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31 fun things to do in Abu Dhabi this August

We’ve got everything you need for a fantastic month ahead.

From marvellous exhibitions to delicious brunches and loads of pool days, we’ve compiled the best things to do in Abu Dhabi this August.

Tuesday, 1 August

Venture into space

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s latest kids’ exhibition, Picturing the Cosmos, takes you on a journey through space and art. Why are we so obsessed with the cosmos? What’s with the sky inspiring us throughout history? And with the UAE’s very own Sultan Al Neyadi in space, you can learn all about it here. Let your little ones become space explorers, honing their skills while having a blast. Expect an out-of-this-world adventure.

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.

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Wednesday, 2 August

Marvel at majestic jellyfish

Make your way to The National Aquarium because that’s where the Invasion of the Jellyfish exhibition has just launched. Prepare to be blown away by the mind-boggling variety of gelatinous sea creatures. We’re talking stunning stinging sea nettles, mysterious UFO-like moon jellies, and those fascinating upside-down jellies that soak up the sun like beach bums. Science is wild, so if you want to get up close and personal with these jelly wonders, you know where to go.

GO: Visit https://thenationalaquarium.ae for more information.

The National Aquarium

Thursday, 3 August

Explore a new eatery

Ready for a mouthwatering Italian feast? Then Casual Abu Dhabi is the place to be. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with the cosiest vibes. The rustic charm of greenery and brick walls sets the perfect Italian mood and dive into their juicy Wagyu Beef Tenderloin or Jalapeno Relish Burger. Pasta lovers rejoice because this place serves up Penne Arrabiata, Black Truffle Spaghetti and Creamy Porcini Rigatoni. This is guaranteed to be a drool-worthy experience.

GO: Follow @casualabudhabi on Instagram for more information.

Casual Abu Dhabi

Friday, 4 August

Learn all about owls, firsthand

Okay, you have to check this out. There’s an owl cafe in Abu Dhabi called Boomah that’s an absolute must-visit. These cute little fluff balls will make your heart melt as you get up close and personal with nine adorable owls. How cool is that? It’s the UAE’s very first owl cafe where you learn about these amazing creatures and even hold them. You can also sip on mocktails, fresh juices, tea, milkshakes, and speciality coffee while surrounded by these feathered wonders. It’s going to be a hoot!

GO: Follow @boomah on Instagram for more information.

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Saturday, 5 August

Make your way to the cinemas

You’ve got to hit up the cinemas because Meg 2: The Trench is coming your way. Join Jonas Taylor and his rad research team as they dive deep into the mysterious ocean depths. But things take a wild turn when an evil mining operation messes with their mission, and suddenly, it’s a high-stakes battle for survival. This movie is an adrenaline-pumping race that you cannot miss. And did we mention it stars Jason Statham?

GO: Visit www.voxcinemas.com for more information.

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Sunday, 6 August

Dine in the dark

Prepare for a sensory adventure at Fresh Basil, Bab Al Qasr’s Dinner in the Dark. Imagine eating a three-course meal in a pitch-black room. You’ll rely on your other senses to savour every bite. The waiters will be decked out with night vision goggles, so don’t worry about spills. But it’ll be a fun guessing game as you try to figure out the flavours. 

GO: Visit www.babalqasr.com for more information.

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Monday, 7 August

Sledge across to Snow Abu Dhabi

Still wondering how to keep the little ones busy this summer? Fret not, because Snow Abu Dhabi has the ultimate summer camp planned. Get ready to beat the scorching heat as the kiddos have a blast with learning workshops, awesome physical activities, treasure hunts, mind-blowing magic shows and unlimited attractions in the snow park. Daily packages also include two yummy snacks, a yummy lunch and a whole lot of fun.

GO: Visit https://reemmall.ae for more information.

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Tuesday, 8 August

Indulge in a chill night out

Mid-week blues again? You deserve some serious chill time. And guess what? W Lounge has got your back. With the best views of the racetrack, this is your ultimate spot to kick back and relax. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Because what good is some relaxation without something to sip on? We’re talking drinks starting at AED 25. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself, so gather your friends and get going.

GO: Visit www.marriott.com for more information.

W Lounge F1

Wednesday, 9 August

Vent out your frustration

Dubai’s ultimate entertainment hotspot has made its way to the capital and this is your chance to head over there now. We’re talking about The Smash Room – where you can unleash all that built-up frustration and stress in a super safe and controlled environment. Located in Nahil Building on Al Rawdah, this place has also got a chill spot where you can sip on drinks between your smashing sessions. After all, you’re going to need a breather too.

GO: Visit https://thesmashroom.com for more information.

The Smash Room

Thursday, 10 August

Sea some marine life wonders

Say hello to the freshest spot in town – SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. It’s not just a park, it’s a top-notch marine wonderland that’ll mesmerise you. Imagine getting up close and personal with the most fascinating marine species you’ve ever seen. It’s like a dream come true for all you ocean lovers out there. So grab your loved ones and dive headfirst into this epic marine-themed paradise. It’s all indoors, so you don’t have to stress about breaking a sweat.

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

Friday, 11 August

Go on a splendid staycay

It’s Friday, which can only mean one thing – a staycation! And Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has the most epic getaway deal just for you. Picture a lavish suite, complimentary breakfast, early check-in and late check-out. But wait, it gets even better because you’ll score a two-day theme park pass, giving you unlimited access to either Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, SeaWorld Yas Island or Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. And after an adrenaline-pumping day at the park, unwind in style with the hotel’s awesome amenities – a private beach, a refreshing pool, and a culinary journey featuring flavours from around the world.

GO: Visit www.fairmont.com for reservations and more information.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Saturday, 12 August

Brunch in style

Escape the city hustle and immerse yourself in a lively waterfront view and a picturesque garden that’s pure bliss. Get your family and head to Rosewood Abu Dhabi for brunch, where you’ll also get access to the pool. Plus the kids get supervised activities at the Kid’s Club. As for the menu, we’re talking Pani Puri trolley, fresh salads, a heavenly cheese station and delicious cold cuts. Live cooking stations from around the globe, serving up pasta, tacos, duck and dim sum dishes straight from the hotel’s fabulous Dai Pai Dong restaurant are also on the menu. So get planning now.

GO: Visit www.rosewoodhotels.com for more information.

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Sunday, 13 August

Indulge in Lebanese cuisine

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental has just added another dining destination to its roster – the Lebanese Terrace. Picture high ceilings, olive trees, stained-glass windows and the piece de resistance – a stunning terrace right by the Palace Gardens. But the real star of the show is the menu. With mezze platters, charcoal-grilled meats and seafood platters, you will be in for a treat. So get ready to treat your palate to the finest Lebanese cuisine in town.

GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information. 

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Monday, 14 August

Catch TMNT on the silver screen

Movie buffs, get ready for some action because Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is about to paint the town green. Join the fearless Turtle brothers as they break free from their sheltered life and hit the streets of New York City. Their mission? Winning the hearts of the locals and proving they’re just like any other teenagers by doing heroic stuff. But things take a wild turn when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them. So get your tickets now for this totally radical adventure.

GO: Visit www.voxcinemas.com for more information.

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Tuesday, 15 August

Soak up the sun

Imagine a dreamy infinity pool nestled amidst lush palm trees – the perfect spot for some fitness and leisure time. We’re talking about a pool day at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel. Dive into the temperate waters, soak up the sun and find your cosy oasis in the terrace gazebos. It’s a day filled with endless delights and relaxation galore. So grab your swimsuits and head over for an unforgettable pool day. It’s going to be pure bliss.

GO: Visit www.anantara.com for more information.

Eastern Mangroves

Wednesday, 16 August

Embark on a culinary adventure

Missing the airport this summer? Fret not. Transit Terminal Food in Abu Dhabi is exactly like stepping into an aviation wonderland with a legit departure lounge, check-in counter, and aeroplane seats with super cool artificial clouds. With an epic menu, this restaurant offers international goodness such as fish and chips, quesadillas and currywurst. We highly recommend giving this place a try to cure your wanderlust.

GO: Follow @transitterminalfood for more information.

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Thursday, 17 August

Spend the night in and binge-watch Netflix

This one’s for all the home-bodies. Picture binge-watching your favourite movies at home while devouring some epic take-out – it’s the perfect combo, right? We’ve got the cherry on top. Tune into Netflix and catch Heart of Stone for a perfect night in. Starring Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan and Alia Bhatt, this film takes you on a heart-pounding ride as an intelligence operative for a super secretive global peacekeeping agency races against time to stop a cunning hacker from swiping their most valuable and dangerous weapon. Talk about some serious action-packed thrills!

GO: Visit www.netflix.com for more information.

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Friday, 18 August

Dive into the lap of luxury

This summer, prepare to be blown away by the beauty of Abu Dhabi’s iconic landmarks when you stay at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri. Immerse yourself in the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, step back in time at the Heritage Village, and indulge in the vibrant flavours at the dates market – it’s a whirlwind of exploration and culture. And guess what? You’ll also experience total serenity as you cruise through the property’s peaceful waterways on a traditional wooden abra.

GO: Visit www.shangri-la.com for reservations and more information.

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Saturday, 19 August

Head on over to Ibiza… in Abu Dhabi

Cafe Del Mar is bringing the ultimate Ibiza vibes to Abu Dhabi. They recently also won a FACT Award for the Best Beach Club in the capital. How cool is that? With their Wet Summer Festival in full swing, get ready for the perfect fusion of electrifying beats and mouthwatering delights. It’s a feast for all your senses.

GO: Visit https://cafedelmarabudhabi.com for more information.

Café del Mar

Sunday, 20 August

Sink your teeth in juicy burgers

SLAW and More has opened in Al Qana and it’s burger bliss like you’ve never seen. Picture premium burgers, sandos, hot dogs, appetisers, sides and desserts. You name it, they have it. The vibe is pure urban charm, with the best beats in town setting the mood for an unforgettable night out on a chill Sunday. So gather your pals, grab a seat, and let the burger bliss begin.

GO: Follow @slawandmore on Instagram for more information.

Slaw and More

Monday, 21 August

Explore the Urban Treasures of the capital

Abu Dhabi just announced seven eateries in the capital which were also crowned Urban Treasures. So why not try one of them out? Head over to Abu Al Afwal in Al Zahiyah which is all about blending the best of Abu Dhabi and Sudan. Their Ful Medames is a total game-changer. Plus they make sure that their items are not heavy on the pocket, so everyone can enjoy their delicious goodness. This place is a must-visit!

GO: Call 055 760 9992 for reservations and more information.

Urban Treasures

Tuesday, 22 August

Let your worries float away

Treat yourself to a day of total relaxation at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi. With an exciting pool day ahead, you get to sip on the best of drinks and grab delicious bites while soaking up the sun. It’s the perfect getaway to unwind and let your worries float away – even if it’s for a little while.

GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information.

Emirates Palace

Wednesday, 23 August

Get friendly with some furries

Get ready for a wild ride at Emirates Park Zoo – where the fun never stops. First up, say hello to the regal giraffes, the adorable zebras, and the absolute cuties – llamas and alpacas. They’re all waiting to meet you and fill your day with joy. You can also feed the goats – their excited bleats will surely warm your heart. For the real thrill-seekers, there’s an elephant adventure – feed these gentle giants and feel their trunks tickle you as they munch on peanuts from your palm.

GO: Visit www.emiratesparkzooandresort.com for more information.

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Thursday, 24 August

Reach for the stars

Located in Yas Mall, this place has got two epic activities that’ll get your adrenaline pumping. Get ready to show off your climbing skills at the climbing arena. But hold on tight because CLYMB also boasts the world’s biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber. Feel the thrill of defying gravity and experience the sensation of skydiving right here. It’s an adventure paradise waiting to be explored.

GO: Visit www.clymbabudhabi.com for more information.

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Friday, 25 August

Escape to the desert

If you’re craving a desert getaway, look no further because Tilal Liwa Desert Retreat has got the ultimate all-inclusive summer package for you. Picture this: a fabulous stay in the beautiful desert retreat with breakfast, lunch, dinner and even unlimited house beverages. Whether you want to beat the heat with their delectable F&B, chill in stunning rooms, indulge in a tranquil spa treatment, or dive into thrilling activities – Tilal Liwa has everything to keep the whole family happy.

GO: Visit www.danathotels.com for more information.

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Saturday, 26 August

Take your family out for brunch

At Amerigo’s fab family-friendly brunch, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the colourful taco and burrito stations. Don’t miss the fresh guacamole and ceviche – they’re to die for. And those grilled meats from the barbecue are absolutely stunning. Save room for dessert because creamy sorbets and churros con chocolate await. This is one brunch that’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun.

GO: Call 02 656 2412 for reservations and more information.

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Sunday, 27 August

Make space for another brunch because you can never have enough of them

Head on over to Le Méridien Abu Dhabi for a Tuscan-themed Sunday brunch. Start your culinary adventure with a sharing platter that includes freshly baked focaccia, bruschetta, mixed house salad, crispy fritto mista and mozzarella sticks. Move on to made-to-order pasta or custom-made pizzas. And for dessert, indulge in lemon meringue pie, ricotta cannoli ciciliani and tiramisu with a delightful Oreo crumble twist.

GO: Call 056 688 5361 for reservations and more information. 

Le Méridien Abu Dhabi

Monday, 28 August

Honour old eateries with a visit

Make your way to Al Alamain Restaurant in Al Danah – an absolute flavour-packed wonderland that’s been wowing taste buds for over four glorious decades. Since 1980, this place has been a culinary time machine, whisking you away to a time where you feel like part of the family. Their falafel sandwich is a must-try and recently, Al Alamain Restaurant was even named one of Abu Dhabi’s Urban Treasures, so you know it’s the real deal. 

Urban Treasures

Tuesday, 29 August

Step into history

The capital’s Qasr Al Watan is no ordinary spot; it’s a working Presidential Palace and a stunning cultural landmark all in one. Prepare to feel like royalty as you walk through those majestic halls, taking in the sheer opulence of the interiors and soaking in the beauty of the picture-perfect gardens. So if you’re eager for a dose of history and a grand experience, Qasr Al Watan is where you ought to be.

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

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Wednesday, 30 August

Treat yourself to a pool-tastic day

If you’re craving a day of pure paradise, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is calling your name. This place is an escape from the ordinary and a gateway to sun-soaked bliss. Picture yourself on a glorious beach, basking in the warm sun or lounging luxuriously by the pool – sounds dreamy, right? Except it can be reality. So pack your sunscreen and soak in the pool to beat the Abu Dhabi heat.

GO: Visit www.jumeirah.com for more information.

Jumeirah at Saadiyat

Thursday, 31 August

Go party with Barbie

Now Barbie’s release date may have been pushed back, but she’s finally hitting screens across the GCC. It’s time to roll out the pink carpet for this fabulous movie and step into her world. So grab your most stylish pink outfit and get ready for a magically good time at the theatres. It’s going to be a doll-ightful experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

GO: Visit www.voxcinemas.com for more information.

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