A dozen reasons this weekend will be awesome

Wait, it’s the weekend again already?!

That’s right, and there are plenty of ways to make it a memorable one. Whether you want to escape into nature, dance into the wee hours with friends or learn a new skill, we’ve got your back. Here are 12 awesome events to take part in this weekend…

Thursday 3rd August

Go on an adventure

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If you have what it takes to be dropped over the side of a cliff, manoeuvre yourself over rocks and jump into pools of water, then join the UAE Trekkers this weekend as they head to Wadi Damm in neighbouring Oman. The two-day trip will entail a lot of climbing, sliding and swimming through and under waterfalls and caves so you’ll need to be adventurous and confident. Transport will be provided from Abu Dhabi and you’ll stay in a guest house over night. All you need are some hiking shoes and a swimsuit. AED 800. Contact: 055 886 2327, uae-trekkers.com

Be enchanted

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Known for his never-before-attempted daredevil stunts, Ahmed El Bayed is bringing his magical talent to Abu Dhabi as part of his Take Off world tour. The master illusionist has left millions dumbfounded with his mastery live performances so don’t miss your opportunity to see his astounding stunts this weekend. Until 4th August. Tickets start from AED 150. Al Raha Beach Theatre. 7pm. Contact: bit.ly/2vvl7m6

Don’t be board…

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Try your hand at a new game or re-live your childhood memories with an old favourite at this board game night hosted by Back to Games. This fun event is a great way to end the week and meet other board game lovers. For ages 16+. Free but registration required. Warehouse421, Mina Zayed. 7pm-10pm. Contact: warehouse421.ae

Feel the beat

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Experience euphoric house and techno music this weekend with Tristan Girault from Boogie Box and Nasrawi of the Analog Room. The duo will play back to back all night long, bringing a vibrant and electric atmosphere. Featuring visuals by Krajta. Free entry. Until 3am. Yas Beach Tiki Bar, Yas Island. Contact: bit.ly/2vuU8XL

Friday 4th August

Make a splash

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Enjoy the sun, sand and funky soundtracks at Al Maya Island’s Friday beach party. Bring your friends, a swimsuit and sunscreen, then dance the day away to music by DJs Lucy Stone, Chad Phunk and Stew Magoo. Ladies receive free entry before 1pm. Tickets AED 100. For ages 21+. Al Maya Island. Contact: 055 114 5311, bit.ly/2uYwBgk

Join the brunch bunch

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Looking for a brunch with a fun twist. The Funch Brunch at Stills includes a day filled with drinks and food accompanied by games over seven hours. Change up your brunch routine with your friends and bring them along to enjoy the day with great food. There’s also an after party soundtracked by DJs Rob Forrest and Cliff Towny, making for a great combination of food, fun and music. AED 195. Stills, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Yas Island. Brunch 12.30pm-4pm, after party 4pm-8pm. Contact: 02 656 3000, facebook.com/CPYasIsland

Meet come colourful characters

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Join these cute toy collectible characters this Friday at the World Trade Centre Mall at a meet-and-greet event. Bring your kids so they can play, dance and have fun with the Shopkins characters. Free. WTC Mall, Khalifa Street. 5.30pm-10pm. Contact: bit.ly/2u6lJ1i

Sing in the rain

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No, Gene Kelly’s not in town – Aloft’s Liquid Rain Pool Party is back and this time there’s a twist. Dance the night away under rain machines while foam canyons add another fun and messy element. Bring friends, your swimsuit and make a splash while listening to hits from the DJ. Free entrance for ladies until midnight, AED 50 after midnight, gents AED 100. Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to Adnec. 8pm-3am. Contact: 02 654 5193, bit.ly/2vjVQeg

Make a pizza pie

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Everyone enjoys a pizza, especially a homemade one. Bring your kids to this family masterclass to learn all the secrets to making the perfect pizza. AED 125 per person. jones the grocer, Al Raha Gardens Plaza. 4pm-6pm. Contact: 02 557 4882, alraha@jonesthegrocer.com

Saturday 5th August

Stay fit

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Take your fitness indoors with the jam-packed Abu Dhabi Sports Festival, which features a slew of activities and sports for people of all ages and abilities to take part in. Sports include football, basketball, jiu jitsu, table tennis, running and acroball. Times and prices vary per activity. Until 31st August. Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Contact: 054 420 3076, adsf2017.ae/

Enter a magical world

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This film adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream finds the world of humans interacting with the realm of magic. With characters falling in love with creatures in the woods, you will be taken through an enchanting and comedic experience. Free, but registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 7pm-9.30pm. Contact: cinemaspace-amidsummernightsdream.splashthat.com

Find some fusion

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Enjoy an array of delicious platters while you take in the stunning view of Saadiyat Beach at the Asian Fusion Brunch in Sontaya restaurant. Savour a variety of salads, homemade duck spring rolls, prawn and chicken dumplings and wok dishes as well as sweets. AED 230 per person including soft drink,s AED 330 with house beverages and pool and beach access. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 498 8888, stregissaadiyatisland.com

WORDS Mariem Yassiri

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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