6 Best Things To Do In Abu Dhabi This May

Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping entertainment, family-friendly fun, or culinary delights, this city has something special in store for you this month

by Priyanka Fernandes
6 Best Things To Do In Abu Dhabi This May

From world-class performances and side-splitting comedy to captivating cultural experiences and thrilling sporting events, Abu Dhabi offers an enticing array of options to suit every taste and interest. Join us as we explore the six best things to do in Abu Dhabi this May, promising a month filled with excitement, laughter, and unforgettable memories.

1. Cirque Du Soleil CRYSTAL


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Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, CRYSTAL, is a groundbreaking show that combines stunning skating with mesmerising acrobatics. The show features a variety of acts, including synchronised skating, freestyle figures, extreme skating, and traditional circus acts like the swinging trapeze and aerial straps. CRYSTAL guarantees to deliver an experience that will stay with you forever, promising to be a unique and unforgettable event.

Where: Etihad Arena, Yas Island- Abu Dhabi
When: 5th May 2:30 pm
Cost: Starts at AED175

2. Comedy Week


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Abu Dhabi Comedy Week is a new Yas Island festival featuring the world’s best comedians and regional favourites. For one week, from 18th May to 26th May, Etihad Arena will be filled with laughter from performances by Dave Chappelle, Aziz Ansari, Tommy Tiernan and Kevin Bridges, Bassem Youssef and Maz Jobrani, Tom Segura, Jo Koy, Bad Friends, Andrew Schulz, and Chris Tucker. This thrilling yearly festival promises to be a crowd-pleaser and delight your sense of humour.

Where: Etihad Arena, Yas Island- Abu Dhabi
When: 18th to 26th May
Cost: Starts at AED175

3. Gruffalo’s Child


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The Gruffalo’s Child, adapted from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved picture book, comes to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Tall Stories and in collaboration with Centre Stage. The tale unravels as the Gruffalo’s child ventures into the deep dark wood on a wild, windy night, defying her father’s cautionary advice about the Big Bad Mouse.

Where: Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation
When: 24th May at 11 am and 25th May at 8 pm
Cost: Starts at AED150

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4. Scorpions Live


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Prepare for an epic musical journey as Scorpions, the iconic German rock band, hits Abu Dhabi on 17th May for their 2024 “Love at First Sting” world tour. This electrifying show, presented by Live Nation Middle East at the Etihad Arena – Yas Island, celebrates the 40th anniversary of their classic album. Get ready to rock out to hits like “Still Loving You” and “Big City Nights.

Where: Etihad Arena, Yas Island- Abu Dhabi
When: 17th May at 7 pm
Cost: Starts at AED435

5. Judo World Championship


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Get ready for the 2024 World Judo Championships in Abu Dhabi, a pivotal event in the IJF World Tour and the Summer Olympics qualification process. As the final major stop before the Paris Olympics, the championship features top athletes vying for qualification in a week-long competition. Don’t miss the thrilling performances and intense battles as judokas from over 100 nations compete for their spots at the Games.

Where: Mubadala Arena- Zayed Sports City
When: 19th to 24th May from 10 am to 6 pm
Cost:  Starts at AED250

6. Asian Night Brunch 

Discover the delicious Asian Night Brunch at Khayal, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, every Saturday. Indulge in unlimited sushi, stir-fries, dim sum, Thai street eats, and Asian desserts. Choose from a soft package at AED220 or a house package at AED350, including beverages. Located in Khalifa City, adjacent to Al Forsan International Sports Resort Club, Khayal offers outstanding food and warm hospitality. 

Where: Marriott Hotel Al Forsan
When: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Saturdays throughout the year
Cost: AED220 for Soft package and AED 350 House package

Experience an exciting lineup of events and things to do in Abu Dhabi this May, offering something for everyone to enjoy. From the captivating performances of Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL and the laughter-filled Comedy Week to the enchanting tale of The Gruffalo’s Child and the electrifying live show by Scorpions, there’s no shortage of entertainment.

Cover Image Courtesy:  Cultural Foundation and Canva Stock Images

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