Do you pinch, punch, or are you counting white rabbits for the first of the month? February’s here and we’re continuing a tradition everyone can get behind – having a lot of fun in Abu Dhabi.
From sculptures that inspire, to a thought-provoking chat on environmental issues and a free spot that’s ‘wheely’ good, to a beachside party that definitely lit, it’s all going on this week.
Sunday 2nd February
Carve it up
Zoom over to Reem Central Park to practice your air, backsides and ollies at the purpose-built skate park. There’s also a beachfront, tons of green space, an outdoor gym, sports courts and plenty of restaurants to sate those post-skate appetites.
Free. Open 24 hours. Reem Island. Visit: reemcentralpark.com
Go for an evening stroll along the capital’s Corniche West and end it with a visit to the magnificent Founder’s Memorial, where ‘The Constellation’ lights up at night with its awe-inspiring 3D projection of HH Sheikh Zayed.
Free. 9am-10pm, Corniche West. Visit: thefoundersmemorial.ae
Monday 3rd February
Shake it till you make it with samba fitness classes. Ginger Dance and Arts promise the spirited Brazillian dance will banish your woes, as well as being a great cardio workout. Ladies-only classes take place every Monday, so you hone your skills, make new friends AND shake off the new week blues.
6pm, every Mon. AED 75 per class. Packages also available. Ginger Arts and Dance, the New Emi State Tower, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. 02 665 1800.
Hit the right notes
The NYUAD Music Recital Series is on with a lineup of fresh performances by faculty from The NYUAD Music Programme. Talent you’ll hear includes Ioannis Potamousis and guest pianists Elizabeth Han; Matthew Quayle and Christos Plachouras will cover well-known classics, there’s the monumental Appassionata by Beethoven and a whole score more.
7.30pm-9.30pm. Free, registration required. The Blue Hall, The Arts Center, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island. Visit: facebook.com/nyuad.music
Tuesday 4th February
Don’t Casa this one by
Tuesdays welcome an all-new ladies’ night at Casa De Cuba on Yas Island. Three free drinks should entice you to dust down your dancing shoes and Casa De Cuba is also throwing in free salsa lessons with DJs Slim and Cliff Townley. Gentlemen, don’t feel left out; there’s a buy-one-get-one-free drinks offer just for you, too.
Every Tues, 8pm-11pm. Casa De Cuba Yas Marina, Yas Island. Contact: 056 742 7435
Back to the future
Go back in time and witness nature like never before. Time Machine, a captivating 3D experience by Image Nation, projects a 3D mapping sequence on the walls and floor to transport you back to the Jurassic period to explore larger-than-life-inhabitants and their surroundings. If you can’t make it this week, don’t fret. The experience isn’t extinct until 20th February.
Daily, 4pm-10pm. Free. Main Atrium, Nation Towers Mall, Corniche West.Visit: nationtowersmall.com
Wednesday 5th February
Pay your respects at Wahat al Karama, where you can reflect on the services that the armed forces have given to their country. Be in awe of this truly fitting architectural monument that has been inscribed with the names of the fallen.
Free, daily 9am-10pm. Khor Al Maqta, near the Grand Mosque. Contact 02 668 1000.
Give your Wednesday night a ‘dairy’ good one with the Filini Cheese Me Night. You can enjoy unlimited cheese, grape and cold cuts for AED 260 per couple. House singer, Jasmine Taylor, provides very ‘Gouda’ live entertainment too.
AED 260 for two. Filini Garden, Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Hotel, Yas Island. 7pm-10pm. Visit: facebook.com/FiliniGarden
Thursday 6th February
Spark a fire in your weekend plans with Bonfire Nights at the Palace – an illuminating outdoor shindig. The first Thursday of the month sees Caribbean-inspired bonfire come to Emirates Palace Beach East, bringing with it a barbecue and live calypso band. Unlimited grilled eats and soft drinks are yours for AED 249, or enjoy four beverages and food for AED 349.
7pm-11pm. From AED 249. Emirates Palace Beach East. Call 02 690 7999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sidr down and talk
Sit in on a round table discussion as part of the inaugural Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival. Pulling up a chair are intellectuals and activists, including well-known scholar and curator Carylon Jones and co-chairs Nezar Andary and Nadia Christidi. The festival, which is free to attend, will also feature film screenings artworks created from plastic and a photographers’ gallery that fits the green theme.
3pm-5pm. Free. The festival takes place from 6th-8th February. Manarat Al Saadiyat. For more information, visit: facebook.com/seff.ae