How to beat boredom and have a winning weekend

Just like that, the working week is over, the weekend is here and it’s August – how did that happen? 

giphyWith a weekend at your disposal, and lots of events going on in the city, what will you get up to before the alarm clock rings on Sunday morning?

Thursday 2nd August 

37006076_224320301543454_2508303614313758720_nFancy some live music after a hectic week while you tuck into some good food? Enjoy a solo performance at Urban RetrEAT to the mellow sound of Rony Sarkis and grab yourself some street food. Free. Yas Mall, Yas Island. 7pm-9pm. Visit:

Or, if you want to up the tempo with your beats then check out Border Run at Stock Burger Co, who will be performing while you get your burger on. Free entry. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street. 8pm-12.30pm. Contact: 800 78625,

How-to-secure-DJ-gigCelebrate Jamaican Independence Day and vibe to the beats of international DJs all night long as they pay homage to the Carribean island. Ladies free entry, men free till midnight. No flip-flops or shorts. Catch, Corniche West. 10pm-3am. Contact: 02 611 0909,

Friday 3rd August

c700x420Friday brunches are pretty much a trademark in the capital. So brunch it up with your friends and family at Porters where International Hops Day is being celebrated. From AED 132 per person, booking essential. Grand Millennium Hotel, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, next to Al Wanda Mall. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 495 3936,


Think you can conquer any fitness challenge? Have some fun and try out the brand new X-Park at Bounce opening this weekend where you can be one of the first to successfully navigate the ninja warrior obstacle course. From AED 95 for one hour. Marina Mall, breakwater. Fri 10am-midnight, Sat 10am-10pm. Visit:

mazinger_z_04If you’re a fan of Japanese animation then this is probably the event for you. Attend the Middle East premiere of Mazinger Z: Infinity and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment from the Far East. Free, booking essential. Al Raha Theatre. 4pm-7.30pm. Visit:

Saturday 4th August

Unearthed9Keep your children entertained with the Natures Colours and Brushes workshop. Kids aged eight to 12 can learn how to create art the same way our ancestors did: with naturally occurring items. Children will also get to take home four handmade paint brushes and eight paints after the session to continue their creative journey at home. AED 150. Change Works AD, As Saman building, off Muroor Road. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 628 1811,

tmp_Ba5guV_076e0ad02033ad98_MCDOLFR_EC005If you have toddlers in tow, get yourself down to The Sportsman’s Arms where they can enjoy a screening of Disney’s Frozen. Adults can chow down on some classic bar food while the kids tuck into free popcorn with the movie. Free entry. Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. 6pm-8pm. Contact: 02 447 1066,

sport_04Love to swim? Then get yourself to NYUAD and spend your Saturday morning in the pool building up your fitness and enjoying an early morning workout. Free entry, registration required. NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. 8.30am-10.30am. Visit:

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!

WORDS Asma Sabriah Mohammad

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