Global Superstar Lionel Richie Announced As Saturday Yasalam After-Race Artist At The 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Following months of speculation, Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH Entertainment today jointly revealed that global music icon Lionel Richie will get the crowds singing as part of his ALL THE HITS WORLD TOUR at the Yasalam Saturday night After-Race Concert, at the du Arena, Yas Island, during the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.

The announcement was made via an exclusive video message from the artist, alongside the Chief Executive Officers from FLASH Entertainment & Yas Marina Circuit at a live media launch event held at Yas Mall.

Global superstar Lionel Richie (#LionelRichieAtF1 ) will take to the du Arena stage on Saturday 26th November performing hits from his extensive and much loved repertoire, spanning decades all the way from the Commodores to the present day. With a celebrated career including over 100 million albums worldwide and countless awards, including four GRAMMYs, a Golden Globe and an Oscar, Lionel’s shows are renowned for their party atmosphere and singalong moments. Lionel has recently wowed crowds at Bonnaroo, Life Is Beautiful as well as Glastonbury in 2015 where he drew a record breaking crowd.

Lionel Richie joins a fantastic line up for the 8thedition of Yasalam. Friday 25thNovember will see the legendary duo The Chemical Brothers (#ChemBrosAtF1) kicking off the weekend in style. Wrapping up the weekend festivities with an unmatched bang is global superstar Rihanna (#RihannaAtF1), who will play the only Middle East date on her ˜ANTI WORLD TOUR on Sunday 27th November.

The announcement of today’s Saturday night artist completes another really strong line-up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  With something for everyone, it underlines our effort to always improve and build so our Grand Prix stays one of the best in the F1® calendar.  Of course, it remains a huge event for the region and we look forward to another sell-out and exciting F1® weekend.” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.

UAE residents and international travellers are being urged to buy their race tickets or risk missing out on the spectacular Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, as many popular ticket categories are already sold out. Other categories are selling fast.

Yasalam is the largest entertainment festival in the region and has built a legacy for Abu Dhabi and the community. Its diverse program of music, sports and community activities across the capital makes it a draw for residents and visitors alike, said John Lickrish, CEO, FLASH Entertainment. With the legendary music talent Lionel Richie completing the exceptional three-day line up, we know the Yasalam weekend will be on the top of everyone’s calendar and we can’t wait to announce the Beats on the Beach acts.

Yasalam (#Yasalam2016) forms a programme that unites Abu Dhabi in excitement and celebration and is the largest entertainment festival run by any race host city in the world. The festival includes weeks of activations and to date has created incredible memories for over 2.5 million people. Even more festivities are yet to be revealed, including the highly-anticipated Beats on the Beach line up – the largest free concert experience in Abu Dhabbi. For more info, visit:

Further enhancing the value of this yea’;s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and with an aim to showcase the range of entertainment and attractions available across Yas Island, all ticket holders will have free access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi. Available for the first time, and valid across the race weekend, Formula 1® ticket holders will this year be able to access the two world-class theme parks on each corresponding day of their F1® ticket.

Staying on the pulse of entertainment throughout the year, all race ticket holders will also receive 2 Friends Friday invitations (first 15,000 UAE based race ticket holders), and selected After-Race Concert Golden Circle upgrades. Ticket holders also benefit from a 20% discount* on selected FLASH events until February 2017.  *discount applies to selected ticket categories.

Tickets for the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX are available at Virgin Megastore’s 12 outlets throughout the Middle East as well as in all Etihad Shops, online at and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.

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For more information on tickets, pricing and packages, please visit:

YasTV YouTube Channel:

You can also download YasHUB app from the Apple and Android stores

Crepe Delicious Opens In Abu Dhabi

Canada’s largest and fastest growing mall-based creperie now open in Dalma Mall

Crepe Delicious, Canada’s largest and fastest growing mall-based creperie, is pleased to announce the opening of its first location in the UAE. Located in Dalma Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in Abu Dhabi, Crepe Delicious offers an impressive menu.

The menu boasts a wide range of signature sweet and savoury crepes including the popular ‘Brownie Bites’ crepe that is made of freshly baked brownie pieces, topped with three different types of the finest Belgian chocolate and served with fresh strawberries on the side. The ‘Lotus Crepe’ made with Lotus spread, crunched Lotus biscuits and chocolate is also very popular. The ‘Cordon Bleu’savory crepe is made of smoked turkey, diced chicken breast, rocca leaves, tomato and mozzarella cheese.

Other healthy dining options include fresh salads, sandwiches and even pastas that are showcased along with a selection of fresh juices, mojitos, ice-cold beverages and hot beverages. A wide selection of handcrafted gelato flavors are also available.

According to Mr. Nasser Al Darmaki, Chief Executive Officer, Challenge Investment LLC; the Master Franchisee for Crepe Delicious UAE, ‘We are absolutely delighted to introduce Crepe Delicious to the UAE. It is a great concept that specializes in the creation of world-class sweet and savoury crepes. The company is a leader in the trend towards healthier eating and this is what consumers are looking for today.’

