Incredible (and edible) scene…
From TV highlights to whizzing brunch, from big laughs to lighthearted portals – we’ve got you covered for a weekend in Abu Dhabi.
Friday, June 23
three comedians walk into a bar
Notable comedians in the Selfdrive The Laughter Factory act this month include Khaled Khalafalla, Liz Miele and Scott Bennett, the hilarious headlines for “Too Many Jokes, Too Little Time!” travel. If you miss it, the joke will really be on you.
Park Rotana, from 8:00 pm on June 23, tickets from 160 dirhams, thelaughterfactory.com
The Library Bar at the Abu Dhabi EDITION opens a new chapter in its dedication to creative cocktail collaborations. This time the guest ghost waiter is Caitlin Hill of Rémy Cointreau. The gang has created six concoction masterpieces for your tasting pleasure, wines worthy of legend.
The Abu Dhabi EDITION (Al Bateen), Friday 23rd June from 7pm. Tel: (02) 208 0000, @abudhabiedition
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is an enduring capital favorite for a reason. There’s an array of gleaming restaurants, plush guest rooms and a pool/beach complex that screams “wait, let me take a selfie.”It’s the second half of this winning trio that stole the headlines here — their Monday to Friday Pool passes cost AED 149, but you can get a nice change of AED 100 as food and beverage credit. The price on Saturday and Sunday is AED 199, with a food and beverage credit of AED 100. But if you’re planning a Saturday trip, you might as well take advantage of their… ultimate brunch. As you might guess from the name, it’s a mix of brunch and day getaway. The brunch element arrives on your plate in premium Fairmont pedigree, Over 18 live stations and 145 different dishes covering Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Italian and British cuisines. After brunch, get a day pass to relax in the hotel’s gorgeous pool area, or enjoy an after-dinner R&R feast on a lounger on the beach.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Makta, Saturdays in May and June from 1pm to 4pm, soft drinks AED 295, villas AED 420, bubbles AED 595. @fairmontbabalbahr
Saturday 24 June
grand le bauerski
Strike Out Bowling is a four-lane, family-friendly, fully licensed bowling alley located in the Abu Dhabi Country Club, next to the karaoke bar – so even if you fail to drop a bottle, you can still put the mic on the superb vocal performance. That’s how we roll.
Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Mushrif, noon to 10pm, Dhs21 per game per player – or from Dhs105 per hour for fairway hire. Tel: (02) 657 7777, @adccuae
Yum cha cha slide
Dim sum is one of the tastiest ways to brunch, and food stalls are, in our opinion, one of the best in town. Past Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s giant dragon sculpture, you’ll find top-notch shrimp and truffle dumplings, beef short ribs, BBQ chicken crispy and crispy shrimp wontons, as well as Cantonese-style roasted duck rolls, non-halal siu mai and live BBQ stations. Show up with your entourage on Sunday and take your time – yum cha brunch is a marathon, not a sprint.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Sunday noon to 6pm (three-hour period), AED 298 with soft drinks and AED 428 with house drinks. Tel: (0)2 813 5588. @daipayongad
Abu Dhabi Retail, the elite fashion and retail arm within the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi), has announced the return of the Abu Dhabi Summer Shopping Season (ADSSS) in 2023. Now it’s back, with a range of deals in Abu Dhabi that will make your sad faces go away. We’re supposed to sell these NFTs and pay off the credit card every month, but now that ADSSS is back, we’ll never save money. Go, go, straight out the door because you can save a ton of money at 25 malls, which probably covers your favorite stores, and you’re not the one who said you’d never miss a good giveaway person? Masterclasses are also back, some of which may be free.
From June 23 to September 10. @abudhabiretail
Dalma Mall’s 35,000-square-foot entertainment area includes bowling (from AED 30 per game), virtual reality experiences, racing and roller coaster simulators, pool tables, a playground and a high-spec Network PC game room with computers. There is also a shisha lounge and restaurant on site.
Dalma Mall, 10am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 672 4922, @ Enthusiastic Entertainment Center
Sunday, June 25
The invasion will be televised
Marvel series and movies, Disney and Pixar classic animations, feature premieres (Avatar: The Way of Water just dropped), star wars Movies and TV shows, shows like that Bluey, Bear, Modern Family, The Simpsons, Family Guy and Welcome to Wrexham, keep up with special content Disney+ (AED 29.99 per month, no fixed contract *wink salesman*) Feels like a full time job. In keeping with the Mission Mastery workaholic image we really represent, we’re happy to announce that work got a little tougher this week, as two brand new Marvel franchises just landed on the platform. stan leeis an emotional investigation into the life, love, cameos, and creation of superpowers as the founder of Marvel and the creator of an entertainment dynasty.We also have exciting prospects Secret InvasionNick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, leads the investigation of an alien-led rebellion. We’ve only gotten our hands on the first episode so far, but it packs the drama, action, emotion, and humor that are hallmarks of Marvel Cinematic Universe projects.
NAS come to see you, come to see you…
Nord Anglia International School (NAS) will have an exciting academic preview of its academic program this weekend ahead of its grand start this August. It will take place on Sunday, June 25th, from 10 am to 1 pm in the main atrium of the Sorbonne University. Attendees can learn about the ways NAS stimulates young minds in a fun and interactive way, and through world-class workshops and presentations, learn how the school program develops the six aspirations of learners – creative, curious, collaborative, critical, Commitment and compassion.
Sorbonne University, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Al Reem Island, Sunday 25 June, 10am-1pm, free. to register is essential.
Non-beet trades for fruits and vegetables
Yes, this will be one of those puns. Hero Go Taking on an impossible mission – saving the UAE’s excess fruit and vegetables from unjust grocery store food waste (follow their IG for some great reci-pea advice). You can also save a ton of money, but that’s just the good thing about celery. HeroGo offers three sizes of boxes delivered to your door each week, with a choice of fruit, veggie, or mixed supply airdrops that will be filled with unique fresh produce that is either in excess of demand or just too unpalatable (yes, We’re using it for the third time) crafting it in the high-fashion, superficial world of the supermarket basket. Not all heroes wear grapes. Prices start from just AED 50 and you can pause your subscription at any time. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing the right thing, and at the end of the day, what’s the point of living if you don’t throw all the carrots away?
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Shangri-La’s Qaryat Al Beri Day Getaway Package includes access to the hotel’s stunning 5-star facilities, including pools and beaches, from 10am to 6pm. All this for only AED 250 on weekdays and AED 300 on weekends, and the amounts are fully redeemable, children under six are free and children between six and 11 years use the facilities at half price.
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Makta, 10am-6pm daily. Tel: (02) 509 8555, Restaurantreservations.email@example.com