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Here’s what to do in Abu Dhabi this week


The weekend’s behind us but that doesn’t mean you need to stay cooped up indoors, especially now temps are more manageable.

Sunday, 4 October

Enter a competition

westin abu dhabi

The weather’s simply sublime so who doesn’t want to spend the day by the pool? The Westin Hotel in Abu Dhabi has rolled out the perfect family daycation. Win this and you, your spouse and two kids aged under-12 could be splashing around in the hotel’s three pools, lunching poolside, lounging in a swanky deluxe guestroom for the entire day, and enjoying breakfast at Fairways. Spounds like an absolutely perfect  way to spend an autumn day.

To have a chance at winning, just answer this simple question.

Take in the sea air

It’s the first day of the week and we all know how that feels.  Leave work and school day blues far behind and head to Abu Dhabi’s beautiful corniche and let your worries float away on a sea breeze. Walking is great, but for those with energy to burn there’s a cycling and running track that winds its way along the beautifully manicured corniche. There are a few cafés en route too, for those much needed refreshments.

Social distancing measures are in place along the 8km- corniche

Monday, 5th October

Nature lovers rejoice

jubail mangrove park

Jubail Mangrove Park, on Jubail Island, is open again. Now you can saunter along the 2.3km boardwalks winding their way through Abu Dhabi’s fascinating mangroves. Catch glimpses of terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. There are rangers on hand too, to educate you on the history of the mangroves and explain about the wildlife that is native to Abu Dhabi. Guided kayaking and full moon walks are also on the cards, so head there today.

Daily 8am to 7.30pm (last visitor entry at 6pm). A nominal fee of AED 15 per adult and AED 10 for those under 18, with children under seven free. For more information, visit Jubail Mangrove Park 

Kick back in style

Head to the Conrad Abu Dhabi at Etihad Towers and be part of Abu Dhabi’s café society. The hotel’s just been rebranded but the venues are just as stylish as they were. Head to the Lobby Lounge where shimmering water features, sweet delicacies and a range of coffee awaits. You’ll need to dress for the occasion but why wouldn’t you?  The international menu tantalizes and teases; we’re sure you won’t be able to resist its charms.

Lobby Lounge at Conrad Abu Dhabi at Etihad Towers, Podium Level 3, daily 9am -10pm. To book, visit reservations

Tuesday, 6th October

Up on the roof

Oh the joy! The weather’s changed for the better and it’s time to head outdoors. And just in time, three more parks have opened in Abu Dhabi and they are conveniently located atop The Galleria Al Maryah Island in the capital. The Family Park, Sports Park and Sky Park are now welcoming mall-goers and city slickers to enjoy the great outdoors and the abundant green space, to kick back and enjoy the delicious refreshments on offer too.

The parks are open 10am -10pm during the week, and till midnight at weekends. Entry is free. For more information, visit: The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Kabayan Nights are back

Filipino theme nights have returned to Yas Water World but anybody is welcome regardless of nationality. Taking place on Tuesday, 6 October and Friday, 9 October from 6pm to 11pm, Kabayan Nights have a line-up of exciting activities such as a special silent disco, a Splash Squad performance on Amwaj Beach. Tuck into a Filipino-inspired menu, serving up dishes including Chicken Adobo and Beef Giniling as well as combo meals of burgers, shawarmas, wings and tenders.

Online pre-booking is mandatory and tickets are AED 75. For more information, visit www.yaswaterworld.com 

Wednesday, 7 October

Stand and deliver

As the pandemic continues, the latest NYUAD performance Thousand Ways helps you discover what it means to meet someone during times of isolation in this enthralling, and imaginative experience. With two people and a telephone, a new type of performance emerges in a poetic work presented by Award-winning theatre company 600 HIGHWAYMEN. Take part in a one-on-one experience over the telephone. Designed around physical distancing guidelines, Part 1 is the first in the three part series that makes up A Thousand Ways.

To get tickets and to find out more, go to NYUAD Performances

Step back through history

Walk through world history as it happened when you explore Louvre Abu Dhabi’s galleries. Discover the twelve chapters, spanning prehistoric to contemporary periods, highlighting the characteristics shared by humanity throughout its history. Discover the stories linking these objects and watch how they reveal a universal history of humankind’s social, intellectual and technical exchanges around the world, and the interdependency of our societies. Exit under the museum’s iconic dome and feel the Rain of Light on your skin.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is open every day (except Mondays) from 10am-6.30pm. For more information, visit: Louvre Abu Dhabi 

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