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11 days of fun with science

Posted on 10/10/2012

The adventure begins today across the emirate as the much-anticipated Abu Dhabi Science Festival 2012 opens to the public for the second year. For the next 11 days, children and adults alike will be enthralled and treated to the wonders of science as they participate in numerous hands-on activities that are meant to spark kids' curiosity 
and inspire them to pursue scientific education or careers in medicine, engineering and other Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) fields. The ...  >>MORE

Ready to make a splash: Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival

Posted on 04/10/2012

Dragon boating is really emerging on the local scene. There are already several social and competitive events held throughout the year in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai for its avid paddlers, some of whom have even made it to the world stage, thanks to dedicated practice on the many creeks and beaches we're lucky to be surrounded by. If you've been out of the loop and would like to see what this ancient oriental water sport is all about, then there's no better weekend than this one as the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Eid in Dubai’ celebrations extended for two weeks

Posted on 30/09/2012

Shopping malls in Dubai will remain open round the clock during the ‘Eid in Dubai' celebrations, according to organisers. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced that ‘Eid in Dubai', the family shopping, leisure and entertainment extravaganza hosted by the city to coincide with Eid Al Adha celebrations, will be extended to two weeks. The originally planned four-day celebration organised by the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Youngsters given a glimpse into the future by UAE exhibition

Posted on 30/09/2012

A year-long exhibition aiming to show children how their choices can either destroy the city or make it a better place opened at Manarat Al Saadiyat yesterday. Eco Future is targeting children aged from eight to 12 in a bid to teach them the process of creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) in collaboration with various entities, including Masdar and the Abu Dhabi Education Council, Eco Future is based ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid orders formation of events board

Posted on 23/09/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the setting up of a board for organising events and festivals in Dubai. The board of directors will be chaired by Mohammad Ali Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar, and will report directly to Sheikh Mohammad. Sheikh Mohammad instructed Al Abbar to form the board of directors from the public and private sectors. The board shall consist of highly experienced and qualified ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Air Expo in March 2013

Posted on 19/09/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) will be hosting the Abu Dhabi Air Expo again for the second year in a row between the 5th -7th March 2013 at Al Bateen Executive Airport, its business aviation airport in Abu Dhabi. This will follow the success of this year's Abu Dhabi Air Expo in March 2012 which was held for first time in the Middle East. The event then drew more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, displayed 70 aircraft from light jets to helicopters and attracted more than 10,000 ...  >>MORE

Photo exhibition features UAE-China relations

Posted on 15/09/2012

Around 100 pictures depicting milestones of the China-Arab relations from the archives of the Xin Hua News Agency have been opened to the public at the main entrance of Dragon Mart. The photo exhibition entitled, "Sino-UAE Friendship Photo Exhibition,” was organised by the Xin Hua News Agency Dubai Bureau, supported by Nakheel PSJC and Chinese Business Group of Dragon Mart Dubai. The exhibition is expected to run until October 1. Chinese Consul General to the UAE, Zhan Jingbao attended the ...  >>MORE

Local photography award shares international stage

Posted on 15/09/2012

The Hamdan International Photography Award (Hipa) will participate in its first international event next week at the Photokina photography trade fair from 18-23 September, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. The fair is touted as the world's leading imaging fair. Established in 1950, the semi-annual event attracts leading brands and players in the imaging industry. A delegation from HIPA will be at the fair, headed by Ali Khalifa Bin Thalith, Secretary-General of the Award. 
The second edition of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi walkathon to mark World Diabetes Day

Posted on 11/09/2012

The sixth annual walkathon in Abu Dhabi will take place on November 16, with thousands of people expected to take to a five-kilometre route around the Yas Marina Circuit. Walk 2012, which is organised by the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) to mark World Diabetes Day, is also supported by the National Health Insurance Company, or Daman. Organisers are hoping to draw more than 17,000 participants, an increase of 4,500 from six years ago. The event is also part of Walk for ...  >>MORE

