Abu Dhabi skyline at sunset
Abu Dhabi
Rub Al Khali desert
Camels in the Liwa Desert

Eating, drinking and enjoying the nightlife in Abu Dhabi


Like Dubai, Abu Dhabi has a huge variety of immigrants from across the world. Unlike Dubai, this mixture of immigrants hasn’t really brought with it a huge variety of restaurants. Nevertheless there are still plenty of restaurants around to be able to cater to every taste. Hotel restaurants are generally a safe bet, albeit an expensive one. Venturing into the city centre can unearth some gems, especially at the lower price range, where you’ll find cheap and delicious food.

Vegetarians will be especially in their element with a broad range of Indian and Asian cuisine available for next to nothing. For the carnivores, you should certainly try a shawarma, the Arabic fast-food, which looks much like a doner kebab (and is broadly similar) but has a more refined, Middle Eastern flavour. As with Dubai, you can spend pennies on a main course-size portion of Indian food, or rack up a bill that would seem standard at the swankiest London restaurants, often with fairly average food.

Drinking and Nightlife

The only restaurants and bars licenced to serve alcohol are those located in hotels. That means that most people either stay at their own hotel to drink or visit some of the more popular spots around the hotel circuit. The nightlife here is not as vibrant as Dubai, but quite a lot more varied than much of the Middle East.


During the month of Ramadan (2rd April - 23rd May 2020 and 12th April - 11th May 2021), locals will fast during the day. As such, there may be some restrictions on drinking outlets and some restaurants may be closed. However, you’ll still have a variety of dining options within your resort – speak to your travel consultant for more information.

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