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What to expect at Abu Dhabi Showdown week

Words by Nathan Irvine

Music gigs, punching, celebrities and more.

Abu Dhabi Showdown week is almost upon us. From September 1 to 7, the emirate will transform into a hub of fitness activities, special gigs and a fan zone for UFC fans around the world.

Here's a look at what to expect at Abu Dhabi Showdown week.

Shutterstock Red Hot Chili Peppers are ready to tear the place up


It's a pretty obvious one to kick off with, but the whole week is a run up to UFC 242. The main event on the card is a lightweight championship bout between challenger Dustin Poirier and the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov. It promises to be one action-packed card, so if you managed to bag tickets in advance, you're in for a great night of fights on September 7.


As well as special after parties at Drai's Las Vegas and Bizaar at Mad, Abu Dhabi Showdown week will play host to two special gigs.

On September 4, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will take to the stage for an energetic set featuring classics such as Californication, Suck My Kiss and Can't Stop. 

Reggaeton royalty J. Balvin will perform on September 5. Both gigs will take place at the brand-new The Arena on Yas Island.

UFC Fan Experience

Yas Island is the place to be for all fans of MMA. You'll get a chance to watch the fighters during open workouts, watch the weigh-ins and even have a meet-and-greet with the stars too.

Abu Dhabi Sports and Fitness Expo

Du Forum will play host to an fitness exhibition between September 5 and 7. You can take part in workouts or attend conferences on how you can improve your fitness or wellbeing. You'll even get a chance to meet man mountain Jay Cutler who is the current Mr Olympia. Tickets start at AED 50.


Not just any old bun and meat combos, we're talking Knockout Burgers. This promotion will stretch across 25 participating cafes and restaurants with bespoke burger creations at discounted prices, being the flavour of the day from August 25 to September 7.

And the rest...

Throughout the week there will be retail offers at the stores around Abu Dhabi and Yas Island. You'll also find special hotel packages and activitations across the emirate to indulge in. Oh, and stick around in the evening as most bars and clubs will have special nights and discounts on offer too.

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