Things to do
It might sound odd that Ramadan (15 May – 14 June), a time of fasting, is one of the best times of year to dine out in Abu Dhabi. But, well, it’s true . Of course, during daylight hours, Muslims in the capital refrain from eating and drinking (and respectfully ask that all non-observant visitors to the city consume food and beverages with discretion). But, come sundown, the capital comes alive with a festive atmosphere. Almost every restaurant in town offers some kind of iftar (the evening meal at the end of the day’s fast).
A 20-minute cab ride from Abu Dhabi Airport, Pearl Rotana is the newest hotel to join the capital’s ever-growing roster of souped-up stay-overs. Rooms are slick and spacious and, while the hotel has all the necessary business-friendly whizz-bangery, there’s enough to keep leisure travellers occupied, too: we love the rooftop pool, of course, and Italian diner Dino’s gets way more than just a pass.
Restaurant of the month
A new, trés chic Marina Village patisserie-cafe is now the go-to for the capital’s freshest macarons par excellence. It’s also a reliable lunch spot, too (normal service through Ramadan). The baked salmon (pictured) is super.
What to buy
Ralph Lauren straw tote
Ralph Lauren gives the classic, beach-ready summer essential a classy rethink. Available at The Galleria. thegalleria.ae
Caribbean Reggae Beach Festival
A free, totally tropical beats-and-eats beach bash closes out party season on Yas Beach.
Yas Drag Nights
Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit lets amateur racers satisfy their need for speed on the track’s purpose-built drag strip. Spectators welcome. 6pm–midnight.
Decked Out Weekends
Yas Marina Mall turns into a giant, kid-friendly fiesta with game stalls, inflatables, pop-up food stalls and free movie screenings from 7pm.
Kamal Boullata: A Survey of Recent Paintings
Until 13 May
Last chance to catch the Palestinian artist’s latest works.