This is the ultimate guide to celebrating this Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha is here and it’s time to celebrate, be thankful and spend quality time with loved ones.

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With a long weekend at our disposal, it’s the perfect time of year to get out of the house, meet friends, spoil the family and enjoy all Abu Dhabi has to offer.

With fun entertainment, incredible food deals and staycation offers, here’s our pick of what’s going on in the capital over the next few days.

Fun for the whole family
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Yas Marina

Start your Eid holiday with a bang at Yas Marina where celebrations start at 7pm on the first day of Eid. DJs set the mood while you enjoy live entertainment in the form of roaming circus performers such as stilt-walkers, fire-eaters and glow dancers. Meanwhile, families can take part in games like a hula-hoop challenge, glow stick ring toss, flashlight limbo and florescent face painting. There’s also plenty of food on offer from the marina’s seven restaurants and visiting food trucks, and you can even book an evening cruise with Captain Tony’s to get the best seat in the house to watch the fireworks, which start at 9m. Yas Island. From 7pm. Contact: yasmarina.ae

The Galleria

You can enjoy a slew of activities and entertainment for the Eid holidays at The Galleria. The shopping centre will come alive from 31st August to 3rd September with themed cultural activities, a hospitality area with dates and gahwa, or Arabic coffee, and arts and crafts for the youngsters daily from 3pm to 9pm. Visitors can also catch a traditional calligrapher daily from 4pm and watch stunning 3D floor art come to life from 1st to 3rd September. Al Maryah Island. Contact: 02 677 7271, thegalleria.ae

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

Combining back-to-school and Eid Al Adha celebrations, this mall will be packed with activities and promotions until 11th September. Spend over AED 250 at any store, or over AED 600 at Carrefour, and be in with a chance to win a Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit. Don’t forget to stop by and say hi to the Angry Birds flock, too, at the themed activation zone for little ones and families. Baniyas East. Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-1am. Visit: bawabatalsharqmall.ae

The Mall WTCAD

With celebrations from 1st to 3rd September, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi will come alive with its Eid Carnival featuring live entertainment including a performance by Arab star Hamada Helal on 1st September. You can also expect a famous Italian kids’ circus, acrobatic acts, giant puppets, parades, a mascot orchestra and stage shows. There’s also a slew of Arabic entertainment including Ayala dancers, a Dabke show and an Egyptian Tanoura dancer. Free. Khalifa Street. Daily 3.30pm-10pm. Contact: facebook.com/wtcad 

Yas Marina Circuit

The city’s racetrack has extended its summer offer so you can have an adrenaline-fuelled Eid. Get behind the wheel of a supercar or sit in the passenger seat for a motoring experience around the circuit with the DriveYAS Experiences. Choose from an Aston Martin GT4, Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar F-type S Coupe or Formula Yas 3000 or get behind the wheel of a Chevy Camaro for the Drag Experience. Until 2nd Sept. 50 percent discount on Drag Experience, 25 percent discount on DriveYAS Experiences. From AED 325. Prior booking required. Yas Island. Contact: 800 927, yasmarinacircuit.com

Food glorious food

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The Terrace on the Corniche

Take your pick of fine foods from live interactive cooking stations, with seafood, sushi, foie gras, grilled meats and much more on display. Aside from a selection of specially prepared Middle Eastern dishes, you can waltz in and out of three rooms dedicated just for desserts, cheese and chocolate. 1st Sept. From AED 275+++ with soft drinks. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 694 4553, restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com

InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Several of the restaurants at this hotel are offering their own unique Eid promotion from brunch to dinner. Choose from Lebanese restaurant Byblos Sur Mer with live entertainment and kids’ activities, Italian spot Circo (pictured, above) offering a set menu for lunch and dinner, and more. Prices and times vary. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, Al Bateen. Contact: 02 666 6888, dining-intercontinental-ad.ae

Printania

Step inside this opulent, gold and velvet-adorned hotel for an international spread served from a buffet and live cooking stations. Bring the whole family and your friends and take advantage of dining deals. Pay for one and you’ll get another free, plus kids below six eat for free and kids over six dine at half price. 1st-2nd Sept. AED 180 per person. Royal Rose, Sheikh Zayed the First Street. Contact: 02 672 4000, printania@royalrosehotel.com

