Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi introduces pool pass deal with creditColin Armstronghttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/things-to-do/448055-andaz-capital-gate-abu-dhabi-introduces-pool-pass-deal-with-creditThu, 17 Sep 2020 03:53:04 +0400We’ve enjoyed more than our fair share of pool passes this summer to beat the beat.

There have loads of great deals, too.

While the heat might be subsiding the deals keep on coming and there’s another one to entice you into a pool day.

Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi has introduced a new pass complete with credit.

The offer, available every day of the week, costs Dhs150 per person inclusive of Dhs100 credit to spend on food and drink at Rayana Pool Bar.

Head along any time between 9am and 7pm and you can chill by the pool.

Advance booking is required and all guests are expected to follow safety guidelines including safe social distancing.

A chilled pool day with views over the city? Sounds like a plan to us.
Dhs150. Daily 9am-7pm. Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi (02 596 1234).

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Hire a movie theatre for private screenings in Abu Dhabi and DubaiColin Armstronghttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/movies/447964-hire-a-movie-theatre-for-private-screenings-in-abu-dhabi-and-dubaiTue, 15 Sep 2020 07:39:29 +0400Cinemas here in the UAE divide opinion.

At screens across Abu Dhabi and Dubai there are some film fans who just can't hack the poor phone etiquette and conversations some of the other people watching.

But being part of a collective audience, with all the gasps, laughter and cheers at the end (why?) is something that moviegoers love to be part of.

But VOX Cinemas could have the answer and be COVID-19 safe at the same time.

Private screenings are now available for groups of up to ten people at cinemas at The Galleria Al Maryah Island and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi and Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and Nakheel Mall in Dubai.

It costs Dhs450, so if you take ten people that's Dhs45 per person. You'll need to book in advance.

Films showing now now include Tenet, Mulan, The New Mutants and more.
Dhs450. www.uae.voxcinemas.com/ways-to-watch/family-and-friends (600 599 905).

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Abu Dhabi's The Galleria Al Maryah Island reopens rooftop parksDarragh Murphyhttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/things-to-do/447903-abu-dhabis-the-galleria-al-maryah-island-reopens-rooftop-parksTue, 15 Sep 2020 03:51:27 +0400Abu Dhabi’s The Galleria Al Maryah Island has just celebrated one year since its extension opened, and now it’s welcoming everyone back to its urban rooftop parks.

The entertainment destination’s Family Park, Sky Park and Sports Park are now reopened, however each of their play areas', slides and games will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

While there, visitors must follow precautionary safety guidelines, including staying in a maximum of four people per group, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.

Visitors will find the Family Park on level two of The Galleria close to the food court, with shaded areas to eat at with the family.

The Sports Park also on level two has plenty of space for basketball or yoga classes, while the Sky Park on level four offers up stunning views of Al Maryah Island from day until night.

For more things to do around Abu Dhabi, we’ve got you covered here.
Free entry. Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri noon-midnight. www.thegalleria.ae (02 493 7400).

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Free ice cream at Abu Dhabi's Jumeirah at Etihad Towers' new Dhs75 pool and beach passReema Rahmanhttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/kids/447863-free-ice-cream-at-abu-dhabis-jumeirah-at-etihad-towers-new-dhs75-pool-and-beach-passMon, 14 Sep 2020 07:12:20 +0400Looking to treat the kids to some after-school fun this September?

Well, get ready to kick back and relax because both Abu Dhabi’s Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort have launched top back-to-school deals for beach and pool access.

For Dhs75 per adult and Dhs45 for kids between four and 12 years old, families can soak up the afternoon sun at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ pool and beach. The pocket-friendly deal is valid from Sunday to Thursday between 3pm and sunset and includes a free ice cream for the kiddies, a bottle of water per person and 25 percent off food and drinks.

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort also has two awesome deals to take advantage of this month – a daily pass or a monthly package. The daily deal is valid from Sunday to Thursday from 3pm until sunset and it’s free for little ones six and under, Dhs175 per adult and Dhs125 per child, which includes a Dhs50 voucher back to spend on food and drinks.

