Oh hello weekend, how nice it is to see you.
Here are our picks of the weekend’s best events.
Thursday 9th November
Let the art speak
No, we’re not talking about Louvre Abu Dhabi, although it opens its doors on Saturday.
Back again this year, Abu Dhabi Art is not your standard art fair. With two curated shows, a new section of galleries, three major commissions of artists’ work, workshops and events, there’s plenty to feast your eyes on. Grab your family and see if there’s a piece that speaks to you this year at the exhibition. AED 50, free under 18s and students. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. Contact: 02 657 5800, abudhabiart.ae/en/tickets.aspx
Take a history lesson
NYUAD has not had enough of Toshi Reagon’s music yet. Fresh from her performances in the capital with BIGLovely, Toshi has created and written the lyrics and music for a unique performance. The Parable of the Sower, is an immersive theatrical performance taking the audience through the story of the rich history of African Americans. This is one not to be missed. AED 100 for adults, AED 50 for students. Red Theatre, NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. Thu 8pm, additional performances on Friday and Saturday. Visit: abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net
Discover the possibilities
It’s back again for the seventh instalment and this year it’s bigger than ever. The Abu Dhabi Science Festival will be getting neurons firing with a fun-packed event filled with mind-blowing knowledge, live shows and incredible experiments. Last year the event attracted more than 700,000, and this year is sure to be just as popular with blossoming brains and families alike. If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t panic, the festival runs until 18th November. AED 40. Khalifa Park and Al Ain Zoo. Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 2pm-10pm. Visit: abudhabisciencefestival.ae
Taste the best of the fest
Tired of the same-old food routine? Helping to reignite a love of food and drink, Taste of Abu Dhabi is back in the capital this weekend. Expect food, food, and more food alongside exciting shows, demonstrations, activities and entertainment for little ones. What’s more, on Thursday night, ex-Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley will be taking to the stage to perform for fans. So if some al fresco food and entertainment sounds like just the tonic this weekend, it’s an easy decision what to do over the next few days. AED 140 for Thursday, AED 80 Fri-Sat, free for kids under 12. du Arena, next to Ferarri World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island. Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri noon-11pm, Sat noon-10pm.Visit: tasteabudhabi.com/buytickets%20/
Fancy some live music? Head to Bin Hamoodah Fort in Al Ain to tune in to a classical music performance with The Trombone Trio of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and pianist Jeroen Bal. The ensemble will perform several pieces made by famous composers including Anton Bruckner and Franz Schubert. This is sure to be something special. AED 100, AED 50 for students. Bin Hamoodah Fort, Al Ain. 8pm, visit: ticketmaster.ae
Friday 10th November
Run for fun
Kids are sure to have a sporty day at Umm Al Emarat Park this Friday. The Mini Dash is a kids’ relay race that aims to boost teamwork in kids as they form a group of friends to compete, work together and have fun. Families have a share of fun too with various face painting, a penalty shoot-out competition, bouncy castle, golf, rugby and cricket activities and more. AED 75 for race entry and activity village. Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif. 3pm-9pm. Visit: racethedash.com/mini-dash/#therace
Fun, free, fitness
Thousands of people across the capital have been taking part in the annual Get Driver Fit programme the past seven weeks and this weekend it comes to a close with a big bash. The GDF Fitness Festival is inviting everyone in the capital to take part in multiple fitness zones including drop-in classes, workshops, new concept classes, competitions, street sports and more. The epic Challenge Zone will also be crowning Abu Dhabi’s Fittest Person with athletes facing thrilling challenges focused on strength, physical and mental endurance to win cash prizes. Free entry. du Forum, Yas Island. 3pm-10pm. Visit: facebook.com/GetDriverFit
Take a trip to a Gansta’s Paradise
What? That’s right, the one and only Coolio has booked a date with the capital. Performing at MAD of Yas Island on Friday night, the singer known best for his hits ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, ‘C U When You Get There’ and ‘Hit ‘Em High’ will be taking to the stage to drop bombs for his fans. Interested? We’ll see you down the front. Free, subject to admission policy. MAD on Yas Island, next to Yas Marina. 11pm. Visit: madonyasisland.com
Saturday 11th November
Find peace of mind
Why not start your Saturday with stand-up paddle-board yoga? Taking place on paddleboards you can start your day by sitting, stretching and watching the sun rise over the mangroves as you go through the paces. If you’re new to yoga, this is not the class for you, but if you know the basics you can take part and get out of your comfort zone for a unique experience. AED 200. Eastern Mangroves Marina, Eastern Mangroves Hotel by Anantara. 6am-9am. Visit: https://www.meetup.com
Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae
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