And just like that, it’s the weekend and it’s time to have some fun – or relax.
With comedy shows, foodie fun, film screenings and so much more taking place over the next few days, there are no excuses for wasting the weekend at home.
Thursday 17th August
Chill out, grill out
Got a taste for a good barbecue but don’t want to face the full force of the summer sun? Step away from the grill, put down the apron and tongs, kick back and let someone else do the cooking while you can catch up with friends. Serving up a bevy of grilled treats, cold drinks and live entertainment, there are worse ways to start the weekend than heading to the Indoor Brew Fest. AED 199. Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Khalifa City. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 616 9999, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laugh out loud
If you need a little laughter in your life, we know just the tonic. Kick-starting the weekend with jovial jokes, one-liners, outrageous observations and goofy gags, you can see some of the best comedians in the UAE take to the stage to put a smile on your face with Yalla Laughs. With acts from the US, UK, Sri Lanka and beyond, the line-up of comedians is sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you laughing, even if it is just at how terrible some of the jokes are. Free. Up and Below, Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center, Hamdan Street. 8pm. Contact: yallalaughs.com
Friday 18th August
If you can’t sleep in and you’re one of those ‘seize the day’ kind of people, then this is the place to be. Helping you to get your heart pumping and enjoy a dose of early morning fitness, the Abu Dhabi City Indoor Run is a great way to work out away from the summer sun. With 2.5km and 10km options, depending on your fitness level, age or experience, you can find the perfect option for you and get a bit of activity under your belt before breakfast. AED 50, but pre-registration required. Yas Mall, Yas Island. 8am. Contact: premieronline.com
Eat, create, relax
Are you the creative type? Why not let those creative juices flow at Paint and Sip this weekend and unleash your artistic flair, whilst enjoying some delicious food and drink at the same time? Whether you’re a brilliant painter or you’ve never even picked up a brush, all you need to do is have fun, and you don’t even need to bring anything with you, as all the necessary equipment will be provided for you at the venue. Perfect. AED 150 with welcome drink, AED 250 with drink and food buffet. Aquarium, Yas Marina, Yas Island. 3pm-5.30pm. Contact: eventbrite.com
In town to celebrate Indian Independence Day, Namaste Abu Dhabi is turning the Emirates Palace into a Bollywood spectacle this weekend. Headlining the show, music legends Salim and Sulaiman will be taking to the stage armed with a back catalogue packed with popular songs from smash-hit films. With a number of live performances, dancing and more to get your feet moving, this is one not to be missed if you’re from the subcontinent. From AED 100. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 7.30pm-11pm. Contact: 055 636 0333, email@example.com
Saturday 19th August
If your ideal weekend involves relaxing and enjoying good food then you’re not alone. The Saturday Roast at the Sportsman’s Arms is a great place to grab some grub and even watch live sport. With delicious dishes including grilled meats, you can fill your stomach and cool off with a few beverages before it’s back to work on Sunday morning. AED 150. The Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 644 6666, lemeridienabudhabi.com
If you’re in the mood for hiding away and enjoying something on the silver screen, then why not take in a classic movie for free? Starring the iconic Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina tells the story of brothers who both fall in love with the daughter of the family chauffeur, who returns from Paris all grown up and glamorous. Sound good? We’ll see you there. Free, but registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 4pm. RSVP at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Dancing is a great way to have fun, and, it’s also a great workout. In this Adult Latin dance class with Advantage Sports, you can get to grips and learn the steps of a few famous dance styles with a smile on your face. Whether you’ve got two left feet or you’re a regular on the dance floor, this class is open to everyone, and, you never know, it might even end up being your new favourite hobby. Prices vary. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. 7pm-8pm. Visit: advantagesportsuae.com
Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae
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