8 great things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend: January 7-9


Your guide for a triple A weekend …

We are starting 2022 with this “new year, big dream” energy and we ask you to join in. Definitely not a pyramid scheme, but if you could bring two friends to it that would be great.

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On the bridges

Fridays at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island are devoted to setting the tone for the weekend. There are a pair of free-flow parties on offer, each with its own cause for blackout. Friday Night Lights (150 Dhs for women, 200 Dhs for men) is a rooftop pool party at Wet Deck, with three hours of unlimited drinks under the atmospheric lights of the hotel facade and to the sound of Chief Wet Deck’s selection. In the trendy, Insta-fresh W certified lounge, Nitro Fridays (Dhs280) serves up fine mixology, gourmet bites and vibes out of the office.

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, both promotions are available Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Ttelephone: (0) 2 656 0000. marriott.com

Forward full STEAM

National Geographic Ultimate Explorer, on Galleria Al Maryah Island, is a new edutainment complex featuring seven exciting attractions aimed at captivating kiddliwinks and stealthily downloading STEAM learning, while having one of the ‘largest mammals in the world. world ‘of a moment. There are two VR / AR experiences, including Space Jump, where snack-sized astronauts will go through a training program to see if they have the courage to thrive in the cavernous void of space. And Recon River, which puts little explorers on a raft – sending them downstream in search of rare and exotic animals to capture in their augmented sights.

National Geographic Ultimate Explorer, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Saturday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thu and Friday 10 a.m. to midnight, from 80 Dhs. Phone: (052) 403 7166, @natgeoultimateexplorerad

low prices

Shopping malls are an inalienable part of life in the UAE, and Abu Dhabi has a few belts. And if you’re looking for some great bargains, there is still time to indulge yourself during Abu Dhabi’s winter shopping season, which is still booming and with discounts falling until the end of January. There is up to 80% off major brands at 3,500 outlets across the emirate. There are also buy and win promotions, giveaways, and fun family activations at the 20 participating malls.

Find more information about promotions and participating stores at retailabudhabi.ae website.

Saturday 8 January

Legacy of your bets

According to the latest weather forecast, we should enjoy a break from the rain this weekend. If so, why not wrap up warm and head to the popular open-air cinema at Umm Al Emarat Park? There are two screenings of the film this Saturday (5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) Sonic the hedgehog. Sega mega star Sonic the Electrically Fast Blue Hedgehog teams up with live-action James Marsden to thwart the dastardly plans of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) in this weirdly passable video game adaptation with vocal support by Ben “Jean-Ralphio” Schwartz.

The films are free, but the entrance to the park is charged 10 Dhs. Located at Umm Al Emarat Park, ummalemaratpark.ae

Stop your engines

A brand new “Extreme Weekends” motocross stunt show will kick off at the Zayed Festival this Friday, January 7, then continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily) until the festival closes. Expect daring feats, gravity-defying stunts, and wild tricks as the bloated dirt bikes soar through the air like fluorescent two-stroke hawks. Oh and there are also fireworks on Saturdays at 10 p.m.

Al Wathba, until April 1 from 4 p.m. to midnight (1 a.m. on weekends), tickets Dhs5. zayedfestival.com

Vegetable plates

Australians are always among the first to embrace food trends, and Jones The Grocer, an export from below, has been on this herbal tip since the jump. Their menu is teeming with botanical abundance, from breakfast and lunch main course to the dessert section. But fresh for 2022, their new “Body and Soul” menu offers a house dedicated to delicious, nutritious, and * flex biceps * foods that are right for you. This of course includes plenty of vegan options, such as – the plant-based chickpea omelet with local kale and micro-herbs, a creamy bean and avocado guacamole, pickled red beets and a Jones the Grocer’s Belos vegan tomato and pepper jam filling.

Find your nearest Jones the Grocer on jonesthegrocer.com

Sunday January 9

A rosé under another name

As part of the UAE’s great brunch migration, La Petite Maison’s (LPM) new La Vie En Rosé brunch has been moved to Sunday – and it really looks like * the chef’s kiss * magnificent. And why not ? The restaurant flies the flag of French gastronomy, swapping that famously unadorned, unpretentious Parisian accent, letting the food do the talking. What can we expect on the plate? Burrata LPM with tomatoes & basil and snails with garlic butter to start. Grilled sirloin steak; roasted baby chicken marinated in lemon; sea ​​bream fillet with pesto and peppers; and pumpkin risotto for the main course. Your must-have desserts include warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream, vanilla crème brûlée or LPM’s famous cheesecake. No, I do not regret anything.

LPM, Al Maryah Island, Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., two people minimum, soft 375 Dhs, premium pink grape package 450 Dhs, premium sparkling pink grape 575 Dhs. Phone: (02) 692 9600, lpmrestaurants.com

Make waves

A magnificent Corniche-front leisure complex, West Bay recently opened a new combination wave pool and lazy river, to add to the already extensive range of entertainment facilities. And Lazy Rivers is one of that little collection of things (which also includes cheesecake, salary texts, and Bob Marley music) that literally no one likes. Access to the pool and artificial river is free with West Bay Day Passes. During the week, adults enter for 150 Dhs, but recover 100 Dhs on food. On weekends it’s Dhs200 but you still get the Dhs100 back in the form of credit.

West Bay, Abu Dhabi Corniche, swimming pool and adventure park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., day passes available from Dhs150 (with Dhs100 back for food and drink purchases). Phone: (02) 692 437, @westbayabudhabi

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