Here in the UAE’s capital, brunch is a big deal.
So whether you are visiting purely for the Grand Prix, or you’re a regular Abu Dhabi bruncher, you need to make sure that your race weekend plans include a fantastic brunch.
With great party vibes, amazing food, and some offering access to the after-race concerts and views over the track, these brunches will really spoil you.
So here are five you need to check out.
This popular Friday brunch is a huge hit with all ages and a great option if you’re heading out with a big group. As well as hosting its Race Day brunch on November 23, the Khalifa City spot is also getting the capital prepared for all action with a series of Grand Prix-themed brunches throughout November. Guests will be treated to a Practice Brunch on November 9, and also a Qualifying Brunch on November 16. Basically, we’re in for one month of non-stop fun. With signature drink stations, live entertainment and mouthwatering food, every guest who attends any of the brunches will be entered into a competition to win tickets to the Formula 1 itself. The winner will be announced on November 23 and until then there’s never been a better excuse to fill your Fridays with some top-class brunching.
Dhs336 (soft drinks), Dhs430 (house beverages), Dhs624 (bubbly). Nov 9, 16 & 23 12.30pm-4pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
The Fast and the Fabulous race weekend at Filini Garden promises to be a classy affair. The picturesque Yas Island venue is celebrating its first birthday during race weekend, and it is making every effort to ensure that both visitors and regular guests alike have the best time. The Garden Brunch has always been a delightful way of spending a Friday afternoon, but during race weekend, it’s going to be extra special. Expect delicious Italian food such as burratas, cheeses and cured meats, plus cool tunes and a performance from a live saxophonist. The Radisson Blu will also be hosting a fan zone throughout the weekend. This will feature themed decorations, race simulator games and a huge screen broadcasting all the action from the track.
Dhs200 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages), Dhs500 (premium beverages). Fri, Nov 23 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).
Funch Brunch is our go-to event for a lively Friday full of arcade games, challenges, limbo and general raucous behaviour. But during race weekend the Stars ’ N’ Bars brunch is moving out onto the Star Deck and bringing us three days of American-style bites, tops tunes, and all the usual silly games. For Dhs500 per person you can feast on fish tacos, chicken wings, corn dogs and other American-style nibbles from noon to 4pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. DJs Cliff Townley and James Murray will also be there providing the hottest tunes.
Dhs500 (house beverages and bites). Nov 22-24, noon-4pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).
We Brunch, a popular Friday fixture in Dubai, is coming to Abu Dhabi to host three special Grand Prix events – with tickets to The Weeknd or Sam Smith thrown in, too. After a sell-out first season last year, Love Parties Group has brought the brunches back for a second time around and it’s promising to be even bigger and better. On Friday, November 23 there are two brunches from noon to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm, with passes to see Canadian chart-topper The Weeknd at du Arena. Then, on Saturday, November 24, which is race qualifying day, you can indulge in a selection of international cuisine, free-flowing premium beverages with sweeping views over the Yas Marina Circuit. The full-day package gives brunchers the best seats in the house with passes to see British singer-songwriter Sam Smith at du Arena on Saturday night, too. Bookings can be made online at www.webrunchdxb.com/race-weekend.
Fri Nov 23, noon-3pm Dhs850, 4pm-8pm Dhs950. Sat Nov 24, all-day brunch 1pm-8pm Dhs1,950 then Dhs2,100, drunch 4pm-8pm Dhs1,000 (gents), Dhs800 (ladies). Yas Marina (052 798 7292).
Looking directly over Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Hotel is home to some of the best seats in the house for catching all the action at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Brunching here gives you a fantastic view of all the action, and the chance to experience all the glitz and glamour of Origins (where the sushi is particularly brilliant), Atayeb and Kazu. The buffet is running every afternoon from November 22 to 25, and some packages even include entry to the after-race concerts. The Thursday brunch starts at Dhs450 for indoor seats. Outdoor terrace seats include entry to the Post Malone concert and are Dhs950, the Friday and Saturday packages start from Dhs650 for indoors, and terrace seats (including tickets to see The Weeknd on Friday and Sam Smith on Saturday) are Dhs950 . Or if you want to see out the weekend in the most stylish way imaginable, Sunday brunch tickets start from Dhs1,550 indoors and terrace seats are Dhs4,150 and include access to the Guns N’ Roses gig. All packages include house beverages and bubbly.
From Dhs450 (Thursday), Dhs650 (Friday and Saturday), Dhs1,550 (Sunday). Nov 22-24, noon-3pm, 4pm-8pm; Nov 25 3pm-8pm. Yas Marina, Yas Hotel (02 656 0600).