8 things to do in Abu Dhabi this week

The Eid break may be over but there’s still plenty to do in our gorgeous UAE capital – like the reopening of the rooftop at p&c by Sergi Arola (formerly everyone’s hot pick Pearls and Caviar), and the return to outdoor fitness classes. We don’t want to jinx it but it’s high time the weather was in our favour, and whether we’re in Downward Facing Dog or dancing in the moonlight to an Abu Dhabi lineup of soul talent on Saadiyat Beach, we’ll be taking full advantage of it.

Sounds of the Sea Screening
Kick off the week with some cinematic culture at this film screening New York University’s Saadiyat campus. Directed by Nujoom Alghanem and written by Khalid Al Budoor, it tells the story of an ageing Emirati fishing community once praised for their sea songs. Despite being phased out and forgotten by a younger generation and new fishing practices, their hope is to revive the old days of adventure with Saif Alzibadi, the legendary sea singer who would accompany the men on voyages.
When: Sunday September 27, 6:30pm
Where: Conference Centre, NYUAD Saadiyat Campus, Saadiyat Island,

Sundowners at p&c Bar
Great news! The rooftop at p&c by Sergi Arola (formerly Pearls and Caviar) has reopened its doors to welcome in the increasingly good weather. If we could pick one thing to do straight from work this evening, it’d be to nestle into the bar’s contemporary lounge furniture and make the most of the view with a couple of sundowners. They even have their own jazz radio station to set the right mood.
When: Fridays from 6pm and 4pm
Where: p&c by Sergi Arola, adjacent to The Villas by Shangri-La, +9712 509 8555; www.shangri-la.com/abudhabi/shangrila/

Outdoor Ashtanga Yoga Class
We’re all for more outdoor time nowadays – hiding in front of the air-conditioning has done enough damage. Add more oomph to your mind and body with an invigorating Ashtanga class in Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful park. Ziv of Let’s Go Yoga will lead this sequence in a soothing open green space, and it promises to challenge you as well as chill you out. The AED65 cover charge includes the park entry fee, but note that bookings are recommended.
When: Mondays at 7pm
Where: Mushrif Central Park (15th & 24th Streets), +97150 349 2336,

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Aquarium Lobster Feast
This elegant and relaxed seafood and fish market boasting a large aquarium indoors and amazing views of the marina outdoors, is a great choice for an early week pick-me-up, particularly on Mondays when they offer a 50 percent off their fresh lobster. Not to mention, Aquarium is in close proximity to a certain happening ladies night at the chic and sparkly Iris who, on Mondays, offer complimentary martinis until midnight. Easy.
When: Mondays from 7pm-11pm
Where: Aquarium, Yas Marina, +971 2 565 0007,

World Heart Day at Train Yas
September 29 marks World Heart Day and the TrainYAS by Activelife team want to encourage Tuesday racers to come out in red to show their support for heart health and awareness. In addition to 50 complimentary Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi bikes and helmets being available for those without wheels (on a first-come, first-serve basis), a team of the hospital’s caregivers will be teaching basic lifesaving skills for heart health emergencies. #HealthyHeart facts will also be displayed across all our screens at the circuit to support heart education.
When: Tuesday September 29, from 6pm
Where: Yas Central, Yas Marina Circuit, 800-YAS,

Jazz at Jones Sessions
Jones the Grocer’s Al Muneera branch in the capital is bringing back the cool with their ever-popular live jazz nights. While tucking into impeccable and inspired dishes fresh from their kitchens this evening, you can also enjoy the smooth sounds from dynamic duo Paul Moutarde and Tamas K Antal. Did we mention that Jones just launched a mouthwatering, new coffee and chocolate-infused menu?
When: Tuesday September 29, from 6:30pm
Where: Jones The Grocer, Etihad Airways Centre, Al Muneera, +9712 558 9808,

Season Launch of Abu Dhabi Soul #12
Abu Dhabi’s got soul, and you can find it in waves on the shores of Saadiyat Beach Club, whose stylish deck lounge De La Costa hosts the ‘Abu Dhabi Soul’ series once a month, the capital’s first soul open mic and showcase. Organised by Rooftop Rhythms, a local poetry and open mic collective, this Wednesday’s smooth tunes and grooves will be provided by Zainab Hafiz, and entry is free. Arrive early to grab a seat, but stay late to take in more turned up funk provided by DJ A.L.L.A.D.
When: Wednesday September 30, 8pm
Where: De La Costa, Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island,

Ladies Night at The Exchange
Ladies toasting to the weekend at The Exchange can do so with two complimentary drinks received on arrival, as well as 30 percent off for the rest of the night. If you happen to hang with a large posse, bring them all out tonight as groups of six girls or more are whisked away to a table inclusive of a bottle (based on reservations). There’s also a Happy Hour from 7pm until 10pm that will benefit the guys. And music provided by the colourful Aftershock Band and resident DJ Rob Forrest.
When: Wednesdays all night
Where: The Exchange, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, +97156 190 1733,

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