Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, August 16-18

Awesome art, delicious bites and a neon-lit night out

Things to do, Grand hyatt, The foundry, Art, Tamba

It feels like summer is never going to end, doesn’t it?

Well, luckily many of us get a few days off work for Eid Al Adha next week to distract us.

Some of us will use the break to spend quality time with family, some will use it as a chance to travel and some will spend it indoors with their face next to the air conditioner.

But before then comes another awesome Abu Dhabi weekend.

And there are plenty of things to keep you busy over the next few days.

Here’s a few of our top tips.

Raising the steaks at The Foundry

Thursdays just got juicier, and cheaper, thanks to The Foundry’s Steak Feast.

Indulge a collection of signature dishes served to the table.

Enjoy multi-servings of a selection, including freshly shucked oysters, salads and top-quality cuts.

Dhs265 (soft drinks), Dhs385 (house drinks). Thu 7pm-11pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).

Neon Nights at Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld’s ever-popular Neon Nights returns this weekend bigger and better than ever.

Every Friday night, starting August 17, the park will be lit up in neon and will bring together a mix of music and activities with neon vibes throughout the park.

Guests will experience the UAE’s only neon river, dance to the beats of the new silent neon disco, and capture fun moments with a neon-themed photo-booth.

And if that wasn’t enough, Yas Waterworld is bringing back the fun-packed Hydrojet Action Show.

From August 17 until September 21, the park will extend its operating hours to 10pm every Friday for the after-dark experience.

Fri 7pm-10pm. Yas Waterworld, Yas Island (02 414 2000).

Samba time at Tamba

You can save an absolute mint at luxury Indian restaurant and bar Tamba every day.

But we like it the best on Saturday nights.

You’ll find internationally adored bottles of French bubbles for just Dhs299 or world-famous bottles of spirits for just Dhs399.

Prices vary. The Hub, The Mall at the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 672 8888).

Have a staycation at Abu Dhabi’s new plush hotel

You don’t have to travel far in Abu Dhabi to enjoy one of the most luxurious weekends of your life.

The Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl (try saying that ten times) has only been open a few months but it’s already earning a gleaming reputation.

So what better way to spend the weekend in Abu Dhabi than treating yourself to an uber luxurious staycation at this Corniche-adjacent gem.

From just Dhs700, book yourself a plush room for the weekend and receive a free upgrade to the next room category, a gorgeous buffet breakfast, access to the swimming pool and Dhs200 credit per day on food and beverages in the hotel’s many outlets.

The Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl, Corniche Road West, Abu Dhabi (02 510 1234).

Catch the awesome ‘Wings of Mexico’ display

A stunning sculpture created by popular Mexican artist Jorge Marin has arrived in Abu Dhabi – and you can go and see it.

Created in 2010, it aims to embody the hopes and dreams of the Central American nation’s citizens while promoting Mexico’s image and artistic output worldwide.

Its striking design consists of two wings of bronze, which are placed on an iron frame above three steps of concrete.

And Abu Dhabi residents can see it up close and personal as it’s on display here until October 31.

It was brought here in a joint effort by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), Manarat Al Saadiyat, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID), The Embassy of Mexico and the Foundation Jorge Marin.

Free. Open daily 8am-9pm. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island (02 657 5800).

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