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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - EVENTS

Brazilian parade in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 19/10/2009

Yasalam celebrations continued in Abu Dhabi on Sunday with the Yasalam Brazilian Parade, a fun-filled three hours of samba dancing, stilt walkers, a Columbian band and some of the best entertainment the capital's Corniche has seen. The authentic ‘Rio De Janeiro style' procession featured both Brazilian and Arabic elements as the F1 moves from Brazil to Abu Dhabi. The Brazilian Parade is just one of the exciting Yasalam celebrations kicking off across Abu Dhabi this month. – Khaleej Times ...  >>MORE

Treat in store for music enthusiasts

Posted on 11/10/2009

It's that time of the year when classics begin to rain down, drenching all from the connoisseur to the layman. Yes, the second season of Abu Dhabi Classics begins on October 23 with a fitting start — Beethoven, to be performed by the New York Philharmonic, a giant interpreted by giants. And, the impressive line-up of other performances to come until May next year are sure to keep the high pitch. The performances by some of the world's best musicians presenting some of the most ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police bring out the force for Barbican Turbo Festival

Posted on 09/10/2009

Fans of custom bikes will be revelling at the opportunity to view the Abu Dhabi Police's unique Falcon Bike, a one of a kind motorcycle, exclusively designed and custom built, when it appears at this year's Barbican Turbo. Organised by United Business Media, Barbican Turbo is the Middle East's hottest custom, tuning, car, bike and motorsports festival at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from the 8th - 10th of October. Originally unveiled in May to thousands of fans, this unique ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to get ski slope (briefly)

Posted on 08/10/2009

An indoor ski slope, with 300 tonnes of snow trucked in from Dubai, is expected to be one of the main attractions when an extreme sports festival opens today at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Adventurous visitors can also try skateboarding, wakeboarding, hot-air balloon rides, scuba diving, jet skis and other activities at the Adrenaline Sports Live festival, which runs through Saturday. Barbican Turbo, a custom car meet at which enthusiasts show off their lavishly modified ...  >>MORE

Over 50 countries confirm participation for World Future Energy Summit

Posted on 29/09/2009

Over 50 countries have confirmed their participation for World Future Energy Summit 2010, being held in UAE capital. Abu Dhabi, the emerging global hub for renewable energy, will be the venue for the largest and most diverse gathering of world leaders, investors, policy makers, researchers, financial institutions and experts from January 18-21, 2010, the organisers of World Future Energy Summit (WFES), announced on Monday. The pivotal gathering is being held under the patronage of His ...  >>MORE

UNESCO meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss intangible heritage list

Posted on 28/09/2009

As many as 114 countries, which are signatories to Convention to Safeguard the Intangible Heritage, will attend the fourth conference of UNESCO's Inter-governmental Committee to Safeguard Intangible Heritage, which begins in Abu
Dhabi today. Also present at the five-day conference will be representatives of more than 50 societies, regional associations and non-government organsiations. The meeting will discuss the nomination for UNESCO's Intangible List of World Heritage. "The ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host first Tweeter festival next week

Posted on 06/09/2009

Abu Dhabi is all set to host its first Tweeter festival next week as increasingly people are becoming media savvy and getting involved in online social networking. The international festival, which will also for the first time have a UAE chapter, is scheduled to be held between September 10 and 13. For Abu Dhabi residents, it has a charitable cause and is hence being planned during Ramadan. Commonly known as Twestival or Twitter-Festival, the event is a series of events organised by ...  >>MORE

UAE begins gold quest in Calgary's WSI

Posted on 05/09/2009

Calgary, Canada - UAE's young talents are all set to dazzle at the World Skills Competition 2009, which will run over 5 days at the Stampede Park in Calgary, showcasing the very best skilled young people from every corner of the world. Over 1,000 Competitors from around the globe are taking part in the event. The UAE pavilion has already started welcoming scores of visitors, according to Dr Abdul Latif Al Shamsi, Director General of the Institute of Applied Technology. The UAE team members ...  >>MORE

