Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Your essential guide to things to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain 

Find out what is happening in the capital and Al Ain, from concerts and performances to classes, film screenings, fitness and family events

The Founders Memorial offers a multimedia experience that enables visitors to learn about Sheikh Zayed, the Founding President of the UAE, through art, nature, words and stories. Open 9am to 10pm daily, free, 18th Street and Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.thefoundersmemorial.ae. Antonie Robertson / The National
The Founders Memorial offers a multimedia experience that enables visitors to learn about Sheikh Zayed, the Founding President of the UAE, through art, nature, words and stories. Open 9am to 10pm daily, free, 18th Street and Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.thefoundersmemorial.ae. Antonie Robertson / The National

Consult our comprehensive guide to find out what is happening in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the coming weeks: this includes concerts, art exhibitions, talks and workshops, fitness, family events and more.

Bookmark this list as it will be updated daily with all of the latest things to do in the UAE's capital.

Also, here is our definitive list of things to do in Dubai.


Fifa Club World Cup 2018

Until Saturday, December 22

Courtesy FIFA 
Courtesy FIFA

Book tickets now for the Fifa Club World Cup 2018, which takes place in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain and will feature top club champions including host team Al Ain FC, Real Madrid, CD Guadelajara, Esperance de Tunis, Kashima Antlers, River Plate and Team Wellington FC.

Various timings, from Dh25, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi; Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, www.fifa.com/cwc/tickets

Yas Marina Festive Candy Land

Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22

Yas Marina hosts the Festive Candy Land, a festive world decorated in sparkling style and featuring seasonal festivities, including gingerbread decorating, ornament crafting, candy-themed game stalls, live performances and entertainment, as well as a candy-themed soft-play area for little ones. Plus, children can write to Santa and even meet him, daily from 2pm to 6pm.

1pm to 7pm, from Dh30 for children older than 2; free entrance with receipt from any Yas Marina dining venue of equal value to entry ticket, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarina.ae

Winter Wonderland at Al Maryah Island

Until Wednesday, December 26

Courtesy Al Maryah Island
Courtesy Al Maryah Island

Visit the annual Winter Wonderland on Al Maryah Island, with Santa’s grotto open in The Galleria from December 6 until Christmas Eve, and an array of activities for families from December 13, including roaming performances and live stage shows. The promenade will feature festive, cosy winter cottages covered in snowflakes, where children can take part in activities, as well as a sliding slope park, a snow zone, an immersive snow globe, train rides and more. There will also be festive food and beverage offerings, arts and crafts, carnival games, a custom photo booth, LED sculptures and more.

4pm to 10pm daily, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, www.almaryahisland.ae

Cinema Under the Stars at Yas Waterworld

Until Friday, December 28

Yas Waterworld hosts Cinema Under the Stars, an open-air waterpark theatre, where families can enjoy watching favourite films while relaxing in beach chairs or on inflatable tubes at the Amwaj Wave Pool. There will be waterpark character meet-and-greets, photo ops, food and beverage offerings and more.

From 6pm, Fridays until November 30; Thursdays and Fridays until December 28, from Dh55 from 6pm for movie screenings only; from Dh125 for sundowner tickets from 4pm; from Dh250 for single day tickets, Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 600 511115, www.yaswaterworld.com

Family events at A’l Bahar on the Corniche

Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22; Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29

Courtesy A'l Bahar
Courtesy A'l Bahar

Visit A’l Bahar on the Corniche for a variety of family-friendly events this month. On December 7 and 8, check out the Bossaball game, which takes place in an inflatable court with trampolines on each side and combines elements of volleyball, football and gymnastics along with energetic music. Watch games or join in the fun of the interactive workshops. On December 21-22 and December 28-29, test your courage on the 15-metre-high slide on the beach. And there will be a DJ spinning tunes every weekend.

10am to 6pm, free entry, A’l Bahar on the Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.al-bahar.ae

Hala Bil Weekend

Fridays and Saturdays until December 29

Courtesy Cascade Dining 
Courtesy Cascade Dining

Cascade Dining introduces its Hala Bil Weekend with an array of food-themed entertainment and activities for the whole family, including cooking classes, foodie games, dancing chefs, workshops and more. The dining area is located between Yas Mall and Ferrari World, and has 19 restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world, with al fresco terraces and views of the musical fountain.

