17 reasons to get out of the house this week

Nibble your way around a food festival, perfect your painting skills and see British star Dua Lipa live in concert

17 reasons to get out of the house this week

The Art of DC exhibition at Yas Mall

One of our favourite malls is hosting an exhibition all about superheroes. If you’re a self-confessed comic book nerd you’ll love wandering around The Art of DC – The Dawn of Superheroes. It features original comic book pages, costumes from iconic superhero films (including the cape worn by Christopher Reeve in the Superman movies), and lots of TV show memorabilia.
Dhs30. Sun-Wed 10am-9.30pm, Thu-Sat 10am-11.30pm until Feb 15. Yas Mall, Yas Island (02 414 6401).

Drinks and nibbles at Cafe Milano
This is the new place to be on a Wednesday evening. As well as buy-one-get-one-free beverages, you can also feast on a trio of colourful Italian sharing plates for Dhs90. While you watch the sun set from the terrace with a glass of grapes or hops you can also chill out to the smooth tunes from the DJ. The ‘Apericena Wednesday’ offer is available every week from 5pm to 8pm.
Prices vary. Wed 5pm-8pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

Food Fest

Taste of Abu is finally upon us. The foodie festival features dishes and beverages from loads of the city’s best eateries, brilliant live music and the chance to meet, bake and cook with some of the world’s top celebrity chefs. We can’t wait.
From Dhs40 (under-12s go free). Thu Nov 8 4pm-11.30pm, Fri Nov 9 noon-11pm, Sat Nov 10 noon-10pm. du Arena, Yas Island www.tasteabudhabi.com.

Watercolour classes at N2N Gallery

Want to take up a new hobby, nruture your artistic skills or just try something different? Well from today Katerina Spirtus is beginning her six-class series of classes in botanical watercolouring at the N2N Gallery. The sessions will take you through all the techniques and materials you need to become a master watercolour painter.
Dhs 1,575. Nov 8-14. Al Ain Tower, Khalidiyah (05 059 51891).

Arabian Thursday at Corniche All Day Dining

The huge buffet at this International restaurant has a Middle Eastern theme every Thursday evening. Feast on superb dishes including ouzi, mansaf and mixed grills.
Dhs255. Thu 7pm-11pm. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road (02 813 7777).

House party

Thursday night is the new party night at Level Lounge, where guests can enjoy pool access, drinks packages and a live DJ. You’ll also get a free drink if you’re organised enough to arrive before 10pm.
Free. Thu 9pm-2am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6800).

New in town

To celebrate its official opening at Al Seef Resort & Spa, Sanderson’s is hosting a day of fun and food for all Abu Dhabi residents. Drop by the cool eatery today and you can sample dishes from the ‘mood-boosting menu’, browse a pop-up farmer’s market and bop along to live performances from local bands.
Fri Nov 9, 4pm-9pm. Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andalus, Khalifa Park area (02 203 1333).

One Music X Abu Dhabi at Mubadala Arena
The One Music X festival is bringing world-class musical talent, lots of freebies and delcious food to the capital. Featuring KZ Tandingan, Inigo Pascual, Maris Racal and many more brilliant artists, tickets can be purchased from www.virginmegastore.ae.
From Dhs135. Fri Nov 9, 2pm onwards. Mubadala Arena, Zayed Sports City (02 333 6111).

Feast and party at Stills Playground Brunch
When Funch Bunch moved on to Stars ’N’ Bars it left a sizeable hole to fill at Yas Island bar Stills. But the new brunch sounds like it’s going to do its best to do so. As well as high-quality grub such as grilled meats and fresh salads, there will be music from Sweet Chilli Jam and lots of games.
From Dhs185. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 3053).

Painting and paper quilling at Expression Sessions XIV

This arts gathering by Blank Canvas Society lets you contribute to a huge tribute to Sheikh Zayed. The Dhs170 entrance fee includes a meal and all materials.
Dhs170. Sat Nov 10, 4pm-8pm. Ethereal, Fotouh Al Khair Mall (050 717 3649).

Deerfield Mall weekend farmers’ market

Deerfields Mall is hosting its own farmers’ market every Friday and Saturday. Open from 4pm to 10pm, there will be over 20 different stalls featuring locally grown fruit and vegetables.
Free. Fri-Sat, 4pm-10pm. Deerfields Mall, Al Shahama Road (02 501 0826).

Dua Lipa performs at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

British singing star Dua Lipa is marking the museum’s first birthday by headlining an exclusive performance at Louvre Abu Dhabi’s concert village.
Dhs200. Sat Nov 11, 6pm onwards. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island (0600 56 55 66).

Craft brews and bites at The St. Regis Bar
The cool bar has introduced a new selection of international craft brews. Try the mildly floral Lebanese brew, which goes perfectly with a lamb kofta.
Prices vary. Daily, 7pm-midnight. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche Road (02 694 4553).

Time for tea

You can get two afternoon tea spreads for the price of one at Filaments. Spend a long afternoon sipping on the finest teas and nibbling on delicious cakes.
Dhs120 (two people). Daily 3pm-6pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).

Business lunch deal at Dino’s Bistro Italiano

Break up you week by treating yourself to a hearty Italian lunch. You can get a starter, main and dessert for Dhs90.
Dhs80 (two courses), Dhs90 (three courses). Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabia Street (02 307 5591).

Year of Zayad exhibiton at the Park Rotana Abu Dhabi

As the Year of Zayed draws to a close, one Abu Dhabi hotel is paying tribute to the UAE’s founding father. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi has teamed up with artist Annabelle Smith Bigno to exhibit a series of paintings inspired by the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.The showcase, simply titled The Year of Zayed Art Exhibition, is on display from now until December 8.
Free. Until Dec 8. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).

Girls’ night

Ladies can enjoy three mixed  drinks and a platter of nibbles, including sushi and seafood, for Dhs85 per person at Impressions rooftop bar. The offer is available daily (except for Mondays) for a full seven hours.
Dhs85. Tue-Sun 7pm-2am. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salem Street (02 656 1000).

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