Who’s up for a big..?
We’ve been burning the touchpaper through the weekend, step back and put your fingers in your ears because this one is going to be a screamer.
friday september 9
Pottery around the mall
From September 9, shoppers visiting the Abu Dhabi Mall will be able to experience a bit of the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Celebrate Hogwarts is an interactive Harry Potter-themed experience, offering opportunities to take Snapes, ahem, snaps in some of the saga’s most memorable settings. You’ll also be invited to take part in immersive games (a little Quidditch trick anyone?) and, to separate the Weasleys from the Grangers – a weekend quiz (although you should be on the lookout for those sneaky Lots of Slytherin, guaranteed to have drawings on Dumbledore’s answer sheet).
Abu Dhabi Mall, from noon to 9 p.m. from September 9 to October 12. @abudhabimall
Straight out of Ibiza’s Baleric beat factory, Cafe Del Mar has landed on the waterfront next to the Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. There’s an infinity pool, a cheeky little man-made beach, a pool bar, and a fitting soundtrack. Access is free for adjacent Hilton guests, for all others daily passes are available for 250 Dhs Monday to Friday (with 150 Dhs back as F&B credit). There’s also an all-new Friday night swim and brunch package that includes an unlimited selection of drinks, mind-blowing Mediterranean cuisine, access to the pool and 360 lounge, and absolutely epic bass cone candy. It’s 150% atmosphere.
Cafe Del Mar, Yas Bay Waterfront, Friday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Dhs 199 for women, Dhs 250 for men. Tel: (050) 402 2283@cafedelmarabudhabi
Saturday September 10
Get ready for an ‘Extraordinary Dusit Brunch’ every Saturday this season. Urban Kitchen’s Saturday Brunch brings together the world‘s best cuisines, with a superb grilling station, all-time favorite Asian dishes, an upgraded artisan cheese table, amped up seafood options, dessert stations and more.
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 299 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 95 Dhs for children. Tel: (0)2 698 8137. @dusitthaniabudhabi
Abu Dhabi’s salt lakes took Instagram by storm last year. Bloggers, influencers and onlookers headed to their location near Al Wathba Wildlife Reserve, to capture snaps with the narrow pastel green lakes filled with crystal water lilies. You can find the exact location on Google Maps, but getting there is not easy. Grab an SUV, pack snacks and supplies, tell someone where you’re going, don’t litter, and make sure you’re fueled up. We promise you it’s worth it.
Images: Instagram / @achristy / @perspectivesofjames / @vishnu.ae
barrel of laughter
Lock, Stock and Barrel has an almost unrivaled pedigree for fun brunches in Dubai. Which makes us very happy to confirm that the incredibly strong ‘Absolutely Barrelled’ Saturday Brunch (soft package Dhs200, house package is just Dhs250) is now available at the new Yas Bay location. Menu highlights include Pulled Chicken Tacos, Mac and Cheese, Dynamite Shrimp, Thai Chopped Salad, New York Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Mud Cake and Cotton Candy. father.
Yas Bay, Yas Island, Saturday 1-4pm, Dhs200 soft, Dhs250 house. Tel: (02) @lockstockabudhabi
war against gravity
Inside the Yas-based adventure resort, Clymb, you can skydive and scale a man-made Everest under the cozy comfort of steely skies. The venue is home to an epic veritable wind tunnel that allows you to experience all the sensations of rushing out of an airplane, except a few meters above sea level and without having to rely on square meters of bulky nylon. Prefer your climbs a little more practical? There is a huge collection of rock climbing walls and boulder curbs to challenge your finger strength. It is the spiritual home of our nation’s war on gravity.
Clymb, Yas Mall (at the entrance to Ferrari World), Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-11pm, basic lift pass Dhs120 for 60 minutes, combo tickets from Dhs315. Such. : (600) 511115, clymbabudhabi.com
Just common sense
What’s in a name? When it comes to rosewood, not bad actually – it’s a word that evokes knowledge of a rich heritage of well-being and a centuries-old tradition of improving lives and dwelling on pleasure. The spa’s exclusive ‘Sense’ treatment includes a therapeutic blend of massage techniques and the use of heated rosewood sticks throughout the massage. The signature oil, infused with a special blend of Arabian artisan botanicals – including frankincense and oud, has been designed to instantly relax your muscles and support your overall health and well-being. A Rosewood experience under any other name just wouldn’t do…
Total session time: Option 1 — Sixty minutes, Dhs690. Option two – ninety minutes, Dhs820.
Meaning. A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. rosewoodhotels.com
There’s no sun
If you really want to get away from it all, Graden Town in Abu Dhabi might be the perfect option for you. There’s plenty to do in Al Ain (check out our guide to the area for Instagrammable inspiration), but if you’d rather set foot in salubrious surroundings – the beautiful, newly refurbished Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Al Ain will give you space to do it too. Highlights of the on-site facilities are the swimming pools, tennis courts, saunas, and a collection of activities for children. Stays start at Dhs299 and include a daily meal credit of Dhs200, late check-out, and two children under 12 stay free (when staying with parents).
Al Ain. Tel: (03) 768 6666, book now at radissonhotels.com
Sunday September 11
Yes, circuits are fun, but have you ever tried throwing your fists into an indestructible punching bag for 50 minutes with a plasma storm light show going off all around you. *Ding ding* Step into the gym/ring for the HIIT, Classic and Ladies only sessions at Punch, and fight in shape. More than just a punch with an inanimate bag, these HIIT workouts obviously work on your overall fitness and focus on you knocking out that “UAE stone”. Classic classes delve into the skills and techniques behind the sport of gentlemen’s pugilism – tightening up your footwork, jab combos, defensive postures as well as helping you develop strength, speed and agility.
Punch Boxing Club, Zayed Sports City, 100 Dhs for a class (beginners get two for one), and it’s 800 Dhs for an unlimited monthly pass. Tel: (02) 666 9717, @punchuae
Ringing in the moonlight
Seahawk.ae offers nighttime kayaking tours of the grand Louvre Abu Dhabi, allowing you to observe the buildings and take privileged photos from rarefied angles. New trophies unlocked. Trace the lunar curves of the dome and watch the ballet of artificial light, water and shadow create their own masterpieces outside the gallery. Once a month (lunar) you can do it on the full moon. Guess when? Yes, 10th and 11th September – this weekend you can find full moon night cruises on Saturday and Sunday with departures at 7.30pm and 9pm.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on September 10 and 11, 126 Dhs. Tel: (02) 673 6688, sea-hawk.ae