2pm to 8pm, from Dh20 per child or free when Dh20 is spent at any Cascade Dining restaurant, Cascade Dining, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, cascadedining.ae

Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Thursday, December 27 to Saturday, December 29

Get tickets to the 10th Mubadala World Tennis Championship, featuring top international players including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson, Hyeon Chung, Karen Kachanov and Venus Williams. Plus, enjoy the Tennis Village, coaching clinics, autograph sessions and more.

From noon daily, from Dh100 on Thursday; from Dh150 on Friday; from Dh200 on Saturday; ticket packages available, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae

Ripe Market at Umm Al Emarat Park

Saturdays, ongoing

Courtesy Ripe Market 
Courtesy Ripe Market

Visit Ripe Market to stock up on seasonal organic produce grown locally, as well as a variety of superfoods, juices, honey, eggs and essential pantry items. There are more than 100 vendors selling gift items such as jewellery and clothing, plus food trucks, live music and entertainment, fitness classes, yoga, children’s activities, workshops and more.

3pm to 9pm, from Dh5 for park entrance, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, www.ripeme.com

Winterfest at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Until Saturday, January 5

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi hosts Winterfest, featuring live performances, a winter village, an ice-skating show Fairytales on Ice, and entertainment including an illusion show by Cinema Maranello. Plus, see Bjorn the animatronic polar bear, acrobats, dancers and elves, and much more.

11am to 8pm, December 14-20; 10am to 10pm, December 21-30; 10am to 8pm, December 31; 10am to 9pm, January 1-5, from Dh295, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Let’s Celebrate at Nation Towers

Until Tuesday, January 15

Courtesy Nation Towers 
Courtesy Nation Towers

Nation Towers hosts the Let’s Celebrate season with a variety of experiences the whole family will enjoy. The World of Illusions runs until December 8 and features a gallery of interactive fun with an anti-gravity room, head on a platter and impossible chair illusions. On UAE National Day weekend, November 30 to December 3, see an array of heritage activities, a mascot parade, a coin collection and a large-scale UAE flag themed Post-It installation. Frozen Moments from December 13 to January 15 features a winter wonderland with a maze, a Megalodon shark illusion, winter photo booth and more. Enter the shop-and-win draw for the chance to win the grand prize, an air-tickets package from Etihad Holidays.

10am to midnight, free entry, Nation Towers, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/NationGalleria

The Laughter Factory

Wednesday, January 16

Courtesy The Laughter Factory
Courtesy The Laughter Factory

Start 2019 off with some fun at the New Year’s Dissolution Tour by The Laughter Factory, featuring top international comedians such as Canadian storyteller Tom Stade, Scottish observational up-and-comer Larry Dean, and British former journalist JoJo Smith (pictured), whose set is known to be outrageous.

8pm, from Dh160, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi, www.thelaughterfactory.com

Joyce DiDonato - In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

Thursday, January 24

Courtesy Abu Dhabi Festival 
Courtesy Abu Dhabi Festival

Book tickets to see In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music presented by Grammy- and Tony-Award winner and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who will perform with the Pomo d’Oro Orchestra with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. The performance, a pre-festival event as part of Abu Dhabi Festival, combines some of the most powerful works by Handel and Purcell.

8pm, from Dh175, auditorium, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.800tickets.com

Remote Abu Dhabi

Friday, January 11; Friday, January 18; Friday, January 25

Courtesy NYUAD 
Courtesy NYUAD

The project Remote X addresses the idea of artificial intelligence in the cities of the future. A computer-generated voice guides participants with headphones on a walking tour through a sequence of selected indoor and outdoor locations in the city. Participants will see familiar and unfamiliar sites come to life as if they emerged in the set of a film.

5pm, ages 12+; participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult, meet at the Landmark Tower on the Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org

Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival

Until Saturday, January 26

Local Emiratis showing how to design a fabric at Abu Dhabi Culture and Tourism pavilion at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival. Leslie Pableo for The National
Leslie Pableo for The National

The event brings the legacy of Founding Father Sheikh Zayed to life through immersive and interactive performances, heritage activities and presentations, a children’s village, pavilions of regional countries, exhibitions and food stalls with a range of international cuisines.

