For those looking to make some great memories this Eid…

From retail experiences and family fun to wonderful traditional eats to super staycations, here are a few great spots to enjoy your Eid Al Adha in Abu Dhabi.

Eid deals and gifting ideas…


Sahha at the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi rolls out its Eid Al Adha Surf and Turf dinner buffet, where a fabulous fusion of traditional Arabic flavours featuring mouthwatering seafood and meat varieties will lay the table. Dig into succulent chargrilled meats, poached oysters, snow crabs, lobster, and tender Hokkaido scallops, during the first three days of Eid Al Adha.

Sahha, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs240. Tel: (0)2 510 1234. @grandhyattabudhabi

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental

Experience unrivalled luxury and a great time with the family at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi during this month’s Eid Al Adha break. Whether it’s their exceptional stay package, ‘An Eid to Remember’ valid from June 14 to 23, a special four-course feast at Michelin-starred Talea at Dhs490, a rejuvenating ‘celestial black diamond facial’ coupled with a special gift from June 16 to 18, or a traditional Eid gift basket at Dhs300 from The Mandarin Cake Shop, your Eid is sure to be an unforgettable occasion when you choose to celebrate with the Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental.

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0)2 690 9000. @mo_emiratespalace

Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi

This Eid Al Adha, experience seaside luxury with a dreamy staycation at Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi. Book a minimum of 2 nights between June 14 and 22, and you get to enjoy a full 15 per cent off on room rates, with the option to upgrade to the next room category. An array of sumptuous dishes also awaits at Turquoise, and a full 20 per cent off a host of rejuvenating treatments is available at their spa.

Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall Ring Road, Abu Dhabi, June 14 to 22. Tel: (0)2 498 0000. @rixosmarinaabudhabi

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall is dressing up for Eid Al-Adha, and getting ready to welcome you and your loved ones. Get set to be introduced to a brightly decorated façade and festive decor that will spread the festive vibes, and until June 23, they’ll also be running the ‘Shop & Win Your Eidiyyah’ campaign with Dhs100,000 worth of gift vouchers to be split equally among 5 lucky winners. Additionally, from June 14 to 23, visitors of all ages are invited to participate in interactive games on the mall’s ground floor.

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Bani Yas East, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thurs 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight. Tel: (0) 2 503 1400. @bawabatalsharqmall

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Enjoy Eid Al Adha with one-of-a-kind views at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, as you step into a world with exclusive deals. UAE residents can enjoy 15 per cent off on the best available rate, as well as on restaurants during your stay.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta’a, Rabdan, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0)2 654 3333. @fairmontbabalbahr

The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Enjoy a special Spend & Win activation at The Galleria Al Maryah Island during Eid Al Adha, which will give you the opportunity to win exciting prizes. Spend Dhs500 or more between June 17 and 23, and you will have the chance to win gift cards ranging in value from Dhs100 to Dhs2,500.

The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thurs 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight. Tel: (0)2 493 7400. @thegalleriauae

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

This Eid Al Adha, discover Arabia’s largest wildlife reserve, just 30 minutes by boat from the UAE capital. On June 15, dig in to an amazing Arabic-themed dinner at The Palm, Desert Island Resorts & Spa from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, and on June 16, savour the freshest catches and a variety of salads as part of a Mediterranean-inspired seafood night at Desert Islands Resort & Spa, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Room bookings come with a 30 per cent discount on island activities when you book for two nights or more. It’s all happening , this Eid Al Adha.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, room rates from Dhs595.

Bab Al Nojoum

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Enjoy Bab Al Nojoum’s Cool Summer Nights, where you can enjoy a great summer stay with up to 30 per cent off room rates. Your reservation will also include exciting activities such as sunset bike rides, beach volleyball matches, evening BBQ dinners, movie nights, and a whole lot more. Applicable across the brand’s Hudayriyat, Mugheirah and Bateen Liwa properties.

Indulge in a tasting menu at Punjab Grill

Michelin-guide restaurant Punjab Grill is offering an exclusive seven-course tasting menu for Eid Al Adha, priced at Dhs300 for the vegetarian option and Dhs350 for the non-vegetarian option. Try dishes like stuffed aloo, lemongrass and chilli chicken tikka, paneer roulade, green masala prawn pulao and a range of mouthwatering sweet treats because what is a festival without something sweet.

Punjab Grill, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal, Venetian Village, 12pm to 11.30pm, starts at Dhs300, Tel: (0) 50 668 3054, @punjabgrillabudhabi 

Pick a gorgeous Eid gift with Collective Africa

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Treat your loved ones with Africology’s essential skincare range this Eid Al Adha, and whether it is body lotions or pillow and linen sprays, these self-care kits boast excellent quality and natural ingredients, while being eco-responsible. Exotic, natural ingredients such as aloe, rooibos, marula, and African potato headline an exciting range of chemical-free elements while helping you bring home spa-level luxury, this Eid Al Adha. Prices begin at Dhs80.


Try Sugargram’s limited edition Eid Al Adha box

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When isn’t a good time to buy, eat, or gift a good batch of cupcakes? This Eid Al Adha, itty-bitty cupcake brand Sugargram unveils a special Eid Al Adha sleeve, that promises to make it an even better gift. Enjoy 8 different flavours in these pretty boxes of 25 cupcakes, with flavours such as the Fudge Judy to the Oreana Grande making an appearance. Bonbon fan? You’ll have the chance to try everything from their birthday cake flavour to cotton candy and pop rocks.