Cascade Dining

Yas Mall’s extensive dining area will be filled with live Arabic performances daily from 1st to 3rd September. Watch traditional Emirati dances including folkloric dance and Ayatollah dancing taking place every hour on the hour between 2pm and 8pm in the vicinity of the 21 dining outlets, including Dish Dash, Boubouffe, Cafe Bateel and Bucca di Beppo. Restaurants are open until 1am so  you can watch the dancing fountains while enjoying good food with friends and family. It’s also your last chance to take part in the #SayYas campaign where one winner will win the grand prize of one million dirhams. Spend over AED 400 at any of the Cascade Dining restaurants before 9th September for your chance to win. Contact: cascadedining.ae

Sambusek

Head to Rosewood Abu Dhabi for a special menu served for lunch and dinner on the two days of Eid. The set menu, priced at AED 195, includes popular dishes from the Lebanese restaurant’s menu including mezzeh, ouzi, mixed grills and more. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. Contact: 02 813 5552, abudhabi.dining@rosewoodhotels.com

Make a getaway

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Dana Jebel Dhanna Resort

Turn your long weekend into a mini vacation at this beautiful resort. Rates start from AED 499++ and include buffet breakfast at the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant, Tides. While away the weekend relaxing by the pool, strolling along the 800 metres of beach or getting your adrenaline fix with watersports like snorkelling and tubing. You’ll also get 20 percent off food and beverage and 25 percent off wellness and spa treatments during your stay. Valid 30th Aug-9th Sept. Ruwais, Western Region. Contact: 02 801 2222, reservations.jebeldhanna@danathotels.com

Al Raha Beach Hotel

Grab the little ones and enjoy a family escape from the city without having to trek too far. With packages starting from AED 613++ per night, you can enjoy breakfast for two adults and two children under the age of six, plus 20 percent off your bill in the hotel’s dining outlets and a variety of treatments in the Body and Soul Recreation Club. Take advantage of the facilities including a private beach, outdoor pools, hydro massage pool and fitness centre, while the little ones take part in games and activities including face painting. Al Raha Beach, off E10. Contact: 02 508 0555, info.alraha@danathotels.com

Aloft Al Ain

Why not use the long weekend to explore Al Ain? Visit sites like the birthplace of HH President Sheikh Khalifa, Qasr Al Muwaiji, or stay cool at waterpark Wadi Adventure, then rest your head at the stylish Aloft Al Ain. Enjoy 20 percent off prepaid rates and 50 percent off additional rooms, breakfast at Olive Tree, late check-out and free meals for children. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Complex, Al Towayya. Contact: 03 713 8888, aloftalain.com

Tilal Liwa

Head over to the Empty Quarter for a serene getaway at this hidden gem of a hotel. The desert resort offers a relaxing Eid getaway with a breakfast package priced at AED 599+++ or breakfast and dinner package at AED 749+++. Contact: 800 854 6835, danathotels.com

Mirfa Hotel

Escape to the historic fishing town of Mirfa in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region for a peaceful night’s stay with a choice of bed and breakfast or half board. The stay includes accommodation for two adults and up to two children aged below 12 years, as well as breakfast, or two meals with half board. 30th Aug-3rd Sept. From AED 425. Western Region. Contact: 02 895 3009, rsvn@mirfahotel.com

Liwa Hotel

Perched on a hill overlooking the oasis of Liwa, this serene hotel offers a great Eid escape. Book an overnight stay with breakfast for AED 425 or half board for AED 475. Bring the family along as the package includes two adults and two children below 12 years old, with kids between six and 11 also getting a 50 percent discount on meals. 30th Aug-3rd Sept. Contact: 02 894 3009, rsvn@liwahotel.net

Centro Capital Centre

You can still enjoy an Eid getaway while staying within a reasonable budget. Head over to the exhibition area for a stay at this comfortable but affordable hotel where you can stay overnight from AED 333+++, including a special Eid brunch on 1st September at c.taste, the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant, 20 percent off food and drinks and a complimentary room upgrade. Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, next to Adnec. Contact: 02 409 6666, rotanatimes.com

Sofitel Abu Dhabi

Enjoy a getaway on the Corniche at this skyscraper of a hotel offering beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf. If you stay during Eid Al Adha, you can take advantage of 30 percent off treatments at SoSPA and 30 percent off your dining bill during your stay. From AED 495 with breakfast. Valid 31st Aug-4th Sept. Corniche East. Contact: 02 813 7777, sofitel.com

Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae

And don’t forget to tag us in your photos at @adwuae on Twitter and Instagram and @abudhabiworld on Facebook – who knows, you might even be featured in the magazine!

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