It falls on Saturday March 17 this year, and plenty of the capital’s bars and restaurants are holding events to mark the occasion

Yas Marina

Head to Yas for gold coin treasure hunts, clover hand painting for kids and Irish dancers. On Friday night, they’re showing the kids movie Brave alfresco at 6.30pm.
March 16 to 17
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, noon to 7pm, free. Taxi: Yas Marina.

Le Meridien

An Irish-themed edition of the hotel’s new Village Kitchen Brunch is planned for March 16, with an after-party running from 4pm in its pub, Captain’s Arms. You can order an Irish breakfast in the pub a day later, March 17, from noon to 4pm.
March 16
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs139 to Dhs229. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Méridien.

Grand Millennium Al Wahda

Porters pub is celebrating during the weekend, with 50 per cent of selected drinks from noon to midnight, a live performance from house band Ruth Jones And The Heavy Tones and a Dhs79 deal for Guinness pie with a pint of the black stuff.
March 15 to 17
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4953936. Taxi: Grand Millennium.

Hilton Abu Dhabi

Hemingway’s is celebrating St Patrick’s Day for the next month or so. The pub’s Hopfest event will see it serve a special menu of Irish dishes daily from noon until 2am including Guinness pie and Irish stew. You can listen to live music from new house band The Spitfires in the pub’s new beer garden as well.
Until April 15
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6924247 Taxi: Hilton Abu Dhabi.

Dusit Thani

Abu Dhabi’s Thai hotel is turning Irish for a special brunch that will feature Irish dishes and a selection of Green Isle cheeses and more.
March 16
Dusit Thani, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 to Dhs300, 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Tel: (02) 6988137. Taxi: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi.

The Westin

The Westin is celebrating with a brunch followed by a party called Be On The Grass, running from 4pm to 1am, with live music plus food trucks.
March 16 to 17
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6169999. Taxi: Westin.

Le Royal Méridien

The hotel and Irish pub Le Royal Méridien and PJ O’Reilly’s have a St Patrick’s Day brunch on March 16, music from Sweet Chili Jam and a group of Irish dancers. There’s an after-party running afterwards also.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6950300. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien.

McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi

The Irish pub has a St Patrick’s Day happy hour promotion on March 15, running from noon to 10pm, plus live music from Barry Casey and his band from 6pm to 9pm, followed by another band, Suckin Diesel, at 9pm. There’s also a brunch package on Friday March 16 costing from Dhs229, with live music from the Boxtones.
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. Tel: (02) 6524333.

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

Heroes at the Crowne Plaza has The International Playboys performing March 15 to 17, plus drinks deals and prizes up for grabs for the best costumes.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6166261. Taxi: Crowne Plaza.