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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.


For more information visit,

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.

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Surviving F1 with Kids!

Abu Dhabi will soon be transformed by the hum and excitement of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Whether you love it or hate it, there will simply be no escaping F1-fever as it takes over the capital from Thursday November 23 until Sunday November 26. If you’re looking for things to do in Abu Dhabi with the kids over the action-packed F1 weekend, then we’ve got you covered, from being in amongst the action to relaxing sunset brunches.

Hickory’s at Yas Links Golf Club

Hickory’s at Yas Links Golf Club is the perfect spot for families who want to be close to the action but in a beautifully relaxed environment. Just across the road from Yas Marina Circuit, Hickory’s outdoor terrace boasts stunning views of the championship golf course and Arabian Gulf. Enjoy a glass of something chilled watching the sun set over the mangroves, whilst the children play on the popular bouncy castle and grassy lawn.

From Thursday November 23 until Sunday November 26, families can enjoy brunch in Hickory’s from only AED150 per adult.

12pm until 4pm, and again from 6pm until 10pm

For reservations or for more information please contact or call 02 810 7710

Yas Marina

Yas Marina is certain to kick your race weekend into full gear with a full schedule of events. From breakfast to glamorous parties, and everything in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy- all of course with unmissable track-side views.

For a full schedule of events please visit

Abu Dhabi Hill

If you’re lucky enough to have bagged your tickets already, then there is no better place to enjoy a more casual F1 affair than on Abu Dhabi Hill. Located in the centre of the circuit, the whole family can take in the thrill of the F1 with a picnic and plenty of space for the children to run around.

Abu Dhabi Hill tickets always sell out very quickly, but you can still pick up tickets for other areas of the circuit. Simply visit

Adventure HQ

Adventure HQ is a dedicated and safe indoor adventure facility that is very conveniently located in Yas Mall, only a few minutes away from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit. Adventure HQ is the perfect place for children (and bigs kids!) to burn off a bit of steam with a wide range of fun activities such as caving, skate park, pump track, zip line, trampoline park, boulder wall and cable climb.

For more information please visit

Desert Adventure

Road trips out towards the Liwa area of Al Dhafra make for an unforgettable experience, so if the F1 really isn’t your scene, then why not escape it all with a desert adventure?  The expert tour guides at Nirvana Travel & Tourism offer a wide range of tours and excursions including desert safaris, dune bashing, and desert night tours.

For more information please visit or call +971 2 627 7997

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Foodies get ready as the Abu Dhabi Food Festival is coming!

round 100 uniquely-themed street food trucks and vendors are returning to the city for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Food Festival.

Foodies across city can prepare their appetites for authentic street food with not one, but 10 street food events, held from December 7 to 23.

Featuring a star-studded round-up of everyone’s favourite street food eats, delivered by more than 100 food trucks and vendors in the region, the event also offers a variety of family-friendly music and attractions – in a celebration of extraordinary food and exceptional talent!

That’s not all, we have 4 tickets to give away to 4 lucky winners! See below for how to enter our fantastic competition.


The 10 foodie events, organsied by Truckers, promises to satisfy all cravings while transporting guests from the back streets of Brooklyn to the beaches of the Caribbean, without leaving the city.

Alexandre Teodoresco, Founder of Truckers, emphasised how the festival is a great platform to showcase local talent.

He said: “We are excited to be bringing well-curated food events to Abu Dhabi, many are new concepts, launching for the first time in the UAE. There is a growing street culture and it is important to support these independent food traders and artists, by giving them a popular platform, such as the Abu Dhabi Food Festival, to showcase their talents. We look forward to working with the Department of Culture and Tourism and other festival stakeholders on making these events a hit among the Abu Dhabi community.”

To kick off, Truckers Carnival will take place between December 7 and 23, opposite Marina Mall, and will be the perfect mix between a food truck festival and a fun fair. All the foodies stopping by will be served by 10 food trucks, which will change on a weekly basis. There will also be 10 of the most famous skill games, which would have been found at a traveling fair back in the 1960s. To finish off the fun day, the world-famous Luminarium giant inflatable installation will complete its Middle East tour at the Truckers Carnival. Free entry

Meanwhile, Beach Feast, which will take place on Yas Beach, also on December 8 and 9, will feature 10 food vendors, with menus inspired by different Caribbean islands. Jerk Chicken and Banana plantain from Jamaica, Coucou and Flying fish from Barbados, Pepperpot from Guyana are just a few of the national dishes, visitors will sample while at the Beach Feast. For the less adventurous dwellers, plenty of street food classics will be there to enjoy on the sand. The artist line-up will include some of the best local reggae bands to entertain the Beach Feast visitors over the weekend. Entry at 2pm to 5pm – AED 30. Entry at 6pm and afterwards – AED 100

Street Fest will be the largest public event at the Festival and will take place over three weekends, December 8 and 9 in Al Ain, and December 14 – 16 and 21 – 23 in Abu Dhabi, so visitors will discover some of the best local and international street food vendors with more than 40 food trucks, trailers, carts and pop-ups, bringing together street art and street food for the young and old to enjoy. Al Ain Zoo – Ticket Price: AED 40, including entry to the Zoo. Abu Dhabi Corniche – Ticket Price: AED 30

Street Food Market, will take place on December 14 and 15. The adults-only event is a fusion of a street food festival and an urban party. Visitors will experience some of the best Street Food live from 15 vendors, savoured while the DJ tunes blast late into the night, along with some of the best local musical talent. Ticket Price: AED 50

Truckers Park will be at Madinat Zayed in Abu Dhabi on December 15 and 16. Visitors will be able to discover the new and upcoming food trucks of the UAE. The Truckers vibe would not be complete without the musical atmosphere, created by some of the best local bands performing live and DJs. Kids activities and the Funky Souk will help make it an event for the whole family to enjoy. Ticket Price: AED 20

The Big Piknik is a new food event concept which will be launched for the first time during the Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017; A picnic made by giants, huge food items will make up the décor and give the impression that the giants could come back any moment! This fun family picnic will be held on December 22 and 23 and will also promote healthy living. Free entry

Set within Manarat Al Saadiyat, Delicious Cinema will take visitors through a culinary and cinematographic journey composed of five movies and five meals. Another first-time event to be launched during the Abu Dhabi Food Festival, this dinner soirée will take place on December 22 and 23. Ticket Price: AED 190

Truckers Exit will be the perfect spot to grab a quick street food meal, while on the go. This rough and tough, no frill set up on the road to Dubai, will see a weekly rotation of some of the best food trucks in the UAE. The event will run from December 10-13 and 17–20. Free entry

To top it all off, Top Secret Long Table will be the one event which all foodies in the UAE would want to attend. It will take place on the December 8, at an undisclosed location in Abu Dhabi, which has never been used before as a venue for an event. This breathtaking setting will undoubtedly go around the world as the defining moment for the Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017. Only invitees and ticket holders will be notified of the location, a few hours before the event kicks off. Ticket Price: AED 495

For more information, please visit or follow the event on Facebook and Instagram.


We’ve got 4 tickets to give away for this year’s Abu Dhabi Food Festival. If you’d like to win, simply answer the following question:

Where is the Delicious Cinema Event taking place?


Email your answers to by December 5.

Terms and conditions apply

  • One entry per person
  • Tickets cannot be redeemed for cash
  • Single entry tickets only to the specified event
  • Tickets cannot be used for other Truckers ADFF2017 events