What’s that? The weekend? How lovely to see you.
With Halloween themed parties, pet-friendly fun, film screenings and the return of popular outdoor weekend events, there’s so much to do over the next 48 hours in the capital.
Thursday 26th October
Spring into action
Bounce Abu Dhabi is turning spooky this weekend as the spirit of Halloween takes over. The popular leisure venue will be transformed with haunted dungeons, full of creepy spiders, pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls. Helping to create a creepy soundtrack, selected DJs will take to the decks to blast out some tunes while you make your way around the park. Also, make sure to dress up in your best costume for the chance to win some prizes. Ages 14 and up. AED 80 for one hour. Bounce Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall. From 8pm. Contact: 04 321 1400, bounce.ae
Throw some shapes
Looking for a new experience on a Thursday night? How about Flamenco dancing? No, really! Strutting their stuff at Chamas, seasoned Flamenco dancers will guide you through your paces to the sound of a live Latino band with percussionists and a singer. Whether you want to join in or just watch, you might discover you have a hidden talent and the right rhythm to take up a new hobby. From AED 285. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street. 8pm-11.30pm. Visit: http://bit.ly/2i2V0db
Friday 27th October
Glow in the dark
If you want to find a fun way to work out then try this out for size. Back once again, Neorun will take place in the capital but this time it’s got a spooky twist. Lighting up the sky at Zayed Sports City, runners are invited to embrace UV paint, dress up in costumes and enjoy a Halloween themed run with friends. Open to people of all abilities, the 5k run is a great way to improve your health and make memories at the same time. So why not join in? Ages ten and over. AED 185. Zayed Sports City, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 7pm. Visit: ticketmaster.ae
Make a splash
If you fancy taking in something different this weekend, how about dragon boat racing? What’s that you ask? Well, let us fill you in. Dragon boat racing sees teams of up to twenty paddlers steer a large ‘dragon boat’ to the finish line quicker than their opponents. Think Oxford v Cambridge but with a bit more pizazz. This weekend, the Dragon Boat Festival takes place seeing teams from across the UAE compete to be the best of the best. Get along shoreside and watch the action live. Free. Beachfront, Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri. 8am-5pm. Visit: dubaidragonboat.com
Hit the beach with your best friend
They say it’s a dog’s life and this weekend it’s true as a canine-centric event takes centre stage. This Doggy Beach Day is inviting dogs and their owners to start the weekend with a fun-filled frolic on Yas Beach. Open to K9s big and small, it’s a great opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy some light exercise with your furry friend in the morning. Free. Meeting outside Al Reef Main Gate, walking to Yas Beach. 7am sharp. Contact: http://bit.ly/2yQGIpV
Watch a monster movie
Fancy a film? Forget Mary Shelley, this is a Frankenstein story with a difference. Starring the wonderful Gene Wilder, Young Frankenstein tells the story of the American grandson of the infamous Dr Frankenstein, Frederick, who, try as he might, is unable to prove he’s not as mad as people believe, before taking a trip to Transylvania. Free, but registration required. Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 7pm. Visit: cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Saturday 28th October
Grab some greens
It’s back for the first time since a summer hiatus and we can’t wait. The RIPE Market returns to Umm Al Emarat Park this weekend for its weekly community shopping event. With more fresh fruits, vegetables and foods than you can shake a stick at, visitors can also browse stalls packed with handmade, local goods and grab a bite from the on-site food trucks to make a day of it now that the weather has cooled. Free, AED 5 entry to the park. Umm Al Emarat Park, Al Mushrif. 3pm-10pm. Visit: ripe.me
Find a place to talk
Mental health is an important issue here in the UAE and around the world. Looking to help people to talk more about their mental health, a new group is launching this weekend to offer much-needed support. Soul Knit: The Mental Health Initiative is inviting the community to join the event at the Art House Café that features family entertainment, speakers including psychologist Nasser Al Reyami, music from Raagaddiction and food and drinks. Free entry. Art House Cafe, Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen. 6pm-9pm. Visit: facebook.com/soulknituae
Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae
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