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The ultimate things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend


There’s never been a better time to get out there and experience the capital and beyond – Let’s do it!

Abu Dhabi is brimming with things to do and Team Yalla has rounded up the best that the capital has to offer…We’ve even thrown in a few things to do for the beginning of next week. And once you have exhausted all your energy, sit back and read the very latest edition of Yalla – Abu Dhabi Life.

Eat Out

Too many choices, not enough time… Worry not! Team Yalla rounds up the best places to dine across Abu Dhabi

Photos: Seafood Market – Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Hickory’s Bubbly Brunch – Yas Links, Picnic on the grass – Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Sacci, Coya

Pizza Onus

Get a slice of this. Pizza Mondays look great. That`s right- Sacci is offering `Buy 1 Get 1 Pizza` on Mondays. The traditionally made dough is painstakingly prepared by Chef Stefano 48 hours in advance and baked in a wood oven resulting in a deliciously airy crust.

Sacci, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa. Mondays 5 – 11pm. Prices of all packages: To book  and find out more, call  02 616 9999

The taste of the sea

Love seafood? Then don’t miss the Friday Seafood Market on the Falcon Terrace at Café 28, Abu Dhabi Golf Club. For AED 185, tuck into the catch of the day, including fresh fish, lobsters, crabs, mussels. Splash out an extra AED 145 you’ll get unlimited house drinks for two hours. AED 85 for kids aged five -12.

For reservations call 056 536 2230 or email events.adgc@aldargolf.com

Peruvian favourites at COYA

A Friday affair filled with Peruvian delights in the most extraordinary surrounds with superb views to boot!  Tuck into Costillas de Res, Pollo a la Parrilla, Arroz Nikkei, and Quinua con Calabaza and more. Packages: AED 278 with mocktails, soft drinks and juices. AED 398 with house beverages; AED 498 for a premium package.

Every Friday from 12.30pm – 4pm. To book a table, call 02 306 7000.

Tee off at Hickory’s

Heading to Yas Links is one thing, but going there for Thursday evening brunch is quite another, especially when its Hickory’s famed Bubbly Brunch. So put your clubs away and tuck into an early evening three-course set menu. Packages: AED 89 with food only; AED 199 inclusive of two-hours of brunch and house beverages; AED 399 for three hours of brunch with free-flowing house beverages.

Every Thursday 5pm – 8pm. For reservations call 02 404 3000 or email events.ylad@aldargolf.com

Steak Saturday

Hickory’s juicy menu is serving up USA certified tenderloin, rib eye or sirloin steak, all cooked to perfection of course. Accompanied with the choice of two sides, served with your favourite sauce, and complimented by a glass of selected grapes for just AED 159. Every Saturday 6pm – 10pm

For reservations or more information, call 056 660 8780 or email events.sbgc@aldargolf.com

Seafood Shack at Afyä Beach Lounge

Enjoy your cooled down weekend in the spacious outdoors of Afyä Beach Lounge with a vast array of fresh local fish infused with aromatic spices and delicious signature flavours from regions such as Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt and the UAE. Starting from AED141 per adult (food only), and AED 71 per child

Afyä Beach Lounge – Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri. For restaurant bookings, call 02 509 8555 or email restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com

This is grape

Head to Pearl Rotana, starting 15 November: Tandoori flames…wine not? Choice four tandoori tapas with free-flowing wines, unlimited for two hours (AED 165 daily). The Warehouse Ladies’ Night Saturday special and get 50 per cent off the total beverage bill. Cheese and Wine – Wine not? Indulge in free-flowing selected wines paired with a variety of cheese and cold cuts (AED 140 daily).

The Warehouse Wine & Tapas Bar, Pearl Rotana Capital Centre – Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, near ADNEC. For more information on each event and for Reservations call 02-3075552 or e-mail: warehouse.pearl@rotana.com

Picnic on the grass

Receive a blanket on arrival along with a gourmet picnic basket packed with a delectable selection of sandwiches, cold cuts, fruits, sweet treats, ice cold drinks and much more for those peckish moments on the green. Mouth-watering live BBQ station will enhance this family experience. Each basket is perfect up to four persons to enjoy.  AED 265 house beverages, AED 210 soft beverages, AED 99 for kids, free for Kids up to 12 years old ( one paying adult = one  kid).

Dolphin Lawn, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saturdays 1pm – 6pm. For call 056 660 8780 or email events.sbgc@aldargolf.com

Sound of the Sea

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Beach weather is here. Team Yalla is packing their beach bags. Come join us on the pristine sand down by the water’s edge

Island life

Life doesn’t get much better than pristine pools and a private beach.  Luxury is king at Jumeirah Saadiyat Resort. Take it easy on the rather splendid beach or in one of the three inviting swimming pools. Once sun kissed, float along to one of many pool-side and swim-up bars, before diving back into the cool crystal waters.

For more information call 02 811 4444.

Coastal glam

You know when IMKAN are involved you’ll need more than just to take your glam beach bag to the pristine shores of Makers District on Reem Island, the location of the newly launched Cove Beach in Abu Dhabi.  Dress to impress as you people watch at the 100-seat al fresco restaurant and lounge.

