Rainy days and Mondays always get you down? Storm another week in Abu Dhabi with a downpour of cool things to do.
Chase the clouds away by trying yoga, indulging in afternoon tea, making a pizza date, honing your tennis skill and taking a history lesson…
Sunday, 12th January
Swing into it
Indulge in a golf-themed afternoon tea that fills that hole-in-one in your stomach. We might need a golf buggy to carry us home after we’ve filled up on pistachio macarons, chocolate crémeux, avocado wraps and more, in honour of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.
AED 110 per person. Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta. 3pm-6pm. Facebook.com/shangrilaabudhabi
Monday 13th January
Get a pizza of this
Joey of Friends fame famously doesn’t share food, so he’d be all “How you doing?” to this deal at Jazz@Pizza Express. There’s two-for-one on starters, salad, pizzas, pastas, desserts and house beverages, plus huge portions of groove with LoveBox, a heady mix of R&B, soul, jazz and pop. Don’t miss new vocalist Sheryl Ballester, with Joel Ison on keys and a vintage drum machine for that true neo-soul sound.
Jazz@Pizza Express, The Mall World Trade Center, 6pm onwards. Contact: 02 444 7752, to book a table, click here
The rather lovely Japanese tradition of hanami (blossom watching) comes to Tokyo Grill with a sakura (cherry blossom) inspired ladies’ night. Say oishii to unlimited drinks and a selection of popular Japanese snacks, then try turning Japanese by being papped in the photo zone wearing a traditional kimono.
AED 50 per lady. Tokyo Grill, Venetian Village at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal. For bookings, call or WhatsApp 050 6969 503.
Tuesday 14th January
Follow your nose to the informative and interesting ‘Perfume: The Trail of Scent’, a talk by Dr Élisabeth de Feydeau and Dr William Zimmerle exploring the origins and history of perfumes. The lecture is part of the 10,000 Years of Luxury exhibition and accompanying installation Unidentified Scented Object– The Perfumed Cloud by Cartier at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Free, reservation recommended, 6pm-7pm, Louvre Abu Dhabi. Visit: louvreabudhabi.ae
Wednesday, 15th January
Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned player or anything in between, these tennis lessons for kids aged three all the way up to adults will make sure you’re the star of the courts. Sessions take place at three venues: Zayed Sports City, Emirates Palace and Abu Dhabi Ladies’ Club.
Fees and timings vary, until 28th March. Contact: 02 403 4240, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart to heart
Want to get your health back on track in 2020? Mini-Medical School, an educational series designed to improve your health literacy, might be just the place to start. In this inaugural session, you’ll learn the basics for maintaining a healthy heart from a team of medical experts. You’ll also have the opportunity to speak with a doctor about your own health over healthy refreshments.
Free. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. 6.30pm-8pm. Visit: facebook.com/ClevelandClinicAbuDhabi
Trifecta of chortle
The Laughter Factory’s ‘Start 2020 Completely Wrong‘ brings together a trio of top mirth-makers to chortle us into the new year – compère extraordinaire Stephen Grant, cheeky Geordie Matt Reed and Canadian funnyman Peter White makes up the trifecta. See them all at Park Rotana Abu Dhabi for an all killer and no filler show.
Over 21s only. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park. 8pm-10pm. Tickets AED 160 from ticketslover.com/abu-dhabi
Thursday 16th January
All the yin-gle ladies
Treat yourself to 90 minutes of pure bliss in this Restorative Yin Yoga Workshop as Laura guides you into a restoration through yoga, pranayama and meditation. This ladies-only event promises to bring your mind and body into balance, giving you peace and serenity to start the new year. All experience levels are welcome – just show up with a willing heart and your yoga mat.
AED 160, with your choice of smoothie. The Studio, between Sixth and Al Bateen Streets. 7pm-8.30pm. Contact: 02 621 0000, innerseeduae.com
Are you Filini-ing it?
Welcome the new year with alfresco antics at Filini Garden’s Tight and Bright night. Award-winning DJ Cliff Townley is set to soundtrack to a night of Italian bites, drinks and good vibes. The title suggests the dress code, but with unlimited signature bites and drinks, we’ll be packing our pantaloni grassi.
Package AED 225 per person. 8pm-11pm. Filini Garden, Radisson Blu, Yas Island. Book at eatapp.co