Heart Skips a Beat

If you haven’t already heard, cheeky Essex chap Olly Murs will dazzle UAE fans on his Abu Dhabi debut performance at the du Forum, Yas Island later this month. The X Factor alumni, was quick to win everyone’s heart turning into a pop star sensation after the release of his debut album seven years ago. His last big tour in 2015 was a sell-out and the UK arenas are filling up fast for his Spring Tour 2017. Despite his short musical career, Olly Murs is no stranger to massive chart topping success. Since 2009, Olly he’s released five critically-acclaimed albums, all of them reaching the UK Top 10. Now, on April 28, the English boy with slick moves and incredible vocals will take to the stage and entertain thousands right here in Abu Dhabi.

To get you prepped for the evening, don’t forget to perfect your lyrical game and brush up on our Olly Murs’ favourites; Dance With Me Tonight, Troublemaker, Up, Heart Skips A Beat, You Don’t Know Love and Dear Darlin’ to name but a few of the big hits you’ll be hearing on the evening. Known for his inexhaustible energy on stage, Olly promises a night to remember and invites his UAE fans to get Wrapped Up in music mayhem!

GO: Tickets start at AED250 and are now on available at www.ticketmaster.ae and all
Virgin Megastores across the UAE. This event is presented by du Live! and produced by FLASH Entertainment.


As Colourful as Life

They’ve become a world wide phenomenon with barrier-breaking performances and captivating shows that combine everything you love about comedy, theatre, a rock concert and a dance party, all in one mega live act. That’s right, the Blue Man Group has set its eye on Abu Dhabi, as they make the capital part of their new World Tour. The acclaimed stage show, best known and recognised for its trio of dynamic and distinctive blue men performers, will be coming to Yas Island’s du Forum from April 18 to 22.

The new World Tour showcases classic Blue Man favourites along with brand new content – new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. If you love your adrenalin and “wow” moments to come in huge waves – this larger-than-life show will give you all of that and more!

GO: Tickets start at AED195 and are now available at

www.abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net.


Galleries Week

Warehouse421 in partnership with Abu Dhabi Art invites new art collectors to the opening of Galleries Week, which will be held at Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi between April 12 and 19. The inaugural event will showcase six galleries, presenting a wide variety of artworks at a range of price points. With prices beginning at AED2,000, Galleries Week offers first-time art buyers entry into the world of collecting.

Dedicated to enabling galleries to connect with Abu Dhabi residents during the year, the week-long event will feature local and regional galleries: Salwa Zeidan from Abu Dhabi; Cuadro Fine Arts Gallery and ElMarsa from Dubai; and ATHR and Hafez Gallery from Jeddah, alongside GALLERIA CONTINUA from Italy, France, China and Cuba. The participating galleries will showcase works by emerging artists, offering an opportunity for residents to discover and buy art and engage with the cultural scene in Abu Dhabi through a programme of talks, performances, workshops and film screenings.

GO: Visit www.warehouse421.ae for more information


The Art of Nature

Featuring 40 artworks including new commissions by UAE artists, this exhibition explores the Emirate’s natural diversity. Located in Umm Al Emarat Park, The Art of Nature offers guided tours, artistsin- conversation and a children’s activities zone. With the support of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, Chairman of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), Abu Dhabi Festival 2017 presents a diverse visual arts programme during the months of March and April. The world premiere of The Art of Nature exhibition in partnership with the EAD takes place at Umm Al Emarat Park exhibition until April 23. The exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) and features 40 artworks, including new commissions, by an array of talented UAE-based and Emirati visual arts practitioners.

The exhibition aims to explore the natural beauty, diversity and rich ecosystems of the Emirate; from the desert, sabkha and mountains to marine and terrestrial species as well as flora and fauna. Accompanying The Art of Nature exhibition is a broad educational programme under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, offering guided tours, artists-in-conversations, workshops and a dynamic activities area to inspire younger artists to engage with the nation’s flora, fauna and landscapes.

GO: Visit www.abudhabifestival.ae for more information.


Twice the Brunch

It wouldn’t be a weekend without the perfect brunch to while away the hours and Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi has some new culinary additions to make your downtime a food-filled get-together.