A monthly pass, which is valid during weekdays for one adult and two kids, comes in at Dhs2,750 and includes 25 percent off food and drinks.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start packing that pool bag...

For more of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi for kids, teenagers and families head here.
Dhs75 (adult), Dhs45 (kids aged four-12). Sun-Thu 3pm-sunset. Until Sep 30. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).
Dhs175 (adult, including Dhs50 voucher), Dhs125 (six-12, including Dhs50 voucher), free (six and under), Dhs2,750 (one adult, two kids). Sun-Thu 3pm-sunset. Until Sep 30. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort (02 811 4342).

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Saadiyat Beach Club in Abu Dhabi launch ladies days pass dealsColin Armstronghttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/things-to-do/447391-saadiyat-beach-club-in-abu-dhabi-launch-ladies-days-pass-dealsTue, 08 Sep 2020 03:33:53 +0400Name a day of the week with a ‘y’ in it and ladies’ can get free drinks and deals at venues across the city.

Ladies’ nights are a big hit in these parts and the good deals don’t stop there.

Offering women a chance to chill and relax for less, one of the city’s most popular beach clubs has launched a new deal.

Saadiyat Beach Club has introduced a day pass deal just for the ladies.

Head along on a Monday and ladies can enjoy access to the pool and beach for Dhs120 per person.

Make your way there on a Tuesday and you can enjoy access for Dhs199 and you’ll also get a snack and three hours of free-flowing beverages from noon to 3pm.

Places must be booked in advance as the venue is operating under strict capacity rules.

There are also safety regulations in place including safe social distancing.

A day by the pool, drinks and a bite all for under Dhs200?

That’s a pretty good deal if you ask us.
From Dhs120. Mon-Tue 8am-7.30pm. Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island www.saadiyatbeachclub.ae/booking (02 656 3500).

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Abu Dhabi Heritage Village: How to get there, where it is, how much it costs and moreColin Armstronghttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/things-to-do/447285-abu-dhabi-heritage-village-how-to-get-there-where-it-is-how-much-it-costs-and-moreSat, 05 Sep 2020 03:00:00 +0400Abu Dhabi Heritage Village stands out in the emirate.

We think of the city as a modern metropolis, and it can be hard to imagine what life was like in the UAE capital before skyscrapers, luxury hotels and shopping malls.

Look closely enough and you can catch a glimpse of life in the UAE before it became a modern city but there’s one place that can really take you back in time to see it first-hand.

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village provides a snapshot into traditional Bedouin life here in the UAE.
So if you want to connect with the heritage, culture (https://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/culture) and traditions of the UAE, this is the place to go.

Where is it?

The Heritage Village is located at the Corniche Breakwater in Abu Dhabi, near Marina Mall.

How to get there?

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village is easily found on GPS or any mobile maps applications on a smartphone.

Take the turn off of Abu Dhabi Corniche towards Marina Mall on King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street.

Take the first right turn to Al ‘Alam Street and continue until the end of the road where you’ll find the Heritage Village.

What can you see and do?

The Heritage Village is home to a number of attractions all run by the Emirates Heritage Group.

Walk around and you can explore the history of the UAE like a small time capsule that hasn’t modernized with the rest of the city.

You’ll find a traditional souk, mosque a historic encampment and more.

Plus you can also shop for gifts and goods made by local artisans who showcase traditional skills including pottery, glass blowing, weaving and more.

A small spice shop is also on location selling a range of dried herbs, soaps and souvenirs.

How much does it cost?

It’s free of charge to visit the Heritage Village making it one of the must-do things in Abu Dhabi.

Where can I get more information?

Visit www.visitabudhabi.ae
Open Sat-Thu 9am-4pm, Fri 3.30pm-9pm. Abu Dhabi Corniche Breakwater, near Marina Mall (02 681 4455).

