Seven ways to have an exciting week

The weekend is over, it went by in a flash and you’re already back in the office counting down the hours until Thursday.

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But don’t waste your week waiting for the weekend. There’s plenty to keep you entertained in Abu Dhabi over the next few days. 

Sunday 23rd July 

Brush up

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Don’t miss out on the last week of the second Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection exhibition. The event, which started in March, features more than 18 artists coming from diverse backgrounds. Centred around themes relating to performance, process and presence, the works on show include sculptures, videos, photos and paintings. Each theme is explored and presented by a chapter and by the end of the event, the three chapters provide you with a deeper understanding of these artists’ perspectives. Free entry. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. Sun-Wed, Fri 10am-5.45pm, Sat 10am-7.45pm.  Contact: 02 657 5800

Book a date

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If you’re keen to learn more about the history and variety of dates, and everything involved in producing these flavourful fruits, then take a trip to the Liwa Date Festival. Apart from being able to feast on dates, lemons and mangoes, you will also be able to attend workshops, seminars and awareness programmes on what it takes to be an efficient farmer. Getting a chance to see different families compete against each other and display their best produce will show you why the delicious date plays such a vital role in Emirati heritage and culture. Free entry. Until 29th July. Liwa, Al Gharbia, Western Region. 4pm-10pm. Contact: liwadatesfestival.ae

Monday 24th July

Test your knowledge

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Do you know who is the biggest selling artist of all time? What about the name of the person who invented the television? Or maybe you know all about the trials and tribulations of Ancient Rome? No matter what it is you know, Heroes at Crowne Plaza is providing you with an opportunity to see just how smart you are. With great prizes up for grabs, as well as bragging rights, even if you don’t win you might just learn a thing or two. Free. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hamdan St. 8pm-10pm. Contact: 02 616 6132, ihg.com/crowneplaza

Rack ’em up

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Mondays aren’t for everyone, but if you like to play some pool and make the most of discounted dishes and beverages, then you could add some more life to a slow start to the week. The regular tournament at NRG has prizes up for grabs and some stiff competition as some of the best amateur players in the capital descend on the table to show what they’ve got. Free entry. NRG, Le Méridien Village, Al Zahiyah. Mon 8pm-11pm. Contact: 050 382 3304

Tuesday 25th July

Make a better choice

Balancing a hectic schedule with a healthy lifestyle can be a difficult task, but this seminar is created to prove otherwise. Instructor Mim will use this opportunity to educate everyone on the importance of prioritising health and fitness and also to show them how possible it is to integrate a busy life with healthy choices. Free for members, AED 70 for non-members. The Room, Zayed Sports City. 7.30pm-8.15pm. Contact: 02 444 4945, theroom.ae

Get animated

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Want to unleash a little creativity? Not only will participants of this workshop learn about stop motion animation, they will also get to construct and develop their own concepts before bringing it to life. Join artist Lina Younes, the instructor of this interactive workshop, to discover the techniques and processes involved in translating ideas into realities through stop motion. Participants must be over 13 years old. AED 50. Warehouse 421, Mina Zayed, past Mina Center. 3pm-6pm. Contact: 02 676 8803, warehouse421.ae

Wednesday 26th July

Laugh out loud

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Humour can cure anything, even midweek blues. Yalla Laughs, one of Abu Dhabi’s best comedy collectives, is hosting another fun-filled show this Wednesday at Appaloosa. Absorb the laughter, get in on the joke and enjoy all the best quips and gags from headliner Salman Qureshi and other top comics. Over 21s only. Free entry. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City. 8pm. Contact: 02 2201 4000, yallalaughs.com

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 Janani Jayesh

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