Ramadan in Abu Dhabi: Iftar & Suhoor around the City
What is the difference between iftar and suhoor? Both are the names given to meals taken outside fasting time during Ramadan: iftar occurs after sunset and suhoor before sunrise. Once the sun sets on a day of fasting, it’s a joyous occasion of eating and socialising. Most hotels and restaurants offer special iftar meals, most commonly a large spread of Middle Eastern mezze favourites such as hommus and falafel, and some traditional Emirati dishes such as baby camel, grilled sea-bass and halva (a dense Turkish-style dessert of seeds and honey), all washed down with rose-scented and date juices. Fruits, sweetened grains, yogurts and puddings are the main features of a suhoor meal, which is eaten just before sunrise.
Time: Iftar starts at sunset till 8.30/9pm; Suhoor starts after 9pm till 2am (check before booking)!!
We have selected for you some cool restaurants: enjoy the magic of those places!!
Barfly By Buddha-Bar
Choose what you fancy from the à la carte suhoor menu and take in the gorgeous views over the Grand Canal.
Prices vary. 9pm-2am. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta
Unwind to the soothing sounds of oud and qanun music in the chilled atmosphere of the Anantara tent where guests can order their favourite seasonal dishes and regional favourites.
Dhs80 (minimum spend). Daily 10pm-3am. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara
The Ramadan Pavilion at Emirates Palace is something else. As well as being home to a private lounge area and majlis, it also serves an à la carte suhoor menu until 2am. The views over the private beach and the glittering Gulf are sensational too.
Dhs150 (minimum spend). 10pm-2am. Emirates Palace, West Corniche
Byblos Sur Mer
Take your place in the Byblos Sur Mer tent by the marina and unwind in the wee hours with a selection of Middle Eastern food on offer, live entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere.
Dhs95 (minimum spend). Daily 9.30pm-3am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Saud Street
Layali El Hilmiya
Take your pick from a selection of Middle Eastern dishes from the a la carte at Layali El Hilmiya and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with refreshing drinks before the sun rises over the city.
Various prices. Open 9pm-2am Sat-Wed and 9pm-3am Thu-Fri. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street
Al Maryah Ballroom Ramadan Tent
Take your spot in the stunning ballroom at Four Season Abu Dhabi where guests are invited to enjoy an evening of traditional Middle Eastern dishes, sweet treats and beverages in an elegant and relaxing atmosphere.
Various prices. Daily 9pm-2am. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island
Opening Ceremony Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 14th March 2019
A number of widely acclaimed music stars and producers, including Grammy Award winner for The Greatest Showman Soundtrack, Music Producer, Greg Wells, and Honorary Executive Producer and 28-time Grammy Winner, Quincy Jones, have come together to create the official song for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
The anthem, titled Right Where I’m Supposed To Be, will be revealed for the first time at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games where global superstar Avril Lavigne, whose song ‘Fly’ was the official anthem for the 2015 World Games, and Luis Fonsi, singer of global smash-hit single ‘Despacito’, will be among the personalities performing the song.
Joining them on the stage in front of more than 40,000 fans at Zayed Sports City Stadium to sing the anthem will be three Arabic music stars including Emirati singer and Good Will Ambassador at Large HE Hussain Al Jassmi, Syrian superstar Assala Nasri, and Star of Egypt and the Arab World, Tamer Hosny.
The anthem was given the seal of approval by Honorary Executive Producer and 28-time Grammy award winner, Quincy Jones, who also composed the song, ‘I know I can‘, for the 2007 World Games in Shanghai. The song is co-written by Ryan Tedder, lead singer of chart-topping boy band OneRepublic and Grammy award-winning Canadian songwriter, Greg Wells and Nina Woodford.
Ryan Tedder and Greg Wells are proud to have written such a powerful song that promotes inclusion and motivate the athletes during the World Games.
Greg Wells said: “I love the fact that Special Olympics is taking place in Abu Dhabi, where East and West will be united. We want to unite the whole universe on this path. The power that music has with a great song and message can not only cross fake lines on the map but ideological differences.”
“We have spent a lot of time on the lyrics and the track as we wanted it to be uplifting and inspiring without being too preachy,” said Ryan Tedder. “This is the kind of stuff I would want to hear, sitting in a stadium full of people. Fingers crossed that everyone will like it.”
The single, which is mostly sung in English, includes a verse in Spanish from Luis Fonsi. He said: “When I heard this track was being done by an amazing and talented group of people, I decided I wanted to be part of it. All we want to do is have a song where people smile, dance and have a good time. At the end of the day, to me that is what Special Olympics is all about.”
The anthem will be played throughout Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, which takes place from 14-21 March. More than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations are set to compete in 24 Olympic-style sports in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in what will be the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is an integral part of local, national and regional plans to expand opportunities for people of determination in line with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s shared vision of a unified and inclusive society.
Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2019. From 14 – 21 March, over 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches, representing more than 190 nations, will participate in 24 officially sanctioned Olympic-style sports in world-class venues throughout Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The first ever Special Olympics World Games to be held in the Middle East and North Africa will also be the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement, with inclusion of people of determination with intellectual disabilities in every aspect of the event.
The organization was founded in 1990, dedicated to serving athletes with intellectual disabilities through sports competitions. SO UAE provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. This initiative enabled the UAE athletes to compete in the Special Olympics MENA Games and the upcoming World Games.
Since the 1990s, Special Olympics UAE has participated in twelve MENA and World Games and has more than 5,000 registered athletes and Unified partners, in addition to more than 300 coaches.
In 2017, UAE athletes competed in more than 70 events. Over the years, Special Olympics UAE has taken part in – and hosted – numerous significant events, internationally and regionally.
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Community Development and Host Town committees of each emirate, is preparing to host the world from 8 – 11 March .
The World Games’ Host Town Program will be the largest cultural exchange program in the Middle East and North Africa. It will see almost 11,000 athletes and coaches from over 190 nations hosted across all seven emirates.
The Host Town Program is the first milestone for the delegations and athletes upon arriving in the UAE for the World Games where they experience the rich culture and history of the UAE ahead of their participation in the Games.
The delegations will spend three days in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah to experience true Emirati hospitality.
Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development and Chair of the Community and Legacy Committee of the Games, said: “Communities across the UAE are excitedly awaiting the Special Olympics athletes and look forward to welcoming them into their homes, community and their families.
UAE TOUR Press Conference @ Louvre Abu Dhabi on 23th Feb 2019
UAE TOUR Press Release Ph by LaPresse / Ferrari – Paolone
The inaugural UAE Tour, the only UCI WorldTour race in the Middle East, is ready to get underway following its spectacular opening ceremony at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. A series of videos introduced the route of the seven-day UAE Tour, before each of the 20 teams were presented on stage to several invited guests, UAE dignitaries and the world’s media. Former World and Olympic Gold Medallist, and Triple Jump World Record holder, Jonathan Edwards hosted the event, broadcast live in the UAE. Alejandro Valverde, Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali, Fernando Gaviria, Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani press conference quotes.
Six representatives of the peloton at the start of the 2019 UAE Tour spoke to the media this afternoon in Louvre Abu Dhabi. The high class bunch including UCI Road World Champion, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) and Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) were welcomed by H.E. Aref Al Awani, Abu Dhabi Sports Council General Secretary, H.E. Saeed Hareb, Dubai Sports Council General Secretary and H.E. Eisa Hilal Al Hezami, Sharjah Sports Council General Secretary.
