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Top Things To Do in Abu Dhabi

Yalla has rounded up top things to do, new places to dine and health tips for the whole family.

Also, don’t miss to join our competition for a chance to win a family playdate for four at KidZania Abu Dhabi. Competition ends 15 Nov, so hurry, join now!

Below are just a few of the best events and activities so check out our Events Diary for a full listing of all of the top family events in the capital throughout the rest of the year.

UK Boarding School Exhibition

Planning to send your child to study in the UK? Don’t miss the opportunity to talk to the Education Consultants and Heads and representatives of UK schools at the UK Boarding School Exhibition.

8 – 9 November | Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina

Data Not Found – Kaki King

Enjoy a multimedia concert by visionary guitarist and composer. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” guitarist, composer, and performance artist Kaki King presents DATA NOT FOUND — an immersive audiovisual journey featuring new music, projection mapping, and a host of new performative tools.
NYUAD Arts Center, The Black Box | 13-15 Nov, at 8pm

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Hekayah | The Story

Commemorate UAE National Day in the Year of Tolerance with a beautiful evening under the stars. Poets, spoken word artists, musicians, and storytellers celebrate the cultural diversity of the place we call home, the UAE.

Free Entry | Online ticket registration is required

NYUAD Arts Center |The East Plaza | 26 Nov

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F1 Weekend at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Get ready to Rev Up as W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island showcases disruptive pool parties on its legendary WET Deck and high energy partnerships with the world’s leading F&B brands to elevate your F1 experience.

Don’t miss the fun!

28 November – 1 December

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Speculative Landscapes

Speculative Landscapes

Allow art to help you talk to your children about tough topics in a playful and fun new way! The Speculative Landscapes exhibition at the NYUAD Art Gallery provides a unique medium for parents to engage their children in numerous topics that weigh heavy on many of our minds, such as the natural environment, the role that social media plays in our lives, and what’s real vs. what’s artificial.

daily until 7 December  | Saturdays for Families | Free entry with registration

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Visit the New Abu Dhabi Children’s Library

Located in historic Qasr Al Hosn, the library offers three stories of over 35,000 amazing titles in many languages, including Arabic, English, and French with some in titles in Hindi, Spanish, Mandarin, and German. This entire city block brims with history, art, and—dare we say—a lot of fun! We suggest families check this spot out soon to enjoy the wealth of culture that the capital offers.

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Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co.

Journey back in time to the Parisian art scene of early 20th century to explore works produced by expat artists living in the French capital at this time. Their collective artworks explore feelings of place, time, loneliness, otherness, and nostalgia for their homes. Sound familiar? If so, this exhibition is worth checking out.
18 September – 7 December | Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Enjoy Extraordinary performances at NYUAD Arts Center

The Arts Center’s fifth season presents an extraordinary lineup of performances featuring inspiring local and global artists, with over 100 performances comprising of six commissions, three World Premieres, 14 UAE Premieres and Debuts, and more than 90 Off the Stage audience engagement and educational events.

September 2019 – June 2020

Check out their exciting performances now!

Eat & Drink

VaKaVa: Experience the Flair of Latin Dining

Spend unforgettable evenings with a Latin flair and enjoy refined Latin American cuisine only at Vakava Abu Dhabi. Enjoy quality time as a couple or with friends, sip on Latin inspired beverages and take in an atmosphere that is simply caliente.

All ladies are also welcome to satisfy their inner Latina with live music, vibrant flavors and a fiesta like no other on VaKaVa’s Tuesday ladies nights.

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Offside Sports Lounge at Saadiyat

There’s a new place in town for sports fans to support their favourite teams – Offside Sports Lounge at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. Offering cool and casual vibes and a place to kick back with friends, Offside is the perfect venue to catch a game, grab some food and relax either inside or on the terrace where man’s best friend can also join and enjoy some tasty treats.


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Take care of your health...

Avoid Digital Eye Strain

While the benefits of technology on medicine are immeasurable, the toll the tech can take on your eyesight can be great. Dr. Hamed Anwar from Moorfields Eye Hospital offers simple ways to protect your eyes from devices.

WIN! A family day for four at KidZania...

Hey parents! There’s a new place in town for your kids to play “Let’s Pretend!” It’s called KidZania. It’s in Yas Mall, and you just might discover that your child wants to become a citizen of this child-friendly land after just one visit.

Rather than offering thrill rides, like a Disney park, or video-game arcades, like Sparky’s, KidZania gives children ages two through sixteen the chance to enact the roles of grownups in a lavishly realized, scaled-down world that’s kid-sized.

Join our competition for a chance to win a family playdate at KidZania!



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