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Live music, fitness and food at CLub Social on Yas Island

Club Social – the UAE’s ultimate beach festival is back on Yas Island, and this year features headline acts by Bastille and Oka Wi Ortega.

Taking place on 29 and 30 March from 10 am until 10 pm the event is completely free and if you like your food, there will be pop-ups , including much loved New York institution Clinton Street Bakery, Dubai-born pizzeria C’est Cheesee, rolled ice-cream from JAM and Abu Dhabi-born, Manhattan-conceived café Coffee Architecture, which is all about minimalist design.

If you are Fitness buff can work off those calories with a boxing session at PUNCH studio, where both novice and more experienced guests can sculp their beach bodies. Up for a challenge? Simon Pepper, the Abu Dhabi-based global ambassador for Spartan races, will be running a HIIT class. Additionally, you can improve your balance and flexibility in Copeira classes by Associação Lagoa Azul Capoeira. Meanwhile, Motion Studios of Performing Arts, owned by Emirati entrepreneur Maryam Lari, will hold hip-hop and Zumba classes to help you get your groove on in the sunshine!

There will be beach side retail therapy courtesy of fashion labels VICE Jewellery, Wildwood, Artisan & Monkey, Nomadic State of Mind, and The Gentleman’s Community.

Add some sparkle to your day with Glitterati, which specialises in sparkling, shimmery body art. Party on a giant inflatable flamingo or simply drift away on your favourite blow-up shape selected from the ‘floatie fair’ – there will be plenty of activities for everyone!

For families looking to be creative, there will be art workshops for kids, and Blank Canvas Community will cater to visitors’ creative urges with a beach-inspired installation.

Among Club Social’s new zones for 2019 will be the Kids’ Teepee Park, Hammock Hang-out, Fish Market, and ‘sandcastle row’ – showcasing some impressive beachside building.

If you’re feeling thirsty – and are aged 21+ – browse the Club Social long bar menu for beverages to enhance the beach festival vibe. The destination will be transformed after sunset for an adults-only seashore vibe.

Free tickets for festival entry, Dhs95 (Oka Wi Ortega), Dhs195 (Bastille). Mar 29-30, 10am -10pm. Yas Beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,

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