It’s time to have an amazing weekend

It’s the weekend, so forget work and that to-do list because it’s time to have some fun.

giphyDon’t succumb to the January blues or waste a weekend away indoors – get up and get out to see what’s going on in the city, because trust us, there’s plenty to choose from.

Thursday 11th January

Twist and shout

giphy (2)Love the Fab Four? Take a trip to the Beach Rotana and you can see The Beatles in one of their most popular cinematic outings, A Hard Day’s Night. The retro movie follows the group on a trip to London to film a live TV performance but along the way they go on a series of misadventures including losing drummer Ringo Star. Never seen the film but love the band’s music? Then go see them on screen. This film will show you life through the eyes of the biggest band of all time during the height of their fame in the 1960s. AED 50 for adults, AED 25 for children, redeemable on food and drinks. Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, near Abu Dhabi Mall. 6pm-8pm. Contact: 02 697 9203, facebook.com/BeachRotanaAD

Friday 12th January

Break a sweat

giphy (3)Enjoying an active and healthy start to 2018? Keep the good times rolling and join like-minded fitness fans this weekend as Haddins Fitness gathers for the first Mega Mix fitness class and social gathering of the year. First you can enjoy a two-hour workout that will get your blood flowing and heart beating, with water breaks and intervals along the way, before retiring to The Sportsman’s Arms where you can enjoy a cool drink and catch up with old friends or make some new one’s post-workout. Sound like the perfect start to the day? Go for it. Free. Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. 9am-11am. Contact: info@haddins.com

Make a sweet treat

giphy (4)If you need to entertain your kids and catch your breath or have some creative children that need to express themselves, this could be the event for you. Helping little chefs to create culinary concoctions that can be enjoyed by the whole family, the clever cooks at Jones the Grocer are hosting a fruit sushi making class that will see kids make sweet snacks that require very little preparation. AED 125 per child. Ground floor, Pearl Plaza Tower, Al Khalidiyah. 4pm-7pm. Contact: 02 639 5883, khalidiyah@jonesthegrocer.com

Support the UAE

giphy (5)Do you know what the UAE’s national sport is? If you said jiu-jitsu, you’re absolutely right. Showcasing the sport and bringing some of the best athletes in the world to the city, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour aims to inspire the younger generation to take up the sport. With cash prizes and international ranking points on offer for the competitors, visitors can see some fierce competition unfold right in front of their eyes as different classes take to the mat across the weekend. And, if you’ve never seen live jiu-jitsu before, why not see what it’s about for yourself? Free entry. Mubadala Arena (formerly Ipic Arena), near Zayed Sports City, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. From 10am. Visit: events.uaejjf.org

Go on an adventure

giphy (7)If you love movies then this is the place to be this weekend. Coming to the silver screen once again, a newly restored edition of the 1981 classic Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark will be shown for film fans. The audience will join Dr Jones as he travels the world to find the Ark of the Covenant to stop it from falling into the hands of evil, all the while evading capture from the German army, snakes, bullets and betrayal as the quest takes twists and turns along the way. Never seen the film before? Well, here’s your chance to check it off your list. Free, but registration required. Manrat al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. Contact: cs-raidersofthelostark.splashthat.com

Saturday 13th January

Unleash your ability

giphy (8)Do you ever struggle to express yourself or be creative in your day to day life? We can’t all be artists and creatives by trade, so why not seek out a way to express yourself away from the office in your spare time? Helping you to unlock your potential and explore your ability, the Blanks Canvas Community holds regular events across Abu Dhabi. This weekend, the group is joining up with Inner Seed for Express Yourself. Participants will join in interactive group sessions including chakra yoga before enjoying a painting session once the mind, body and soul has been nourished. Why not try it out? AED 250. Minaret Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 9am-1pm. Visit: facebook.com/events/158353031604020

Paws for thought

giphy (10)If you’ve got room in your home and in your heart for a new friend then there are lots of lovely cats waiting for you to come get them. Caring for cats and helping them find a forever home, Feline Friends hosts regular adoption days in the city and it’s the perfect place for you to find a new furry friend. With a range of different cats on offer, if you’re thinking of getting a new pet, why not change a cat’s life and take it home this weekend? Free. Feline Friends Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City, near Al Raha Gardens. 2pm-5pm. Visit: felinefriendsabudhabi.com

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 Yasmin Abdelaziz

 

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