The weekend is bursting with exciting events

It’s the weekend, let’s not hang about. Here’s a quick look at events taking place over the next few days that you might enjoy!

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Thursday 15th March 

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Fancy a film? Yas Movies in the Park launches this weekend with four films and some top entertainment lined up. First up on Thursday Finding Nemo and The Fast and the Furious will be shown on the big screen at Yas Gateway Park. On Friday, the immersive Grease experience comes to the fore giving fans of the film the chance to enjoy ’50s -themed entertainment, attractions and a screening of the iconic movie. Finally, on Saturday visitors can see Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan doing a Q&A session, themed musical performances, comedy from Salman Qureshi and a screening of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. We’ll see you there. Free entry, registration required, VIP upgrade available for AED 75 Thu and Sat, AED 100 on Fri. Yas Gateway Park, Yas Island. 4pm-11pm. Visit: yasmovies.ae 

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Start your weekend with some laughter and check out the best comedians in the UAE performing live in the city. Yalla Laughs is bringing headliner Simeon Goodson to the stage alongside fellow comedians Grace Chng, Jon Boulton, Erik Thornquist, T-Bone and more. Free entry. 21+ only. Up and Below, Courtyard by Marriott, Hamdan Street. 8pm. Visit: yallalaughs.com

Friday 16th March
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Abu Dhabi is going green this weekend as St Patrick’s Day is celebrated throughout the city with a host of events.
Head to Le Méridien Village and enjoy a Paddy’s Day themed brunch at Village Kitchen where there’ll be a dedicated children’s play area with a bouncy castle and entertainment. From AED 139. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 644 6666, lemeridienabudhabi.com
The party goes on all weekend at McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi but you can sink your teeth into the BIG Paddy’s Day Brunch and enjoy free flowing food and beverages and a host of live music taking you through to the small hours. From AED 209. Brunch noon-4pm. Contact: 02 652 4333, mcgettigans.com/auh
Enjoy an evening BBQ brunch accompanied by Irish music at The Sportsman’s Arms to celebrate the big day, there’s also deals on beverages all day long. From AED 199. Brunch 6pm-10pm. Contact: 02 447 1066, sportsmanszsc.com
Chill by the water with the picnic pool brunch at PJ O’Reilly’s and enjoy live music from Sweet Chilli Jam, games, activities and great deals on food and beverages. From AED 220. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 695 0515, pjspubabudhabi.com

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Over 1,000 athletes from 31 countries are in the capital for the Special Olympics IX Mena Games Abu Dhabi 2018. 16 different sports are taking place across eight venues in the city, why not go along and lend the UAE team your support? Divisioning kicks off today for many of the events before Saturday’s big opening ceremony. Head to ADNEC for badminton, basketball, volleyball, roller skating and table tennis action or make for Zayed Sports City for bowling, football and tennis matches. Over at NYU, powerlifters and swimmers will battle it out and on the north field you can watch competitors in the long jump, shot put, 100m and 400m races. Al Jazira Sports Club will host handball matches and the Armed Forces Officers Club is the place for Bocce fans. Free entry. Friday. For the full schedule visit www.abudhabi2019.org

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Got kids to entertain this weekend? Louvre Abu Dhabi is hosting a unique puppet show for children over the age of six. A Tree and a Boy draws parallels between the development of a tree and a young child exploring how change is a natural thing. AED 50, plus museum entry AED 63, AED 30 for teachers, visitors under 22 years old and UAE Military. Cultural District, Saadiyat Island. Fri and Sat, 5pm. Visit: louvreabudhabi.ae

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The Poetry Fair takes over Manarat Al Saadiyat this weekend. Kicking things off on Friday, a poetry writing workshop will take place in the gardens from 4pm-7pm followed by an Arabic performance from Rooftop Rhythms from 7pm-9pm. On Saturday End Small Talk will host an event from 4pm-6pm to encourage conversation, Backyard Poetry will take over from 6pm-7pm and Echoes Abu Dhabi from 7pm-8pm with some live performances and readings. Round things off  with a film all about the love of poetry: Dead Poets Society is being screened by Cinema Space. Free entry. For the full schedule visit: facebook.com/events/1483880181737574/

Saturday 17th March

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Running this weekend only, ‘The Quiet Rebel’ art exhibition by Emirati Mosaicista, Sarah Al Senaani could be an uplifting experience for visitors. Her intricate work aims to raise awareness about how art can serve as therapy to fight depression and mood disorders. And with stunning views from Observation Deck at 300, it’s sure to make for some stunning pictures, too. Plus, you never know, maybe the experience could change your life for the better. Free entry. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West. 10am-10pm. Visit: facebook.com/events/980766758744926/

 

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If you’ve got energy to burn then why not try out a free fitness class to see if it’s your thing? Head to Bodytree Studio and take part in the high energy mixed athletic interval pilates class. During the session, you’ll learn to use your own body weight to gain strength and stamina and burn off some calories in the process. Free, but registration is essential. Bodytree Studio, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. 10am-11am. Contact: info@bodytreestudio.com

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