Crepe Delicious uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to fill its signature, fresh to order crepes. The crepe itself has only 130 calories and 3.5 grams of fat; and it can be filled with endless possibilities of nutritious choices including fruits and vegetables, the finest dressings and sauces, and premium lean meats.

Elik Farin, Crepe Delicious Vice President of Business Development and Franchising. ‘We feel Crepe Delicious’ value proposition will resonate well with guests across the UAE. As an upscale lifestyle alternative to conventional fast food, our concept combines the traditional sit down service with the grab-and-go enjoyment; in addition, we will offer regional menu items to cater to local tastes’.

Craving a Crepe? Visit Crepe Delicious Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi and enjoy a fresh one off the warm griddle! ‘What’s in your Crepe?’™

Can’t Get Enough of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi? Enjoy Unlimited Park Access with the New ‘Season Pass’!

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s visitors can now enjoy unlimited Park re-entries for the price of one ticket! Any guest purchasing or upgrading to a Silver or Gold ticket, is eligible for a ‘Season Pass’. The pass provides guests unlimited re-entry with access to the rides and attractions, shopping, dining and events at the Park until 22 December 2016.

This season guests can enjoy the Park’s ongoing celebrations and festivals such as; Eid Al Adha, the popular Festival of Lights and a Winterfest preview.

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Take advantage of this offer and don’t miss all the fun at the all-new Ferrari World Abu Dhabi!

Validity: Offer valid for tickets purchased from August until 22 December 2016

Time: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Guests are advised to check the website for extended hours during seasonal festivities and public holidays)


  • Silver Category Tickets
    • For Adult (above 1.3m) AED 360
    • For Junior (below 1.3m) AED 305
  • Gold Category Tickets
    • For Adult (above 1.3m) AED 525
    • For Junior (below 1.3m) AED 445


Venue: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island


For more information on the ‘Season Pass’ and its terms and conditions or Park timings, please visit

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority Gets Set To Welcome Students Onto Annual Tourism Youth Summer Programme

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is getting ready to accept a fresh batch of students to its yearly Tourism Youth Summer Programme, an ongoing project that aims to find and inspire the next generation of tourism professionals for Abu Dhabi.

The three-week course will run from July 24th to August 11th and will incorporate both instructional workshops and seminars, as well as work placement for all attendees, where all students will gain first-hand experience into the destination’s hospitality and tourism sectors and the role they play in the development of the emirate.

Now in its eighth year, the camp will be held from 9am to 3pm every day at several hotel establishments across the emirate, including Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, the Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal Abu Dhabi, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, St Regis Abu Dhabi Corniche, the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, the Rosewood Abu Dhabi, the Shangri La Hotel and Traders Hotel and the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche.

“We are expecting to see 50 new students join the programme this year, and they will be exposed to the idea of Abu Dhabi as a tourism and cultural destination,” said Fatima Nasser Al Melhi, Industry & Tourist Guide Training Unit Head at TCA Abu Dhabi. “They will get the opportunity to experience a tourism-related entity where they will get to see the different components of the tourism industry and how they help contribute to the development of the country.

“At the end of the programme, each student will be equipped with invaluable knowledge and experience about the various aspects of tourism and culture and its crucial role in Abu Dhabi’s future; the role they play in the emirate’s economic diversification and socio-economic development.

“Tourism is one of the largest employers worldwide and the sector has an extremely important role to play in economic sustainability, yet there is often the belief that having a job in tourism equates to little in the way of career advancement. By running this programme, we want to challenge this assumption and prove that there are many opportunities for progression in the sector.”

During the camp, which is open to UAE Nationals only, the 50 girls and boys aged between 18 and 21 will take part in a number of workshops, which will be held in English, covering a range of topics from culture, hospitality, aviation, tour operations, events, attractions, sports tourism, entertainment and entrepreneurship. The students will also hear from Emirati guest speakers from the industry, who will share their thoughts and experience in the industry, and also enjoy a field trip to the Qasr Al Hosn Exhibition.

After a first week of introductory presentations, the students will then be placed in a summer job for eight days to gain experience in one of the leading tourism entities in Abu Dhabi.

The Tourism Youth Summer camp will then culminate with a graduation ceremony later in the year.

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For further information about the Programme, please email

The District Announces Great Summer Ahead and Releases Limited Early Bird Tickets

The District, a flagship event in this year’s Abu Dhabi Summer Season by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority from August 18th through to September 17th at the du Forum, Yas Island announces some of the activities lined up for the youth aged 14 to 22 years old.

The District is a one-of-a-kind space where young people can socialize, play, create, explore, find inspiration, make connections or even disconnect if that’s what they’re in the mood for. Designed as a micro-city, the venue is comprised of five distinct zones called The Street, The Block, The Alley, The Park and The Yard, each with its own range of activations, programming and special guest appearances.