The official Start List and tomorrow’s Team Time Trial Start List are now available. The first team to start in tomorrow’s ADNOC Stage, Gazprom – RusVelo, will leave the blocks at 14:50. The others will follow at 5′ intervals, with the last, Deceuninck – Quick-Step, off at 16:25. Alejandro Valverde (ESP – Movistar Team) Bio: Valverde, born Las Lumbreras, Spain, 20 April 1980, is one of the most successful riders in the peloton with over 100 pro wins since his debut in 2002 with the Kelme – Costa Blanca team. His palmares includes four Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2006, 2008, 2015, 2017) victories, five at La Flèche Wallonne (2006, 2014-2017), one GC at the Vuelta a España. Last year El Bala (‘The Bullet’) won the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol and the last edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Quote: “This is a very beautiful race coming up, at the right time of the year for guaranteed good weather. The UAE Tour is an important race. It was already important here before but now, with the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour being united, it makes it an even more attractive event with two mountain stages and a demanding finale. I feel good and the organisation is great. I’m very happy to be here.“ Tom Dumoulin (NED – Team Sunweb) Bio: Born in Maastricht, Netherlands, 11 November 1990, Dumoulin found notoriety in his early career as a time trial specialist before emerging as a great all-rounder. In 2017 he became the first Dutch cyclist ever to win the Giro d’Italia and, later that season, both the World Individual Time Trial and the World Team Time Trial Championships. His palmares features stage wins in all three Grand Tours (three at the Giro d’Italia, two each at the Tour de France and Vuelta a España), and a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games. Quote: “I’m getting used to starting my season here. There’s always some sort of question mark on how the shape is. Wilco Kelderman and myself will race for GC and we’ll back Max Walscheid for the sprints.“ Vincenzo Nibali (ITA – Bahrain – Merida) Bio: Nibali, born in Messina, Italy, 14 November 1984, is one of the greatest ever all rounders, being one of only six cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours: the Vuelta a España in 2010, the Giro d’Italia in both 2013 and 2016 and the Tour de France in 2014. Lo Squalo – the Shark’s – other achievements include two editions of the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race, the 2016 Tour of Oman, and two editions of the Il Lombardia. Last year saw a prestigious victory for Nibali, the Milano-Sanremo, a monument race, with an amazing solo attack. Quote: “I just arrived from an altitude training camp in Tenerife. I’m here to look for a good shape and answers before the next races. This race here is more and more important every year and we’ll try to do well.“ Fernando Gaviria (COL – UAE Team Emirates) Bio: Born in La Ceja, Colombia, 19 August 1994, Fernando Gaviria is one of the best sprinters in the peloton. He moved to UAE Team Emirates at the end of 2018 season after two stage wins at the Tour de France. His palmares includes four stages at the Giro d’Italia and the 2016 Paris-Tours. Quote: “This is one of the most important races for us at UAE Team Emirates and for our sponsors. We came with climbers and Alexander Kristoff and myself for the sprints. The TTT is not really good for us, but we’ll try to lose very little time on day one and win the sprints and GC.“ Mark Cavendish (British Isles – Team Dimension Data) Bio: Born on 21 May 1985 in Douglas, Isle of Man (British Isles), Cavendish has won 15 stages at the Giro d’Italia, a mighty 30 at the Tour de France, and three at the Vuelta a España. In 2011, in Copenhagen, Denmark, he became UCI Road World Champion, and boasts one-day-race successes such as Milano-Sanremo (2009) and the National Road Race Championships. “Cav” has won the overall victory at the 2015 Dubai Tour and three stages at the Abu Dhabi Tour. Quote: “Of course I have great memories here in the Emirates after I won the Dubai Tour and I’ve been the ambassador for the Abu Dhabi Tour, which was already a WorldTour race. This is an incredible country. It’s great to see all seven emirates in one race. As for my personal objectives, we came here with a GC team, so we’ll try to position these guys at the bottom of the climbs and I’ll try my best in the sprints.“ Elia Viviani (ITA – Deceuninck – Quick-Step) Bio: Viviani, born Isola della Scala, Italy, 7 February 1989, was 2018’s most successful rider with 18 victories. He also has an admirable record on the track, with the the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games in the Omnium in 2016. Last year’s wins include the GC at the Dubai Tour, one stage at the Abu Dhabi Tour, four at the Giro d’Italia, three at the Vuelta a España and the Italian National Championship. Quote: “The Dubai Tour was one of the most important steps to go into last season. It was probably the only stage race I could win in my career. With the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour coming together it make us feel that it’s more important now. The opening TTT puts pressure on everyone. The start list with all the champions here is very impressive!”
Historical visit of Pope Francis to the UAE @Abu Dhabi, 3-5 Feb 2019
The visit coincides with the UAE’s celebration of the Year of Tolerance, which was declared by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE in December 2018.
In a video message released by the Vatican on Thursday ahead of his visit, Pope Francis extended his warm greetings to the people of the UAE and described the emirates as a “country which strives to be a model for co-existence and human fraternity and meeting point of different civilisations and cultures”.
The Vatican said the pope had accepted an invitation from His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputry Supreme Commanader of the UAE Armed Forces and the Catholic community there.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed has tweeted welcoming the visit of the pope to the UAE.
“The UAE is delighted to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis on the upcoming visit to the UAE. He is a symbol of peace, tolerance and the promotion of brotherhood. We look forward to a historic visit, through which we will seek dialogue on the peaceful coexistence among peoples,” he tweeted.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai welcomed the news with a tweet. “We welcome the news of Pope Francis’ visit to the United Arab Emirates – a visit that will strengthen our ties and understanding of each other, enhance interfaith dialogue and help us to work together to maintain and build peace among the nations of the world,” he tweeted.
