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30 joyful things to do in Abu Dhabi this June

Here’s how to make the most of the month ahead.

Summer’s here, and Abu Dhabi is brimming with plenty of things to do. This is your chance to beat the heat and find joy in the great things the capital has to offer. Whether you’re seeking adventure, culture, or relaxation, Abu Dhabi has it all.

Saturday 1 June

Watch Abida Parveen and Atif Aslam live

Start the month with a musical night at Etihad Arena featuring South Asian legends, Atif Aslam and Abida Parveen. Called the Symphony of Stars, this event promises a journey through the hit songs that have solidified Atif and Abida as beloved icons in the music industry. The concert will also feature celebrated guest artists, adding to the grandeur of the evening.

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.

Abu Dhabi this June

Sunday 2 June

Head over to Penelope’s for Sunday brunch

Kick-off Sunday in style at Penelope’s Brasserie and Jazz Bar in Yas Marina. Indulge in a menu featuring beef tartare and mushroom risotto, all while enjoying live jazz. Whether you’re a food lover or a music lover, this FACT award-winning venue promises a perfect spot to unwind, socialise, and rediscover the joy of a leisurely weekend brunch. Available on Sundays from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. AED 275 (soft beverages) and AED 450 (premium beverages).

GO: Call 050 204 2475 for reservations and more information.

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Monday 3 June

Start Monday right at Joud Coffee

Start your week on a high note with a visit to Joud Coffee to grab your favourite cup of joe. With a new branch in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Joud Cafe is quick and efficient, making it ideal for busy mornings or relaxed afternoons.

GO: Follow @joudcoffee on Instagram for more information.

Abu Dhabi this June

Tuesday 4 June

Make your way to a “timeless” exhibition

For a calm Tuesday, head to Mona Ayyash’s solo exhibition, The Clock Doesn’t Care at 421 Online. This show delves into the concept of time through a video piece that features performers engaging in repetitive, non-functional movements to reflect on the nature of time, productivity, and the often-overlooked value of seemingly purposeless actions. It invites you to embrace the beauty of ‘doing nothing.’

GO: Visit www.421.online for more information.

Abu Dhabi this June

Wednesday 5 June

Awaken your inner artist

Discover your inner artist with Drawing at the Museum at Louvre Abu Dhabi. This engaging session, led by Saggaf Alhashmi, offers a unique opportunity to explore various drawing techniques with the inspiring backdrop of the museum’s art collection. Perfect for artists of all skill levels, this program is a good reason to develop your artistic skills and enjoy a creative afternoon.

GO: Visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae for more information.

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Thursday 6 June 

Enjoy special summer spa treatments

Pamper yourself with the luxurious ‘Summer Blooms’ treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Spa at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi. This 90-minute session combines the art of oriental massage with gentle pressure to treat your mind, body, and spirit. With its expert therapists, the Mandarin Oriental Spa is the ultimate spot to relax and treat yourself this summer. AED 990 per person.

GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information.

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Friday 7 June

Indulge in cool summer night activities

Book yourself a staycation at Bab Al Nojoum Hudayriyat Island and indulge in exciting night-time activities. As the sun sets, the property comes alive with sunset bike rides, beach volleyball matches, evening BBQ dinners, movie nights, and stargazing sessions. These activities are designed to offer fun for all ages, complementing the unique outdoor settings. Additionally, you can enjoy up to 30 per cent off room rates.

GO: Visit https://babalnojoum.com for more information.

Abu Dhabi this June

Saturday 8 June

Try The Foundry’s Summer Street Brunch

Embark on a culinary journey around the world with The Foundry’s Summer Street Brunch. This brunch offers a tour through the flavours of Japan, Italy, Korea, France, Jamaica, the UK, and more. Enjoy authentic dishes and dance to the tunes to take your brunch experience here to new heights. Available on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm. AED 235 (soft beverages), AED 345 (house beverages), AED 395 (premium grapes) and AED 595 (champagne).

GO: Visit www.southernsun.com for reservations and more information.

Abu Dhabi this June

Sunday 9 June

Catch all the action at Monster Jam

Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience with Monster Jam at Etihad Arena. Kick things off with the Monster Jam Pit Party, where you can get up close to the massive trucks and meet your favourite drivers and crews. Taking place at Etihad Arena, this unique opportunity lets you see how these 12,000-pound monsters are built and maintained, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Monster Jam — perfect for a family day out.

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.

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Monday 10 June

Enjoy an Italian lunch at Dino’s

Start your week right at Dino’s Bistro Italian, the casual Italian restaurant at Pearl Rotana Capital Centre. Featuring a variety of classic Italian dishes, along with regular a la carte options, you’ll get to enjoy a wide selection of pizzas and pasta and tons more to indulge in. Available from 12pm to 3.30pm. AED 115 (two-course meal) and AED 135 (three-course meal).

