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Things to do in Abu Dhabi

The Sport Industry Forum takes place during an exciting week in Abu Dhabi. Explore what the capital has to offer while you’re here with “not to be missed” events!

NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2024

The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2024 presented by ADQ return this October. Witness a brand-new matchup in the capital as the legendary Boston Celtics, 17-time NBA champions, take on the reigning champions, the Denver Nuggets, in a two-game preseason series.

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UFC 308

UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation, and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, announced UFC’s much anticipated next championship event in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, October 26 at the Etihad Arena.

UFC® 308 will also see the return of fan favourite Abu Dhabi Showdown Week with a seven-day series of city-wide events, dedicated shows, hotel promotions, star studded events and much more.

Chicago The Musical

Described as “The most exciting musical of its generation” by The Times, CHICAGO is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake, even after 27 years from its debut, and now it’s set to bring the glitz, glamour, and All That Jazz to Abu Dhabi from 12-22 September 2024.

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Take That ‘This Life On Tour’

The iconic British band, Take That, is coming to Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Park for one night only on Friday 25 October 2024.

Formed in 1990, the band has reached the #1 spot on the Official UK Albums Chart a total of nine times and topped the Official UK Singles Chart twelve times. With singles such as Pray, Sure, Back For Good, Never Forget, Patience, and Greatest Day reading like the soundtrack to our lives, Take That has become one of the most loved and enduring bands of their generation.

Disney On Ice – Let’s Celebrate

If you are looking for a family experience, the magical Disney on Ice is coming to Abu Dhabi from 16-20 October. Celebrate with Mickey and friends while reliving the adventures of favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!. See Mirabel and the stars of Encanto for the first time live on ice.

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Sports Activities

If you are looking to participate in sports activities during your stay in Abu Dhabi, there are plenty of options to choose from including: horse riding, golf, motorsports, shooting, bowling and a variety of wonderful walks to take in the local areas. Nature enthusiasts can explore Mangrove National Park which offers kayaking opportunities for a captivating experience.

Experiences and attractions

From cultural to family-friendly attractions, Abu Dhabi boasts a wide range of iconic landmarks. Among these are the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Emirates Palace, Yas Island known for its multifaceted offerings, including Ferrari World and Warner Bros, and the captivating Louvre Abu Dhabi.

You can further explore the cultural offerings of Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, including the exhibition hub Manarat Al Saadiyat. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi showcases remarkable architecture, offering an immersive art experience. Need an adventure break? Discover wildlife on Sir Bani Yas Island and the captivating Empty Quarter dunes.

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