6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this week
If you think that the first week of January is all about staying in, you’re very much mistaken. Those of you who are taking things easy have plenty of new films to catch at the cinema, while anyone who hasn’t gone on a diet for the New Year will be spoilt for choice with the likes of BouBouffe and Cipriani’s Sail & Dine concept.
The theme park gets a Christmas makeover for the season, with plenty of snowy attractions to help everyone feel they’re a few thousand miles further north. Attractions include an animatronic Polar Bear called Bjorn, a spectacular ice-skating show, a snow slide and snow play area.
When: December 18-January 9
Where: Ferrari World, Yas Island, www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com
The Story of Film
As part of the 7th Art film screenings, the Story of Film series has been a consistent highlight. We are now up to episodes seven and eight, which sweep up the history of the European New Wave of the 1960s, particularly the enduring impact of Jules et Jim and À Bout de Souffle.
When: January 10
Where: Madinat Saadiyat firstname.lastname@example.org
Of all the comedy clubs that have sprouted up across the UAE in recent years – and there have been a lot – the Laughter Factory is one of the most consistent. Back in Abu Dhabi at Park Rotana, the line-up this week includes British comedian Alex Boardman, who has been a fixture on the circuit for a number of years, racking up BBC writing credits and hosting a New Comedians night at the legendary Comedy Store. He’s noted for his quick wit and tales of a misspent youth in Northern England.
When: January 6, 7pm
Where: Park Rotana, Khalifa Park, www.abu-dhabi.platinumlist
Sail & Dine
A sunset cruise with some old Hollywood glamour, topped off with a three-course dinner. Does that float your… erm, boat? Cipriani have partnered Azure Marine and their mahogany-lined yacht, My Azure, to offer you just that with their sail and dine experience. You’ll need some pals though, as it costs AED7,500 per trip –but can accommodate up to 10 people.
When: Sunday to Wednesday
Where: Cipriani, Yas Island, +9712 657 5400
Daddy’s Home (15)
Do people actively look forward to Will Ferrell movies anymore? Or does his near-ubiquitous presence on film posters merely provide the kind of argument-avoiding, keep-everyone-happy security for groups of people who have settled on the cinema for their night out? His latest outing sees him reunited with Good Guys co-star Mark Wahlberg as two men duelling over the custody of two children. Ferrell, true to form, is the loser, the dorky stepfather who is routinely shunned by his new wife’s children. Wahlberg is the high-fiving jock of a father who rides motorcycles, shows off his biceps and generally out-cools the newbie in every conceivable way.
In cinemas from January 7
Another high quality, good value Lebanese place in a mall? Yes, please. The presence of mezzeh on any menu is welcome, but the pedigree of this place, born in Beirut’s Achrafieh district, does add something extra. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to Lebanese food, but BouBouffe’s freshness and authenticity are to be noted. Oh, and “BouBouffe” comes from “bouffe”, a French word for “food”.
Where: Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, +9712 448 7474