4pm to 11pm daily, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, 800 555, www.zayedfestival.com


Royal Bisht workshops at Qasr Al Muwaiji

Tuesday, December 18

Qasr Al Muwaiji hosts the Royal Bisht workshops, to explore the robes hand-tailored for Emirati rulers that are adorned with various patterns of gold and silver thread. Participants can try their hand at sewing and admire a collection of bishts on display.

4pm to 6pm on December 4; 11am to 1pm on December 18, free, Qasr Al Muwaiji, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae

Archaeological Excavation at Qasr Al Muwaiji

Wednesdays until December 26

Take part in a simulated archaeological excavation at Qasr Al Muwaiji, the birthplace of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. Emirati archaeologists from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi will guide participants through a workshop on how to work on a dig site at the workshop.

From 10am to noon, free, Qasr Al Muwaiji, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae


Ongoing until Tuesday, April 16

Courtesy DCT 
Courtesy DCT

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi presents the Herfaty (My Craft) programme as part of the Traditional Handicrafts Festival. The programme features several workshops that highlight the traditional crafts of Sadu, which is weaving camel and goat hair as well as sheep wool; potter; Tali embroidery using colourful threads; ropes made from palm tree fibres; and Burqa, which is the face covering worn by women.

Free, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain, 03 711 8388, www.dctabudhabi.ae


Bareburger festive roasted turkey burger

December, ongoing

Courtesy Bareburger 
Courtesy Bareburger

Bareburger is spreading Christmas cheer with the limited-edition festive Christmas Dinner in a Bun. It is filled with stuffed roasted turkey, Portobello mushroom, beef bacon, caramelised onion, pickles and mustard. With a side and a drink, the organic meal comes to Dh58.

From Dh58, Bareburger locations across the UAE, www.bareburger.com/uae


Open daily

Courtesy Sanderson's
Courtesy Sanderson's

Visit Sanderson’s cafe, which offers sustainable, wholesome food that is said to boost your mood. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sanderson’s uses good quality, seasonal ingredients cooked from scratch daily, to create dishes including the pineapple smoothie bowl, beef burger with a twist, and the veggie rice paper wrap with tamarind.

Open 8am to 10pm, The Walk at Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andalus, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/wearesandersons

Wagamama opens in Abu Dhabi Mall

Open daily

Courtesy Wagamama
Courtesy Wagamama

The popular eatery Wagamama opens its eighth UAE location and first in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi Mall, and with it, debuts its plant-based vegan menu with items such as kare burosu ramen, yasai yakisoba and yasai itame. The brand’s “positive eating + positive living” philosophy is evident in its menu, which features freshly cooked-to-order Japanese-inspired food with signature dishes including chili squid, chicken katsu curry and Wagamama ramen.

8am to midnight, Wagamama, Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi, www.wagamama.ae


Gentlemen’s Tuesday at Anantara Spa

Tuesdays, ongoing

Courtesy Anantara Spa
Courtesy Anantara Spa

Gentlemen’s Tuesday at Anantara Spa means the men get treated to a free 60-minute massage when booking any of the 60- or 90-minute Hammam rituals. The 60-minute Moroccan inspired Hammam uses black soap with mint and eucalyptus, a body scrub, clay mask with botanicals and a mint-tea body wash with Argan oil. The 90- minute signature Hammam combines traditional elements and locally sourced fresh ingredients including camel’s milk, zaatar, Arabian coffee, saffron body oil and dates from Ras Al Khaimah.

10am to 5pm, from Dh660, Anantara Spa, Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi, 02 656 1000, easternmangroves_spa@anantara.com

Pet Health Club at German Veterinary Clinic

Daily, ongoing

German Veterinary Clinic presents the Pet Health Club, which offers premium pet care for less. With an annual membership of Dh350 per household, families can enjoy discounts on annual vaccines, microchipping, de-worming treatments, neutering, dental care, grooming, boarding, food and merchandise and more.

From Dh350, German Veterinary Clinic, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, germanvet.ae


Creative writing talk

Wednesday, December 12

Costa Coffee is hosting a talk ahead of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, featuring children’s author Noura Al Khoori, author of The Golden Dates, who will give budding writers tips on generating award-winning ideas as well as tips on how to write a children’s novel.