Starting April, two of the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi’s most delicious restaurants will host mouthwatering weekend brunches; the award-winning Cho Gao and Spaccanapoli will feature sharing style brunches with items served to the table, unlike the traditional buffet set-ups that are all too common around the UAE capital. Cho Gao’s Taste of Asia Brunch will feature items prepared exclusively for the brunch, including: innovative sushi, delightful dim sum, Asian inspired salads, stir fry, Thai style curry and juicy grilled items, all served to the table, as well as a soup and dessert station. Spaccanapoli’s Brunchiamo invites guests to enjoy authentic Italian dishes straight from Chef Luca’s kitchen, and will include a hearty Tuscan style tomato soup, homemade traditional pastas, a selection of grilled items and a sweet finish with a selection of mini Italian pastries

Both brunches will be available on Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon to 4pm, so if you’re up for a lie-in on Friday but want some fun on Saturday – these brunches are the answer to your epicurean prayers! Taste of Asia Brunch at Cho Gao is priced at AED200 net including iced tea and water, and AED300 net including mixed drinks. The Brunchiamo at Spaccanapoli is AED200 net including soft drinks and AED300 net including mixed drinks.

GO: Visit the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi on Hamdan Street. Call (0)2 616 6149 (Cho Gao) and (0)2 616 6261 (Spaccanapoli) for reservations and more information.


Easter Eggsperiences

WHAT: EASTER LUNCH OR DINNER
WHERE: THE GARDEN, CROWNE PLAZA ABU DHABI
WHEN: APRIL 16, 12NOON TO 4PM & 6PM TO 11PM
PRICE: AED135 NET/BUFFET AND ONE HOUSE DRINKS; AEDE235 NET WITH HOUSE VINO, HOPS AND SPIRITS

Uncover delicious treats for all ages this Easter at The Garden Restaurant! Bring the whole family as the chef and his team delight you with a diverse buffet featuring special dishes to mark the occasion.

Call (0)2 616 6666 for more info.

WHAT: EASTER AT ROSEWATER
WHERE: JUMEIRAH AT ETIHAD TOWERS
WHEN: APRIL 15 & 16, 12.30PM TO 3.30PM
PRICE: AED225+++ FOOD ONLY ; AED275+++ FREE FLOW SOFT DRINKS; AED320+++ FREE FLOW OF VINO, HOPS AND SPIRITS; AED400+++ FREE FLOW OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; KIDS GET 50% OFF

Enjoy a fabulous Easter themed buffet at the family friendly Rosewater restaurant. Easter favourites including roasts and trimmings as well as delicious chocolate eggs amongst other tantalising desserts will get you into the celebratory mood. Children can meet and greet the Easter bunny and revel in face painting and balloon twisting.

Call (0)2 811 5666 for more info.

WHAT: EASTER PICNIC
WHERE: WEST WING GARDEN, EMIRATES PALACE
WHEN: APRIL 15
PRICE: AED370+++ PER PERSON (PICNIC, BBQ MENU/, HALF A BOTTLE OF BUBBLY & HOUSE BEVERAGES); AED185+++ FOR CHILDREN AGED SIX TO 12

Picnic under parasols on the lawns of the West Wing Garden with a picnic basket filled with a selection of salads and sandwiches, served alongside a buffet brimming with meats and vegetables from the charcoal grill. A selection of sweets, such as waffles, crêpes and ice cream from the dessert hut will appeal to the young kid in every guest. Bring the little ones along for a special Easter egg hunt, bouncing castle and balloon art, as well as team games and sports for the whole family to enjoy. From 2pm to 5pm – egg hunt is at 3pm.

Call (0)2 690 7999 for more info.

WHAT: EGGCITING EASTER BRUNCH
WHERE: BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI
WHEN: APRIL 16, 12.30PM TO 3.30PM
PRICE: AED280+++/SOFT DRINKS; AEDE390+++/HOUSE BEVERAGES; AED140+++ CHILDREN AGED SIX TO 12

Beach Rotana offers an Easter brunch spread in three delightful restaurants; Essence, Brauhaus and Benihana, serving an international buffet, traditional German cuisine and Japanese-American favourites to give you a variety-filled Easter celebration. Great activities for kids, including Easter egg hunts and a lot more.

Call (0)2 697 9011 for more info.

WHAT: EASTER BRUNCH
WHERE: JING ASIA, CROWNE PLAZA YAS ISLAND
WHEN: APRIL 16
PRICE: AED150/SOFT DRINKS; AEDE250/HOUSE BEVERAGES & SPARKLING; AED75CHILDREN AGED EIGHT TO 12

Indulge this Easter with a fabulous Easter brunch prepared by our very own chefs. Bring your kids and enjoy an eventful brunch with our famous egg hunt competition, live cooking stations and the never  ending kid’s activities for the day.

