Just when you thought the capital's Yas Island couldn’t get any more exciting – things just got taken up a notch.
The entertainment destination – which is already home to Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, two arenas and a rich array of top nightspots – has announced a sizzling schedule of events to give you reason to visit Abu Dhabi throughout the rest of the year.
From September through to December, a wide variety of attractions will be taking centre stage on the island where fantasy is turned into reality.
The packed programme, announced today by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, includes Harry Potter in Concert for the very first time in the UAE, world famous comedy icon Trevor Noah, sensational circus acts, plenty of cartoon capers to keep the kids entertained – and don’t’ forget the Formula One!
Harry Potter in Concert will be a Hogwarts-and-all spectacular, celebrating one of the most beloved film franchises in history. Audiences will be able enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on a 40-foot high definition screen while hearing the Orcquesta Sinfonia de Valles performing John Williams’ enchanting score, all the way from Barcelona.
Debuting at the du Forum, the event will take place on Thursday September 21 to Saturday 23, and will be the first of eight movies to be screened on Yas Island.
Following its success in 2014, Nitro Circus Live will surge into Yas Marina Circuit with a high-octane show on Friday October 6. The global action sports phenomenon will bring an all-new show with them filled with unbelievable world firsts, spectacular tricks and mind-blowing stunts, with action sports icon Travis Pastrana, riding in the UAE for the first time.
Little ones also have something to look forward to as Cartoon Network brings beloved heroes to the big stage with Cartoon Network Live! The UAE will be the tour’s debut and will feature familiar faces from the Powerpuff Girls to Ben Ten and more, from Wednesday October 11 to Saturday 14 at du Forum.
November will see the return of the hugely successful Taste of Abu Dhabi to Yas Island. The capital’s favourite food, drink and music festival is back for its fourth year running complete with tasty bites from exciting restaurants, world-class chefs, family entertainment, music and much more. The annual event will call out to food lovers everywhere from Thursday November 9 to Saturday 11 at du Arena.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be racing out of the starting blocks for the ninth consecutive year from Friday November 24 to Sunday 26 – with top musical acts set to be part of the Yasalam Festival once more.
After taking America and Australia by storm, a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular Circus 1903 makes its UAE debut on Yas Island. The family-friendly show is suitable for all ages complete and features a gifted cast of amazing circus acts from all around the world. The golden age of circus is set to captivate audiences at du Forum from November 29 to December 2.
In one of the most anticipated events on the calendar, Trevor Noah, host of Emmy award-winning The Daily Show in America, will be returning to the UAE, this time bringing his unique brand of humour to Du Forum on Friday December 15 as part of his Around The World international tour.
Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of tourism at TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “Working alongside Yas Island and its valuable stakeholders and partners, has been instrumental in bringing Yas Island - and Abu Dhabi - to the forefront as an exciting destination of choice, both locally and in our overseas markets.
“Our joint programme, expected to attract a record number of international visitors, will aid us in reaching our target for hotel guest arrivals this year. We are thrilled to see these projects come to life and look forward to many more successes in the years to come.”
Along with the return of familiar favourites including the UAE’s National Day celebration, winter markets such as Yas Marina’s Let it Snow and du Forum’s Winterland Carnival, there is so much to look forward to in the months to come.
So, who's up for a road trip?