29 things to do for a perfect leap year across UAE

Leap year things to do in the UAE

From outdoor movie screenings to day in the park, here’s all the best things to do for the perfect leap year across UAE

Looking to make the most of the precious extra 24 hours? We’ve got some fantastic things to do.

It’s Leap Day, and the chance to do something special and treat yourself to anything from a brunch, lazy lunch, day out in the sun or head to some of the best concerts and festivals in the world!

If you’re anywhere across the UAE, here’s our ultimate list of the best things to do for the perfect Leap Year.




Al Ain Flower Festival

Until 14 March, Jahili Park

Al Ain Flower Festival

Have you been to the Al Ain Flower Festival 2024 yet? Back again after an overwhelming run last year, they’re open once more to make the most of the great weather.

And the best part? It’s free! Another massive reason to check out the Al Ain Flower Festival this year is their new world record. Al Ain Municipality has achieved a Guinness World Record with a bouquet of natural flowers which has gone on display. Don’t miss out.


Movies at the Marina

Until 17 March, Yas Marina

Movies at the Marina

Lights, camera, action…everybody!

Experience the epitome of luxury and entertainment at Yas Marina’s exclusive event, ‘Movies at the Marina commencing this Friday, 23 February.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the starlit sky, this cinematic extravaganza promises an unforgettable night of film enchantment in the heart of this vibrant waterfront destination. Movie aficionados can bask in the comfortable temperatures while lounging on plush deckchairs and beanbags every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 17 March. And it’s free!


Let’s lunch?

All weekdays, across Abu Dhabi

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Looking to elevate your lunch game in Abu Dhabi? Look no further!

Think authentic Italian exploration at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s Marco’s Italian, or a dab of French Mediterranean flair at LPM Restaurant & Bar. We’ve rounded up the best lunches in Abu Dhabi for the perfect midday feast.


Brunch it up

All weekdays, across Abu Dhabi

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What better way to spend the weekend than with some delicious food, refreshing drinks, live entertainment and the company of your loved ones? From family brunches to evening brunches, the UAE capital has it all and more to ensure your weekend starts and ends on a high (and delicious!) note.

That said, Team Yalla’s rounded up the best of best brunches for you to consider.


Park it

Daily, across Abu Dhabi

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Who doesn’t love a relaxed stroll through one of the parks of Abu Dhabi?

Explore some of the best parks in Abu Dhabi and make the most of the amazing weather. And with festive activations running through most of them, especially Park Market at Umm Al Emarat park, spend a day out and reconnect with nature this mid-term break in Abu Dhabi.


Smoke & Mirrors

1-2 March, Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Smoke & Mirrors Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Are you ready to check out the best bar in Asia, right here in Abu Dhabi?

Smoke & Mirrors, ranked on the Asia’s 50 Best Bar list, is making its way for an exclusive takeover of Hidden Bar at Rosewood Abu Dhabi! Renowned for its clandestine ambiance and cosy drinking haven, Hidden Bar is the best venue in town to host an immersive experience like no other.

Running on 1 and 2 March, get ready to witness the alchemy of crafted mixed drinks.


Head to Al Qana

Daily, across Abu Dhabi

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With charming restaurants, some cool gaming facilities and exciting watersports, Al Qana is a hidden gem within Abu Dhabi.

The whole bustling expansion is the embodiment of the modern nature of what Abu Dhabi is fast becoming, and along with Yas, Saadiyat and the ever emerging Hudayriyat Island, Al Qana also represents a one stop shop for all your recreational needs.

Here, the Yalla team takes a closer look at what you can get up to at this hidden gem.

Explore Mamsha Al Saadiyat

Daily, across Abu Dhabi

Mamsha Al Saadiyat

One of the best spots for the entire family, a solo day out or even a group of friends is Mamsha Al Saadiyat, which seemingly has it all.

Pristine white sands and a fabulously long boardwalk – it’s the perfect spot for promenading, people watching, being seen and dining. Whether you’re around to lounge on the beach or choose from the line-up of eateries, here’s all you can do at Mamsha Al Saadiyat on your next trip there.


