This is all you need to upgrade your weekend

Let’s not hang about, the weekend is here, so it’s time to make some plans. 

giphyHere’s what’s going on in Abu Dhabi over the next few days.

Thursday 19th July

Screen Shot 2018-07-18 at 2.25.47 PMKick off the weekend with some chilled art at the Mixed Media Visuals workshop with Hamdan Al Shamsi. Taking place across two days, the Thursday session will feature a photo transfer class while on Friday you can make your own collage on a clay vase. All supplies will be provided. Open to everyone above the age of 12. Free, but booking essential. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island. Thu and Fri 4pm-6pm. Contact: 02 407 1221,

unnamed-2Fancy some live music? Head to MAD on Yas Island this Thursday where URBN is presenting French rapper and recording artist Maître Gims. Free, subject to entry requirements. Next to du Forum, Yas Island. 11pm-3.30am. Contact: 055 834 6262,

Friday 20th July

869702222-612x612Looking to work up a sweat and spend time with your family? Join instructor Daniel Otieno at Capital Centre Arjan by Rotana for a family aerobics class that promises to be a fun way to get fit. Fitness attire and sports shoes required. AED 60 per person, booking essential. Adnec, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 11am-noon. Contact: 02 495 4444,

36450725_2159387930959966_3303816129733984256_nKeep your young ones entertained by signing them up for a smoothie and ice cream decorating class at jones the grocer. Children over the age of four can get stuck in decorating ice cream cones, bowls and smoothies and then eat their treats after. Delicious. AED 149 per child, including hat, apron and certificate. Booking essential. Al Raha Gardens Plaza, Khalifa City. 4pm-7pm. Contact: 02 557 4882,

20915078_2126970927530230_3361001827962195413_nSee if your talent is as good as the capital’s best this Friday at the open mic night by Echoes where other aspiring poets and musicians will take to the stage in front of a live audience. Have you got the guts? Free but RSVP required. Shabby Chic Café, Al Nahyan. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Visit:

Saturday 21st July

Screen Shot 2018-07-18 at 2.54.51 PMGet your chakras in balance and let those creative juices flow at this month’s edition of Express Yourself. Participants will enjoy a yoga class and an expressive art session with Inner Seed and the Blank Canvas Community. AED 250, no yoga or art experience required. Limited seats, booking essential. House of Nature, Villa 11, Marfa Al Bateen Street. 9am-1pm. Contact: 050 419 9195,

8405185756_4a470484ea_bIn the mood for a film? Then why not check out the screening of Horizontes? The documentary tells the story of three women from South America who have dedicated their lives to ballet. Free, registration required. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island. 5pm-7pm. Contact: 600 56 55 66,

wedding-cake-topperIf you’re getting hitched then we know the place for you. The inaugural edition of Al Jouri Wedding Fair is taking place this weekend, giving visitors the chance to meet wedding planners and experts as well as get consultations on everything from makeup and styling to video and photography. Free. Al Qasr Ballroom, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. 11am-11pm. Contact: 02 681 1900,

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!

WORDS Asma Sabriah Mohammad

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