Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this week - Jan 16 to Jan 22

Watch golfing superstars do their thing, learn about sustainable living and try out a new brunch

Best things to do in Abu Dhabi this week - Jan 16 to Jan 22
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WEDNESDAY
Live music at Belgian Café Abu Dhabi
Love live music? Well, every Tuesday and Wednesday there’s music outside on the terrace at Belgian Café. Tuesdays see the silky vocals of Scotsman Mike Ross captivating the crowds, while on Wednesdays its the turn of Leanna Kerry, who always brings a songbook full of toe-tappers and singalongs to every occasion. Check it out.
Free entry. Every Tue-Wed, 8pm-11pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

The Laughter Factory at the Park Rotana
The Laughter Factory is back to lift us from the January blues, and the New Year Dissolution Tour looks like being one of the comedy club’s best-ever line-ups. Tonight’s gig at the Park Rotana features Canadian star Tom Stade, Scottish comedian of the year Larry Dean and British comedy icon JoJo Smith.
Tickets are are on sale now from www.laughterfactory.com. Dhs150. Wed Jan 16 8pm-10.30pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park (02 657 3333).

THURSDAY
Watch Saudi Arabia play at Zayed Sports City


It’s a great time of year for all the football fans in Abu Dhabi, and there’s still chance to watch some of the action unfold in the AFC Asian Cup. Saudi Arabia take on Qatar tonight at Zayed Sports City Stadium at 8pm, after Oman and Turkmenistan battle it out at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.
From Dhs25. 5.30pm & 8pm Thu 17 Jan. Various locations, including Zayed Sports City, www.the-afc.com (02 403 4200).

Dim sum night

Love Asian food? Well now you can get unlimited amounts of dim sum and satay  every Thursday at Cho Gao. Eat as much as you like for Dhs135 per person.
Dhs135. Thu 7pm-1am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 304 8128).

Arabian Night at Corniche All Day Dining

We’re lucky enough to live in a part of the world that has an extra-special local cuisine, and now we can feast on a huge buffet of Middle Eastern specialities every Thursday.
Dhs255. Thu 6.30pm-11pm. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road (02 813 7884).

FRIDAY
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Many of the world’s top golfers are in town for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, and we can’t wait to get involved. If you don’t have tickets you can always watch all the action from events lawn at The Westin. There are also food trucks, pop-up bars and live music.
Free. Jan 16-19. The Westin Abu Dhabi Resort & Spa, Khalifa City A (02 616 9999).

Sustainable fun

The Festival at Masdar City is taking place this weekend (January 18 to 19). Abu Dhabi’s most eco-friendly area is hosting a great programme of family-friendly and educational activities, along with organic produce stands, workshops, music and food stalls.
Free. Jan 18-19, 10am-10pm. Masdar City, Khalifa City A (02 653 3333).

The Best of Blighty Brunch at Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi
This one-off event celebrates everything that’s great about Great Britain. As well as all the traditional pub grub like roast meats, Yorkshire puddings, fish and chips with mushy peas and of course, plenty of cups of tea, there will also be a live band and lawn games to enjoy.
From Dhs285 (soft drinks). Fri Jan 18, 1pm-5pm. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0600).

The AFC Asian Cup fan zones at A’l Bahar and Al Ain
To help fans get in the football spirit, tournament organisers have set up dedicated AFC City Fan Zones in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. At each Fan Zone there will be public screenings of the matches on giant screens, football-themed games for all the family and lots of entertainment.
Free entry. 1pm-midnight. A’l Bahar, Corniche, Abu Dhabi and Al Towayya Park, Al Ain.

SATURDAY
Recycling In Art with Warehouse 421

Participants in this creative workshop use waste plastics to produce unique, upcycled pieces of art. Running as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, it’s free to visitors.
Free. Jan 19 4pm-6pm. Masdar City (02 676 8803).



Run and cycle at Al Ghazal Golf Club
Are you always on the look out for new jogging and cycling routes? Well Al Ghazal Golf Club have opened a new track that’s perfect for helping us work off those weekend brunches.
Free. Al Ghazal Golf Club, Masdar City (02 505 3314).

SUNDAY
Bayt Al Qindeel Islamic pattern design workshops

Embrace your creative side at the National Theatre and sign up for a five-day introductory or advanced course in Islamic pattern design. 
Dhs2,200. Jan 20-24, 9.30am-noon & 6pm-8.30pm. National Theatre, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (050 612 5681).



The weekend roast at The Scene
Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with a traditional British roast at Yas Island restaurant The Scene. There’ll be Yorkshire puddings, carved meats and of course, loads of gravy.
Dhs99. Sat-Sun noon-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (050 797 0331).

MONDAY
Tiki girls

The Monday ladies’ night at Pacifico Tiki offers girls a platter of tapas-style nibbles and unlimited mixed drinks for Dhs65.
Dhs65. Mon 8pm-midnight. Al Bandar Marina, Al Raha Beach (02 556 6090).

Happy hour at PJ O’Reilly’s
There’s a happy hour deal on every day at this Irish pub (that has just had something of a revamp) but Monday’s lasts from noon until 1.30am, with selected drinks available for Dhs24.
Dhs24. Mon noon-1.30am. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

TUESDAY
Latin night at The Village

The lovely outdoor area at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi is the perfect setting for a night of Latin-themed fun. The live band gets everyone busting out their most flamboyant salsa steps, while the culinary offerings include sharing plates of Mexican street food. So grab your friends and head to The Village next time you’re looking for an exciting night out. There’s a full menu of mixed drinks with your name on it, too.
Dhs100 (sharing snack plate). Tue 7pm-11pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 495 2000).

Test yourself

There’s no need to be feeling blue with Blu Sky Bar & Grill’s brainiac bonanza. Head down early to take advantage of a generous happy hour deal, with selected house beverages available for Dhs18.
Tue 8.30pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).

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