There are loads of amazing things to do every weekend in Abu Dhabi. From concerts to art exhibitions and from events at theme parts to foodie festivals, you can count on the capital having a packed calendar throughout the year.
With so much going on it can be difficult to know where to start, but don’t worry, that’s where we come in.
Here are five fantastic events taking place this weekend in Abu Dhabi.
Saltana with Sanaa Nabil at Abu Dhabi Classics
The young Egyptian singer Sanaa Nabil rose to fame on TV show Arab’s Got Talent but started out at just nine years old, when she began to learn Arabic tarab singing. By the time she was 12 she was training with maestro Salom Sahhab at the Cairo Opera House.
She went on to win the Golden Falcon award on Arab’s Got Talent and now, at just 17, she studies in the high Arab Music Institue with famous composer Abdo Dagher.
At Abu Dhabi Classics she will be performing Laylat Saltana but the elite Egyptian music group Cordes Croisées. This show is open for anyone eight years old and above.
From Dhs75. Feb 6, 8pm onwards. Cultural Foundation. www.ticketmaster.ae/event/saltana-with-sanaa-nabil-tickets/8139.
Magida El Roumi at Abu Dhabi Classics
The headline act for this year’s Abu Dhabi Classics as one of the world’s greatest singers. From Lebanon, El Roumi is known for her extraordinary vocal range and crystal clear voice.
The singer has spent the past 40 years producing dozens of hit records covering all kinds of ground, from classical Arabic music to modern pop. A graduate in Arabic literature, El Roumi also sings romantic and patriotic poetry written by Arabic poets. This show is suitable for anyone eight years old and above.
From Dhs295. Fri Feb 7, 7pm onwards. du Arena, Yas Island. www.ticketmaster.ae/event/magida-el-roumi-tickets/8147.
Abu Dhabi Science Festival 2020
Now in its tenth edition, the Abu Dhabi Science Festival is a brilliant way for children and teenagers to get involved in everything to do with science and technoclogy. Organised by the Department of Education and Knowledge, it features live shows, demonstrations, diverse edutainment activities and workshops aimed at inspiring the young people of the UAE to pursue STEAM subjects.
The festival will shine a light on young people’s creative talents, achievements and contributions.
Dhs5 (ages 16 and above), Dhs10 (ages five to 15). Until Feb 8, 2pm-10pm A’l Bahar, Abu Dhabi Corniche and City Mall, Al Dhafra. 3pm-9pm, Al Jahlili Park, Al Ain. www.adsftickets.com/index.php.
World Urban Forum
Establised by the United Nations in 2001, the World Urban Forum was formed to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world – rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The forum is a high level, open and inclusive platform to address the challenges of sustainable urbanisation and this year marks the first time an Arab country has hosted the conference. There will be more than 1,000 speakers including global leaders, experts, thinkers, academics, ministers and mayors. It’s free to attend but you must register in advance.
Feb 8-13, 8am-8.30pm. ADNEC, Khaleej Al Arabi Street. https://wuf.unhabitat.org/page/registration.
Superhero Saturdays at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
The Yas Island theme park is offering all youngsters the chance to become a superhero for a day with the new Super Hero Saturdays event. Children can join Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash in a host of activities throughout the day. If you get there early enough, kids will get a free cape (available on a first come, first served, basis). They can then take part in the Train Like A Hero programme to learn the true value of being a hero. There will also be a Super Hero Trivia game, with the chance to win prizes, and the chance to decorate Rice Krispy lollipops in the Snap, Krackle, Pow! event (this is Dhs50 for three lollipops). The best dressed super heroes on the day will also be in with the chance of winning a cool prize. The Looney Tunes characters will also be getting in on the action with a Dance Party at 3pm.
From Dhs230 (children), Dhs295 (adults). Every Sat until Apr 4, 10am-8pm. Yas Island. https://www.wbworldabudhabi.com/en/booking.