Six things to do in Abu Dhabi this week
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A truck-load of global fun
Food fans are set for a tasty treat straight from the street as a colourful culinary extravaganza rolls into the city. The Etisalat Love Food Festival will see a convoy of food trucks from the UK, the USA and Singapore take over Umm Al Emarat Park for a three-day feast of food. Whether you’re in the mood for melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese, a soft-shell crab burger or a Neapolitan pizza, you won’t go hungry here. There’s also plenty of fun for all of the family, with live music, workshops and food-themed films to enjoy throughout the event.
Dhs40 (advance), Dhs50 (on the door). Thu Feb 16 5pm-midnight; Feb 17-18 2pm-midnight. Umm Al Emarat Park, Al Mushrif, www.lovefoodfestival.ae.
Caribbean musician Fabrice brings his reggae-meets-folk fusion to the capital for a concert hosted by French cultural centre Alliance Française. The performer will be live at Mercure Hotel alongside two fellow Reggae-loving pals as Fabrice & the Desert Roots. A poolside barbecue can be enjoyed with the beats.
Dhs120 (non-members), Dhs100 (members). Fri Feb 17 8pm. Mercure Abu Dhabi Centre Hotel (02 6122 900).
Jazz up your night
An international cast of musicians arrives as Jazzattak hits Zayed Sports City. Six acts, including British star Mica Paris, South African songwriter Sannie Fox (pictured) and seven-piece funk band, The Diablos, will grace the stage for a musical marathon of jazz, funk, soul and blues.
Dhs130. Thu Feb 16 6pm-11pm (doors open at 5pm). Zayed Sports City, www.jazzattak.com.
Answer the fashion call at the mall
Dedicated followers of fashion can test out their catwalk credentials at Yas Mall. The retail hub will be hosting its popular Spring Festival next month – and young shoppers aged ten to 21 will have the chance to show off the latest spring and summer trends from leading brands during the fashion show. The ‘Be Discovered’ casting sessions will start on Wednesday February 15 and run until March 11, with the winning entrants going on to take part in the big show, from March 30 to April 7.
Free. Wed Feb 15 2pm-10pm. Yas Mall, Yas Island (02 414 6382).
Let’s go fly a kite!
The second annual Sir Bani Yas Kite Festival is all set for lift off! A memorable day of family fun is in store at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts. As well as the kite competition, a sausage sizzle will be served up and top prizes will be on offer in a raffle.
Dhs150 (adults), Dhs100 (kids). Fri Feb 17 11am-5pm. Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts (02 801 5400).
Get on your marks
The triathlon season flies out of the blocks as fun runners (and swimmers and cyclists) and elite athletes alike take to the Yas Marina Circuit for the ultimate endurance test. The popular event – combining the disciplines of swimming, cycling and running – hosts events for kids, plus sprints and Olympic distance events for seasoned performers. It’s time to slip on your running shoes, put on your swimming goggles and get on your bike again!
Prices vary. Fri Feb 17 noon onwards. Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island www.yasmarinacircuit.com (800 927).
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