Here’s what to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

 There’s more to the weekend than sleepin’ and streamin’, so grab the family and friends and check out what’s waiting for you out there. 

words: Ipshiter Sharma

Thursday, 27th February


Hey Hay

Hay Festival

The world-famous literature festival is still on for one more day in Abu Dhabi fso make sure you catch it. There are many free sessions and ticket prices are not prohibitive.

From AED 20, free for students, Manarat Al Saadiyat, ends 28th February.


Friday, 28th February

Movie Magic  

Louvre Abu Dhabi

The gorgeous Louvre Abu Dhabi is a rolling out a family fun event this weekend with a special line up of free movies (you’ll need to book). The Young Black Stallion is showing on 28th Fri, 4pm,  The Eagle Huntress on 28th Fri, 6pm, The Kid Who Would Be King is on 29th Sat 4pm, and The Warrior  on 29th Sat, 6pm

 Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi. Contact:  600 56 55 66 or at the museum ticketing desk.


Friday, 28th February



Music in Abu Dhabi

If you think you can improve on some new or classic tunes, head out to The Courtyard by Marriott to sing along with the best of the best. Abu Dhabi Karaoke Crew is putting together a fantastic Karaoke night that wants you to put your best song forward.

Free, pre-booking essential. Up and Below, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center. Contact: 02 698 2222


Musical Interlude

Music in Abu Dhabi

Check out Lebanese chanteuse Balqees in all her amazing glory along with charismatic singer Hamad Al-Amri in a special concert opposite My City Center Masdar. Go early to ensure that you get a ticket.

Free, pre-booking essential. My City Center Masdar, Masdar City, 5 pm onwards. Contact: 02 6135644


Paint with all the colours of the wind

Music in Abu Dhabi

Get in the mood of Holi with this fun little family-friendly event. The craziness is added on to with live DJs and dhols/ Indian drumming. The excitement of Holi comes alive with rain dances and flower showers. There will also be plenty of live food counters and kids activities to keep you going through the day.

Free, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, 9am to 4pm. Tickets available on



Saturday, 28th February

Hop to it

Go check out offers from top hop brewers from around the world with tastings, talks and trainings at Yas Marina’s HustleFest. Packages are available as well, with tastings and guided tours. Half pint pours are available for purchase for those who want to experience more of their favourite crafts. There is also a range of food outlets who will be offering dishes designed for pairing with the hops.

Free with registration, and tasting packages are available for purchase at the entrance with prices beginning at AED 100. Yas Marina. Visit:



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