Scooby Doo and the gang

12-14 April, Etihad Arena

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Put a big smile on your face by stepping into a world of mystery, laughter, and adventure as Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold makes its way to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island from 12-14 April.

The iconic canine detective and his pals are making a pitstop in Abu Dhabi for a live, action-packed show. From chasing spooky shadows to unmasking villains, the gang’s antics promise an evening of nostalgia and family-friendly fun.


UAE Electric Vehicle Grand Prix

2 March, Al Forsan International Sports Resort

EVGP at Al Forsan International Sports

Abu Dhabi has long been a favourite for hosting some of the most exciting races, and they’re now adding another massive game-changer to the sporting-scape.

The second UAE Electric Vehicle Grand Prix (UAE EVGP) for high school teams is all set for 2 March at Al Forsan International Sports Resort. Over 400 high school students are expected to compete, with teams from 21 UAE schools, five teams from the US, and one team apiece from Egypt and Italy.


Tom Jones

1 March, Saadiyat Island

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‘It’s not unusual’ to enjoy a night under the stars, but now you can embrace it in exceptional circumstances when Welsh heartthrob Tom Jones comes to perform live at Saadiyat Nights on 1 March.

Although enjoying the twilight years of his career, his shows are always electrifying and his iconic voice captivates audiences every single time, with every single song.


John Legend

2 March, Saadiyat Island

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Are you ready to love All of this Legend-ary performance?

With Tom Jones recently announced on the Saadiyat Nights concert line-up, the last iconic singer to close off the series will be none other than the magnificently charming John Legend. The EGOT winner will take to the stage on 2 March, following right after the Welsh singer the previous night.


Amr Diab

2 March, Etihad Arena

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One of the Middle East’s most famous superstars is heading once again to Etihad Arena.

Amr Diab, a Guinness World Record Holder, Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, seven times winner of World Music Awards, five Platinum Record Awards and six African Music Awards, is set to woo a packed house this 2024. Fresh off the success of his latest album, the singer is back in the UAE capital with The Amr Diab ‘Makanak’ Album Tour on 2 March at Etihad Arena, Yas Island. Don’t miss out!


Tribute to Queen

30 March, Etihad Arena

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Is this the real life or is this just a candlelit fantasy?

If you’re a Queen fan, this Candlelight Concert is just the tribute night you’ve been waiting for! Direct from Carnegie Hall, New York, and following a run of sell-out shows across the UK and Australia, head to Etihad Arena for an incredible night of Queen Anthems.

Frolic in the snow

Daily, Reem Mall

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If you haven’t already visited, swap your sandals for snow boots at Abu Dhabi’s snowiest destination.

Treat the entire family to a day at Snow Abu Dhabi, a subzero snow and ice park at Reem Mall. The most chill destination in town, the indoor snow park features 12 exhilarating rides and 17 new attractions spread over 10,000 square feet. Could there be a better way to spend the winter break in Abu Dhabi?




Rewind Fest DXB

1-2 March, Bla Bla Dubai

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Rewind Fest DXB is set to make a triumphant return to Bla Bla Dubai on 1 and 2 March 2024, following a sellout show in 2023. This beachside hotspot promises an unforgettable journey back to the 80s, with the iconic Scottish soft rock band Wet Wet Wet headlining the festival.


Dubai Art Fair

1-3 March, various locations

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As the preeminent international art fair in the Middle East, Art Dubai unfolds annually in March, captivating the global art scene. For 17 years, it has propelled Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian art onto the world stage, fostering vital conversations and establishing itself as a pivotal catalyst in the regional and international art dialogue.


Kevin Hart Live

4 March, Coca-Cola Arena

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Coca-Cola Arena is all set to welcome none other than Emmy and Grammy-nominated Kevin Hart! The renowned American comedian and actor Kevin Hart is all set to have UAE erupt in peals of laughter on 4 March. A regular and much-loved persona in Abu Dhabi, the funny man is now bringing a night of hilarity to Dubai.


