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Yalla’s weekly guide to family happenings in Abu Dhabi!


Welcome to our weekly guide of family events happening over the next 7 days. There is so much to do in Abu Dhabi, and here are just a few events. Do look at our Events Diary where you can see our full listing of all the family events that we have found for you. Also be sure to pick up a copy of our new April edition which is out now!

International Earth Day

22 April

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated each year on April 22, on which events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.




World Heritage Day

Al Ain Palace Museum

20-21 April


Families can enjoy a weekend long celebration to mark the significance of World Heritage Day. During the celebrations visitors can attend talks, seminars and take part in family workshops to celebrate Emirati heritage.

Al Ain Cycle Race

Wadi Adventure, Al Ain

21 April


The Abu Dhabi Sports Council Al Ain Cycle Race offers two race distances Short Course (42K being 3x10K loops then riding to the top of Jebel Hafeet) and Long Course (67K being 5 x 10K loops and then riding to the top of Jebel Hafeet).

The previous edition held in October 2016, saw over 300 riders ride to the top of Jebel Hafeet.

Registration is open and costs AED50 per person


Paint! Canvas! Action!

Manarat Al Saadiyat

22 April

10am – 12pm

Ever made a painting using a bicycle wheel or a toy car, by swinging and jumping in the air or dancing and sliding in paint? Throw, splatter, drip, spray, pour, slide, push, pull, and roll! Create your own gestural action painting in the manner of the Japanese Gutai artists. Please wear clothing you do not mind getting paint on as it can get messy!

60 Ft Dhow Dalma Race

Dalma Island, Al Dhafra

22 April

The Race will start from Dalma Island and will pass by Sir Baniyas Island, Ghasha Island, Um Al Kurkum Island, Al Fatayer Island, Al Bazam Island, Marwih Island, Jananah and the finishing line will be at Al Marfa Town.

Racers will have to pass through two gates. The first gate arrives after 40km from the start line, the second is after 25km from the first gate and the finishing line will be at 60km from the second gate.

Around 90-100 boats are expected to participate in the race with 20 sailors on each boat. The event is all set to welcome 2500-3000 participants and a huge audience.

Distance: 80 sea mile race (125km)

Note: In case of bad weather conditions, Race will be delayed to be held from 27 April to May 1st 2017


Reem Weekend

Reem Island

20-22 April



Residents and visitors to Abu Dhabi during April will now be able to enjoy two new waterside weekend attractions in some of the City’s most desirable destinations, courtesy of Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi’s leading listed property development, investment and management company.

Al Dana Weekend will take place on Al Dana Island within Al Raha Beach from 13th-15th April, and will be followed by Reem Weekend which will take place from 20th-22nd April alongside Reem Island’s new canal. Both events are free, and open to the public from 5pm-11pm.

Inspired by the vibrant colours and carefree waterside holiday atmosphere of Santorini, Al Dana & Reem Island Weekends will bring together shopping, music, sport, entertainment and food.

Charity Flea Market

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

22 April

9am – 2pm

Join Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort for a fun filled day to sell and buy pre-loved goods. The city centre hotel will host its popular charity flea market on Saturday 22 April in Arzanah Ballroom. The flea market opens at 9am and ends at 2pm in the afternoon. Visitors can enter free of charge. A limited number of exhibitor tables are still available for AED 285 each.

The charity bazaar is a regular event at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort – it takes place quarterly attracting up to 100 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors. Merchants can sell unwanted items from their home such as clothing, electronics, books, DVDs, toys, while bargain hunters can stroll through the market to look for the best deals.

All funds collected from the table hire will support the Al Jalila Foundation devoted to the treatment of childhood cancer in the UAE, while proceeds from the tables benefit the exhibitors.



National Public Holiday – Israa & Miaraj Night

24 April *

Known as The Prophet’s Ascension or the Night Journey, this holiday is observed on the 27th day of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. Isra and Mi’raj marks the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascent into heaven, sometime around the year 621, according to Islamic belief.

* Please remember Islamic holiday exact dates are subject to moon sighting and may differ from date given.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – ADNEC

26 April – 2 May

9am – 10pm

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is the most professionally organised, most ambitious and fastest growing book fair in the UAE and North Africa.

Abu Dhabi is the motor driving the professional and commercial development of the regional publishing industry, and is financially and philosophically committed to the long-term expansion of the global book business.

Each year, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair selects a key personality around which part of the parallel cultural programme revolves according to a unique approach that recognises influential Arabic and international figures who have left a powerful imprint on culture and human development.


The Archaeological Story of the United Arab Emirates

The Archaeological Story of the United Arab Emirates

Manarat al Saadiyat

26 April

7pm – 8.30pm

The story of archaeology in the UAE began in the 1950s with the excavation of Bronze Age tombs on Umm an-Nar Island by Danish teams at the personal invitation of Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, then ruler of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan took a keen interest in the archaeologists’ work and accompanied his brother Sheikh Shakhbut to see the site. Sheikh Zayed understood the importance of unearthing the UAE’s unique and interesting past and encouraged archaeological excavations in Abu Dhabi and across the emirates. His encouragement led to the flourishing of archaeological study in the UAE, revealing its rich ancient heritage.

Eisa Yousif, Director of Excavation and Archaeological Sites, Sharjah Archaeology Authority – Peter Magee, Head of Archaeology, Coastal Heritage and Paleontology, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Image caption and copyright:

Sheikh Shakbut, Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Haza visiting the excavations on Umm an-Nar island, 1959. © Moesgaard Museum

Last but not least, we’re delighted to let you know our new edition of Yalla is out!

Make sure you pick up your copy!

Inside you’ll find a round up of all the top summer camps and play centres, activities and camps suitable for toddlers, our fun Kids’ Corner, amazing competitions with the Anantara, The Park Hyatt and Wadi Adventure! Plus, the only A-Z directory you need! We hope you enjoy our April edition with your family.


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