First look at 2012 film festival season

Posted on 04/09/2012

If ever there was something to highlight just how quickly a year zips by, it's the region's film festival season. For many of us, the screams of "Tom, TOM, TOOOOOOM!" are still ringing in our ears from the Mission: Impossible-fuelled mayhem that was the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). But the Abu Dhabi Film Festival is already hurtling towards us, kick-starting a hectic few months of red carpets, flash photography and waiting in the standby tickets queue because you forgot to get ...  >>MORE

Kylie Minogue and Nickelback to play Abu Dhabi's F1 concerts

Posted on 03/09/2012

Kylie Minogue and Nickelback were yesterday confirmed as headline acts for two of this year's three Yasalam After-Race Concerts in Abu Dhabi Grammy Award-winning Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue will perform on the first night of the Yasalam After-Race Concerts - Friday 2nd November -, with Canadian rockers Nickelback playing on the second night - Saturday 3rd November. Now in their fourth year, the Yasalam After-Race concerts are staged at the du Arena, Yas Island, exclusively for F1™ ...  >>MORE

UAEBBY to participate at 33rd IBBY conference in London

Posted on 20/08/2012

The UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) is set to participate at the 33rd International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) conference to be held in London. The four-day conference - to be held between the 23rd and 26th of August in which the UAEBBY will be participating under the sponsorship of Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy - is being organised to bring together IBBY's 77 national chapters from across the globe so as to allow them to deliberate and discuss effective future ...  >>MORE

ADNIC Yas run proceeds to go to operation smile

Posted on 01/08/2012

Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC), along with Yas Marina Circuit, announced yesterday that 'Operation Smile UAE' will be the official charity for the ADNIC Yas Run 2012, which will be held at the Yas Marina Circuit on 24 November. The MoU signing was attended by Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Chief Corporate Marketing and Communications Officer at ADNIC, Malek Rawas Al Rashedi, Senior Director of Support Services at Yas Marina Circuit and Morag Cromey-Hawke, Executive Director of Operation ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi back in the loop for air race

Posted on 31/07/2012

The Red Bull Air Race is expected to take off again in 2014 - and Abu Dhabi has been approached by organisers to be one of the host sites. According to Red Bull officials, a team is working on securing a fixed calendar for the race, which is held in cities across the world. "Time is flying and it may still seem a long way to go until we all hear 'smoke on' from the loudspeakers again," said a statement on the Red Bull air Race website. "In reality, a very long period of time is needed to turn ...  >>MORE

Adac to host Orbis Flying Hospital

Posted on 09/07/2012

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) announced on Sunday that it will host the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital during Abu Dhabi Routes 2012, which is scheduled to take place from September 29 to October 2 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec). The converted DC-10 aircraft and the world's only ophthalmic surgical and training hospital with wings will be on display and available for invited tours at Al Bateen Executive Airport. Orbis is a non-profit, global development organisation ...  >>MORE

Indoor fun, games captivate capital kids

Posted on 02/07/2012

The temperatures are for sure rising and even as outdoor activities for children and adults begin to dwindle, stifled by the heat, the capital's kids have found a perfect escapade within the city. The Summer in Abu Dhabi festival at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, spread over four sprawling halls, has kept hundreds of children and adults occupied with a fine mixture of fun, frolic, music, art, culture and sport activities. One of the feature additions is the Sea Lion Show with ...  >>MORE

A toon friend for Emirati children

Posted on 28/06/2012

Emirati youth will find a new champion of their country’s heritage and development in the cartoon character, Mansour, scheduled to appear on airwaves later this year, said show creator Rashed Al Harmoodi during the cartoon’s launch on June 26 at the Summer in Abu Dhabi festival. “We want to make sure that our children play an essential role in developing the UAE,” he said, describing the inspiration behind the first Emirati production to utilise high quality, 3D animation techniques. ...  >>MORE

Adnec hopes to ExCeL at Olympics

Posted on 24/06/2012

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) is hoping the London Olympics this summer will help the emirate to compete for a bigger share of the global conference and events industry. Adnec is preparing to host tens of thousands of visitors a day for the Games at the vast convention centre it owns in the British capital. ExCeL London, which Adnec acquired for Dh2.3 billion (US$626.1 million) in 2008, is one of the largest venues for the Games. "It is also the only venue to host an ...  >>MORE

