No time for Sunday blues. It’s a new week and there’s still plenty to do…
Sunday, 27th October
By the book
The Abu Dhabi Children’s Library continues to celebrate its opening with Step into a Story, an immersive exhibition focused on the role that pop-up books play in literacy. The stories of UAE authors and illustrators are reimagined as 3D installations with interactive learning spaces to spark children’s imagination within the exhibition enabling your little ones to immerse themselves in a world where popular books are brought to life.
Free. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street. Sat-Thu, 10am-8pm. Visit:culturalfoundation.ae/en/childrenslibrary
Monday, 28th October
Festival of lights
Diwali celebrations invade Ferrari World Abu Dhabi until 2nd November. The popular theme park will light up with fun, family-friendly activities and performances. There’s also a street bazaar, as well as a selection of traditional Indian cuisine to sample. Of course, the park’s exciting rides are there for thrill-seekers to try.
AED 230 kids, AED 295 adult. Yas Island. 10am-8pm. Visit: ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Tuesday, 29th October
Watch one of the prestigious ensembles in African classical music and jazz live. 3MA: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery will perform in Abu Dhabi, offering a unique blend of African and Arab music blends. 3MA is a meeting of three string-instrument virtuosi, representative of their countries in Africa.
AED 52.50. Cultural Foundation, Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street. From 7.30pm. Visit: abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net
Wednesday, 30th October
Celebrate Halloween Stars & Bars with lots of ‘boos’ (see what we did there?) Come out wearing your best costume for a chance to win a cash prize of AED 5,000 for the best dressed. The weekend starts on Wednesday this week so get into it!
Prices vary. Yas Marina, Yas Island. Contact: 02 565 0101, yasmarina.ae
Flavours of the world
Indulge in world flavours every Wednesday at Ingredients. The World of Ingredients features a spread of dishes from more than 20 countries, with seven nations highlighted every week for variety. In keeping up with the theme, the restaurant will be designed with flags representing different nations.
AED 249 with soft beverages, AED 349 with house beverages. Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 656 1000, email@example.com
Full of grace
Celebrate the Merce Cunningham Centennial with two performances: BIPED and How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run performed by CNDC d’Angers under the artistic direction of Robert Swinston, with live music performed by composer Gavin Bryars. Merce Cunningham, one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century, was a dance maker, a fierce collaborator, an innovator, a film producer and a teacher.
AED 100. The Red Theater, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. From 8pm.
Visit: nyuad artscenter.org
Ready, set, GO!
Ladies, grab your sneakers, the race is on and it’s going to be fun! Abu Dhabi Ladies Dash, open for ladies and girls aged 13 and up, is pushing for a healthier lifestyle through fun activities on 30th October. There’ll be nutritional advice and guidance too. The race starts at 6.45pm, but you must register before 5.15pm. There’s also a prize for the best dressed and most supported team in the relay race.
AED 150 per entrant (120AED for early bird booking), Yas Marina Circuit.
Thursday, 31st October
Glitz and glamour
Celebrate Indian culture at Yas Mega Mela. The three-day festival features live music performances from Bollywood singing sensations including Kanika Kapoor and Ankit Tiwari. There will also be makeup and cricket classes, and a market selling various wares and accessories. Indian eats, cooking challenges plus masterclasses hosted by celebrity chefs will delight foodies of all ages.
AED 20 general admission, AED 75 VIP. du Arena, Yas Island. 4pm-11pm. Visit: yasmegamela.ae