How to be a Galentine in Abu Dhabi

Galentine’s Day is a great reason to reach out to your friends and say: No matter what, I got you! These are some of the fun things happening around Abu Dhabi that you can crash with your galpals or your single self.

Assala Nasri

Assala Nasri

words: Ipshita Sharma


Assala live
For Arabic pop music lovers, the Abu Dhabi Cultural Programme is bringing quite a treat. On Valentine’s Day, head to a concert by Syria’s beautiful Assala Nasri and shake your booty!

AED 250-500, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, 14th February, 7.30pm. For tickets visit: or buy directly from the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation


The BYOF Brunch

Bring Your Own Friends Brunch by AppaloosaThis Bring Your Own Friends Brunch by Appaloosa launches on Valentine’s Day and features sharing platters of pub-grub and unlimited house beverages for four hours. More friends on your table, the less you pay! Look forward to games such as hop pong, pool table and a live band.

AED 222 per person for groups larger than 10 people, AED 249 for individual bookings Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, every Friday from 1pm-5pm. Contact: 02 201 4131 or email:


Save a life

Fitforlife Vet

Make this day even more special by adopting a friend for life. There are so many pets that have been abandoned across the country and is there any better love than a furry mate? The adoption day at Fitforlife Vet that is run by Adopt a Cat is a great place to look for a cute soul mate.

Fitforlife Vets, Al Karamah area, opposite Umm El Emarat Park, 14th February. Contact: 02 585 7633


Get healthy…

The Ripe Market Abu Dhabi

For the those who prefer picnics in the park, take your mates to The Ripe Market the day after Valentine’s and avoid the couples that were out the night before. Enjoy some yoga, walk around the stalls, tuck in at the food trucks and enjoy the beauty of the greenery.

10 AED park entry, Umm Al Emarat Park, 15th February, 3pm. Visit:

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