How to have the best long weekend of the year

With Eid Al Adha celebrations taking place across the UAE many of us have a few extra days off to have some fun. 

giphyEven if you’ve only got one extra day off this weekend, don’t let it pass you by, because there are loads of great ways to spend your time here in the city.

Thursday 23rd August 

8df42e45ee0b4ba229d985340a3beb02-rimg-w509-h315-gmirGet caught up in the celebrations and watch the fireworks from the water with Captain Tony’s dhow cruise to see the spectacle in a new way. AED 100 for adults, AED 50 for kids, booking advised. Yas Marina, Yas Island. 8.30pm-9.30pm. Contact: 02 635 0040, info@captaintonys.ae

39036896_310167149753743_5875299292792487936_nDust off your dancing shoes and get yourself over to the Ginger Dance and Arts studio for a night of Latin dancing. Free. Adults only. New Emi State Tower, near Marks and Spencer, Airport Road. 10pm-2am. Contact: 02 665 1800, gingerdanceandarts.com

giphy (1)Head over to Bawabat Al Sharq Mall and entertain the kids by meeting Count Dracula and his crew from Hotel Transylvania and enjoy activities and entertainment as well as the chance to win prizes including a Jeep Cherokee. Free entry. East Bani Yas. Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Contact: 02 503 1400, bawabatalsharqmall.ae

Friday 24th August 

39594210_1586297885010318_7045300297492594688_nIf you are on the lookout for something to brighten up your home then the Affordable Art Sale could be the perfect place to find an exciting piece to take pride of place on your walls. Free. Art Hub, the Mall at World Trade Center, Hamdan Street. 10am-10pm. Contact: 055 550 9640, adah.ae

home_imageTake in a film and watch Women Without Men, a movie that tells a story about a group of women during a tumultuous period in Iran’s history who seek peace and companionship. Free entry, but registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Visit: cs-womenwithoutmen.splashthat.com

Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 9.25.33 AMIf you’re a creative type then join in the Colab Night by Echoes. You can mix and mingle with poets, musicians and singers to see what you can create on the night, or simply watch as people get together to make something out of nothing. Free. Shabby Chic Cafe, ground floor, Golden Tower, Al Nahyan. 6.30pm-10pm.Visit: facebook.com/events/210154619679540

38714612_2199629276935831_4313281500406611968_nUpgrade your kitchen skills and sign up for the jones the grocer masterclass to learn how to make crispy Wagyu croquettes and sweet potato gnocchi with spinach and parmesan. AED 295. Al Raha Gardens Plaza, Khalifa City. 7pm-9pm. Contact: 02 557 4882, jonesthegrocer.com

Saturday 25th August 

37613665_1843957202336144_4623092781550665728_nIf you’ve got kids to keep busy then take a trip to Caboodle for the sensory messy play session where children can dig for dinosaurs in sand and safari animals in jelly, scoop ducks out of water and more, all while parents enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee. AED 90 per child. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. 10.30am-11.15am. Contact: 02 616 6974, caboodle.ae

yin-yogaBalance your chakras and gain a better sense of wellbeing by taking part in the chakra yin yoga session with Inner Seed Abu Dhabi, as instructor Laura guides you through the session. AED 160. The Studio, Villa 42, Al Bateen Street. 7.30pm-9pm. Contact: 02 621 0000, thestudiouae.com

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