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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



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Celebrate Yoga with Bodytree Studio

Throughout November, Bodytree Studios are celebrating yoga with their new “Freedom Package”: Yoga at just AED65 per class in both the main Bodytree Studio and at Saadiyat Beach Club.

There are over ten different types of yoga classes to choose from to suit all levels of ability, with beginner to advanced level classes and, ladies only and mixed classes too.


What type of yoga to choose… 

The teachers at Bodytree Studios have a personalised approach to yoga, focusing on individual wellbeing and relaxation of the body, mind, and soul. All of the highly trained and caring teachers foster Sangha (community), as well as compassionate enquiry of the student’s own path.

Ashtanga: Involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive set series of postures – a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Beginner Yoga: Builds your foundations to join any style of yoga.

Gentle Yoga: A mindful, soothing class with emphasis on being present in your body, breath and mind.

Hatha Flow: Hatha yoga refers to the more traditional asanas (postures), designed to open the channels of the body allowing energy to flow freely. Hatha Flow is a more dynamic version – the transitions between asanas are fluid.

Kids Yoga: Interactive and great fun! These yoga sessions teach kids the basics of yoga, aid better body awareness, self-control, flexibility and coordination. Yoga can help kids carry these skills beyond class into their daily routines. Imagery and music are used as motivational tools.

Mummy and Baby Yoga: Strengthens the spiritual, emotional and physical bond between parent and child. Using interactive, slow-moving postures the class is ideal for newborn to crawling age.

Vinyasa Flow: Dynamic and creatively sequenced, vinyasa yoga brings together gracefully fluid movements along with challenging postures and transitions. Expect to breathe, build strength, flexibility, balance, invert, play, focus, release and be more present.

Power Vinyasa: An intermediate to advance level vinyasa-based practice that trains the mind and body to communicate in the most efficient way possible through visualization, breath and internal awareness.

Pre Natal Yoga: Designed to reduce the aches and pains during and after pregnancy in a nurturing and supportive environment. The focus is on special breathing techniques, opening of the hips and preparing the body for birth.

Stretch n’ Snooze  / Yin Yoga:  Long held, static stresses of the deep connective tissues allowing them to be remodeled. These yoga classes target the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones and joints of the body that normally are not exercised.

Check out the Bodytree Studios timetable here to get started!

Classes have limited spaces; please book in advance by emailing or call 02 443 4448 to secure your space


Terms and Conditions

  • From 1-30 November 2017 only: non extendable & non transferable
  • Dhs 650 for 10x yoga classes
  • Got an existing package? We will freeze any yoga package for one month!
  • Want to buy more than one Freedom Package? You are welcome – but all Freedom Packages expire on 30 November.
  • Workshops, pop ups, masterclasses, Rosewood classes not included
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WIN! A free term at the Advantage Sports Football Academy! – Abu Dhabi Competitions


We’ve teamed up with Advantage Sports and have a free term place available for one lucky child! The prize includes a free term at the Advantage Sports Football Academy.

A closer look at the Advantage Sports Football Academy…

Advantage Sports Football Academy in Abu Dhabi is the place to be this coming term, as children have the opportunity to learn how to play like their heroes. 

The club offers a fantastic environment for children to enhance and develop their football skills as well as develop much needed off-pitch abilities such as; making friends, socialising, improving self confidence and discipline. 

Every day the children will learn and practice new skills before they’re put into practice on ‘Game Day’. Parents are encouraged to come down and watch the skills their children have learned on Game Day.

Advantage Sports make the experience unforgettable as coaches bring the Academy to life through chants and challenges. Each child will also receive a certificate at the end of the term to reward them for their newly acquired abilities.

The Academy in Abu Dhabi is open to both boys and girls from ages 5-14 and of all abilities. 

Let’s make your children the Messi’s and Ronaldo’s of tomorrow…

If you’ like to win this free football term place for your little one, simply answer the following question:

What object to players kick when playing football?

A) A ball

B) A teddy

C) A shoe

Email your answer to by August 25, 2017.


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Angry Birds Flock at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

23 August – 11 September

10am – 10pm

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall will be the home of the highly-entertaining Angry Birds as a part of their Back to School Activities and EID AL ADHA Celebrations. This is the first time that the popular flock of outcasts from the hugely successful game and movie franchise will be visiting Abu Dhabi.

Fans of all ages will have hands-on, exciting activities to participate in at the Mall’s Angry Birds themed activation zones. Children can stir up fun in the ‘Egg Pit’ or pick an exciting activity at the ‘Kids’ Workshop’ section.

Parents and children can enjoy and explore the world of Angry Birds family entertainment sections featuring ‘Sling Shot’, ‘Splat That’ and the ‘Chill Out Zone’ where the entire family can sit back and relax while watching the Angry Birds movie on a big screen.

The children’s workshop

Get your kids to join fun lessons in mask making, balloon art, doll making, pom-pom collection, clay moulding and hat making as well as facing painting.

Time: 5:0pm to 10:00pm

August 24-26, 31st August – 03rd September and September 07-09, 2017

Children will also have the chance to meet and greet the feathered stars Red, Chuck and Bomb, along with photo opportunity at Angry Birds themed photo booths.

Angry Birds Live Show – September 1-3

For the first time in the UAE, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall will host the Angry Birds live show as the special EID AL ADHA attraction. There will be four shows every day followed by a meet and greet opportunity with the Angry Bird stars.