From fitness to spa dates, ladies nights and more, Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer for women in the capital
Look, it’s just like Beyoncé told us: girls run the world, and ain’t that the truth.
So whether you’re a businesswoman, a mum, a fitness fan or all three, this feature is for you.
We’ve rounded up all the best deals, ladies nights, meet ups and exclusive offers to
show you what your capital has to offer, specifically tailored to you.
With a separate timetable and studios just for the ladies, Primal Gym has plenty in store for ladies wanting to hit the gym. Choose from classes including Body Pump, Pilates, yoga and more. AED 65 for one class. Al Amaya Towers, Al Reem Island. Times vary. Visit: facebook.com/primal.ae
For a totally man-free workout, head to Fitness First Al Seef Mall. The whole gym is ladies-only, with weight training and machines, plus plenty of classes and an outdoor pool. From AED 899 per month. Off Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. Sat–Thu 6am–11pm, Fri 7am–9pm. Contact: 02 641 4049, uae.fitnessfirstme.com
Fitness freaks looking to amp up their workout routine can head to Yas Ladies at CrossFit Yas, which offers metcon, CrossFit, boxing classes and more in a ladies-only studio, with plenty of time slots and classes to choose from. From AED 950 per month. Yas Marina, Yas Island. Times vary. Contact:02 583 2380, vfuae.com
Shake up your fitness routine with belly dancing lessons from Desert Shakti. This strictly women-only class runs every Tuesday and Saturday and teaches the techniques of the Middle Eastern dance style alongside blasting some serious fat. AED 75 for one class. Aurora Events, 16th Floor, Lulu Center Building, Salam Street. From 7pm. Visit: facebook.com/desertshakti
Want to get fit for free? GoYas runs weekly every Wednesday for a unique experience on the Formula 1 track. Walk, run or cycle the iconic 5.55km circuit for an al fresco fitness boost. Free. Yas Island. 6pm–9pm. Visit: yasmarinacircuit.com
Get some extra spring in your step with Bounce Al Ain’s ladies night promotion. Every Wednesday, bounce off the walls, shoot some hoops and play trampoline dodgeball
with awesome tunes and an all-female crew. AED 80 for one hour. Remal Mall, Khalid Bin Sultan Street, Al Ain. 6pm–10pm. Contact: 04 321 1400, bounce.ae
For some much-needed you-time, Eden Spa offers ladies-only mornings three days a week. Enjoy free rein of the pool, Jacuzzi, hammam pool and steam room in peace and quiet, as well as massages, facials and more. From AED 156. Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, near Abu Dhabi Mall. Sat, Sun, Tue 8.30am–11.30am. Contact: 02 644 6666, lemeridienabudhabi.com
If you fancy a secluded spot, ESPA is the perfect place to unwind. This grand spa features separate entrances and relaxation facilities for ladies, including a plunge pool, steam room, sauna and pool. Prices vary. Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. 10am–10pm. Contact: 02 818 8051, ritzcarlton.com
For sun-chasers, Saadiyat Beach Club’s special promotion for ladies on Mondays and Tuesdays could be the perfect antidote to mid-week slumps. Enjoy the beach and pool facilities for the whole day at a special discounted rate. AED 90. Saadiyat Island. From 8am. Contact: 02 656 3500, saadiyatbeachclub.ae
Groups and meetups
Keep in the know of all the capital gossip and intel with ladies-only Facebook page
Abu Dhabi Lifestylers. The group is run for women, by women in Abu Dhabi and features discussions, questions from users and a female online safe space. Search for Abu Dhabi Lifestylers on Facebook.
