From mega concerts including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, bumper hotel promotions and city-wide retail and F&B deals, to free car give-aways and super parties hosted by the world’s leading nightlife and entertainment brands - every thing you need to know about Abu Dhabi Show Down is right here.
The hugely-anticipated entertainment schedule for Abu Dhabi Showdown Week has been revealed, with the seven-day series of city-wide events - which take place
September 1 - 7 ahead of UFC 242: KHABIB VS. POIRIER - shaping up to be the hottest week-long party in the Middle East.
READY TO PARTY?
Superstar rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers are already confirmed to make their UAE debut with a spectacular concert on September 4, which will be followed by another world-class concert by a ‘mystery’ act on September 5. While both concerts will take place at The Arena, a new indoor venue being constructed on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island that will also stage UFC 242 on September 7, the party vibe extends right across Yas Island and beyond all through the week.
With even more events due to be added in coming weeks, the current line-up of parties and nightlife events includes pool parties at Saadiyat Beach Club on September 2 and 3, a fight night viewing party at the same venue on September 7 and a week-long Abu Dhabi Showdown Week poolside brunch offering at The Edition.
Things go up a gear with the official Red Hot Chili Peppers After Party, BIZAAR by Mad on September 4, and a second official post-concert After Party, Drai’s Las Vegas at the same venue following the September 5 concert.
On September 6, Drai’s Las Vegas will also host a pool party at the Fairmont and in the evening, following the UFC 242 weigh-in, domestic and international partygoers can enjoy the after party in The Edition Club, The Annex. Partygoers are also spoiled for choice on September 7, as the inaugural Abu Dhabi Showdown Week gets not one but two options for a fitting finale, with The White Experience and Socialista at Cipriani both set to round off the week with a bang.
READY TO EAT?
On the culinary front, residents and international visitors will be kept well-fed throughout Abu Dhabi Showdown Week with 25-plus restaurants, bars and cafes across the UAE capital participating in a city-wide ‘Knockout Burgers’ campaign running from August 25 – September 7. - We will let you know which outlets, once we know.
Elsewhere, hotels and dining destinations on Yas Island and Saadiyat Island will be preparing their own culinary offerings as part of a value-add culinary promotion exclusively for Abu Dhabi Showdown Week.
READY TO SHOP?
Shoppers can also weigh-in on Abu Dhabi Showdown Week courtesy of three major promotions in selected malls, including Abu Dhabi Mall, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Dalma Mall, Deerfields Mall, Madinat Zayed, Mazyad Mall, WTC Abu Dhabi and Yas Mall, as well as Al Ain Mall, Bawadi Mall and Hili Mall in Al Ain.
Running from August 15 to September 7, ‘Knockout Deals’ will align with the traditional back-to-school period and offer shoppers discounts ranging from 25% upwards on health products, fitness apparel and active wear, while the mega ‘Shop & Win’ promotion will see any shopper spending AED200 or more entered into a unified city-wide raffle for a chance to win a brand-new Mercedes-Benz A Class or C Class.
In addition, a series of in-mall activations running during the seven-day Abu Dhabi Showdown Week period will hand members of the public, money-can’t-buy chances for photo opportunities and meet-and-greets with UFC athletes, and pose for social media-friendly snaps with replica UFC belts.
READY TO GET INVOLVED?
Across the week, there will be open workouts, autograph signings and meet-and-greet sessions at various locations. With the UFC 242 weigh-in at The Arena on Yas Island taking place on September 6, further information on how to claim a free ticket to the weigh-in will be released in coming weeks.
Fans descending on Yas Island for the weigh-in can also soak up the activity-packed UFC Fan Experience, which allows fans of UFC to fully immerse themselves in the organisation and its stars.
The Abu Dhabi Sports and Fitness Expo, managed by UAE-based Universal Music Fitness and Fashion (UMFF), will feature leading international exhibitors, competitions, fitness programmes, activations, and international conferences during a three-day run at du Forum on Yas Island from September 5-7. This expo is a premier event in the Middle East Region pertaining to wellness, fitness and healthy life style.
Designed to promote health and fitness, the dedicated industry platform will welcome fitness celebrities such as four times Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler and Mr. Universe, Mike O’Hearn and feature live fitness shows for all ages.
Ticket prices range from AED50 for a one-day pass, to AED120 for a three-day pass.
A single day VIP pass, which includes exclusive opportunities to get up-close to global fitness celebrities, is priced at AED100.
With the majority of ticket categories for UFC 242: KHABIB vs. POIRIER sold out, the last remaining hotel and ticket packages for the event are available at www.adshowdownweek.ae.
VIP tickets can also be purchased via https://ufcvipexperience.com/ufc-242
With tickets for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Yas Island concert on September 4 available on www.ticketmaster.ae, DCT Abu Dhabi is urging all local, regional and international fans purchasing tickets for Abu Dhabi Showdown Week events to avoid unauthorised online sites and only purchase tickets via www.ticketmaster.ae – the sole authorised ticket vendor – or official sales channels for specific in-property events.