Looking for ways to entertain the family over the next few months? Yas Island has you covered with its season of live events and shows
Attracting even more attention than usual, Yas Island is playing host to a plethora of events from now until the end of the year, with over 20 events taking place on the island. With a schedule featuring international sporting events, comedy shows, world premieres and returning favourites, the packed schedule is almost as diverse as the city itself. The calendar includes exclusive events to the UAE and Yas Island.
“There’s a real mix, from free community gatherings to marquee events like the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,” Gerardo explains.
“With Abu Dhabi being home to such a wide number of nationalities, we want everyone in the city to be catered to and have at least one event they would love to attend on Yas Island this year.”
So what events are coming up?
After appearing in more than 60 countries and completing mind-blowing stunts and tricks for more than a million fans, Nitro Circus live is touching down in Abu Dhabi to perform on a Formula 1 track for the very first time.
The action sport collective is led by legendary motorsport rider Travis Pastrana, a man who made headlines in 2007 by jumping out of an aeroplane without a parachute in a death-defying stunt.
Taking over Yas Marina Circuit with unbelievable world firsts, riders will aim to defy belief with various stunts and tricks on the signature 40ft Giganta Ramp aboard BMXs, motocross and even customised rides like snow mobiles and shopping trolleys.
What crazy stunts will the group have in store for the capital? You’ll have to wait and see. From AED 250. Yas Marina Circuit. 7pm. Visit: tixbox.com
Cartoon Network Live
Fancy a world premiere? Some of the most popular children’s characters from TV shows such as Ben 10, The Powderpuff Girls and Adventure Time are Abu Dhabi-bound with a brand new show.
Hosted at du Forum, Cartoon Network Live will make its stage debut with an interactive show following the story of Kelvin Gizmo, a scientist extraordinaire, who will lead the audience to the world of Cartoon Network, which is under threat from the evil robot Zarr.
Journeying through the Land of Ooo, the city of Townsville and Elmore, the audience will have to play their part to help save their favourite characters from the impending doom. From AED 75. du Forum. Times vary. Visit: ticketmaster.ae
Festival of Lights
Celebrating the Hindu festival of lights, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be transforming its iconic interior with vibrant colours and lights to commemorate Diwali. Visitors can enjoy live music, themed attractions and activities. AED 275 for one-day adult ticket. 11am-8pm. Visit: ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Yas Marina Boat Festival
If setting sail on Abu Dhabi’s waters floats your boat (sorry), then you can check out a wide range of second hand boats and watercrafts for sale as well as jet-skis, waterspouts equipment and more at the returning Yas Marina Boat Festival.
If you don’t know anything about sailing and yachting but are intrigued, this could be the perfect place to find out more. Free. Yas Marina. 2pm-9pm. Visit: yasmarina.ae/boatfestival
Taste of Abu Dhabi
Returning to du Arena, the capital’s favourite al fresco food, drink and music festival, Taste of Abu Dhabi, will be serving up a treat for foodies and families.
On the menu over the three days, you can expect to get a taste for some of the best restaurants in the city including Tamba, Sho Cho and Flooka alongside newcomers Loca, Café Sushi and more.
Leading by example and adding star power to the occasion, celebrity chefs Jenny Morris, Reza Mahammad, Shelina Permalloo and Sanjeev Kapoor will be making appearances across the weekend to give live cooking demonstrations and meet fans. Visitors can also take part in cooking challenges while little ones can play games and take part in activities in the dedicated children’s section.
Opening the festival with a live performance on 9th November, former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley will take to the stage, giving visitors the opportunity to celebrate the start of the weekend by singing along to 80s classics like ‘Gold’, ‘True’ and ‘Through the Barricades’. From AED 80. du Arena. Times vary. Visit: tasteabudhabi.com
Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The hottest event of the year is back for the ninth year with the season-closing championship at Yas Marina Circuit.