Call (0)2 656 3000 for more info.


Easter Eggstravagance

WHAT: EASTER BRUNCH
WHERE: GIORNOTTE, THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL
WHEN: APRIL 14, 1PM TO 4PM
PRICE: AED495++ BUBBLY PACKAGE; AED395++ HOUSE BEVERAGES PACKAGE; AED295++ SOFT DRINKS PACKAGE; AED65++ CHILDREN BELOW 12-YEARSOLD; AED206++ CHILDREN AGED 13 TO 16-YEARS-OLD; CHILDREN UNDER FOURYEARS- OLD DINE COMPLIMENTARY .

Celebrate Easter in Giornotte with fine international cuisine including an elaborate scallop and foie gras station, stuffed lamb saddle, whole roasted goose and wagyu beef leg carving station, along with a selection of more than 55 desserts at Dolce café. Visit Dolce’s Easter market for homemade chocolate eggs and bunnies while the kids enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt and other exciting activities at the Ritz Kids Club. Easter activities begin at 10am.

Call (0)2 818 8282 for more info.

WHAT: TRADITIONAL EASTER BRUNCH
WHERE: FAIRMONT BAB AL BAHR
WHEN: APRIL 14 & 16, 12NOON TO 4PM
PRICE: AED369+++ HOUSE BEVERAGES, HOPS AND SPECIAL COCKTAILS; AED519+++ WITH BUBBLY ; AED139+++ FOR CHILDREN AGED SIX TO 12-YEARS-OLD; CHILDREN UNDER SIX-YEARS-OLD DINE COMPLIMENTARY .

Prepare for the festival with a spectacular pre-Easter and Sunday brunch experience across four delectable dining venues, namely CuiScene, Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill and Chameleon. Enjoy a delicious Easter buffet featuring all the traditional favourites such as barbecue grills as well as other succulent cuts of meats from our live carving station. Let your little ones take part in fun activities like the Easter egg hunt, face painting or hopping around in the bouncy castle. The lucky winner of the egg hunt will take home a giant chocolate bunny crafted by the pastry team.

Call (0)2 654 3238 for more info.

WHAT: EASTER BRUNCH
WHERE: CRUST, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ABU DHABI AT AL MARYAH ISLAND
WHEN: APRIL 16, 12NOON TO 4PM
PRICE: CRUST REFRESHERS: AED275++; SPARKLES AND COCKTAILS: AED385++; BUBBLY CELEBRATIONS: AED545++

With everything that you love about the Friday Best Brunch, expect this brunch to blow you away. Crust will offer an unforgettable family Easter brunch celebration filled with classic and seasonal dishes to fill up on.

Call (0)2 333 2444 for more info.

WHAT: GIANT EASTER FAMILY BRUNCH
WHERE: C.TASTE, CENTRO CAPITAL CENTRE
PRICE: AED145 NET UNLIMITED SOFT DRINKS; AED205 NET UNLIMITED HOUSE BEVERAGES

Join in at c.taste restaurant to celebrate Easter with the family for a delicious brunch. Relish delicious items like exotic cheese platters, live cooking stations and carving of steamship beef. Kids stay happy with kids food items, an egg hunt and games!

Call (0)2 409 6666 for more info.


Easter Eggcitement

WHAT: EASTER BRUNCH & FAIR
WHERE: PARK HYATT ABU DHABI HOTEL & VILLAS
WHEN: APRIL 14, 1PM TO 4PM
PRICE: AED350++ SOFT DRINKS PACKAGE; AED420++ HOUSE BEVERAGES; AED500++ PREMIUM BEVERAGES

The Big Egg Hunt: The Easter family fun will begin from 11am with an elaborate treasure hunt around the grounds of the resort. This is no ordinary egg hunt – with riddles to solve and challenges to complete, the whole family will need to work together. Get in touch to book your starting time and
receive the first clue. The Easter Brunch and Fair: Join in at The Café for a very special, fun day on the island. With an incredible array of delicious food, Easter treats, and an outrageously fun Easter Fair for the kids, this is one to put in your diary right away. There’s so much to do including carnival games, egg and spoon races and a DJ – even the Easter bunny is expected to make an appearance.

Call (0)2 407 1234 for more info.