The Laughter Factory

7-9 March, Dukes The Palm, Dubai and Movenpick JBR Dubai

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Discover the therapeutic power of laughter with the Selfdrive Laughter Factory, bringing three world-touring stand-up comedians to tickle your funny bone. Laughter not only creates natural painkillers but also boosts happy hormones. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in an evening of humour!


Atif Aslam Live

2 March, Coca-Cola Arena

Atif Aslam Live

Don’t miss the musical spectacle on 2 March as the legendary Atif Aslam graces the stage for a one-night performance. With hits like ‘Pehli Dafa’ and ‘Jeena Jeena,’ Atif, accompanied by the enchanting Firdaus Orchestra led by conductor Monica Woodman, promises an unforgettable evening of soulful melodies and mesmerizing performances.


Ramadan Market

15 March to 4 April, JET Dubai

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The holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner, and with that comes the time for Ramadan markets! One of the biggest is coming back to Dubai with The Ramadan District at Plaza Terrace. Located near Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, season two of the Ramadan market in dubai will start on Monday 11 March, while the Ramadan District will be open daily from Friday 15 March until Thursday 4 April.

Neon Galaxy X – Challenge Zone

All March, Global Village

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Experience a Mini world that offers an exhilarating outdoor environment guaranteed to provide heart-pounding fun for all. Attractions include a 32-metre-long Ninja Trail challenge, a Cyclone Slide going down a drop of 15-metres, as well as a Rope Course that is 4-levels high with an Air Coaster surrounding the structure; all of which promise unforgettable moments waiting to be experienced.


‘Hops on the Lakes’ festival

1-3 March, Reform Social & Grill Dubai

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Indulge in the ultimate craft hops experience at Reform Social & Grill’s ‘Hops on the Lakes’ festival in Dubai from 1 to 3 March. Families can enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, magic shows, and tug of war, ensuring a delightful weekend for all. Live bands like The Kick and Dan Bachelor & Friends provide a soundtrack to this three-day extravaganza.


Mind2Mind: Connected

Until 30 March, Meyana Auditorium at JBR

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled journey of the mind unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed before. Mind2Mind: Connected is an extraordinary and exhilarating showcase of mentalism and mind-reading like no other! Join the sensational duo of James Harrington and Marina Liani, renowned for their spellbinding performances.


Phantom of the Opera Live

Until 10 March, Dubai Opera

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Set in 19th-century Paris, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece, ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ unfolds the haunting tale of a musical genius, the enigmatic Phantom. Mesmerised by soprano Christine, the Phantom’s obsession and unrequited love spark a dramatic saga of jealousy, madness, and passion, earning it over 70 major awards and global acclaim.


Masha and The Bear

16-17 March, Coca-Cola Arena

Masha and The Bear transforms into an extraordinary live musical, promising a captivating family adventure. Join the beloved characters on a magical train journey, discovering the enchantment of the forest alongside the Panda, Tiger, and Penguin. This heartwarming experience unveils the power of hope, dreams, and the enduring value of friendship.


Dubai World Cup

30 March, Meydan Course

Catch Dubai’s action-packed horse racing season as it hits a resounding peak of glamour and competition at the Dubai World Cup on 30 March. A highlight in the sporting and social calendar, this meet is considered one of the world’s most spectacular race days, where the total prize purse, which will feature six Group 1 and three Group 2 fixtures, is worth USD30.5 million.


WrestleFest DXB

2 March, Dubai Sports City

Mark your calendars for WrestleFest DXB’s riveting face-off at ISD, Dubai Sports City, on 2 March. Witness fierce showdowns as Dubai World Tag Team Champions Sam and Johnny, alongside champions like Ramsey, clash with formidable fighters including Shaheen, Cryptid, Kuya Burn, and Jay Blade. Brace yourself for an electrifying night of wrestling action.


PLUMA Circus

Until 10 March, Dubai Festival City Mall

Get ready for the extraordinary as ‘PLUMA,’ a mesmerising circus spectacle, takes you on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Meet Pluma, a dreamer with boundless aspirations to soar. This enchanting show unfolds a tale of inspiration, mirroring the incredible journey of Fontana, leaving audiences craving more. Welcome to a world where dreams take flight!


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