DO OR DINE: 8 EXCITING THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK IN ABU DHABI
The face of Yas Island is bringing his exceptionally funny own-brand of stand-up comedy for a one-night-only-show this Wednesday. The Emmy and Grammy nominated Kevin Hart is back in Abu Dhabi with his hugely awaited UAE leg of his tour “Reality Check”. This Pennsylvanian funny-man and Hollywood powerhouse has gone from strength to strength playing sold-out gigs worldwide, a far cry from his apparently slow start to comedy where he allegedly had a piece of chicken thrown at him!
“Reality Check” was recently named the #1 Comedy Tour of the Year by Billboard and he was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Comedy Act of 2022.
This event will be a completely phone free experience, with the use of phones, smart watches and other similar electronic devices being strictly prohibited. Phones will be stored safely in Yondr pouches (which you will keep with you at all times) and will only be allowed to open in designated ‘phone use areas’.
Location: Etihad Arena, Yas Island
Date: Wednesday, 22nd February 2023
Time: Doors open at 6PM
Price: From AED219
Book: ETIHAD ARENA
The Best Bites team loves a breakfast, and if it comes with a view all the better! Topping our list this week for a sunny Saturday breakfast is Brunch & Cake. Perhaps not the most wallet-friendly breakfast you may have this week, this inventive, Insta-worthy food certainly makes up for it.
The concept, born out of wish for an experience not just your average all-day-dining, aims to create wholesome foods using quality ingredients, authentic recipes, organic produce, all served in generous portions with a promise of “Grandma’s Goodness”.
We love the twists on the originals, such as the brownie pancakes, the dreamy Nutella French toast, and the pulled beef and avocado benedict. Yum! And the venue at Al Bateen has a stunning view of the marina to while away a lazy weekend treat.
Location: Brunch & Cake, Al Bateen
Time: 9AM – 10PM
Price: a la carte
Book: 02 575 4880
Bab Al Nojoum, Hudayriat Island, has padel fever this week as the World Padel Tour is coming for the very first time to Abu Dhabi! Watch as 128 of the highest-ranked men and women padel stars head to the capital for 6 days of epic padel battles as they all complete for the top spot and title of WPT Modon Abu Dhabi Padel Master.
With a packed schedule of matches, and plenty of fan entertainment, eateries, and activities available in the fan zone with of course the stunning ocean views, this is a must see for all you padel-fans or for anyone who just wants to see what the fuss is all about.
Match tickets start from AED50 and entrance to the fan zone is free.
Location: Bab Al Nojoum, Hudayriat Island
Date: 21st – 26th February 2023
Price: From AED50
Book: PLATINUM LIST
If you are craving some delicious Thai food, with authentic flavours, and a spectacular view then Silk and Spice at the Sofitel Corniche could tick those boxes. With a well-stocked bar, exceptional views of the Corniche and beyond, and Thai food done right, Silk and Spice transports diners to the shores of Southeast Asia, and now with 2 for 1 on main meals or 25% off the total bill with BB+ this could be just the reason to try out a new place or return to an old friend.
We love the Thai green chicken curry with its burst of creamy, sweet, and spicy goodness, and the Tom Kha Gai (coconut chicken soup) which is ideal if you like flavour but are not one to live on the spicy side of life. And, of course, you cannot go wrong with their mango sticky rice to finish.
Location: Silk and Spice, Sofitel Corniche
Date: Closed on Mondays
Time: 12PM – 12AM
Price: a la carte | 25% off total bill or 2 for 1 mains
Book: 02 813 7777
Following the success of the first-ever UCI Women’s WorldTour race in the Middle East, the action continues this week with the UAE Men’s Tour 2023 from 20th – 26th February. This year’s edition of the men’s race starts and finishes in Abu Dhabi and will feature four sprinter’ stages, to mountain stages and a 17.2km long, high-speed team time trial.
Location: Across Abu Dhabi
Date: 20th – 26th February
Saúde! It’s carnival time this weekend at Chamas! On Saturday, 25th February it’s time to samba on down to the Intercontinental to celebrate all things Brazilian.
Expect live samba dancing, and musical entertainment from singer Nina and Caesar the saxophonist, as well as delicious churrasco, an enhanced buffet, and free flowing beverages … Caipirinha anyone? Put on your dancing shoes, as this is sure to be a fiesta to remember.
Location: Chamas, Intercontinental
Date: Saturday, 25th February 2023
Time: 6PM – 11PM
Price: Soft AED385 | House AED485
Book: 056 680 2161
Are you ready to test your mettle this weekend with the region’s only day-to-night triathlon. Back for its 13th edition and featuring different categories and distances, TriYas is suitable for everyone whether you’re a first-time or a seasoned triathlete.
This year there is even a stand-up paddleboard and roller skate/blade variations!
TriKIDS: 100m swim | 5.2km cycle | 1.5km run
Junior Triathlon: 200m swim | 10.4km cycle | 2.5km run
Super Sprint: 375m swim | 10.4km cycle | 2.5km run
Super Sprint: Mixed relay
Olympic: 1500m swim | 41.6km cycle | 10km run
Sprint: 750m swim |20.8km cycle | 5km run
Duathlon Sprint: 5km run | 20.8km cycle | 2.5km run
Stand Up Paddling: 750m kinds | 1.5km newbie
Stand Up Paddling Recreational: 3km | 6km
Roller Skaters’ Half Marathon: 21km
Team Relay: Super Sprint | Olympic | Duathlon | Mixed
Location: Yas Marina Circuit
Date: Saturday, 25th February 2023
Time: 8AM – 7PM
DINE: NEW BEACH BAR OPEN AT JUMEIRAH SAADIYAT
If you thought watching the gorgeous sunset at Jumeirah Saadiyat couldn’t get any better, the brand-new Beach Bar opening straight on the sandy shores will stun you. This uber-cute venue is chilled out to-the-max, with white-washed wooden walls, sweet little beachy motifs, and chic beach hut style theming.
Seating options are plentiful: there are sheltered seats ‘inside’, larger picnic tables on the beach and a row of blue and white striped deckchairs – oh and they even provide snuggly blankets if it’s a bit chilly.
Serving up drinks and Saadiyat signature cocktails, this is the perfect place to grab a drink or a bite to eat and watch the sun go down after a perfect day on the beach. We can’t wait to see what else this little bar serves up in the future.
Location: The Beach Bar, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Time: Till 8PM