8pm. Tickets available online at allevents.in.

Saturday 27thApril

The best habits start at a young age. Spread a love of reading with your children at this special session held as part of the Khayal series at Warehouse421 in collaboration with Early Starters. Hosted by Emirati author and illustrator Maitha Al Khayat, who has published over 160 children’s books, the event welcomes little ones aged four to 12 to enjoy a live reading session and creative activities such as camel puppet making, designing a burqa and creating a collaborative doodle mural to mark the Year of Tolerance. Free. Warehouse421, Mina Zayed. 3pm-5pm. Contact: 02 676 8803, warehouse421.ae 

The salt of the earth film

See the work of Brazilian photographer come to life in the award-winning documentary, The Salt of the Earth. Traveling to the most remote areas of the world, Salgado has seen some of the biggest events in history from international conflicts to mass starvation and exodus. Now he heads to untouched terrains to see wild flora and fauna in a tribute to the natural beauty of our planet. Free. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island. 5pm. Contact: 600 565 566, louvreabudhabi.ae

saadiyat island nurdle hunt with park hyatt

Never heard of nurdles before? These tiny pellets are the second biggest source of micro-plastic litter (by weight) that is found on beaches around the world. Wildlife often mistake them for food, too, so it’s having a harmful impact on our environment as well as marine species. Help raise awareness about nurdles while ridding the Saadiyat Island coast of the harmful pellets at the Nurdle Hunt this Saturday. The event is free but a breakfast package is available. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas. 8am-10am. Contact: 02 407 1138, facebook.com/parkHyattAbuDhabi/


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