Eight great ideas for an alternative night out in Abu Dhabi

Choose from stand-up comedy to learning a new language

Eight great ideas for an alternative night out in Abu Dhabi

We’re big fans of happy hours, ladies’ nights, brunches and dining deals but sometimes you might fancy something a little bit different.

Maybe you want to enjoy a laugh at comedy show, learn a new recipe to make at home or test your knowledge at a quiz.

Whatever your interest, there’s loads to do in this city.

Join a quiz team
There’s something immensely satisfying about knowing a little snippet of information that boggles the minds of others. With a pub quiz, you can go in thinking it’s the taking part that counts. But as everyone who’s ever entered one can attest, once the questions start coming, it quickly becomes highly competitive. So, if you want to pick up some top prizes and have a giggle at the same time, gather a group of your brightest friends, think up a clever name for your team and put your collective knowledge to the test with one of Abu Dhabi’s great quiz nights.

For all the quiz nights in Abu Dhabi click here.

Kayak around Louvre Abu Dhabi
Seahawk, the company taking kayakers around Louvre Abu Dhabi, has launched a full moon version of the tours so you can see what the iconic museum looks like lit up at night from the water. If you’ve never seen Louvre Abu Dhabi lit up at night then you’re missing out, and getting to check it out while kayaking in the cooler weather sounds perfect to us. Spaces are limited and booking is essential so if you want to get involved it’s best to plan ahead. One piece of advice from us… Try not drop your phone in the ocean while snapping pictures for Instagram.
Dhs126. Dates vary. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, www.sea-hawk.ae.

Learn a new language
Ever wanted to learn a new language? Taking an informal approach to language, Abu Dhabi Speaks is a weekly meet-up group and language exchange where you can learn the basics of a new language. Group members from all over the world teach others phrases and words that could be used in real-life situations. The group is open to new members if you want to take part and pick up some useful phrases in another language. All you have to do in return is share something yourself and help someone else come to terms with your native tongue.
To find out more, visit: www.facebook.com/adspeaks.

Sing your heart out at karaoke
If you love to sing an nothing sounds better to you than getting on stage belting out a number then you’ve probably tried karaoke before. Plus there are several options to choose from. At Harvesters in Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi there’s a karaoke night from 8pm every week. If you’re looking for a rowdy crowd to share your songs with then the post brunch karaoke at Porters English Pub in Grand Millennium Al Wahda takes place every Friday from 5pm-9pm. Want some free drinks before getting on stage? Head to Victor’s Bar and Restaurant’s ladies’ karaoke night every Wednesday from 7pm-midnight where ladies can enjoy five free drinks and grab the microphone to share a song. The choice is yours.

Stand-up comedy
Abu Dhabi comedy crew Yalla Laughs hold regular shows in the city to bring the best established and amateur comics to the stage to perform. The shows are always free and give you a good chance to see what funny people in the city have to say about modern life and living in the UAE. For more information and upcoming shows visit www.facebook.com/yallalaughs

Take a cooking class
Want to learn a new recipe to impress your friends and family? Jones the Grocer host regular cooking classes at locations across the city where you can learn a new dish, try it out with other keen cooks under supervision from a chef and then at the end you get to eat it too.

To check on all the upcoming events visit www.jonesthegrocer.com

Watch a film
There are loads of cinemas in this city and there’s even a brand new IMAX screen in Abu Dhabi. If you fancy seeing a film that’s a little bit different then check out Cinema Space or Cinema Akil. Showing films at Warehouse421, Cinema Akil show a range of films and documentaries on a range of topics at the creative hub. Screening a selection of restored classics, mystery screenings and modern film, Cinema Space has weekly screenings at Manarat Al Saadiyat.
For more information and upcoming screenings visit www.cinemaakil.com and www.cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

Watch live poetry performances
Spoken word and poetry is incredibly popular in the Middle East and the tradition has been practised in the UAE for centuries. Keeping the tradition alive and helping to inspire a new generation to take an interest in verbal performances, Rooftop Rhythms has been holding regular shows in Abu Dhabi since 2012. The collective of performers from all corners of the world will assemble once again on September 27 for the season opening open mic night. Kicking off the eights season, the collective will showcase emerging and establish spoken word performers from their usual venue The Marketplace at NYUAD. Never been to a show before? Tickets to the event are free but registration is required due to high demand. All you need to do is visit www.nyuad-artscenter.org to reserve a ticket when they become available in the coming weeks closer to the event.

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