Aloha Abu Dhabi Festival Returns To Al Raha Beach From 13-17 February

The annual Aloha Raha beach festival is back by popular demand on 13-17 February. Abu Dhabi’s highly anticipated beach lifestyle event is promising more family-fun activities, sports and entertainment than ever. Brought to you by Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar) the five-day festival offers families a fun-filled festival with free live family entertainment, a host of children’s activities and watersports, and over 40 new and exciting food and retail “pop-up” stands.

Returning to the capital for the third year in a row, Aloha Abu Dhabi is hosted at Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Abu Dhabi’s first waterfront retail development at Al Raha Beach. Taking its name from the Hawaiian word that means a heartfelt greeting and welcome, Aloha Abu Dhabi reflects Al Raha’s warm and welcoming spirit.

For water lovers, Aloha Abu Dhabi has partnered with luxury water transport company Jalboot to offer a wide range of enjoyable water sports activities, including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and paddle boating, plus unforgettable inflatable donut or banana boat rides. Jalboot will be also be providing tranquil, picturesque waterway transportation from Abu Dhabi Mall to the festival, costing AED 50 per person for a return trip.

‘Movies Under The Stars’

This Valentine’s Day, Yas Marina welcomes loved ones for an unforgettable evening of moments shared with ‘Movies Under The Stars’.  Open to the public, and free to attend; guests visiting Yas Marina can catch screenings of widely loved classics such as ‘Notting Hill‘ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ under a canopy of stars. Those looking for a truly romantic evening can enrich their experience and enjoy a cruise over glistering waters with Safwa Marine, followed by lively conversations over an intimate dinner at Cipriani.

Visiting guests can dine before or after the movie showings, with a variety of vibrant Yas Marina restaurant and bars offering an extensive range of diverse cuisines for every taste. Signature a la carte experiences will be available, as well as special Valentine’s Day menus and highlights from Cipriani Yas Island, Café D’Alsace and Aquarium. For the unattached the ladies night offerings at Iris and Stars ‘n’ Bars are the perfect place to dodge cupid’s arrow.

New Chefs Set To Shake Up Dining Scene At The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Two culinary maestros have joined The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi.

Olivier Belliard, the new Executive Chef, is overseeing all F&B outlets at the five-star hotel, while Ramasawmy Jayada has been hired as Chef de Cuisine at fine-dining steakhouse 55&5th, The Grill.

Belliard’s career has taken him to Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris and Normandy, as well as deluxe five-star hotels around the world, including The St. Regis San Francisco and The St. Regis Mauritius. Born in France, he has two decades of experience in the culinary field, plus a master’s degree in hospitality management from New York’s prestigious Cornell University.

“There are many things happening. Early next year, we will revamp the menu at 55&5th, The Grill and create some new dishes for Sontaya, without deviating from its successful Thai-Chinese fusion style,” he said.

The Galleria On Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi Adds An Artistic Flair To Its Chinese New Year Festivities

The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is excited to invite art enthusiasts of Abu Dhabi to meet acclaimed Chinese paper cutting artist Yuan Chengxiang. The prominent paper cutting artist will be showcasing a selection of unique pieces at the luxury shopping and dining destination, from February 13th to 26th, throughout opening hours.

The 63-year-old artist has travelled the world showcasing his special talent for the last 40 years through his role as the director of Chengdu Folk Artists Association. The art of paper cutting is one of the most important types of Chinese folk art and is steeped within the country’s culture and history. This intricate art form of creating paper cut portraits of people originated in China around AD 100. Symbolizing luck and happiness, paper-cutting tends to use red paper as the colour is associated with festivities and happiness in Far Eastern culture.

The art exhibition launches the Chinese New Year celebrations at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, ahead of a weekend of oriental themed activity. From February 15th – 17th, family and friends will enjoy an array of events, from traditional Chinese dances, to vibrant performances from the Far East and a delicious food market with an impressive firework display at 9pm on 16th February.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Launches ‘Journey To Wellness’ Package

With reports that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi has given guests an extra reason to stick to their healthy goals by launching a brand new ‘Journey to Wellness’ package for 2018. Featuring a tailored personal training session, a pampering sports massage, nutritious meals and snacks and a choice of exhilarating fitness classes, combined with a luxury overnight stay, the immersive package has been created especially for wellness warriors looking for an Abu Dhabi staycation.

Located atop a Formula 1 race-track, overlooking the iconic Yas Marina, and home to an impressive range of recreation and leisure facilities, Yas Viceroy offers the ideal luxury spa and fitness retreat on Yas Island. Those booking the ‘Journey to Wellness’ package will check into one of the hotel’s luxurious Deluxe Suites, boasting marina or circuit views complete with a delicious welcome pack of healthy in-room snacks for that guilt-free energy boost.

Inside The Louvre Abu Dhabi – CNN Documentary

When the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors, it was the culmination of 10 years’ work and the fulfilment of the UAE’s lofty cultural ambitions.

The spectacular building is the vision of award-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Its centrepiece, a dome made from 7,850 unique stars, creates a ‘rain of light’ that dances across the museum interior.

Louvre Abu Dhabi boasts more than 600 artworks, spanning myriad cultures and periods, including 300 masterpieces on loan from other institutions, including famous works from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse and Edouard Manet.

Through this documentary, CNN tells the story of the creation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and takes viewers inside the museum for the first time.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi February Promotions And Event Listings

55&5th, The Grill

Valentine’s Day

Exceed all expectations this February 14thwith an exclusive dining experience at signature venue 55&5th, The Grill. You and your amour will be welcomed with a bubbly cocktail and canapés followed by a delectable four-course dinner. The evening will be enhanced by intimate seating and live entertainment from the steakhouse’s resident jazz band.

DATE: Wednesday, February 14th

TIME: 7pm onwards

PRICE: AED 1,000 per couple, or AED 1,690 per couple including a bottle of Louis Roederer French fizz.

Caviar & Bubbles

Throughout the month of February, guests at 55&5th, The Grill can enjoy one of the world’s best-loved delicacies with a glass of fizz.

DATE: Daily throughout February

TIME: 7pm onwards

PRICE: AED 490 inclusive of 15g Sturia caviar from France with a glass of Louis Roederer fizz.


The St. Regis Epicurean brunch

An enticing epicurean concept is brought to you by the Mediterranean-influenced all-day dining eatery. Cuisines from around the world are paired with an extensive beverage selection and served to the backdrop of live entertainment by renowned band Smooth. Take a world tour with the Mongolian barbecue, tandoori ovens, Italian pentolo, foie gras, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, and more, while you enjoy a rich beverage selection from its various bar stations.

DATE: Every Friday

TIME: 1pm to 4pm

PRICE: Silk package: AED 395 inclusive of soft beverages

 Pearl package: AED 515 inclusive of house beverages

 Diamond package: AED 740 inclusive of food and bubbly

 Children’s package: AED 190 per child aged six to 12 years old, while youngsters aged
under five years eat for free