Oh yes, the weekend feeling is here and we’re ready to live every moment of it to the fullest.
Don’t waste your time lying around gathering dust; there’s a whole load of fun events taking place across the capital in the next 48 hours to tempt you out of the house.
Thursday 15th June
Catch a classic
The Sportsman’s Arms is entertaining the whole family this weekend with a series of kids’ movie nights from Thursday to Saturday. Keep the young ones entertained by joining lovable rat Remy in Ratatouille on Thursday, boo and hiss as the evil Cruella de Vil hatches her horrible plans in 101 Dalmatians on Friday and go on an adventure in Spy Kids on Saturday. Free entry, reservations recommended. International Tennis Center, Zayed Sports City. 4pm-6pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportsmanszsc.com/cinema
Get your quiz on
Do you know who invented the television or which is the only band to have the top five records on the Billboard Chart at the same time? Show your smarts and boost your brainpower this weekend all in the name of fun. Test your knowledge and get competitive with quizmaster Mike Greaves at Heroes’ regular quiz night. You can unwind after a long week at work and impress your friends with your intelligence. Free entry. Crowne Plaza Hotel Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street. 8pm-10pm. Contact: 02 616 6132
Friday 16th June
Embrace the holy month
Explore this fun Ramadan Night Bazaar at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort. With more than 80 stalls you can browse items on offer from vendors including a variety of clothes, jewellery and gifts, from more than 30 designers visiting from India. And what’s more you can keep the little ones entertained with free popcorn and movies in the kids’ lounge, and let them express their creative side with face painting and henna. Free entry. Corniche East. 6pm-1am. Contact: 050 654 2129
Kick off your Friday morning with a physically and spiritually stimulating workout. Achieve balance and bliss with this unique form of yoga, led by experienced instructors Michelle and Andreas from Bodytree Studio. You’ll feel rejuvenated inside and out after two hours of this challenging yet ultimately relaxing class. However, if you’re new to yoga it’s probably best to give this one a miss. AED 150, registration required. Corner of 11th and 26th Streets, opposite Adnoc petrol station. 9am-11am. Contact: 02 443 4448, bodytreestudio.com
Get your game on
Are you a die-hard gamer? Gather your friends and test your skills in this highly-competitive e-sports championship. With teams of six entering into a random draft, winners of the best-of-three-rounds style tournament will progress for the chance to win the prize pot of AED 2,500 and some unique gamer memorabilia. This time it’s League of Legends that is the game of choice so it’s up to you to prove your worth against some of the UAE’s best players. AED 100 per team, registration required. Dirty Clan Gaming, Hazza Bin Zayed the First Street, opposite Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital. 8pm-11pm. Visit: http://bit.ly/2srejDN
Saturday 17th June
Paint the town
Kids love to be creative and unleash the artistic side and this workshop is the perfect place for them to cut loose. Inspired by Gutai artists that are inspired by the experimental processes, non-traditional materials, performance, and playful interactions, your little ones can push the boundaries and create interesting works of art while having a lot of fun in the process. But remember to wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on as it can get messy being creative. AED 50. Prior booking is required. Manarat al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 2pm-5pm. Contact: 02 657 5800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heal with yoga
Feeling tense after hunching over a desk all week? Sahar Zaky is holding a two-hour yoga workshop designed to open up the upper back to relieve muscle tension around the neck and shoulders. She will demonstrate a variety of healing techniques using blocks, straps and stability balls to best ease pain and strengthen these overworked muscles. AED 150 for non-members at the door. The Room Abu Dhabi, International Tennis Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghobash Street. 10.30am-12.30pm. Contact: 02 444 4945
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!
WORDS Maha Faruqi and Colin Armstrong