More than one million Roman Catholics and other Christian expatriates living in the UAE are excited on the first visit of Pope Francis to the UAE.
Pope Francis will visit the UAE to attend an International Interfaith Meeting on ‘Human Fraternity’. The UAE is home to over 40 churches — substantially more centres of worship than all the other GCC countries combined.
Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport on February 3, and will be greeted by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, along with key UAE dignitaries.
On February 4, there will be a welcome ceremony at the main entrance of the Presidential Palace, followed by an official visit to the Crown Prince at the Palace.
On the same day, the Pope will also visit the Grand Mosque and will attend a private meeting with members of the Muslim Council of Elders, after which the International Interfaith Meeting, the primary cause for the Pope’s visit to the UAE, will take place at the Founder’s Memorial.
At the International Interfaith meeting, Pope Francis will also be presented with a copy of Celebrating Tolerance written by the Reverend Andy Thompson, MBE. The book is the first of its kind to be published to coincide with the Year of Tolerance, and features a foreword from HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance. It will be presented to Pope Francis by Sheikh Nahayan.
On February 5, the Pope will pay a private visit to the Cathedral in Abu Dhabi followed by the Holy Mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium. A farewell ceremony will be held at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport, after which the Pope will depart back to Rome.
The Papal mass is the most awaited event from the three days of the Pope’s visit to the UAE, which is home to nearly a million Catholics all eager for a chance to catch a glimpse of the bishop of Rome.
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island will be transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas. And the festive fun kicks off with an awesome tree-lighting ceremony on December 13, which is open for everyone to attend. From December 13 to 26, the island’s waterfront promenade and The Galleria will be full of Christmas cheer, with festive holiday décor, fun family friendly activities, holiday shopping and themed dining options.
Festive Season @ The Mall
The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi is staking a claim to be the ultimate place to enjoy the festive season this year. The retail hub has a string of great Christmas offerings this year, ensuring there’s something for all the family to do, see and eat. Throughout December, it is being transformed into a festive wonderland, complete with grand hanging baubles, decorated glittery arches and winter garlands. It will also host a Santa’s Grotto, where kids can tell the jolly man in the red suit whether they’ve been naughty or nice and hand over their wish list in person. Meanwhile, there will also be stilt walkers giving away candy canes and posing for photos. That’s without even mentioning the awesome discounts and promotions across the mall’s 230 retail outlets, including 45 restaurants, including 13 fast food spots‘
Westin Festive Market & Family Fun Day
Loads of activities including cookie decoration, wishing tree and the famous Santa chase (limited numbers, registration required, run by age groups)
Westin Hotel, Sas al Nakhl, Sunday 8 December 2018 from 12 noon.
Enliven your December and experience the true meaning of the season with upcoming festive filled events and special offers. From an exciting Festive Market and can’t-miss specials at The Heavenly Spa to mouthwatering dinners, fun-filled brunches and lavish private parties for Christmas and New Year, The Westin Abu Dhabi is your ultimate festive destination. Read on to check out what’s in store this December.
Swiss Christmas Market
Run by the Swiss Business Council, this annual event is a showcase for local crafters to show their goods. The market features dozens of little Swiss chalets to give a European market feel. Expect evening carol singing and lots of festive food and drink!
Held at the Beach Rotana. 5 to 8 December 2018
Festive Family Fun Day @ Saadiyat Beach Club
Includes a market, with various food and beverage offerings. Also running a Santa Chase event.
Saadiyat Beach Club, from 12pm Saturday 15 December 2018
Feel the warmth of the holiday spirit and kick off the season with the lighting of our grand Christmas tree! Enjoy the melodies of Christmas carols, a special visit from the North Pole, along with canapes, mould grape and treats for the little ones, making it the ideal evening to spend with loved ones.
AED 50 per person | Complimentary access for children
Festive Candy Land – Yas Marina
Again, a slight change to the previous year’s festivities at the Marina which took place for several beforehand, you could look forward to seeing Santa arrive by boat. Watch this space as we gather more on this year’s event line up. 21 & 22 December 1pm to 7pm
Ferrari World will also have its own set of winter celebrations happening from 14 December to 5 January (AD school holidays).
