Things are shaping up for a great weekend in the capital

From a guilt-free gorge to a popular party for the kids, there’s plenty to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend… 

Thursday, 1 August

Ethically edible…

Café 302 is re-launching its vegan menu just in time for the weekend. With a dozen plant-based dishes including blueberry rice pancakes and crispy tofu quinoa noodles, there’s something for everyone to love. Whether you’re a vegan or a health-conscious diner, these meat and dairy-free meals are sure to tantalise your tastebuds.

Prices vary. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street. 6am-11.30pm. Visit:

… Or just seriously edible!

Kick-off the weekend with unlimited house beverages AND unlimited bar bites. Plus, you can enjoy the live music from singing duo, Phil and Rachael – so get your groove on!

AED 199, registration required. Victor’s Bar & Restaurant, Hilton Capital Grand Hotel. 8pm-11pm. Visit:

Friday, 2 August

Managed indoor mayhem!

Get ready to party with Peppa Pig at My First Gym! Your kids can enjoy two hours of gym time, dancing, games, rides, bubbles and an awesome show from the beloved book character.

AED 60 for members, AED 100 for non-members, booking required. Delma Street, opposite Zayed Educational Camp. 4pm-6pm. Book, here.

Rise above it all

Get a bird’s eye view of spectacular scenes at the ABOVE: Aerial Photography exhibit featuring artists from the US, UAE and MENA region. The show celebrates the art of aerial photography in Abu Dhabi for the first time, as well as some stunning vistas further afield.

Free. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 9am-8pm. Visit:

Saturday, 3 August

A bowlful of calm

Lighten up this weekend with a group or one-on-one energy healing session hosted by the Lightworkers. This in-depth workshop gives you the chance to experience Angelic Reiki, Tibetan bowl meditation, laughter yoga and a whole lot more. Wear comfortable clothes and come prepared for some relaxing and revitalising fun.

Free. BodyTree Studio, Hazza Bin Zayed the First Street. 1.30pm-5pm. Register, here.

Roll with it

Master the art of creating sushi with help from Cho Gao’s expert chef. Sushi School will share secrets on how to prepare and make some oh-so-tasty sushi the right way. If all things fail, take comfort in the thought that the class includes a four-course menu, plus two drinks.

AED 169. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan Street. 10am-1pm. Contact: 02 616 6149,

Big ticket(s)

Cap off the weekend by enjoying a two-for-the-price-of-one trip to the flicks. This special promo is valid on all Novo Cool seats including 2D, 3D, and Imax with Laser. What’s more, enjoy a free upgrade on food and beverages to a larger size if you purchase two tickets at full price.

Ticket from AED 45. Valid at The Mall at World Trade Center and Bawabat Al Sharq Mall. Visit: 

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