How to live it up this long weekend

It’s the weekend and this one is special because most of us have a three-day break to celebrate Islamic New Year! 

With an extra day on our hands to make the most of our downtime, there’s even more reason not to waste your weekend.

So, what’s going on over the next few days?

Thursday 13th September

Kickstart the weekend with live music from a double bill of EDM performers at NYUAD as A Tribe Called Red and Love and Revenge take to the stage for an evening of big beats. AED 100, advanced booking required. The Black Box, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. 8pm-10pm. Visit: nyuad-artscenter.org

Celebrating 20 years in the music business, American RnB singer Mya is in town to perform for fans and provide the soundtrack to the weekend on Yas Island. AED 130. Empire, Yas Hotel, Yas Island. 10pm-3.30am. Contact: 050 501 5052, facebook.com/empireyasad



Enjoy some culture and explore Louvre Abu Dhabi’s newest exhibition, Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Decor, to see some interesting pieces on display from the Land of the Rising Sun. AED 60 for day pass, free for children under 13 years old. Cultural District, Saadiyat Island. 10am-8pm. Contact: louvreabudhabi.ae

Friday 14th September 

The first ever Soundstorm event will see Filipino music and culture take over as UDD (formerly known as Up Dharma Down) and Itchyworms perform live on stage alongside a battle of the DJs. Plus, a range of Filipino street food will be served from vendors so you can refuel. From AED 90. du forum, Yas Island. 5pm-11.30pm. Visit: ticketmaster.ae 

Encourage your child to learn a new sport with some junior golf coaching that will teach them the basics of the game, how to improve their techniques and give them a taste for a new hobby. Open to children aged between four and 16 years old. Free, but booking required. Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, 19th Street, Al Mushrif. 9am-10am. Contact: 02 445 9600, academy@adcitygolf.ae

Saturday 15th September 

Master the art of chocolate-making with chefs from jones the grocer. At this masterclass, you can learn how to make your own signature chocolate brownie, pecan caramel bar and chocolate truffles. Yum! AED 295. Pearl Plaza Tower, Al Bateen Street, Al Khalidiyah. 7pm-10pm. Contact: 02 639 5883, khalidiyah@jonesthegrocer.com

Flex your creative muscles and join in the first Expressions Sessions event of the new season. Hosted by Blank Canvas Community, the afternoon will consist of a communal art session, spoken word performances and a bite to eat. From AED 150. Photographya Studio by Ethereal, Fotouh Al Khair Mall, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street. 4pm-8pm. Visit: bit.ly/2Oa4y4F

Do your kids love comics? Then sign them up for the My First Comic, workshop hosted by artist Matt Smith, where they can learn how to put their ideas on the page and make their own piece of art from scratch. AED 200. Art Central, Boutik Mall, Reem Island. 4pm-6pm. Contact: 02 679 6795, artcentral.ae

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to tag us in your photos at @adwuae on Twitter and Instagram and @abudhabiworld on Facebook – who knows, you might even be featured in the magazine!