Thousands of prizes to be won at Al Qasba

Posted on 21/06/2012

Al Qasba, Sharjah's premier tourist, leisure and cultural destination, is welcoming in the summer months with a range of thrilling giveaways and raffle draws to give all of their visitors the experience of being winners and the opportunity to experience the joy of summer with Etisalat - Eye of the Emirates. Sharjah's premier tourist destination has teamed up with a number of exciting sponsors to give their guests a chance to win a range of wonderful prizes. From the 15th of June to the 31st ...  >>MORE

Summer fun kicks off in the Capital

Posted on 21/06/2012

The annual Summer in Abu Dhabi (SIAD) festival was officially opened by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA) on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec). As in previous years, plenty of indoor fun, mostly for children and teenagers, is spread across 21,000 square metres, including an ice rink for shows. "All in all, we have 90 activities at Adnec this summer, including 10 rides and 18 skill games,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, events manager at the ADTCA. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Sports World is the cool place to play this summer

Posted on 20/06/2012

For the cricket devotee Jibran Khan, the only searing heat welcome in a match is that felt by his opponents as he steps up to the crease. So Jibran, 19, was yesterday only too willing to pad up at one of the Dubai Sports World indoor pitches, under a roof that stops the air conditioning from escaping. "We play cricket mainly in the surroundings [of where we live] but this is a new experience,” said the young Indian, for whom the school year has finished. "We played at school but this is ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi rolls out summer activities for youngsters

Posted on 14/06/2012

Parents not going on holiday this summer may be concerned about how to keep their children occupied during the hot months. One of the options is the Sayfuna Mumayaz (Our Summer is Special) programme which aims to combine entertainment and education. Courses will be provided for children enrolled in public and private schools in grades 2 to 11 in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. "The programme was specially designed to enhance the academic performance of the students in the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah International Book Fair displays strong presence at Book Expo America

Posted on 09/06/2012

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) has successfully concluded its participation in Book Expo America 2012 after displaying a strong presence at America's premier book fair. The SIBF's stand received a huge turnout of avid readers and book lovers due to the diversity, high quality, and rich contents of titles on display. Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Amri, Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair, received Ahmed Al Jarmen, UAE Ambassador to the United Nations, who inspected the SIBF's ...  >>MORE

Etisalat children's book award participates in BookExpo America

Posted on 07/06/2012

The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature is participating as part of Sharjah's International Book Fair stand in the 2012 BookExpo America, North America's largest gathering of book trade professionals, which is being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York City. The award, an initiative of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) the national section of the International Board on Books for Young People ...  >>MORE

Expats celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Dubai

Posted on 02/06/2012

British expatriates mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's reign with traditional street party in Dubai A diamond occasion British expats gathered at the Grand Hyatt Dubai on Friday to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a traditional street party. Inside an air-conditioned tent in the hotel's garden, fans of the British monarch sat at long tables enjoying authentic food from the UK while listening to classic songs from home in the company of like-minded people. Many of the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah book fair to make presence felt in the US

Posted on 02/06/2012

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) is prepared to participate effectively at the Book Expo America, which will be held from June 3 to 7, 2012, at the Jacob K Javits Convention Centre in New York City, with the participation of more than 1,100 publishers and 100 authors.The Sharjah Book Fair will be represented by a delegation led by Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Amri, Director of Sharjah International Book Fair, and Salim Omar Salim, Head of Sales at Sharjah International Book Fair, with the aim ...  >>MORE

Madonna's support acts hit the stage early … two days early

Posted on 02/06/2012

A music festival on Yas Island is offering a ray of light for Madonna fans eagerly awaiting her first concerts in the Middle East. The Cyprian Yas Music Festival, organised by the events company Flash Entertainment and Allure by Cyprian, was intended to help music lovers get into the groove over the weekend ahead of the star's shows tomorrow and on Monday. The five-day festival, which ends on Monday with the Madonna after-party, is being held at the Yas Yacht Club's Cyprian restaurant and ...  >>MORE