6.30pm, Costa Coffee, Aryam Tower, Abu Dhabi, 02 672 9059

Bodytree Classes at Saadiyat Beach Club

Daily, ongoing

Bodytree Studio presents a variety of classes at Saadiyat Beach Club daily, including Xtend Barre, yoga, adult ballet and more. Join any morning adult Bodytree class at Saadiyat Beach Club from Sundays to Thursdays and get a free day pass for the club as well as 25 per cent off food and beverages.

Classes from 8am to 8.30pm, Bodytree Studio, Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

Drums by Kharsha

Saturdays and Sundays, ongoing

Sign up to take part in Drums by Kharsha, a series of workshops that focus on the popular Taiko Japanese drums. Kharsha is a group of Emirati and Japanese drummers, who teach drumming techniques from both cultures in a fun and interactive environment.

2pm to 3pm on Saturdays for children aged 7 and older; 6.30pm on Sundays for adults aged 20 and older, from Dh100, theatre, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 657 5937, www.manaratalsaadiyat.ae

Parkour workshops

Sundays and Tuesdays, ongoing

Learn the basics of parkour, the urban fitness activity that gets you from point A to point B using obstacles to optimise efficiency. The practice strengthens the body and increases focus as it involves seeing the environment in a new way and navigating over its features.

4.30pm to 6pm for children; 7.30pm to 8.30pm for adults, Sundays and Tuesdays, from Dh130 per class, Gallery M, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 657 5937, www.manaratalsaadiyat.ae


Art workshops

Until Monday, December 31

Courtesy Qasr Al Muwaiji
Courtesy Qasr Al Muwaiji

Children aged 10 to 18 can take part in a series of educational workshops at Qasr Al Muwaiji, as part of Al Ain’s ongoing Cultural Programme. The sessions give youngsters the opportunity to explore the country’s heritage and traditions. Activities include painting coffee cups and ancient craftsmanship techniques using palm tree fronds. The building’s story is also told to those enrolled into sessions.

8am to 1pm, free with registration, Qasr Al Muwaiji; Al Ain National Museum; Al Ain Palace Museum; Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, register at reservations@qasralmuwaiji.ae

Al Qattara Arts Workshops

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy DCT 
Courtesy DCT

Al Qattara Arts Centre hosts monthly art workshops and courses for adults and youth taught by the artists at the centre. Learn the basics of technical skills painting, calligraphy, mosaic, photography, sculpture, 3D drawing and traditional handicrafts, as well as piano and oud. Classes have two morning and evening sessions and will continue through Ramadan, except for the music classes. Contact the centre prior to the start of each month for specific class timings and registration details.

Various timings from 10am to 8pm, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, register at 03 711 8225, qac@dctabudhabi.ae


Adidas Runners Abu Dhabi Club

Fridays, ongoing

Courtesy Adidas Running Club 
Courtesy Adidas Running Club

Join the Adidas Runners Abu Dhabi Club and take part in the inaugural run on Yas Island. Runners of all levels are encouraged to attend the weekly training run, which features two distance options of 5 kilometres and 10 kilometres, and will be led by Lee Ryan of Adidas Runners, along with additional coaches for support and encouragement. Cheering spectators are also welcome to attend.

Arrive at least 10 minutes before the 6am start for the briefing, ages 18+, meeting point is the car park of Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.mena.adidas.com/adidasrunners


Sundays, ongoing

Start your week with a walk, jog, run or ride around the 5.55km Yas Marina Circuit at StartYas, a community health initiative presented by Daman ActiveLife. Families and friends can enjoy the cooler weather and stay or get fit this winter. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com


Mondays, ongoing

TrainZSC is a vertical training event where you can run the steps of the International tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City in a motivating atmosphere. Plus, take part in the weekly express fitness classes with various exercises including functional core, shape, boxfit and tabata. There will also be a supervised kids’ area, and free BMI screenings.

