Things to do in Abu Dhabi this week - Oct 31 to Nov 6

Tear yourself away from the sofa and enjoy Halloween parties, yoga sessions and, er, crocodile feeding

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WEDNESDAY - OCT 31
Halloween at Loca
Al Maryah Island hotspot Loca is going big for Halloween with a bumper line-up of fun and festivities. The celebration falls on ladies’ night, so it’s bound to be a busy affair at this popular Mexican hangout. Partygoers can expect colourful displays, extravagant decorations, animated entertainment, delicious dishes, free-flowing mixed beverages and only the best tunes from the DJ.
Free. Wed, Oct 31, 7pm-2am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).

Ladies’ night at Stock Burger Co.
Stock Burger Co. is one of our go-to places for a great burger and some cold hops, and now it has launched a ladies’ night. Every Wednesday girls get three complimentary house-beverages, American-style nibbles and a 50 percent discount on all beverages. DJ Soph-eye will also be entertaining the crowds with her special mix of funky tunes so bring your dancing shoes.
Free. Wed 8pm-12.30pm. Holiday Inn Abu Dhani, Dhafeer Street (08 007 8625).

THURSDAY - NOV 1



Hopfest returns to The Sportsman’s Arms

Featuring three full days of hops and live music, we’re pleased to announced that Hopfest is back at The Sportsman’s Arms this weekend. There will be hops from around the world, a barbecue and American-style live cooking stations, plus music from Funk band Jack Found and Irish musicians The Sandtunes.
Free. Thu, Nov 1 4pm-11pm. The International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).



Hotel of horrors

The terrifying theme for BU!’s Halloween bash is Horror at Hotel del Salto. Staff will be dressed spookily and diners can expect to check in for a night of frights.
From Dhs260. Thu, Nov 1, 8pm-1am. The Hub at Mall at the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 666 8066).

Halloween at Level Lounge
The sundowner spot is embracing Halloween in all its glory. There’s plenty of incentive to dress to impress as those with the spookiest costumes get free entry for the night. There are Dhs15 jelly shorts on offer, too.
Dhs130 (gents).Thu, Nov 1, 10pm-2am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6800).

FRIDAY - NOV 2
Spooky pool party

Get your scariest costume ready for a night of chills, thrills and, well, lots of foam. The season-closing Liquid Rain & Foam pool party at Mai Café is set to be a huge night of Halloween-themed fun. Ladies and Etihad crew get free entry, while tickets for gents are Dhs100.
Free (ladies and Etihad crew), Dhs100 (gentlemen). Fri, Nov 2, 8pm-3am. Mai Café, Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5138).



DANCE
If anyone asks if you fancy going to the mall this Friday afternoon, make sure you tell them you’re busy. Berlin-based DJs Tale Of Us and techno producer Adam Port will be tearing up Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, and you really can’t afford to miss it.
Free. Fri, Nov 2, 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Freaky Friday at Yas Marina
Yas Marina is welcoming families to its secret lair to enjoy a science-themed Halloween party. With Frankenstein himself apparently due to make an appearance, kids will love taking part in the lab experiments, something called the ‘slime laboratory’ and monster and zombie crafts.
Free (aged 2-4), Dhs30 (aged 5-14). Fri, Nov 2, 2pm-6pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 406 2000).

Restorative yoga and sound healing at Bodytree
Experience the combined healing powers of restorative yoga, sound therapy and biofield tuning in this very special session at Bodytree Studio. By connecting with your breath and being guided by the rhythm of healing sounds, you will experience mindful moving meditation and feel re-energised.
Dhs235. Fri, Nov 2, 9am-11am. Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, Khalidiyah (02 443 4448).

SATURDAY - NOV 3
Two-for-one beverages at Hidden Bar
The Rosewood is one of the prettiest hotels in the city. The Hidden Bar is offering two drinks for the price of one from 6pm to 8pm and from midnight to 3am.
Daily, 6pm-8pm & midnight-3am. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).



Feed the crocodiles at Emirates Park Zoo
Emirates Park Zoo & Resort has launched a jaw-dropping new animal experience. Each weekend, you can get up close and personal with the crocodiles and even feed them their dinner.
Dhs75. Fri-Sat 5pm-8pm. 12th Street (02 501 0000).

SUNDAY - NOV 4
Free running sessions with Adidas Runners
Athletes of all levels are invited to join the free Adidas Runners training sessions. The Abu Dhabi Run group meets on Sundays at 7.25pm at the promenade (near Costa Coffee) at The Galleria.
Free. Sun 7.25pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. www.runtastic.com.



Arabic breakfast at Mijana
Getting up for breakfast before 10am isn’t always easy. But Mijana is encouraging us to have a lie-in with its late breakfast offer of three baked goodies and a tea or coffee for Dhs95.
Dhs95. Sun-Fri, 10.30am-1pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi. Grand Canal (02 818 8282).

MONDAY - NOV 5



Weekday treats

Mondays are far less painful when you can get a grilled or fried fish, three mezzes and a scoop of ice cream for Dhs95 at the Flooka seafood lunch.
Dhs95. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Salem Street (02 441 8244).



Healthy menu at Sho Cho

We’re sure we’re not the only ones who spent too many hours watching boxsets and not enough time in the gym over the summer. Luckily, Sho Cho have a new menu of tasty lighter options such as salmon and tuna maki rolls.
Daily noon-midnight. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).

TUESDAY - NOV 6
Spa day at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana
When your busy life starts to get on top of you, there’s nothing like a relaxing massage. The day spa pass at Khalidiya Palace
Rayhaan by Rotana includes a 60-minute Balinese massage, a complimentary healthy drink worth Dhs35 from the Sunset Bar, and access to the leisure pool, private beach, sauna and steam room. The offer is available for Dhs299 until November 30.
Dhs299. Open daily 7am-8pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Hotel, West Corniche (02 657 0182).

Breeze by
On Tuesday evening it’s ladies’ night at Aquarium. Girls can celebrate making it to ‘hump day’ with unlimited drinks for Dhs55 and 50 percent off food. DJ Cliff Townley will also be spinning the hottest tunes.
Dhs55 (house beverages). Tue 7pm-1.30am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0007).

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