UAE chosen to chair World Skills International panel

Posted on 01/09/2009

Calgary, Canada - Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, will open here tomorrow the 40th edition of the World Skills International (WSI), which will last until September 7. About 1000 contestants from more than 50 countries are participating in the event, which is expected to attract more than 3000 people, including technical experts, administrators and heads of the participating teams. The WSI, which is being hosted by Canada for the second time, has selected the UAE to head the panel of ...  >>MORE

Syria's Hassan Baeeti lands the 'Prince of Poets' title

Posted on 15/08/2009

H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President's aide de camp, attended last night the last episode of the Prince of Poets contest, held at Al Raha Beach theatre. The night was also attended by a number of Sheikhs, senior officials, diplomats and crowd of classic Arabic poetry fans. At the end of the ceremony, Sheikh Omar, accompanied by Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture '&' Heritage, crowned Hassan Baeeti from Syria as the new 'Prince of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Classics makes profits in first season

Posted on 03/08/2009

The "Abu Dhabi Classics" music festival made great success at all levels during its first 2008-2009 season, where the booking artists, participants and visitors from outside the UAE generated more than 8,000 nights in hotels in Abu Dhabi, and more than 15,000 tickets were sold. The festival, organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), held concerts in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi for continuous eight months and was attended by more than 35,000 music fans, which added ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Boat Show confirms world leading superyacht builder

Posted on 02/08/2009

One of the most famous superyacht builders in the world has confirmed its place at the Dubai International Boat Show. AMELS is one of the first companies to secure a place in the new exclusive Superyacht Pavilion, an exclusive area within the heart of the exhibition for leading superyacht builders and shipyards to meet with owners and high networth individuals. Open from 9-13 March 2010 at Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) - Mina Seyahi, Dubai International Boat Show will once again ...  >>MORE

Czech-Polish champion duo to do ice act in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/07/2009

Czech Republic champion Michaela Krutska will team up with Polish champion Roger Lubicz Sawicki to perform an ice adagio during the 60-minute spectacular as part of the Summer in Abu Dhabi family festival. The Magic On Ice Grand Illusion spectacle, which opens at Zayed Sports City ice-rink on August 1, will run until August 15, with the exception of August 9. The performances begin at 8pm. "These two ice-skating masters will dazzle audiences with their breathtaking display of strength and ...  >>MORE

Emirates Centre to participate in Hong Kong Book Fair

Posted on 21/07/2009

The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) will showcase its high-quality English publications at Hong Kong Book Fair starting from Tomorrow. The ECSSR will be represented along with other UAE institutions at the stand of the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Hong Kong, says a press release. The selection of English ECSSR publications exhibited at the one week Fair will offer analysis on various strategic, political, economic and social issues ...  >>MORE

Modhesh World organises Isra Wal Meraj programme

Posted on 19/07/2009

Modhesh World, the region's biggest edutainment venue is all set to celebrate Isra Wal Meraj beginning today. The festivities will begin at 5pm. The traditional aspects of the festival will be carried forward with a recital of the Isra Wal Meraj in Arabic at the Play and Interactive Stage. A special question and answer session has been designed in English besides the sessions in Arabic. Generally meant for children, a special session is being organised for adults with lots of goodie bags ...  >>MORE

Musical tribute to Jackson planned

Posted on 15/07/2009

About 75 young promising singers and dance performers from Dubai will pay tribute to Michael Jackson by performing live at a concert organised by Dubai-based singer-musician Glenn Perry. The concert will be held on Aug.7 in Dubai. "Michael Jackson was a musical inspiration to many and we in Dubai join the world in celebrating his legacy," he said. He said that the audience would be amazed to see the enthusiasm in the young performers. The singers are busy rehearsing Jackson songs. The ...  >>MORE

Moving the slope to skiers

Posted on 13/07/2009

Truckloads of snow will be carried across the desert in temperatures of up to 45C to build a temporary ski slope. The precious ‘white gold' will be made in Ski Dubai and transported in carefully refrigerated trucks to Abu Dhabi when an extreme sports festival opens in October. The temporary slope will be among the main attractions of the Adrenaline Sports Live Festival, at the National Exhibition Centre from October 8 to 10. "The slope will be replenished with fresh snow every morning,” ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to enlist a million volunteers

