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Things to do in Abu Dhabi | December – Yalla Abu Dhabi

Got Talent Live

Marina Mall Abu Dhabi is set to welcome a host of international TV stars for seven-days of amazing performances during their spectacular show, “Got Talent Live”, which kicks off from January 14-21. The show will feature the winners and runners-up from previous series of the TV show that wowed audiences around the world. Shows held twice daily at 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

The Terry Fox Run

On Friday January 19, walk, run, ride or roll to help raise money in the fight against cancer and honour the legend that was Terry Fox. The Terry Fox Run is free and open to all participants. Simply click here to register. Participants are encouraged to donate if they are able to.


Cycle for Health UAE

Cycle for Health continues on the last Saturday of every month at Zayed Sports City. Presented by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Health Authority – Abu Dhabi in partnership with Healthpoint and Imperial College London Diabetes Center, this free family event in Abu Dhabi is a great way to stay fit and healthy in the new year.


The Ripe Market

Every Saturday from 3pm until 9pm, the Ripe Marketcontinues to bring the community together in support of local SME businesses. Browse the cities best foodies, designers and artisans, indulge in delicious, locally made, gourmet and speciality foods, stock up on your organic essentials; and shop for art, fashion, jewellry, homeware, skincare, gifts & more.

School Open Days in Abu Dhabi

Three of the leading schools in Abu Dhabi have open days this week. You can find out more information about each of them by clicking the links below.

The British International School Abu Dhabi will be hosting a Foundation Stage Open Morning on January 15, from 8am

Amity International School Abu Dhabi will be holding an Open Evening on January 16 from 5pm

The British School Al Khubairat will be hosting a Secondary Open Morning on January 17 from 8.30am

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The Let It Snow winter wonderland returns to Yas Marina!

This December, Yas Marina is transforming the marina into a dazzling festive winter wonderland and will welcome the festive season with two weekends packed with magical events for the whole family to enjoy!

For the whole month, from December 8 until January 2, visitors to Yas Marina will discover and incredible winter wonderland, with artificial snow, a beautifully decorated tree, garlands and glittering lights alongside the promenade.


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Westin Kilomarathon Run 2017

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

27 October


Run under the lights on one of world’s most iconic golf courses, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where runners will complete six laps set across the garden course with bit of pavement and sand to navigate through.

There is also a three lap’s option and an one lap run for those out for the fun and experience of running under lights on one of the world’s most iconic golf courses.

The Westin Abu Dhabi charity run supports the 2017 Road to Awareness fundraising campaign by Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The race promises to be a unique evening with fun activities for Children and adults at The Westin Abu Dhabi.

Mark your diaries and add this charity running event to your calendar!

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Yalla’s Festive Advent Calendar

In the countdown to Christmas, we’ve put together the best advent calendar yet! Ok, so there’s no chocolate involved, but it does include all of the best festive family events in Abu Dhabi, which of course promise to be even better. Tick off your shopping list early this year with pop-up markets, enjoy traditional sing-alongs around the tree, and even take part in a snow ball fight with real snow. The weather outside may not be frightful, but the events in Abu Dhabi are definitely delightful, so make sure that you print out this year’s Yalla advent calendar so that there’s ‘snow’ chance of missing a moment of the fun!

Click here to view, download, and print your Yalla Advent Calendar

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Yalla’s Weekly Guide to Family Happenings in Abu Dhabi!

There is so much to do in Abu Dhabi, and here are just a few events. Do look at our Events Diary where you can see our full listing of all the family events that we have found for you. Be sure to check out our NEW edition of Yalla magazine out now! Make sure you pick up your copy!

Walk 2017

Yas Marina Circuit

17 November

From 3pm

Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, with the support of Health Authority Abu Dhabi and Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare facilities, Healthpoint and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, invites the UAE to walk together for the nation’s leading annual walkathon.

Science Festival 

Until 18 November 

Date for your diary!

The Abu Dhabi Science Festival runs until November 18 in two fantastic locations; Khalifa Park and Al Ain Zoo. Discover the world of science, get creative with problem solving, and even build a robot- whether you want to learn more about the world around you or try your hand at some cool experiments, you’ll be sure to find something scientifically fun at this year’s ADSF!