GO: Visit www.rotana.com for more information.

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Tuesday 11 June

Prepare to have fun at Mission Play by Mattel 

Make your way to the latest indoor playground in Abu Dhabi at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. Mission: Play! by Mattel offers an all-new entertainment experience, promising a day of family fun. Here, your little ones can immerse themselves in the Barbie Zone or get into the competitive spirit at the Hot Wheels Zone. And over at the MEGA Zone, they’re in for tons of creative activities that’ll keep them engaged.

GO: Follow @missionplaybymatteluae on Instagram for more information.

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Wednesday 12 June

Enjoy sips of Zodiac-inspired beverages

Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi is giving you a chance to try its unique offering: Zodiac-inspired beverages. The property invites you to a journey where mixology meets astrology, promising drinks reflecting each Zodiac sign. Using a blend of ingredients and imagination, this is your chance to indulge in sips based on your astrological sign.

GO: Visit www.hyatt.com for reservations and more information.

Abu Dhabi this June

Thursday 13 June

Immerse yourself in digital art

Indulge in an artistic Thursday and make your way to L’Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi to witness Moroccan-Spanish artist, Houda Bakkali’s digital work. This exhibition bridges virtual spaces, multimedia pieces, and augmented reality experiences, showcasing the power of digital art to transcend borders and create timeless, universal connections.

GO: Visit www.afabudhabi.org for more information.

Houda Bakkali

Friday 14 June

Watch the Euro 2024

Discover the excitement of the newly unveiled Fan Zone at PJ O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, where you can dive into the thrill of live sports games on Abu Dhabi’s largest outdoor screen. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, soak up the summer vibes, and make unforgettable memories with your favourite people.

GO: Visit https://www.eat2eat.com for reservations and more information.


Saturday 15 June

Make your way to the Mika Riviera Brunch

Indulge in an authentic Mediterranean brunch with Mika’s Riviera Brunch at Yas Marina. Enjoy Mediterranean dishes made with the freshest ingredients, served in small plates and sharing platters, ideal for a perfect day out. Available on Saturdays from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. AED 299 (soft beverages) and AED 595 (champagne).

GO: Call 056 433 1422 for reservations or more information.

Mika in Abu Dhabi

Sunday 16 June

Enjoy a Sunday Roast at The WB Abu Dhabi

Head to The Director’s Club at The WB Abu Dhabi for a hearty Sunday Roast. Choose from slow-roasted beef sirloin, herb-marinated leg of lamb, or roasted corn-fed chicken, served with rich gravy and traditional trimmings. An additional package provides you with The Director’s Salad, Burrata and prawn cocktail. From 1pm to 4pm. AED 170 (soft beverages), AED 275 (premium beverages), AED 375 (bubbly) and an additional AED 40 for the upgrade.

GO: Visit www.hilton.com for more information.

The Director's Club

Monday 17 June

Spend Eid Al Adha at Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi

Celebrate Eid Al Adha with a staycation at Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi. Book two nights or more to enjoy a 15 per cent discount on room rates and enjoy the luxury of this expansive property. You can also get an upgraded room, based on availability. Plus, you’ll also get a chance to avail 20 per cent off spa treatments, daily breakfast, and an Eid brunch.

GO: Visit www.rixos.com for more information.

Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi

Tuesday 18 June

Go stargazing in the desert

Embark on a unique stargazing experience at Al Sadeem Observatory, in collaboration with Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa. Enjoy exclusive tours featuring the Cosmic Cube space exploration exhibit. The experience includes an Astronomy Introduction, an Observatory Tour, Celestial Exploration with conventional and smart telescopes, and an Ask the Astronomer Q&A session — perfect for a family day out.

GO: Visit www.marriott.com for more information.

Al Wathba

Wednesday 19 June

Plan a summer staycation

To kick off the weekend in style, book yourself a staycation at the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island. Located beside to The Galleria Al Maryah Island, this property offers luxurious accommodations and some of the capital’s most favourite dining destinations — such as Butcher & Still, Cafe Milano and Eclipse — promising a truly wholesome experience. Plus, if you book a stay for two nights or more, you can also avail yourself a 15 per cent off on your room rate.

GO: Visit www.fourseasons.com for more information.

Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

Thursday 20 June

Enjoy a spa day at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

Indulge in a luxurious spa day at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers with their Signature AMRA Hammam treatment. This experience features the application of black soap, a full-body exfoliation, a scalp massage, and a hair-washing ritual that’ll make you feel like you’re in a new body. The treatment concludes with an aromatic application of a nourishing body balm and traditional stretching, leaving your skin glowing and revitalised.

GO: Visit www.hilton.com for more information.

