We can hardly believe it either, but the weekend is here and we can’t wait to have some fun.
Thursday 28th March
Aspiring musicians can take to the stage to perform in front of a live audience with some original works or covers at Manarat Al Saadiyat’s regular Open Mic night. Free. LARTE, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 7pm-11pm. Visit: facebook.com/manaratalsaadiyat
Petrolheads will be in their element at the fifth Custom Show Emirates and International Motor Show Abu Dhabi where you can see the latest models, gadgets, modifications and everything car-related under one roof. AED 55. Adnec, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. The and Sat 10am-10pm, Fri 2pm-10pm. Visit: customshowemirates.com
Help raise funds for the upcoming UAE mission by picking up a few new reads from the book sale run by Operation Smile UAE, which provides corrective surgery to children with cleft lips and palates. Free. Al Wahda Mall. 10am-11pm. Visit: operationsmile.ae
Sit back and watch the Paris Opera Ballet as part of Abu Dhabi Festival with a full ensemble of talented dancers performing Jewels by George Balanchine. AED 175. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. Thu and Fri 7pm. Visit: 800tickets.com
Friday 29th March
Club Social UAE returns to Yas Island to bring two days of live entertainment, watersports, child-friendly activities, a host of food vendors and two massive concerts including Bastille on Friday and Oka Wi Ortega on Saturday night. Free entry to the festival if you register online, AED 50 on the door, AED 195 for Bastille concert, AED 95 for Oka Wi Ortega. Yas Beach, Yas Island. Fri 10am-8pm, concert from 6pm, Sat 10am-7pm, concert from 6pm. Visit: clubsocial.ae
Help raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans with the Swim for Clean Seas event. Swimmers can take on distances of 1,600m, 800m and 200m to help raise awareness and enjoy a swim in the sea off Saadiyat Island. From AED 90. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. 8am-11am. Visit: bit.ly/2UaAAUt
Enjoy live music as Rock Under the Stars returns to The Sportsman’s Arms to provide energetic entertainment with Border Run taking to the stage to blast out the hits. Free entry. Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. 7pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportsmanszsc.com
Grab your swimmers and head along to the Playground Pool Party for a night of great music and the opportunity to let your hair down in the pool with friends. Free for ladies, AED 100 for men. Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to Adnec, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 8pm-3am. Contact: 02 654 5000, bit.ly/2MmKyu3
Saturday 30th March
Watch a classic of Japanese cinema as Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies is shown on the big screen with the studio’s iconic visual style and moving story about the devastation on World War II. Free, registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 7pm-9pm. Visit: cs-graveofthefireflies.splashthat.com
Millions of people around the world will be switching off their lights at 8.30pm tonight to mark Earth Hour. The global campaign aims to encourage people to take action to help protect the environment. Want to get involved? Cipriani Yas Island invites guests to dine by candlelight tonight. Make a reservation by contacting 02 657 5400, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is marking the occasion with a family event in partnership with Emirates Nature WWF. Between 5pm and 9.30pm, you can join in environmental activities including building a giant sand turtle on the beach, going on a sunset safari and joining night patrol to spot turtle tracks in the sand. From AED 250. Contact: 02 811 4444, facebook.com/jumeirahsaadiyatislandresort
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!