January

February

Abu Dhabi Food Festival

For several weeks, Abu Dhabi celebrates its astonishing gastronomic diversity with food-related events, entertainment, celebrity-chef appearances, dining tours, food trucks and pop-up restaurants (www.abudhabievents.ae).

March

Abu Dhabi Festival

This major regional book fair presents the latest tomes in Arabic, English and other languages. Readings, workshops and symposia supplement the exhibits.

April

May

July

September

Abu Dhabi Classics

This series of 12 classical concerts brings international top talent to various venues around Abu Dhabi between October and May.

November

Abu Dhabi Art

Top regional and international modern and contemporary galleries are joined by collectors, art aficionados and artists for four days of exhibitions, art talks, entertainment and children's programs at Manarat Al Saadiyat (www.abudhabiart.ae).

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Formula One racing elite tests its mettle on this wicked track on Yas Island.

December

Mubadala World Tennis Championship

This three-day championship, held in Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City, pits six of the world's top players against each other.