WHAT: EASTER BRUNCH AT TAMARIND
WHERE: TAMARIND, CAPITAL CENTRE ARJAAN
PRICE: AED139 NET UNLIMITED SOFT drinks

You’re invited for a memorable time with family at Easter Sunday in Tamarind Restaurant. The chefs have prepared a delicious menu with live cooking stations, steamship beef carving and many delicious items like hot cross buns, exotic cheese platters, maple and butternut soup along with several other main courses and yummy desserts. Bring your Family and kids along and join the Egg hunt and games.

Call (0)2 409 6492 for more info

WHAT: THE FOUNDRY EASTER BRUNCH
WHERE: SOUTHERN SUN ABU DHABI
WHEN: APRIL 14, 12.30PM TO 4PM
PRICE: AED229+++ UNLIMITED SOFT DRINKS; AED299+++ UNLIMITED HOUSE BEVERAGES; AED369+++ BUBBLY PACKAGE; AED114 FOR SIX TO 12-YEAR-OLDS; UNDER SIX-YEAR-OLDS DINE FOR FREE

Celebrate Easter at The Foundry with a wide selection of brunch delights from the egg gallery. End this lavish treat with the festive Easter bunny chocolate buffet featuring an assortment of desserts. Make sure to search high and low for the handpainted eggs to win amazing gifts and prizes. You can relax while the kids join the Easter Bunny on an egg hunt, with face painting and giveaways available for the little ones, too.

Call (0)2 818 4888 for more info.

WHAT: EASTER BRUNCH AT BYBLOS
WHERE: BYBLOS SURMER, INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI
WHEN: APRIL 16, 12.30PM TO 4.30PM PRICE: AED300+++ UNLIMITED SOFT DRINKS; AED375+++ UNLIMITED HOUSE BEVERAGES

Add a lebanese twist to your Easter celebrations with mezzeh, grills, and other traditional dishes. Children’s activities and live entertainment will be on offer too.

Call 800 423 463 for more info.

WHAT: EASTER BRUNCH AT SELECTIONS
WHERE: SELECTIONS, INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI
WHEN: APRIL 16, 12.30PM TO 4PM
PRICE: AED199+++ UNLIMITED SOFT DRINKS; AED260+++ UNLIMITED HOUSE BEVERAGES

Make it a truly joyful Easter Brunch at Selections. Rich buffet with a variety of dishes from around the world awaits to be discovered. Children’s activities and an egg hunt will be available.

Call 800 423 463 for more info.


Easter at The Galleria Mall

The Galleria Mall has exciting and fun-filled Easter activities for the little ones to enjoy this festive season. Willy Wonka is coming to town and he’s embarking on an Easter hunt at The Galleria with his Oompa Loompa friends. During the Easter weekend, children will be led by one of Wonka’s candy girls to sign up to the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, where they’ll go on a magical treasure hunt, through the shopping centre. The Wonka candy girls will distribute Willy Wonka treasure hunt bags to registered children, ready to be filled with an array of goodies throughout their journey in participating retailers, as well as the children’s very own Golden Ticket! To complete the treasure hunt, each child will have to solve the clue of the Golden Ticket to reach the next golden clue, excitingly working their way through the retailers at The Galleria. Enchanting pit stops along the way include an Oompa Loompa workshop, where guests of The Galleria can help them sort the good eggs from the bad eggs. Children will be invited to play a pass the balloon game, encouraging team building and to help the Oompa Loompa disclose the next clue.

From the Oompa Loompa good egg pit stop, the children will continue on their Easter egg hunt through The Galleria, to the famous Wonka invention room, where they’ll watch the Oompa Loompas invent the latest ‘Fizz Whizz’ drink, which will make an unexpected explosion, leaving The Galleria’s mini visitors in Wonka awe. After the incredible experiments of the invention room, the children will be led to the final pit stop where Mr Willy Wonka will be waiting for them on his giant chair and will disclose the final riddle. Once their journey is complete, children are rewarded with their grand prize from the Oompa Loompas, during a dance show, where Willy Wonka and all his friends will perform together, teaching and encouraging the children to dance alongside them. Young guests can capture the moment with a fun Polaroid picture alongside the characters, to keep in a Willy Wonka themed magnetic frame.

GO: The Willy Wonka Chocolate Easter Treasure Hunt is on April 14 and 15, three times a day, 3pm to 4pm, 5pm to 6pm and 7pm to 8pm. The Galleria on Al Maryah Island