Here’s the weekend and it sounds like fun

Hey weekend, how you doing? The forecast for the next few days in Abu Dhabi is fun, fun, fun.

See a heritage show, sing-a-long at a karaoke party, watch sport on the big screen and devour alfresco eats – all happening in the capital this weekend.

Thursday 30th January

Feel the rhythm

music circle with mums and babies

Come sing, dance and play for a great cause. Operation Smile UAE is hosting a fun day for kids in collaboration with Music Monkeys. In addition to music, there will be storytelling, face painting and a free prize draw for all children. Operation Smile UAE is an established charity with the Ministry of Community Development.

AED 100 for one adult and one child, AED 40 per additional child. The British School Al Khubairat, Airport Road. 1.30pm-3pm. Contact:


Friday 31st January

Let’s dance

Ayyala dance louvre

Get a dose of culture through Ayyala performances every weekend until Ramadan at Louvre Abu Dhabi. The performances are an ode to Emirati heritage and culture and you can feel the Bedouin spirit just by being a spectator. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate local history through the arts as 20 to 30 musicians perform in unison with the stunning museum as a backdrop.

Free with general admission ticket of AED 63, AED 31.50 for kids aged 13 to 22. Saadiyat Island. 3pm-5pm. Contact: 600 565 566,


Hoppy birthday

Tavern pub, Sheraton Abu Dhabi, drinks deals, happy hour

It’s the Tavern’s birthday weekend, but we all get presents. Everyone’s favourite British pub is celebrating on Friday with authentic eats and drinks for only AED 23, all night long. FYI, there’s live music too, so RSVP ASAP.

From 6pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Al Zahiyah. Call 02 677 3333 or email


Sing to win

Courtyard by Marriott, karaoke party, Up and Below bar, free events, free things to do, things to do on Friday

No actual prizes, but belt out your favourite tune to a rapturous audience and you’ll feel like a winner. Abu Dhabi Karaoke Crew is ready to drop the bike at Up and Below on Friday, with a free entry karaoke party from 9.30pm.

9.30pm-3am. Up and Below, Courtyard by Marriott Abu Dhabi. Confirm your spot at


Saturday 1st February

Get in the game

rugby players

Are you ready for some rugby? Watch the 6 Nations go head-to-head, from 1st to 4th February on the big screen, while enjoying a mouth-watering grill. Get pulled into the action with immersive sound on 14 high definition screens positioned for uninterrupted viewing in the lounge. Plus, you can celebrate the wins with happy hour specials with beverages from AED 22.

Blu Sky Lounge and Grill, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya. Noon-11pm. Contact: 02 818 4888,

Coin this

There’s a new expo in town and it’s not going to cost you a thing. Coins of Islam: History Revealed is the expo’s name. Held at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the expo is divided into six sections: Coinage before Islam; Birth of Islamic Coinage; Coins Across The Islamic Dynasties; Islamic Coins, A Reflection of Art and Culture; Coins and Women Across The Span Of History; and Zayed and Civilization.

Free, Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Centre. For times contact: 02 419 1919 and visit for more info

On a sausage roll

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, picnic, things to do with families, outdoor activities, Saturday brunches

Pinch punch, first of the month. Make the first day of February one to remember with a gourmet picnic at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Sandwiches, cold cuts, fruits, sweet treats, icy cold drinks and more will be spread out on a blanket at the club’s Dolphin Lawn. Adults, choose from soft or house beverage packages.

1pm to 6pm. Dolphin Lawn, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. AED 220 house beverages and AED 175 soft drinks. For every adult, one child up to 12 goes free. Contact 056 660 8780 or email for reservations.

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