Your guide to the weekend you want

It’s the weekend, let’s not hang about. Here’s a quick look at events taking place over the next few days that you might enjoy!

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Thursday 8th March 

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 9.41.01 AMIn the mood for stylish Italian food? Treat yourself and visit Roberto’s to enjoy a special six-course meal as executive chef Francesco Guarracino welcomes three top Italian chefs – Simone Fracassi, Vincenzo Guarino and Francois Leo – into his restaurant to dazzle diners with some special dishes. AED 495, reservation required. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 627 9009, robertos.ae/abudhabi

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 9.51.29 AMHeld as part of Abu Dhabi Festival, The Merchants of Bollywood is paying homage to the country of honour, India. Bringing the culture of the subcontinent to the fore for a spectacular show of dancing and colour, Bollywood music and dance will be on display in a vibrant performance that will capture the imagination of the audience. From AED 125. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 7pm. Visit: 800tickets.com

Friday 9th March 

28577508_1997747130546464_765491025111431113_nFancy a real fitness challenge? Step up and take on a 5km or 10km run with other fitness fans to start the day. Take on the challenge within the grounds of Zayed Sports City and cross the finish line inside Zayed Sports City Stadium where you can finally catch your breath. Registration essential. AED 180 per adult, AED 120 per child. Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. 7am. Visit: facebook.com/gulfmultisportmy5.raceresult.com

Feature Film Still - UNREST_previewExploring the intersection between art and science, the Imagine Science Film Festival is back with an exciting line-up of screenings. The opening film, Jane, is already sold out, but you can still get tickets for the Friday films Fragile Lives and Unrest, as well as the Saturday screenings of Hybrid Creatures and Marjorie Prime. AED 36.95. The Arts Center, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. Times vary. Visit: abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 10.02.06 AMHas your fitness resolution fallen by the wayside? Well, get moving with the Walk Unified programme. As Abu Dhabi prepares to host the Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi 2018​ from 14th to 23rd March, athletes, volunteers and community members are coming together to encourage a healthy lifestyle through fitness. If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t worry: it’s going on until 30th March. Free. Umm Al Emarat Park. 3pm-6pm. Visit: facebook.com/WorldGamesAD

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 10.18.32 AMYalla Laughs are no strangers to bringing the funny to the stage for comedy fans in the city. Mixing things up and broadening their horizons, Arabic speakers can enjoy an Arabic language comedy night with top comedians from the UAE and GCC taking to the stage. Free entry. Malaga the lounge, Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Mina Street. 8pm. Visit: yallalaughs.com 

Saturday 10th March 

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Ever thought about making your own comic book? Take the first steps and learn how to illustrate comic book panels in the Comic Book Layout and Character Design class for adults (sorry kids). Illustrator Matt Smith will be leading the class to help you unleash your creativity and create that important first page. AED 200 per person. Art Central, Boutik Mall, Reem Island. 6pm-8pm. Visit: artcentral.ae

28467730_566356013702988_6941052651682092336_nLooking for somewhere to have fun as a family? Celebrating Mother’s Day, the Family Fun Day at The Sportsman’s Arms might be just the ticket. With face painting, balloon bending, arts and crafts, a film screening and more, kids will be kept entertained as parents enjoy some food, drink and downtime. Free entry. Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. Noon-6pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportmanszsc.com 

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