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  • Writer's pictureAnna Torrez

Cinco de Mayo 2022 in Abu Dhabi

Cinco de Mayo is a great reason to enjoy delicious Mexican food and drinks. We’ve found a few ideal places to celebrate in the capital.

Commonly thought to be Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo actually takes place on 16 September. The May 5th commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The day is actually more widely celebrated in America than in Mexico, as over the years it has turned into a celebration of Mexican-American culture, and grew into a global celebration after successful advertising campaigns by beverage companies.

La Carnita, Yas Bay Waterfront

La Carnita is celebrating with a fabulous foodie fiesta filled with an array of Mexican dishes and traditions including a mariachi band, piñatas, and a raffle, among plenty of other surprises. There will be a special 2-4-1 offer on all tequila beverages as well.

When: 5th May, 1 PM – 4 PM and 7 PM onwards

Call 050 185 8068

Al Maya Island

Head out to sea to attend a Cinco de Mayo Pool Party at Al Maya Island. The day long party will feature music by Mistajay and Akmaral, Latin entertainment, a margarita and taco bar, plus a piñata game with prizes.

When: 7th May, 12 PM – 8 PM

Where: Al Maya Island

Price: Day pass, AED 250 including 100 F&B credit. Ladies entrance is free until noon.

For table reservations call 02 667 7777 or email

Loca, Al Maryah Island

Celebrate with delicious Mexican food at Loca, where they’re hosting an all-day Happy Hour with 25% off all food.

When: 5th May, all day

Book a table here or call 02 582 3639