Capital chills and thrills…

In you’re in Abu Dhabi this November, there is no dearth of fantastic things to do throughout the month. All you need is a will and we’re here to provide you with a way. Several ways, actually…

Here are 17 wonderful ways to spend your November in the capital.

Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC)

When: November 1 to 10

Taking place this November, the cream of the martial arts world will descend on the capital once again for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC). Held at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City, the dates for the 2023 edition have been confirmed as November 1 to 10.


History lessons with the Traditional Handicrafts Festival


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When: November 1 to 20

Trace the roots of Emirati heritage as local experts invite you to witness the making of traditional handicrafts, engage in concerts, cultural workshops and programmes. Every day, from 9pm to 11am at the Al Qattara Arts Centre.

Get foodie and festive with the Miami Vibes Food Festival

When: November 2 to 18

The fun food festival will return to Abu Dhabi next to the stunning Louvre Abu Dhabi for 18 days from November 2 until November 19, 2023. Read more here. 

Flamenco fun with Authentic Flamenco

authentic flamenco

When: November 3 and 4

The Royal Opera of Madrid and Fever are teaming up to bring to you this critically acclaimed Flamenco dance show at the Cultural Foundation Abu Dhabi on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 5:30pm and 8:30pm on both days. Tickets start at Dhs210.

FIM World Supercross Championship (WSX) Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Supercross Abu Dhabi

When: November 4 and 5

The Etihad Arena is all set to welcome the FIM World Supercross Championship (WSX) Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, on November 4 and 5. It’s all quite exciting, as the championship makes its regional debut with the race season’s penultimate round in the capital.

Hyperound K-Fest at the Etihad Arena


When: November 11

This festival is set to become the ultimate unification of K-Pop music fans, bringing together a fandom and an impressive lineup of artists, including ENHYPEN, Sunmi, Epik High, DPR Ian, XG, Cherry Bullet and Peakboy, for one night only at the Etihad Arena. From 4pm to 11pm.

See the city in a new light with Manar Abu Dhabi


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When: From November 15

Grounding Light by Manar Abu Dhabi is the inaugural edition of the light art festival and features immersive projections and installations that showcase the natural beauty of the Abu Dhabi coastline. Witness 35 artworks form 13 countries at hotspots around the capital.

Culture crawl with Abu Dhabi Art 2023


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When: November 22 to 26

 The 15th edition of this annual celebration of visual arts will be the biggest one yet, featuring more than 90 galleries from more than 30 countries. Expect to see exhibitions, installations, commissions and pieces for sale at Manarat Al Saadiyat from 2pm to 9pm all week.

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023

Yas Marina

When: November 23 to 26

The most thrilling event of the year is finally here with glitz, glamour and really fast cars. A party and a half featuring Ava Max, Foo Fighters and Tiesto, exclusive experiences and a Formula 1 calendar finale to remember. Get in – we’re going to the races.

Take a cracking cooking class at Wagamama


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When: Wednesdays in November

Every Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm, for Dhs99, take a 45-minute cooking class with one main course and one mocktail or soft drink, and learn how to make Wagamama’s firecracker chicken at outlets across Abu Dhabi. Spots are limited, so book your seats now.


Kick back joyfully with happy hour at The W Lounge

W Lounge

When: Throughout November

The W Lounge on Yas Island has ‘post-work-shenanigans’ written all over their happy hour offer, with three hours of good times at discounted rates. Valid from Sunday to Friday with drinks at Dhs25 from 8pm to 11pm.


Sample Japanese Fair at Mr. Moto

Mr Moto

When: Throughout November

 This cheeky, mid-century, modern Japanese cocktail bar and kitchen is a new player in the dining scene of Yas Marina and is serving up authentic delicacies from the islands with a delicious twist. Add: in-house DJs and expert mixology, and you have the Mr. Moto experience.

Breakfast binging at Alkalime


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When: Throughout November

Start your day right with Alkalime’s healthy, wholesome, guilt-free menu that features breakfast heroes like eggplant shakshouka and vegan scrambled egg croissant. Served from 8am to 11.30pm during the week and 9am to 1pm on weekends.


Art trip with ‘Still Life to Abstraction’ by Asaad Arabi

asaad arabi

When: Throughout November

 The Syrian artist’s seminal works spanning from 2008 to 2023 will be on showcase in one collection at Artbooth’s gallery space, located on the ground floor of Centro Capital Centre by Rotana, ADNEC area, Abu Dhabi.


Sample some authentic Italian pizza at the new Antonia

When: Throughout November

Abu Dhabi’s own beloved Italian brand, Antonia, has finally opened a new location at the capital’s mixed use development, Al Zeina. It will continue to feature several of Antonia’s renowned favourites, such as Nonna’s famous meatballs, La Scarpetta beef ragu and the Orechiette alle Cimi di Rapa.


Indulge in a seven-course tasting menu at Punjab Grill


When: Throughout November

Michelin-recognised Punjab Grill is offering a seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu from 12pm to 3.30pm, at Dhs250 for the vegetarian and Dhs300 for the non-vegetarian for six courses. For seven courses, it’s Dhs300 for the vegetarian and Dhs350 for non vegetarian.


Witness extraordinary magic with DMC

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