Abu Dhabi is a city that never sleeps. Its bustling calendar is full all throughout the year, with events to suit all of its visitors: from culinary to couture. Whatever your preferences and whatever time of year you visit, there will an event to explore and experience.
Most notably, Abu Dhabi hosts the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina Circuit. This glamorous, fast-paced event is enjoyed by everyone from motoring aficionados to sight-seeing tourists. Its incredible atmosphere and range of activities makes for a great week, so if you want to experience an international event in splendid grounds, this is the time to book your holiday for.
If you prefer other sports, why not arrive for the polo, horse-racing or tennis? International tennis tournaments occur several times a year in Abu Dhabi, as do major golf and sailing events. For something more varied, check out Abu Dhabi’s falconry competition.
Once you’ve strolled around Abu Dhabi’s streets, it won’t come as a surprise that the emirate hosts many food festivals. These aromatic, delicious festivals give you the chance to try new dishes, experiment with exotic ingredients, take tips from top chefs, as well as stroll through specialist shopping villages.
While there’s no Glastonbury, Abu Dhabi puts on huge live music shows and festivals in some of the world’s biggest and best venues. Soak up symphonic orchestras under the sun, rave on the island beaches, or simply let your mind wander as you experience art from around the UAE, and around the world.
For a truly cultural trip, see when and how Abu Dhabi celebrates events in the Islam calendar. From Ramadan to Eid, you could be witness to spectacular events that you’re unlikely to experience again. Abu Dhabi also puts on magnificent displays and events for Christmas and the New Year – and with heavenly weather and magical beaches, it opens up a whole new side to the normal festivities.
Abu Dhabi’s calendar is packed – it’s just time to coordinate yours, and decide what you want to be part of, and when!