5pm to 8pm, free with registration, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, www.trainzsc.com


Tuesdays, ongoing

Cyclists participate in the weekly Train Yas event.
Train Yas

TrainYas presented by Daman ActiveLife is a weekly event that lets you get fit or stay fit this winter with a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55km track. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Swimming sessions

Saturdays, ongoing

Daman ActiveLife presents iSwim, which offers access to swimming facilities. The casual environment lets participants both train and improve swimming skills. Swimmers of all abilities and ages are invited, but lessons are not given. There are also open-water swims in the sea at Al Bahar on the Corniche on Saturdays from 7.30am to 8.30am.

Saturdays, 8.30am to 9.30am and 9.30am to 10.30am, free, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, link to register at www.facebook.com/iswimsaturdaynyuad

GoYas for women only

Wednesdays, ongoing

Women will enjoy a walk, run or bike ride around Yas Marina Circuit as part of the women-only fitness event GoYas, presented by Daman ActiveLife. The circuit is shortened to 3km and the event is staffed by women to protect the privacy of participants. Bicycles are available for rent and to borrow.

6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Community run/walk event

Saturdays, ongoing

iTrain Saturdays is a free community run-walk event presented by Daman ActiveLife. The informal fitness initiative has moved indoors to Yas Mall for the hotter summer season and features 1km, 3km and 5km distances. The event is not a race, but finishing times are recorded.

8am, free, VIP entrance, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/itrainabudhabi


British Orchard Nursery winter camp

Sunday, December 16 to Thursday, January 3

British Orchard Nursery hosts a winter camp at all of its locations for children aged 1 to 4, where they will learn the language of poetry trough drama, games and play. The camp is based on popular rhyming stories by author Julia Donaldson and features activities that help children explore the beauty of rhyming word as they learn to use them creatively. Each week, the children will be introduced to strange, funny creatures and wild animals while they learn new words and place them in a rhythmic manner.

9am to 2pm for half day; 7am to 6pm for full day, from Dh650 per week, all branches of British Orchard Nursery in the UAE, 800 773 724665, www.britishorchardnursery.com

French Winter Camp with Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi

Sunday, December 16 to Thursday, December 20; Sunday, December 23 to Thursday, December 27; Sunday, December 30 to Thursday, January 3

Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi hosts a winter camp for children aged 5 to 10 and who are native French speakers or wish to improve their French. The programme takes them on a journey of Christmas traditions from around the world, including Lapland, Russia and Africa. They will discover customs of the holidays through sports, cinema, arts and crafts, a cooking workshop and more.

9am to 2pm, from Dh719 per week for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh799 per week for non-members, Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 02 612 2900, info@afabudhabi.org


Abu Dhabi Golf Club leisure membership

Until Monday, December 31

Abu Dhabi Golf Club presents its leisure membership from Dh595 per month, until the end of the year. Get weekday access to the driving range and preferred rates for green fees, as well as access to the Troon Fit Health & Leisure Club, with a mixed gymnasium and squash courts, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, plus state-of-the-art outdoor swimming pools, discounts on food and beverage, and more.

From Dh595 per month, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, www.adgolfclub.com

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Friends & Family offer

Until Monday, December 31

Courtesy Yas Island 
Courtesy Yas Island

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi brings back the special Friends and Family offer, giving UAE residents the chance to experience the indoor theme park at up to 25 per cent off when visiting as a group of four guests. The park offers a mix of rides and attractions for all ages, as well as a variety of Italian delicacies and shopping experiences. Free entry for one nanny per family.

11am to 8pm, from Dh885, Emirates ID is required, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 496 8000, www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Manga Lab

Until January 5

Visit the Manga Lab at Louvre Abu Dhabi, which runs alongside the museum’s exhibition Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Decor. Enjoy reading zones stocked with Manga books and comics, creative areas, arcade games, Manga-inspired artworks by local artists and an expression wall where visitors can draw or write their thoughts. There will also be creative workshops led by local Manga artists. It is included as part of the regular museum entrance fee.

10am to 8pm, Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh63, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 600 56 55 66, www.louvreabudhabi.ae

Farmers Market in Deerfields Mall

Fridays and Saturdays until March 30

Visit the Farmers Market at Deerfields Mall, which runs every Friday and Saturday, and features local growers selling quality local produce. The event encourages healthy living and bringing family together for a fun-filled event. There will also be the Marhaba Market offering traditional products.

