10 awesome things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend: October 21-23
It’s here, it’s finally here…
With the event season in full swing, this list could be “about a thousand awesome things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend”, but we had neither the time nor the patience to serve the task. So we picked 10 of our favorites. We hope you enjoy them. It was hard to choose what made the cut.
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New at the cinema this weekend
With audiences and critics both delivering positive verdicts on James Gunn’s spectacular The Suicide Squad, its streaming spin-off Peacemakerand Matt Reeves The Batman — it seems fair to say (especially when it comes to Snydervese’s tumultuous years) that DC is currently on a hot streak with its screen time. The next step in the yard of comic book adaptations is black adam – released in cinemas in the United Arab Emirates today, October 20. And the pressure on this film to continue the upward trend of the DCEU seems Atlantean. You can read the full review herebut our verdict was: If you don’t expect too much, Black Adam is a movie you can enjoy spending an evening chewing popcorn in. Our advice – sit down, listen, rock…
Book tickets: here
What is his name..?
He’s a bit of a regular on the UAE scene, but you can expect a momentous night out when Jason Derulo hits the Saadiyat Beach Club this week. As part of an epic Abu Dhabi Showdown Week lineup, the you want to want me The R&B superstar will headline on the sandy shores of Saadiyat on Friday, October 21 and we’re sure you won’t want to go home after this incredible set. Tickets are priced at 150 Dhs for ladies and 250 Dhs for men, with Derulo fronting on stage at 9 p.m. on Friday nights. You can get your tickets now via saadiyatbeachclub.ae.
To show just how above average the good times at Yas Acres Golf & Country Club truly are, they’re hosting a four-day festival of fun, free sports clinics, and huge dining discounts. It starts on Thursday October 20 and makes a final approach on Sunday October 23, 2022 and there is an open invitation for you to come and frolic the fairways. On Fridays, there are Italian discounts al forno at Roots (9am-10pm) enhanced by the interactive entertainment of a children’s arts and crafts corner (5pm-7pm). Next, the first Yas Acres Grill House – a brunch-style grill session, sset menu dinner with welcome drink and choice of drink packages. Soft drink option is 240 Dhs, house is 490 Dhs – with high demand, advance reservations highly recommended. Find the full program of events here.
Yas Acres Golf and Country Club, Yas Island. Tel: (02) 404 3004, viyagolf.com/weekender
A real bar of wonders
We don’t know how the American writer named after this popular Abu Dhabi watering hole felt about Oktoberfest, but we can’t help but think that if he saw the broadcast which was offered here, he couldn’t help but be im –prost. Decked out in Bavarian finery and in addition to the many fantastic daily deals Hemingway’s offers – the open-air beer garden invites you to experience a special limited-edition German-inspired a la carte menu that includes sauerkraut, German sausages , roast chicken, pretzel bread, mashed potatoes and more.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche, daily, 4-2 p.m. @radissonblauh
Saturday October 22
fuel for life
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island has sketched out a roadmap for a day of feel-good shenanigans that somehow make us rethink our entire lives. In the right direction. Taking place on October 22, admission is completely free, but there will be an opportunity to make ‘hotel purchases (including delicious nutritious juice blends)’ to help raise funds for the Pinktober awareness campaign. This “Fuel Happening” has been organized in collaboration with holistic fitness gurus, Barry’s (who recently opened their first gym in Abu Dhabi), and they will push you to the limit with a wide range of calorie-burning exercises . There’s the Soul & Skin Wellness intake, offering a gentler way to recover and it all ends with a bit of cold therapy by the pool. Namaste friends.
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Saturday June 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tel: (02) 656 0000, [email protected]
The smaller Soho
A very different sort of garden party is heading to Little Soho, at the Al Ain Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, which will launch on Saturday, October 22. There are no cucumber sandwiches, a total absence of china tea sets, and very little or little raised fingers. The Secret Garden Brunch is a wild outdoor terrace fiesta – an enchanted party brunch born on the decks of Dubai’s famous Flair No.5. And now the secret is out, on the loose and at a brunch in the emirate next door. Descending every Saturday between 1pm and 4.30pm, this new Abu Dhabi corniche enclave of the Secret Garden Party brings the same energy to the UAE’s brunch-set, with live performances from a saxophonist, drummer, dancers and a DJ.
Little Soho, Al Ain Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., from 299 Dhs. secret-parties.com
Filini Garden the brunch offers great Italian food at *mamma mia* value. There is an air-conditioned terrace with views of the lush coastline and live entertainment. Dishes include pastas, pizzas and meats, with a special dessert bar to top it all off. Afternoons start at 12:30 p.m., followed by an after-brunch evening from 4 p.m. with packages starting at 99 Dhs.
Filini Garden, Radisson Blu Yas Island, Yas Island, Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., 139 Dhs with soft drinks, 199 Dhs with house drinks, 299 Dhs with sparkling wine. Tel: (0)2 656 2000. @filinigarden
Any weekend at Cafe Del Mar is a good weekend, but this weekend is better than most. On Friday October 21, artist Jerusalema Nomcebo (the voices featured on the choir) will appear on stage for a very special performance. On Saturdays, you can attend a UFC pool viewing party, which is handy if you haven’t been able to get a ticket to see it live, as it’s another sold-out event. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to meet some of the greatest hitters in the UFC. Tickets start at Dhs100.
Cafe Del Mar, Yas Bay Waterfront. Tel: (050) 402 2283, @cafedelmarabudhabi
Sunday October 23
Bord Eauing on the fabulous
Bord Eau, Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi’s French gourmet restaurant is back – relaunched with a very special guest, two-Michelin-star award-winning chef Sylvain Sendra. He’s taking a well-deserved annual leave from his famed Parisian restaurant, La Fleur De Pave, to whip up a six-course gourmet extravaganza that will be available for tasting at Bord Eau from Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23 as part of the coveted La Shangri-La Culinary Masters Series. Prices start at Dhs448, it’s Dhs696 for the wine pairing menu and for those of you who aspire to one day add a Michelin star to your own CV, there’s a hands-on cooking class for Dhs158 ( with a glass of wine included).
Following the limited run of Michelin-quality morsals, weekly operations at Bord Eau are set to begin from October 28, 2022. A big throwback to canal views, charcuterie sharing medium and spectacular French fare from a refined menu.
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Culinary Masters menu available October 20-23, priced at Dhs 448. Tel: (0)2 509 8555. [email protected]
She’s an easel lover
Full disclosure, it’s not happening this weekend but these events sell out well in advance, so we’d advise getting there now. There is a three-hour guided painting and grape session, hosted by the creative masters of Artfem, at Saadiyat Beach Club on October 25. It’s Dhs395, which includes three hours of food, drink, art materials, expert tuition, live jazz music to take your artwork home. When we joined the team at the recent Movenpick Al Marjan Island Lock In event, that was truly one of the highlights.
La Salle, Saadiyat Beach Club, October 25, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 395 Dhs. artfemdxb.com