DO OR DINE: 7 WONDERFUL THINGS TO DO IN ABU DHABI THIS WEEK

It's all happening this week in Abu Dhabi. Check out the free cinema at Yas Marina, a maritime heritage festival, an awesome family brunch, and kids favourite Blippi is coming to Abu Dhabi.


It's DO or DINE!

DINE: BRUNCHIN’ LIKE A BOSS AT CENTRAL


Central blasted on to our radars on Yas Bay last year, and since then it has become the place to hang with the whole family. Neon lights, pop culture references, a classic arcade and 2 bowling lanes, couple that with fab food and beverages and you’ve got fun for the whole family. If you are looking for a brunch option that the kids will love and won’t break the bank either – this could be it!


Start with a huge sharing starters platter – the Monte Cristo sandwich is a BB fave – with treats that are good for the soul (though perhaps not the waistline). Then choose your main and finish high with a sweet-tooth's dream of ice-cream sandwiches, deconstructed tiramisu, Oreo cheesecake and PB&J French toast. The drinks selection is varied, including 3 house-lemonades and 3 cocktails, as well as the house wines (incl. rose) and Budweiser and Stella.


As if the arcade wasn’t entertainment enough (the kids get AED200 gaming credit with the kids’ package), there is also a DJ spinning the tunes, plenty of crafting and colouring available and if you’re lucky you might even spot a Disney Princess!


The brunch runs every Saturday from 1PM to 4PM and is AED250 for adult’s house package and AED150 for kids 7-12, kids under 7 eat for free.


Check out the full review here.


Location: Central, Yas Bay

Date: Saturdays

Time: 1PM – 4PM

Price: Adults AED250 | Kids 7-12 AED150 | Kids under 7 free

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MOVIE WEEK AT YAS MARINA


Head down to Yas Marina this week to enjoy the good weather with a free movie or two on the big screen!

Screenings start at 7pm each night and food and drinks can be ordered to your seats! Here's the line up:


• 14th February: Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

• 15th February: Galentine’s Day special – Eat, Pray, Love

• 16th February: Beauty and the Beast

• 17th February: Date Night 

• 18th February: Notting Hill


This tops our list for great things to do this week in Abu Dhabi!

DO: SING ALONG WITH BLIPPI THE MUSICAL


Heading to Yas Island this weekend is the fun loving, energetic, Blippi and his all-singing, all-dancing, fun-for-all-ages extravaganza. Blippi The Musical has delighted thousands of young fans across 500 shows in North America and the United Kingdom, and will now make its debut in Abu Dhabi, at Etihad Arena. The show promises to be full of fun, laughter, meeting amazing new friends, and of course plenty of sing-alongs.


There are four performances available across the two days, with the doors opening at 10AM and 2PM.


For those mega-fans out there, there is even a meet and greet opportunity with none other than Blippi himself after the show with an add on meet and greet ticket.


Location: Etihad Arena, Yas Island

Date: 18th & 19th February 2023

Time: Doors open 10AM & 2PM

Price: From AED105 | Meet and Greet from AED185

Book: https://www.etihadarena.ae/en/event-booking/blippi-the-musical

DO: CELEBRATE ABU DHABI’S MARITIME HERITAGE


If you wish to immerse yourself in some culture this weekend than look no farther than Abu Dhabi’s Maritime Heritage Festival 2023. Returning for its second year the festival aims to introduce visitors to traditional coastal life, recreating a historic shoreline trading community with a blend of crafts, souqs, storytelling, performances, demonstrations, and traditional cuisine.


Running from the 17th – 26th of February along Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, the festival costs AED30 for adults and AED15 for kids (under 5’s free) to enter. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Platinum List.


Location: Abu Dhabi’s Maritme Heritage Festival, Corniche, A’l Bahar

Date: 17th – 26th February 2023

Time: Sun – Thurs 4PM – 11PM, Fri – Sat 4PM – 12AM

Price: Adults AED30 | Kids 5-12 AED15 | Under 5’s free

Book: https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/85525/maritime-heritage-festival-2023

DINE: LADIES NIGHT AT RAY’S BAR


Saturday nights are now for the girls, or at least they are at Ray’s Bar. Glam up, put on your favourite dress and heels and head up to the 62nd floor of Etihad Towers. Ladies will enjoy unlimited wines, prosecco, beer, and a choice of 3 cocktails while enjoying the sparkling lights of the city below from one of the best views in Abu Dhabi. 


Girls will also receive a food platter and 25% off the a la carte menu. Ray’s Bar ladies’ night costs AED199 per lady, and the deal is available from 8PM – 10PM every Saturday.


Check out some other great ladies nights here.


Location: Ray’s Bar, Conrad Etihad Towers

Date: Saturdays

Time: 8PM – 10PM

Price: AED199

Book: 02 811 5666

DO: CRANK AT JUMEIRAH SAADIYAT


The UAE’s premier boutique fitness centre, CRANK, is teaming up with Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, this weekend to bring you an epic weekend of fitness and fun to the backdrop of the stunning Saadiyat coastline. Enjoy a full body workout set against beat-pumping tracks, pedal through heavy climbs and saddle up for powerful sprints in the signature Ride sessions (not for the faint of heart), then stretch and reset with Pranayam and yoga sessions. There are both mixed and ladies only classes, and classes cost AED300 per class. These classes will sell out fast and are only available from the CRANK app.


Location: Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Date: 18th & 19th February

Time: Saturday 8:30AM, 10AM | Sunday 8:30AM, 10AM, 5PM

Price: AED300 per class

Book: https://www.crank-fit.com/abudhabi-buy-packages

DINE: CONTINUOUS VALENTINE’S DAY


Doing a late Valentine's?


La Cuisine de Manou is serving up their Valentine’s menu till the 21st of Feb. Expect delights such as lobster bisque, braised lamb shank, and red velvet cake – all served in the comfort of your own home. And if you want to pretend to your partner that you made it all, we’re not going to tell!


If you would prefer to celebrate V Day at your own pace why not check out the exceptionally good value five course menu at both Azur and La Piscine at the Al Raha Beach Hotel. Available till the 18th of February and at just AED180 pp this will please your loved one and your wallet.


And if afternoon tea is more your thing check out the loved up themed afternoon tea at Osmo. This elegant selection, served in a fancy glass jewellery box, is served with welcome drinks, two glasses of bubbly, and a red rose. Available till the 28th of February you have plenty of time to celebrate being in love.


Check out more options on our Valentine’s Day listing here.

Lorenna White

2/21/2023