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The best things to do in Abu Dhabi this week: December 12 to 18

Sporting events, live performances and the best dining deals that the capital has to offer.

Sunday 12 December 2021

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021

It’s race day and although the Foo Fighters concert may have been cancelled, there’s still plenty to enjoy at the Formula 1 this year. So buckle up for all the action trackside and experience the race, plus all of the parties, brunches and race-day revelry associated with the F1. From Bagatelle at Stars N’ Bars to Bonito Beach at WET Deck and Rich List at the Palm Garden – whatever you decide, it’s going to be a day to remember!

Monday 13 December 2021

Festive Dunes Vibrance Afternoon Tea at Al Mesayan

Bask in the beauty of a desert sunset from Al Mesayan rooftop bar at Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, whilst savouring a festive afternoon tea. Expect a delicious selection of savoury and sweet treats inspired by the season’s flavours, including Mont Blanc cake, gingerbread scones, and crunchy Christmas treats. Available daily until 30 December. AED 195 for a set menu.

GO: Email or call 02 204 4444 for reservations and more information.

Tuesday 14 December 2021

Enjoy pub grub at the new look Captain’s Arms 

Captain’s Arms at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi is back. The pub serves simple British dishes showcased through a new menu mixed with a cosy and friendly atmosphere. Expect fish and chips, juicy steaks, tasty snacks, and an extensive selection of hops which can be enjoyed in the relaxed and inviting pub garden.

GO: Call 02 697 4482 for reservations and more information.

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Gingerbread House Making at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi

The festive fun continues throughout the month, with families invited to come together and create festive memories. The evening involves decorating quaint gingerbread houses, adorning them with frosting, gumdrops, sprinkles and other festive treats. Devour your creation at home or use it as a festive centrepiece. Wednesday 15 December, from 6pm to 8pm. AED 150 per kit.

GO: Email or call 056 503 5121 for reservations and more information.

Thursday 16 December 2021

Tuck into a festive sando at Pickl

The return of the festive season is bringing with it the return of Pickl’s festive sando, aptly entitled Ahhh Bisto Bird 3.0. You know how those lip-smacking sandwiches made with leftover Christmas stuffing à la “the moist maker” make everything better? Well, Pickl is taking that to another level, essentially packaging your favourite Christmas dinner into a potato bunFeaturing the classic smashed beef patty, the Ahhh Bisto Bird 3.0 is stuffed with smoked roasted turkey slices, cranberry jam and parsnip ranch, adorned with a fried Paxo ball, and generously drizzled with Bisto gravy. AED 75. 

GO: Visit for more information.

Friday 17 December 2021


Live music is making a significant return to the capital, with Australia’s The Kid LAROI headlining this year’s MOTN festival. Festival-goers can catch the famed artist performing his chart-ruling megahits, including ‘Without You’, ‘Stay’ and ‘So Done.’ We’re told that the 2021 MOTN experience will bring with it amazing attractions such as Instagrammable signage, live art installations and musical performances, as well as food options and rides suitable for visitors of all ages. Concert passes are now on sale for AED 125 (silver), AED 295 (gold) and AED 495 (VIP).

GO: Visit or follow @motnfestival on Instagram for more information.

Saturday 18 December 2021

An Italian Saturday Brunch at Dino’s Bistro Italiano

With its warm, casual and friendly atmosphere, Dino’s brings you the finest Italian flavours, paired with a selection of premium beverages. Visit with your friends and family for a weekend à la carte brunch served directly to the table. An Abu Dhabi dining experience for the entire family. Fridays and Saturdays, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 180 per person (soft beverages) and AED 240 (house beverages).

GO: Email or call 02 307 5551 for reservations and more information.

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