Abu Dhabi, the city that never sleeps (well, maybe it takes a quick cat nap here and there), welcomes you to the magical realm of after-dark mischief! Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey as we unveil the seven wackiest things to do once the sun bids adieu and the moon takes centre stage. Get ready to discover a whole new side of Abu Dhabi that’s so wild, even the camels raise their eyebrows in disbelief. Buckle up, because this is going to be one heck of a nocturnal adventure!
1. Kayaking Under The Stars – Abu Dhabi
Discover Louvre Abu Dhabi in a whole new light by embarking on a nighttime sightseeing adventure aboard a two-man kayak. As you paddle along, gain fascinating insights into the museum’s remarkable architecture and appreciate it from an extraordinary perspective. These captivating kayak tours are available from Tuesday to Sunday, with multiple time slots to choose from: 6am, 8am, 3.30pm, 5pm, and 7pm. Tickets for this immersive experience are priced at AED 126.
Location: Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi
Timings: Depends on your session
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2. Ride An Electric Catamaran After SunSet – Dubai
Visit The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai for an exciting opportunity to board Costa Azzurra’s exclusive electric catamaran. Enjoy a unique perspective of the surroundings while cruising with your best friend. You can reserve your spot for a daytime or nighttime ride. A fantastic suggestion is to schedule your excursion during The Palm Fountain’s captivating performances. Imagine having a front-row seat to witness the world’s largest fountain showcase its beautifully choreographed water spectacle. Prepare to be amazed by The Palm Fountain, which spans an impressive 14,000 square feet of seawater, with fountains shooting water up to 105 meters high in the air.
Location: The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +97152 137 2770
For tickets see their website
3. Golfing After Dark – Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Golf Club provides a different experience with The Garden Course, an exquisite nine-hole golf course that offers a timeless playing experience. Thanks to an advanced floodlight system, golfers can enjoy playing from early morning to late evening. The course features four tee options, making it ideal for beginners who wish to hone their skills before taking on the challenging Championship Course. Prices for non-members start at AED 225.
Location: Khalifa City – Abu Dhabi
Timings: Daily 7 AM–10 PM
4. Evening Sound Healing – Abu Dhabi
Kickstart your week on a positive note by joining a guided sound healing session at BodyTree Studio every Monday evening. Experience the transformative power of sound healing, a therapeutic technique that utilises the vibrations produced by Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks to induce deep relaxation in both the mind and body. This practice helps to clear the subconscious mind and activate the body’s innate healing abilities. Sound healing has been known to alleviate stress, reduce pain, and lower blood pressure.
Location: Hazza ‘ Bin Zayed The First St – Al Manhal – Abu Dhabi
Timings: Daily 9 AM–6 PM | Friday 9 AM–7 PM | Saturday 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
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5. Central Night Arcade – Abu Dhabi
Answer the neon arcade’s irresistible invitation and make your way to Central in Yas Bay for a thrilling evening filled with bowling, air hockey, and exciting simulator games. Indulge in mouthwatering burgers and shakes while taking advantage of fantastic arcade bundle deals, creating a delightful combination of delectable treats and wholesome after-dark amusement.
Location: Yas Bay – Yas Island – Abu Dhabi
Timings: Weekdays 4 PM–12 AM | fri-sun 12 PM–2 AM
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6. Moonlit Swimming In The Sky – Dubai
If you’re up for a unique experience, how about indulging in a refreshing swim under the starry sky while relaxing at the edge of Dubai’s highest infinity pool? If this piques your interest, why not make a reservation and treat yourself to a Sunday evening summer swim at AURA Skypool? Positioned 200 meters above the city, the pool offers breathtaking vistas of Palm Jumeirah, making it one of those unforgettable moments in Dubai that cannot be replicated. With a talented DJ providing a lively soundtrack and the pool open until midnight.
Location: The Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah, 50th Floor – Dubai
Timing: Monday 10 AM–7 PM | tue,fri,sat 10 AM–11 PM | wed-thur 6 AM–7 PM | Sunday 6 AM–7 PM
7. Yas Marina Circuit Cycle Track – Abu Dhabi
Experience the thrill of exercising on the Yas Marina Formula 1 track during ADNOC TrainYas sessions, dedicating a few evenings each week to working up a sweat. Regardless of your fitness level or age, the Yas Marina Circuit warmly invites you to engage in activities such as jogging, cycling, or leisurely walks at sunset, providing a one-of-a-kind environment to improve your fitness. On-site, you’ll find bicycles and helmets at your disposal.
Location: Yas Marina Circuit, North Grandstand – Yas Leisure Dr – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
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8. Marina Padel In The Dark – Abu Dhabi
Indulge in the enchanting beauty of waterfront views during evening sessions of padel tennis, illuminated by floodlights, at one of Marina Padel’s four outdoor courts. Make your way there on Friday evenings and each adult player will receive a complimentary drink. Prices for one-hour sessions range from AED 175 during off-peak times to AED 200 during peak hours.
Location: Lawn Area – Yas Marina Circuit – Yas Island – Abu Dhabi
Timings: Weekdays 5 AM–10:30 PM | sat-sun 5 AM–10:30 PM
Contact: +97154 404 5378
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9. Rooftop Night Time Walk – Abu Dhabi
Have you ever been curious about how Abu Dhabi appears from a height of 50 meters above Yas Island? Satiate your curiosity by obtaining a ticket for the thrilling Roof Walk adventure along the iconic red roof of Ferrari World. To elevate your evening to new heights, consider selecting the 7pm nighttime experience, which offers breathtaking vistas of the sparkling Yas skyline. Prices for this unforgettable experience begin at AED 195.
Location: Yas Island – Abu Dhabi
Timings: Daily 12 PM–8 PM | Wednesday 10 AM–8 PM
Contact: 600 511115
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10. The Alley In The Dark Sports – Dubai
Imagine if all sports, regardless of skill level or time of day, incorporated a glow-in-the-dark, dayglo, and luminous element. After witnessing Dubai’s exclusive dark padel courts, we can’t help but think that this concept should be embraced. Padel, a blend of tennis and squash, is rapidly gaining popularity in the city, and this unique nighttime venue adds a funky twist by hosting special ultraviolet nights that illuminate the courts until well past midnight. It’s truly puzzling why more sports aren’t played on purple courts with luminous rackets and balls.
Location: Al Quoz Industrial Area 3 – Dubai
Contact: +97150 600 0767
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