With the final race taking place on Sunday 26th November, ticket holders can ramp up the excitement by watching the qualification and practice rounds on 23rd and 24th respectively, and attending the family-friendly Formula 1 Village packed with themed entertainment and activities.
We’ll be bringing you a dedicated supplement on all things to do with the race and all the community events that go with it closer to the time, so stay tuned for more details. For more information, visit: yasalam.ae
As part of the Formula 1 festivities, Yasalam will feature live entertainment from stellar acts after each day of racing.
This year’s line-up includes P!nk, Calvin Harris and Mumford and Sons – one more act is yet to be confirmed – performing on different nights as part of the concert series, which is exclusive to Formula 1 race ticket holders.
Taking residency in du Forum for three nights, a new EDM event has been launched during the race weekend. Beyond The Track will see international DJs Martin Garrix, Carl Cox and Tiësto bring the beats to Yas Island from 24th to 26th November. From AED 395. du Forum. 10pm. Visit: tixbox.com
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The Smurfs Live On Stage
If you’re feeling blue then join The Smurfs as they take to the stage in Abu Dhabi for the first time at du Forum with Smurfs Save Spring. Join the blue-hued gang as they transform the wintery breeze into a colourful spring with vibrant sets and sing-along music helping bring the show to life.
Performing as part of the UAE’s 46th National Day celebrations, eight of your favourite Smurf characters will be making an appearance, including Papa Smurf and Smurfette, to take you on an adventure. From AED 95. du Forum. Times vary. Visit: tixbox.com
Making his Abu Dhabi debut with his Around The World tour, South African comedian and New York Times bestselling author Trevor Noah will be bringing his signature stand-up to du Forum for one night only.
The comedian has become a household name across the Atlantic after taking the reins from John Stewart on the award-winning Daily Show.
The polyglot speaks Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Afrikaans, as well as a bit of German and Spanish – but don’t worry, he’ll be performing in English, bringing his unique brand of cutting edge comedy back to the UAE after a sold-out performance at Dubai Comedy Festival in 2015. From AED 395. du forum. 8.30pm. Visit: ticketmaster.ae
If you’ve ever wanted to have a snowball fight in Abu Dhabi, here’s your chance.
Bringing the action-packed events season to a close during the festive period, the Winterland Carnival will take over du Forum at the end of the year.
With a snow park, a funfair packed with games and activities and a horde of UAE-based food trucks, it’s sure to be fun for the whole family.
Still want more? You can visit the Let it Snow event at Yas Marina from 8th to 16th December with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, winter market and festive activities, and visit Yas Mall Town Square from 21st December to 6th January for even more themed events during the festive season. Visit: yasisland.ae
MORE DATES FOR THE DIARY
FIFA Club World Cup Road Show
Building excitement ahead of the kick-off on 6th December, this road show gives footie fans the chance to take part in skill games and meet the mascot for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup. Free. Yas Mall. 10am-10pm. Visit: yasmall.ae
Grab your trainers and join this annual event in support of Imperial College London Diabetes Centre and help raise awareness of diabetes in the UAE. Free. Yas Marina Circuit. 3pm. Visit: yasisland.ae
Gulf 12 hours
This epic endurance race will see 25 cars from 18 teams go head-to-head for two rounds of six-hour blocks of racing in supercars including Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche and Maserati. From AED 25. Yas Marina Circuit. Times vary. Visit: gulf12hours.com
THAT’S NOT ALL FOLKS!
Okay, there’s plenty to be excited about for the year ahead, but 2018 on Yas Island is going to be pretty special, too.
We’re not just talking about the tenth anniversary of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which promises to be the biggest one yet (so we’ve been told).
The 1.65m square foot Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi theme park will open doors with 29 rides, shows and attractions packed with world famous characters, including Batman, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny and The Flintstones.
And, breaking two world records with one venue, CLYMB will open up next year with the world’s largest flight chamber and tallest indoor climbing wall.
For more information, visit: yasisland.ae
WORDS Colin Armstrong