The sun is setting on another working week in Abu Dhabi and our thoughts are turning to the weekend.
But what is there to do in the capital with your spare time?
Lots of things, as it turns out.
From brunches and parties to big rugby games and live music, here’s a few ideas on how to spend your well-earned break.
Kick off the weekend at Enfusion
Kickboxing and mixed martial arts have seen a surge in popularity in the past few years with the rise of stars such as Irish rascal Conor McGregor.
And Friday sees a stellar line-up of kickboxing stars taking to the ring at Enfusion in Yas Island.
There’ll be 14 fights, including two world title fights, as world class fighters from across the globe descend on the capital.
Doors open at 3.45PM and continues until the second live show at 7.45pm.
Then after the action is finished, scores of fans will flock to the official afterparty at Empire Yas Nightclub.
DJ Nuff Said will be on the decks as the afterparty kicks off at 11pm and continues until 3.30am.
Enfusion tickets from Dhs200. Fri 3.45pm. Du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8142).
Enfusion afterparty, Fri 11pm-3.3am. Empire Yas Nightclub, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (050 501 5052)
Sing for your supper with Blue Fever
We love to support local talent when we can, and we’re very excited about this jazz a capella ensemble from Abu Dhabi.
Blue Fever will be entertaining the masses at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Friday night with their inimitable style.
They rely solely on the power of their voices without a musical instrument in sight.
And they have been selling out shows in the UAE since 2009.
Guaranteed to be a top night out.
Dhs180 (including BBQ food), Dhs160 for members of ADGC. Dhs3000 for VIP package, including bottle service. Fri 7pm-10.30pm. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi (056 536 2230)
Party in style at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
You’re always sure of a great party at this swanky party hub.
Why not start the party early this weekend as Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE presents Kaluki Music.
They promise an army of stellar DJ acts on Friday with sizzling performances by big international and local names in the music scene.
Original dubstepper Skream is bringing his musical antics to the table, accompanied by the excellent duo Solardo, and Dubai favourite Raxon.
Joining the party are Kaluki resident DJs Pirate Copy, Pete Zorba and Calvin Clarke, rounding up this all-star lineup.
Free entry. Fri 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Scrum down at McGettigan’s
Everybody needs good neighbours, right? Well, when England and Scotland clash in any sporting discipline, it’s usually a full-blooded affair.
And there’s no love lost between the two countries’ rugby teams as they prepare to take to the field in the Six Nations in Dublin this Saturday.
Former Ireland star Peter Stringer is making his way to the ever-popular McGettigan’s to mingle with fans and share his thoughts on the game.
If you’re a fan of the boys in green, this is not to be missed.
Guests can avail of the SOS Saturday Breakfast Special from noon to 6pm – three house drinks and a breakfast dish for Dhs109.
Options include a veggie breakfast, smoked salmon muffin, French toast, salted caramel and banana pancakes and a traditional Irish fry up.
You’ll have plenty of energy to cheer on your team.
Sat noon-3am.Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street, Al Raha (02 652 4333).
Grab a taste of Paris at Ty Breizh
Crêpes are amazing, aren’t they?
Sweet or savoury, there’s a dish for every occasion.
And nobody does it better than the French. So when we heard of a new French creperie opening in Abu Dhabi, we got very excited.
This Saturday sees the official unveiling of Ty-Breizh restaurant at Alliance Française.
It forms part of a day of events known as ‘Friendship Day’, which also includes a book donation in honour of the Year of Zayed.
And the day ends with a teaser concert at 5pm by the group Light for Art of Sorbonne Abu Dhabi University.
Expect a mix of classical, contemporary, and traditional music.
What are you waiting for? Allez!
Sat 10am onwards. Alliance Française, Al Bateen Street, Exit Street 19 (02 612 2900)