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31 marvellous things to do in Abu Dhabi this March

Ring in Ramadan with a plethora of cultural festivities.

March in Abu Dhabi brings a vibrant mix of activities as the capital gears up for Ramadan. From cultural festivals to outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Abu Dhabi promises a memorable experience this month.

Friday 1 March

See Tom Jones perform at Saadiyat Nights

Abu Dhabi is hitting the high notes. Saadiyat Nights has announced that the singing superstar Tom Jones will be heading to the capital. Tom hails from Treforest, Wales. He first started performing with the Welsh group, Tommy Scott and the Senators. In 1965, he released his first album, Along Came Jones. His hit songs include Delilah, Kiss, It’s Not Unusual, She’s a Lady and What’s New Pussycat? Over his career, he has sold more than 100 million records and performed with stars including Cerys Matthews, Robbie Williams and Stereophonics. 

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

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Saturday 2 March

Enjoy a taste of Chef José Pizzarros best creations

Join Chef José Pizarro for a preview of José by Pizarro’s new Spanish brunch concept. Delight in gazpacho, spicy prawn fritters, patatas bravas, chef’s choice croquettes, and the paella of the day. Indulge in the true taste of the Mediterranean only at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Available on 2 March only, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 350 (soft beverages), AED 480 (grapes) and AED 660 (premium beverages).

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

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Sunday 3 March

Make your way to Al Ain for a pop-up market

Explore a cultural extravaganza at Al Ain Oasis with Souq Al Wahat. This pop-up market invites you to immerse in Emirati and global cultures through live entertainment, diverse shopping experiences, and family-friendly activities. With over 25 stalls showcasing artisanal creations and 16 live cooking stations offering a variety of cuisines, there’s something to satisfy every craving.

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

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Monday 4 March

Soak in all the raw flavours at The Warehouse

The Warehouse restaurant is hosting a Raw Bar extravaganza which means this is your chance to tuck into a variety of raw tapas. Explore options like Ceviche, Tartar and Tiradito. So whether you’re a sushi lover or simply craving a fresh and flavorful culinary experience, head down to The Warehouse and treat yourself to a Raw Bar adventure. Available until 14 March, from 5pm to 11pm. AED 110 (inclusive of one glass of grapes or Prosecco, and one raw tapa).

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

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Tuesday, 5 March

Immerse yourself in the complexities of pain

Delve into Hana El-Sagini’s solo exhibition at 421 Arts Campus, where over 200 ceramic objects reimagine healthcare spaces. The Counting Figures exhibition reflects on themes of trauma, resilience, and the human experience and explores surreal sculptures that challenge perceptions of medical environments. This exhibition invites you to contemplate the complexities of pain, fear, and adversity in a whimsical yet thought-provoking manner.

GO: Visit www.421.online for more information.

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Wednesday 6 March

Embark on an African culinary adventure

Dive into a curated culinary affair designed to elevate your lunchtime experience amidst the vibrant atmosphere of Flamingo Room by tashas. Start with refreshing starters like Butternut Carpaccio or Tuna Tartare and move on to the mains such as crispy Cornflake Chicken Schnitzel or classic Cacio e Pepe pasta. With its eclectic flavours and a touch of African glamour, Flamingo Room by tashas offers a savoury and light lunch experience. Available on weekdays, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 135 per person (two-course meal).

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

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Thursday 7 March

Savour the spice of South Asia

Experience the spicy flavours of India at Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi’s Indian Night at Sahha. Indulge in cherished classics like Butter Chicken, Mutton Rogan Josh, and Kashmiri Dum Aloo. Dive into the lively street food culture with a live Chaat counter, savour aromatic Chicken Dum Biryani, and treat yourself to indulgent desserts like Shahi Tukda, Gulab Jamun, and Ras Malai. Available on Thursdays, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. AED 240 per person.

