Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, August 23-25

A mega paint party, stunning fireworks and more

Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend, August 23-25

This week, we’ve been busy celebrating Eid Al Adha.

Most of us have had a few days off work to mark the important holiday, which fell on Tuesday.

And now our attentions are turning towards another Abu Dhabi weekend.

While some of the capital’s fine residents will have embarked on some travelling over the break, there are still plenty of us left behind looking for things to do this weekend.

With that in mind, here are a few of our top tips.

Catch the Eid Al Adha fireworks at Yas Marina

It’s not a big occasion without a stunning fireworks display, right?

Well, the third and final sparkling show in honour of Eid Al Adha will light up the skies above Yas Marina tonight, August 23.

These displays are always popular for other public holidays throughout the year and are truly a visual feast.

Starting at 9pm, you can catch them from pretty much anywhere on Yas Island, but we recommend enjoying them as you dine at one of the island’s great eateries.

Italian favourite Cipriani’s has an awesome terrace which is perfectly suited for such an evening.

The promenade at Yas Marina is another great place to catch the action.

Or they can be enjoyed on board a traditional dhow with Captain Tony’s Eid Fireworks Fun Cruise, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, costing Dhs100 per adult and Dhs50 per child above the age of six years old.

Free. August 23 from 9pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island.

Welcome the weekend at McGettigan’s

This Al Raha Beach hotspot is always a good shout for a night out on Thursdays.

And the Thursday night happy hour until 10pm is sure to put a smile on your face too.

Enjoy a range of house drinks and grapes for Dhs25.

Irish traditional band Suckin’ Diesel provide the tunes for a truly great evening before DJ Rob Forest takes control for the rest of the night.

Dhs25. Thu 12pm-10pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi (02 652 4333).

Enjoy Yas Gaming Festival

Abu Dhabi’s first ever interactive video games festival is here.

Yas Mall and Yas Island bosses have partnered with global gaming titan IGN to create a gamers’ paradise starting this weekend.

Whether you’re into old school games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario, or into the latest blockbuster games, there’s something for everyone.

From August 22 to September 1, the festival will combine cosplay, fun multi-player tournaments, retro arcades, esports and virtual reality, inviting players of all ages to game together.

Parents will also be able to enjoy learning about kid-friendly games and educational gaming, as well as tips for controlling play time for each age group.

Read our essential guide to the festival here.

Book a weekend staycation

You don’t have to travel for hours and spend loads of money to have a nice break this weekend.

It’s a great time right now to bag yourself a bargain on a luxurious stay at one of Abu Dhabi’s many awesome hotels.

Lots of them have great offers on at the minute, meaning you can get away from it all with an affordable and unforgettable staycation.

We’ve compiled a list of five last-minute deals on Abu Dhabi hotels which should be useful to anyone looking to treat themselves this weekend.

Paint the town red on Al Maya Island

Al Maya Island’s pool parties are notorious in Abu Dhabi.

Dancing the day and night away at a private island with free-flowing drinks, lashes of sunshine and endless great tunes, sound good?

Well, they’re back with an Eid edition with a difference.

On August 24, guests will be getting pretty messy at the paint party, with UV paint and free glowsticks everywhere.

DJs Shane Patrick, James Murray and Chad Phunk will provide the tunes so all you have to think about is having the best time possible.

Guests can soak up rays on a sun loungers, sit around the poolside bar smoking shisha, hit the dance floor or jump into the massive pool and socialise

around the swim-up bar.

For more details, check out this link.

Dhs125 (includes one drink). August 24 11am-9pm. Al Maya Island Resort, water taxi next to Khalidiya Palace Hotel, Corniche West (05 5374 1550).

Light up your weekend with Yas Waterworld

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.

Guests are also invited to enjoy a neon-themed buffet that promises to engage all of the senses.

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

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