Where to celebrate Australia Day in Abu Dhabi

Barbecues, brunches and more to honour the land Down Under

Where to celebrate Australia Day in Abu Dhabi

It's a very special day for all our friends from Australia on January 26, but it's  an event anyone can celebrate.

After all, who doesn’t want an excuse to munch on delicious barbecued food and try out our terrible Australian accents? (Huge apologies to the real Aussies out there.)

We might not have any wild kangaroos here in the capital, however we can provide some excellent themed parties. So say g’day to the best Aussie-inspired brunches, barbecues and feasts in Abu Dhabi.

Belgian Café
The chilled-out bar is always a popular spot for a catch up over a drink or a post-brunch party. But for Australia Day it is going big. Really big, in fact. The party goes on all week, with a special Aussie-inspired menu featuring lamb, beef, seafood and more being cooked up on the barbie. What’s more, all the grub comes paired with a special selection of hops to wash it all down with.
From Dhs85. Jan 23-28, 4pm-1am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Friday Marina Brunch at Chamas and Cho Gao Marina Walk
Sticking with the InterCon, this legendary Friday brunch is chucking many more shrimps on the barbie and celebrating Australia Day with a huge spread of international delights. The grilled meats and Aussie brews will be accompanied by favourite Asian dishes from Cho Gao, and mouth-watering plates from Brazilian eatery Chamas. DJ Cristiana and Los Hidalgos will also be getting the party vibe going with a mix of super catchy tunes. Plus, the soft drink and house beverages are covered under a buy one, get one free offer that’ll save you a few bucks.
Dhs423 (soft drinks), Dhs544 (house beverages), Dhs573 (bubbly). Fri Jan 25, noon-4pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

The Middle Eastern restaurant at Marriott Downtown is pulling out all the stops and giving its Thursday barbecue and hops evening brunch an Aussie twist. After all, there’s nothing more Australian than a good barbie is there? As well as the sizzling selection of delicious meats, there’ll also be a wide variety of bottled hops and Spanish grape (we were hoping for some Australian options, to be honest, but never mind). You can also upgrade to the grape package for an additional Dhs58.
Dhs266 (house beverages), Dhs58 (grape package). Thu Jan 24, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

LRM Central
The poolside space at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi is quite possibly THE place to be this Australia Day. As well as food trucks, plenty of deck chairs and a huge barbecue (obviously), there’ll also be a number of sets from Sweet Chilli Jam – a highly commended bar band from the Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards 2018. It sounds like an absolute corker of a day to us.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (premium beverages). Fri Jan 25, 1pm-5pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).

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