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Five reasons we're glad summer in the UAE is overPaul Cliffordhttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/things-to-do/447269-five-reasons-were-glad-summer-in-the-uae-is-overFri, 11 Sep 2020 04:21:35 +04001 It feels like we’ve been in a time warp

We’ve heard people say that this summer wasn’t as hot as previous years. Well, it could be that or it could be that we’ve all been outside even less than in previous years. Being indoors has totally skewed our perception of time so far in 2020. Was it really six months ago that lockdown was put in place and the city’s restaurants, bars and more were closed? The time has disappeared. What’s that, the Premier League has started up again? But it only just finished a couple of weeks ago. Here’s hoping the next few months are a bit more normal.

2 Restaurant terraces will be a thing again

It’s not just the temperature that stops you from sitting outside during the UAE’s hottest months, it’s the humidity, too. While we’ve all looked at a swimming pool and thought it would be lovely to dive in and cool off, few people have done it fully clothed. But after five minutes outside in August, you might as well have. Thankfully, those days are nearly gone for another seven or eight months.

3 Outdoor exercise is possible

With loads of amazing running tracks and outdoor gyms around the country, it’s nice to be able to use them again without fear of the ground melting beneath your feet or the equipment burning you when you touch it. It beats being holed up in a gym when the weather is cool, though there are fewer mirrors to stop and pose in every two minutes.

4 We can get excited about the festive season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all. Before long we’ll be seeing Christmas cards in shops, listening to ads promoting festive offers on the radio, and hoping we can book flights to see our loved ones or have them over to see us. It also means 2020 will almost be done and dusted and only visible from the rear view mirror, which is something we’re sure everyone can get behind.

5 Camping makes a return

Setting up your tent in the desert with only the rolling sand in front of you and the stars above… What a way to enjoy the landscape we’re surrounded by. Of course, in the summer it’s pretty much impossible to do, and even in the winter you need to make sure you have all the correct gear, lots of water and know where you’re going, but it’s great fun once you’re all set up. Get the barbecue going and let the conversation flow. Just watch out for those camel spiders.

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50 best reasons to fall in love with Abu DhabiColin Armstronghttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/things-to-do/447137-50-best-reasons-to-fall-in-love-with-abu-dhabiSun, 13 Sep 2020 03:10:26 +0400We love this city. No matter how long you’ve lived in the capital, it can always surprise you and there’s always somewhere great to visit, dine, drink and have some fun.

We've been calling Abu Dhabi home for years now and we’ve loved it ever since.

So whether you’re new to the city or you’re veterans like us, here are 50 reasons why this city has it all, and then some.

1 Abu Dhabi’s skyline is incredible


The capital, just like its sister city up the road, is home to a spectacular skyline. Located mainly along the corniche, meaning you can get amazing pictures from the turquoise waters, the capital is home to some stunning architecture including the World Trade Center Towers and Etihad Towers. Elsewhere in the city there are even more incredible buildings including Reem Island’s Gate towers, Al Bahr Towers and Aldar HQ.

2 Al Ain

The Garden City is a cultural gem and is home to loads of great sites. A short drive down the E22 and you can explore Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort, Qasr Al Muwaiji and Abu Dhabi’s highest peak, Jebel Hafeet. There’s lots to see, so don’t miss out.

3 Art and culture is everywhere

You can really get your cultural fix in Abu Dhabi, from seeing work by the world’s greatest artists at Louvre Abu Dhabi to exploring pieces from local and international creatives and performers at artistic hotspots the Cultural Foundation, Warehouse 421, NYUAD Art Gallery and Manarat al Saadiyat. There’s always something going on.

4 Beach clubs

We’re not sure you’ll find more pristine beaches and inviting waters than those you’ll discover in Abu Dhabi. Grab your swimmers and you can lounge by the sea at luxurious beach clubs to top up your tan including Saadiyat Beach Club, Yas Beach and luxury hotels including The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas and Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island. Remember to top up your sun tan lotion, trust us.

