2020: What’s Coming to Abu Dhabi?
2020 promises to be a landmark year in many respects, most notably since many anticipated attractions, events, and concerts are lined up for our entertainment, and we’ve rounded up a few that you can look forward to.
The AED12 billion project, featuring an indoor arena that can accommodate up to 18,000, is finally due to open. The date is TBC though it’s likely that the goal is to have everything up and running in time for the Grand Prix (and all the events that go with it) in November.
Expected offerings include approximately 37 restaurants and cafes, 19 retail outlets and The Waterfront, complete with pier – cue nostalgia from South Africans.
The world’s largest (obviously) snow park – Snow Abu Dhabi – is set to open on Reem Island in 2020. To give an idea of its sheer scope, it’s four times the size of Ski Dubai, and will offer 13 rides and attractions. Count us in!
Triathlon Al Hudayriat
Al Hudayriat Island has been considered one of the capital’s most valuable fitness additions so it’s no surprise that it is set to an annual triathlon in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Competitor can enter for a choice of several distances and each course offers protected swims, roomy transition areas and a looped bike course free of traffic.
Date: 31 January – 1 February
The National Aquarium
Following the trend of going big or going home, The National Aquarium (said to be the largest in the Middle East), home to 33,000 animals, will be part of the new dining and entertainment destination Al Qana.
Abu Dhabi Book Fair
It’s back! The Abu Dhabi Book Fair is the place to be for members of the publishing industry, featuring celebrated authors and – book nerds rejoice – discounted books! Literature lovers have a chance to meet some of their favourite authors and illustrators and artists create work on the spot, while publishers have the chance to network and spot new talent.
Date: 15-21 April
LIVE MUSIC EVENTS
Abu Dhabi Classics
Running from 28 January – 7 February, the 2020 season of Abu Dhabi Classics will welcome an awesome mix of global musical talent to appear across several venues in the emirate. Performers include French pianists David Fray and Lisa de la Salle, the prestigious Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Lebanese superstar Magida El Roumi, and rising Egyptian singer Sanaa Nabil.
Date: 28 January – 7 February
Ultra Abu Dhabi
The Ultra Worldwide electronic music festival will make it’s Middle Eastern debut as part of Abu Dhabi Music Week, which runs from 1-14 March. The UAE now joins more than 20 countries that host this multi-venue event, which started with the first Ultra Europe in Split, Croatia back in 2013.
The multinational artist line-up includes Swedish musician Eric Prydz and fellow countryman Alesso, Grammy-nominated DJ Snake and three-time Grammy winner Zedd as well as multi-platinum Dutch artist Afrojack. Tickets for Ultra Abu Dhabi are now on sale and prices star from Dhs480.
Dates: 5-6 March
Price: Tickets start from AED480
NEW RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS
Fouquet’s at Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island is set to become a dining destination too. Just as Parisian brasserie Fouquet celebrates 120 years in business, it will make its UAE debut next year.
The Noodle House
The Noodle House will expand into Abu Dhabi in 2020. Its first restaurant in the capital will be located in currently-under-construction Reem Mall on Reem Island.
Fairmont Marina Abu Dhabi
From March residents will be able to visit the hotel and experience breath taking seaside and Corniche views. The hotel also boasts a private beach and dive centre and the serviced apartments are said to come with child care and private chefs.