Abu Dhabi Sports Council Partners with ADNOC to Stage First ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon Long-distance race to take place on December 7
Range of events open to elite professional athletes, seasoned amateurs and first-time marathon participants
Partnership reinforces ADNOC’s corporate social responsibility commitments
The Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced, the inauguration of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, which will be held, for the first time, on December 7, 2018, bringing the world’s oldest race to one of the world’s most modern cities, deepening ADNOC’s commitment to the Abu Dhabi community.
A three-year partnership agreement, conferring naming rights for the event to ADNOC, which will serve as Title Sponsor, was signed between H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Executive Office Director at ADNOC.
The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will position the United Arab Emirates’ capital city firmly on the global athletics calendar, while promoting wellness in the local community and participation at all levels.
Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithy, Chairman of General Authority for Sports, said the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of international sporting events to arrive in Abu Dhabi.
“It may be the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, but it will be second to none among established international marathons around the world,” Major General Al Rumaithy said. “We expect a world-class
elite field and participation of thousands of runners at various levels.”
Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development, praised the
efforts of all those involved in bringing the first marathon race to Abu Dhabi.
“The races are open for all categories and provides the opportunity for community-participation. The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is an event that the entire family can appreciate, not only by participating in the races, but by enjoying the various side events at the Marathon Village,” Al Khaili said.
At the signing ceremony, H.E. Aref Al Awani said: “The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon adds a new international sporting event to our calendar of events and will leave behind a legacy that the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is very keen to promote as part of our community sports programming.”
The race will be held over a 42.195-kilometer (26 miles, 385 yards) course that will showcase the city of Abu Dhabi to a global audience. In recognition of the Year of Zayed, the race will bring together elite international athletes, seasoned amateur runners and thousands of people taking part in their first marathon. It will offer runners of all abilities the chance to participate in a range of events from 2.5km and 5km fun runs, to the 10km and full-distance marathon.
Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Executive Office Director at ADNOC, said: “ADNOC is excited to play a part in bringing such an iconic event, the marathon, to Abu Dhabi. Our partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is built on a shared commitment to elevating the health and well-being of individuals and embodies ADNOC’s historical dedication to supporting the communities in which we operate.
“Whether it’s through sporting and recreation, health and wellness, or youth and STEM education, ADNOC’s corporate social responsibility and purpose remains firm: To create a positive and lasting impact on UAE society,” Al Suwaidi said.
Entry fees for the event range from AED 50-75 for the shorter 2.5km and 5km fun runs, AED 150 for the 10km, and AED 350 for the marathon race.
F1 2018 Ethiad Airways Abu Dhabi GP on 23-25 November 2018
The 2018 FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will be hosting the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit. Taking place on the 23, 24, 25 November, the 2018 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX is the Middle East’s biggest international sporting event and the only twilight race on the F1® calendar, which will also host GP2 and GP3.
Abu Dhabi is a city on the move. Not content with enjoying one of the world’s richest oil reserves, the region has recently thrown itself into a massive programme of development. And one of the jewels in Abu Dhabi’s crown is the 5.55-kilometre Yas Marina Circuit, which on November 1, 2009, hosted the country’s inaugural Grand Prix. It was also the first F1 twighlight race, with powerful lighting ensuring a seamless transition from day to night.
Located on the spectacular Yas Island, the track is a shining example of modern Formula One circuit design. Boasting top speeds of 325 km/h and average speeds of 190km/h, it features nine right turns and 12 left turns and is one of the few venues on the calendar to run in an anti-clockwise direction.
Post Malone will kick-off the after-race concerts on the evening of November 22. The 23-year-old is a divisive figure in contemporary hip-hop — and a surprisingly popular Halloween costume — who got his first taste of success with his debut single White Iverson in 2015. The following year, he released his first album Stoney, landing a Top 10 spot on the American charts. This year, he released his sophomore album Beerbongs & Bentleys, featuring his first No 1 single, Rockstar, with fellow rapper 21 Savage.
Nov. 23rd: THE WEEKND
R’n’B hit-maker The Weeknd will return to the UAE to perform on November 23. The three-time Grammy Award-winning artist rose to fame with hits such as The Hills, Can’t Feel My Face and Starboy. Born Abel Tesfaye, the notoriously private singer-songwriter puts it all on the line in his music, sonically inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson. And though Tesfaye has made headlines for his private life, too — he’s currently dating model Bella Hadid — he often leaves his listeners guessing on what goes on behind his decadent lyrics.