Conrad Spa

Friday 21 June

Spend the weekend in Greece

Embark on a staycation at Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi Retreat. This newly-opened Greek-island-inspired property offers serene splendour, with sea views from every room and complete privacy for each guest. Enjoy unparalleled luxury and elevated hospitality in a tranquil environment this summer weekend, and treat yourself to this destination getaway.

GO: Visit www.anantara.com for more information.

Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi

Saturday 22 June

Indulge in Latin American cuisine with Barbossa

Celebrate the spirit of Los Angeles and Latin America at Barbossa’s brunch at Yas Bay Waterfront. Here, you can enjoy modern Mexican and Latin American cuisine, featuring dishes like Avocado Mango Salad, Quesadillas, and Achiote Chicken Tacos, crafted by Chef Mina Mouris Zaki. End your meal with desserts such as Homemade Tres Leches and Churros. From 1pm to 5pm. AED 249 (soft beverages) and AED 599 (champagne). 

GO: Visit https://barbossa.ae for more information. 

Barbossa Abu Dhabi this June

Sunday 23 June

Enjoy a family day out and watch Matilda The Musical

After a successful stint across the world, Matilda The Musical is coming to Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, this show tells the story of an extraordinary little girl who uses her imagination and intelligence to change the course of her life. This is one breathtaking production you won’t want to miss.

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.netfor tickets and more information.

Matilda The Musical

Monday 24 June

Celebrate Fiesta Mondays at Pearl Rotana Capital Centre

Join Fiesta Mondays at The Warehouse, Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, for a fun start to the week. Enjoy the Mexican Tapas menu — that’s sure to delight your taste buds — paired with drinks. AED 45 (Individual tapas), AED 170 (two tapas and two hours of unlimited margaritas and house beverages) and AED 210 (three tapas and two hours of unlimited margaritas and house beverages).

GO: Visit www.rotana.com for more information.

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Tuesday 25 June

Relax with an afternoon tea at Alba Lobby Lounge

Visit Alba Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal for a delightful Afternoon Tea. Here, you get to indulge in cheesecakes, tiramisu and Arabic sweets alongside savoury bites such as Reuben sandwiches and smoked salmon burgers. Pair your dining experience with a Fujian Oolong Tea or a Chamomile tea, and you’re in for a wonderful afternoon.

GO: Call 02 818 8203 for reservations and more information.

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Wednesday 26 June

Chill by the pool

Escape the city and indulge in a day of relaxation and adventure at Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa. Enjoy pool access and a choice of one 20-minute activity from Flow Rider, Archery, Horseback Riding, or Camel Riding. AED 250 per person and an additional AED 50 (sundowner experience, a glass of grapes or bubbly and a cheese platter).

GO: Visit www.marriott.com for more information.

Al Wathba

Thursday 27 June

Dine at TOTÓ Abu Dhabi 

Sport and food might not sound like a catchy combination, but it appears to have worked for tennis’ Rafael Nadal and football’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The pair are behind the culinary concept, TOTÓ Abu Dhabi, which serves fine-dining Italian food. The concept draws inspiration from 1950s Italian cinema, cinematography, and the legendary Cinema Paradiso. The menu combines traditional and creative dishes, and guests can expect clay pot casseroles and stews, plentiful pasta dishes, and meat and fish prepared in the wood-fired oven. 

GO: Visit www.totorestaurants.com for more information. 

TOTÓ Abu Dhabi

Friday 28 June

Find your zen at Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s Sense Spa

Experience tranquillity at Sense Spa located in Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Here, you can rejuvenate your mind and body with a range of treatments that honour local healing traditions. This place is a haven of relaxation with treatments designed to soothe both body and soul — and therefore, perfect to kick off the weekend.

GO: Visit www.rosewoodhotels.com for more information.

Sense Spa Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Saturday 29 June

Partake in a Greek Saturday brunch

Enjoy a Greek-Mediterranean Saturday brunch at Éla Éla and indulge in dishes like Grilled Octopus and Chicken Souvla, alongside mezze such as Tzatziki and Harissa Labneh. With temperatures soaring, this light food — that’s guaranteed to fill your heart — is the perfect choice. Available on Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm. AED 275 (soft beverages), AED 350 for (premium beverages), and AED 450 (champagne). 

GO: Visit www.elaela.ae for more information.

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Sunday 30 June

Make your way to Saadiyat Beach Club for its Vilebrequin pop-up

To wrap up the month, head to the FACT award-winning Saadiyat Beach Club. It has teamed up with renowned French swimwear brand Vilebrequin for a summer takeover, transforming the club into a slice of the French Riviera. Enjoy the brand’s designs alongside culinary delights at Safina Restaurant, which features fresh seafood and cocktails.

GO: Visit www.saadiyatbeachclub.ae for more information.

Saadiyat Beach Club Vilebrequin

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