Look no further, as February brings to you unskippable events in Abu Dhabi. Be there to witness the UAE debut of events like the Hay Festival, Abu Dhabi Classics and many more. With February marking the month of cultural celebration, intellectual enlightenment and environmental awareness in Abu Dhabi, there’s no scope for you to get bored. The city will play host to big names like the Hamburg Symphony, renowned historians like Sashi Tharoor and many others. VoucherCodesUAE brings to you the list of events in Abu Dhabi during February that are worth a visit.
Abu Dhabi Classics: A highlight of UAE’s cultural calendar
Get ready to experience music in its finest form at the Abu Dhabi Classics, 2020. From grand orchestras to famous musicians, this musical event has everything to satisfy your desire for classical music. Here are a few big names from the world of music, who will be performing at the Abu Dhabi Classics:
Lisa de la Salle
Date:1 February 2020
Venue: UAE’s Cultural Foundation
The French-born pianist Lisa de la Salle is one of the most enthusiastic young talents to have emerged at the classical music scene in recent times. She has established herself as a musician of uncommon sensibility and sophistication despite her tender age. You can watch her perform the musical ‘Dances’ in Abu Dhabi Classics, which is a modern take on classical music, exploring dance cadences from different times and places.
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Date: 4 February 2020
Venue: UAE’s Cultural Foundation
Soak in the melodies of musicians from the renowned Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in the Abu Dhabi Classics. They will perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations’ on a Rococo Theme. They will also honor Beethoven by performing his variations on La Ci Darem la Mano, written for flute, clarinet, and bassoon. The show will be put out for a Chamber Music Program at the Cultural Foundation.
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Date: 5 February 2020
Venue: Emirates Palace
To commemorate the 250th birth anniversary of Beethoven, Abu Dhabi Classics is all set to present to you the masterpiece of Beethoven, the ‘9th Symphony’. More than 100 exceptional musicians and 70 singers of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra will bring this masterpiece back to life at the du Arena, Abu Dhabi. The ‘9th Symphony’ is Beethoven’s last piece of work and is considered to be the culmination of the Vienna classical period. So, don’t miss it!
Date: 6 February 2020
Venue: UAE’s Cultural Foundation
Accompanied by the group Cordes Croisees, the rising star of Egypt, Sana Nabil will be performing ‘Lalyat Saltana’ at Abu Dhabi Classics. The fascinating voice of the young prodigy who rose to fame after her stint on ‘Arabs Got Talent’ along with the music from Cordes Croisees, will leave you mesmerized.
Majida Al Roumi
Date: 7 February 2020
Venue: du Arena
The highlight of the Abu Dhabi Classics will be the performance by Lebanese singer Majida Al Roumi. She is known for her beautiful, voice along with an extraordinary vocal range. Having performed at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls like Olympia (Rome), Royal Albert Hall (London), she is now coming to Abu Dhabi Classics. She has released dozens of hit records covering a variety of music styles, from classical Arabic to modern Arad pop. On 7 February 2020, she will present a selection of her best songs at the Abu Dhabi Classics.
Middle East Youth Expo: Become responsible global citizens
Date: 03-05 February 2020
Venue- Youth Arena
After the recent turn of events such as the bush fire crisis in Australia, we are now starting to realize the real impact of climate change. The future of our Earth is hanging by a thread and it is high time we start taking measures to protect it. The Middle East Youth Expo will bring together thousands of young people from all around the world in the Middle East for you to collaborate and explore sustainable solutions for both people and the planet. The Expo is looking to empower you with the tools, inspiration, and direction to realize your life goals as responsible global citizens of the world. It is a 3-day event where you can interact with inspirational international speakers, or attend workshops and awards. There will be plenty of immersive experiences at Middle East Youth Expo, 2020 that you can dive into.
The Laughter Factory’s: Do yourself a favor and laugh more
Date: Wednesday 12 Feb 2020
Venue: Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park
Laughing is good for health and even science talks about the health benefits of good laughter. Get ready to laugh out loud as The Laughter Factory’s tour is coming to Abu Dhabi this February. The event will be featuring a string of stand-up comedians such as Tez Iliyas, Karen Bayley and Chris Betts. Tez Iliyas is the pick of the bunch as he has now become a regular face on the TV screen in the UK. He was even handpicked by Kevin Hart to be a part of his ‘Live from Montreal’ show. Bayley is wickedly funny and she is the only woman to win the Gong Show. Chris likes to prod on taboo topics and his mind is a curious place, where the philosophical meets the ridiculous.
Hay Festival: A paradise for literature lovers
Date: 25-27 February 2020
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat and other locations throughout Abu Dhabi
Literary enthusiasts are sure to jump with joy as The Hay Festival is coming to Abu Dhabi and UAE this February. Known to be one of the world’s biggest literary festivals, this four-day event will bring together a long list of intellectuals, award-winning writers, journalists, historians, film-makers and artists from around the world. The guest list includes:
- Booker prize-winners such as Bernardine Evaristo and Jokha Alharthi
- Nobel Prize-winners including Wole Soyinka and Shirin Ebadi, and Ahmed Galai.
- Famous historians like Shashi Tharoor and William Dalrymple
- Poets such as Qassim Haddad, Tishani Doshi, and Yang Lian
The event will also feature an impressive number of highly-acclaimed regional novelists like Adhaf Soueif (Egypt), Fatima Bhutto (Pakistan) and Hoda Barakat (Lebanon). It is a perfect event to visit with your family. While you are looking to interact with the likes of Evaristo and Tharoor, your children can look at the likes of Andy Stanton, Anjali Q Rauf, and Philip Ardagh for inspiration.
HustleFest 2020: For a chilled out evening with family and friends
Date: 28-29 February
Venue: Yas Marina
This fest is the country’s first-ever festival dedicated to independent craft brews. This family-friendly festival will offer over 30 never-before-tried beverages in the UAE. From citrusy, refreshing suds to deep, malty brews, there is something for everyone at the country’s first craft hops festival. Moreover, food outlets from Yas Marina will prepare special dishes designed to go perfectly with the small batches of hops that you will taste.