28 reasons to get out of the house this fortnight in Abu Dhabi

Christmas might be over, but there’s still loads to look forward to in the capital

28 reasons to get out of the house this fortnight in Abu Dhabi

Street Food Fest at The Mall at World Trade Center

The street-food style foodie festival is still running until December 29. Get yourself down to the The Mall at World Trade Center to sample a range of dishes from some of the shopping centre’s best restaurants for as little as Dhs10. Tamba, Nando’s, Sugar Factory and Pancake House make up just some of the stalls on offer. Spend Dhs100 you could win a trip to London.
Prices vary. Until Dec 29. 5pm-10pm. The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Liwa Street, www.wtcad.ae.

The Boxing Day roast at Abu Dhabi Golf Club
The festivities of Christmas Day can leave you feeling exhausted, so why not leave the hard work to someone else and head out with your family and friends for a traditional Boxing Day dinner.  This sumptuous feast features roast meats, including chicken, beef and lamb, plus all the trimmings. It’s available for both lunch and dinner.
Dhs130 (non-members), Dhs110 (members). Wed Dec 26, 11.30am-3pm & 7pm-10pm. Sas Al Nakhl (056 536 2230).

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship

This year’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship sees Venus Williams make her debut at Zayed Sports City, with Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem also on one of the strongest line-ups in years. Running from December 27 to 29, you’ll also find fun for all the family at the Tennis Village.
From Dhs100. Dec 27-29. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (800 86 823).

Tea for two

There’s still time to try out the festive afternoon tea, including freshly baked scones and seasonal sandwiches and cakes, at Crystal Lounge.
Dhs195. Daily 2pm-6pm, until Dec 30. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).

Be a-mazed

Try something different this festive season, and take on the maze at Umm Al Emarat Park. Dubbed The Wonder Maze, organisers say is the largest of its kind in the world. The structure consists of more than 25,000 square metre tarpaulin, 1,700 metres of column pipes and 8,000 metres of rope. It’s quite amazing.
Free (kids below 100cm), Dhs35 (general entry). Daily 9am-11pm. Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif area.

Unlimited sushi and ladies’ night at Relax@12
The rooftop bar is offering a great weekend deal with endless amounts of fresh sushi for Dhs149 between 8pm and 10pm every Friday evening. And, if that doesn’t sound appealing enough, there’s also free drinks for ladies from 11pm to 1am.
Dhs149 (sushi), free (ladies night). Fri 8pm-10pm (sushi), 11pm-1am (drinks). Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5193).

Festive Friday brunch at The Terrace on the Corniche
We’re sure you’ve got room left for one more festive brunch, so why not do it properly and enjoy the lavish spread at The Terrace on the Corniche. There will be fresh seafood, sushi, foie grass, grilled meats, a cheese room and much more.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (mixed drinks), Dhs650 (bubbly). Fri, Dec 28 12.30pm-4pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).

Takeaway feast from The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
If you’re still not bored of turkey dinners (is this really possible?) then you’re in luck. The turkey-to-go at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is still available until January 7.
From Dhs650. Daily until Jan 7. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).

Christmas movie night at LRM Central
Feel the festive cheer with a night of all your favourite family-friendly Christmas films. There’s also mulled grape, cookies, hot chocolate and other sweet treats.
Dhs50 (min spend). Sat Dec 28. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

Kids’ winter camp at Emirates Palace

Kids will have a riot splashing around on the water slides and lazy river, before setting off to explore the private beach and extensive grounds.
From Dhs275 (advance day rate). Until Jan 3. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7311).

Sushi Social at Barfly by Buddha-Bar
Enjoy the last Sunday evening of the year at this cool bar by the Grand Canal. There’s unlimited amounts of colourful sushi and free-flowing house beverages.
Dhs236. Sun 8pm-midnight. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 404 1940).


As you would expect, Emirates Palace is going very big for its New Year’s Eve festivities this year. With a massive fireworks display on its private beach, plus drinks and bites being served out on the Palace Terrace, it’s sure to be an occasion to remember.
Dhs2,762 (adults), Dhs1,381 (children aged 6-12). Mon Dec 31. Emirates Palace, Corniche Road West (02 690 7999).

Thai celebration

Make the most of the last day of 2018 with a five-course meal and unlimited drinks at Mr Miyagi’s.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs290 (house beverages), Dhs390 (premium beverages). Mon Dec 31 8pm-11pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (50 797 0742).

