6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this week
It’s a busy week with the Qasr Al Hosn festival kicking off, cross cultural performances in Desert Storm and an exhibition depicting Emirati family photos. You can also get stuck into all-you-can-eat ribs, sing your heart out at an open mic night or learn the tricks of the trade from an expert mixologist.
All you can eat ribs at Cooper’s
Is there a better food than the humble rib? There’s certainly something very comforting about chowing down on a hearty plate, and if it’s hearty you want then we may just have the answer. Every Sunday brings All You Can Eat Ribs Night at Cooper’s for a limited time, and we’re sure this is one grill you’ll want to be ‘all up in’.
When: 7pm – 11pm, Every Sunday until February 29
Where: Cooper’s, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
Price: AED175 per person
Contact: 02 657 3333, www.rotanatimes.com
Qasr Al Hosn festival
Back for the fourth year in a row, the Qasr Al Hosn festival provides an opportunity to learn about the foundations, traditions and culture of the UAE and offers the chance to get hands on yourself with craft workshops and a range of activities divided amongst the Qasr Al Hosn, Desert, Oasis, Marine and Abu Dhabi Island zones. Enjoy traditional cultural shows, browse the authentic souks and don’t miss the chance to tour the National Council Chamber and Qasr Al Hosn fort.
When: February 3 until February 13
Where: Qasr Al Hosn, located between Hamdan St and Zayed the First St
Contact: 800 724, www.qasralhosnfestival.ae
Desert Storm aims to showcase musical talent from the Middle East in these performances that break stereotypes and bridge gaps between cultural styles. Get ready to be introduced to alternative/cinematic pop from Rotana Tarabzouni, Sons of Yusuf blending hip-hop culture with an Arabic twist and Narcy who uses hip hop to explore deeper issues including history of art, race, colonialism and religion.
When: 8pm, Wednesday February 3
Where: East Plaza, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
If you’ve ever wondered how your favourite drinks are mixed to perfection, this is a class you won’t want to miss. Featuring a different tipple each week, attend just one class or the whole course of nine classes to learn the tricks of the trade and impress your guests at home.
When: 6-7pm, Tuesday February 2
Where Sontaya Bar, St. Regis Saadiyat
Price: AED89 per person, per week
Lest We Forget
An exhibition of photographs taken between 1950 to 1999, Lest We Forget documents the memories of Emirati families during this period. From black and white prints to colour polaroids, the exhibition presents a never before seen insight into Emirati life.
When: Until June 18
Where: Warehouse 421, Mina Port
Open Mic Night at Stars ‘N’ Bars
A musical night where you can find your 15 minutes of fame and get yourself up on stage to sing in front of the house - anyone with the nerve for it will be rewarded with a free drink.
When: 8pm, Sunday nights
Where: Stars ‘N’ Bars, Yas Island