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

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Friday 8 March

Relax with an afternoon tea at Osmo

Experience the ultimate indulgence with Saffron Afternoon Tea at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island’s Osmo – Lounge & Bar. This innovative concept offers a delightful array of saffron-infused dishes and beverages, harnessing the spice’s antioxidant properties for a unique culinary adventure. From savoury bites like smoked chicken rolled with saffron aioli to decadent desserts such as saffron milk cake and mango saffron macaron, every treat promises to tantalise the taste buds. Available daily, from 1pm to 6pm. AED 250 for two.

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

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Saturday 9 March

Start the weekend with a mouthwatering breakfast

Start your weekend mornings with a delightful Italian breakfast at Antonia Trattoria, located in Al Zeina. Offering freshly baked goods and eggs alongside freshly squeezed juices and Italian coffee, this is the place to be. Indulge in Cornetto Ripieno al Momento, Bomba, Ciambella Classic, and much more for the perfect start to Sunday. Available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am.

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

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Sunday 10 March

Race to paradise

The Race to Paradise is presented by Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Heritage Resorts, where participants are invited to embark on an adventure that promises competitive excitement and the opportunity to secure an exclusive trip to the Heritage Golf Resort in Mauritius. This exciting five-round order of merit series unfolds at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on the National Course from 10 March to 25 May. The competition is structured around five individual Stableford rounds contributing to an overall merit order. Each round invites participants to demonstrate their golfing prowess and vie for incredible prizes. The final standings will be based on the best three out of five rounds.

GO: Visit https://www.abudhabigolfclub.abudhabi or call 02 885 3555 for reservations and more information.

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Monday 11 March

Relax with a Ramadan staycation at Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Embrace the spirit of Ramadan with a special offer at Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Enjoy 30 per cent off room rates and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Nasayem Ramadan. Let the essence of this sacred time foster moments of reflection, community, and spiritual connection amidst the luxurious comforts of Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Book now and embark on a journey of tranquillity with Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s exclusive Ramadan discount.

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

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Tuesday 12 March

Kick off Ramadan with an enchanting iftar

Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambience of The Liwa Tent this Ramadan. Adorned with captivating Arabesque decor and live performances, it sets the stage for memorable gatherings with loved ones. Indulge in a specially curated iftar buffet featuring local and international favourites, or opt for the a la carte suhoor menu complemented by shisha at Four Seasons Al Maryah Island. Available daily, from sunset to 9pm for Iftar and from 9pm to 1am for suhoor. AED 300 per person, AED 150 (children aged six to 12).

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

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Wednesday 13 March

Get your pasta passport for a year-long celebration

Embark on a culinary journey across Italy with the Pasta Passport Adventure at Verso. Explore 11 diverse regions and their pastas, and collect a stamp in your passport for each completed region on the chef’s special menu. By December, submit your passport, and get ready for an exciting raffle draw with a promising reward for one lucky adventurer. Available only on the second Wednesday of every month, from 10am to 1pm. AED 150 per person.

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

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Thursday 14 March

Be spoilt by Chef Sheikha Hesa AlKhalifa 

Join The Abu Dhabi EDITION for an unforgettable Ramadan experience. Indulge in a traditional yet innovative Iftar at Market at EDITION, curated by Chef Sheikha Hesa AlKhalifa, and as the night progresses, discover the enchanting Majlis Under The Stars at Alba Terrace. It’s a one-stop to soak in all the Ramadan vibes. Available daily, from sunset to 9.30pm. AED 220 per person.

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

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Friday 15 March

Amp up your evenings at Olea

Indulge in the essence of Ramadan at Olea, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, where an unforgettable dining experience awaits amidst captivating ambience and delightful cuisine. Choose between the tranquillity of outdoor seating or the elegance of indoor dining while being serenaded by classical oud melodies. Delight your taste buds with a diverse array of Arabian and global flavours, including Turkish kebabs, Moroccan specialities, a lavish seafood station, homemade pasta, and flavorful curries. Available daily from sunset. AED 275 per person, AED (children aged six to 12).