Fireworks at Al Maryah Island

Visitors will be entertained on Al Maryah Island’s promenade with live performances by Amr Diab and Myriam Fares. This will be followed by a thrilling fireworks display as the clock strikes 12.
Free. Mon Dec 31, 7pm-1am. Al Maryah Island.

TUESDAY - JAN 1, 2019
New Year’s Day breakfast and brunch at Sevilla
Start the year on a high with a wonderful breakfast or brunch at international restaurant Sevilla at Al Raha Beach Hotel. Featuring fresh seafood, live cooking stations, a decadent dessert selection and entertainment from a live band. Breakfast runs from 6.30am to 10.30am and brunch from 1pm to 4pm.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages). Tue Jan 1, 6.30am-10.30am & 1pm-4pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha (02 508 0431).

Sacci brunch

Kick off 2019 with a sumptuous New Year’s Day celebration at Sacci. The brunch features Italian dishes, lots of desserts and free-flowing beverages. 
Dhs340 (soft drinks), Dhs430 (house beverages), Dhs624 (bubbly), Dhs170 (kids). Tue Jan 1, 12.30pm-4pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City (02 616 9999).

The Beach Club at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana
Throughout January you can spend a relaxing day at this luxurious beach club for Dhs75 (Sunday to Thursday) or Dhs95 (Friday to Saturday).
From Dhs75. Until Jan 31. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, West Corniche (02 657 0182).

12-hour happy hour at The Retreat
You’ll find 40 percent off drinks from Saturday to Thursday at The Retreat. The happy hour lasts from noon to midnight, giving you a whole 12 hours of fun to enjoy.
Prices vary. Sat-Thu noon-midnight. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City (02 616 9999).

Grape night
Head to tapas bar The Warehouse every Thursday for 50 percent off bottles of grape and some super cool vibes.
Price vary. Thu 4pm-1am. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

Weekend staycation at Marriott Hotel Downtown

Enjoy a one-night stay, brunch and breakfast for two for Dhs850 every Thursday or Friday night. The package also includes late check out until 4pm.
Dhs850 (for two).  Thu-Fri. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (04 449 0867).

Friday Rhythms at Jazz & Fizz

Nibble your way through unlimited plates of tapas-style bites like hummus and bread sticks, tortilla chips, bruschetta, tempura prawns, sweet potato fries and a selection of sushi. There’s also free flowing hops, grapes and a good selection of mixed drinks. The relaxed vibe is complimented by the tunes from the live singer and pianist.
Dhs149 (food and house beverages). Fri 8pm-midnight. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche East (02 813 7777).

The Saturday Feast at The Oakroom
This very stylish hotel is one of the most trendy new places in the capital, so why not check out the Saturday roast at British-influenced restaurant The Oak Room? The roast meats are joined by Yorkshire Puddings, veggies, gravy and lots of decadent desserts.
Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly). Sat 11.30pm-3.30pm. The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Al Bateen (02 208 0000).

Sweat it out

Bodylines gym at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana are helping us smash our fitness goals for 2019 with a special offer on personal training sessions. Throughout January you can get ten sessions for Dhs1,500, 15 for Dhs2,350 and 20 for Dhs2,999.
From Dhs1,500 (ten sessions). Until Jan 31. The Beach Club,  Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, West Corniche (02 657 0182).

Ladies’ night at Empire Yas Island

Women get complimentary beverages throughout the night at this stylish bar, overlooking Yas Marina Circuit. There’s also tunes from DJs Kaboo and Nuff Said and it’s free entry too.
Free. Mon 11pm-3.30am. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (050 501 5052).

Grape for Dhs12 at Velocity
The party season may be over (for now), but that doesn’t mean we need to be miserable. The sports bar Velocity is helping us get through the working week by offering grapes for Dhs12.
Dhs12. Mon 4pm-7pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Free drinks for ladies at Byblos Sur Mer Lounge
Banish the midweek blues with this popular hotspot. Enjoy a night on the gorgeous terrace with complimentary mixed beverages and 20 percent off bottles.
Free. Tue 8pm-11pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Chilled Tuesdays at Sho Cho
Enjoy live acoustic music at Canal-side Japanese restaurant and bar Sho Cho. Singer Adam Showalter will be setting the mood by belting out a range of hits from the ’60s up until the present day.
Free. Tue 8pm-onwards. Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 558 1117).

More from Things to do

Novo Cinemas has introduced a brilliant summer deal

There will be a Sotheby's auction at the F1 for the virst time

How to get there, where to go and what to do 

BRIDE Abu Dhabi is back with the best bridal fashion, jewellery and more

How to enjoy the best of the capital today without spending a fil


Follow us