5 Boat trips

Whether you want to explore the natural mangroves, take in the skyline from the waters of the Corniche, set off from Yas Island or head out into the sea for a spot of fishing, there are lots of great boat trips to experience and plenty of great companies ready to set sail including Captain Tony’s, Noukhada, The Yellow Boats and many more.

6 Brilliant golf courses

The pros themselves will tell you that Abu Dhabi has top golf courses when they’re in town every year for the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. If you’re ready to tee off you can find excellent courses at Yas Links, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and more.

7 Brunch


Abu Dhabi loves a brunch and there are so many to choose from you can’t possibly have tried them all, although we’ve given it a good try. From lavish buffets serving every cuisine under the sun like at Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, to bubbling hot pots at Dai Pai Dong, high-end Japanese food served to your table at Zuma or Latin American dishes served in style at COYA, you can never go wrong with a great brunch in Abu Dhabi. Keep your eyes peeled to Time Out Abu Dhabi for the latest deals, reviews and information on all things brunch.

8 Desert safaris are great fun

We do live in a desert, which can be easy to forget when strolling through shopping malls or feasting in some of the world’s best restaurants. Take a short trip out of the city and you can safely explore the dunes with a desert safari and enjoy dune bashing, camel trekking and even sleeping under the stars if you want to see what life was like for the Bedouins of yesteryear. Check out Arabian Nights Village or companies such as Abu Dhabi Desert Safari (guess what they do?) to explore what lies beyond the city.

9 Eastern Mangroves

The stunning natural mangroves of Abu Dhabi are a picturesque backdrop when chilling at the Eastern Mangroves restaurants, but better still, you can get in a kayak and explore the channels of trees and see the wildlife that call the area home and learn a little more about the local ecosystem from a tour guide.

10 Excellent coffee is easy to find

Time Out Abu Dhabi runs on coffee and luckily there are loads of places where you can grab a great cup. The popular chains are all well and good but when we’re searching for something more specliaised we head to excellent venues like Arabica, Local, Notes Café, Blacksmith Coffee Company, Architecture Coffee and Dose to name just a few. Check them out yourself or look at our guide to great coffee online.

11 Food from around the world


We’re foodies and with Abu Dhabi being such an international country you can try food and dishes from from all over the world. From Ethiopian food at Bonna Annee and traditional Japanese dishes at Matsu to Peruvian delights at COYA and Thai dishes at Sontaya, all the bases are covered, whatever you’ve got a hunger for.

12 Good-value tailor-made suits

Need a suit fast and want it made exactly the way you picture it in your head? No problem, let the experts take care of you. In Abu Dhabi there are loads of great tailors and fabric stories where you can pick the style, cut and colour of your suit, be measured, and be walking around wearing it by the end of the week. Just make sure to haggle and get a good price. For a guide to getting a tailor made suit, visit our site for the complete guide.

13 Gold shopping is an actual thing

While the city has modernised, some things have stayed constant and the buying and selling of precious metals is one of those. Abu Dhabi’s own gold souk is packed full of shops where vendors are waiting to sell you jewellery that’s perfect for treating someone special or taking a souvenir home with you so you can remember the city.

14 Green spaces

While we love the concrete jungle, great cities are home to green spaces where you can take a load off and chill. In Abu Dhabi there are parks all over the place, strung along the Corniche, Khalidiyah, Mushrif and beyond, so you can enjoy a little escape from city life with a book and a blanket or just take a stroll to keep those daily steps up.

15 Happy hours

Nobody loves a great deal more than us and when it comes to going out we’ve always got you covered. Every night of the week in Abu Dhabi you can head out and enjoy a great deal on drinks with happy hour promotions. We’ve got all the deals you need to know about online and in the magazine so you won’t have to break the bank for a beverage.