Posted on 07/07/2009

One million volunteers from all walks of life will dedicate one million hours of their time to work in areas like health, environment, education and culture as part of a campaign to be launched in Abu Dhabi next week. The ‘one million volunteers campaign' which is being patronised by Shaikha Fatima bin Mubarak, the Mother of the Emirates, will be launched by Zayed Giving Initiative jointly with the Family Development Foundation, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Emirates Voluntary ...  >>MORE

Capital gets a taste of Aboriginal culture

Posted on 06/07/2009

One of Australia's leading cultural groups -- the award-winning Descendance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre -- is making its Middle East debut in the UAE capital. The theatre is performing daily to enthusiastic audiences at the "Summer in Abu Dhabi" family carnival which runs at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre until Aug.15. The theatre troupe has performed all over the world, with the aim of preserving and promoting their unique Aboriginal culture. Their ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi ready for summer festival

Posted on 01/07/2009

Summer in Abu Dhabi, a six-week family carnival, opens on Wednesday in the capital city and features a packed schedule of activities. The show is being staged at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre atrium and seven halls. The show, which will be open on weekdays from 2 to 10pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm until midnight, features a multinational cast of more than 200 performers from the US, Britain, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong ...  >>MORE

Native American dancers to kick off summer festival

Posted on 30/06/2009

The opening act for Summer in Abu Dhabi showcases traditions from half a world away: Native American dancers representing 12 tribes. The festival, which begins this week, is expected to draw more than 150,000 to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The Native Nations Dance Theatre will kick things off with a whirl of colour and motion, officials say. "This troupe promises to be a fantastic cultural experience for young and old alike,” said Faisal al Sheikh, the head of events at the ...  >>MORE

Dubai summer camp for children set up during holidays

Posted on 25/06/2009

A summer camp for children of different age groups and a variety of edutainment programmes has been lined up by the Children's City through the summer holidays. Activities will start from July 28 to August 20 under the theme, "Special Summer". "Dubai Municipality is keen to provide programmes beneficial for children during this period so that they can utilise their holidays usefully by spending time in an cultural and informational environment," said Naila Al Mansouri, Head of Children's ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Summer Promotions launched

Posted on 10/06/2009

Residents of Sharjah will have something exciting to look forward to this summer with the launch of Sharjah Summer Promotions. Taking place from June 13 to July 25, many activities and promotions will be held across the emirate to help boost consumer spending and economic activity. "We are expecting a growth in consumer spending of 30 per cent during the 40-day promotions despite the market facing negativity," Ebrahim Rashid Al Jarwan, Director of Economic Affairs at Sharjah Chamber of ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Book Award organises seminar on translation in New York

Posted on 01/06/2009

Sheikh Zayed Book Award held a seminar on "Translation from and to the Arabic Language" on the sidelines of the Award's participation in BookExpo America in New York. The event was held at the New York Public Library, one of the leading public libraries of the world and one of the United States' most significant research centres. The seminar was moderated by William Rugh, former Ambassador of the United States to the UAE. The list of participants included Elliott Colla, Associate Professor ...  >>MORE

Dubai walks for charity at Vertical Marathon

Posted on 01/06/2009

More than 100 people gathered at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers on Sunday for the sixth Vertical Marathon. The marathon kicked off at 8am with both competitive and non-competitive runners ascending the 52 floors and 1,334 steps of the Office Tower of Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The event raised Dh161,375 for Medecins Sans Frontieres, which provides emergency medical care around the world. Tony Clarkson took the first place in the men's division, clocking in 8 minutes 46 seconds, while Amanda ...  >>MORE

UAE’s Venice pavilion to be run by young ‘ambassadors’

Posted on 27/05/2009

Volunteer "ambassadors” will staff the national pavilion at the Venice Biennale contemporary art exhibition, which runs from June 7 to Nov 22. Takatof, a 2007 community service initiative by the Emirates Foundation, will send about eight groups of young volunteers to Italy over six months to run the UAE stand in Venice. Each group will spend three weeks there. The volunteers will not only oversee the day-to-day activities at the pavilion but will also "represent the UAE”. According to ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid tours ATM

