Nine things to do in Abu Dhabi this week

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A right royal feast
Culinary explorers can make a date at Emirates Palace for a palate-pleasing evening of global cuisine during its Flavours of the Palace event. Go on a food trail lined with pop-up restaurants, such as Hakkasan, Mawal, Mezzaluna and BBQ Al Qasr, and snack on gourmet nibbles from Amstur Caviar and The Oyster Elite Company at the luxury hotel’s West Wing Gazebo. Live music and a DJ will complete the memorable menu.
Dhs150 (includes food and beverage vouchers). Thu Mar 16, 7pm-11pm. Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar (02 690 7999).

An Illiad

You’ve watched him in American Horror Story and True Blood, now catch Tony-award winning actor Denis O’Hare in his tour de force performance of Homer’s epic poem. O’Hare joined forces with theatre director Lisa Peterson for the script, that makes the Trojan War relevant to the world today.
Free. Mar 14-16, 8pm onwards. Red Theater, The Arts Center, NYU Abu Dhabi. www.nyuad-artscenter.org

Mum’s the word

Mother’s Day comes only once a year — but you can extend the celebrations at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall. Roll back the years with a fortnight of nostalgia-packed activities that show however old you get, you will always be your mother’s child. As well as a seesaw, hopscotch and a mocked-up graduation day, shoppers can enter a raffle draw to win a Nissan car.
Wed Mar 15-Sat Mar 25. Sun-Thu, 10am-10pm. Fri-Sat, 10am-midnight. Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Baniyas City (02 503 1400).

Weigh to go!

Burger lovers will be eager to try this challenge on for size. NRG Sports Café will provide a free round of drinks for any foodie who can devour their mighty 1kg burger and fries within 25 minutes. It’s a fantastic fast food feat, as long as you don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Dhs175. Sun-Thu, 4pm-2am. Fri-Sat, 1pm-3am. Le Méridien Village Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).

Up for adventure

Dash over dunes and overcome every obstacle (there are more than 25 of them) for the 13th adrenaline-charged installment of the Wadi Adventure Race. The ultimate fitness challenge sees hardy competitors running through the desert, and swimming through lakes and pools in pursuit of glory. There are three race courses to take on — 5km, 10km and 15km — so you can plot one that’s right for you.
From Dhs275. Sat Mar 18, 8am onwards. Wadi Adventure, Al Ain (03 781 8422).

A taste of Ireland

Whether you’re an Emerald Isle exile or just Irish at heart, McGettigan’s will get you in the St Patrick’s Day party mood. The watering-hole will be hosting a Big Paddy’s Day Brunch with plenty of traditional Irish music lined-up to mark the occasion in fine style. Tickets (inclusive of one-way transport) will also be on offer for a big event at Dubai Media City’s open-air ampitheatre, being held throughout the day.
Dhs229 (house beverages), Dhs329 (house beverages plus ticket to the Paddy’s Day Party in Dubai Media City). Fri Mar 17, 12.30pm-4pm. McGettigan’s AUH, Al Raha Beach Hotel (02 652 4333).

Ladies who dance

For their first birthday, #TheADMovement are holding a ladies-only dance fitness party with GuavaPass. There are classes in hip hop, Latin dance, shape cardio and twerking (!). Relax tired muscles in the newly refurbished Al Jawhara spa and sample healthy food from Nabati Café.
Dhs196. Fri Mar 17, 4pm-8pm. Al Jawhara Wellness Spa & Gym, Mohammed bin Zayed City. theadmovementbirthday.eventbrite.com

Birth of a bard

The rise of one of the world’s most celebrated literary talents, William Shakespeare, will be charted at NYU Abu Dhabi. In his How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare lecture, Professor of Literature Cyrus R.K. Patell will explore how the playwright’s acclaimed works spread from The Globe Theatre to the rest of the globe to transcend his English roots.
Free. Thu Mar 16, 6.30pm-8pm. NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island (02 628 4000).

Fitness challenge

Witness the survival of the fittest at a work-out with international flavour in Yas Marina. A 12-strong team from CrossFit Täby in Sweden will be going through their paces in a challenge against members from Vogue Fitness. The Swedes are in the UAE as part of a fitness holiday which will see them take in the sights in between daily sessions at the facility. The event will be held at the centre’s outdoor arena gym and the public are welcome to watch in awe.
Free. Sat Mar 18 10am-2pm. Vogue Fitness, Yas Marina (02 583 2380).

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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