From 4pm, Garden Area, Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, www.facebook.com/DeerfieldsMall

Ladies Night at Bounce

Wednesdays, ongoing

Bounce Abu Dhabi is hosting Ladies Night, which features a high-octane evening of trampolining, shooting hoops, flipping into an airbag, playing dodgeball or freestyling in the new X-Park Ninja Warrior course. The venue is covered with blackout curtains to ensure privacy, and no boys or men are allowed.

6.30pm to 10.30pm, from Dh105 per hour includes X-Park, Bounce Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall, www.bounce.ae

Heritage Village

Daily, ongoing

ABU DHABI - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - 08MAY2017 - Amer Eid Ahmed who demonstrates his carpet weaving skills to tourist at Emirates Heritage village at the breakwaters in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National (Standalone for News) *** Local Caption *** RK0805-WEAVING05.jpg
Ravindranath K / The National

Visit the Heritage Village, a reconstructed oasis village run by the Emirates Heritage Club. Experience traditional aspects of desert life through exhibitions and demonstrations, including metal work and pottery, spinning and weaving and more. There is also a shop, where you can buy items such as spices, herbs and handmade soaps.

9am to 4pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 3.30pm to 9pm on Fridays, Heritage Village, near Marina Mall, Corniche Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, 02 681 4455, www.visitabudhabi.ae

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Tuesdays to Sundays, ongoing

From One Louvre to Another at the Louvre Abu Dhabi is open from December 21st to April 7, 2018. Christopher Pike / The National
Christopher Pike / The National

Visit Louvre Abu Dhabi and enjoy a universal museum that focuses on what unites humanity, through the stories of cultures and civilisations around the world and throughout history. The galleries are presented in chronological order and four temporary exhibitions are presented annually.

10am to 8pm, Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh63, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 600 56 55 66, www.louvreabudhabi.ae

Xtreme Zone

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Xtreme Zone 
Courtesy Xtreme Zone

Visit Xtreme Zone, the outdoor trampoline park at Deerfields Mall, with a zip line, three-storey adventure rope course, rodeo ride and ninja course, where visitors can choose their own level of thrill from a variety of courses. Children and adults can take part in physical activities that test and improve focus, balance and strength.

From 3pm to midnight, from Dh15 per play, Xtreme Zone, Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, Abu Dhabi, 02 678 7741, www.facebook.com/DeerfieldsMall

Marina Eye

Daily, ongoing

Visit the Marina Eye on the Corniche Breakwater for an exciting new perspective of the capital. The ferris wheel has 42 capsules, including a number of luxury VIP capsules, for an unparalleled view of the Corniche and the Marina Mall area.

11am to 11pm, Sunday to Wednesday; 11am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh50 for adults; from Dh30 for children younger than 12, Marina Eye, Corniche Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, www.visitabudhabi.ae

Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

Daily, ongoing

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 24, 2018. The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure at Bedrock land in Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. Almost 15,000 tickets for Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi have been sold ahead of opening to the public on Wednesday. (Photo by Reem Mohammed/The National) Reporter: Section: NA + AL
Reem Mohammed / The National

Visit the newly opened Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi and immerse yourself in a variety of themed lands featuring popular characters from cartoons and films including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Batman and Superman. The indoor amusement park has something for everyone with 29 rides, interactive attractions, live entertainment, restaurants and retail stores.

10am to 9pm, from Dh295, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.wbworldabudhabi.com

Photography studio at Manarat Al Saadiyat

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Manarat Al Saadiyat 
Courtesy Manarat Al Saadiyat

Manarat Al Saadiyat has launched a photography studio for enthusiasts, professionals and artists to improve their skills, learn new techniques and develop their talent. A calendar of activities includes masterclasses by established photographers on topics such as studio lighting, snapping with smartphones, still-life, black and white and food photography, photo editing and videography. There will also be workshops, public talks, expeditions, portfolio review sessions and exhibitions.

Daily, 9am to 9pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.manaratalsaadiyat.ae

Cinesplash at Yas Waterworld

Daily, ongoing

Yas Waterworld presents Cinesplash, the region’s first-ever water cinema featuring a 5D adventure. Join Dana and her friends on a quest to uncover the Legend of the Lost Pearl in a cinematic, immersive adventure that includes cutting-edge water effects including waterfalls, moving seats, water explosions and the cinema flooding up to your knees.

