Get ready for a season of really awesome events! Showcasing the best in music, sports, culture and arts, there’s a lot you can do in Abu Dhabi this RAD season. From the Asian Football Championship to the Beyreuth Festival, the list is endless. Don’t miss out on what the city has to offer!


Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival

30th Nov to 26th Jan
Al Wathba
Free Entry

Abu Dhabi is set to light up in celebration of the Spirit of the Union, with a captivating line-up of activities, entertainment events, and promotions across the Emirate - in total; the festival will have more than 1,500 cultural and traditional events.


Al Dhafra Festival

17th Dec to 1st Jan
Al Dhafra
Free Entry

Ultimate adventure awaits! ‘Where the desert meets the sea’, Al Dhafra makes up over two-thirds of Abu Dhabi emirate. Along its hundreds of kilometers of coastline are stunning beaches and islands and its history is encompassed in the myriad of ancient forts, set against dramatic landscapes. The Liwa Oasis, hemming the Empty Quarter, and Sir Bani Yas Island's wildlife reserve, off the far western coast, makes for adventurous off-road driving and some of its most incredible scenery.

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Liwa Sports Moreeb Dunes

18th Dec to 4th Jan
Moreeb Dune
Free Entry

Attracting participants from all over the Gulf, the Liwa Sports festival sees a spectacular array of cars, bikes, horses and even camels compete in a variety of races and freestyle drift challenges. All unfolding on the Moreeb Dube, one of the largest sand dunes on earth.


Mubadala World Tennis Championship

27th to 29th Dec
International Tennis Centre

Entering its 11th edition, the tournament will run between 27th – 29th December 2018, and is set to once again thrill tennis fans and their families. With a line-up featuring six top male players and two leading female players, this year’s event is guaranteed to kick-off the 2019 tennis season with a bang.


Asian Football Championship 

5th Jan to 1st Feb
Abu Dhabi
75 AED to 300 AED

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).


Umsiyat 2019: Waed Bouhassoun -The Passion of Poetry

8th Jan
Cultural Foundation - Amphitheatre
30 AED – 100 AED

Talented young Syrian musician Waed Bouhassoun will be treating her audience to an evening of oud-accompanied poetry, all drawn from a musical repertoire that spans across several centuries and influenced by a multitude of Arabic regions.

Umsiyat Mugham Souls

Umsiyat Mugham Souls

9th Jan
Cultural Foundation- Amphitheatre
30 AED – 100 AED

French jazzman Pierre de Trégomain and Mugham singer Gochag Askarov; two distinct voices famed for mixing genres and traditions to create innovative musical languages. Following the launch of their debut album, the intriguing duo will be performing in the region for the very first time.

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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam

10th to 12th Jan
Mubadala Arena
Free Entry

The most prestigious Jiu-Jitsu world tour in the world is in Abu Dhabi with action-packed sport entertainment. Open to all nationalities and medalists will be listed in the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) world rankings. Cash prizes of over $120,000 will be awarded for the top athletes of each division. Top ranked competitors will receive huge prizes at the end of the season according to the UAEJJF world ranking.


Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

12th to 19th of Jan
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
Free Entry

Welcome to the global meeting point for advancing the world’s sustainable development! A well-curated event for knowledge transfer, a collaboration that implements strategies, and delivering solutions that overcome pressing challenges to sustainable development while driving human progress.



15th Jan to 16th Feb
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Free Entry

Don’t miss out on the first-ever conference dedicated entirely to manuscripts in the UAE capital. The exhibition aims to highlight Abu Dhabi’s role in safeguarding and publishing Arab heritage, and feature compelling manuscripts which underline the UAE’s deep-rooted culture and extraordinary history. The event will emphasise and strengthen cultural ties with Arab manuscript centres around the world, whilst also exchanging knowledge and expertise on Arabic manuscripts.


Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 

16th to 19th Jan
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
50 AED to 150 AED

Be a part of the most coveted event in Abu Dhabi! The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA is a European Tour golf tournament that unites the biggest champions in the world for 4 days of high-intensity competition.

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Abu Dhabi Festival – Joyce Didonato: In War and Peace

24th Jan
Emirates Palace Auditorium
175 AED to 350 AED, Student Discount Available

For one-night only, award-winning soprano Joyce DiDonato is bringing her superlative vocals from America all the way to Abu Dhabi. Performing alongside famed Italian orchestra, Il Pomo d’Oro – In War & Peace will feature a selection of the most powerful opera pieces ever made.



30th Jan and 1st Feb
Emirates Palace
200 AED to 1195 AED

The Bayreuth Festival is renowned for its outstanding performances of the 19th-Century German composer Richard Wagner’s operas. As the unmissable highlight of the Abu Dhabi Classics new season, concert-goers will experience the full musical drama of The Valkyrie, under the artistic direction of Katharina Wagner, great granddaughter of the renowned composer.