5 Things To Do With Your Family For Free In Abu Dhabi!

The fact is you don’t have to spend much – or none at all – to have a good time in this lovely city of ours called Abu Dhabi.


A sunrise over a skyline with skyscrapers and sea in the foreground

The best things in life are free, so sang Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson.

The fact is you don’t have to spend much – or none at all – to have a good time in this lovely city of ours called Abu Dhabi.

Don’t believe us? Then check out these budget-friendly activities you can enjoy without the need to shell out precious cash.

  1. Everyone loves a good movie. For years, Cinema Space at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island has been at the forefront of promoting love of movies from all around the world. The line-up of films for this month includes Turtles Can Fly, The Black Stallion, The Guilty, The Housemaid and Apocalypse Now. Visit cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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    Free Film Screening at @manaratalsaadiyat on Monday, January 14 (7:30pm – 9:30pm) . "TURTLES CAN FLY" (Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand) Directed by Bahman Ghobadi . RSVP Required at: http://cs-turtlescanfly.splashthat.com . Bring all of your friends to discover Kurdish cinema with this extraordinarily moving, excellent and unforgettable masterpiece filmed entirely in Iraq by acclaimed director Bahman Ghobadi! . TURTLES CAN FLY (Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand) Directed by Bahman Ghobadi Iran, France, Iraq 2004 97 minutes In Kurdish with English Subtitles Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance is advised) . Synopsis: From acclaimed director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses) comes the first film shot in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Heart-wrenching as well as spirit-raising, Turtles Can Fly mixes humor and tragedy to startling effect, resulting in a very timely masterpiece about children struggling to survive in an endless war zone. On the Iraqi-Turkish border, enterprising 13-year-old 'satellite (Soran Ebrahim) is the de facto leader of a Kurdish village, thanks to his ability to install satellite dishes and translate news of the pending US invasion. Organizing fellow orphans into landmine-collection teams so that they can eke out a living, he is all business until the arrival of a clairvoyant boy and his quiet, beautiful sister. . #film #movies #cinema #filmmaking #bahmanghobadi #iraq #iran #france #kurdistan #kurdishcinema #soranebrahim #hireshfeysalrahman #avazlatif #orphan #war #survival #family #childhood #friendship #love #life #comedy #tragedy #children #stories #kurdish #worldcinema #landmines #inabudhabi #abudhabi

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  2. Always elegant and stunning is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Whether you’ve been here before or not, this proud capital landmark is worth re-exploring again and again. The view is particularly spectacular during the evening, with bright lights giving more life to the structure. Visit szgmc.gov.ae

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    صوتوا لجامع الشيخ زايد الكبير. منارة التسامح والتعايش والتواصل الحضاري بين مختلف الثقافات والشعوب حول العالم… ضمن قائمة 58 إنجازا لمبادرة أوائل الإمارات، والتي أطلقها صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، بتخصيص تكريم "الإنجازات التي سيفخر بها زايد لو كان بيننا". للتصويت يرجى زيارة الصفحة الرسمية لأوائل الإمارات ( @uaepioneers ) . . @awqafuae @aletihadae @wamnews @abudhabievents @akhbar_aldar . Vote for Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as a beacon of tolerance, coexistence ,and cross cultural communication amongst people of the world.. The Grand Mosque nominated amongst a list of 58 of UAEs top achievements, launched by H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ,as part of the initiative titled “The achievements Zayed would have been proud of, if he was amongst us”. To vote please visit UAE Pioneers official page ( @uaepioneers ) . . #جامع_الشيخ_زايد_الكبير #مركز_جامع_الشيخ_زايد_الكبير #الإمارات #أبوظبي #أوائل_الإمارات #عام_زايد #Sheik_Zayed_Grand_Mosque #SZGMC #AbuDhabi #uae #YearOfZayed

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  3. While away the time by enjoying a leisurely stroll on the Corniche. Watch people go by, sit back while reading a book, or take in the sunset view for that perfect Instagram-worthy shot.

  4. The iconic Yas Marina Circuit – yes, the same famous venue that houses the Formula 1 races – is hosting its TriYAS activity every Sunday evening. The free sporting programme is open to everyone regardless of fitness and skill levels. Participants can use the track to cycle, walk and run. Registration is a must. Visit yasmarinacircuit.com

  5. If you’re on the lookout for art, there are a handful of galleries holding free exhibits that you can visit. Venues like Warehouse421 and Manarat Al Saadiyat host art and cultural-related exhibitions that are open to the public. Visit warehouse421.ae and manaratalsaadiyat.ae


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