Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
A thrilling race, the Etihad Airlines Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is one of the most anticipated on the calendar. The extremely difficult track is among the most technologically advanced circuits on the planet, and it brings out the absolute best in the world's greatest drivers. The seating area has been intended to make the audience feel like they are a part of the exciting activity taking place on stage.
Those seeking a dreamlike and high-octane experience can consider VIP Hospitality, which includes seating in selected grandstands, F1 driver meet-and-greets, and other special perks and perks that are not available elsewhere. This annual event in Abu Dhabi is the ultimate yearly meeting for petrol heads from all around the Middle East.
Dates: 17th to 20th November
Location: Yas Marina Circuit
Abu Dhabi Festival
This yearly festival in Abu Dhabi, which began in 2004 and is organized by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, is held under the sponsorship of His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan and is held under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The festival emphasizes visual arts, literature, and other forms of expression, and it brings together performers from all over the world. This is a year long festival with a variety of performances and programming scheduled for various days throughout the month. In 2022, the festival programme is a combination of physical and online activities at various venues spread throughout the year.
Date: Throughout the year.
Location: Different venues across the Emirate.
Mother of Nation Festival
This 10-day long festival in memory of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak (wife of the late Sheikh Zayad) for her philanthropic work and efforts towards empowering women is the ideal venue to immerse yourself in the culture of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There's something for everyone at one of the most exciting festivals in Abu Dhabi, with everything from amazing live music to intriguing food stalls, games for children, and interesting performances.
The outdoor event, which is divided into numerous themed zones, also includes insightful pavilions on topics such as women in the United Arab Emirates and environmental awareness. Do not miss the spectacular fireworks show that will take place at the closing ceremony.
Dates: 9th to 18th December
Location: A’l Bahar, Corniche, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Food Festival
The opportunity to see local and worldwide famous chefs at work at one of the most amazing Abu Dhabi festivals celebrating Emirati cuisine is a must-see for food enthusiasts. The event, which is supported by all major hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls, is held over the course of two weeks and three weekends.
It is one of the most popular festivals in Abu Dhabi for food enthusiasts, as it provides tourists with the opportunity to experience some wonderful traditional and international cuisine.The Love Food Festival in Al Ain, which follows a similar format, features a diverse selection of street food trucks, cooking demonstrations and workshops, as well as live music.
Date: To be announced
Location: All around the city
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
Abu Dhabi Cinema Festival (previously Middle East International Film Festival) was founded in 2007 to promote a dynamic film culture in the Middle East. The event is organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and is attended by H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.
The Festival's commitment to exhibiting works by Arab filmmakers alongside renowned international cinema talent allows Abu Dhabi's diverse and enthusiastic audiences to engage with their own and others' cultures through cinema. While focusing on the bright new voices of Arab cinema, the Festival serves as a platform for the globe to discover and gauge the pulse of modern Arab filmmaking.
Dates: 23rd October to 1st November
Location: Emirates Palace
Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival
In honor of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, this famous heritage event in Abu Dhabi celebrates the rich cultural diversity and customs of the emirates. Numerous interactive exhibitions, cultural pavilions, traditional cafes serving local and international food as well as hundreds of intriguing stores selling handicrafts and other products are featured during the lively event.
Thousands of locals and visitors descend on Al Wathba, which is around 50 kilometers outside of the city, to take part in the celebrations.
Dates: To be announced
Location: Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi
Al Dhafra Festival
A 90-minute trip from the city will take you to the Al Dhafra Region desert, where you will be met with an infinite sea of ochre-colored sand. This is one of those unique festivals in Abu Dhabi that provides an opportunity to get a glance into the Bedouin way of life as well as the opportunity to mix with the desert tribes of the region.
A total of 1500 camel owners coming from the Gulf countries take part in the festival, bringing their best stock to sell, while women sell traditional handicrafts from the area. The camel beauty pageant and falconry competitions are the attractions of the festival. From the city centre to the venue, complimentary coaches are available.
Dates: 12th to 22nd January
Location: Madinat Zayad, Al Dhafra Region, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival
Held by the Department of Culture and Tourism, The Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival in Abu Dhabi is a part of an effort to increase tourism in the region. Shopping malls all throughout the city are offering discounts of up to 75% off during this shopping frenzy, which is part of their spring sales.
