Best reasons to get out of the house in Abu Dhabi this week

Enjoy F1 parties, thanksgiving brunches, half-price massages, quiz nights and much more

Things to do

WEDNESDAY 21
Mini golf at the NYUAD Arts Center Plaza
Putting for Pleasure and Politics at the NYUAD Arts Center Plaza is a nine-hole mini golf course designed by nine different artists. Following the theme of discomfort, each hole addresses a different social issue. It really makes you ponder more than just why you’re  Free. Sat-Thu 3pm-10pm. The Project Space, NYUAD Arts Center Plaza, Saadiyat Island (02 628 8000).

Gents’ night at Sky Lounge Thirty One
Sky Lounge Thirty One has decided it’s time for the guys to be treated to a freebie for a change, which we think is about time too. Gents can now enjoy two free premium beverages when they buy shisha between 8pm and 10pm every Wednesday evening. The elevated bar boasts some fantastic views as well, so you can update your Instagram story at the same time.
Prices vary. Wed 8pm-10pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street (02 495 3915).

THURSDAY 22



Complimentary pool access at Zen the spa

Now you have another excuse to indulge in some pampering.  Zen the spa, at Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, is throwing in complimentary beach and pool access when you book any treatment that lasts for 75 minutes or longer. You’ve got until December 20 to finally have that massage you’ve been craving.
Prices vary. Open daily 10am-10pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 4140).



Ride Wit Me
Nelly is performing an epic gig at MAD Yas Island as the city gears up for the excitement of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Dhs150 (ladies, includes one drink), Dhs300 (gents, includes two drinks). Nov 22 11pm-6am. Yas Island (055 834 6262).



Thanksgiving brunch at The Sportsman’s Arms

The sports bar is giving you the chance to celebrate one of North America’s most famous holidays with three hours of feasting on US-style sharing dishes.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). Nov 22-23, noon-7pm. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 477 1066).

FRIDAY 23



Turkey day

The Thanksgiving Brunch at The Terrace on the Corniche features roast turkey, completed with the finest trimmings of sautéed chestnuts, apple and walnut stuffing, buttered Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and more. There are also pies, casseroles, assorted cheeses and lots of yummy desserts.
From Dhs345 (soft drinks). Fri, Nov 23 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, West Corniche (02 694 4553).

Roger Sanchez at Iris
Iris Yas Island is hosting five days of parties in honour of the big race’s tenth anniversary. DJ Roger Sanchez has been filling dancefloors for the past three decades with hits such as Another Chance, Lost and Turn On The Music. He will be bringing all his big tunes to the capital when he plays a late-night set at the hotspot this Friday.
Fri Nov 23. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636).

Grand Prix dining at Cipriani Yas Island
Take in the views of the yachts, racing cars and fellow F1 fans as you dine on authentic Italian cuisine, six mixed drinks and boogie to the best selection of tunes from DJ Andrea. Table bookings are limited to two hours at a time, so make sure you reserve a spot if you want to get in on all the action.
Prices vary. Nov 22-25, noon-3am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 657 5400).

Ultimate race weekend at Empire Yas
Experience the ultimate race weekend brunch at Empire Yas.  Enjoy great food, brilliant vibes and cool drinks overlooking all the action on the race track. Packages also include a ticket to your chosen day’s after-race concert.
Dhs399 (Fri), Dhs399 (Sat), Dhs999 (Sun). Fri-Sun, Nov 23-25 1pm-8pm. Yas Island (050 501 5052).

SATURDAY 24
Thanksgiving at Victor’s Bar & Restaurant
The festive three-course menu features roast pumpkin soup, a turkey dinner and apple pie.
Dhs120 (one drink), Dhs160 (four drinks). Nov 22-30, open daily noon-3am. Hilton Capital Grand Hotel Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 617 0000).



Bagatelle Dubai Takeover at Diablito
Enjoy a day of luxury and bubbles as the French brand takes over the Diablito rooftop terrace for 12 hours of race-weekend action. There’ll also be top tunes from DJ Emir and Sam Starks.
Prices vary. Sat Nov 24 2pm-1am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (04 354 5035).

SUNDAY 25



F1 roasts at Belgian Café Yas Island

The bar is keeping the capital fuelled throughout F1 weekend with hefty portions of free-range chicken, slow-roast beef sirloin or lamb leg with all the trimmings.
Dhs125. Nov 24-25, 1pm-5pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Half-price massages at Capital Centre Arjaan
Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club in Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana is helping us recover from the weekend with 50 percent off all one-hour massages.
Prices vary. Sun-Thu 11am-2pm. Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 495 4444).

MONDAY 26
Truffle season
Roberto’s has introduced a menu full of white truffle specialities. It features beef tartare with organic egg yolk, smoked burrata cheese and chitarra spaghetti.
From Dhs95. Open daily noon-11pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 627 9009).



Try a golden cappuccino at Alba lounge
Alba is offering guests the chance to enjoy a creamy cappuccino enhanced with genuine 22 carat gold, two macarons and a golden caramel éclair.
Dhs75. Open daily 8am-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

TUESDAY 27
Dim sum lunch at Shang Palace

If you’re a fan of dim sum, you’re in luck. Now you can feast on unlimited servings of the filled dumplings every day at Shang Palace. The special menu includes steamed buns, signature dumplings, rice noodles, roasted meats, soups. There’s also Chinese tea and access to the dessert station at the adjacent Sofra bld restaurant.
Dhs115 (food only), Dhs145 (tea and dessert station). Daily noon-3pm. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8503).



Quiz night at PJ O'Reilly's
Covering sports, music and interactive rounds, you’re bound to know at least a few answers at the fun Tuesday night quiz at PJ O’Reilly’s. The challenge kicks off at 7pm, and the best bit is that it’s absolutely free.
Free. Tue 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

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