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


Saturday 16 March

Experience Majilis by the Sea

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental Abu Dhabi is home to one of the grandest Ramadan offerings in the country. Located between a private beach and Qasr Al Watan, Majilis by the Sea spans 1,100 seats indoors and outdoors. Inside, guests can expect exceptional curated gifts from Episodes and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. Guests can explore the sushi station or tuck into authentic Arabic dishes. The Michelin-starred restaurants Hakkasan and Talea by Antonio Guida will showcase dishes. Available daily from sunset to 8:30pm. AED 345 per person.

GO: Email moauh-restaurants@mohg.com or call 02 690 7999 for reservations and more information.

Majilis by the Sea

Sunday 17 March

Indulge in fine French cuisine

Immerse yourself in an evening of French culinary delight at Penelope’s, where an exclusive menu celebrates the timeless elegance of French brasserie classics. Indulge in the three-course menu paired with speciality French cocktails or unlimited French wine and cocktails and enjoy savoury delights such as escargots, steak frites, and moules marinières with an ambience set by talented accordion player Alexander Cherevchenko. Available daily. AED 300 (maximum three drinks), AED 400 (unlimited beverages).

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

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Monday 18 March

Escape to the Greek islands at Anantara Santorini

Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi Retreat offers uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf, away from the towering skylines of the capital. Crafted to reflect the buildings of its namesake island, the low-lying white buildings of Anantara Santorini blend gently with the surrounding landscape and house a collection of 22 ultra-private accommodations, complete with spacious interiors, sun-drenched terraces, and uninterrupted sea views. Guests will find relaxing moments on the resort’s private beach and an expansive outdoor pool overlooking the Gulf. The indoor cinema, meanwhile, provides private screenings on demand with the option of late-night movies with custom gourmet cuisine. Bespoke spa treatments can be enjoyed in private beachside cabanas, while 24-hour butler service will ensure guests’ needs are fulfilled around the clock.

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

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Tuesday 19 March

Enjoy an iftar under the stars

Experience an authentic iftar like no other at Al Mabeet Desert Camp, located at Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, where a traditional Arabian tent amidst the desert landscape sets the stage for a magical dining experience. Indulge in a diverse selection of local and international delicacies, including succulent mixed grills and the legendary Bedouin-inspired Zarb, all accompanied by live Qanun melodies under the starry desert skies. Available daily, from sunset to 10pm. AED 210 per person, AED 105 (children aged six to 12).

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

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Wednesday 20 March

Embark on a culinary adventure at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island’s iftar

Savour the essence of Ramadan with an authentic Arabic and international menu at Saffron, located at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. Enjoy a variety of hot and cold mezze, salads, soups, hearty main courses like lamb ouzi, live cooking stations, and traditional Arabic desserts, all accompanied by the serene melodies of a live Oud player. Available daily, from 6.30pm to 10pm. AED 190 per person, AED 95 (children aged six to 12).

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


Thursday 21 March

Give someone the gift of peace

This Ramadan, treat a loved one to the ultimate gift of tranquillity with The Pearl Spa & Wellness gift card for the Pearl Spa at Four Seasons Al Maryah Island. Unlock a haven of serenity where they can rediscover inner peace through pampering massages or personalised facials. Let them immerse in a world of pure wellness, creating unforgettable memories and fostering lasting rejuvenation. After all, Ramadan is all about giving.

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

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Friday 22 March

Escape to paradise

Escape to paradise with a staycation at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island. This luxurious resort offers the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Embark on a day of exploration and later, unwind at the resort’s spa. With world-class amenities, stunning natural beauty, and unparalleled hospitality, a staycation at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island promises an unforgettable escape.

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

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Saturday 23 March

Jazz up the weekend at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

Join Charged Particles at Ray’s Bar, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, for an incredible weekend of live jazz from the sounds of Tod Dickow, Murray Low, and Aaron Germaine, guest-starring Jon Krosnick. Experience a lineup of traditional acoustic jazz to funky Latin melodies, promising a rhythmic soiree not to be missed. Available on 23 March, from 8pm to 11pm. AED 300 per person (house beverages).

