Why you can have a winning weekend in the capital

Just like that, the weekend is here, bringing another working week in the capital to an end.

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So get out of your work clothes and don’t waste another minute because we have loads of awesome things to do this weekend.

Thursday 12th October 

Go back to school

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Taking you back to your student days, this themed party night is all about getting old school. Don your best school-themed costume and head to Pop at Hilton Abu Dhabi for a night of cheesy music from the 90s and 00s that will get you singing along into the early hours. Don’t worry, there won’t be any exams, it’s all just a bit of fun. AED 199 for men, AED 149 for women. Pop nightclub, Hilton Abu Dhabi. Corniche West. 10pm. Contact: 02 681 1900, http://bit.ly/1s19dsQ

Get festive

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If you love nothing more than kicking back and enjoying some food, drink and entertainment on a weekend, then Hop Fest is the event for you. Showcasing a selection of Belgian hops and grilling up a storm on the BBQ with cuts of fresh meat, you can have your fill and join the party on Thursday night. Helping provide the soundtrack to the weekend, a live band will be bringing the beats to get you on your feet through the night. Free entry. Belgian Cafe, Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island. 7pm. Contact: 02 656 2406, http://bit.ly/1Zw2LGV

Friday 13th October 

Freshen up

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If you’re looking to pick up some delicious foodie treats, organic fruit, veg boxes, freshly baked bread and much more, then set your course for the Collection on Friday morning. With locally grown and sourced items from avocados to zucchinis and more health supplements, powders and juices than you know what to do with, you can stock up for a morning feast or for the week ahead with the best in the capital. Free. The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island. Contact: ripeme.com

Sync or swim

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If you find yourself singing into your hairbrush or strumming air guitar regularly then why not take your performance onto a stage? Giving you the chance to rock out in front of a crowd syncing to your favourite songs, the Lip Sync Battle at Up and Below is set to showcase some undiscovered performers this weekend. With costumes, props and eccentricity encouraged, you’ve probably never seen anything quite like this. Who will win? AED 30. Up and Below, Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center. 8pm until late. Contact: 02 698 2222, courtyard.marriott.com

Find your zen

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If you’re a yogi and have been dreaming about conquering the jump through in your Ashtanga or Yoga practice, then now is your chance to learn how to do just that. Kamal will lead this workshop to help  you understand how to engage certain parts of your body to perform tough movement, and why it’s important to do them and do them correctly. Open to all levels. AED 250. The Hot House, Al Zeina. 2pm-5pm. Contact: facebook.com/bikramyogaabudhabi

Take a trip to Paradise City

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Ready to rock? Ok, Guns N Roses aren’t coming to the capital this weekend but the next best thing is. Revered as the best tribute act on the circuit, the Guns N Roses Experience will be rocking out in the capital this weekend with a live show for fans. With hits like ‘Welcome To The Jungle’, ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’ and ‘Paradise City’ all part of the group’s repertoire, it’s sure to be a great night. AED 100. Porters, Grand Millenium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. 9pm. Contact: 02 443 9999, http://bit.ly/2fejVge

Saturday 14th October 

Winner winner

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Want to learn to make a delicious chicken dinner with a twist? This weekend at jones the grocer you can learn how to master making roast baby chicken with potato dauphinoise and a chicken jus. Pick up some top tips, learn the basic skills and execution necessary to amaze family and friends when you make it at home. Plus when you’re done, you can chow down on your creation. Delicious. AED 275 per person. jones the grocer Khalidiyah, ground floor, Pearl Plaza Building. Contact: 02 639 5883, khalidiyah@jonesthegrocer.com

Celebrate a milestone

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Aldar Academies are celebrating their tenth anniversary this weekend and you can be a part of it at Yas Mall. Visitors can check out one of the innovative learning tools, the Cosmic Dome, in the town square, see artwork created by students, try out a virtual reality experience and listen to students and teachers perform live music and even take a short music lesson. Sound good? You know where to be. Free. Yas Mall, Yas Island. 10am-Midnight. Visit: aldaracademies.com

Have fun with the family

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If you’re looking to spend some quality time with the family and have some fun, this one might the be the event for you. To enjoy a day out with the kids, head to the Sportsman’s Arms for their family fun day. With tasty eats and drinks, as well as some kid-friendly activities, you can enjoy the restaurant’s terrace while the kids check out the petting zoo, face painting, movie and arts and crafts. Free entry. The Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City, off Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 12pm-6pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportsmanszsc.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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