Say BOO to boredom with these weekend treats

Scare the dreaded weekday blues away. Get stuck into the weekend with these super happenings…

Thursday, 31st October

Glitz and flavour

Get a taste of Indian traditions at Yas Mega Mela at du Arena. The three-day festival has everything from Bollywood music entertainment, a bazaar and cricket classes, to cooking classes starring celebrity Indian chefs. There’s also fireworks display each and every night!

AED 20 general admission, AED 75 VIP. Yas Island. Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri 2pm-11pm, Sat 2pm-10pm. Visit:



Marco’s New York Italian at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr will host a Fright Night party. The chic restaurant will be decked with spooky designs while guests are welcome to dress up for the occasion to win prizes. Hungry souls will be served a mixture of Italian-inspired dishes and American classics including pizza, pasta, ribs and best-selling New York style cheesecake.

AED 175 with unlimited house beverage. Khor, between Al Maqta and Mussafah bridges. 9pm-midnight. Contact: 02 654 3238,

Don’t be afraid

Thursday night BBQ gets spooky this Halloween. Feast on Latin-inspired cuisine while wearing your most terrifying costumes for a chilling night by the pool. It’s not all dim and grim as there’s non-stop entertainment by a series of live performers, animators and a renowned DJ to lighten things up.

AED 225 with soft drinks, AED 325 including house beverages. Pool Deck, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Street. 7pm-midnight. Contact: 02 656 1000,

Old-school horror!

Rewind to the ’60s at Cinema Space with this original Hitchcock classic during the halloween special programme. It might be more than fifty years old, but we bet you’ll still be peeping through your fingers as the horror rolls out! TIP: Don’t get in the shower!

Whole new world

Step inside a different dimension at the Augmented Reality Art Exhibition. Located at the main atrium of Nation Towers Mall, the expo allows guests to create vibrant and lively art using the augmented reality (AR) tool Artivive. Until 3rd January 2020.

Free. Corniche West. 4pm-10pm. Visit: 

Scare flick

What better way to experience Halloween than by watching scary movies. Scream to your heart’s delight Blu Sky Lounge and Grill where thriller flicks will be shown across 14 HD screens in the restaurant. Cool down by ordering drinks from AED 25.

Free. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street. Noon-3am. Contact: 02 818 4888

The living dead

Casa de Cuba is creepin’ it real with a Halloween takeover all weekend long. You can start with The Dead Tropicana Brunch, inclusive of a four-course menu and premium beverage. Then, if you’re up for nighttime thrills, you can stay for the after party to keep the Halloween celebrations going with the resident DJ & Saxophonist as well as Ibiza legend, Jonathan Ulysses.

From AED 299. Yas Marina, Yas Island. 6pm-9pm. Contact: 056 742 7435,

Saturday, 2nd November

Fresh start

Stock up on your supply of fresh fruits and vegetables at the RIPE Market. The retuning outdoor event will sell fresh produce from local farmers, as well as wares and items from local vendors. There’s  also live music, entertainment and food trucks to delight visitors.

AED 10 park entry. Umm Al Emarat Park, 15th Street, Mushrif area. 3pm-9pm. Visit:


Eat like a king and have dinner flown in all the way from Yangcheng Lake in China, courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel. Bushels of hairy crabs from overseas will be crafted into a special menu, available right here in the capital all month long. For both lunch and dinner, you can tuck into creations such as steamed hairy crab and lobster dumpling with caviar, steamed chili hairy crab shell, crispy avocado hairy crab wafer and stew hairy crab ball in double-boiled soup.

Prices vary. Shang Palace, Khor Al Maqta. Noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 509 8555,

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