Nov. 24th: SAM SMITH
Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith will make his UAE debut when he headlines the Yasalam After-Race Concerts on November 24. The British singer-songwriter has two albums to his name — his 2014 debut, The Lonely Hour, and his 2017 follow-up, The Thrill Of It All. Known for his emotive vocal performances, Smith has climbed the charts with hits such as Stay With Me, Money on My Mind and Too Good at Goodbyes.
Nov. 25th: GUNS N’ROSES
Guns N’ Roses are heading back to the UAE to perform on November 25 in Abu Dhabi. The gig comes just over a year after their debut Dubai performance. The Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child o’ Mine and Paradise City rockers put on a three-hour set at Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena in 2017. This followed the band’s historic reunion tour in 2016, which ended a decades-long rift between frontman Axl Rose and guitarist Slash. The full band — including Duff McKagan on bass — will once again entertain the UAE, wrapping up a weekend of star-studded performances.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic @ Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi on 11th November 2018
Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi to make historic ‘Waterworks’ tour of UAE in November 2018
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic will give its first ever concerts in the Middle East this November, presenting its revolutionary ‘Waterworks’ programme – a new dimension to experience music – in collaboration Sunbeam Productions on a tour of the United Arab Emirates. Kristjan Järvi will conduct the orchestra in performances at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace on 11 November and the Dubai Opera on 14 November. The tour marks the climax of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s landmark tenth-anniversary year, and will be the orchestra’s first tour outside Europe.
‘Waterworks’ – inspired by the wonder of water
Water, in the form of the Baltic Sea, is at the heart of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s identity, connecting the ten Nordic countries from where the orchestra draws its musicians and inspiration. The ensemble has always been connected to nature and the environment, and ‘Waterworks’ celebrates water in all its forms. Kristjan Järvi, the orchestra’s Founding Conductor and Music Director, says: ‘Water is the essence of life and the binding force for all humanity. The Baltic Sea is the engine of our region, but it also connects us to all the other waters of the world.’ The ‘Waterworks’ programme features music directly inspired by water: a unique version of Handel’s spectacular Water Music and a new orchestration of Philip Glass’s Aguas da Amazonia. The programme also includes another work by Glass that takes its inspiration from nature – his Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The American Four Seasons’.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s supercharged version of Water Music sets a selection of Handel’s own music alongside two contemporary pieces: Flux by David Rozenblatt and Drenched by Charles Coleman. Rozenblatt is a percussionist, composer and member of the New York-based Absolute Ensemble, and will join the Baltic Sea Philharmonic as a performer on the ‘Waterworks’ tour. He says of his new piece: ‘Flux explores the paradoxically oppositional significance of water. What is at once majestic and enchanting, the source of life itself, can also devastate and overwhelm, becoming a threat to that very existence. My goal in this piece was to embody the motion of water, contemplating its beauty and grandeur as well as its capacity to create or destroy.’
Reimagining the concert experience
‘Waterworks’ is a radical reinvention of the live orchestral concert. Debuted by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic in 2017 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike, ‘Waterworks’ fuses music with state-of-the-art lighting, sound design and projection art. Kristjan Järvi and his production company Sunbeam Productions have brought together a world-class creative team in lighting designer Bertil Mark, sound designer Chris Ekers and projection artist Philipp Geist. Together they will collaborate with the orchestra in real time to reimagine the concert experience, immersing audiences in a thrilling world of sound, light and imagery. ‘I want to create an atmosphere from the moment a concert goer enters the space,’ says Järvi. ‘The audience should feel like they are suddenly entering a new dimension, a world where anything is possible.’
Friends old and new
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s tour of the United Arab Emirates will reunite the orchestra with Russian-born violinist Mikhail Simonyan and three members of the Absolute Ensemble – trumpeter Charlie Porter, bass player Mat Fieldes, and percussionist David Rozenblatt. All four musicians collaborated with the orchestra on its 2017 ‘Waterworks’ tour of Germany and Denmark. Simonyan returns as soloist in Philip Glass’s Second Violin Concerto, and the Absolute Ensemble players will be embedded in the orchestra for the whole of each performance. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is also excited to be working for the first time with Emirati singer Jasim Mohamed Abdullah, who will join the orchestra for its concert at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on 11 November.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2018, is a new paradigm for music making in the 21st century.