If you’re planning on being in Abu Dhabi this winter, you’re in for a treat or ten. This season promises an exciting lineup of electrifying concerts, sporting events, and fun family activities that will surely make your holiday an unforgettable one.

From November to March, the festive season on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, will be in full swing. What winter events in Abu Dhabi do you have to look forward to? Read on to find out.

Yas Island Concerts

The festive season events on Yas Island will feature mesmerizing musical performances by some of the world’s top artists, including:

  • Brian Tyler Live in Concert

On 4 November, at Etihad Park, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and acclaimed film music composer Brian Tyler will take the stage for a captivating evening of cinematic sounds. With Vasily Petrenko and Timothy Chooi joining them, every violin whisper and cello crescendo is sure to come alive.

  • Hyperound K-Fest Abu Dhabi 2023

Another one in the series of festivals in Abu Dhabi 2023 to mark on your calendar is Hyperound K-Fest. A musical extravaganza that takes place at the Etihad Arena on 11 November will feature many K-pop sensations and bands with powerful vocals and mind-blowing dance performances.

You can also turn this one-day event into a weekend getaway. Book our Hyperound K-Fest vacation package and enjoy a stay at one of our world-class hotels on Yas Island, plus tickets to the festival with an impressive 20% discount.

  • Yasalam After-Race Concerts

As part of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit hosts four nights of supercharged performances by international headliners. This year’s Yas Island concert lineup includes:

  1. Chart-breaking songstresses Ava Max and electronic music master Tiesto on Thursday, 23 November.
  2. 1990’s pop and country music icon Shania Twain on Saturday, 25 November.
  3. Rock and roll hall of famer Foo Fighters on Sunday, 26 November.

Arijit Singh Live in Concert

On 18 November, Arijit Singh, the soulful voice behind some of the most memorable Bollywood hits, will perform a medley of his latest and greatest numbers at the Etihad Arena.

And if you’d like to add a stay at one of the luxury hotels on Yas Island, you can book the Arijit Singh Concert Package and enjoy all the other festive winter events in Abu Dhabi while you’re here.

World Tennis League Concerts

The World Tennis League (WTL) is coming to Abu Dhabi this year. While you’re rooting for your favorite players, you’ll also experience fantastic evening performances from chart-topping artists in Etihad Arena, including:

  1. Award-winning rapper 50 Cent on Thursday, 21 December.
  2. Global Music sensations Akon and Ne-Yo on Friday, 22 December.
  3. The Reggae Legends on Saturday, 23 December.

Sporting Events

Winter events on Yas Island won’t be complete without some adrenaline-pumping sports action. Here’s what we have in store for you:

  • Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The upcoming Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in its 15th year, is set to be the most spectacular and thrilling edition yet. Scheduled for 23-26 November, this event guarantees another grand finale you won’t want to miss.

  • World Tennis League: The Greatest Show on Court

Between 21 and 24 December 2023, season two of the World Tennis League will be lighting up the Etihad Arena. It’s a showdown of the best players in the world, as four teams go head to head in a round-robin format and compete for the title. Tennis lovers, make sure you’re there.

Family Fun and Entertainment

Families and their little ones will also have a blast taking part in the festive season events on Yas Island. Below are some of the activities that await:

  • Yas Winter Fest

From 6-10 December, carnival rides, a kids’ zone, market stalls and signature winter foods and drinks will be just a few of the highlights at this year’s Yas Winter Fest. Enjoy five days of family fun and winter magic, including snowfall, a daily tree-lighting ceremony, and Santa sightings at Yas Park.

  • Scooby-Doo and The Lost City of Gold

On 2 and 3 March 2024, Scooby-Doo and his friends will be on an adventure once more to solve a brand-new mystery. Watch this story come to life with theatrical magic, music, interactive videos, video mapping technology, and aerial arts.

  • Hamilton

This year’s winter events on Yas Island will also feature (drum rolls, please) Hamilton. For the first time in the Middle East, the award-winning Broadway hit will be performed at Etihad Arena from 17 January until 4 February 2024. With a dash of hip-hop, jazz, and R&B added to what already is a spectacular show, it should be an experience you won’t soon forget.

Culinary and Cooking Experiences

Last but not least in this string of festive winter events in Abu Dhabi is the MELT Open Fire Food Festival by Steve Harvey.

The Open Fire Food Festival is an exciting event showcasing the artistry of culinary masters. Join Steve Harvey on 24 and 25 February 2024 and indulge in a sizzling celebration filled with pitmaster demos, barbecue competitions, and family-friendly activities at Yas Island’s Abu Dhabi Hill.

Book Your Stay on Yas Island

There’s still a lot more to look forward to this holiday season.

Don’t miss the chance to experience all the winter events in Abu Dhabi by booking your stay now on Yas Island. With a wide selection of luxury hotels, exquisite dining options, thrilling theme parks, and entertainment venues, Yas Island is the perfect destination for a memorable winter festive season.