The weekend is here and it’s time to live it up in the capital.
No matter what your interests are, there are plenty of events to tempt you out of the house with live sport, beach parties, festive fun and more.
So what’s happening in the city over the next few days?
Thursday 14th December
Feel the force
Okay, we don’t know if you’ve heard, but this little film called Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is released this weekend. Expected to blow up at the box office, the latest outing in the saga sees the new characters continue their fight against the First Order, the continuation of the stories of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and promises plenty more too. We’re not a fan of spoilers so we won’t say anything else, but we’ll be seeing you in the theatre this weekend. Prices vary. At cinemas nationwide.
Adding a bit of spring to the Christmas festivities, BOUNCE is taking the festive season to a whole new level with its After Dark Snowfest. The trampoline park will be decked out in snow, flashing lights and pumping beats as you let loose. We heard the jolly man in red will even make an appearance. Guest DJs include FOXXY and Nuff Said. AED 80 per person, per hour. Marina Mall, Breakwater. 8.15pm to 12.15pm. Contact: 04 321 1400, bounce.ae/christmas
Friday 15th December
This weekend, as part of Abu Dhabi Food Festival, Beach Fest is bringing food, music and good vibes to the fore. With great bites to eat, visitors can get fuelled up for two nights of live music with international acts set to take to the stage. First up on Friday night is the one and only Shaggy who will perform for fans, then on Saturday it’s over to Lucenzo to get the crowd moving. Strictly over 21s. AED 150. Yas Beach, Yas Island. 6pm-3am. Visit: abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net
Sharing the art of spoken word with a younger generation, Rooftop Rhythms is the capital’s leading open mic poetry night, where wordsmiths take to the stage to share original literary works. Covering a range of subjects and entertaining packed crowds, one thing is for sure: it’s an experience unlike anything else in the city. What might capture your imagination this weekend? You’ll have to go along and see. Free, but pre-registration required. The Marketplace, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. 8pm. Visit: nyuad-artscenter.org
Laugh out loud
South African stand-up and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah is in town for two nights of laughter. The first on Friday night is completely sold out (sorry guys) but there are still a few tickets remaining for the Saturday performance, so hurry up and book your seat. Back in the UAE after sell-out performances in Dubai, Trevor promises a laugh-a-minute performance when he takes to the stage. From AED 395. du Forum, Yas Island. Sat 4pm. Visit: yasisland.ae
Saturday 16th December
Just for kicks
After a narrow victory over Abu Dhabi’s own Al Jazira Club in the semi-final, UEFA Champions League winners and Spanish champions Real Madrid will face Brazilian club side Grêmio in the FIFA Club World Cup final. With both sides desperate to lift the cup, it’s sure to be an electric atmosphere as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Benzema look to add some more silverware to their list of achievements. From AED 80. Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. 5pm, final kick off at 9pm. Visit: ticketmaster.ae
Hit top speed
Fancy some high octane excitement? Back this weekend, the Gulf 12 Hour is a petrolhead’s dream with two six-hour blocks of competitive driving. The Le Mans-style race sees 25 cars representing 12 teams take part, including the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Aston Martin Vantage and much more. With a practice round taking place on Thursday, qualifying on Friday and the big race on Saturday, you can make a weekend of it. From AED 25. Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island. Times vary. Visit: gulf12hours.com
Get the festive feeling
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you aren’t feeling the Christmas spirit yet then this weekend might be when it starts. Selling some Christmas wares and goods from vendors across the UAE, you can pick up some great household items and gifts for colleagues, friends and family ahead of the big day later this month. Free. The Village, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah. 4pm-9pm. Visit: facebook.com/events/902887499864618
Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae