Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this week - Jan 9 to Jan 15

There’s loads to enjoy in the capital this week as 2019 gets off to a brilliant start

Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this week - Jan 9 to Jan 15

WEDNESDAY
Orthodox Christmas at COYA
We’re sure no-one likes the festive season to end, and thankfully COYA has given us one more reason to celebrate even though we’re in January.
Our current Best Americas restaurant has some limited-edition dishes available for the Orthodox Christmas, including some decadent Tsarkaya oysters served with oyster rocoto tiger apple, cucumber relish and coriander oil.
Various prices. Jan 9, 7pm-midnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).

PLAY
Christmas might be over, but Nation Galleria is still hosting its #FrozenMoments event until January 15. It feature loads of family-friendly games and activities such as a maze, human evolution wall and winter photo booth, plus hot chocolate and other tasty winter delicacies.
Free. 10am-midnight. Nation Towers, West Corniche (02 333 8288).

Al Shira’aa International Horse Show
Sports fans in Abu Dhabi will be jumping for joy as one of the region’s biggest equestrian showcases comes to town.
The third annual Al Shira’aa International Horse Show is taking place until January 12. Among those hoping to take home the title are FEI World No.6 Henrik Von Eckermann, three-time Portuguese Olympian Luciana Diniz and Great Britain’s William Funnell.
Prices vary. Jan 6-7, 9-12. www.alshiraahorseshow.com.

THURSDAY
Burger night at c.taste
Thursday night means burger night at Centro Capital Centre restaurant c.taste. Sample more than 30 different types of patty in six varieties of bun. The incredible spread includes a vegan burger, huge sharing-style patties and live cooking stations to let you make up your own burger creation.
Dhs99 (soft drinks), Dhs149 (house beverages). Thu 6pm-10.30pm. Centro Capital Centre Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 409 6512).



Sandwich deal

Get a gourmet sandwich made with freshly baked bread, a portion of fries and a bottle of hops for Dhs99 all month at cool bar Havana Club.
Dhs99. Open daily 5pm-2am. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

Latino barbecue night at The Patio
Don’t miss out on this special night over at The Westin. As well as unlimited amounts of South American-style barbecued meat and seafood, there’s also a live Latin band to get you dancing.
Dhs210. Jan 10 & 24, 8pm-11pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

FRIDAY



Beach party

It might be the month for being strict on yourself and saving those fils after your festive blowouts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still party on a Friday night does it? Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is putting on special soirée with music producers Francesca Lombardo and La Fleur.
Don’t mind if we do.
Prices vary. Fri Jan 11 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (56 113 3400).

Restorative yoga and sound healing at Bodytree Studio
The Pilates, yoga and dance studio is hosting a ladies-only session that will unite the healing powers of restorative yoga, sound therapy and biofield tuning. The restorative Symphony of Light experience is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to yoga experts.
Dhs275. Fri Jan 11, 9am-11am. Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street (02 443 4448).

Architecture of Loneliness at Warehouse421
The new photography exhibition at arty hub Warehouse421 examines how feelings of solitude are shaped by city planning, governance, and architecture. Exploring the UAE’s shifting urban landscapes through the works of four photographers, Architecture of Loneliness is available to view until February 17.
Until Feb 17. Tue-Sun 10am-8pm. Mina Zayed (02 676 8803).

SATURDAY
Golf masterclass with Richie Ramsay

The Westin Abu Dhabi is working with Marriott Rewards and SPG Rewards to give members the chance to take part in a golf masterclass with golf pro Richie Ramsay at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
Free (for members). Jan 12. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City (02 885 3555).

Olive Oil Season at Roberto’s
The Italian restaurant is celebrating the magic of olive oil throughout January. The special menu includes duck breast, grilled halibut and salmon paired with special olive oils.
Dhs395. Until Jan 31, noon-11pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 627 9999).

SUNDAY
Afternoon tea at Hakkasan
Treat yourself to a glamorous afternoon at Emirates Palace and indulge in a selection of dim sum and desserts. There’s also a choice of Taiwanese or Chinese tea and a glass of bubbly thrown in too.
Dhs288. Daily 3pm-5pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

Make the most of the sales at Marina Mall
Marina Mall is just one of the shopping hubs taking part in Retail Abu Dhabi. Many of the stores are offering massive discounts of up to 90 percent.
Until Feb 5. Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Marina Village (800 6623).

MONDAY
Merry mixers
Make the most of the happy hour at Yas Marina bar The Scene. Selected mixed drinks and hops are Dhs25 from 3pm to 8pm, Sunday to Thursday.
Dhs25. Sun-Thu 3pm-8pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (050 797 0331).



Grab the Dhs49 lunch deal at The Coffee Club

Enjoy a sandwich or salad, including a chicken avocado sandwich and pomegranate and date salad, and a drink for less than Dhs50.
Dhs49. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Various locations, including Marsa Al Bateen (02 222 1266).


TUESDAY
Free upgrade at Wellness and Massage
While the festive season is always tremendous fun, it can leave you feeling exhausted and like you want to sleep for a month. Get you get yourself back on full form with a 90-minute massage from Wellness and Massage. The January offer includes a 30-minute upgrade with every booking of a Balinese 60-minute massage. Sounds like total bliss to us.
Dhs275. Open daily 10am-10pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche Road (02 657 0188).

Ladies’ night
Ladies, why not have your next girly gathering at Hamilton’s Gastropub? The Saadiyat Island bar is offering women three complimentary beverages and 50 percent off bar bites every Tuesday evening.
Free. Tue 6pm-10pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).

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