16 Hawksbill turtles live here

Turtles are beautiful and just like you they call Abu Dhabi home. Hawksbill turtles are known to nest along many of Abu Dhabi’s beaches and can be seen swiming offshore too. Just take care if you ever see one in the water and if you spot a nest then leave it be, nature is best observed and not interfered with. If you want to help you can contact some of Saadiyat Island’s hotels who do turtle walks during nesting season.

17 History is all around you


Abu Dhabi is a modern city but there are historical sites all over the emirate to explore. Among the skyscrapers you can find Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest standing building in Abu Dhabi and a quick trip down to Al Ain and you can take a walk around the former family home of the UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed at Al Ain Palace Museum.

18 It has the world’s fastest rollercoaster


If you love a thrill then you’re in for a treat at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, lies in wait and it’s a serious ride. Hitting top speeds of 240 kph you’ll be fired along the track and back again before you know what’s happened. It’s a lot of fun.

19 It’s brilliant for families

Dubai can be a bit of a playground and although there’s loads of fun to be had in the capital, Abu Dhabi is definitely more of a family friendly city. With amazing parks, entertainment venues, classes, events and laid-back vibe, little one will love it and big ones will too. Keep up to date with all things family and kid-friendly with Time Out UAE Kids.

20 It’s good for the ’Gram

We’re guilty of it ourselves, but at least we can be proud of our Instagram page because the city we call home is a pretty one. From those picturesque shots of dunes and the ocean to showing off cool architecture and taking selfies with gold leaf coffee in Emirates Palace, this city really is an Instragrammers dream. Share your snaps with us and we’ll re-post the best.

21 Incredible spas

When you live in a busy city and have a stressful job, or even if you don’t, getting a robe on and going into relaxation mode is good for all of us. Helping to ease you towards total relaxation there are a number of world class spas at many of the city’s finest hotels and you won’t be stressed for long after a massage or treatment at the hands of the expert staff. Go on, treat yourself.

22 Karak


This country loves karak and we love a cup too. You can pick up a cup of this sweet tea across the city, and the best part is it’s cheap. Everyone has their favourite spots for karak so we’re not going to wade into that debate, but find yourself a greatplace serving the hot tea for no more than Dhs5 and you’re on to a winner.

23 La Cava’s cheese and grape night

Like in a romance novel, we’ve been head over heels with La Cava’s ‘Seven ate Nine’ promotion ever since our first visit. Head to the restaurant and you can tuck into unlimited cheese, bread, cold cuts and paired grape for two hours for Dhs195 per person and you can even enjoy an extra hour of pure indulgence for Dhs80. What could be better?
Dhs195. Wed 3pm-9pm, Thu-Fri non-9pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

24 Ladies’ nights

Ladies’ night are an institution in the city and every single night of the week you can enjoy a drink for free as well as some great deals on food. We’ve got all the latest offers online, so if you want a great deal, stick with us and we’ll show you the ropes.

25 Louvre Abu Dhabi

We’re not sure what to say about the museum that’s not already been said. The structure is stunning, the exhibitions fascinating and the experience of visiting unrivalled in this region. If you’ve not been, what are you doing with your life? And if you’ve been before, go again, there’s always something new to see. You have to book a slot in advance at the moment, but that’s not too difficult is it?
Dhs63 (adults), Dhs31.5 (ages 18-22), free (under 18). Opening times vary. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island (600 565 566).

26 Street Art

From the largest mural in the region at Marsa al Bateen to massive artworks in Al Raha Beach, more and more street art is popping up in Abu Dhabi. From modern art to highlighting cultural and traditional values, we love to see these impressive pieces pop up and we're sure you will too. Even taking a stroll along the Corncihe you'll see a sculpture dedicated to the love of cycling by artist Ai Weiwei. On Reem Island? Reem Central Park is full of it. Go, explore and see what you find.

27 Mina Fish Market is a unique experience

It’s doesn’t get fresher than Mina Fish Market where the local catch is sold to residents and restaurants who can get produce straight from the sea. Haggle for a great price, try new things, have the fish prepared and even cooked for you and you’re on to a winner. Seafood doesn’t get much better than this in these parts.

