The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is celebrating after organising spectacular concerts in a safe and secure environment to celebrate Eid Al Adha in the UAE capital, the emirate’s first entertainment events with live audiences in 15 months.  

The concerts on Yas Island, attended by both residents and visitors, featured an impressive line-up of musicians including Assala, Hussain Al Jassmi, Myriam Fares and Tamer Hosny. The entertainment also included spectacular firework displays over Yas Bay for three consecutive nights, which were enjoyed by vast live crowds as well as being streamed on social media platforms.     


The Eid concerts are the latest example of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to produce high-profile, world-class events, while observing stringent COVID-19 safety measures. The concert planning was based on DCT Abu Dhabi’s experiences gained from hosting the UFC Fight Island events and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which both used the innovative ‘bubble’ system. Attendees at these events were further protected through a set of guidelines clearly communicated with attendees, including a mandatory 48- hour negative PCR result, in addition to full vaccination status on the Al Hosn app, with masks on throughout the concert. These protocols were applied at the Eid concerts, and will be at future events, to ensure maximum safety. 

HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “It was inspiring to witness the enthusiasm of people and the level of excitement to resume live events. This was reflected by tickets selling out immediately, within the allowed occupancy allocated for events as per the latest guidelines.  The emirate has once again proved itself to be a global leader in operating COVID-19 safety measures and protocols, reinforcing our capabilities to be agile and innovative at every operational touchpoint to produce first-class events that set an excellent example to the world. We are also pleased about the solid performance of our hotels, showcasing strong occupancy rates and customer satisfaction over the Eid Al Adha period.”  

There are many more exciting events planned over the summer in the capital through the Summer #InAbuDhabi programme. 

Residents and visitors can try daring activities at Clymb Abu Dhabi; attend shows for all the family at Etihad Arena, and creative experiences for all ages at Louvre Abu Dhabi. There is a chance to meet all your favourite characters at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi or enjoy some exhilarating rides at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld.      

Abu Dhabi Culinary has plenty of exciting attractions for foodies, with ice cream being the treat of choice this summer. As well as a Guinness World Record attempt of 1,001 flavours of ice cream in one location, the Ice Cream Lab will feature some amazing pop-up stores, including international brands Pan-n-Ice, Eiswelt Gelato and Dyce. Other attractions include special summer menus at restaurants and cafes, a variety of great prizes up for grabs, and the opportunity to see visual artist Cyril Lancelin’s spectacular installations.      

For shopping fans, Abu Dhabi’s malls are a must-visit this summer, with discounts of up to 80 per cent available at more than 3,000 stores. 

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi’s pristine beaches, resorts and water activities offer sun-seekers many options for enjoyment. The mangroves are ready to be explored on a kayak or paddleboard while the adventurous can try wakeboarding or kitesurfing.       

Source: Asda'a BCW

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