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8 things to do in Abu Dhabi this week

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There’s too much to do so don’t even try staying in. Both Zuma and Jones the Grocer have some exciting pop-up menus to try, while there are attractive drink deals to slurp up at some awesome alfresco hot spots now its winter. Meanwhile, Novo Cinemas’ amazing free-for-all Euro cinema fest continues.

Zuma Pop-Up Menu
As if we need a reason to frequent Zuma, here’s another. This month they’ve launched an exciting pop-up menu of signature bar bites and cocktails, celebrating the achievements of Bar Manager Mehmet Sur, who won the Diageo World Class Regional final in June. He and Jimmy Barrat, Bar Development Manager for the Middle East, have designed each cocktail to not only reflect the skill and innovation required to make it to the top in today’s bartending profession, but also to match perfectly with the paired dishes. Get on it.
When: Now until October 31
Where: Zuma Abu Dhabi, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, +971 2 401 5900, www.zumarestaurant.com

European Film Screenings/02 Festival
Definitely our freebie of the month if we had to call it. Ten days of top-notch cinema from all across Europe, shown twice daily across Novo cinemas in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Films this week include sophisticated comedy ‘Therapy for a Vampire’ (Sunday), captivating Italian drama Terrafirma (Monday), and Louise Osmond’s documentary drama Dark Horse (Wednesday).
When: Now until October 31. Screenings run at 6pm and 8pm (check ahead for your chosen film)
Where: Novo Cinemas, World Trade Centre Mall, Facebook, Schedule

Rugby World Cup Semi-Finals at PJ O’Reilly’s
Come out in your colours and catch the semi-final between Argentina and Australia in the Irish pub’s massive air-conditioned garden tent. There’s an exclusive bargain hospitality package available that gets you access to their pub buffet, unlimited drinks, a Kids Zone for restless little ones, and more fun and entertainment on the evening, all for AED179. What’s more, pub fans will be pleased to know that their resident band’s legendary guitarist is back in action and ready to rock.
When: Sunday October 25, 6:30pm-10pm. Resident band Sweet Chilli Jam are playing from 6:30pm to 8pm.
Where: PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, 800 101 101; www.pjspubabudhabi.com

Heels & Martinis
We really don’t need any more ladies nights in Abu Dhabi, but this is worth the hype. Hang out on Iris’ elegant, trendy backyard deck, or indoors schmoozing with the fashion set over quality drinks. Heels & Martinis livens the Marina stretch up every Monday night from 8pm until late without fail, offering girls complimentary All Star Martinis.
When: Mondays, 8pm until late (free drinks until midnight)
Where: Iris, Yas Marina, Yas Island, +971 55 160 5636; www.irisabudhabi.com

Raw & Vegan Special Menu at Jones the Grocer
The gourmet food emporium has just the raw and vegan promotion you seek, featuring earthy, fresh and nourishing eats and treats on a limited edition menu. There is a stand out vegan take on the wholesome Shepherd’s Pie, zucchini noodles that taste like the real deal, and a guilt-free blackberry and blueberry tart with a pistachio, walnut and date crust among the line-up. Their retail shelves and cheese room also feature a specially selected range of raw and vegan products until the end of the month.
When: Until the end of October
Where: Jones the Grocer branches nationwide, www.jonesthegrocer.com

Tropical Tuesdays at B Lounge
Harness some midweek chill on a comfy lounger with shisha and fruity drinks, or some alfresco dining by the fire while you enjoy all your favourite pop songs by a live DJ. It’s a great night out for both girls and guys with 25 percent off all drinks between 6pm and 9pm, and free select mixes for ladies from 7pm until 10pm.
When: Tuesdays, 6pm until late
Where: B Lounge, Sheraton Abu Dhabi, +971 2 677 3333; www.sheratonabudhabihotel.com

Moonlight Yoga at The Westin
Hit the mat under starry skies in a new regular moonlight yoga series. Led by Fit & Flex Studios’ cool and collected yogi Sam Bayliss, you can limber up and simmer down ahead of your Thursday shenanigans in a full 75-minute class inclusive of refreshments. It’s AED100 and takes place on the last Wednesday of every month.
When: Last Wednesday of every month, starting this October 28, 7:30pm
Where: On the events lawn of The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, +9712 616 9999; www.westinabudhabigolfresort.com

#EndSmallTalk
Come together for a fearless and free-flowing adult talk at this monthly series at The Space. The organisers throw over 100 deep discussion topics into the air and strangers get to work picking each other’s brains on them. Finally, a chance to give those thumbs a rest! This is a completely free event that only requires beautiful minds.
When: Wednesday, October 28, 6:30pm
Where: The Space, twofour54 Park Rotana Complex, Facebook

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