Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, July 26-28

A global music bonanza, family fun and a certain new mega theme park

Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, July 26-28

It’s been quite the week in Abu Dhabi.

From the introduction of a major change to our motoring laws to the opening of the amazing new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, a lot has happened in just seven days.

But the weekend is almost here and there’s plenty of things to do.

Here are a few of our top tips.

Family fun at ALLDAY LIVE!

A fun, interactive trio of family shows is coming to Abu Dhabi this weekend.

ALLDAY LIVE! is on at Emirates Palace between Thursday July 26 and Saturday July 28.

Organised by YAK Events, it will include The Hollywood Special Effects Show, Fireflies Shadow Theatre and Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey.

The Hollywood Special Effects Show goes behind the scenes of blockbuster films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic.

The show’s team will reveal how special effects work in the movies, with set pieces including an onstage inferno, gruesome monsters from Sci-Fi films, explosions and extreme weather conditions.

Fireflies Shadow Theatre will tell an incredible story using shadows, colour, shapes and music.

The actors create machines, animals, trees and humans using only their bodies and it looks incredible.

Tickets are Dhs85 and include entry into all three shows.

Dhs85. July 26-28. Emirates Palace, West Corniche,,

Join the celebrations at Cooper's Big Friday Brunch

The celebrations show no signs of stopping at Cooper’s, Time Out Abu Dhabi’s new Pub of the Year 2018.

The Park Rotana hotspot was a deserved winner at our recent Music & Nightlife Awards as they saw off some very tough competition.

The capital's longest happy hour, great food and a cosy atmosphere helped the ever-popular venue take the crown.

And to mark their big win, the British-style pub is throwing a celebratory brunch this weekend.

It’s always a popular brunch destination anyway, but we reckon this Friday will be one to remember.

Enjoy a range of amazing comfort food such as fish and chips, a famous Cooper’s brisket and a range of delicious sliders.

Entertainment comes in the form of live music from the awesome Big Mouth Band, making this a brunch not to be missed.

We’ll see you there.

Dhs165 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (apple-based beverages), Dhs235 (selected beverages), Dhs255 (selected premium beverages). July 27 noon-4pm. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333)

New club night at Empire Yas Bar

Abu Dhabi hotspot Empire Yas Bar is launching a new club night which we’re sure will be a hit.

The party venue, which was Highly Commended in Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Music and Nightlife Awards Best Newcomer category, is launching Pandora, which will take place every Friday night.

Organisers are promising a visual and musical feast for clubbers as they get ready to launch the new weekly event this Friday, July 27.

DJ Jay will provide the backdrop of awesome tunes at the Yas Island party spot.

The party kicks off at 10pm and you can dance the night away until 3.30am.

Free (table prices on request). Every Fri, July 27 onwards. 10pm-3am. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (052 596 5227).

Dance the weekend away with UNITE with Tomorrowland

Abu Dhabi music lovers are getting set for the biggest party of the summer – as massive global dance festival UNITE with Tomorrowland prepares to take over the capital.

The hotly-awaited electronic music bonanza – which will play out live in Belgium – will be streamed live in seven different locations across the planet, including right here in Abu Dhabi.

The mega Abu Dhabi concert, to be held at du Forum on July 28, will allow revellers to enjoy a dynamic DJ line-up alongside music lovers in Italy, Malta, Spain, Taiwan, Mexico and Lebanon.

Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren will headline the superstar line-up for the hotly anticipated party and will join the likes of Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike and Afrojack in thrilling fans at the musical bonanza.

With the show kicking off at 2pm and running all the way through to 3am, make sure you converse your energy before embarking on an incredible 13-hour musical journey.

Ticket prices for the event start at Dhs495 and are available from

Dhs495. July 28 2pm-3am. Du Forum, Yas Island.

Take the kids to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, cut off from the rest of the world, you’ll know the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi opened to the public this week.

The mega 1.65million sq f theme park on Yas Island will become the latest jewel in the capital’s tourism crown.

It is home to cartoon favourites and superheroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry.

Visitors will enjoy 29 rides and attractions in the giant theme park, which is split into six lands - Warner Bros. Plaza, Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch.

And what’s more, it’s completely indoors so you don’t have to worry about the summer sun.

Tickets are available on their website here and are priced at Dhs230 for children under 1.1 metres and Dhs295 for adults, with an annual pass costing Dhs695.

Family passes are available too.

Dhs230 (children), Dhs295 (adults). Daily 10am-9pm. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island,

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