What's On in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is generally considered to be a more family-friendly destination than neighbouring Dubai, and there are plenty of exciting annual events in Abu Dhabi for the whole family to enjoy.

Here are some of the best events for expats to look forward to:

Red Bull Air Race (February/March)

The Red Bull Air Race comes to Abu Dhabi every year for an exhilarating showcase of aerial acrobatics by some of the world’s most skilled pilots.

Abu Dhabi Festival (March)

Presented by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, the annual Abu Dhabi Festival is a celebration of Arab arts and culture and has become one of the largest cultural events in the Arabian Gulf. Events take place at the Emirates Palace and include music, dance and literary shows.

The Mother of the Nation Festival (March/April)

This festival is held to celebrate and honour Her Highness, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the third wife of the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. There is something for the whole family to enjoy, with many activities, workshops and performances taking place in and around the Corniche.

Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr (August)

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar when Muslims fast from dawn till dusk. The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid Al Fitr, a three-day feast, which is one of the biggest celebrations in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (September)

This is the region’s most renowned hunting and equestrian extravaganza, showcasing exciting displays of Emirati traditions and culture, including beauty contests for Arabian horses and falcons, camel auctions, and fishing and hunting displays.

Taste of Abu Dhabi (November)

This Abu Dhabi food festival takes place over three days and sees both local and international chefs come together across the city to demonstrate their culinary skills in a celebration of delicious food, from gourmet delicacies to street food delights. International celebrity chefs and music acts add to the entertainment.

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