7 amazing things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

Things To Do In Abu Dhabi

Races, football, brunches, concerts, family events and so much more to explore in the capital!

The outdoors are yours to conquer with the weather finally taking a cooler turn. If you find yourself in the capital and out of ideas to chill, we’ve got your back.

From thrilling activities to family-friendly fun and more, your weekends are about to get a serious upgrade.


Formula F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix


Formula F1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi Field Image In Action


What better place to be at this weekend than at the Yas Marina Circuit. Catch all the Grand Prix action as drivers compete for the coveted trophy. Following an exciting season, Hamilton (Mercedes) and Verstappen (Red Bull) will compete for F1 and the Championship this year. There will also be plenty of opportunities to watch practices, qualifiers, and you can’t miss the epic Yasalam after-race concerts.

Yas Marina Circuit, until 20 November.


Brunch at Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island


Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island


Do you enjoy a garden party? Why not try Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island’s new family-friendly Saturday Garden Brunch? This gorgeous brunch offers an international buffet in a beautiful garden setting, with plenty of cooking stations to feed you and your family throughout the day. There’s everything from a Turkish kebab station to a homemade pasta station to a live seafood and meat grill station. Bringing the kids? You won’t be able to tear them away from the Rixy’s Kid’s Club. All under the supervision of specially trained Rixos daycare staff though, fret not as you enjoy the day!
Dhs575 (all inclusive) (all inclusive). Saturday, 1pm-4.30pm Rixos Premium Saadiyat, Turquoise Restaurant


Zayed Charity Marathon


Zayed Charity Marathon - Abu Dhabi 2022


The Zayed Charity Marathon – Abu Dhabi 2022 will be held in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the marathon’s organizing committee, and the Emirates Red Crescent. The same is generously patronized by His Highness, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafrah Region.
Scheduled for 19 November at 7am, the race includes routes suitable for participants of all ages and fitness levels. Starting and finishing at the beautiful Erth Abu Dhabi Hotel, runners can choose between the 3km family fun route, the 5km intermediate course, and the 10km advanced route.

19 November at 7am, Erth Abu Dhabi Hotel


Abu Dhabi Art


Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2022


If you want to immerse yourself in art and culture, Abu Dhabi Art is the place to be. The Abu Dhabi Art Fair returns to Manarat Al Saadiyat, bringing together local and international galleries selling artworks alongside exhibitions, artist commissions, and installations. When not admiring the work, you could always learn from the expert talks or amuse yourself with the events planned. Although admission is free, it is recommended that you reserve your complimentary ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Manarat Al Saadiyat, 10am-8pm, until 20 November


Movie in the park at Umm Al Emarat Park


Umm Al Emarat Park

Everyone’s favourite event is finally back! Cinema in the Park is returning to Umm Al Emarat Park, bringing smiles for all families and movie-lovers alike. In the Children’s Garden, catch your favourites like Aladdin, Frozen, Ice Age, Shrek, Rio, and Coco from the comfort of beanbags while cosying up inside picnic blankets. Given the level of excitement, it’s better to get there early and secure your spot!

Friday and Saturday, 6.30pm; 8.30pm at Umm Al Emarat Park


The Lion King Musical at Etihad Arena


Lion King Musical Abu Dhabi


The Lion King musical, a world-famous musical adaptation of the animated favourite, is finally making its way to Abu Dhabi. Those who did not get tickets to the original dates can now purchase them for the five additional dates added to the tour. That’s right, you don’t have to miss the award-winning musical’s debut in the Middle East.
Starting at Dhs200. Tickets are available through the Etihad Arena or the Platinum List.

Until 10 December at Etihad Arena Yas Island


F1 with a Punch


Punch Room Abu Dhabi Edition Hotel


Kick off the exciting race weekend at The Abu Dhabi EDITION X EDITION Hotels’ award-winning signature bar, Punch Room. With the concept revolving around the namesake, each beverage is crafted from five main ingredients, including spices and botanicals for a unique menu. The sophisticated speakeasy-inspired bar will showcase its unique punch offering at this special three-night event at The Abu Dhabi EDITION’s exquisite Library Bar. Don’t miss it!


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