Very busy times at the Abu Dhabi Days HQ! We will be back in about a week with our regular posting schedule.
In the meantime… Here are our activity picks for this weekend, chosen among the many things happening in Abu Dhabi.
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.
Explore the Al Forsan Sports Resort: the list of activities there is pretty much endless. From archery (which we tried), to shooting, from go-karting and racing to paintballing, this massive sport centre has a lot to offer for hours of fun.
6 PM – The New York University Abu Dhabi hosts the lecture Fine Art: Why Care? Saving a Van Gogh. Through the story of a Van Gogh rescue, this talk charts the process and challenges in the high-stakes work of art conservation. And if you don’t fancy going alone, you can join this Meetup group which is going to attend.
6 PM – Circus entertainment at Dalma Mall: one of the largest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi (sometimes overlooked because kind-of out of the tourist route but one of our personal favourites because of all its interesting shops and restaurants) promises an evening of fun with acrobats, jugglers, clowns and more.
8 PM – The India Social and Cultural Centre organises an evening of music by the theme: Golden 60’s – Melodies from Hindi and Malayam Movies.
8 PM – The Abu Dhabi Cocktail Club is heading to Entrecote at the Cafe de Paris.
8 PM – The Abu Dhabi Ladies group is planning a fun evening at the Montecarlo Beach Club.
9 PM – eleMental night “90s Edition” at Pearls and Caviar, inside the Shangri-La Hotel. Free drinks for best dressed in 90’s style!
12:30 PM – This week our choice is the Bubbalicious Brunch at the Westin Abu Dhabi: great food and lovely location.
12 PM – Beach Tennis UAE organises an afternoon of smack-down fun on Saadiyat Public Beach. There are 3 events that anyone can join: men doubles, mixed doubles, and junior doubles. People and players can sign in on the day of the tournament: sign in is from 12pm to 2pm and games start at 2:30. Players can use the courts to warm up during the sign-in period, and you can sign in any time before the start of the tournament. There will be prizes and vouchers to be given by sponsors Abu Dhabi mall, Montecarlo beach club, St regis hotel and more. More info and contacts here.
1 PM – The Blue Marlin Ibiza celebrates its 2nd anniversary with an afternoon of music and entertainment.
2 PM – The Weekend Ladies are going paintballing at the Al Forsan Sport Resort.
From 3 PM – The Clubhouse Sports Bar and Cafe is showing premier sport games live on their screens. Matches of the day are:
EPL West Ham v Tottenham Hotspur 3.00pm
EPL Man United v Sunderland 6.00pm
Rugby Pro 12 Edinburgh v Munster 8.00pm
EPL Everton v Man City 8.30pm
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4 PM – The UAE Parkour group is planning to meet for their weekly jam.
5:15 PM – Panel discussion at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair organised by the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi: the evolution of writing and reading in the digital age will be discussed with a panel of guests, including best-selling author – and Sorbonne Abu Dhabi alumnus – Andrea Hirata.
7 PM – Global social network Internations organises a night out at Lemon Tree, inside the Holiday Inn Hotel: tapas, sangria, flamenco dance and the chance to meet a lot of new friends.
7:30 PM -The Black Culture Experience group is meeting for their BCE Movie Club.
10 PM – “Exotic Friday” at Zenith nightclub, inside the Sheraton Corniche hotel, with Dj Double U and Dj Ali X.
8 AM – The Abu Dhabi Ladies group is going kayaking in the mangroves.
1 PM – The Abu Dhabi Table Tennis group is meeting for an afternoon of fun at Zayed Sports City.
4:30 PM – The Raw Yoga Abu Dhabi group is watching the sunset whilst doing stand-up paddleboard yoga.
7 PM – The Abu Dhabi Art Initiative group is going to the opening night of the Scandinavian Art Month, organised by Art Hub.
7 PM – As every first Saturday of the month, it is time for new talent to showcase their tunes at the Open Mic night at B-Lounge, inside the Sheraton Hotel on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is open until the 5th of May at ADNEC. Authors taking part include Turkish journalist and writer Ece Temelkuran (interview here), Berlin-based slam poet Frank Klotgen (interview here), and Abu Dhabi-based writer Seumas Gallagher (interview here).
Where: Meena Mall, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi
Opening Hours: Sat 9am-11pm, Sun-Wed 9am-1pm, 4.30pm-10.30 pm;
Thu 9am-1pm, 4.30pm-11 pm; Fri 4.30pm-11pm
Tel. No. +971 2 673-3999, Fax No.+971 2 673-3222
This bookstore, known to some as United Bookstores and to others as Jarir bookstore, is an Aladdin’s cave for all bookworms out there, and for the crafty ones, the pinterest-addicts, the artists, the DYI gifters and all those who might need stationery for all sort of purposes. The store also offers a good selection of electronic items and accessories.
This spacious shop has it all: books on all subjects you can think of – from cookery to international politics and architecture, both in English and Arabic, and all sorts of stationery for the office and arts and crafts supplies: you can even buy canvases and an easel for your next masterpiece, or ‘colour the dots’ books for your first steps into the world of art.
I personally love to go there to browse their sales tables (sometimes they sell books for just a few AED, and my amazing bread machine recipe book came from there) and to look for pretty wrapping paper.
The truth is that I am a sucker for anything stationery-related, and I could spend hours browsing pens and cute notepads, hence W always has a hard time dragging me away from here!