Another week done, a new weekend upon us. These happenings city-wide will help you make the most of your two-day break…fun, fun, fun!
Thursday, 3rd October
The UAE’s first astronaut to reach orbit is coming home. Welcome Hazza Al Mansouri as he reenters Earth after a historic eight-day space voyage. Al Jimi Mall, Yas Mall and WTC Mall through its cinemas will run a live screening of the astronaut’s return, landing in Kazakhstan at approximately 4pm UAE time.
Laugh your blues away courtesy of UAE-based stand-up comedians. Yalla Laughs Open Mic Stand Up Comedy Night will see veteran and budding acts test new skits. If you think you’re cut out to make people giggle, then sign up to Yalla Laughs Facebook page for a chance to climb the stage.
Free. 21 years old and above. Up & Below, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, 5th Street, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street. From 8pm. Visit: facebook.com/yallalaughs
Friday, 4th October
Strike a pose
Yoga is largely about achieving balance but Jivamukti Yoga focuses exclusively on one pose – the warrior. Join Dina for an uplifting 90-minute yoga class where you’ll execute a series of standing and warrior poses and little soul searching to understand the role of the warrior in real life. The class integrates philosophy, chanting, music, movement and meditation to help you tap into your inner warrior.
AED 95 with nekctar juice. Bodytree Studio, Corner of Hazza Bin Zayed and Mubarak Bin Mohammed Streets. 9am-10.30am. Visit: facebook.com/jivamuktiwithdina
Taste of Italy
Explore the streets of Italy through the palate at Dino’s Bistro Italiano. The brunch is dished out a la carte, so sit back while unlimited starters, mains, pizzas and desserts served at your table – favoloso! As bonus, kids can get themselves busy with activities including pizza making class.
AED 165 with soft beverages, AED 200 with house beverages, AED AED 215 with grapes and bubbly. Kids six-12 years old get 50 percent off. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, near ADNEC. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 307 5551, email@example.com
Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939) displays 20th century modern masterpieces. See for yourself the works of avant garde heavyweights including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Constantin Brancusi, Tamara de Lempicka and others. With 85 artworks, the exhibition marks the most comprehensive display of classic avant garde works in a single exhibit in the UAE.
AED 63 general admission ticket; AED 31.50 for guests aged 13-22. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island. 10am-10pm. Contact: 600 565 566, louvreabudhabi.ae
Make a splash
Get ready for a Filipino-themed fun at the capital’s biggest waterpark. At the Kabayan Beach Festival you can enjoy live music, cultural performances, karaoke, beach games and more than 40 world-class rides and attractions.
AED 55. Yas Waterworld, Yas Island. 6pm-11pm. Visit: yaswaterworld.com
Saturday, 5th October
Run, swim and bike to put your body to the test at the Triathlon Festival on Al Hudayriat Island. The event features a protected swim course, looped bike course with no traffic and a run course with a twist. Pick your pain from Olympic, sprint and super sprint distance categories. The kids can get in on this too as there’s a junior triathlon and a junior aquathon taking place alongside the main event.
From AED 125, registration required. Abu Dhabi. 6am. Visit: adsc.ae
Roll with it
Learn how to create perfect sushi and dumplings with help from an expert chef. Open to adults and kids, this fun class will impart skills and techniques needed to whip out yummy Japanese delicacies like a pro.
AED 169 per person inclusive of four-course menu and house beverages; AED 85 kids. Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street. 10am-1pm. Contact: 02 616 6200, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Photography Studio at Manarat Al Saadiyat is set to host a touring exhibition by award-winning Emirati photographer Yousef Al Habshi until 28th October. The Unseen exhibit is a collection of images, which celebrates the art of macro photography and the tools used to reveal elements of the world that are not visible to the human eye. Additionally, Al Habshi will lead a series of macro photography workshops including masterclasses for beginners and children.
Free. Saadiyat Island. 9am-8pm. Contact: email@example.com
It’s that time of the year again when you can dust down your lederhosen and head to Oktoberfest. This one’s at Hamilton’s Gastropub where the usual festival-type drinks, ribs and sausages are dished up to a backdrop of fun activties and thigh-slapping beats all the way to 15th October.
Beverage promotion- 65 AED 1 litre beverage; 250 AED small table-top barrel; 99 AED beverage bucket; 170 AED beverage and sausage combo -170 AED. Hamilton’s Gastropub, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas