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31 fun things to do in Abu Dhabi this January

Here’s how to make the most of the month ahead.

Whether you’re into cultural explorations, retail therapy, or culinary delights, there’s something for everyone in Abu Dhabi this January. So, here’s how to start 2024 in style.

Monday 1 January

Kickstart 2024 with an at-home binge

Start the year on a healthy note with a cosy stay-at-home day and dive into the Netflix documentary You Are What You Eat. Follow identical twins on a transformative eight-week journey exploring the impact of diet on well-being. Gain insights into the profound effects of lifestyle choices on physical health and mental well-being. A perfect way to motivate yourself for a healthier 2024.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Tuesday 2 January

Dive into Al Qattara Murals’ Under The Sea exhibit

Don’t miss the last day of the Al Qattara Murals: Under The Sea exhibit at Al Qattara Arts Centre in Al Ain. Explore the underwater-themed creations of 20 talented UAE-based artists and immerse yourself in art that transcends boundaries and celebrates creativity.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Wednesday 3 January

Embark on a vegan voyage

January is synonymous with Veganuary and you can embark on a culinary adventure with Punjab Grill’s special menu this month. Indulge in innovative, plant-based dishes crafted by Executive Chef Sandeep Ail. From Banana Stem Salad to Tofu Tikka Masala, experience the goodness of vegan cooking. Whether you’re a vegan enthusiast or just curious, relish a taste journey that transcends borders and culinary norms.

GO: Visit https://punjabgrill.me for more information.

Abu Dhabi this January

Thursday 4 January

Head out for a fun night

Experience the vibrant music scene at Mr Moto’s Moto Unplugged night. Layla Kardan, with guitarist Ziryab De Sa, will serenade you with soulful tunes in the intimate Moto lounge. Immerse yourself in the Tokyo-inspired ambience and savour the fusion of hip-hop and soul amidst a vibrant setting and great food.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Friday 5 January

Head to Cooper’s Bar for a fun night out

Make your way to Cooper’s Bar in Park Rotana Abu Dhabi to witness The Boxtones, Dubai’s go-to band, perform live. These guys bring the vibes with their dynamic stage mojo and genre-hopping tunes, ensuring a fun time for music buffs. Dive into their mix of rock, pop, and more as they serenade the crowd and you indulge in some drinks.

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

Coopers Bar

Saturday 6 January

Sing along with Mariah Carey at Saadiyat Nights

Abu Dhabi is hitting the high notes. Saadiyat Nights has announced that the singing sensation Mariah Carey will be heading to Abu Dhabi. The concert takes place on 6 January 2024, and tickets are available now. Mariah hails from New York, United States. She has a rags-to-riches success story and shot to fame after handing a demo tape to Columbia Records’ music executive, Tommy Mottola. He listened to the tape on his ride home and immediately turned back around to meet the singer. In 1990, she released her first album Mariah Carey, which went to number one in the US album charts. Over Mariah’s career, she has sold more than 220 million records. She has an endless list of hit singles, which include Always Be My Baby, Emotions, Fantasy and Hero.

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

Mariah Carey Abu Dhabi

Sunday 7 January

Relax and recharge at Abu Dhabi Corniche

Enjoy a relaxing beach day at Abu Dhabi Corniche. Bask in the pleasant weather, soak up the sun, and unwind by the sea. Whether you’re into water sports or just lounging on the sand, it’s the perfect way to recharge for the week ahead.

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

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Monday 8 January

Experience Table Otto’s patio dining

Experience a breathtaking dining venture at Table Otto’s new patio restaurant in Al Ain’s Jimi Mall. Delight in French-Italian culinary fusion with a Mediterranean flair. Enjoy panoramic views of the Al Ain skyline while savouring dishes like Avocado Carpaccio and Hot Honey Pepperoni Pizza.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Tuesday 9 January

Step back in time at Jahili Fort

Step back in time at Al Jahili Fort, a late 19th-century masterpiece in Al Ain. Originally a symbol of power and a royal retreat, it has been restored with a visitor centre and exhibitions. Learn about its history, walk through its fortified enclosure, and appreciate its architectural significance.

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

DAZ festival

Wednesday 10 January

Explore Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Discover the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a monumental masterpiece representing peace, tolerance, and diversity. Marvel at its architectural grandeur, blending diverse Islamic styles. Explore the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet and 24-carat gold chandeliers, all under one roof.

GO: Visit www.szgmc.gov.ae for more information.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Thursday 11 January

Head to the cinema for a Bob Marley movie

Catch the vibrant celebration of Bob Marley’s life in the cinemas with Bob Marley: One Love. Starring Lashana Lynch and an ensemble cast, the film offers a powerful narrative of Marley’s journey and his revolutionary music. Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Rita Marley adds depth to this cinematic tribute, promising an inspiring experience that brings the legend’s story to life on the big screen.

GO: Visit https://uae.voxcinemas.com for more information.

Saudi Arabia in January

Friday 12 January

Jazz up your evening at The Jazz Bar

Immerse yourself in the world of jazz as The Jazz Bar at Radisson Blu Hotel and Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche grandly reopens. With a refreshed interior and live band, including renowned musicians like Dahi and Nadhaj Nicole, the bar promises a captivating experience. Seasoned and new jazz enthusiasts are invited to savour exceptional dining and diverse cocktails.

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

The Jazz Bar Abu Dhabi

Saturday 13 January

Discover cultural riches at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival

Explore the rich heritage of the UAE at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, a vibrant tribute to the country’s founding father. With a variety of activities, this annual festival promises a fun-filled day for everyone. Immerse yourself in the cultural celebrations, showcasing the essence of the UAE’s identity and history.

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

Sheikh Zayed Festival

Sunday 14 January

Chase the sunrise at Jebel Hafeet

Catch a stunning sunrise from the second-highest peak in the UAE, Jebel Hafeet. Explore the mountain’s historical significance and fossil discoveries that unveil the city’s rich past. After enjoying the views, head to nearby restaurants for a satisfying meal.

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

Jebel Hafeet

Monday 15 January

Unwind at Heavenly Spa

Indulge in a rejuvenating spa day at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa’s Heavenly Spa. Experience tranquillity in a charming setting bathed in natural light. Unwind with pre-treatment relaxation and let the soothing ambience, surrounded by lush foliage, transport you to a state of relaxation and discover why this spa is considered one of Abu Dhabi’s best-kept secrets.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Tuesday 16 January

Explore religious unity at Abrahamic Family House

Experience the harmony of three major faiths at the Abrahamic Family House. Delve into the traditions and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism under one roof. Explore cube-shaped houses of worship designed to honour each faith while promoting unity. Immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere, admire the architecture, and gain a deeper understanding of ancient religions.

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

Abrahamic Family House

Wednesday 17 January

Catch Broadway’s famous show, Hamilton

Make your way to the groundbreaking Broadway musical, Hamilton at Etihad Arena. Witness this masterpiece in the UAE capital for the very first time. It’s one of the most anticipated shows, blending history and music in a spectacular performance.

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

Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

Thursday 18 January

Dine in elegance at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Indulge in a dinner experience at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, perched above the stunning Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental. With a Michelin Star and numerous awards, Hakkasan invites you to savour delectable dishes while enjoying breathtaking views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. The chic bar area and cosy cabanas add to the allure of this award-winning culinary destination.

GO: Email moauh-hakkasan@mohg.com for reservations and more information.

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Friday 19 January

Savour a seafood extravaganza

Embark on a seafood adventure at The Foundry in Southern Sun Hotel Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a night filled with succulent lobster, tender scallops, and more. With live entertainment and various package options, it promises an unforgettable dining experience for seafood enthusiasts.

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

The Foundry

Saturday 20 January

Head on over for brunch at Cafe Milano

Wrap up the week with a delightful brunch at Cafe Milano. Indulge in a variety of delicious offerings in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re a brunch aficionado or looking for a leisurely weekend treat, Cafe Milano promises a delightful culinary experience to satisfy your taste buds.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Sunday 21 January

Make a Splash at Yas Waterworld

Make a splash at Yas Waterworld, the ultimate water adventure destination. With thrilling rides, attractions, and water-themed fun, Yas Waterworld promises a day of excitement and entertainment for all ages.

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

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Monday 22 January

Catch the Saudi film From the Ashes on Netflix

Stay in, relax, and enjoy the Saudi film From the Ashes on Netflix. Directed by Khaled Fahed, this gripping movie unfolds within the walls of an all-girls school, revealing a seemingly ordinary day that takes a heartbreaking turn. Inspired by actual events, the film offers a powerful narrative, delving into hidden truths, emotional resilience, and extraordinary strength in the aftermath of an unimaginable tragedy.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Tuesday 23 January

Go out shopping

Go on a shopping spree at The Galleria Al Maryah Island as Abu Dhabi’s Winter Shopping Season is in full swing. Offering unbeatable deals, unique retail experiences, and entertainment for all ages, you can indulge in retail therapy and explore the diverse offerings across this premier shopping destination.

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

Zero Latency VR

Wednesday 24 January

Delight in a delicious breakfast at Cafe 302

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at Cafe 302 inside Al Maha Arjaan Abu Dhabi Hotel. The menu caters to various tastes, from buttermilk pancakes to hearty options like seafood spaghetti and spiced butter chicken. Whether you prefer a classic, local, lifestyle, or sunshine breakfast, Cafe 302 promises a satisfying culinary experience.

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

Cafe 302

Thursday 25 January

Take a stroll around Yas Bay

Enjoy the pleasant weather with a leisurely stroll on Yas Bay. Take in the surroundings, embrace the vibrant atmosphere, and make the most of the beautiful outdoor spaces. Whether you’re alone, with friends, or with family, Yas Bay offers a relaxing environment to unwind and connect with the surroundings.

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

eat at Yas Bay

Friday 26 January

Experience The Abu Dhabi EDITION staycation

Indulge in a luxurious staycation at The Abu Dhabi EDITION. Immerse yourself in the beauty and comfort of this exquisite hotel. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or excitement, The Abu Dhabi EDITION has it all. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway and enjoy the exceptional amenities and service.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Saturday 27 January

Listen to the world’s most beloved Tenor

On Saturday, 27 January, Andrea Bocelli will take to the stage at Saadiyat Nights on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The record-breaking artist has performed at countless openings, including the Olympic Games and the European Football Championships, throughout his three-decade-spanning musical career. The Abu Dhabi show will be an unmissable experience for music fans and January’s show will mark Bocelli’s sixth appearance in the UAE capital, with his last visit occurring in 2022. He has sold over 75 million records worldwide and collaborated with famous faces including Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and Ed Sheeran. We’re hoping he performs some of his biggest hits including Because We BelieveCanto Della Terra and Time to Say Goodbye

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

Andrea Bocelli Abu Dhabi

Sunday 28 January

Indulge in afternoon tea at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

Celebrate at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers and indulge in the exclusive 50 Best Signature Session Afternoon Tea experience. Created by pastry chefs Karim Bourgi and Sumeda Palihakkara, savour delightful bites against panoramic views at Observation Deck at 300 or in the Lobby Lounge.

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

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Monday 29 January

Explore tranquillity at Nurai Island

Discover the hidden gem of Nurai Island, a paradisal retreat just a short boat ride from Abu Dhabi. Experience luxury with a stay in a one-bedroom beach villa or book a day pass for beachside relaxation. Nurai Island offers tranquillity, stunning beaches, and a touch of paradise.

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

Abu Dhabi this January

Tuesday 30 January

Rejuvenate at Sofitel SPA

Treat yourself to a spa day at Sofitel SPA and indulge in an experience inspired by gastronomy, combining ancient traditions with modern sophistication. Let the world-class French cosmetology techniques rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

GO: Visit www.sofitelspa-abudhabi.com for more information.

Sofitel SPA Abu Dhabi

Wednesday 31 January

Dine at Les Dangereux

End the month with a culinary delight at Les Dangereux, Chef James Kim’s restaurant at Mamsha Al Saadiyat. Indulge in fine-dining French cuisine with captivating beachfront views. Winner of the FACT Award for ‘Best Newcomer in Abu Dhabi 2023’, Les Dangereux promises an exceptional dining experience with innovative culinary experimentation using locally sourced ingredients.

GO: Follow @dangereux.ae on Instagram for more information.

Les Dangereux

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