Liwa Date Festival
Just when you thought Abu Dhabi’s hotel offering was already at the top of its game, another five-star property comes and trumps the lot. Separating itself from the pack with the added bonus of live-in serviced apartments, the Grand Hyatt has hotel rooms too, as well as private cinema screens, an infinity pool and six restaurants – including a cool izakaya, or Japanese pub. It opens this month on the Corniche.
Restaurant of the month
Turtle Bay Bar & Grill
The spicy, battered “TNT Shrimp”, the signature dish of American-fusion Caramel at St Regis on Saadiyat Island, is as explosive as it sounds. So explosive, in fact, that it’s making its way across the world, as the UAE-based restaurant group, known for its sleek black-and-neon interiors, expands to London and Cape Town.
Unite with Tomorrowland
When Belgian dance music festival Tomorrowland decides to go big, it blows all other festivals out of the water. Think, synchronised firework displays, confetti cannons, stuttering laser beams and tonnes of glitter. So, not content with limiting the party to just Belgium, this month they’ll be live-streaming the event to seven other locations worldwide, including, for the first time, Abu Dhabi. On 28 July live acts and DJs such as Dutch duo Lucas and Steve and Saudi Arabian DJ Omar Basaad will take to the stage at du Forum to whip up the crowd, before festival headliners Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren are live-streamed to the venue. There’ll be all the bells and whistles that Tomorrowland is famous for, too, including special effects and fantasy decoration. Don’t forget your face paint!
What to buy
Emporio Armani sunglasses
It’s official. Round retro sunglasses are in for SS18. Mui Mui and Valentino certainly think so, but our pick are these Emporio Armani cornflower blue frames, straight from the designer’s catwalk show and hitting its store in The Galleria.
Taste of Abu Dhabi
Time to work up an appetite for Abu Dhabi’s biggest food fest, which returns with 100 exhibitors and celeb chef demonstrations.
Abu Dhabi Art
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Snap up tickets early to this new contemporary art fair, which includes a programme of talks and exhibitions from international galleries.
Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
The last race of the 2018 season promises thrills on and off the track, with The Weeknd and Guns N’Roses performing in after-race concerts.
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and Zayed Sports City
The football tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations takes place at stadiums in
Al Ain and Abu Dhabi this year.