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Updated January 2024

A magnificent cultural phenomenon that aims to showcase the best of Arab creativity to the rest of the world, the Abu Dhabi Festival is set to take place in January 2024. By bringing some of the finest cultural experiences worldwide to Abu Dhabi, the festival serves as a platform for collaboration between Arab artists and those from diverse cultures.

Read on as Wego details everything you need to know regarding the Abu Dhabi Festival 2024

What is the Abu Dhabi Festival?

The Abu Dhabi Festival, a prominent cultural celebration in the region and one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary festivals, extends its influence globally through outstanding international co-productions, commissions, and robust marketing and audience development initiatives in both the UAE and beyond.

The Abu Dhabi Festival annually pays tribute to a specific country, demonstrating its commitment to cultural diplomacy. Attendees from 200 different nationalities converge in Abu Dhabi each year to partake in this seasonal event.

In the upcoming year of 2024, the Abu Dhabi Festival will proudly honour China.

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Abu Dhabi Festival 2024 dates

The Abu Dhabi Festival 2024 is set to unfold its events from 26 January to 14 March, concluding the year’s festivities on 8 December 2024.

Abu Dhabi Festival 2024 events

The following are some of the events taking place at the Abu Dhabi Festival 2024: 

Chinese New Year – National Ballet of China

The Abu Dhabi Festival commences on 26 January 2024 in celebration of the Chinese New Year. National Ballet of China their own rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

The event is going to be held at the Emirates Palace between 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. 

Puccini Opera Gala

The Abu Dhabi Festival will welcome the Orchestra of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death of Giacomo Puccini. The event will feature soprano Valeria Sepe and tenor Star Francesco Meli, among many others.

The Gala concert is scheduled to be held on 31 January 2024 at Emirates Palace between 8 PM to 9:30 PM. 

Pretty Yende – Francesco Demuro

On February 11, 2024, Pretty Yende and Francesco Demuro will join forces to craft a symphony featuring operatic gems accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera on piano.

This recital is scheduled to captivate audiences at the Red Theatre, The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi, from 7:30 PM to 9 PM.

Yemen Saadi

Yemen Saadi, a violinist known for his exceptional virtuosity and elegance, achieved the remarkable feat of being appointed as the concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic at the young age of 25.

On 13 February 2024, audiences will have the privilege of experiencing Yemen Saadi’s captivating performance at the Red Theatre, The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi, from 7:30 PM to 9 PM. The piano accompaniment for this evening will be provided by Julien Quentin.

The Festival in the Park

The heart of the Abu Dhabi Festival is arguably the Festival in the Park, encapsulating the essence of the entire event. This two-day celebration of creativity showcases performances, art, music, and workshops presented by both local and international talents.

It stands as an inclusive and diverse gathering for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, featuring a variety of activities such as performances, shows, art and dance workshops, drumming sessions, and storytelling.

In line with the Abu Dhabi Festival’s 2024 theme honouring China, numerous workshops during the Festival in the Park will spotlight art and culture from this honoured country. Providing a perfect day out for families, the entire program is accessible free of charge once inside Umm Al Emarat Park.

The Festival in the Park is scheduled to take place on 16 and 17 February 2024, running from 9 AM to 9 PM

China National Symphony Orchestra

The conclusion of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2024 is going to take place in quite a sensationalistic manner on 8 December 2024 with a performance by the China National Symphony Orchestra. The event will be taking place at the Emirates Palace between 8 PM to 10 PM. 

For a complete list of events, please visit the official Abu Dhabi Festival website

How to get the Abu Dhabi Festival 2024 tickets?

Tickets for the Abu Dhabi Festival 2024 can be booked from the official page of the Abu Dhabi Festival

Moreover, students, youth (under 26) and people of determination are entitled to a 50% discount on the full ticket price. The discount can be selected during the checkout on the ticket platform.

However, proof of age (ID card) or status (student card) will be required to enter the performance venue.

Please note that the tickets can neither be refunded nor exchanged.


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