Posted on 07/05/2009

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that the UAE was focusing on the tourism industry due to its contribution to the national economy and UAE's image. Welcoming the exhibitors at the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition (ATM) yesterday, he added that the "tourism industry does not only diversify sources of national income, but also represents fundamental part of the cultural promotion to the UAE" Sheikh Mohammed toured the ATM ...  >>MORE

Venice pavilion 'will challenge clichés'

Posted on 04/05/2009

Abu Dhabi's first contribution to the Venice Biennale will try to debunk western clichés about the UAE, using work by artists, filmmakers and the capital's first town planner, its curator said last night. At a press conference ahead of the start of the Italian city's contemporary art festival next month, Catherine David said the pavilion would depict a fundamentally urban situation at odds with notions circulating in the West. "What we are trying to do with this biennale is to introduce a ...  >>MORE

Al Gharbia Water Sports Fest makes a big splash

Posted on 03/05/2009

The first Water Sports Festival in Al Gharbia got off to an exciting start on Friday with enthusiasts from across the globe displaying their skills in the waters of the Arabian Gulf. The nine-day long festival that was initiated by the Western Region Development Council, organised by Abu Dhabi Motors Club (ADMC) and supported by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), is being held at Al Mirfa Public Beach, approximately 120km from Abu Dhabi. The water sports festival immediately created ...  >>MORE

Sounds of Arabia Festival begins in capital today

Posted on 02/05/2009

The Cultural Foundation in the capital will host top Arab singers at the second ‘Sounds of Arabia' Festival from May 2 to 9. The festival is being organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. After the WOMAD festival last week, the authority is continuing its seasonal activities with this top-flight programme that sheds light on the important aspects of the golden age of inherent Arabic music. "The festival seeks to maintain our Arabian identity and specificity, in addition ...  >>MORE

7159 confirmed participations at Zayed International Charity Race 2009

Posted on 29/04/2009

The male and female contestants who will participate in the annual Zayed International Charity Race 2009 has reached 7150. The event, to be held in Central Park, New York on May 16, is being organised in collaboration with the UAE Embassy in Washington and will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Proceeds from the 10-km race will be given to Healthy Kidney Foundation, a specialised ...  >>MORE

New campaign to mark International Labour Day

Posted on 27/04/2009

The Ministry of Labour will launch a first-of-its-kind campaign on Monday to recognise workers in observance of International Labour Day, which falls on May 1. Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, has launched a five-day campaign titled 'Workers are our partners in development', starting today and ending on May 1, in appreciation of workers' contribution to the development of the country. "I want to congratulate everyone who works on the soil of this country and is contributing to its growth ...  >>MORE

Womad festival gives fans a taste of international fare

Posted on 26/04/2009

More than 15,000 people gathered on a public beach in the capital to participate in the second day of the Womad festival, being organised for the first time in the Middle East. The three-day festival, which ended on Saturday, succeeded in bringing musicians and artists from across the world to Abu Dhabi, giving expatriates a good chance to catch a glimpse of their homelands, through live music and performances, and at the same time giving music lovers a treat. "People's reaction and ...  >>MORE

Robert Plant wows Womad

Posted on 26/04/2009

As a young performer he belted out some of music's hardest blues rock. Now 61, the former Led Zeppelin singer, Robert Plant, proved last night he remains a crowd pleaser with a performance full of mystical energy. Accompanied by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, the singer performed to packed crowds on the Corniche last night as a headline act for the capital's first Womad international music festival. Plant had been rehearsing for the concert in the heart of the English countryside since he ...  >>MORE

Dance offers a taste of Womad

Posted on 23/04/2009

If there were any lingering doubts about how far from ordinary the Womad festival will be, they were dispelled yesterday by a group of dancers from Zimbabwe. The dance troupe Siyaya offered a taste of things to come when the international celebration of world culture opens at the Corniche tonight with a performance at the Emirates Palace hotel in which they sported a combination of traditional African attire and decidedly untraditional construction hard hats and Wellington boots. Their lively ...  >>MORE