Where to go in town…

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Celebrate Eid Al Adha on Manarat Al Saadiyat with ‘Eid at MAS’. Over four exciting days, this special event will feature unique art-themed activities led by a different talented Emirati artist each day. Activities will include creative workshops ranging from ice cream making and flower arrangement to graphic design, with something for the whole family. Enjoy your Eid break in this interactive installations and a variety of hands-on experiences, Manarat Al Saadiyat offers a vibrant setting for celebrating Eid through creativity and cultural expression.

Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0)2 657 5800. @manaratalsaadiyat

Yas Acres Golf & Country Club

This Eid Al Adha, Yas Acres Golf & Country Club invites you and your family to experience a joyful celebration, as the picturesque golf setting of Yas Acres will come alive with fun-filled activities for all ages. A redeemable entry ticket gives you the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and beverage options at their food truck, and for the little ones, Little Acres Golf Club offers a range of engaging activities such as face painting, arts and crafts and balloon twisting.

Yas Acres Golf & Country Club, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, June 17 to 19, 10am to 9pm, Dhs50. Tel: (0)2 208 7222. @yasacresgolfcc

Umm Al Emarat Park

Enjoy Eid Al Adha at Umm Al Emarat Park nestled amid lush greenery, with delightful eateries such as SALT, Farmer’s Bistro, Movenpick ice cream and more, as well as engaging activities for the whole family. And while you’re there, don’t miss the iconic Animal Barn, where children will have the opportunity to meet with and feed their favourite animals, including cuddly rabbits and beautiful birds.

Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, 8am to midnight daily. @ummalemaratpark

Hidden Bar

Hidden Bar in Rosewood Abu Dhabi has announced the launch of a brand new menu, featuring a selection of nibbles, cold and hot appetisers, authentic pizzas as well as delicious main courses and desserts. Each dish will be complemented by a wide variety of craft cocktails made from the handcrafted gin library and botanical infusions. Dine, sip and enjoy at this cosy lounge with an expansive outdoor terrace.

Hidden Bar, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Sun to Thurs, 6pm to 3am, Fri to Sat, 6pm to 4am, Tel: (0) 2 813 5550, @rosewoodabudhabi

W Abu Dhabi Yas Island


W Abu Dhabi is shifting the excitement into gear for the upcoming Etihad Airways Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later this year. ‘Taste The Race’ takes you through an adventure inspired by the world’s most iconic racetracks, at Garage. From Suzuka to Yas Marina to Circuit of the Americas and beyond, you’ll travel the whole calendar with food.

Garage, W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Sun to Fri, 12.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs99 for three-courses, Dhs125 for four courses, Tel: (0) 2 656 0000, @garageabudhabi

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Abu Dhabi Corniche Eid Al Adha fireworks

The Abu Dhabi Corniche stretches eight kilometres and has children’s play areas, cafes and restaurants. It may be too warm to stay outdoors, but pick a restaurant and cafe which offers views of the picturesque Arabian Gulf where you can enjoy a meal while you wait for the fireworks to begin at 9pm.


Who doesn’t love some pizza and pasta? Tuck into unlimited Italian favorites every Thursday from 6pm to 11pm at Giornotte, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a sharing antipasti platter and unlimited classics such as Margherita and pepperoni pizza, lasagna, and gourmet seafood pasta. Choose from a selection of unlimited house grapes and hops sets.

Giornotte, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi, Thurs, 6pm to 11pm, Dhs200, @ritzcarltonabudhabi


Stills Abu Dhabi

The second most-watched football tournament in the world, the UEFA European Championship (Euros), is happening this. Stills at the Crowne Plaza on Yas Island, is a great sun-lit spot for an afternoon out at your local pub with great eats and refreshing drinks. During the entirety of the tournament, they have an exciting offer that will have you enjoying 4 bottles of hops, or a flight of 4 draughts for only Dhs99, or a signature Polynesian burger, one of our favourites, and hops for Dhs119. As well, keep an eye out for their exciting new campaign that will have you scoring big with every visit.

Stills Restaurant & Bar, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 12pm to 1am Sun to Thurs, 12pm to 2am Fri and Sat. Tel: (0)2 656 3066. @stillsyasisland

Bali (keep reading)

This Banyan Tree Escape is as unique as it gets in the world of boutique hotels and situated in a breathtaking, largely untouched part of the Balinese landscape not known very well. This part in the heart of the jungle is hidden behind layers and layers of all-expansive flora and fauna and makes for an escape like no other. Buahan is located in the small namesake Indonesian village, and features a ‘no doors, no walls’ concept. Basically, you’re staying in an open air cabana surrounded by miles of infinite greenery, truly becoming one with nature. There are 16 such open-air balés, and you can enjoy a farm-to-table dining experience at the Open Kitchen, sip on local inspired cocktails at the Botanist Bar, and recharge at the Toja Spa.

This is one place where you will truly be in the midst of nature, but with all the comforts of a five-star location. Bali, but with a twist.


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