Ten ways to make this weekend a winner

Oh, hello weekend, we’ve been expecting you!

giphyLeave your worries at the door because it’s time to let your hair down and have some fun.

Check out these events taking place over the next few days and start making plans.

Thursday 11 October 

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 12.00.12 PMStart the weekend with some retail therapy and check out the goods on offer at the Little Birdie Pop-Up Market where you can shop for unique items from local vendors. Free entry. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street. 3pm-9pm. Visit: facebook.com/littlebirdiepopupmarkets

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 12.46.25 PMHead along to Urban retrEAT and watch singer Rony Sarkis perform as you grab some grub from a host of locally-based food vendors, including Patty’s, Off the Hook and Dough. Free entry. Yas Mall, Yas Island. 7pm-9pm. Visit: urbanretreat.me

shutterstock_439970038Join the Bavarian celebration as Oktoberfest takes over the beach at Sheraton Abu Dhabi with great food, live music from a German oompah band and more. Free entry, AED 130 for a Bavarian buffet. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Corniche East. 7pm. Contact: 02 677 3333, marriott.com

dj-decks-usbEnjoy a night of big beats as Spectradot takes over Up and Below to bring DJs Kahled A and Slickjam to the decks to drop the hottest songs in techno. Free entry. Courtyard by Marriott, Hamdan Street. 9pm-3am. Contact: 02 698 2222, diningatcourtyardmarriottabudhabi.com

Friday 12th October 

Pink Boxing GlovesLadies can head to Bawabat Al Sharq Mall and be part of the #fightlikeawoman campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women over the age of 40 can benefit from free screenings and mammograms on Friday and Saturday, take part in informative seminars in collaboration with SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services Co.) and RAHMA (Cancer Patient Care Society) and meet cancer survivors. Free entry. Baniyas. 4pm-9pm. Visit: bawabatalsharqmall.ae

2018_yasmarinaYas Island’s first Block Party promises to be a night of good fun and music with four DJs and a band blasting out the tunes as the street party takes over Yas Marina until the early morning. Free entry. Yas Island. 7pm. Visit: yasmarina.ae/blockparty

21462518_280356362484045_2618342040342870556_nGet creative at Paint and Sip’s artistic evening brunch where you can try your hand at painting a global landmark while meeting new people. AED 150, booking required. Back Yard Bistro, The Mall at World Trade Center, Khalifa Street. 3pm-6pm. Contact: 050 611 8646, paintandsipuae@gmail.com

Saturday 13th October 

42863919_940679436120326_2906709977601146880_nLove chocolate? Then join the chocolate-making masterclass and learn to create a signature chocolate brownie, pecan caramel bar and chocolate truffles. AED 295. jones the grocer, Pearl Plaza Building, Al Khalidiyah. 7pm-9pm. Contact: 02 639 5883, khalidiyah@jonesthegrocer.com

women-empowerment_13035Ladies can come together and enjoy a day of inspirational talks by entrepreneurs Azza Al Mughairy and Layan Salem, and activities including archery, billiards and bowling at the Empowered Women, Empower Women event. Free. Emirates Bowling Village, Marina Mall. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 681 1185, ebv.ae

wizard-of-oz-original1“We’re off to see the wizard… The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”… Join Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the cowardly Lion as they travel down the yellow brick road in a fully remastered edition of the classic film The Wizard of Oz. Free, registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 4pm-6pm. Visit: cs-thewizardofoz.splashthat.com

Beautiful young caucasian woman doing face yoga poseRejuvenate your face and take part in face yoga where you’ll practice facial exercises, facial massage and more, to bring back a youthful glow and take your stress levels down a notch. AED 350. House of Nature, Villa 11, Marfa Al Bateen Street. 10am-12.30pm. Contact: honuae.com

Have a great weekend 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 Colin Armstrong 
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