Adventurous activities, private dining, live music and brunches represent seven fun things to do in Abu Dhabi this week.
Monday 17 January 2022
Dive with the world’s largest collection of animals in a single tank at The National Aquarium
The Middle East’s largest aquarium now offers visitors a diving experience with the regions largest diversity of animals in a single tank. Visitors without prior diving experience or certification can delve into the depths of The National Aquarium’s main tank, which houses the Middle East’s largest shark and ray collection. Meanwhile, certified scuba divers get to immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind adventure which includes the bonus of diving with 2.5m long sand tiger sharks and lemon sharks, as well as the opportunity to dive with one of the world’s only schools of hammerhead sharks. A guide will accompany all the divers. Available daily. AED 790 (Shark Dive for certified divers only) and AED 1,210 (Discover Scuba Diving for non-certified divers).
GO: Visit https://thenationalaquarium.ae for reservations and more information.
Tuesday 18 January 2022
Enjoy a private dining experience on the beach at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri
Abu Dhabi residents and guests looking to pop the question, celebrate their special occasion or enjoy a truly unique venue need look no further. The evening commences with a bespoke dinner under a Bedouin gazebo, serviced by a private butler. Guests can choose between two sharing set menus celebrating Arabian or International flavours. After the meal, guests can enjoy the outdoor season at their own private beach lounge on the shores of the Khor Al Maqta with a shisha under the stars. The unique dining experience also includes a personalised cake and a bouquet. Available daily, starting from AED 2,500 per couple.
Wednesday 19 January 2022
Tuck into a flavoursome lunch at Indigo
Speciality Indian restaurant Indigo at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi is open once again for lunch. Specialising in combining the past and the present, Chef Satish Kumar has perfected the art of twisting classic dishes by creating fusion flavours that cater for both the traditional tastes and the modern palette. There is something for even the fussiest of diners with an extensive choice of meat, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Available daily, from 12pm to 3:30pm.
Thursday 20 January 2022
The Wizard Afternoon Tea at Stratos
The afternoon tea experience at Abi Dhabi’s only revolving restaurant features scones, a selection of eclairs and choux buns with Stratos signature toppings, including braised beef cheeks and Josper grilled chicken. With each element imaginatively designed, the concept features an array of desserts, including a chocolate melting witch with pistachio and a Baba au tiramisu with coffee ganache. Afternoon tea comes with a curated selection of teas, including a tipple of your choice and soft beverages. Available Thursday to Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm. AED 99 per person or AED 125 with beverage upgrade.
Friday 21 January 2022
Acoustic Nights at The Overlook
Start the weekend early with an acoustic session of street-style tunes at Abu Dhabi’s only movie-themed hotel, The WB Abu Dhabi. The fabulous lounge with its 360-degree views across Yas Island will be serving a special rotating menu of dishes combining flavours from the East and West. Expect a variety of tasty nibbles and refreshing beverages priced at only AED 30 each. Fridays, from 6pm to 8pm.
Saturday 22 January 2022
Dim Sum, Then Some Lunch at Hakkasan
Every Saturday, guests at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi can also enjoy the ‘Dim Sum, Then Sum’ lunch special, which speaks to the unique elements of Hakkasan’s personality. The menu is prepared with Hakkasan’s trademark touch and features delicious soft-shell crab taro croquettes, truffle chicken Xiao long bao, fresh Chilean seabass dumplings, roasted duck pumpkin dumplings, king crab dumplings, and the Wagyu beef puff. Saturdays, from 12pm to 3:30pm. AED98 (three baskets of dim sum) or AED138 (five baskets of dim sum).
Sunday 23 January 2022
Viaggio in Italia Sunday Brunch at Café Milano
The sister restaurant to the award-winning DC flagship, Café Milano Abu Dhabi, is the first location to open outside the US. Every Sunday, guests can savour the Viaggio in Italia Brunch, serving authentic Italian specialities to the table. Starting with a generous plate of antipasti to share, diners continue their culinary journey with roasted tomato soup with fried eggplant or mixed fried fish. Fresh plates of artichoke salad, beef tartare, Pizza Casareccia, homemade beef ravioli with parmesan fondue, steamed seabass fillet with lemon dressing or the roasted lamb saddle with roasted baby leeks all add up to a luxurious dining experience. Desserts such as the vanilla panna cotta or the classic tiramisu are best to enjoy on the terrace alongside peaceful waterfront views. Sundays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 245 (soft beverages), AED 325 (house beverages) and AED 95 (children aged twelve years and under).