What to do this weekend in Abu Dhabi (24/25/26 April)
Here are our activity picks for this weekend, chosen among the many things happening in Abu Dhabi. A lot of music this weekend!
Have a happy one!
Please note that to join some of the activities listed below you need to become a member of the group that organises them: most memberships are free but some require a fee.
Always double check/book using the provided links before setting off, as last minute changes to time/places/availability might have occurred since this list was compiled.
6:30 PM – Local electronic artists are going to perform at the Micro Festival of Electronic Music, held at the New York University Abu Dhabi. A performance that demonstrates the vitality and diversity of this genre in the Middle East will feature musicians Mahmoud Refat, Karim Sultan, Mazen Kerbaj and Hasan Hujairi. The concert is held after a panel discussion with the artists.
7 PM – Up and coming music association AUHDIO – in collaboration with Tempo Magazine – presents Hip Hop in the Capital.
3 PM – 6 PM – Little Furballs Adoption Day organised by Sandy Paws: lots of young kittens are looking for new loving homes. Even if you can’t adopt, you can always come by, get some cuddles and make a donation to this amazing charity.
7 PM – The Abu Dhabi Photographers group is hosting their photo of the week and bi-weekly meetup.
7 PM – The Raw Yoga group is organising a Raw Movie Potluck: healthy treats and a good film are always a great combination.
7 PM – The Abu Dhabi Coffee & Knitting Circle is meeting to share yummy food and tricks of the knitting trade.
8 PM – The Rooftop Rhythms group is hosting the 21st installation of their evening open-mike/poetry event.
If you think that cricket is boring, think again: we can tell you from personal experience that cheerleaders, pumping disco-music and fireworks are only few of the thrills of the Indian Premier League, which this year plays its first leg in the UAE.
Matches of the day at the Zayed Cricket Stadium are:
2:30 PM : Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
6.30 PM : Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Arrive early, as the seats are not numbered. Tickets here, directly at the stadium’s box office or at Lulu’s supermarkets across the city.
4:30 PM – The Raw Yoga group is meeting to practice stand-up paddle board yoga and enjoy the sunset on the water.
7 PM – The Abu Dhabi Tango group meet for their regular dance practice.
8 PM – The Language and Culture Exchange group is going out to try the newest Egyptian restaurant in town.
The newest art exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat just opened a couple of days ago: created in collaboration with the British Museum, London, it is called A History of the World in 100 Objects and brings to the UAE objects from the past to the present, all with incredible stories behind them. From the legendary Royal Game of Ur to a Chelsea football club jersey, this exciting journey through time is truly worth a visit. Our favourite? The foot-operated car invented in 2013 by Emirati student Reem Al Marzouqi, a life-changing invention for all those affected by physical disabilities. The exhibition will run until the 1st of August.
The Al Gharbia Watersports Festival is *technically* not in Abu Dhabi city, however it is in the Abu Dhabi region, so we thought about including it in our list. Held on Mirfa Beach (in Al Gharbia) from the 24th of April to the 3rd of May, this festival promises thrilling live action with a range of high-adrenaline watersports competitions, plus live music and entertainment. The official website did not work when we were compiling this list, but more info are here and here – both articles from The National, and the contact details can be found on the official facebook page.
Al Maryah Island Spring Festival – outdoor cinema screening at the Galleria mall, until the 3rd of May. This weekend our personal screening highlights include The Wizard of Oz and The Help. Complete film schedule available here.
A new exhibition of the spellbinding works of Uzbek artist Sanjar Djabbarov – Wonders of Central Asia – starts on the 27th of April and goes on until the 10th of May. It is held at the Alif Art Gallery, Avenue at Etihad Towers.
The Resuscitation Theatre Company is presenting Trojan Women, a moving tale set in the city of Troy. Performances will be at 8 PM on 24th and 25th of April at the Emirates Writers Union Auditorium – located in on the mezzanine level in the National Theatre. Opposite Abu Dhabi Media between 15th and 17th streets and Muroor (4th) and Airport (2nd) Roads.