Listen up – Abu Dhabi’s April Happenings

Pearls of Abu Dhabi

See some of the iconic buildings and places in the UAE capital through the renowned talent of Swiss illustrator and artist, Reynald Aubert. Under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland in the UAE, Swiss Art Gate UAE together with Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi present Pearls of Abu Dhabi – an artist in residence programme and exhibition that showcases more than 20 drawings that have been influenced by the artist’s travel experiences during his artist in residence programme in Abu Dhabi. The result is a series of sketches representing the most celebrated and recognised architectural designs, including many that have been inspired by Abu Dhabi and its storied history and culture.

In early March, Reynald Aubert had been seen at various locations in Abu Dhabi, sitting somewhere close to an iconic building and simply capturing the architecture with ink pen on A3 paper. He has travelled the world and is very enthusiastic about the Abu Dhabi project, where he spends two weeks sketching iconic buildings. Now, you can go and marvel his incredible artistic flair at this beautiful exhibition.

GO: Pearls of Abu Dhabi is on display at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi until April 11. Call (0)2 674 2020 for more information.

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A Tenor Sensation

He has been dubbed the world’s greatest classical tenor, and he’s bringing the Cinema World Tour to Abu Dhabi; that’s right music fans, the legendary Andrea Bocelli will wow the crowds with his angelic voice at du Arena, Yas Island on April 22. The global tour supports his latest album Cinema which released worldwide in October last year. Bocelli’s latest release is his 15th studio album, which entered the Official UK Album Chart at number three- a record for a classical music artist.

He’s sang at some of the most famous landmarks in the world like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Madison Square Garden in New York, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, and even for the Pope in Philadelphia, last year. As part of his world tour fans can expect a true spectacle, including songs from the latest album which celebrates the greatest movie songs of all time and reunites musical legends including David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis, who worked together on the trailblazing success of Bocelli’s Amore.

Bocelli will be taking to the du Arena stage, which will be transformed into a fully seated open-air concert hall creating a more intimate experience for the audience. It’s set to be a show to remember!

GO: Visit Maki at Bahrain World Trade Centre and try the Oliver Maki today! Call 1752 2733 for reservations and more information.


A Treat for the Ladies

To all the women out there who crave a mid-week break in luxury surroundings, we’ve got just the deal to get you excited. Every Monday and Tuesday, the pool and beach club at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal offers a day pass for the ladies priced at a really cool AED75++. The package includes access to the temperature-controlled swimming pool and the sandy beach as well as complimentary use of leisure facilities.

Children aged four to 12-years-old are welcome to join the Ritz Kids club where, for the hourly fee of AED50++, they can take part in the daily-changing supervised activities centered on wildlife, arts and crafts and sport. Perfect for catching up with friends or some relaxing quality time with the little ones.

GO: The Ladies Pool and Beach Package is available at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, every Monday and Tuesday. Call (0)2 818 8888 or email rc.auhrz.leads@ for more information.

Foodie Fun: Noodle Festival

Far East food lovers, April is the month to go wild and delve into a taste bud explosion of exotic flavours and textures at Teatro, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi. This month, head down to the five-star venues for the Noodle Festival and experience a choice of colourful and delicious noodle based starters, main courses and desserts from Japanese, Chinese, Singaporean, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines. The a la carte menu is available from April 1 to 30, daily, from 6pm onwards. Talk about foodie feasts, we’ll see you there!

GO: The Noodle Festival is available at Teatro, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi.
Call (0)2 657 3333 or visit for reservations
and more information.

SongkranSplash at Dusit Thani

For the third year in a row, the festive spirit of Songkran will once again be taken to a whole new level at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi this month.

The hotel presents you with an opportunity to experience the euphoria and excitement associated with Songkran Festival that marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. Save the date and indulge in the Songkran celebrations chock-full with a series of special activities, dining and entertainment.thai

On April 15, don’t miss the celebrations atop the world’s third highest hotel atrium by the poolside. From 3pm onwards, Breeze, the rooftop pool, will be dishing out mouthwatering Thai street food delights (three-course) ranging from grilled meat, chicken satay, spring rolls, noodles, wokfried specialities and sea food delicacies, to globally famous Thai Massaman curry and Som Tom salad (Green papaya salad). The entertainment will be exciting too. A live DJ, traditional Thai music and dance performances, pool access and water games will keep you engaged and fully entertained. Even try your luck at the Raffle Draw organised just for the occasion and stand a chance to win numerous prizes.

Furthermore, participate in the Songkran Water Blessing ceremony during this afternoon of fun. Splash blessed water on your friends and loved ones as a sign of bringing good fortune for the year ahead. The Songkran Splash Pool Party is priced at AED185 per person including soft beverages and AED285 per person inclusive of unlimited Thai cocktails and select beverages.LoyKrathon_

Thai Head Chef, Yongyos Chimthep, at Benjarong, will take you on a culinary journey of The Land of Smiles. Discover authentic Thai favourites tastefully crafted by Chef Yongyos, as he brings his passion for Thai cooking straight to your plate. Dig into in a four-course set menu at Benjarong, featuring grilled beef in tamarind sauce, sweet and sour Thai soup, grilled prawn in red curry sauce and Thai tea flavoured Tiramisu. The Songkran four-course special menu is priced at AED150 net per person excluding beverages.


GO: Call (0)2 698 8137 for reservations and more information