Locations & Opening Times

Khalifa Park:

Sunday-Wednesday 16:00- 21:00

Thursday 16:00- 22:00

Friday & Saturday 14:00- 22:00

Al Ain Zoo:

Sunday- Thursday 16:00- 20:00

Friday & Saturday 14:00- 20:00

The Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon and 10K

Yas Waterworld

17 November

The 2017 Striders Half Marathon and 10K features a fast mostly flat picturesque IAAF measured course around the iconic Yas Island key landmarks. The Half Marathon starts and finishes at Yas Waterworld. The runners run out and towards the Yas Plaza, then onto Yas Marina, before turning and heading back past Ferrari World onto the Yas Mall VIP Ramp and out into the greater environs of Gateway park before turning and making there way back to Yas Waterworld.

The 10K run start and finishes at Yas Waterworld and starts at 6:45am. Runners will head to the Marina Area and back.

Yasalam 2017

Yas Island

Until 26 November 2017


Abu Dhabi is gearing up to welcome another unmissable live entertainment experience to the Capital as Yasalam returns, promising to bring a fresh approach and waves of non-stop activity.

One of the most highly anticipated festivals run by any race host city in the world, Yasalam, offers an unforgettable season of music, fitness, talent and entertainment that lets fans from all ages celebrate the race spirit.

Now in its ninth successful year and setting the benchmark for regional live events, Yasalam 2017 is inviting fans to get involved with a new calendar of events that will see even more activity take place on the home of Yasalam, Yas Island. Fans can expect the trademark high energy Yasalam experience, now even closer to the track than ever before, with heightened opportunities across community and music events that will ensure everyone can make their mark in the Abu Dhabi celebration.


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Zayed Sports City

Last Saturday of every month.

9am – 1pm

Join Cycle for Health UAE is held on the last Saturday of every month until next May. The first Cycle for Health UAE session will be all about “Love Your Heart” for World Heart Day.

Cycling is a fun and healthy way to get the whole family involved in exercise to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is the leading cause of death in the UAE. And here’s your chance to do your bit for World Heart Day and pledge to ‘Love Your Heart’ by pedaling your way to heart health.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be hosting health screenings, exercise information sessions and healthy heart cooking demonstrations, while other fun activities include a learn-to-ride program, bouncy castles, and a healthy food truck. And don’t worry if you don’t have a bike; Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will also be providing complimentary bikes and helmets for participants – but you’ll have to register first.

The event is presented by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Health Authority – Abu Dhabi in partnership with Healthpoint and Imperial College London Diabetes Center.


Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi 

Throughout November

Available every Saturday from 12pm until 4pm, children will receive a free pizza for every paying adult. Kids can choose their favourite toppings before the master chefs at Spaccanapoli work their magic and bake the pizza to perfection.

Spaccanapoli Ristorante is reminiscent of a charming rustic trattoria with its intimate alcoves, wooden furnishings and painted countryside murals. The name is derived from a long and narrow street in the Italian city of Naples which traverses the historic centre into two, and is the inspiration for the original 1 metre pizza. Spaccanapoli’s dishes are prepared with heart and soul using traditional homemade flavours and the freshest ingredients, and the menu features classic dishes as well as gluten free options for pasta and pizza. With a casual setting, intimate bar and library area, and delicious cuisine, Spaccanapoli has earned its place in the heart of Abu Dhabi residents.


Terms & conditions:

For every 1 paying adults, 2 kids up to the age of 12, can enjoy free pizza

The Smurfs Live on Stage

du Forum

30 November – 1 December

Get your tickets now!

Eight favorite Smurfs characters including Papa Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Brainy Smurf and the adorable Smurfette are coming to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi for the first time ever to transform the Wintery breeze in town into a colorful Spring. The evil wizard Gargamel and the puppeteers will accompany the tiny blue creatures in this ‘Smurftastic’ journey.

Little fans, mum and dad and the grandparents alike can get ready to cheer the Smurfs as they come to life on a grand stage, which brings the books to life with life size Smurf mushroom-shaped forest houses, vibrant backdrops and wonderful sing-along music.

La La La La La La…don’t miss The Smurfs Live on Stage in their 90-minute show in Du Forum, Yas Island for a strictly limited season from 30th November to December 1st, 2017. Tickets will start from AED 95 up to AED 495 exclusively from and will go on sale on Monday 4 September, 2017.