Seven things to do in Abu Dhabi this week
Polo, brunch, market, desert motoring and more things to do Discuss this article
If you’ve never watched polo before, you’re in for a treat. The H.H. President of the UAE Polo Cup tournament takes place over two weeks and will feature some of the region’s best riders. There will also be family-friendly entertainment and the chance to get up-close to the polo horses.
Free. Jan 5-20, timings vary. Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road, www.presidentpolocup.ae (02 562 9050).
Brunch at Barfly
The Fridazed brunch lines up pan-Asian delights. Once you’re done grazing, step onto the dancefloor and groove to the tunes of the DJ. And when you’re finished with all that, spare a minute to take in the gorgeous canal views.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Barfly by Buddha Bar, Venetian Village within The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 404 1951).
Bag some spa-tastic gifts
Gents, this one is for you. Refer a friend to the Gentlemen’s Tonic spa this month at Emirates Palace and you could win a shave gift set plus free treatments. The kit includes a hair brush pre-shave oil, shave cream and aftershave balm. You’ll also get six complimentary haircuts or wet shaves valued at Dhs2,600. That adds up to a fresh new look for 2017.
Open daily 9am-11pm. Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar (02 690 7978).
More awesome deals for gents
Cool Yas Island venue Stills Bar & Brasserie now has a special deal just for the lads. Men get a main course, dessert and three drinks for Dhs199. And any accompanying ladies also get three free drinks. Everyone’s a winner with this deal, so no more complaining that you’re left out of anything now gentlemen, please.
Dhs199. Sat-Sun 8pm-1am. Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 3066).
Christmas may be over, and with it all the festive markets that had popped up around the city. But, if you can’t get enough of strolling around stalls, Deerfields Mall’s Marhaba Market is still going. It’s running on the first and last Fridays of every month, selling everything from local produce to fashion and kids’ toys.
Fri Jan 6, 4pm-10pm. Deerfields Mall, Old Al Bahya (02 501 0826).
The funky rebound shoes behind the Kangoo Jumps craze offer a great low-impact workout and now you can hop around your house in your own pair.
Dhs1,195. Virgin Megastore, various locations including Abu Dhabi Mall, www.virginmegastore.ae (02 644 7882).
Any event staged at a venue known as “terrifying mountain” is going to be good. And that’s just what Moreeb Dune is called. Watch as 4x4s and bikes tackle this 300-metre-high monster in the Liwa Sports Festival. There will also be camel and horse races, falcon displays, a classic car show, drifting competitions and a motorcross event. You can even enjoy a spot of camping at the site. And sandboarding. Sorted.
Free. Until Jan 6. Moreeb Dune, Liwa, www.agsc.ae (02 884 0400).
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