28 Nights out are amazing


There’s a brilliant nightlife scene in Abu Dhabi and yes you’ve probably seen us out in the wee hours enjoying music and a few refreshments. From the multi-level party atmosphere of ANNEX to the star-studded line ups that have shone at MAD on Yas Island there’s a great nightlife scene. We’ll keep you posted over at timeoutabudhabi.com.

29 Public beaches are beautiful


The best things in life are said to be free and when those things are public beaches we wholeheartedly agree. Head to Corniche beach, Al Bateen or Al Hudayriat island and you can lounge on the sand dip your toes in the water and enjoy the beautiful views all free of charge. It doesn’t get much better than that.

30 Qasr al Hosn

Offering a glimpse into life before the city sprung up out of the sand, the ancient fort of Qasr al Hosn (built in 1761) is one the best cultural attractions in the country. Explore the site and learn more about the significance of the watchtower and get amazing pictures of the silver skyscraper surrounding the site contrasting historic and modern architecture.
Dhs30 (under 18s free). Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 697 6400).

31 Shawarmas are everywhere (and cheap)

Cheap food is sometimes the best food and with shawarmas that’s definitely the case. If you’re paying over Dhs7 for one, you’re being fleeced, and often a great shawarmas costs even less than that. We have our favourite spots, everyone does, but it’s hard to go wrong with garlic paste, chicken and fries, right? Want to see where we feast on the wraps? There’s a whole guide to getting great shawarma over at timeoutabudhabi.com.

32 Shopping


Abu Dhabi is home to some of the bet shopping in the world. Whether you’re on the hunt for luxury brands at The Galleria Al Maryah Island, or just a spot of window shopping for the afternoon, you’ll find everything you could need for a day of shopping at the likes of Yas Mall, Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall and Mall at World Trade Centre. Plus there are plenty of spots to stop for a coffee or a bite.

33 Jubail Mangrove Walk


Ever since opening in January this year the picturesque walkway, offering you a chance to stroll through the mangroves, has been a real hit. Head along and you can explore the winding paths, see natural mangroves, take in the beautiful surroundings and even spot wildlife too. There’s nowhere else quite like it in the country. It’s still closed post-lockdown but watch this space for reopening news.
Jubail Mangrove Walk, Jubail Island, park.jubailisland.ae.

34 Star Wars was filmed here

We’re a little bit nerdy and when we heard that Star Wars would film scenes in Abu Dhabi we were ready to take on the Empire ourselves. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens use the Abu Dhabi desert as the backdrop for the planet of Jakku and we think it looks amazing. It’s not the only film to shoot here in the UAE, but it’s definitely the coolest in our book.

35 Stunning scenery

We challenge you to find another city where you can see stunning sand dunes as far as the eye can see, turquoise waters of the ocean, glittering skyscrapers and breath-taking Oasis, with palm trees shield you from the sun. No really, we challenge you. It can’t be done. Abu Dhabi is a real stunner and there’s no denying it.

36 Sundowners

Just the word brings a smile to our face and there are plenty of places to watch the sunset with a cool drink in this city including those with seaside vibes and others in the heart of the city. From Buddha-Bar Beach, Tamba, 99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Hakkasan, Dusk and Cipriani. You’re never short of options for a place to start the night with great views.

37 The Formula 1 season ends here

You may not be a fan of the F1 but come November every year you’ll get caught up in Formula One fever. The last race of the season is held in the city and along with the fast cars comes great nights out, pop-up concepts, concerts and more making it one of the biggest events of the year, every year, in the UAE. This year the race will be behind closed doors but were sure there will be plenty of excitement and events to enjoy when the race arrives.

38 The International Playboys

This popular four piece is everyone’s favourite local band and we’ve seen them rock out at venues across the city over the years. If you like a little loud music and are looking for some tip-top options, then check out he band’s Facebook page to see where they’ll be performing next and you can see for yourself. Visit www.facebook.com/ipboys.

