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8 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend: March 17-19


Our superpowers let you know what’s going on…

is it a bird Is it an airplane? No, this is your weekend party in Abu Dhabi, with capes and panties proudly pulled over your trousers, coming hot.

Friday March 17

new movie

Following DC Studios’ shakeup late last year, few of the brand’s legacy projects look safe. James Gunn and Peter Safran have officially terminated the Snyderverse and are planning to reboot the Justice League (the new Kryptonian dodger behind the *sniff* Superman figure) entirely.Our feeling is that this will prove to be a smart move for DC (just sit through Gunn’s 2021 suicide squad Against David Ayler’s 2016 suicide squad). Of the films that were too long in the making (and relatively successful seeding films) to be canceled, there were flash; Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom; and Shazam! wrath of the gods. The latter, which hit theaters in March, stars Zachary Levi as an adult character capable of transforming from kid to superhero. This time, Shazam and his merry band of misfits will meddle in the apocalyptic affairs of the daughters of Atlas. And, as a high-stakes subplot, the film would essentially be Levi’s very public job audition.

Booking: Now

Finger Cookies and Ice

Especially during the month of March, Saadiyat Rotana is hosting casual couples events that take laid-back luxury living to the next level. Visitors can enjoy a 45-minute bespoke massage at Zen the Spa and afternoon tea at Sama Lobby Lounge, all for…just Dhs365.

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, 10am to 10pm throughout March. Tel: (02) 697 0000, Rotanatimes.com

Saturday, March 18

farewell carnival

The latest season of the Zayed Festival began on November 18, 2022, when March 18, 2023 seemed a long time ago. It’s just a few hours away now. The family-fun-filled extravaganza in Al Wathba, which costs just Dhs5 to enter, has some big highlights this year, including the return of Extreme Weekend (motocross and car-drifting stunts), and a Guinness World Record-breaking fireworks display. 2022 / New attractions for 2023 include the Glow Garden, “House of Horrors,” Art Zone, Selfie Block, Dessert Museum, Go Karts, Kids Zone, and Crazy Cars Zone.

Al Wathba, until March 18, 4pm to midnight (1am on weekends), Dhs5 for admission. zayedfestival.com

We don’t talk about fritters (until the kids have finished their main course)

With prices starting from Dhs350 for adults (Dhs150 for children aged 4 to 12) starting Saturday 21 January (and every Saturday thereafter), the latest addition to the family brunch is the Encanto-themed ‘obsessed, the ultimate family brunch experience at Vendôme, Emirate’s Palace in Abu Dhabi. Enchanted Family Brunch attractions include Fairy Tale Corner, featuring a cabaret show inspired by popular family movies; the Mini Chef Corner will fill your little lamb with Ramsay cookie decorations; there’s a face painting corner; and supervised arts and crafts classes a balloon bend; a planting station for kiddlywinks to learn, play and take home green finger keepsakes. There is a dedicated kids section with a variety of healthy and slightly unhealthy snack options that kids will love. The palace’s adult banquet includes beef Wellington, pan-fried Asian beef tenderloin, lime prawns, grilled sea bass fillet, sirloin, classic ratatouille and other big names.

Vendome, Emirates Palace, W Corniche Road, every Saturday, January 21, from 1pm to 5pm, Dhs150 for children aged 4 to 12, Dhs350 for soft drinks, Dhs450 for house, Dhs550 for premium, Dhs650 for champagne.booked on reservations@familybrunchdubai.comor call (050) 836 1513, familybrunchdubai.com


So-called “Crazy Fridays” and “Hot Saturdays” will take place every weekend between 4pm and 3am. The offer is the same for both days. Individuals pay only AED50 at the door, which is less than the price of a burger at quite a few of the city’s high-end burger joints if you’re up for comparison, and you get to enjoy a selection of 10 house-made drinks. For you. Not shared. what’s on the menu No, it’s not some obscure, cloudy tub brew – there’s actually a healthy variety of sumthin-sumthins you can sip on – in red, white, rosé and sparkling varieties; a range of spirits; some sort of The same goes for Spanish-Filipino beers.

Velocity Sports Bar, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, every Friday and Saturday, March 3rd from 4pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 304 7777, @marriottdowntownad

reason to smile

This weekend (17-19 March) the Al Wadha Mall (in the main atrium) is hosting a huge used book sale, all for a good cause. It is raising money for Operation Smile UAE – an organization whose sole mission is to provide free and safe cleft lip and palate surgery to children and young people. Help them start a new chapter, a life full of smiles. Browse over 10,000 titles in genres including children’s, youth, fiction, non-fiction, travel, business, and self-help.

Al Wadha Mall Main Atrium, March 17-19, 10am-11pm. @opsmileuae

Sunday, March 19

big breakfast

Gatsropub in Hamilton always do a great job with promotions – but their new BIG Lazy Breakfast is really bringing home the bacon. This is Bean’s Knee. In fact, the toast in town. Full (and we mean full) English breakfast platter with black pudding, mashed potatoes, roasted tomatoes, fried eggs, baked beans, portobello mushrooms, ‘charter’ served Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm Sausage and bacon. Plus two hours of free flow premium drinks (including sparkling wine) – all for Dhs150.

Saadiyat Rotana, Saadiyat Island, every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, Dhs150. @hamiltons_gastropub

faster than a speeding bullet

This weekend, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will welcome Kryptonians of all ages to the park’s first-ever Superman run. You can sign up for 10K, 5K and 3K runs, plus a free 200m fun run for your little heroes. They’ll be able to join Buggs in a full Iron Man costume as he runs from Metropolis to Gotham City.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Yas Island Abu Dhabi AED 310 for adults and children. Tel: (600) 511 115. @wbworldad

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