It’s Thursday and it’s time to clock off and head into a fun-packed weekend.
Thursday, 7th November
Feast on this
Taste of Abu Dhabi, the capital’s favourite food, drink and entertainment festival, is back on from 7th to 9th November featuring the third edition of Big Baking Tent Bake Off by ICCA. Come sample food from the hottest local restaurants, see live-cooking demonstrations by international celebrity chefs who will also teach you tricks of the trade in masterclasses. In addition to a dedicated kids’ zone with face painting, arts and crafts and trampolining by Bounce Inc., there will be tonnes of entertainment for adults too. Enjoy musical acts such as UB40 and Boyzlife while tickling your tastebuds.
AED 70 for general admission, AED 290 for Ultimate Taste Experience including four food and six drink vouchers. du Arena, Yas Island. Times vary. Visit: tasteabudhabi.com
Light it up
Grab your friends and gather around the most opulent Caribbean-inspired bonfire in the capital every first Thursday of the month. Enjoy a barbecue, beats by a live calypso band, and a cool beach vibe when you book Bonfire Nights at the Palace – an evening that’s certain to set your weekend ablaze.
AED 249 with soft drinks, AED 349 with house beverages. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 690 7999, firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s what I like
Experience the hits of music megastar Bruno Mars through Braz Mazz and the MB’s. The tribute act is performing in Abu Dhabi to dish out their interpretations of the American hitmaker’s songs such as ‘Just the Way You Are,’ ‘The Lazy Song’ and ‘Uptown Funk.’
From AED 75. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl. 6.30pm-midnight. Visit: adgcdiningevents.com
The taste tour
Taste the world at this new brunch featuring traditional flavours from the east to the west. Indulge in a wide range of live cooking stations and delicacies such as slow cooked ribs, king pao chicken, lamb chops and pan seared foie grass. An expansive seafood bar awaits with poached lobster, shrimp, crab legs, freshly shucked oysters and yellow fin tuna caught and shipped in from Sri Lanka on the day before and you can finish this culinary trip with your choice of sweets from the dessert bar.
AED 275 with soft drinks, AED 350 with house beverages, AED 550 with premium beverages. The Café, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island. 1pm-4pm. Visit: hyatt.com/parkhyatthotelandvillas
It’s a date!
Hudayriat Island is hosting a free drive-in cinema for two days as part of Abu Dhabi Moments. Friday will feature the rom-com classic Sleepless in Seattle at 7pm, followed by The Dark Knight at 11pm. Saturday, meanwhile, will screen The Great Gatsby and Interstellar. There will be a lounge viewing area for film buffs who don’t watch from their cars. Getting hungry is not an option as food and drinks will be available for purchase in the site.
Free. Visit: abudhabimoments.ae
Saturday, 9th November
Stretch it out
Wrap up the weekend with a FREE yoga class to call yourself and get centred for the busy work week ahead. All experience levels are welcome and even if yoga isn’t your thing, you can browse the cute clothes in Lululemon befor the shop opens.
Free. Lululemon, Masdar City Centre, Masdar City. 8.30am-9.30am. Contact: 02 557 9234
Flow like water
Get a glimpse of Syrian traditions at Structures of Impermanence exhibition. The art installation explores the architectural and cultural significance of water features, such as the bah-rah, in traditional Syrian houses. Talin Hazbar’s work inspects the connection between natural environment and material, and is augmented through extensive research into the social and historical contexts of that connection.
Free. Warehouse421, Mina Zayed. 10am-8pm. Visit: warehouse421.ae