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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Your weekend hit list: Ride the wave of a new cafe, cruise the mangroves, and more

Stuck for plans for the next few days? We have a few UAE suggestions for you

Surf Cafe is now open at The Mall at the World Trade Centre in Abu Dhabi. Surf Cafe
Surf Cafe is now open at The Mall at the World Trade Centre in Abu Dhabi. Surf Cafe

Surf Cafe rides into Abu Dhabi

Popular Dubai casual dining haunt The Surf Cafe has opened a branch at The Mall in World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi, and although it has not been widely publicised, it is an exciting new addition to the capital’s vibrant dining scene. Renowned for offering healthy, nutritious breakfast options, and fresh seafood along with salads, burgers and wraps, The Surf Cafe is a relaxed way to get your weekend off to a great start. For more on the new location, go to www.thesurfcafeuae.com

Sail through the mangroves

The Eco Donut boat rides are ideal for the cooler weather and all ages. Melinda Healy
The Eco Donut boat rides at Abu Dhabi's Eastern Mangroves are ideal for the cooler weather and all ages. Melinda Healy

It’s finally cooling down, and that means getting outdoors. If you’re looking for something to do that’s a little bit different this weekend we suggest heading down to the Eastern Mangroves Promenade and jumping on board one of the Eco Donut boats. With you or a friend at the wheel you can meander through the Abu Dhabi mangroves, with prices starting from Dh200 for 30 minutes or Dh300 for an hour. For more, go to www.ecodonutboats.com

Outdoor fun in Dubai

There is plenty of entertainment on the weekends at the Al Seef Creek Festival until December. Meeras
There is plenty of entertainment on the weekends at the Al Seef Creek Festival until December. Meeras

BoxPark and Al Seef are just two of places to be in Dubai at the weekend over the coming weeks and months, as the summer heat dissipates. “I’m Loving Street Art” at BoxPark is welcoming art and music enthusiasts from 6pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturday with live graffiti sessions among the fun on offer. Meanwhile at Al Seef a carnival-like festival is the ideal night out for the family. There’s a petting zoo, a variety of entertainment and plenty of fun guaranteed.

Check out the new Rixos Saadiyat

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The lobby of the new Rixos Saadiyat sets the scene for a high-end leisure experience. Rixos Saadiyat Island

There’s a new hotel on the Saadiyat block that’s worth checking out if you’re out that way this weekend. Rixos Saadiyat Island opened last week and overlooks a sprawling private beach. The 378-room hotel has an Ottoman feel about it, and has 10 restaurants and bars. It also has its own water park with a wave pool, a luxurious spa with a Turkish vibe, plus a gym and kids’ club.

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