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Put down your work tools and get out to enjoy what this great city has to offer.

Friday, 25 September

Sounds from the roof

Rooftop Rhythms

Kicking off the Middle East’s longest running open mic night, Rooftop Rhythms at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Co-presented with the official support of  the US Embassy Abu Dhabi, the virtual rendition of the monthly open mic series takes place on the The Arts Center at NYUAD’s Facebook page. Rooftop Rhythms offers open registration for the open mic list on a first-come, first-served basis. Poets and performances can sign up via the Rooftop Rhythms Group Page on Facebook.

For more information on Rooftop Rhythms, please visit The Arts Center at NYUAD’s website

Forever blowing bubbles

It’s time to get all bubbly over at The Westin Abu Dhabi where you can raise a glass or two at their award-winning Bubbalicious Brunch. The menu is international and you could be tucking into fresh sushi and oysters while the live stations serve up roasts and grills. Love cheese then you’ll be glad to hear that there is more than 20 types of cheese to choose from. Sweet tooth alert: the dessert is simply packed with homemade chocolates, sweets, cakes, made-to-order crepes, ice cream and sorbets. This, of course, can be washed down with drinks from the reimagined signature drink stations while you soak in the musical sounds.

Fairways, The Weston Abu Dhabi, 1pm – 4pm. Advanced booking is a must. Call 02 616 9999.

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 Turning Japanese

You don’t have to head to the Far East to eat some of the best Japanese fare around. Instead, head on over to Jumeirah at Etihad Towers where the award winning Japanese restaurant Tori No Su dishes up the authentic flavours of the Orient with the Nihon Hiru brunch. Kaiseki-trained chef Ando Takashi and his award winning team prepares you fabulous dishes for a rather exciting afternoon.

Tori No Su, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, every Friday from 12pm to 4pm. AED 250 with soft beverages
AED 350 with house beverages. For bookings call 02 811 5666

This brunch is Buddha-ful

Head to the palatial The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and follow the winding path down to the beach, culminating at the grand entrance to Buddha-Beach Bar, where a sharing style brunch serves up multiple dishes from different countries and cities of the Pacific region. The brunch runs Friday afternoons and evenings.

Every Friday: Day Brunch from 1pm to 4pm or the Night Brunch starting from 7pm.AED 325 including soft drinks; AED 450 including house beverages; AED 525 for premium beverages. Buddha-Bar Beach, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. For bookings, contact 02 498 8888 or email restaurant.saadiyat@stregis.com or Reservations.Saadiyat@stregis.com

Saturday, 26 September

All beached out

So you brunched Friday or stayed home to wind down after the long working week. Now it’s time to take those relaxation vibes even further by heading to Abu Dhabi’s latest beach, which opened two months ago, as part of the Mamsha Al Saadiyat Community. Lounge around under a parasol on the 1km of pristine beach. Each lounger has a table complete with QR code to scan so you’re served refreshing drinks as you soak up the Saturday sun.

From AED 40, Saadiyat Island. Head to their Facebook page to find out more.

Fill up here

Continuing the chill-out weekend, head to Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island and pick up a day pass that allows you to breakfast and lunch and raise a glass or three with free-flowing beverages. You’ll also get beach and pool access, to make a splash of it! The pass will cost you just AED 499, with a 50 percent off for children aged six to 12, and under-fives go free. Advance booking is a must.

Daily 9am-6pm. Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island. To book call 02 492 2222). 

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