6 fun things to do in Abu Dhabi this week: Dec 5 to 8

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And just like that, it’s the first working day of December and if you’re looking for things to do in Abu Dhabi to kick the month off on a great note, read on.

Monday, December 5

Catch the football action at PJ O’Reilly’s

Football matches have you on the edge of your seat? Today December 5, Japan takes on Croatia at 7pm and Brazil take on South Korea at 11pm and there are plenty of spots to catch the action. Head to PJ O’Reilly’s, the capital’s best-loved Irish bar and avail of a number of special deals. Get three drinks for Dhs100, or five for Dhs150; bucket deals from Dhs125 and a burger and two-pint deal for just Dhs99. For more spots to catch the footie action, visit this link here.

PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street Al Markaziyah Area, Dhs100 minimum spend. Tel: (02) 695 0515

Tuesday, December 6

Visit Miami Vibes food festival

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Back for a third edition, Miami Vibes food festival is taking place at the lush Umm Al Emarat Park until December 8. The fun food festive pops with shades of pastel, big pink pineapples, dainty fairy lights and plenty of food trucks. Indulge in food from Sip Café; Mylk Café; Paella.Dxb; Island Burger; and many more. It’s open from 3pm to midnight daily and there’s a Dhs10 entrance fee.

Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif Area, Abu Dhabi, 3pm to 12am daily, until December 8, Dhs10. @miamivibes.ae

Wednesday, December 7

Stay in and tuck into a delicious turkey with loved ones

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Order in a turkey from W Abu Dhabi Yas Island and get into the festive spirit. Abu Dhabi will take the stress of the party away by delivering a full-fledged roast right to your doorstep. You’ll get turkey, sides and sweet pumpkin pie. All you have to do is toss on your ugliest sweater and your fuzzy socks and call your mates over. Prices start from Dhs450. 

W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, prices start from Dhs450, available until Jan 7, Tel: (0)2 656 0000. @wabudhabi 

Don’t miss seeing Lion King at Etihad Arena

Marking its 25-year anniversary, the world-famous, award-winning musical – Lion King has been wowing audiences in the capital for the past few weeks. This weekend, you can expect plenty of rush to catch the last shows. Beat the rush and go on a weekday instead. The legendary musical has entertained nearly 110 million people worldwide since its 1997 debut and it’s one show you don’t want to miss. Ticket prices start from Dhs200 (Bronze – weekdays) through to Dhs1,500 (Royal – weekends) and can be purchased exclusively through Platinum List and etihadarena.ae. Read our review here.

The Lion King, Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, until December 10, from Dhs200. etihadarena.ae.

Thursday, December 8

Continue celebrating UAE National Day

Yeah, we know UAE National Day is on December 2 which is now long gone, but the celebrations aren’t over in the capital just yet. It continues at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre until Sunday, December 11 where you and the whole family will enjoy a number of performances and storytelling that take inspiration from the UAE’s rich culture and present-day collective ambition. The show begins at 6pm (doors open at 3pm). Tickets are on sale here.

UAE 51st National Day celebrations, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, until Dec 11, tickets start from Dhs200, and children under 3 can enter for free, @officialUAEND

Meet the ladies for a night out at Asia Asia

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Journey on a flavour flight across Asia with the Thursday ladies’ night at Asia Asia. Found on the waterfront at Yas Bay, this dimly lit, Instagrammable spot oozes glamour, so come camera ready. Ladies can pair three drinks, from a selection that includes a duo of cocktails alongside house pours, with a three-course set menu of plates such as California maki, shrimp tempura, Singaporean noodles and soy marinated salmon for Dhs225.

Asia Asia, Yas Bay Waterfront, Yas Island, 6pm to 1am, Thursdays, Dhs225. Tel: (0)4 432 8302. abudhabi.asia-asia.com

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