Year on year, Abu Dhabi is set ablaze with non-stop excitement with the region’s largest festival – Yasalam. With only weeks to go it’s time once again to get your groove on because this party is about start. Whatever your passion, there’s something for everyone. So if music, sports or getting involved with the community is your ‘thang’ sit tight because Yasalam has got it covered.
It’s been eight years of Yasalam magic – and here’s our guide to eight of the most awesome ways Yasalam 2016 is going to be THE event of the year.
No festival is complete without that big bang to start the fun.
This year’s international carnival-themed, ‘Opening Parade’ is set to get the action started with all its showmanship, noise and pumped up fiesta-vibe on 17 November at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Art aficionados if your fingers are itching to paint and create or just get messy, head down and see what’s new at the ‘Urban Art Zone brought to you by Yas Mall’ from 17 – 27 November. It’s going to be a creative celebration where you can experiment with funky forms of art and get-up-to-speed at a host of workshops. And if you can make it to Yas Mall on 11 or 12 November, take part in upcycling a baby piano with graffiti art, before it’s played by a talented pianist.
The ‘Heritage Plaza’ is going to be every cultured UAE resident’s dream. Go wild with henna painting and not to mention an impressive Emirati gallery showcase. Learn things you never knew about the UAE and the fascinating things that make up the culture of this city we call home.
What’s a party without music? Get on your dancing shoes for ‘Beats on the Beach’ with local, regional and international stars hitting the stage for three awesome nights of music celebration at the Lagoon Beach, Corniche! From 24 – 26 November. Stay tuned for this year’s line-up.
For budding talent Yasalam is giving you the chance to witness stars being made. Watch the top three finalists on their way to fulfilling their dreams as the ‘Emerging Talent Competition’ reaches an awesome end at the Beats on the Beach stage on 24 November. Pick your favorites from amongst the top ten and then come cheer them on as they battle it out! (www.yasalam.ae/emerging-talent-competition)
‘Get Driver Fit brought to you by Daman’s ActiveLife’ is the answer to everyone’s rejuvenating needs after the lazy long summer. All across the capital you now have people up and active to get fit at free fitness and sporting activities and classes. At the end of the 7-week programme, from 17 – 19 November contenders will go through the sweat-inducing ‘Get Driver Fit Challenge brought to you by Daman’s ActiveLife’. Also, open to the public are the beach fitness classes between 17 – 23 November. Plus, don’t forget to strut your stuff at the Muscle Beach, all found at the GDF Fitness Zone!
Rev your engines and drive like the speed-freak you’ve always wanted to be at the super-cool ‘F1 Fanzone™’. F1® fans can race each other in simulations and contests designed set your pulses racing (excuse the cliché!) Judges rating? 10/10
Boom. Boom. BOOM! Three absolutely amazing artists will be in town for the unbelievable ‘After-Race Concerts’. You just cannot miss the chance to witness spectacular shows by The Chemical Brothers, Lionel Richie and Rihanna, from 25 – 27 November. Playing their greatest hits to win your hearts, these music icons complete a legacy of the top artists to come down for Yasalam. For those fans who want to get a piece of the action on the track, race tickets are available to purchase from Virgin Megastore’s 12 outlets throughout the Middle East as well as in all Etihad Shops, online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.
These are without a doubt eight unmissable ways of enjoying an incredible eighth year of Yasalam 2016. Be part of the fun and excitement and book your