How to start the year with an awesome weekend

If there’s not enough reason to celebrate finishing work for the week, it’s the first weekend of 2018, so don’t hide away at home over the next few days.

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It’s a new year and maybe a new you, so why not get up, get out and explore the city you call home?

With events happening left and right, you can find the perfect match for you this weekend wherever your interests lie.

Thursday 4th January

Go figure!

giphy (3)Returning for the fourth time, the Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy Trophy for Figure Skating will be showcasing some of the best global talents in the sport. See the UAE’s best figure skaters on ice as they compete against participants from countries around the world including Australia, Russia, Canada, Austria, Hong Kong, South Africa, UK, Ireland and Denmark. All you need to do is sit back and experience the magic from the stands. Until 7th Jan. Free. Zayed Sports City Ice Rink, Saif Ghibash Street. 8am-5pm. Contact: 02 2057333, fbma.ae

Blast off!

giphy (5)Does your child have a taste for adventure? This weekend little ones can take a trip into outer space on a rocket ship and travel the world all without leaving terra firma. The Science Fiction Day at Orange Wheels is helping children to explore the limits of their imagination with a day packed full of fun activities, workshops and much more to keep little Einsteins and Newtons busy. AED 120. Al Wahda Mall, Sheikh Zayed the First Street. 10am-10pm. Contact: 02 667 4411, knockknock@orangewheels.com

Cha cha real smooth

giphy (7)Take out your dancing shoes and put on your favorite party dress, it’s time to dance. The Abu Dhabi International Dance Festival is hosting a three-day extravaganza of dance parties to show off all of your special moves. Once you’re done, you can join a workshop hosted by some of the world’s top dancers to teach you all the techniques to get better. Even people with absolutely no rhythm and two left feet can participate. From AED 550. Aloft Abu Dhabi, near ADNEC. 9pm-11pm. Contact: 050 442 2360, adidf.com

Friday 5th January

Sync or swim

giphy (8)Move over Chrissy Teigan and LL Cool J, the time has come for you to lip sync for the win. But it’s not all about the singing (or fake singing for that matter) – it’s about your moves, your expression, and most importantly, the articulation. Join the Lip Sync War hosted by Rooftop Rhythms and get a chance to move to the grand finale to win AED 1,000 cash, some cool prizes and (if you’re lucky) the season two crown. Even if you’re not participating, it’s sure to be an entertaining night. AED 30. Up and Below, Courtyard by Marriot, World Trade Center, Hamdan Street. 8pm-11pm, after party until 12.30am. Contact: rooftoprhythmsAD@gmail.comfacebook.com/pg/rooftoprhythmsad

Join the craze

giphy (9)Giving a twist to your favourite pop-culture icons, superheroes and familiar faces, Comic Craze has come up the road to Abu Dhabi after a successful stint in Al Ain. With work from a range of local artists, the exhibition features comic art with an Arabic twist, social commentary and interesting takes on the likes of Batman, Star Wars and much more. This is your last chance to catch the exhibition before it closes on 7th January so don’t miss out. Free entry. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 8am-8pm. Visit: manaratalsaadiyat.ae

Get your fill

giphy (10)If you’re not embracing the ‘new year, new me’ philosophy and are still indulging after the festive period then where is better to enjoy some grub than at brunch? Gather your friends and family and take a trip to the Bubbalicious Brunch this weekend to enjoy all the spoils. With live cooking stations, cuisines from around the world, delicious beverages and live music too, it would be rude not to. AED 174 for children, AED 348 for adults. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort, Sas Al Nakhl. 12.30pm-4pm, after party until 8pm. Contact: 02 616 9999, westinabudhabigolfresort.com

Saturday 6th January

Become your own superhero

giphy (11)It’s a new year, so it’s time to detox, rejuvenate, and throw away any toxicity is your life. At the I Am A Superhero workshop, guest speaker Sapna Rupareila will guide you in exploring and expressing your eight inner powers. Take part and you may be surprised at how much you’ll end up learning about yourself and the inner strength hiding away in your very core. Free. Inner Space Meditation and Self Development Centre, second floor, Bain al Jessrain Co-Op building, between the bridges. 2.30pm-5pm. Contact: 050 515 9646, info@innerspacecentre.ae

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 Reem Makari

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