Beat the heat: 22 fun things to do at night in Abu Dhabi
From evening brunches to stargazing trips and boot camps, there’s plenty of ways to stay entertained when the sun goes down in the UAE capital
01. De La Costa night at Aqua
The Rosewood’s all-day-dining outlet Aqua has a seafood night every Thursday, and it’s running through Ramadan. Called De La Costa, the menu features ceviches, tartares, shucked oysters, mussels, scallops and prawns, plus grilled catch of the day.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, Thur from sunset, Dhs120. Tel: (02) 8135550. Taxi: Rosewood, Maryah Island. rosewoodhotels.com
02. Koi’s Thursday Supper Club
At Koi’s Thursday night brunch, guests sit in the lounge area and dishes are served tapas style to your table. Courses on offer include creamy rock shrimp tempura and Californian rolls.
The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur 8.30pm to 11.30pm, Dhs199 with house drinks. Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. koirestaurant.ae
03. Ramadan brunch at Boa
Brunch moves to the evening during the Holy Month at this Hollywood import. Boa also has a supper club offer running on Thursdays and Fridays and bar bites are included in the price.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi, Thur and Fri 7.30pm to 11pm, Dhs295 to Dhs495 brunch, Dhs245 supper club. Tel: (02) 6411500. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves Promenade. boaabudhabi.ae
04. Mercadito evening brunch
Mexican eatery Amerigos on Yas Island also has an evening brunch that is still on throughout the whole of Ramadan. The Mercadito features quesadilla, chicken taquitos dorados, steaks and sides such as corn on the cob.
Park Inn By Radisson, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Thur 7pm to 11pm, Dhs144. Tel: (02) 6562222. Taxi: Yas Island. parkinn.com
Get some exercise
05. Fitness at the mall
Hold the front page: you can get some exercise while visiting a shopping centre, and we don’t just mean from all that walking. Marina Mall is hosting two evening fitness events this month. The first is a boot camp, running daily at 8pm – visitors to the mall can take part in a series of exercises and if they do well at them, they can have a crack at The Unique Challenge, an obstacle course that has been set up in the mall’s main exhibition area. There’s a Dhs10 fee to take part in the activities, which will be donated to a local autism centre.
Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, daily 8pm, Dhs10. Tel: (800) 6623. Taxi: Marina Mall. marinamall.ae
06. Train, Start, GoYas
Yas Marina Circuit’s Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday track nights for cyclists and runners will still take place throughout the whole summer. Just make sure you take plenty of water and don’t overdo it – it’s not uncommon for the temperatures to still be in the late thirties even at 9pm in June, July and August. Bike hire, including helmets, will also be available. All the sessions are open until midnight during Ramadan.
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun and Tue 6pm to 10pm, Wed 7pm to 10pm ladies only. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Marina Circuit. yasmarinacircuit.com
07. A glowing round of golf
Al fresco golf is only for diehards during the current sweltering daylight hours, and even at night it can be a sweaty experience. A more light-hearted version of the game can also be played in the dark, but indoors, and in a mall. Tee And Putt is the capital’s only neon, glow in the dark mini-course and it’s open until late on weekends. With ultraviolet lights, aliens and astronauts, it’s a fun way to while away a few hours and escape the heat.
Dalma Mall, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight. Tel: (02) 5555307. Taxi: Dalma Mall. teeandputt.com, dalmamall.ae
08. Go to camp at Al Forsan
Ramadan isn’t an excuse to just laze around and gain a kilo or two – and if you really want to get lean and mean, head to Al Forsan. The sports resort is holding a boot camp, organised by UAE company Torn Fitness, that includes bodyweight work, kettle-bells, TRX and battle ropes.
Until June 25
Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, Sun, Tue and Thur, 9.45pm to 10.45pm, Dhs65, Dhs780 monthly. Tel: (02) 5568555. Taxi: Al Forsan. alforsan.com
09. HIIT it up at the mangroves
Fitness fanatics know about the benefits of high-intensity interval training – it’s all about the afterburn. Put simply, get your heart really pounding and you’ll not only burn plenty of calories while at the class, but they’ll continue to burn away while you sleep that evening. Try a class this month at the Eastern Mangroves’ hotel.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel And Spa By Anantara, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi, Thur 8pm to 8.45pm, Dhs68. Tel: (02) 6561000 Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
Go on an adventure
10. Look up at the stars
Did you know that Abu Dhabi has an observatory? You’ll find it near Al Wathba’s cycle and camel racetracks (it’s on Google Maps) and it’s open three days a week to the public. Stargazers can peer at the night sky through a variety of different-sized telescopes and you can also camp there – they’ll supply the tents and campfires.