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

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Sunday 24 March

Indulge in a Sunday roast

Indulge in the time-honoured British tradition of the Sunday Roast at Broadway, Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental. Choose from a variety of exquisitely prepared roasts paired with delicious sides, complemented by live entertainment for a delightful dining experience that’s perfect for the weekend. Available on Sundays, from 3pm. AED 330 (one main), AED 400 (choice of four mains). 

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

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Monday 25 March

Visit The Oasis Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

Enjoy a sumptuous Arabian Nights-themed Iftar under the stars at The Oasis. Expect a generous selection of signature dishes within a traditional Ramadan setting. The Bedouin-style feast features live cooking stations for Emirati, Indian, international, Jordanian and Moroccan cuisine, from the rich flavours of Emirati Machboos and the aromatic spices of Moroccan Tagine to Jordanian Mansaf and Middle Eastern desserts. Available daily, from sunset to 9pm. AED 350 per person.

GO: Email abuph.ramadan@hyatt.com for reservations and more information.

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Tuesday 26 March

Enjoy a festive feast at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Under the starlit sky, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi’s architecturally striking SkyDome sets the perfect backdrop for an exceptional iftar. Expect Middle Eastern favourites, complemented by specialities from the 2024 Michelin-selected Indian restaurant Namak and the Thai venue Benjarong. Live stations, luxurious private dining areas, and the melodies of an oud player will elevate the experience. Available daily from sunset. AED 195 per person and AED 98 for children aged six to 12 years.

GO: Call 02 698 8888 for reservations and more information.

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Wednesday 27 March

Visit the new Bassam Freiha Art Foundation

Located in the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, Bassam Freiha Art Foundation is a non-profit institution. The centre aims to foster a cultural exchange between communities. Plus, it will showcase work by established and emerging artists, and educational programmes. The foundation’s first exhibition is Echoes of the Orient, which brings together work from Bassam Freiha’s personal private collection. Artists include Bassam Léon Comerre, Rudolphe Ernst, Jan-Baptist Huysmans, Paul Leroy and Fabio Fabbi. 

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

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Thursday 28 March

Experience Éla Élas Greek night

Join Ela Ela for its Greek Night and immerse yourself in a cultural journey filled with traditional hospitality, delicious cuisine, and lively entertainment. Enjoy Greek dancing, and a Greek-inspired menu featuring beloved classics for an authentic dining experience that’ll make you want to visit every week — at least.

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

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Friday 29 March

Host a private iftar in a picturesque setting

Experience the celestial beauty of a starlit iftar at Lemoni Garden by Sontaya and host a private Ramadan gathering under the twinkling night sky and floating pavilions. Indulge in delicacies crafted by expert chefs tailored to your preferences. This captivating venue ensures an unforgettable evening filled with delicious cuisine and cherished moments. 

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

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Saturday 30 March

Kick back with a staycation at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Experience the pulse of Abu Dhabi at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, the world’s only hotel spanning a Formula 1 race track. Rest up at the luxurious accommodations and later, dive into the lively atmosphere at the WET Deck, where resident DJs spin pulsating beats. You can also unwind at The Spa for a rejuvenating escape. Indulge in culinary delights at Roastery, W Lounge or Garage. And with Yas Island’s myriad attractions, including Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and many others, your stay at W Abu Dhabi promises endless entertainment.

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

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Sunday 31 March

Soak in the Ramadan vibes at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Experience Ramadan in Abu Dhabi like never before by spending a magical night out at the breathtaking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Surrounded by its stunning architecture and serene atmosphere, this iconic landmark offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the spirit of the Holy Month. Whether you’re seeking a moment of reflection or simply want to marvel at the beauty of this architectural marvel, a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque promises to be a memorable experience that will leave you feeling inspired and connected.

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

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