The weekend has snuck up on us but there’s still time to make some great plans.
This Sunday has been announced as a public holiday for Al Isra’ Wal Mi’raj so that means most of us get a long weekend to celebrate and spend time with family and friends.
Looking for something to do and not sure where to go? These are our picks of the best of the capital this week.
Thursday 20th April
Enjoy Emirati culture
Head down to the Garden City where celebrations are taking place to mark World Heritage Day. The event will celebrate Emirati heritage and feature a variety of entertaining and educational programmes that are suitable for the whole family including traditional dances, educational workshops, panel discussions and food truck stations. More celebrations will also take place on Friday 21st. Free. Al Ain Palace Museum, next to Al Ain Oasis. 5pm-10pm. Visit: visitabudhabi.ae
Live a leisurely life
Want to kick back, relax and enjoy time with the family? Head to Al Reem Island and enjoy the festivities as Aldar Properties hosts Reem Weekend. The event, inspired by the atmosphere of Santorini, features a range of food trucks, street performances, live mural paintings as well as adventure and sporting activities such as parents and kids yoga, climbing walls and trampolines. A dedicated kids zone will also keep little ones entertained as parents take time to relax. Can’t make it along tonight? Don’t panic, the event runs from until 22nd April. Free. Next to Reem Canal, Reem Island. 5pm-11pm. Visit: aldar.com
Friday 21st April
Get in on the act
If you love a spot of theatre then this is definitely the event for you. Showing four plays, featuring 14 characters, 10 actors and three directors, Beyond the Veil’s fifth production, Doorways, is a fun festival of original one-act plays penned by company members. Showing on the night is ‘Utopian Hope’, ‘Adopt Or What?’, ‘For the Love of… H’ and ‘Rucking Good Time’. AED 50, AED 25 for students. Cultural Centre, 1st Floor, The National Theatre, 17th Street, behind Al Jazeera Stadium. 7.30pm. Visit: beyondtheveilad.com
The Mall at the World Trade Center has partnered with Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Emirates Autism Center to host its tenth Autism Week this weekend. The family event aims to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and bring people together with a range of activities and workshops. Located on the ground floor of the mall, children will be able to explore their creative side with arts and crafts workshops, face painting, bracelet making and slogan making, plus there’s an information desk that will inform visitors on how to spot the signs and care for a child with autism. The event runs all weekend until 24th April so there’s plenty of time get along and be a part of it. Free. The Mall at World Trade Center, Hamdan Street. 10am-11pm. Contact: 02 508 2400, wtcad.ae
Saturday 22nd April
Unleash your creative side at free public workshops as part of The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence exhibition – the second display of artworks from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection. First up is Paint! Canvas! Action! where children from six to 12 years can use objects and movement to paint and make their own work of art by letting themselves go wild. Free. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 10am-noon. Visit: saadiyat.ae
Next up, for adults and teens, is the Gutai Art Lab where guests can also get involved in the experimental processes, using non-traditional materials, performance and playful interactions to produce a piece of art. Sound fun? Just remember to wear clothes you don’t mind getting a splash of paint on because it’s going to get messy! Free. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 2pm-5pm. Visit: saadiyat.ae
Sometimes even when you love something, you’ve got to let it go and that’s exactly what’s happening at the Secondhand Market this weekend. With a wide range of pre-loved goods up for sale, you can find a bargain or give a new lease of life to a secondhand item from clothing and electronics to furniture. What’s more, all funds collected from the table hire will support the Al Jalila Foundation devoted to the treatment of childhood cancer in the UAE. Free. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Corniche East. 9am-2pm. Contact: 02 677 3333, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 23rd April
Join the club
It’s getting towards the business end of the season in football and the FA Cup semi finals are taking place. Abu Dhabi favourites Manchester City are in action as new manager Pep Guardiola looks to secure his first silverware at the club. With one game to play to get to the final, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will be a tough test for the sky blues in what promises to be an exciting match. Want to watch the game and enjoy an amazing atmosphere? City fans will be gathering in the capital to watch the match and you can be part of the action at the official fanzone with activities and competitions to make it a fun experience for the whole family. Free. Man City Fanzone, Pitch 1, Zayed Sports City. 5.30pm. Visit: zsc.ae
Watch a classic
It’s arguably the biggest game in world football and whether you’re mad about Messi or crazy about Cristiano Ronaldo this is not one to be missed. Real Madrid sit on top of the league and having successfully beaten Bayern Munich, they’re through to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. With the chance to complete a memorable season and clinch a trophy or two, could they also put Barcelona to the sword? There’s only one way to find out and you can see the spectacle live at Vox Cinemas where the game will be broadcast live from Spain. Sound good? Better get your football top on in preparation. From AED 50. Vox Cinemas, Yas Mall, Yas Island. 10.45pm. Visit: uae.voxcinemas.com