What to Do in Abu Dhabi This Winter

Looking for something to do in Abu Dhabi? Fear not—here are just a few upcoming events worth checking out, courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.

2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
When: Jan 16, 2014 to Jan 19, 2014 
Where: Abu Dhabi Golf Club

The ninth Golf Championship will see Jamie Donaldson face four of the world’s top 11 players - Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Luke Donald - and the European Tour’s hottest young talent - Matteo Manassero - when he defends the Falcon Trophy.

Bonus: Guest staying at any Abu Dhabi hotel from January 16-19 get free tickets to the championship. The one-stop-shop ‘Golf in Abu Dhabi’ initiative offers a series of three-, five- and seven-night ‘Play, Stay and Watch’ packages for international spectators and tourists to take in the Championship. Those booking seven-night packages receive a complimentary VIP group clinic at the Championship with a world top 30 player. Find out more at www.golfinabudhabi.com 

Tickets are available via the event’s official website (www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com) and www.ticketmaster.ae.

Red Bull Air Race
When: Feb 28, 2014 to Mar 01, 2014 
Where: Abu Dhabi Corniche

The opening round of the seven-race Red Bull Air Race World Championship will take off over the UAE capital’s Corniche. Twelve daredevil pilots )including reigning champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain) will race in high-performance planes navigating an Air Gate pylon obstacle course at speeds of up to 370km/h.

Cavalia at Qasr al Hosn
When: Feb 22, 2014 to Mar 01, 2014 
Where: Qasr al Hosn

A lavish production with 41 horses and 36 riders, aerialists, acrobats, performers and musicians from all over the world, Cavalia at Qasr al Hosn will onstage from February 22 to March 1 as part of the Qasr al Hosn Festival.

Starring 11 different horse breeds (including Arabian, Pure Spanish and Miniature), Cavalia takes place under a white, big top giving the horses ample room to perform with their trainers and artists. 

This multi-disciplinary production was created by Normand Latourelle, a co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, and has been seen by more than four million people across North America, Europe and Australia. This new production has been adapted to reflect elements of the UAE culture and is the first show of its kind to be performed in the region. 

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ae. For more information about Cavalia, visit www.cavalia.net. Find out more about the Qasr al Hosn Festival 2014 at www.QasrAlHosnFestival.ae.

2014 Gourmet Abu Dhabi
When: Feb 04, 2014 to Feb 19, 2014

Heads up, foodies! This ‘lifestyle gastronomic extravaganza’ includes a cast of Michelin-star chefs and special guests, master classes, industry insights from hospitality experts, and gourmet dinners hosted by a range of the UAE capital’s top hotels.