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7 wonderful things to do in Abu Dhabi this week: Dec 18 to 21

As we prepare to close out the year in the nation’s capital, you don’t have to miss all of the fun. This is a list of everything interesting and fun to do in Abu Dhabi this week.

Monday, December 18

Sample Korean fare at NURI Grill & Bar by Madang

Situated on the ground floor of the Hilton Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, the Madang Korean Restaurant’s kitchen is a symbol of searing craftsmanship, specialising in marbled steaks, wet-aged meat, and a variety of creative cocktails. Furthermore, there’s a private cabaret area that’s great for a fun-filled weeknight, and on these amazing weather days, you can sit out back and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Yas Bay.

Sat. to Sat., 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; NURI Grill & Bar, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun. to Wed., 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Get into the holiday spirit at the Al Maryah Island Winter Wonderland

The South Plaza, the top business and leisure destination in Abu Dhabi, has been turned into an amazing Winter Wonderland. Here, you can enjoy ice skating, a snow slide, a snow park, a snow globe, and weekly screenings of your favourite holiday movies. You can even meet some friends who are out and about. December is sure to be exciting.

Al Maryah Island’s South Plaza, December 14–26, 3 p.m.–10 p.m.

Tuesday, December 19

Tap into your inner artist at the Graffiti Art House

Guests can immerse themselves in flowing face or canvas art at this dynamic environment, overseen by skilled in-house painters. Your inner artist can be released in the specially designed rooms or using spray paint on canvases and ceramics. Adrenark Adventure park pass members are qualified to receive a special discount of 30% off of all Graffiti Art House merchandise.

Adrenark Adventure, Graffiti House, Al Qana; Mon–Wed 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri–Sat 10 a.m.–12 a.m.; Sun and Thu 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Celebrate heritage at the Liwa Festival

The Liwa Festival is scheduled for December 16–31, and great things are expected. The 2022 session proved to be a huge hit, as guests were treated to a plethora of events including concerts, family-friendly programmes, performances, rides, arcade games, amazing immersive dining options, captivating displays of Emirati crafts and heritage, eGaming competitions, souk shopping featuring high-end local fashion labels, and much more.

Liwa Festival 2023, December 16–31, Liwa Village, Liwa Desert.

Wednesday, December 20

Sushi and socialising at Siddharta Lounge

Take a gastronomic journey into the heart of Japan with Sushi Social at Siddharta Lounge—in a sushi-shaped boat, no less. Snacky sushi is available every Wednesday from 7 p.m. until midnight for Dhs99. Perfect for you to use alone or in a group…

Wednesdays at Siddharta Lounge, The Pier, Yas Bay Waterfront, Dhs 99, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Pamper yourself with Skin Laundry

The highly regarded skin clinic Skin Laundry MENA has everything you need to prepare for the holidays. It’s perfect for all of your holiday essentials, including stocking stuffer gift vouchers, Christmas Bundle Boxes, and the daily special discounts for the 12 Days of Christmas, which run until December 23.

Thursday, December 21

Bust out the beats with 50 Cent

The legendary hip-hop artist 50 Cent is scheduled to perform in Abu Dhabi at Etihad Stadium on Thursday, December 21, as part of the Meteora World Tennis League (WTL) schedule. That kicks off what promises to be an incredible weekend in the nation’s capital, with sports and music galore until Christmas Eve.

50 Cent at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, December 21, starting at Dhs 225.

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