Sir Bu Nair festival begins this week

Posted on 22/05/2012

Fishermen, divers and seamen will take part in a treasure hunt and various sporting, cultural, heritage and environmental activities in the three-day Sir Bu Nair Island Environmental festival, set to begin on Thursday. The festival, which has been held annually since 2000, is part of Sharjah's strategy to support environment and cultural tourism by conserving and celebrating the emirate's natural resources and treasures. It is also a revival of the old sea traditions such as pearl diving ...  >>MORE

DWTC to organize 'Dubai Sports World' in June

Posted on 14/05/2012

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will organise for the second year in a row the 'Dubai Sports World 2012' from 8 June to 31 August in partnership with Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and Dubai Events and Promotion Establishment (DEPE), and supported by the Roads '&' Transport Authority (RTA). With a capacity to host tens of thousands of sporting enthusiasts, the event will open 7 days a week, from 8am to midnight, and 8am to 4am in Ramadan, providing 20 hours of nonstop sporting entertainment. ...  >>MORE

Comic Con a huge hit for fantasy fans in the UAE

Posted on 22/04/2012

Some came from a galaxy far, far away … while others just drove over from Abu Dhabi. Thousands of film, fantasy and superhero fans packed into Dubai International Marine Club at Mina Seyahi over the weekend for the first Middle East Film and Comic Con. They attended screenings, took part in workshops, played video games, entered competitions and queued to meet idols such as Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones. More star power was provided by John Rhys-Davies, best known for playing Gimli the ...  >>MORE

30,000 expected to walk for peace

Posted on 05/04/2012

At least 30,000 peace lovers of different nationalities are expected to participate in the first international Peach March in Dubai on Friday, organisers Dubai International Peace Convention (DIPC) said. The 2-km peace march, from Dubai Murooj Rotana to World Trade Centre (WTC), will be made colourful, meaningful and thrilling with hot air balloons, sky diving, parachuting and helicopter dives, in addition to the presence of bikers and car enthusiasts, media coordinator, DIPC Abdul Nazeer ...  >>MORE

Visitors can partake of Emirati culture during fest

Posted on 04/04/2012

As part of Sharjah's continuous efforts to preserve and revive heritage, the Sharjah Heritage Days festival will start today and run until April 20. The festival, which is in its 10th edition, runs under the slogan, ‘A Decade of Heritage', and will be held for 17 days throughout the emirate, including Sharjah city, Al Hamriya, Al Dhaid, Khorfakkan, Kalba, Al Madam, Dibba Al Hisn and Maleha. This year's festival will have a new feel, with features such as scientific lectures and Arab ...  >>MORE

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair marks another successful year

Posted on 03/04/2012

The curtains have drawn on what was another bumper edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. Literature lovers, authors, publishers and the curious descended on the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre for six days of panel discussions, workshops, poetry readings and good old-fashioned shopping. Those who think bookworms are meek in the shopping stakes would have done a double take as families found innovative ways to carry their new-found books, among them a makeshift trolley. The ...  >>MORE

Signatures Corner is the hit of Abu Dhabi book fair

Posted on 01/04/2012

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair was the main destination for families over the weekend. Thousands streamed through the gates of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre to land a bargain, talk to a publisher or listen to guest authors. Eclectic genres and international literary voices were present throughout the day. The British and American poets Tishani Doshi and Bahareh Amadi teamed up at one of the festival stages, The Tent, where both performed selections from their works ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair draws 900 publishing houses

Posted on 22/03/2012

The 22nd edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will attract 900 publishing houses from 45 countries, up by 10 per cent. They feature over 500, 000 books in 33 languages. This was disclosed yesterday at a press conference organised by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Tourism to announce the programme of the Book Fair, which will be held from March 28- April 02, at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre under patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown ...  >>MORE

This year’s Al Qasba Food Fest to give a taste of Emirati culture

Posted on 21/03/2012

Al Qasba is all set to launch the 6th edition of its highly popular Al Qasba Food Festival 2012 themed "Culinary Talents” event on Thursday, which will run until March 31. "This year's festival will highlight Emirati dishes through the participation of a host of Emirati chefs who will show their cooking skills,” Hazem Al Sawaf, director of Marketing and Communications at Al Qasba Development Authority, said. An elite group of renowned chefs from hotels and restaurants in the UAE and the ...  >>MORE

