Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, June 21-23

Foodie feasts, sporting spectacles and more

The end of another busy Abu Dhabi week is in sight.
Many of us enjoyed a short week at work after a brilliant Eid weekend.
And now the weekend is almost upon us once more.
There’s plenty of things to do, see and eat in the capital this weekend and it can be hard to know where to start.
So we’ve pulled together a few ideas for you below.

Whatever you do, have a good one.

Watch the World Cup


OK, this is an obvious one, but this festival of football is only on once every four years so we think it deserves a mention.
It’s been a drama-filled tournament so far and it shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
Luckily for us, there are loads of cool Abu Dhabi venues showing every minute of the action on massive screens in awesome fan zones.
And if that wasn’t enough, most of them have amazing food and drinks offers too.

Or if you’d prefer to watch it at home and order a pizza, why not check out these special World Cup-themed pizzas on offer.

Welcome summer with a show



The Abu Dhabi Summer Season is kicking off in style this weekend as the capital welcomes three months of great shows and activities.
First off, starting June 21 there’s a massive 80% sale across 18 malls, which is sure to include some bargain deals on a range of great items.
Then June 22 sees comedy horror Al Beit Beit Aboona take to the stage at Al Raha Beach Theatre.
The production, by MBC Group, stars Thamer Alshoaibi, Abdulmalek Almuzail and Yousef Almatar and centres around a dead father trying to reunite his children.

Dhs150 to Dhs375. Al Raha Beach Theatre, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi (02 508 0555).

Explore new foodie hub Urban retrEAT


If you haven’t heard about Abu Dhabi’s newest food destination, where have you been?

The brainchild of seasoned food trucker Dana Alsharif, this promises to be a home for independent, local, home-grown businesses to flex their culinary muscles.

The one-of-a-kind hub, thought to be the only in the UAE, will bring an ever-changing mix of street food stalls to Yas Mall.
There are ten shipping container-style stalls with room for up to five more carts.

The vendors will rotate, bringing a new wave of local talent to Urban retrEAT every three months.

The venue will also host local talent such as musicians and artists, offering them a platform to showcase their work and perform for customers within Urban retrEAT. Every weekend a different musician will take the stage, keeping guests entertained as well as fed.
The first 12 vendors to launch include Mr. Brisket, Off the Hook, Casa Latina, Tawa Bakery, Firefly Burger, Piddza, Chez Moe Café, Roll-Ups by Sukkar Dose, Bubble Waffles by Sukkar Dose, Hue Artisan Pasta, Fatteh O Salata and Casa De Churros.

We went along recently for our latest vlog, which you can watch above.

Head to Heritage Village


Take a trip back in time to explore this emirate’s proud past at Heritage Village.
The culture spot, an impressive reconstruction of a traditional oasis on the Corniche breakwater, offers a snapshot into Emirati life from years gone by.
Stop at the open museum to get up close with traditional aspects of the desert way of life, from a goat hair tent to a campfire with coffee pots.
The past is also brought to life in a series of workshops where craftsman demonstrate skills such as metal work and pottery.
Finish the trip at the little spice shop, where you can get a range of dried herbs.

Free. Open Sat-Thu, 9am-2pm. Corniche Breakwater, near Marina Mall (02 681 4455).

Check out Hudayriat Island



Abu Dhabi’s newest beachfront entertainment complex has opened to the public – and it looks to have a bright future.

Located on the 3,000-hectare Hudayriat Island, south-west of the Abu Dhabi main island, Hudayriat Recreational Beach boasts a string of cool leisure and sports facilities.

It features four football fields, four volleyball courts, four basketball courts, four tennis courts, two beach football fields, two beach volleyball courts, and an open garden.

Visitors can choose from a whole host of food trucks providing a range of dining options.

And bosses hope to attract some of the world’s top sporting events to be staged there, increasing the capital’s status as a top tourism and recreation destination.

It means Abu Dhabi’s famous ‘bridge to nowhere’ finally has a purpose as it leads visitors onto the island.

There are also three new slipways for boats and jet-skis, making it a must-visit for thrill-seekers in the capital.

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