Al Sadeem Observatory, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, Tue, Thur and Sat, 6pm to 4am, Dhs75. Tel: (056) 3138222. Taxi: Al Wathba, near camel track and stables. alsadeemastronomy.ae
11. Drive away boredom at Yas Kart Zone
The Formula 1 season finalé in Abu Dhabi famously takes place as the sun goes down (it’s the only night time race on the sport’s calendar) and Yas Marina Circuit will be hosting evening sessions on its go-karting track this Ramadan. Essential kit such as helmets, gloves and overalls are included in the price.
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 8pm to 2am, Dhs55 to Dhs110. Tel: (800) 927. Taxi: Yas Marina Circuit. yasmarinacircuit.com
12. Grab a kayak and eat
Lebanese seafood restaurant Flooka and water sports company Noukhada have joined forces and are offering a kayak and dinner package – you’ll cruise down the Eastern Mangroves before choosing a selection of mezzes and fish from two menu options.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi, Mon to Fri, 6pm, Dhs280 to Dhs355 per person (minimum two people). Tel: (02) 4418244. Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. noukhada.ae, flooka.com
13. Night safari at Al Ain Zoo
Get on board a private 4×4 tour at Al Ain Zoo for the chance to get a glimpse of nocturnal critters. The Night Bird Show at 8pm is another great one for a neat experience under the stars.
Nahyan The First Street, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily 6pm, Dhs200. Tel: (800) 966. Taxi: Al Ain Zoo. alainzoo.ae
14. Go on an overnight safari to the desert
Escape the baking hot city and spend a night in the desert. A trip with Abu Dhabi Desert Safari includes pick-up and drop off in an SUV, plus dune bashing, sand boarding, camel rides, plus a desert walk during as the sun sets. There’s a barbecue for dinner and you’ll spend your night under the stars snoring away in a traditional Bedouin tent.
15. Ramadan and Eid Festival
Head to Adnec to take in some shopping (think traditional Arabic dresses and jewellery), Arabic food, toys and games at this annual exhibition celebrating the Holy Month. Some 500 vendors have taken part in previous years.
Until June 28
Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 6pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 4446900. Taxi: Adnec. adnec.ae
16. Explore Emirates Park Zoo at night
The city’s zoo in Al Bahia is moving its opening hours during the Holy Month but will still host its usual activities, such as giraffe feeding sessions.
Emirates Park Zoo, Al Bahia, Abu Dhabi, daily 4pm to 11pm, Dhs30. Tel: (02) 5010000. Taxi: Emirates Park Zoo. emiratesparkzooandresort.com
17. See the ocean down deep at night
There are plenty of fish that are camera shy during the day but love to come out to play at night. Dive Mahara organises trips after sunset (leaving dead on 7pm from the Marina near Marina Mall and Breakwater) where you’ll get to swim alongside hammour, cuttlefish and even colourful batfish. Prices start from Dhs200.
18. Bounce daily at, er, Bounce
Abu Dhabi’s trampoline park has a special offer on for Ramadan – for Dhs299, you can use the trampolines every day during the Holy Month. Pay Dhs499 and you can also use Bounce’s zipline and Super Slide. The standard Dhs299 is also available at the Al Ain branch.
Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight, Dhs299. Tel: (04) 3211400. Taxi: Marina Mall. bounce.ae
Cure those late-night munchies
If like us you get an urge for wagyu beef burger sliders at 2am, then head to Al Mushrif. Food truck Salt (although they prefer to be called an ‘urban food experience’) is open until 3am. We recommend finishing off your meal with one of their lotus milkshakes.
Mother Of The Nation Park, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 3am. Tel: (055) 9967381. Taxi: Mushrif Park. find-salt.com
Julie’s is a part-western, part Lebanese-inspired outlet that has a real buzz about it at 3am. Try the OMG Julie – two doorstop thick slices of French toast served with roasted papaya, pineapple and mango and caramel sauce.
Beside Adnoc petrol station, near NBAD, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 24 hours. Tel: (02) 3048047. Taxi: Al Khalidyah Adnoc, just down from Family Park and Corniche.
21. Zaatar W Zeit
The playful Arabic chain has locations all over the UAE, and its saj (cheesy flatbread) is always a welcome snack in the early hours of the morning.
Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 24 hours. Tel: (02) 6769940. Taxi: Kia showroom on 9th. zaatarwzeit.net
22. Paint and eat
Artist and photographer Karissa Lewes is hosting an evening of painting and food. You’ll be taught how to create The Hand Of Fatima (an ancient Middle Eastern amulet). Art supplies and canapés are included in the price.
The Club, Al Mina, Abu Dhabi, Fri 6.30pm to 9pm, Dhs225 members, Dhs250 guests. Tel: (02) 6731111. Taxi: British Club, Mina Port. the-club.com