Toni Braxton to perform on Dubai World Cup night

Posted on 21/03/2012

The Meydan Group and Atelier Live are to bring international recording artist Toni Braxton to perform in concert at the spectacular closing event of the Dubai World Cup on March 31, it was announced. The Dubai World Cup recognised as the world's richest day in racing promises to continue the tradition of great entertainment that adds to the spectacle of the biggest event on the Dubai calendar. Alchemy Project, under Atelier Live brand is known for bringing amazing talent to the region ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Festival leads revival of traditional art of storytelling

Posted on 19/03/2012

Committed to sharing the delight of traditional Arabic artforms with new generations of children and young people, the Abu Dhabi Festival's Community Programme is hosting a range of workshops and performances focused on storytelling. Reviving the art of storytelling, as well as traditional Emirati culture and customs, the Abu Dhabi Festival activities will reach communities across the Emirates. In collaboration with the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, storyteller ...  >>MORE

Musical shows begin at Sharjah fountain in Al Majaz Waterfront

Posted on 26/02/2012

The residents and visitors of Sharjah can now enjoy watching eight daily spectacular musical shows by the giant Musical Fountain at Al Majaz Waterfront, the flagship and largest tourism project developed by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). The first musical shows of the Fountain kicked off on Friday in the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq, and Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq. The musical show was also attended by ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi book fair unveils ‘Professional Programme’

Posted on 21/02/2012

The 22nd annual Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2012, organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, has announced the elements of the Professional Programme. The Professional Programme has been designed to bring together the best in business panels, networking and seminars, with the key aim of assessing the current state of the book publishing industry and digital content in the Arab region. The Professional Programme will be touching on vital topics such as digital publishing and ...  >>MORE

Terry Fox Run enlivens Abu Dhabi waterfront

Posted on 19/02/2012

More than 18,000 people congregated at the capital's Corniche on Friday for the annual Terry Fox Run, transforming the waterfront into a place of colour and music. The run, which collects funds to support cancer research and is in its 17th edition in Abu Dhabi, saw participants cover 8.5 kilometres along the corniche. It was organised under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, the President's Adviser. While most participants contributed to the cause by buying T-shirts, ...  >>MORE

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11 days of fun with science


Ready to make a splash: Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival


Eid in Dubai’ celebrations extended for two weeks


Youngsters given a glimpse into the future by UAE exhibition


Mohammed bin Rashid orders formation of events board


Abu Dhabi Air Expo in March 2013


Photo exhibition features UAE-China relations


Local photography award shares international stage


Abu Dhabi walkathon to mark World Diabetes Day


First look at 2012 film festival season


Kylie Minogue and Nickelback to play Abu Dhabi's F1 concerts


UAEBBY to participate at 33rd IBBY conference in London


ADNIC Yas run proceeds to go to operation smile


Abu Dhabi back in the loop for air race


Adac to host Orbis Flying Hospital


Indoor fun, games captivate capital kids


A toon friend for Emirati children


Adnec hopes to ExCeL at Olympics


Thousands of prizes to be won at Al Qasba


Summer fun kicks off in the Capital


Dubai Sports World is the cool place to play this summer


Abu Dhabi rolls out summer activities for youngsters


Sharjah International Book Fair displays strong presence at Book Expo America


Etisalat children's book award participates in BookExpo America


Expats celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Dubai


Sharjah book fair to make presence felt in the US


Madonna's support acts hit the stage early … two days early


Sir Bu Nair festival begins this week


DWTC to organize 'Dubai Sports World' in June


Comic Con a huge hit for fantasy fans in the UAE


30,000 expected to walk for peace


Visitors can partake of Emirati culture during fest


The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair marks another successful year


Signatures Corner is the hit of Abu Dhabi book fair


Abu Dhabi International Book Fair draws 900 publishing houses


This year’s Al Qasba Food Fest to give a taste of Emirati culture


Toni Braxton to perform on Dubai World Cup night


Abu Dhabi Festival leads revival of traditional art of storytelling


Musical shows begin at Sharjah fountain in Al Majaz Waterfront


Abu Dhabi book fair unveils ‘Professional Programme’


Terry Fox Run enlivens Abu Dhabi waterfront