And relax… Here are the weekend plans you’re searching for

Oh hello weekend, you snuck up on us but it’s so nice to see you.

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Whether you want to have some family fun, binge at a bumper brunch or let those creative juices flow, there’s plenty going on in the capital over the next few days.

Thursday 14th September 

Canvas some opinion

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Are you the arty type? Or maybe you just want to try your hand at something new? This casual creative class will have you exploring your artistic side as you take on the task of painting the iconic Abu Dhabi skyline. The Painted Desert session will teach you useful techniques as you bring the capital to life on canvas. And what’s more, while you exert yourself artistically you can enjoy dinner and drinks while meeting new people. Not a bad way to start the weekend. AED 280 per person, but registration required. The Third Place Cafe, Vvilla T3, Corniche. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Visit: facebook.com/events

Shop til you drop

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If your wardrobe is calling out for a few new additions then you can grab yourself some amazing bargains this weekend. The Concept Big Brands Carnival is back to bring you bumper deals from labels like Guess, Roberto Cavalli, Raymond Weil, Bikkembergs, Ray Ban, plus huge discounts on perfumes, watches and accessories. So why not go along and see if you can pick up a few new things? Go on, you deserve it. Free entry. Hall 1, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. 10am-10pm. Visit: facebook.com/events

Friday 15th September 

Break a sweat

If you love a good workout but you’re not loving the summer heat then this could be the perfect event to start the morning. Inviting fitness fans to have some fun, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s third indoor summer event and run around Ferrari World and Yas Mall is great for those who love to run and first timers, too. Choose from one, two or four laps, each at a distance of 2.5km, for a casual fun run. Just make sure you bring some comfortable shoes and water. AED 50. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, next to Yas Mall, Yas Island. Visit: facebook.com/events, premieronline.com

Practice makes perfect

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Okay, so, St Patrick’s Day isn’t taking place for another six months but that’s not going to stop McGettigan’s from getting into the spirit of the celebration. This weekend, St Practice Day is inviting everyone to feast on a special Irish-themed bumper brunch packed full of favourites from the Emerald Isle. So it’s a good time to grab your best green outfit and gather your friends because it’s going to be a big party, even if it is a bit early! Five-hour brunch from AED 199. McGettigan’s AUH, Al Raha Beach Hotel, next to Al Raha Mall. Noon-5pm. Visit: mcgettigans.com

Get juiced up

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If you’re well versed on the nutri-bullet or you just want to introduce more fruits and vegetables into your diet, this masterclass could be the perfect fit for you. The juicing workshop at jones the grocer will help participants create delicious juices and try some exciting combinations that taste great and are nutritionally beneficial. So if you want to learn how to cold-press fresh fruits and vegetables and explore new recipes, then prepare to get juicing this weekend. AED 85 per person. jones the grocer, ground floor, Pearl Plaza Building, Al Khalidiyah. Contact: 02 639 5883, khalidiyah@jonesthegrocer.com

Saturday 16th September 

Fun for the whole family

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The kids might be back at school but it will still take a while for everything to settle down, so there’s all the more reason to use your weekend to unwind. At The Sportsman’s Arms, the Back to School Family Day is a good opportunity to chill with great food and drinks. Plus, keeping the little ones entertained, Magic Phil will be performing and there’s even face painting, colouring, puzzles and games, a balloon bender and a petting zoo. Sounds exhausting, but lots of fun. Free entry. The Sportsman’s Arms, Zayed Sports City, off Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Noon-6pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, facebook.com/TheSportsmansArmsZSC

Be selfie aware

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Feeling a little overwhelmed with social media? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Social media has taken over our lives and it’s almost impossible to imagine life without it, but it can be too much to handle sometimes. Discussing how social media has changed our lives, the Social Media and Self Workshop will encourage participants to share their experiences and opinions on the subject for a few hours spent away from staring into the black mirror. Why not join in and see what you can contribute? Free. Inner Space Abu Dhabi, shop 202, second floor, Bain al Jessrain Coop Building, Al Maqtaa. Contact: 050 515 9646, innerspaceabudhabi.org

Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae

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!

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