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6 wonderful things to do in Abu Dhabi this week: Dec 11 to 14

You would hate to miss out on anything very enjoyable in Abu Dhabi because there are just so many things to do there. Here are some must-do things to do in Abu Dhabi this week, including festivals to stunning light displays and more.

Monday, December 11

Experience the desert like never before at Liwa Village

The Liwa Village Festival in Abu Dhabi is located around 150 miles southwest of the city. Until December 31st, visitors will find a little paradise showcasing authentic Emirati culture, complete with Instagram-worthy events, mouthwatering food stands, trendy fashion, and live music. There is also a neon-lit carnival in the welcoming to families area, replete with a carousel, trampolines, street performers, and more. There are live culinary demos, stores, henna painting, knowledge on traditional crafts and methods, and more during the souk. Continue reading.

Liwa the village, located December 8–31 in Liwa, Abu Dhabi, along Obaid Bin Kenaish Alhameli Street, next to Moreeb Dune.

Tuck into a business lunch at Punjab Grill

A completely novel lunch menu with delicious chaats, juicy kebabs, filling main courses, and decadent desserts has been launched at this Michelin-Guide selected Indian fine-dining restaurant. The menu is created by Punjab Grill’s team of culinary experts, led by award-winning Chef Sandeep Ail. It can be had from 12.30 to 4 p.m. for only Dhs 130. For Dhs20, add a pint, or for Dhs30, add a glass of wine.

Mon–Fri, 12:30–4:30 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton Grande Canal, Venetian Village, Abu Dhabi.

Tuesday, December 12

Check out a rare watch exhibition

Horology lovers might visit The Zayed Exhibit for Rare Watches at Calibre Cafe in Abu Dhabi. The exhibition, which is only open until December 24, has a wonderful array of Rolex watches that have been custom-made with the UAE emblem using a made-to-order service. Although this service hasn’t been provided since the early 2000s, visitors may still appreciate the classic beauty of Rolex wristwatches while also paying respect to the region’s rich history and creative leadership. The exhibition is worth more than Dhs10,000,000.

December 12–24, 8 a.m.–12 p.m., at the Zayed Exhibit for Rare Watches, Precision Cafe, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi.

Indulge in Lebanese food at Alya

For those with a hankering of Lebanese cuisine, Alya is a must-visit since it is between the newest restaurants in the city. In the casual atmosphere of the waterfront restaurant, you may enjoy a meal selected by celebrity chefs.

Daily from 12pm to midnight at Alya, Beach Rotana Homes, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi.

Wednesday, December 13

Get your thrills at Mother of the Nation Festival

This entertaining event returns to the Abu Dhabi Corniche for a second season that runs until December 31, 2023. Notable features are exhilarating coasters, slides, delicious food trucks, and live music. You will be able to groove out to Black Eyed Peas music on December 13. The hitmakers, who rose to fame with adjusts like Boom Boom Pow, I Gotta Feeling, and Pump It, will be performing all of their classic songs, so be sure to reserve your tickets early on, starting at Dhs245. At 9 p.m., the concert starts.

Tickets start at Dhs245 for Black Eyed Peas’ Mother of the Nation Festival on Wednesday, December 13, at 9 p.m.

Thursday, December 14

Light up your week by visiting a brilliant exhibition by Abu Dhabi Public Art

You may want to reconsider the idea that the beautiful cityscape of Abu Dhabi could be improved upon. The capital’s many islands, mangroves, and scenic areas have been overrun by a beautiful light display, creating one beautiful outdoor museum. Local and international artists have developed site-specific artwork, dynamic artworks, and projections that are provided to make an appearance on your Instagram. To cross them all off your list, visit this website to find the locations where they may be found in Abu Dhabi. Until January 30, 2024, the light show will be open, giving you plenty of time to take in everything.

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