Is this the best weekend in the capital this year?

It’s the weekend – and it’s going to be a good one

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Okay, so there’s an elephant in the room: the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes centre stage this weekend with loads of activities on and off the track. But there’s more than just the race going on in the city over the next few days, too. See for yourself.

Thursday 23rd November

Live on stage
shutterstock_448572409-1024x682There’s no doubt that the Yasalam after-race concerts are among the biggest events of the year. Kicking off the weekend on Thursday night is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, followed by J. Cole on Friday, UK folk group Mumford and Sons on Saturday and the pop-starlet P!nk bringing events to a close on Sunday night. F1 ticketholders will gain free entry to the shows, so if you’re lucky enough to be a ticketholder, it’s going to be a busy weekend for you. du Arena, next to Ferarri World Abu Dhabi. From 6pm. Visit: yasalam.ae

Be a hero

SAM_7428Giving a twist to your favourite pop-culture icons, superheroes and familiar faces, Comic Craze has come up the road to Abu Dhabi after a successful stint in Al Ain. With work from a range of local artists, the exhibition features comic art with an Arabic twist, social commentary and interesting takes on the likes of Batman, Star Wars and much more. Awesome. Free entry. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 8am-8pm. Visit: saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae

Press start to play

XMUvKeyDoyRtgDk-1600x900-noPadCalling all gamers: get ready, because this is the event you’ve been waiting for. You can get your geek on as Middle East Games Con comes to Abu Dhabi. This huge event running until 25th November features tabletop gaming, live gaming competitions, cosplay competitions and even the chance to meet and greet your favourite stars from the gaming world on YouTube. Plus you can nerd out and plug in to test some of the newest releases that aren’t out yet to see what they’re all about. From AED 75. Adnec, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Times vary. Visit: me-gamescon.com

Shop ’til you drop

uae-65824If retail therapy is just the ticket for you this weekend then there’s some great news. With discounts between 30 and 90 percent at selected stores including Debenhams, House of Fraser, E-Max and Home Centre, Yas Mall is offering great deals for smart shoppers who beat the crowds for the Black and White Weekend Sale. You never know what you might end up getting. Until 26th Nov. Yas Mall, Yas Island. Daily 10am-midnight. Visit: yasmall.ae 

Friday 24th November 

Play the part

TheFever_Baranova-2014-1Even if you’re a regular theatergoer, we bet you’ve never done anything quite like this. 600 Highwaymen (the moniker for artists Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone) is an immersive theatre group unlike anything else. Bringing its show The Fever to the capital, the group invites the the audience to play an active role in the performance, which explores themes like collective responsibility. Piqued your interest? You know where to be this weekend. Can’t make the performance this Friday? Well, you’re in luck as additional performances will also take place on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. AED 100. The Arts Center, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. 7pm. Visit: nyuad-artscenter.org

Prepare to dance

martin-garrixMissed out on F1 tickets but still fancy some live music this weekend? Bringing all things EDM (that’s electronic dance music) to the fore this weekend is the new concert series, Beyond the Track. First up on Friday night is superstar DJ Martin Garixx, followed by Carl Cox on Saturday and the one and only Tiesto closing the series on Sunday night. Just make sure to bring your sick dance moves and prepare for a long night because this one is going into the early hours. From AED 395. du Forum, Yas Island. 10pm. Visit: tixbox.com/en/events/beyond_the_track_with_martin_garrix

Saturday 25th November 

See something on the silver screen

midnight-sun-heroIs there anythign better than seeing a film? How aobut seeing one for free? Gather your family and head to Manarat Al Saadiyat where you can enjoy a cinematic tale of adventure, survival and friendship. Screening this weekend is The Journey Home, a heart-warming film that’s perfect for the whole family. The 2014 movie tells the story of a young boy named Luke who discovers a lost polar bear cub and sets off to reunite the wild animal with its mother in northern Canada. Free, but registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 4pm. Visit: cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae

And 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!

 

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