Want to discuss current women’s issues alongside some of the capital’s bright minds? The Abu Dhabi Sisterhood and Empowerment meetup could be for you. Connect with like-minded ladies over coffee mornings and other social events and set the world to rights. Visit: bit.ly/2grxPfH
Mums and mums-to-be
Founded in 1994, Abu Dhabi Mums was originally established by a group of four mums that met each week for a natter. Although the group is also open for dads, it’s still a great resource for mums of Abu Dhabi. Sign up and you’ll get access to the group’s regular meetups and social events, as well as sessions for little ones. Visit: abudhabimums.ae
Aiming to educate and inspire mums at all stages, the Mama Bear Club is a community initiative. Find new friends here, plus social events and information sessions. Visit: facebook.com/themamabearclubuae
Meet like-minded ladies and chat all things corporate at the International Business Women’s Group. The non-profit group meets monthly for networking events, workshops and socials between September and June, with talks from experts to help develop your career. AED 300 for annual membership. Locations and times vary. Visit: ibwgabudhabi.org
With breakfast meetings, social events, networking sessions and even golf on the schedule, the Abu Dhabi Professional Women meetup offers businesswomen of the capital a chance to meet some new faces in relaxed surroundings. Locations and times vary. Visit: bit.ly/2gPeAtm
Thrill-seeking females will love the ladies night promotion at Yas Waterworld where you can take over the park every Thursday night. Enjoy live music, aqua Zumba, and the park’s 40 slides for an adrenaline-packed evening out. From AED 210. Yas Island. 6pm–11pm. Visit: yaswaterworld.com
Head to Wadi Adventure for even more action on Thursdays with the park’s bi-monthly ladies night. Try your hand at whitewater rafting, kayaking, surfing and an adventure park, plus music, dance and more. AED 99, supplement for activities. Off E95, Al Ain. 5pm–10pm. Contact: 03 781 8422, wadiadventure.ae
Around Abu Dhabi
If you visit Al Wahda Mall, the shopping centre has a special promotion for ladies on Tuesdays. Enjoy exclusive deals and promotional discounts while you shop ‘til your heart’s content. Hazza Bin Zayed Street. 10am–3pm. Visit: alwahda-mall.com
Sick of getting a bad parking spot? Ladies get parking perks around the capital with conveniently located designated pink bays. You can find them on the Corniche, Liwa Street near the World Trade Center Mall, off Fatima Bint Mubarak Street near Le Royal Méridien, Al Wahda Mall and many other places.
The feeling’s right
It’s ladies night – so here are just a few of the capital’s options, and we’ve found one for each night of the week.
Sunday: Get retro with 80s and 90s tunes at Iris’ Bring It All Back night each week. Ladies can enjoy complimentary drinks all evening and a nostalgia dance fest. Yas Marina, Yas Island. From 9pm. Contact: 055 160 5636, facebook.com/irisyasisland
Monday: It’s Empress night at Empire, and ladies get free entry plus complimentary drinks all night while DJ Kaboo is on the decks for some great tunes. Yas Viceroy, Yas Island. From 11pm. Contact: 02 656 0000, facebook.com/yasviceroy
Tuesday: Enjoy 360-degree views at the Kiss and Tell night at Stratos. Ladies get free beverages from 8pm while resident DJ Lola Nova spins the tracks. Le Royal Méridien, Khalifa Street. 8pm–11pm. Contact: 02 674 2020, leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Wednesday: Women can enjoy free flow selected beverages and 50 percent off food at Barfly’s Aphrodite night. Venetian Village, Khor Al Maqtaa. 6pm–midnight. Contact: 056 177 7557, facebook.com/barflyabudhabi
Thursday: Go Italian at Carluccio’s at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade and you’ll get three free beverages plus 50 percent off the special promotional menu. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. 6pm–9.45pm. Contact: 02 441 3814, facebook.com/carlucciosme
Friday: Gather your squad for an evening of chinwags and chatter at Cooper’s, with free beverages for two hours at this casual pub. Park Rotana, next to Khalifa Park. 8pm–10pm. Contact: 02 657 3325, rotanatimes.com
Saturday: Head to Cho Gao to wind down the weekend with your gal pals for three complimentary beverages. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street. 7pm–11pm. Contact: 02 616 6149, facebook.com/chogaoasianexperience