Visitors flock to ADACH pavilion at London book fair

Posted on 22/04/2009

London - Thousands of cultural enthusiasts visited the pavilion of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) as the London Book fair entered its second day. ADACH is participating at the London Book Fair 2009, held on 20-22 April, within the framework of its cultural communication and interaction projects. The pavilion, built in a traditional oriental touch, captures everyone's eyes and gives the latest updates of ADACH's cultural projects, which include the Sheikh Zayed Book ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi takes part in London Book Fair 2009

Posted on 20/04/2009

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is participating at the London Book Fair 2009, held on 20-22 April, as it promotes its cultural communication and interaction projects. Abu Dhabi's participation will highlight the latest updates of ADACH's cultural projects, which include the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, the KALIMA translation project, the talent-promoting KITAB publishing project, the Poetry Academy, and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the fastest-growing book fair ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Culture to participate in the London Book Fair

Posted on 20/04/2009

UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development will participate in the London Book Fair due to start on Monday, 20th April. The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. The ministry's participation in the three day event taking place in the world's premier publishing and cultural capital comes within the framework of the efforts to ensure its active presence in the ...  >>MORE

UAE Publications
for London Fair

Posted on 19/04/2009

The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) will showcase English and Arabic publications at the London Book Fair from April 20–22. The ECSSR will be represented along with other UAE institutions at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development stand. A selection of ECSSR will be exhibited, analysing various strategic, political, economic and social issues locally and on the world scene. Among the books on display will be original and translated titles by reputed ...  >>MORE

Hannes Arch wins Red Bull air race in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 19/04/2009

Home favourite and defending world champion Hannes Arch got his title defence off to a stunning start by claiming first blood in the opening round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The Austrian, racing under the sponsorship of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), turned on the style in the four-man final recording the fastest time of the weekend - 1m:24.60s - to win the third race of his career by less than a second from last year's Abu Dhabi champion Paul ...  >>MORE

First Water Sports Festival 
in Al Gharbia

Posted on 19/04/2009

The Western Region Development Council (WRDC) of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi (Al Gharbia) will host the first ever water sports festival next month in Mirfa. The Al Gharbia Water Sports Festival 2009 will be held from May 1 to May 9. It is aimed at encouraging social, cultural and sporting activities among the residents of Al Gharbia and the UAE, as well as to support the local athletes in the country. The sports festival will be holding a number of competitions including an international ...  >>MORE

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Brazilian parade in Abu Dhabi


Treat in store for music enthusiasts


Abu Dhabi Police bring out the force for Barbican Turbo Festival


Abu Dhabi to get ski slope (briefly)


Over 50 countries confirm participation for World Future Energy Summit


UNESCO meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss intangible heritage list


Abu Dhabi to host first Tweeter festival next week


UAE begins gold quest in Calgary's WSI


UAE chosen to chair World Skills International panel


Syria's Hassan Baeeti lands the 'Prince of Poets' title


Abu Dhabi Classics makes profits in first season


Dubai International Boat Show confirms world leading superyacht builder


Czech-Polish champion duo to do ice act in Abu Dhabi


Emirates Centre to participate in Hong Kong Book Fair


Modhesh World organises Isra Wal Meraj programme


Musical tribute to Jackson planned


Moving the slope to skiers


Abu Dhabi to enlist a million volunteers


Capital gets a taste of Aboriginal culture


Abu Dhabi ready for summer festival


Native American dancers to kick off summer festival


Dubai summer camp for children set up during holidays


Sharjah Summer Promotions launched


Sheikh Zayed Book Award organises seminar on translation in New York


Dubai walks for charity at Vertical Marathon


UAE’s Venice pavilion to be run by young ‘ambassadors’


Mohammed bin Rashid tours ATM


Venice pavilion 'will challenge clichés'


Al Gharbia Water Sports Fest makes a big splash


Sounds of Arabia Festival begins in capital today


7159 confirmed participations at Zayed International Charity Race 2009


New campaign to mark International Labour Day


Womad festival gives fans a taste of international fare


Robert Plant wows Womad


Dance offers a taste of Womad


Visitors flock to ADACH pavilion at London book fair


Abu Dhabi takes part in London Book Fair 2009


Ministry of Culture to participate in the London Book Fair


UAE Publications
for London Fair


Hannes Arch wins Red Bull air race in Abu Dhabi


First Water Sports Festival 
in Al Gharbia