For more information visit covebeachabudhabi.com

Super nature

It’s all about the sea life at Saadiyat Beach. This is why to access the pristine white sands stretching out along a generous shore you’ll skip along a wooden boardwalk so you don’t disturb the native wildlife, including the critically endangered Hawksbill turtles that use the beach as their nesting ground.

For more information visit saadiyatisland.ae

Soul good

Stunning Saadiyat Island is the perfect place to reveal your soul to the sun on its fabulous beaches. Head to Soul Beach located in the Mamsha Al Saadiyat community for those unforgettable views of the turquoise waters where a 400m designated swimming zone awaits those wishing to cool off.  Refreshments are delivered to you on a golf buggy no less.

For more information call 056 443 2560

Fun on the water

Jalboot

The intense summer heat is well and truly behind us and now is the time to head to the shore for some really cool times. So here’s our roundup of aqua-tainment for the entire family to enjoy

Ahoy there!

It’s all fun and games over at Jalboot Marine who are offering aquatic activities conveniently placed behind Abu Dhabi Mall. Don’t worry about your level, as all our welcome from beginners upwards. There’s a female captain and you can customize your own itinerary too! Choose from wake surfing, wakeboarding, banana boat towable boat tours.

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8am to 8pm. To book, call 056 441 5072 or email info@jalboot.ae. For more information, visit jalboot.ae

Let’s get wet!

With more than 40 exhilarating rides and attractions, two things are guaranteed: You’re going to have the time of your life at Yas Waterworld and you’re going to get soaked to the skin, but it’s all part of the fun. Slither Slides, Yadi Yas, Seabag, Yehal are just some of the cool ride names to experience.

For open times, to plan your trip and special offers visit yaswaterworld.com

Aye aye captain!

Sail off to Captain Tony’s for a spot of kayaking and paddle boarding in Eastern Mangroves. For early birds, sailing starts at 7am, ending at 6.30pm.  Open to those aged five to 60 years old, groups and individual pleasure seekers are welcome to join in the fun. There are boat tours too.

To book call 050 133 2060 / 02 635 0040 or email info@captaintonys.ae. For  further details visit captaintonys.ae

Under the moonlight

The famous Seahawk Full Moon Tours of Eastern Mangroves fill it up fast. The next one sets sail on 30 November. Also quick to fill up are those charming kayaking excursions on the water surrounding Louvre Abu Dhabi. Taking place every Tuesday to Sunday at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm. Early birds can kayak at 6.30am on Friday and Saturdays.

To book, send a WhatsApp to 055 548 3534. For further information, visit sea-hawk.ae/booking

Rediscover Abu Dhabi Emirate

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Al Ain Oasis

Go on a journey to re-experience and engage with the capital’s history and cultural wealth through some of its iconic landmarks.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

One of the world’s largest mosques is open and now is the perfect time to pay this incredible and unforgettable structure a visit. Rediscover the 82 domes, the largest of which sits presides over the main prayer hall. Stand in reverence and absorb the sheer scale of the design elements, including pure white marble cladding, onion shaped ‘crowns’ and crescent shaped finials.

Online booking is obligatory. To obtain your day pass, visit szgmc.gov.ae 

Qasr Al Watn

‘The Palace that opened its doors to the world… has opened its majestic doors once again’. And we think you should pay this magnificent edifice a visit, sooner than later. Book your tickets online, and explore the Palace’s different zones that reveal the principles that have propelled traditional Arabian design to remarkable status.

To find out more, visit qasralwatan.ae

Al Ain Palace Museum

Once home to the Founding Father and first president of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan lived here with his family until 1966 before moving to Abu Dhabi city. Built in 1937, the palace and private residence offer insight into the lives and culture of the ruling family and the community before the discovery of petroleum.

For further details, content 03 711 8388

Al Ain Oasis

Located in the heart of the city and spanning over 120 hectares, is one of the largest oases oasis contains more than 147,000 palm, fig, banana, and mango trees. You can see an example of an irrigation system that dates back to 3000 BCE and is still fully operational. There are tours, cafés, too. For further details, content 03 711 8251.

Put on your dancing shoes!

The  ANNEX is back at The Abu Dhabi EDITION and we can’t wait to get dressed up and head over there for a night of ambient sounds, cool vibes and stunning views. The stand-alone social space opens Thursday 4 November, bringing unparalleled rooftop views of Al Bateen Marina, an energetic nightlife ambiance with EYJEY returning on the decks, while the party is shifted to the left, to the left, with experience adjustments for the safety of guests. The capital’s renowned nightlife hotspot will open Thursday and Friday nights, and welcome brand new tantalising ANNEX Saturday Sessions. From the sophisticated al-fresco ANNEX Rooftop bar as the sun goes down, to staying out late at the ground floor ANNEX Club, all through the night to the early morn, this unique, award-winning, multi-level entertainment space awaits you.

Every Thursday & Friday nights: ANNEX Rooftop 7pm – 11.30pm. ANNEX Club, 11.30pm – 4am. For more information, visit https: The Abu Dhabi EDITION

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