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The best of Abu Dhabi this week: December 13 To 19.

Family fun, festive activities and foodie fun. There’s something to celebrate each day of the week in Abu Dhabi.

Sunday 13 December 2020

Join the BOUNCE jumping revolution at Umm Al Emarat Park:

The world-leading freestyle jumping revolution has now landed in Umm Al Emarat Park with the recent opening of BOUNCE’s pop-up trailer. Park visitors can experience the adrenaline rush of TAKING FLIGHT, test their climbing strength on THE WALL, show off their Parkour skills, land on a BIG BAG of air as soft as a pillow, shoot hoops at the SLAM DUNK and get a picture with BINC, BOUNCE’s very own Mascot and Progression Master! BOUNCE’s outdoor setup is staffed by experienced BOUNCE tribe members who are on the ground to help visitors jump within their skill level and learn new tricks. Opening hours are from 3pm to midnight (weekdays) and 10am to midnight (weekends).

Go: Visit www.ummalemaratpark.ae for more information.

Monday 14 December 2020

Visit the annual Winter Wonderland at The Galleria Al Maryah Island:

With a range of festive delights awaiting guests at The Galleria Al Maryah Island’s Winter Wonderland, family and friends are invited to celebrate the spirit of the season with a spectacular extravaganza of roaming entertainment, winter sales, a joyful Winter Village and Santa Claus himself amongst other activities curated to offer yet another year of unrivalled festive fun. Guests can look forward to posing by an extravagant nine-metre tree and a spectacular illuminated reindeer installation. Head to the Winter Village on Ground Level or Central Kitchens on Level 3 to take part in the Letters to Santa activation or visit the magnificent festive sensory rooms, embellished with candy canes, gingerbread, and cinnamon sticks.

GO: Visit www.thegalleria.ae for more information.

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Treat yourself to a festive Red Velvet Pudding CrazyShake at Black Tap Yas Mall:   

Have your cake and drink it too this holiday season, as popular New York brand Black Tap will serve up the ultimate dream of a dessert in the form of a Red Velvet Pudding CrazyShake. The festive treat, a decadent red velvet pudding-filled festive tree cone, will come with a frosted vanilla rim, topped off with a candy cane, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Calories don’t count during the festive season after all! Black Tap’s holiday shake is available from 15 December to 2 January 2021 and is priced at AED 62.

GO: Call (0)2 446 5128 for reservations and more information.

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Pizza e Birre Night at Afyä, Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi:

Whatever the question, pizza is the answer! Head to Afyä and enjoy all-you-can-eat pizzas in delicious varieties including vegetarian, meat and seafood, along with unlimited house hops for two hours from the moment you receive your first slice. There is also the option to replace the hops with soft beverages. Wednesdays, from 6pm to 11pm. AED 99 (inclusive of all-you-can-eat pizza and unlimited house hops for two hours) and AED 49 (child aged between six and twelve years)(between 6 and 12 years old).

GO: Call (0)2 509 8555 for reservations and more information.

Thursday 17 December 2020

Sunset Flow at Sontaya, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort:

Inspired by the shimmering sunsets over the Arabian Gulf, Sontaya has launched Sunset Flow, a celebration of its exquisite ambience, in collaboration with Pommery Champagne. Served as a welcome drink is the aptly named cocktail, Golden Hour, which signifies the blending of hibiscus flowers and Pommery Champagne. Along with the cocktail, guests will be served a platter of canapés consisting of an aromatic Asian herb beef salad with lemon dressing, pan seared scallops with pomelo salad, prawn in Thai green curry with eggplant and sweet basil, and roasted duck in chilli bean sauce and pickled ginger. Vegetarian options are available on request. For enthusiasts of the brand, an exclusive tasting of Pommery, a frivolous blend, the Royal Blue Sky Champagne, will be available with a brief journey to the vineyards of Reims, France delivered by the brand’s very own ambassador – Alex Tarditi. 17 December from 5pm to 7pm. AED 375 per person.

GO: Call (0)2 498 8888 for reservations and more information.

Friday 18 December 2020

A very Peruvian Christmas at COYA Abu Dhabi:

COYA’s festive set menu features a COYA platter which consists of a selection of ceviches, tiraditos and maki rolls. Accommodating gluten-free choices, the menu features options such as Hongos Ceviche (wild mushrooms, choclo, shallots, crispy enoki); Mixto (mixed seafood, sweet potato, aji limo, tiger milk); and Maki Roll de Wagyu (Wagyu carpaccio, mustard, mayonnaise, mushroom enoki, smoked paprika). Additionally, the full selection comprising of Yucas Frita (Yuca, Chilean seabass, shrimp, manchego); Empanadas de Wagyu (beef ribs, avocado, aji mirasol, truffle mayonnaise); Anticuchos de Pollo (chicken, aji Amarillo, garlic); and Trio de Maíz grilled corn, crispy corn, jumbo corn, red chillies) is also included. The set menu is available until 30 December all day, for AED 460 per person.

GO: Call (0)2 306 7000 for reservations and more information.

Saturday 19 December 2020

Enjoy the Exclusive Pine Menu at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi:

For the festive season, Hakkasan Abu Dhabi will be offering an exclusive Pine Menu, designed especially for this magical time of the year. The medley of flavours starts with Hakkasan’s most famous dim sum trio, duck salad and crispy aubergine with chicken floss. It continues with an array of main courses including grilled king tiger prawnroasted chicken with sesame and garlic, wok fry Wagyu rib-eye beef, stir-fry pak choi with king oyster mushroom all of which are accompanied by edamame egg fried rice. To conclude on a sweet note, guests are offered a white chocolate and orange nest, the venue’s signature dessert. Known for its longevity, the pine tree in Chinese culture symbolises endurance and strength in adversity. Available daily until 30 December, from 6pm to 11.30pm. AED 398 per person for parties of two and above, including a signature cocktail.

GO: Call (0)2 690 7739 for reservations and more information.

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As editor-in-chief of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications, David is a self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, championing all things, food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the UAE and the KIngdom of Saudia Arabia.

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