9 weekend activities to keep you going in Abu Dhabi

Let the weekend begin, but don’t let it pass you by. Cast your eyes down our list of events and pick one or two to see you through the next few days! It’s time to create memories.

words: Ipshita Sharma

Thursday, 20th February

Abu Dhabi weekends

Ship Shape
Head to the opening of Marsa Mina for some fun and games. Food trucks, kids activities, live music and workshops are all par for the course here. This waterfront venue has something for everyone and promises to be a good time for all.

Free entry, Marsa Mina, Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, Gate 2 Zayed Port, 3pm to 11pm. Visit: marsamina.ae 


Footie Fun

Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium Abu DhabiGet your shoes on for the match between Al Ahly FC vs Zamalek FC at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium. There’s nothing quite like the rush of watching a live match with chanting crowds all around you. There is also a special 25% off Careem rides to and from the venue.

Tickets start at AED50,  Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium,  5 pm onwards. Tickets available on platinumlist.com


Let them have cake

Tavola and Wilton at the World Trade Centre. Abu DhabiCheck out the free-cake decorating workshop by Tavola and Wilton at the World Trade Centre. Get all your questions answered, take part in demos and workshops and also get special discounts on all Wilton products.

Free to attend, Wilton ME, The Mall, World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi, 5pm to 9pm. RSVP necessary. Contact: 050 1517405


For the Motorheads

Radisson Blu Al AinHead to Radisson Blu Al Ain for a two-day motorbike extravaganza complete with competitions, displays and stunts. There is also a special gala dinner for guests, and the hotel is giving a special rate for those wishing to stay both days.

Free to attend, room rates start at AED 270, Al Ain Motorcycle Festival, Radisson Blu Al Ain. Contact: 056 522 8392 


Friday, 21th February


Bottomless Fri-yay

Abu Dhabi Golf ClubGo forth and brunch in leisure with delicious food, bottomless drinks, pool access, games such as giant Jenga, foosball et al. Pay a small upgrade fee and keep the party on till sunset.

AED 135 for members, AED 150 for guests, AED 85  for kids seven-12 years old, free for kids six years old and below, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Liquid brunch 12pm-3.30pm, post liquid brunch 3.30pm to 6pm. Reservations necessary 056 536 2230, email events.adgc@aldargolf.com


Run to the Fun

Rugby 6 Nations Abu DhabiFor every weekend of the Rugby 6 Nations match run, fans are in for a treat with a range of exciting offers, get a pint of Guinness for AED 35 while AED 99 gets you a pint and burger. Those who book a table of 10 persons or more for the semi-final and finals can enjoy a discount of 30% on the total bill. Relax in Appaloosa’s beer garden that overlooks the hotel’s landscaped gardens.

AED 35 upwards, Appaloosa at Marriott Hotel Al Forsan,  until March 14th, during Rugby 6 Nations screenings. Contact: 02 201 4131, visit marriottalforsanlife.com


Soar High

The St. Regis Abu DhabiGet your hands on a glass of Grand Siècle from the world’s best vineyards at the Brunch in the Clouds at the world’s highest suspended suite at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. This brunch is only for 50 diners and commences when the guests are met by the butler in the private reception area. Guests can then move between a cinema full of candy, a cheese and dessert room, a caviar ice-bar, an oyster room, roaming chef stations and a private bar. For a break, guests can relax with shoulder massages by the hotel’s Remède Spa.

AED 550.00 with soft beverages and a  glass of Grand Siècle, AED 750.00 inclusive selected cocktails, grapes and hops and one glass of Grand Siècle, Abu Dhabi Suite, St Regis Abu Dhabi, 12pm-5pm. Reservations are a must, contact: o2 694 4553, email restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com


Think Local

Poetry Abu DhabiHomegrown UAE is a fantastic outlet for local talent to come out and show off their awesomeness. Head out for a chilled-out evening of spoken word poetry, music and some laughs at the beautiful venue.

Free to attend, ANNEX Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen Marina, 8 pm onwards


Saturday, 22nd February


Soak up the Sun

Ripe Market Abu Dhabi

Get your vitamin D on while picking up the weekly veggies and fruits at The Ripe Market. There’s a foodie village across the Great Lawn with cuisine from around the world. Then head to the handmade artisan area to shop & support local makers of handmade fashion, jewellery, art, home décor and more.

AED 10 park entrance fee, Ripe Market, Umm Al Emarat Park, 3pm-9pm. Contact:04 315 7000 or email bookings@ripeme.com


Culture Vulture

Abu Dhabi movies

Check out a screening of Sharp Tools – a movie directed by Nujoom Al Ghanem about UAE’s very own controversial artist Hassan Sharif – as it reveals the man behind the art and talks about the reasons he is what he is.

AED 30, Cultural Foundation Theatre, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, 7pm-9pm. To book tickets visit culturalfoundation.ae.

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