6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

Funnily enough, two of our six hot picks take place in the garden city so if you’ve been putting off an Al Ain outing, this is the weekend to make up for it. We’ve got guests from India (the Symphony Orchestra of India takes the stage), world-renowned cyclists and plenty of German favourites as Oktoberfest sweeps the city.

Oktoberfest at Hilton
The hotel’s gorgeous Hiltonia Beach Garden is set for the return of their incredibly popular Oktoberfest tribute. Across two days, crowds will be entertained by six-piece band Das Element while enjoying German treats in a great outdoor setting. It’s all about the hops, and there’ll be plenty of it, as well as a fantastic Bavarian buffet. Entry with unlimited food costs AED135 per person. Or bring the entire gang – groups of ten costs AED990.
When: Thursday October 8 (and Friday October 9), 7pm to midnight
Where: Hiltonia Beach Garden (opposite Hilton Abu Dhabi), +9712 692 4247,

Symphony Orchestra of India at Abu Dhabi Classics
The eight month-long love affair with classical music returns with a stunningly diverse and poetic programme for 2015-2016. This weekend’s first concerts come courtesy the Symphony Orchestra of India. After a successful first show in the capital, they now head to the garden city to perform a panorama of classical music. First transporting you back to the baroque era with Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, then through the ages via musical masterpieces of the 20th century, with compositions from the likes of Elgar and Wirén.
When: Thursday October 8, 8pm-10pm
Where: Al Ain Municipality Theatre, +971 444 0444;

Safina Brunch Like No Other
Any excuse to lay out in the luxury that is every nook and cranny of Saadiyat Beach Club, our choice for brunch of the week is Safina’s. Their award-winning feast comes in the form of a full international buffet of live stations offering mouthwatering barbecued items, the freshest seafood, a host of tasty Asian sensations, pasta the Italian way, fine cheeses, and more. Among the dessert line-up are also crepe and waffle stations. You can stick with just brunch (starting at AED275), or go all out and include a day pass for the stunning club (from AED490).
When: Fridays from 1pm-4pm
Where: Safina, Saadiyat Beach Club, +9712 656 3500;

Revolver at Stratos
Skip your local post-brunch hangout and head for a new experience at Le Royal Meridien’s stylish revolving hotspot. Ibiza Hed Kandi DJ Laura Love takes to the decks to kick of this fresh-faced party tuned to dirty house and funky soul. DJ Chris Delaney will later join to bring the house down with some of the best commercial, urban, RnB and hip hop music. Ladies are in luck with five complimentary beverages offered, and any girl groups of six or more arriving before 11pm can help themselves to a free table complete with bubbly.
When: Fridays, 11pm-3am
Where: Stratos Revolving Lounge Bar and Grill, Le Royal Meridien, +97156 614 7018,

Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 3 Ride and Watch
Fancy an outing to Jebel Hafeet? The inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour is finally underway and sees world cycling stars like Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel on the hunt for more glory in what is the final race of the international season. The mountainous region is predicted to have the most impact on the final points decision, so expect drama in Al Ain this weekend.
When: Expected at Jebel Hafeet at around 4pm
Where: Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain,

The Happiest Hours at Skylite
Soak up the remaining few hours of the weekend under the dreamy light-filled canopy of Yas Viceroy’s swanky rooftop bar, Skylite. This weekend they launched their new daily happy hour special offering half price on hops, grape and house beverages. Got something to celebrate? Then take advantage of a bottle of bubbly for AED295.Come kick back and enjoy a medley of sundowners, listen to the coolest beats played by resident DJ Mark and enjoy spontaneous beverage giveaways on the hour.
When: Daily from 6pm-8pm
Where: Skylite, Yas Viceroy Hotel, +9712 656 0600;

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