Eid Al Fitr celebrations in Abu Dhabi will see a host of family activities, star-studded concerts, celebratory shows, attraction activations, night markets and extended mall opening hours as the destination unites to ramp up the emirate’s traditional EidFest Abu Dhabi promotion.
Spearheaded by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), EidFest Abu Dhabi collects leading stakeholder initiatives in a co-ordinated ‘destination festival’ designed to let visitors and residents share in the seasonal celebration.
“Eid is an occasion when visitors and residents alike can come together and share the emirate’s social atmosphere and diverse celebrations,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Director, Events Bureau, TCA Abu Dhabi. “Our Eidfest Abu Dhabi campaign has evolved into a stone corner activation to promote Abu Dhabi regionally and internationally as a family holiday destination. With wide-ranging family entertainment activities, promotion offers and unilateral stakeholder support, we have built a platform which will appeal to everyone in Abu Dhabi.”
The Eidfest Abu Dhabi line-up encompasses TCA Abu Dhabi’s SummerFest Abu Dhabi promotion, which is anchored by a mega family-friendly hub of edutainment activities, world-class shows and exciting international performances spread over four action-packed halls at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Running until August 17, the festival’s ADNEC hub boasts dozens of attractions for kids of all ages, including a LEGO Zone, Heritage Arts & Craft Zone, 10-metre Extreme Tower bag jump and Jebel Hafeet - a gigantic, three-storey Obstacle Course.
During Eid, the festival’s 200-seat Show World auditorium will host SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES from August 7th-12th. With Scooby Doo, Shaggy and the much-loved Mystery Inc. characters singing big musical numbers - including the cartoon’s classic theme song, ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ – the crew must solve the mystery of a trouble-making ghost.
Twice-daily SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES shows start at 16:30 and 19:30. Entrance to Show World is free with a SummerFest Abu Dhabi at ADNEC ticket. Entry is AED40 (US $ 10.65) for adults and AED20 (US $ 5.35) for under-12s, while kids under two-years-old enter free. For opening times during Ramadan, Eid and beyond, visit: www.summerfestabudhabi.ae
The annual Ramadan & Eid Festival, which ends on August 10, is also currently running at ADNEC. The free-to-enter five-hall fair offers a range of family-centric consumer goods, unique gift items, Arabic food, toys and games, as well as traditional song and dance. Currently open daily from 20:30 to 02:30, opening hours change from 16:00 to midnight during Eid.
Over on Yas Island, three of the Arab world’s brightest musical talents are joining forces for a special, one-night-only Eidfest concert at du Forum on August 10.
The star-studded, fully-seated indoor concert will see Lebanese songstress and revered opera star, Yara, open the show with a hit-laden 45-minute set, before legendary Saudi Arabian, Rabeh Saqer, takes to stage for a 45-minute bill featuring the biggest musical numbers from his celebrated 30-year career, including ‘Sahratna Al Laila’ – one of the father-of-four’s all-time classics. Finally, UAE superstar, Hussain Al Jassmi, a much-loved favourite around the Arab world and a popular judge on X-Factor Arabia, will perform an hour-long headline set featuring the biggest hits from four best-selling albums.
Concert doors open at 7pm and there are three ticket categories: VIP at AED495 (US $ 132), Premium at AED350 (US $ 93) and A Reserve at AED200 (US $ 53). Tickets are available online at www.summerfestabudhabi.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae, while UAE residents can call 800 555 for more information.
Also on Yas Island, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park, will host an event dubbed ‘Light Racers’ from August 9 – 18. The 10-day celebration will see three champion acts - last year’s America’s Got Talent finalist, Lightwire Theater; Arab’s Got Talent winner, Khawater Al Dalam; and parkour and hip-hop dance unit, Urban Grunge – perform daily.
Entry to ‘Light Racers’ is free with a regular Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ticket. Four categories are available: General Admission AED235, Junior Admission AED195, Premium AED385 and Junior Premium AED315.
Additionally, major malls and shopping centres across Abu Dhabi will extend their opening hours until after midnight to mark the last fortnight of SummerFest Abu Dhabi and Eid Al Fitr celebrations.