It’s the weekend and this one is extra special with the UAE’s National Day falling on Saturday 2nd December.
With citywide celebrations, film screenings, live performances, firework displays and so much more, not to mention a generous public holiday at your disposal, there’s no excuse to stay at home.
Check out what’s going on…
Thursday 30th November
Sing a happy song
The world’s favourite little blue guys are coming to the capital for a fun family-friendly show. The Smurfs Live On Stage will see popular characters including Papa Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Brainy Smurf and the adorable Smurfette try to turn the wintery breeze into a colourful spring and defeat evil wizard Gargamel. Can they come out on top? There’s only one way to find out. From AED 195. du Forum, Yas Island. Thu 8.30pm, Fri 4.30pm and 8.30pm. Visit: tixbox.com
Visit a galaxy far, far away
Okay, Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi, isn’t coming to the big screen for a few weeks but this weekend is the perfect opportunity to remember where the Star Wars galaxy began. Screening for lifelong fans and hoping to capture the imagination of youngsters, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope will be on the silver screen once again to share some cinematic magic with the people of Abu Dhabi. Free, but registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 4pm. Visit: cinemaspace-anewhope.splashthat.com
Friday 1st December
Create a Christmas cracker
Since it’s the start of December, it’s officially time to be excited about the festive season. Helping you get into the spirit, jones the grocer is hosting a fun gingerbread house-making masterclass for kids. Little ones will get to construct their own delicious dwelling and add some festive themed toppings to create a culinary masterpiece to take home. Sound like a lot of messy fun? Sign up and see how you get on. AED 125 per child. Al Raha Gardens Plaza, Khalifa City. 4pm-5.30pm. Contact: 02 557 4882, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 2nd December
Fancy some live music? How about seeing an artist who’s sold over two million records? Lebanese singing star Nancy Ajram is in town this weekend to serenade the capital with her unique musical style. The Arabic music icon will perform the hits that have made her one of the bestselling female artists in Lebanese history and will kickstart the National Day celebrations in style. From AED 250. du Forum, Yas Island. 9pm. Visit: tixbox.com
Water lot of fun
Let us ask you this: Do you want to be a part of the biggest water battle in the capital? We thought so. Head to Yas Waterworld and you can squirt, soak and spray everyone in sight with water from head to toe. Arrive early and you’ll get the pick of water pistols and can choose your position before battle commences. From AED 250 for day-long park access. Yas Waterworld, Yas Island. Water battle begins at 11.45am. Contact: 02 414 2000, yaswaterworld.com
Gather your family because this one is going to be fun. The National Day Colours event at Yas Marina Circuit is the go-to destination for a celebratory dose of family-friendly activities for National Day. From live oud music, storytelling, calligraphy and henna painting to falconry, arts and crafts and inflatable amusement rides, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Be sure to stay until the evening to witness the fireworks display, too. Free. Yas Island. 2pm-9pm. Visit: yasmarinacircuit.com
Weekend-long National Day celebrations
From games to National Day-themed exhibitions, Al Wahda Mall will be hosting a number of activities. Check out the bubble soccer at the main atrium, mini golf at the first floor extension plus a kids’ craft corner and fashion show. Until 3rd Dec. Free. Hazza Bin Zayed Street. Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-11pm. Visit: alwahda-mall.com
From 28th November until 2nd December, at Dalma Mall visitors can participate in cultural activities including calligraphy, basket weaving, henna art, a falcon show and national anthem singing competition. Free. 19th Street, Mussafah. Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Visit: dalmamall.ae
Cultural shows will liven up Bawadi Mall with traditional ayala dancing along with a musical parade. To make little ones happy, there will be kids’ activities at various times. 29th Nov-3rd Dec. Free. Meyzad Road, Al Ain. Daily 5.30pm-10pm. Visit: bawadimall.com
National colours will adorn Yas Mall, where you can watch performances by ayala dancers, a Liwa folk band, a police marching band and circus groups. 1st-3rd Dec. Free. Yas Island. Daily 10am-10pm. Visit: yasmall.ae
Visitors at Nation Galleria will be enthralled with a lively stomp show – a theatrical performance that uses the body and ordinary objects to create rhythm. An acrobatic show and more dance performances will also pop up throughout the three-day celebrations. 1st-3rd Dec. Free. Corniche West. Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-10pm. Contact: 02 333 8288
Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae
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