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Best things to do in Abu Dhabi: October 2015

The weather is cooling off and Abu Dhabi is exploding with events this October. This month we have a number of Bavarian themed events going on right here in the capital, a Korean Festival and performances from Mark Ronson through to an AC/DC tribute.

We’ve also got a Halloween fun run, a circus on ice, a mixology class, the Stills Bar reopening, a Shakespeare performance and my personal favourite thing about October in the UAE – the camping season finally begins.

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The Garden City: Five Reasons Why UAE Residents Should Visit Al Ain

The UAE is a pretty small country, and whilst there is certainly a lot to do in the cities, it still boggles my mind how some residents often don’t get much further than the confines of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the long, straight highway that connects them.

There are a number of places to explore across the seven Emirates, many of which aren’t publicised as well as they could be, but Al Ain, as the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is hardly a hidden away. It’s got a lot to offer and its not that far away.

With the bus fare from only AED 25 one way, you shouldn’t need any more excuses to skip brunch next Friday to go and check it out. But in case you still need a little more persuading, here are my top five things to do in Al Ain. Continue reading “The Garden City: Five Reasons Why UAE Residents Should Visit Al Ain”

Arsenal Supporters in Abu Dhabi, Look No Further

Now, I would be doing my darling husband a disservice if I did not give some information on here about the new arm of the Official UAE Arsenal Supporters Club, that he recently set up, right here in Abu Dhabi. 

Here’s a quick overview of the supporters club in Abu Dhabi; where they meet, how to join and most importantly, what drinks deals are on offer!

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Top Things to do with Visitors in Abu Dhabi: A Five Day Plan

I moved to Abu Dhabi two and a half years ago, and in that time I’ve had over 25 visits from friends and family from back home. I bang the drum for Abu Dhabi as a place to live. I think life here is great, but for a tourist it can often seem quite a strange and confusing place.

As a host, I sometimes flounder as I try to remember the best things to do with guests. There are only a few ‘sights’ to see and no pedestrianised centre to the city. It’s not like Paris, or Rome or Budapest, where you could take a walk out of your front door and find historic charm and interest on every corner. Abu Dhabi does have a lot to offer, but you need know where to look. If you are a tourist or a guide, it’s often best to be armed with a plan.

So if you are visiting and want to make the most out of your trip, or are hosting and want to show your guests a good time, here is my suggested agenda to squeeze the best out of Abu Dhabi. Continue reading “Top Things to do with Visitors in Abu Dhabi: A Five Day Plan”

Ten Interesting Islands of Abu Dhabi: From Sandbanks to Shrimp Farms

Out of all the 200+ islands in Abu Dhabi, there are probably a few you know very well.

There’s the main Abu Dhabi Island, at the heart of everything. Al Reem, with its shiny residential buildings and Al Maryah, the financial hub. There’s also Saadiyat, the promised destination for all thing culture and Yas Island for fun, with it’s water park F1 track and the Du concert venue.

But just within a stone’s throw, or a short boat ride away, there are lots more with interesting themes or features of their own. Continue reading “Ten Interesting Islands of Abu Dhabi: From Sandbanks to Shrimp Farms”

Abu Dhabi on a Dirham: Free ways to spend your days

There are a lot of incredible things to try in Abu Dhabi, a lot of which have an incredible price tag.

The UAE isn’t famed for its value for money but there are plenty of perfectly nice things to do that don’t cost a dirham. Here is a list of just ten of my favourites.

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