What To Do This Weekend In The UAE

From gallery visits and alfresco shopping to Mexican brunch dates and international MMA , how will you be spending this sun-soaked weekend?



JANUARY 14

Explosive Artworks At Oblong Gallery

Kick off your weekend the cultural way, with a visit to the Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery’s exhibition of the works of Spanish artist Manu Algueró. 

Opening this Thursday and running until March 7 at the gallery on Blue Water Island, Dubai, the solo exhibition showcases a selection of 11 abstract paintings, inspired by the artist’s fascination with fireworks and the Big Bang theory, and capturing intense moments of emotion and a desire for new beginnings. With echoes of American abstract expressionism, Manu’s paintings express the beauty of change and new perspectives – particularly poignant as the world undergoes such an enormous moment of unrest – with immense, dramatic canvases displaying not only technical vigor, but an intense study of the human face.

JANUARY 15

Run To The Ripe Market

Run To Ripe Market Dubai

Sweating it out, followed by a spot of shopping? Sounds like a great way to start a Friday to us! Taking place at Dubai Police Academy, which also hosts the weekly Ripe Market, January 15 marks the third in The Skechers Performance Run Series. A true sporting event for all the family with 10km, 5km and the 2.5km Family Fun Run categories to choose from, last month’s race attracted participants aged between an incredible 4 and 76 years of age. Post-run, we’ll be hitting up the Ripe Market for a few essential weekend treats, starting with the incredible consortium of stunning fashion, jewellery, and homewares from African artisans. 

For more information, visit the official race site bit.ly/Skechers_Performance_Run

Taco Time At Vida Emirates Hills

Best Mexican in Dubai

Home-grown Mexican eatery Maiz Tacos are hosting a one-off pop-up brunch this Friday at VIDA Emirates Hills. Uniquely curated by Maiz owners Luma Mahklouf and Haider Al Assam, the 5-course set brunch menu with a selection of beverage packages includes corn chips and guacamole, elotes, Mexican Caesar salad and three types of tacos, all topped off with the obligatory Churros and dip. Running from 1-4pm poolside at the stunning VIDA Emirates Hills overlooking Emirates Golf Club, packages start at AED 165 per person. To book, visit shop.maiztacos.com

JANUARY 16

Take Your Seat At UFC Fight Island

Etihad MMA Fight Championship

One of the millions of MMA fans? Then this one’s for you. Accepting spectators once again, UFC Fight Island’s Triple Header kicks off this weekend, with the first outing of the week-long, three-event super series kicking off on Saturday, January 16. With limited tickets available for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar on January 16; Cheisa vs Magny on January 20 and UFC 257, Poirer vs McGregor on January 24, the Triple Header will see the international debut of the all-new Etihad Arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, the region’s largest multi-purpose indoor arena set to become the new international home of UFC.

Adhering to stringent measures to ensure the health and safety of fans, UFC fighters and guests, all stakeholders, and the wider Abu Dhabi community, precautionary procedures include mandatory negative PCR test results for all attendees, thermal scanning, the wearing of masks, and strict social distancing. For more information, visit etihadarena.ae and ticketmaster.ae or follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram: @UFC.

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