Six great ways you can add some flavour to your weekend

And just like that, it’s the weekend again! Phew! 

Looking for something to keep you busy? Or do you just want to chill? Read on to find out what’s happening around the city…

Thursday, 18th July



Jumpstart the weekend with a celebration of Colombia’s national day. The Fiesta Latina Night hosted at Viewz – perched on the 17th floor of Cristal Hotel – will dish out infectious Latin music, live DJ tunes and even cool prizes for best couple dance and limbo challenges. Free. Zayed the First Street. 8pm-4am. Contact: 02 652 0132,


Friday, 19th July

Mark the date(s)


Fancy a road trip this weekend? Check out the Liwa Date Festival (running until 28th July) and learn more about Emirati customs and traditions. The annual festival aims to promote the importance of palm trees and ratab through activities and displays showing the many varieties of the fruit. There’s even a beauty competition for the best dates, lemons and mangoes. Free. Liwa, Al Dhafra. 4pm-10pm. Visit:


Soft and fluffy

How cool do these pancakes look? Budding pastry chefs will get their hands dirty courtesy of Jones the Grocer. The Kids Masterclass session is back, this time teaching kids ages four and above how to create their own version of Japanese pancakes with whipped cream. Little ones clad in a chef’s hat and apron will come up with their own fluffy treat topped with fresh berries, whipped cream, honeycomb and chocolate sauce – yum! Booking required. AED 149. Al Raha Gardens Plaza, Al Raha, Khalifa City. 4pm-6pm. Contact: 02 557 4882,


Bright lights

When evening strikes this summer, the capital’s favourite waterpark lights up. Neon Nights at Yas Waterpark features glow-in-the-dark slides, neon pools, a live hydrojet show at Amwaj Wave Pool and a silent disco complete with glowing headphones every Friday night. Trust us, this is a cool way to celebrate the summer season. AED 250. Yas Island. Until 10pm. Contact: 02 414 2000,


Saturday, 20th July

Little sketchy


Young ones, aged seven years old and up, get to hone their creativity at this drawing and sketching session from Art Beat UAE. Open for beginner and intermediate skill levels, the workshop will teach valuable techniques and sketching secrets to help the future artists compose images like a pro. AED 500. Al Dar Trading, Muroor Road and 13th Street. 4pm 6pm. Contact: 02 444 5135,


Into the deep

Certified female scuba divers are invited to join the PADI Women’s Dive Day for a chance to explore the stunning Batfish Wreck and Saadiyat Coral Reef. If that’s not enough, divers get 50 percent off. Divers down! Prices vary. Al Mahara Diving Center, Beach Rotana Hotel and Spa, 10th Street, Al Zahiyah. 8am-2pm. Visit:

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