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Top Things To Do in Abu Dhabi

Happy New Year! What are your resolutions for 2020? Whether you want to keep fit, spend more time with the family, explore the UAE more, there’s a lot of activities for you!

Yalla rounds up the top things to do for families in Abu Dhabi.

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.


Fun Things To Do at the Al Ain Oasis

Residents heading to the Garden City can now check out the exciting programme of activities open to the public at the Al Ain Oasis. Aside from enjoying stunning views and age old attractions, visitors can also enjoy interactive activities, shop for traditional goods, and learn about agriculture practices.

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sheikh zayed heritage festival

Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival

Enter a world of  replicas of iconic international landmarks, world-famous cultural highlights, and historic monuments and buildings from Emirati heritage. Enjoy live performances, heritage parades, kids activities and many exciting features.

Daily until 1 February, Al Wathba

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10 Tips for a Successful School Year

Join a free workshop for parents at Dots & Links Center where they share great tips to help ensure children have healthy developing brains and can experience more success in the upcoming school year academically, socially, and emotionally. Learn how to communicate with your school to ensure a beneficial partnership, discover organizational methods for children and more!

20 January, 10.30am

Early Years Open Day

Learn about the Early Years Foundation Stage programme at The British International School, Abu Dhabi. Tour the dedicated facilities, and have your questions answered by practitioners.

21 January, 9am


A Costume Adventure at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Discover Louvre Abu Dhabi’s art collection through immersive multimedia, sensory and physical experiences through an immersive game, ‘A Costume Adventure’ at the Children’s Museum. The adventure includes multiple stages, each presenting a unique challenge for children aged 4 – 10 to complete through interactive digital displays.

Open through 31 May

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Celebrate YogaOne’s 3rd Anniversary

Browse through a wonderful pop up market, tap your toes to live music, choose your practice from a wide selection of creative yoga and movement classes and simply hang out with the YogaOne team whilst enjoying fabulously healthy foodie treats! 

25 January, 9.30AM – 4.30PM

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Top events to watch out for in February...


Learn about migration stories of refugee youth through a stunning theatrical performance premiering in the Middle East. Created in collaboration with artist Kaneza Schaal and writer Christopher Myers, co-commissioned by the NYUAD Arts Center.

6 – 15 February, The Black Box


Hay Festival Abu Dhabi

Hay Festival Abu Dhabi will bring writers and readers together at the city’s cultural centre, Manarat al Saadiyat, for four days of conversation and debate, story-telling and workshops, music, film, comedy and performance. Events will be in Arabic and English, Hindi, Malayalam, French and Filipino and free to anyone under 25 and/or in full time education.

25-28 February, Manarat Al Saadiyat

Explore an Oasis of Fun

Looking for more fun things to do outside the city? Al Ain should be at the top of your list with UNESCO Heritage sites, Al Ain zoo, Wadi Adventure, Cultural events and more.

We recommend visiting Al Ain Oasis on weekends to enjoy a hub of interactive activities and popular attractions. ‘Weekends at the Oasis’ treats visitors to a market showcasing locally grown farm products, traditional oasis-inspired handicrafts, Emirati cooking demonstrations, fun games, horse riding and bicycle tours, an educational workshop on Falaj, and arts & crafts workshops for all ages!

There is much to see and do in Al Ain and Yalla lists everything you need to know.

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