Over 300 shopping malls will take part in the shopping event, which attracts visitors from around the world. Many people plan their trips to Abu Dhabi to coincide with this event. One of the most awaited Abu Dhabi Festivals, this is a heaven for fashion and make-up enthusiasts.
Dates: December 15, 2022, to January 29, 2023
Location: Various Malls including the Abu Dhabi Mall, Bawadi Mall, Dalma Mall, Yas Mall, Madinat Zayed Mall, Barari Mall, and Raha Mall.
Abu Dhabi International Dance Festival
The Abu Dhabi International Dance Festival has become one of the most anticipated annual festivals in Abu Dhabi. The phrase "dance till you drop" rings true during this 3-day spectacle. Some of the world's most famous dancers perform shows and workshops for visitors. The festival's goal is to exhibit and highlight some of the best performers and instructors in a variety of dance styles.
Dancing teachers will be on hand to teach participants some essential dance skills in addition to artists showing their remarkable talent. The Abu Dhabi International Dance Festival has attracted tourists from all around the world since its inception. The event offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate with and learn about a distinct world of dancing.
Dates: To be announced
Abu Dhabi Science Festival
A ten-day exhibition of scientific and practical principles, the Abu Dhabi Science Festival attracts approximately 12000 attendees, including 27000 academics, during the course of the event.
The Abu Dhabi Science Festival, now in its ninth year, aims to inspire students and technology enthusiasts to pursue careers in innovation and technology. For this scientific festival in Abu Dhabi, there are over 95 activities spanning across a variety of workshops and interactive exhibitions for both children and adults to participate in.
Dates: Held in month of February
Location: Khalifa Park
Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival
The Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival, which began as a two-day event but has grown to encompass a full week, is now one of the annual festivals in Abu Dhabi. The Jazz Festival in Abu Dhabi features performances by famous jazz performers, Latin musicians, and dancers, resulting in a large number of jazz music fans from all over the world attending the festival.
Celebrating jazz music and it's cultural heritage, this is one of the most melodious of Abu Dhabi festivals to attend while visiting the Emirate.
Date: Between April and May
Location: Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers Abu Dhabi
National Day Festival
The National Day of the United Arab Emirates is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of December, and is a two-day event commemorating the foundation of the country. Fireworks, vehicle rallies, music and art performances, air show competitions, sailing regattas, and live concerts are just a few of the free activities that take place throughout the country during this nationwide festival. Background information:
On this day in 1971, the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates joined together to become the United Arab Emirates. This day also coincides with the day in 1968 when the United Arab Emirates stood out for nationalization in opposition to the British Protectorate Treaties.
Dates: 1st and 2nd of December
Location: Various Venues Celebrate the event.
Abu Dhabi Golf Festival
With the Abu Dhabi Golf Festival, one of the two major festivals and events in Abu Dhabi that are widely anticipated by golfing lovers and pros alike, golfers will have the opportunities to participate at some of the most magnificent golf courses in the world.
The groomed greens of the 27-hole Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Yas Links Golf Club, and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, have helped to establish Abu Dhabi as a world-class golfing destination. These popular golfing grounds invite you to start off another unique golfing season and take advantage of the abundant sunshine throughout the winter months.
Dates: January, 2022
Location: Across three premier golf courses
Eid ul Fitr/Eid ul Adha
The primary festival of the city, Eid ul Fitr, is a three-day celebration that takes place after a difficult month of fasting. Throughout the city, families get together for dinners and gift exchanges, and there is a strong sense of joy and celebrations in the air.
In a similar manner, Eid ul Adha is celebrated at the conclusion of Hajj and is largely recognised for the variety of non-vegetarian meals that are served during the festival.
Date: Will begin around 2nd May/3rd May
Location: Various locations across the city.
Abu Dhabi International Boat Show
The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show is among the most anticipated yearly festivals in Abu Dhabi for maritime technology aficionados. It's a stage for international companies to show off their newest products and services to a captive audience. Visitors will be able to see some of the world's largest boats as prominent international manufacturers display their latest models.
Some vessels provide a "test before you buy" option. The most up-to-date recreational marine products, such as fishing equipment, are also for sale. Water sports, both motorized and non-motorized, are available to the adventurous. To top it off, at the end of the day, you may enjoy a wonderful dining experience.
Dates: 24th to 27th October 2022
Location: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre