We warm it up for you…

We love our weekends like we love our condiments – super spicy and plenty of room to dip. So if you want to spice up your life this weekend, we have the sauce for you.

friday august 19

New at the cinema this weekend

You are a wizard Harry. It’s the WB reissue weekend of film (and of course book) number three in the original Harry Potter saga. And it’s been a spell, 18 (sorry if that makes you feel old) years in fact since its original box office release date. This edition takes the darkness of the story up a notch and brings our titular teenager face to face with a group of soul-sucking wizarding prison human resources officers called Dementors who are looking for Potter’s estranged uncle. , Sirius Black. This is your invitation to relive the magic on the big screen, Expecto Popcornum.

Tickets: book here

The wonder of youth

The Bawabat Al Sharq Mall hits its peak for the end of summer vacation – and this weekend there’s plenty going on to captivate and inspire inquisitive young minds. In addition to great prices on all back-to-school essentials, the World of Wonder activation offers fun, educational jungle-themed activities and opportunities to win vouchers.

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Baniyas, Friday to Sunday only 2pm to 10am. @bawabatalsharqmall

The night is dark and full of terrors

A horror movie, but make it interactive. Hardly anyone ever said, but somehow it still exists – right here in Abu Dhabi. Teams of two to 10 players can try their hand at a pair of spooky story-driven escape experiences – complete with live actors. House of Evil and The Morgue – both take around 60 minutes and cost around Dhs180 (based on four players) per person.

Al Sikik Street, Al Danah. Tel: (050) 321 0541, @hauntedactivityuae

Saturday August 20

OK Zuma

We went to Zuma for a little hype check earlier this year. It exceeded all expectations (and you can read the full review: here). But that’s not why we put them here. No, it’s for something much more exciting — the return of their legendary Saturday brunch. Embark on a flavor safari of the chef-curated tasting menu, your choice of main course, and a grand finale courtesy of the Zuma Dessert Platter.

The Galleria Al Maryah Island, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., soft Dhs495, house Dhs595, French bubbles Dhs695. Tel: (02) 401 5900, @zumaabudhabi


There’s a special “Castaway” edition of the Al Maya Island & Resort Saturday Pool Party this weekend featuring superstar DJ Jay R and DJ Soso. It takes place between 10am (the party starts at noon, but access to the island starts at 10am) and 8:30pm, tickets are priced at Dhs 250 which includes Dhs 100 food and drink credit and your boat transfers. While women can enter for free before noon, all-day guests on Saturday must be over 21.

Ferry service to Al Maya Island departs from a pier near the Presidential Palace. The duration of the boat transfer is between 10 and 15 minutes (depending on the ship and the conditions. The cost of the trip is included in your day pass.

𝐀𝐥 𝐌𝐚𝐲𝐚 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐨𝐚𝐭 𝐉𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐲 – 𝐁𝐨𝐚𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬

Departing to the island, ferry times are hourly from 10am to 5pm. Returning from the island, these return trips depart from Al Maya every hour from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For reservations, call (02) 667 7777, WhatsApp (056) 818 5408 or visit almayauae.com. Al Maya Island & Resort, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tel: (02) 667 7777, @almayaisland

summer justice

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi was your top pick for “favorite attraction” in the What’s new Abu Dhabi Awards 2021. And we felt it. All of our favorite DCU superheroes (and villains), Tom, Jerry, Buggs, Daffy, Tweetie, The Flintstones, and backed by spectacularly wild rides – plus all those expertly choreographed shows. And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s the added incentive that kids go free to Yas theme parks all summer long (now extended through September).

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Dhs310 for adult and child. Tel: (600) 511 115. @wbworldad

For the Louvre of Creativity

louvre abu dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to a treasure trove of galleries, museums and culturally significant wonders. We recommend taking a look at our guide to some of the local highlights. But if we had to choose one, it would be the Louvre Abu Dhabi. As well as housing one of the most beautifully curated and objects-of-wow, they organize movie nights, there is a children’s museum, creation and game sessions (50 Dhs, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4:40 pm on Saturday and Sunday), painting and grape evenings, special exhibitions and even guided drawing tours.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dhs63. Such. : (02) 6736 688. louvreabudhabi.ae

Sunday August 21

Offers that really hit the mark

Imagine yourself as Hawkeye at halftime, Robin Hood off the roster, or are you just “a quiver” for a bit of William Tell action? You’ve hit the nail on the head because Al Forsan International Sports Resort has a special archery offer this summer – 20 arrows for just 70 Dhs. Come on, take your shot. Elsewhere on site, you can get stuck into their fully modern gym, shooting (both virtual and traditional), there’s the only wakeboard cable park in the UAE, go-karting, a swimming pool, football, basketball courts, paintball, off-road buggy track, horseback riding. There are also packages including the junior karting and zipline package for 155 Dhs; a water sports and zip line package also at only 155 Dhs; and a via ferrata and zipline package charged at Dhs84.

Al Forsan International Sports Complex, Khalifa City. Tel: (800) 9900, alforsan.com

Fresh impressions of Al Zeina

The artistic house officially known as Makespace, may have a new name – Make, and a new face, but their nifty collection of activities still takes place in the same funky space. And this Sunday, there is a special guest artist – Rim Al Zein, who will lead a session on the power and beauty of engraving. Students will learn about the medium of lino, using images as an inspiring guide to create take-home craft projects.

Block C1, Al Zeina, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, 15 years and over, Sunday August 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. only, 250 Dhs. Tel: (0)2 558 8624. @makeabudhabi

Sundar Recovery

Dubai’s original Ladies’ Day offering at Cove Beach proved so popular that exporting it to the Abu Dhabi outpost was a no-brainer when Cove Beach Maker’s District opened. In Abu Dhabi, Rose All Day is every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., where ladies can sip unlimited drinks, sample the chef’s selection of bites, and enjoy pool and beach access for Dhs149. Bring the boys with you? The same deal is Dhs249 for guys.

Cove Beach Maker’s District, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 149 Dhs. Tel: (0)56 3987895, covebeachabudhabi.com

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