Abu Dhabi major events calendar

Film festival, art festival, camel festival, food festival and much more

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FIFA Under-17 World Cup
October 17 – November 8, 2013
By the time the Grand Prix comes around, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup will be in its final stages – get involved and see the stars of tomorrow, today!

Abu Dhabi Film Festival
October 24 – November 2, 2013
Dovetail your Grand Prix experience with a trip to the Abu Dhabi Film Festival – an exciting programme showcasing the best Arab filmmaking alongside the cream of world cinema.

Abu Dhabi Art
November 20 – 23, 2013
A popular art fair and a modern and contemporary art platform with public programmes, Abu Dhabi Art brings together leading art galleries from across the world at the UAE Pavilion and Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island.

Coutts Polo at the Palace
November 20 – 23, 2013
Coutts Polo at the Palace takes place at the Emirates Palace hotel with a ‘Palace Rules’ concept designed by the world’s best players to enhance the spectator experience.

Al Ain Aerobatic Show
November 30 – December 2, 2013
Celebrate UAE National Day at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2013 and watch the world’s top aerobatic pilots compete in three disciplines of air racing in airplanes, helicopters and gliders.

The Life & Style Show, UAE
December 5 – 7, 2013
This inaugural lifestyle show will feature seven individual events: Speed & Power, Home & Living, Fashion & Beauty, Gizmos, Gadgets & Tech, Sport & Leisure, Toys, Hobbies & Games and Luxury Property & Build.

Al Dhafrah Camel Festival
December 14 – 28, 2013
Held in Madinat Zayed in Abu Dhabi’s Al Gharbia (Western) region – with prizes of more than AED46 million (US $12.5 million) up for grabs – this annual festival offers an intriguing insight into the relationship between the ship of the desert and man in Emirati society. There’s even the world’s only camel beauty contest!
www.algharbia.ae and www.algharbiafestivals.com

Mubadala World Tennis Championship
December 26 – 28, 2013
Six of the world’s top ten players – including Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, and US Open, Olympic and Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray – are set to compete for a ‘winner takes all’ prize of US $250,000. Ace!
www.mubadalawtc.com and www.thinkflash.ae

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
January 16 – 19, 2014
Expect the unexpected as the European Tour’s annual curtain-raiser tees off at Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s National Course. Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Abu Dhabi’s own record-breaking ambassador Matteo Manassero are already confirmed. Fore!

Gourmet Abu Dhabi
February 4 – 19, 2014
This ‘lifestyle gastronomic extravaganza’ features a star-studded cast of Michelin-star chefs and special guests, master classes, industry insights from hospitality experts, and Chateau and gourmet dinners hosted by a range of the UAE capital’s top hotels.

Red Bull Air Race
February 28 – March 1, 2014
After a three-year hiatus, the high-flying Red Bull Air Race World Championship returns to Abu Dhabi’s skies for the opening round of a seven-race calendar in 2014. The world’s premier pilots will lock wings over the UAE capital’s signature Corniche beachfront in two days of exhilarating daredevil displays.

Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

March 15, 2014
This annual event attracts the world’s best triathletes and international amateurs for a race contested across three distances.

And pencil this mega event into your plans for next year…

Volvo Ocean Race – The Abu Dhabi Stopover
December 17, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Abu Dhabi is the host of the third 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race stopover from mid-December 2014 until January 3, 2015. The In-Port Race takes place on January 2, 2015, with the fleet departing for Sanya, China the following day. The stopover, which coincides with the New Year 2015 holiday, features a fan-friendly Destination Village activation on the Corniche breakwater and multiple concert and entertainment offerings.

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