39 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


You didn’t think we’d forgotten it did you? It’s the jewel in Abu Dhabi’s crown and everyone in this city has visited it. Not been? Worry not, every time a new visitor comes to stay we guarantee you’ll be paying a visit and we can tell you, even after seeing it dozens of times, the beauty and incredible craftsmanship that has gone into creating the mosque is truly exceptional. This stunning attraction never gets old. Visit www.szgm.gov.ae for more information.

40 The sunsets

Being a coastal city, Abu Dhabi has many great vantage points to watch the sun set and the stars come out at night. Get the camera ready and see the big, burning ball of gas say goodnight. We recommend heading to the coast to see it shimmering over the water but wherever you set up, we promise you’re in for quite a sight.

41 There are hundreds of islands

Abu Dhabi may sem like one big city but it’s made up of hundreds of islands, not just the popular ones like Yas, Saadiyat and Hudayriat either, some are tiny, interconnected by bridges and others off the coast, making Abu Dhabi a unique place to live. You live on a desert island. Well, sort of.

42 TrainYAS means you can run around an F1 track


You can experience what it’s like to rattle around Yas Marina Circuit as an F1 driver albeit much, much slower and not behind the wheel of a car going hundreds of kilometres an hour. Still, it’s a great way to see the track and also keep fit too, and it’s free.
Free. To register and for timings visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com.

43 Yas Marina

With it’s picturesque marina, top restaurants and one of the most iconic hotels in the world, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island in view, Yas Marina is one of the top places to be in the city. Whether it’s for a stroll, a drink at Stars N Bars, food at The Scene or Aquarium or a night out at Mr Miyagi’s, Casa de Cuba or Iris, there’s always something going on here.

44 You can follow a top football team

Football, we love it and we do miss being in the stands back home signing songs and, erm, encouraging the referee. Football is big her, too, and you can follow one of the local teams in the Arabian Gulf League to cheer them to victory. Abu Dhabi teams include Al Jazira, Al Wahda and Al Ain, and when you buy tickets to the games you can get change from a Dhs20 note. Football and a bargain? Now you’re talking.

45 You can go dolphin spotting

That’s right, dolphins live here in Abu Dhabi, too, although you’ll usually have to go out to sea to spot them. Hoever, there are places where they’re visible from the land, and one organisation that’s out to trace them and assess the health of the local population is The Dolphin Project, which schedule regular trips to see what they can see.
Fancy joining them for a trip? Visit www.wp.uaedolphinproject.org.

46 Vegan food is making its mark

Being vegan can be frustrating but in Abu Dhabi those following a plant-based diet are well catered for. Many of the city’s restaurants offer vegan dishes and you’ll be hard pushed to find a café serving coffee that doesn’t have some dairy-free milk alternatives. Want to see what’s what when it comes to being vegan in Abu Dhabi? We’ve got a whole section on our website at www.timeoutabudhabi.com/topics/vegan-abu-dhabi.

47 Walks along the Corniche

We love strolling along the Corniche to take in the beautiful surroundings of the ocean by one side and the city skyline on the other. With 8km of paths running from one end to the other you can walk, run, cycle or even hire an e-scooter to make your way along the Corniche.

48 Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

The world’s largest indoor theme park is here in Abu Dhabi and there are a few familiar faces waiting to greet you, including Scooby Doo, Batman, Superman, Bugs Bunny and Fred Flintstone. With five different zones and rides and attractions for the whole family, this theme park is a great day out and we never say no to a chance to visit.
Dhs295. Daily 11am-8pm. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (600 511 115).

49 World Records


There are a lot of world records here in Abu Dhabi from the world’s furthest leaning manmade tower at Andaz Capital Gate to the world’s largest indoor climbing wall and indoor skydiving chamber at CLYMB Abu Dhabi. Add to that the world’s fastest rollercoaster and biggest indoor theme park, there’s a lot to boast about. Check out Abu Dhabi’s Guinness World Records page by visiting our website.

