Here’s to a smashing weekend…

No plans yet to make the most of the weekend? We’ve got you covered… 


The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation declared Muharram 1st, 1441, an official holiday with full pay for all employees in the UAE.

The Hijri or Islamic New Year is predicted to fall about 31st August. That’s dependent on a moon sighting and hasn’t yet been confirmed by the UAE government, so Sunday 1st September could be the designated day off.

However the weekend works out, we’ve found plenty of ways to fill up your time off.

Thursday, 29th August

Swing into action

Swing Yoga might look complicated but it could actually simplify things as the swing allows you to hang upside down and do difficult poses with ease. This class is open to all abilities but if you do struggle, there’s a qualified instructor to help you out.

AED 75. The Studio, Villa 42, between Sixth and Al Bateen Streets. 10.15am-11.15am or 4.30pm-5.30pm. Contact: 050 352 8640,

Treat for teachers

Victor’s Bar & Restaurant is throwing out a party to mark the new school season. Teachers are entitled to free welcome drinks and canapés, and a whopping 70 percent discount on all food and beverages from 5pm until 9pm. It only gets better from there, with another 50 percent off on all menu items from 9pm until closing.

Free entry. Hilton Capital Grand, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street. From 5pm. Contact: 02 666 5508

Friday, 30th August

Feel the rhythm

Lift your spirits through a fusion of movement and meditation in the Latin Dance and Shamanic Meditation Journey workshop with Sonia. Dancing is known to be a freeing experience and this class aims to help you leverage the connection between your physical and emotional states. This combination of dancing and a Shamanic Journey Meditation promises to put you on the path toward self-empowerment.

AED 150. Bodytree Studio, corner of Hazza Bin Zayed and Mubarak Bin Mohammed Streets. 9am-10.30pm. Contact: 02 443 4448

Mix it up

If you picked up a few kilos over summer, don’t worry. Haddins is helping you jumpstart your fitness regimen with the Welcome Back Mega Mix Class. Come and try all the different classes in one including WOD, Primal, boxing fitness and HIIT training.

Free. Haddins Gym, Zayed Sports City, Airport Road. 9am-11am.Visit:

Extended party

School’s back and Cooper’s is rolling out a bash to celebrate the occasion. The pub’s popular Friday brunch will run for seven hours, with the buffet open from noon to 4pm, and unlimited drinks until 7pm. Infectious live DJ music will blast all day to keep the party going.

AED 235 classic package, AED 265 premium package. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street, near Khalifa Park. Noon-7pm. Contact: 02 657 3333,

Saturday, 31st August

Meet and greet

If you missed it the first time around, get in on this now! Sign your little one up for a meet and greet with the famous character and settle in for an interactive show, games, rides, gym time and more.

AED 60 for members, AED 100 for non-members. My First Gym Downtown Abu Dhabi, Delma Street. 4pm-6pm. Contact: 02 444 3560,

Cultural immersion

Don’t miss the chance to catch the last day of ADIHEX 2019. Learn more about Emirati culture through displays highlighting local traditions – from falcons to camels to a Heritage Village showcasing activities like Arabic coffee making and basket weaving. Entertaining shows for the day include a workshop on ancient archery and horse training and hippotherapy demo.

AED 26.25. ADNEC, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 11am-10pm. Visit:

Sunday, 1st September

Sweet tradition

Legend has it that Chinese emperors would offer mooncakes to the moon to pray for a bountiful harvest. The good news is that you don’t have to be an emperor nowadays to enjoy these yummy treats. Available for takeaways from 1st to 13th September at Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi are special mooncakes. Flavours to choose from include date, pistachio, coconut green tea and red beans.

AED 288 for box of four mooncakes. Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Maqta. 02 509 8555,


Shape of you

Learn the techniques on how to sketch the human form at this Figure Drawing workshop for adults. Budding artists will get a walkthrough on how to draw detailed renderings of a human, with an actual live model as guide. What’s more, students will enjoy 15 per cent discount in Italian bistro L’Arte on the day of the workshop.

AED 100. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 6pm-8pm. Visit:

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