Make the most of your weekend with these fun, action-packed events…
Thursday, 5th September
Run off with the circus
If it’s astonishing stunts you’re after, then the Circus Abyssinia is for you. Ethiopian Dreams is the opening act of the fifth season of The Arts Center at NYUAD. The show follows the story of two brothers named Bibi and Bichu who dream of joining the circus. Heart-stopping acrobats, jugglers and contortionists, not to mention the sounds of Ethiopia, merge to tell the story. But will the boys realise their dream? Book yourself a ticket and find out.
AED 150. The Red Theater, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. From 8pm. Visit: nyuad-artscenter.org
Take a splash!
Aloft Abu Dhabi is staging a pool party to celebrate Abu Dhabi Showdown Week. Party in a temperature-controlled pool as glorious showers and foam rain down – sounds wild! Manning the decks to keep the beat moving are DJs Saif and Sound and Darryl Rees.
Free for ladies, AED 125 for gents inclusive of complimentary beverage. Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to ADNEC, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 8pm-3am. Contact: 02 654 5193, aloft.abudhabi-hotels-ae.com
Friday, 6th September
The Elements Brunch at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi combines an array of flavours inspired by the elements of fire, earth, air and water. What’s the deal? Hungry guests can access four of the hotel’s restaurants – Café Palmier, District by Amalfi, WhEAT and LRM Central – and eat to their heart’s delight throughout the afternoon.
From AED 275 per person. Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street. 1pm 4pm. Contact: 800 101 101, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calm before the storm
Witness participating fighters for the much-anticipated UFC 242 in a pre-fight face-off. The official weigh-in includes headliners Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirer. Witness the competitors’ pre-fight stare-downs and, perhaps, exchange a few threatening words in between – live! Sounds scary but you don’t want to miss this one.
Free but tickets required to enter the venue. The Arena, Yas Island. From 3pm. Visit: ticketmaster.ae
Saturday, 7th September
Check out the community exhibition on the first floor of the Cultural Foundation for exhibition The Tribute: A Dedication to Najat Makki. The show features works that pay tribute to the influence of renowned Emirati artist Najat Makki. Whether you have kids in tow or not, don’t miss the venue’s newly opened Abu Dhabi Children’s Library while you’re there. You won’t regret it!
Free. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street. 10am-8pm. Visit: culturalfoundation.ae