From Dh30 in addition to regular entrance to the park from Dh250, Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com


Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Fabyland 
Courtesy Fabyland

Visit Fabyland family entertainment park for an array of attractions and amusements for children ages 3 and older. The venue features 15 major rides, a MyTown area for kids to play and learn and more than 100 game machines, as well as a giant trampoline.

10am to 1am, from Dh125, Fabyland, Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi, fabyland.ae/uae

Hands-on art

Daily, ongoing

Visit the new art studio at Manarat Al Saadiyat, which features hands-on arts education programmes, art classes, drop-in sessions, workshops and more for all ages. The drop-in studio is designed for visitors to experiment with a specific, easy-to-follow art activity and create at their own pace for up to two hours, with assistance from instructors.

Daily, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 10am to 8pm, Fridays and Saturdays, drop-in sessions from Dh50 for two hours for adults and teenagers; from Dh30 for children; workshops from Dh100 for adults and teenagers; from Dh50 for children, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5929, manaratalsaadiyat.ae

X-Park at Bounce

Daily, ongoing

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 2, 2018: A visitor at the launch of the new X-Park course at Bounce. Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at Bounce, Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Chris Whiteoak / The National

Visit the newly opened X-Park at Bounce Abu Dhabi in Marina Mall. The adventure course features 13 obstacles and is designed to be challenging to everyone from first-timers to experts. Each element can be explored as a stand-alone challenge or navigated as part of a circuit.

Daily, 10am to 10 pm, Bounce Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall, 04 321 1400, www.bounce.ae


Handicrafts Workshops

Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Try your hand at Emirati handicrafts at Al Jahili Fort. TCA Abu Dhabi
Courtesy DCT

Take part in a series of weekly workshops at Al Ain Palace Museum that explore the history and heritage of traditional Emirati handicrafts, including Telli embroidery, which uses gold, silver and brightly coloured strings; Khoos palm-leaf weaving for decorations and household items; and Sadu weaving, which is used to create shelters and tents.

9am to noon, free, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae


Ways of Seeing

Until Saturday, January 5

Making of 'The Last Photo of the Titanic Afloat' by Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger. Courtesy NYU Abu Dhabi 
Making of The Last Photo of the Titanic Afloat by Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger. Courtesy NYU Abu Dhabi

Ways of Seeing is a group exhibition based on John Berger’s 1972 series and book of the same name, which shifted the emphasis of art criticism from professional art experts to the layperson. Similarly, the exhibition invites the viewer to engage with the artwork and explore how artists assign new meanings to familiar concepts.

Noon to 8pm, Mondays to Saturdays, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyu-artgallery.org

My Quest for Zayed

Until Thursday, January 17

Visit the exhibition My Quest for Zayed as part of the Manarat Al Saadiyat Collectors Programme, which aims to discover and promote artists from the community who are dedicated collectors across multiple genres. The exhibition features artist Mohammed Al Jneibi, who presents his personal collection of old and rare Arabic magazines and newspapers containing images of Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father.

9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800, www.manaratalsaadiyat.ae

Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

Until Saturday, February 16

Louvre Abu Dhabi presents Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia, which explores the story of the Arabian Peninsula from antiquity to modern times through archaeological masterpieces and important Islamic art from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Discover early trade routes across deserts and coastlines that brought new life to the region from the 7th century, and the developments of the 20th century that bind tradition with modernity. A daily tour is available at 3pm from Dh52.50.

10am to 8pm, Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh63, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 600 56 55 66, www.louvreabudhabi.ae


Emirati Traditional Games

Until Monday, July 1

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi presents the second edition of the Emirati Traditional Games exhibition, which celebrates the cultural games and overall heritage of the UAE. Artworks displayed are inspired by the games Emirati children created in the past, including Al Sagala, Al Gaheef, Um Al Iyal, Khoosa Boosa and Adim Al Sira. Emirati artists participating include Afra Al Dhaheri, Abdalla Al Mulla, Salama Nasib, Eman Al Hashemi and Aya Riad.

8am to 8pm, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, www.abudhabievents.ae