6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Kick off the weekend relaxing with a movie by the beach, with a tipple in a choice of happy hours or dancing the night away to progressive house beats with Dannic. And as if that’s not enough already to keep you going, how about getting a bit arty, taking in some culture at the Qasr Al Hosn festival or even joining a distinctly different ‘collective site specific performance’?
Beach Movie Night: Skyfall
For those looking to wind down from the week and start the weekend slowly, kick back and relax on the beach in comfort with James Bond. Everything you need is catered for with plenty of parking, blankets to keep you warm, popcorn, ice cream and a large menu to choose from. Best of all, entry is free.
When: 7pm, Thursday February 4
Where: Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, Bayshore Beach Club
Contact: +9712 666 6888, www.dining-intercontinental-ad.ae
Dannic at Mad on Yas Island
Go Mad on Yas Island with the high energy electronic Dutch DJ and producer Dannic, known for his collaborations with the likes of Hardwell, who is playing in Dubai this month.We interviewed Dannic on his last trip to the UAE - the music he listens to when nobody is around may surprise you.
When: 11pm-3am, Thursday February 4
Where: Mad, Yas Island
Contact: madonyasisland.com, +97155 834 6262
Art Central Art Workshops Open Day
Bring out your crafty side and have a go at drawing, acrylic and oil painting, photography, printmaking, calligraphy, silk painting and lots more. Take part in tutorials and meet the instructors for a chat before deciding which course might be the one for you.
When: 10am-2pm, Friday February 5
Where: Art Central, Boutik Mall, Reem Island
Contact: +97156 201 7970, www.aldar.com
Qasr Al Hosn Festival
On-going until February 13, learn about the history of Abu Dhabi, the National Council and Qasr Al Hosn Fort itself or get artsy in one of the traditional workshops on offer. This is the festival for you if you want to have fun and understand more about the heritage of our beloved Capital city.
When: Until February 13
Where: Qasr Al Hosn
Price: AED10 entry includes two activity passes
Contact: +9712 666 4442, qasralhosnfestival.ae
Enjoy Happy Hour
What better way to unwind from the week and get happy than with a happy hour? And even better than that is not one, but two to choose from! Enjoy your favourite grape at just AED30 per glass at La Cava or, if you can find it, receive 30 percent off selected beverages at the Hidden Bar.
When: La Cava Happy Hour 5pm-7pm on Thursdays and Hidden Bar, 5pm-8pm on Thursdays
Where: Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel
Contact: +9712 813 5552 rosewoodhotels.com/abudhabi
Remote Abu Dhabi
For something completely different, register to join ‘Remote Abu Dhabi’, a unique experience in ‘collective site specific performance’. With up to 50 people in the group, each person will receive a set of headphones using a computer-generated voice to guide the group through Downtown Abu Dhabi to bring both familiar and the unfamiliar sites of the city to life. Registration is a must.
When: 4.45pm-7pm, Saturday, February 6
Where: Starting point, Abu Dhabi Corniche: the group will gather at Corniche Road West in the parking area located in front of The Landmark building (otherwise known as the Titanic tower).
Contact: Register to attend at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your language preference of Arabic or English