50 Zaya Nurai Island

This picturesque island is so beautiful sometimes we wonder if it was created just for people to share pictures on social media. Head along for a bite, to lounge on the beach, for brunch or for a stay and you can take in the amazing surroundings as well as take the absolutely necessary picture at the sea swings at Smoking Pineapple for your Instagram page. It’s ok, we’ve all done it. For more information visit www.zayanuraiisland.com.

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Where is Abu Dhabi's Soul Beach, how much does it cost and more?Colin Armstronghttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/things-to-do/447023-where-is-abu-dhabis-soul-beach-how-much-does-it-cost-and-moreTue, 01 Sep 2020 07:15:06 +0400Abu Dhabi welcomed a brand new beach last month.

Soul Beach has been open (to those brave enough to lie in the sun) since July 27.

The stunning beachfront location is the newest beach to open in the city, offering residents another option when finding a place to lounge by the sea.

Want to know more about the new location? Okay, we’ve got you covered.

Where is it?

Soul Beach is located on Saadiyat Island and is part of the Mamsha Al Saadiyat Community.

You’ll find the new location between Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Cultural District and Berklee Abu Dhabi, located next door to Manarat Al Saadiyat.

How do you get there?

If you’re coming from the city, you take a trip over Sheikh Khalifa Bridge and take the first turn off after the bridge with signs for Cranleigh Abu Dhabi and Manarat Al Saadiyat.

From there you’ll see the signs for Soul beach and you can’t miss it really.

Coming from Yas Island or Dubai? Take the last exit before Shaikh Khalifa Bridge following signs for NYUAD and Manarat Al Saadiyat and follow the Soul Beach signs from there.

How much is it?

Weekday access costs Dhs50 per person and on weekends it’s Dhs75. With your entry fee you’ll get access to a sun lounger and parasol included.

What’s there?

Once there you’ll find 1km of pristine, manicured beach on Saadiyat Island.

There are 400 sun loungers with parasols and a 400m swimming zone in the ocean.

All beds have a table with a QR code, scan it and you’ll get a menu where you can order refreshments and food to be delivered to you by buggy.

Mamsha Al Saadiyat is an ongoing development and shops, restaurants and cafes are expected to open in the coming months so you can grab a drink or a bite.

Anything else?

Social distancing and safety guidelines are currently in place.

Wearing a mask on arrival and bringing your own towel is required at this time.
From Dhs50. Saadiyat Island, www.facebook.com/SoulBeachSaadiyatIsland.

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Yas Island theme parks in Abu Dhabi announce flash sale with tickets from Dhs130Colin Armstronghttps://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/things-to-do/446950-yas-island-theme-parks-in-abu-dhabi-announce-flash-sale-with-tickets-from-dhs130Mon, 31 Aug 2020 06:37:44 +0400Yas Island’s record-breaking theme parks are back open to the public.

Offering you a chance to explore, have fun and get a great deal, a new flash sale has been announced for one week only.

From September 1 to 5, entry prices for Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi have been reduced.

Entry to Yas Waterworld starts from Dhs130 per person, entry to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will cost Dhs150 per person and entry to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will cost Dhs195.

That’s a 48 percent discount at Yas Waterworld, 49 percent at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and 33 percent at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi.

All tickets must be purchased directly from each park’s website to avail the offer.

Entry tickets will return to full price from September 6 but tickets bought before the deadline are valid until September 30.

So if you want to visit sometime in September you can buy your tickets ahead of time to save some money on your visit.

Want to make a holiday out of it? The #TogetherAtYas promotion is offering overnights stays with theme park tickets until the end of the year.

A total of 20 hotels in Abu Dhabi are offering theme park tickets with a stay including Centro Yas Island, W Abu Dhabi -Yas Island, Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi, Yas Island and more.

One-night stays start from Dhs323 per person, two-night stays from Dhs650 per person and three-nights stays from Dhs756 per person.
For more information visit www.yasisland.ae.

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