Early bird tickets are now on sale until July 17th via, Virgin Megastore and Ticketmaster. Early bird prices are:

Weekday Pass: 75 AED

Weekend Pass: 130 AED

Season Pass: 750 AED

The District will be open seven days a week from 12:00pm to 10:00pm.

For more information, visit or follow The District on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, #IAmTheDistrict, #ADSummer, #InAbuDhabi.


Eid Al Fitr Celebrations At Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is inviting guests to celebrate Eid Al Fitr at the Park from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th of July. The world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park will host an array of colourful decorations and traditional shows and activities from across the GCC as it extends its hours of operation until 10pm from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th July.

The popular La Piazza Stage will host popular heritage performances to entertain guests with the traditional Emirati ‘Al Ayala’, ‘Harbia’ and ‘Khaleeji’ female dance, as well as the ‘Al Jenadriyah’ dance from Saudi Arabia and the Omani ‘Al Az’i’.

The Park will put on special Eid activities and entertainment for the little ones as well, including a balloon twister, face painter, henna artist, falcon handler and a bubble performer. The children art area next to the stage will get the kids crafty as they create lanterns, tissue paper stained glass and color in Eid illustrations.

Following Eid traditions, ‘Eidiyah’ will be handed out to young guests (age 18 and below) consisting of a voucher worth AED10 that is redeemable at any merchandise location at the Park.

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ticket prices start at AED 230 for juniors (guests below 1.3m) and AED 275 for adults (above 1.3m). For more information on Eid Al Fitr celebrations and ticket prices, please visit

Increased Preference For Staycations Over Vacations Seen This Summer In The UAE

Leading hoteliers are reporting a growing trend for ‘staycations’ in the UAE, with residents opting for the convenience of local luxury ahead of long vacations abroad. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is preparing for an influx of UAE residents and GCC travelers during what many would expect to be the region’s low season, as guests realize that prestigious UAE resorts offer an accessible and surprisingly affordable summer break when compared with destinations overseas.

Set on the pristine white natural beaches of Saadiyat and framed by the prestigious Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, the resort offers UAE residents and visitors an ideal haven for ultimate relaxation combined with bespoke services.

Redefining the timeless art of living, guests will have the opportunity to experience Mediterranean living complemented by the century-old St. Regis Butler Service, close to home, yet far away from the pressures of city life.

As a travel alternative, guests can escape the exorbitant costs of long hotel stays and high-taxed flights, and choose from one of the resort’s 377 luxurious guest rooms and suites that feature private terraces with expansive views of the Arabian Gulf, all offering high speed Wi-Fi.

“When planning a holiday, we often look past the wonderful places that are just on our doorstep, and which could be less stressful on our pockets. The resort is a secret hideaway in Abu Dhabi and a home away from home for elite travellers,” said Marwan Fadel, Area Director of Sales and Marketing at the hotel. “Our luxury surroundings, state-of-the-art amenities and distinctive St. Regis service contribute to every guests’ ideal staycation.”

A myriad of leisure and recreational facilities are available for guests to unwind with family, friends and loved ones, complemented by tantalizing leisure and culinary summer packages.

St. Regis guests can spend the day by one of the resort’s three outdoor pools or on the pristine private beach, and stay fit at the 3500sqm St. Regis Athletic Club, with facilities spread over two levels ensuring every fitness need is catered to.

For pure relaxation Iridium Spa offers divine treatments tailored to each guest, in a transcendental environment with a range of massages, facials and relaxation programs in addition to Hammam treatments.

For the golfing enthusiast, the ultra-luxury brand hotel and resort has earned a reputation for creating a world-class and bespoke golf experience, on Saadiyat Island, boasting three championship caliber courses.

As part of the St. Regis famed brand hallmarks of family traditions, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi’s attention to the finest detail extends to the youngest ones in the family, offering a range of amenities from child-sized robes and slippers and a step stool just for the little ones, to engaging activities.

Younger aficionados will take delight at The Sandcastle Kids Club, an adventurous and enchanting play area in a safe environment, featuring a children’s swimming pool, sandpit, board games, movie area and a nap zone for toddlers, all managed by the trained team at Sandcastle Club.

Catering to a family’s culinary needs are the resort’s award winning dining venues, which include Oléa, a Mediterranean-inspired all day dining restaurant offering complimentary breakfast with guests’ stays; Sontaya, a Southeast Asian restaurant; Turquoiz, a beach restaurant and lounge; and the fine dining 55&5th, The Grill.  Dining options include special menus for children.

Conveniently located 10 minutes from the center of the UAE’s Capital, the resort offers thoughtfully tailored packages that provide families an eclectic selection of activities outside the resort grounds, ranging from exhilarating rides at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, creating a splash at Yas Waterworld, to learning more about falconry – a close-to-nature traditional aspect of UAE culture.

Guests also have access to a high-end retail and entertainment complex named ‘The Collection,’ which includes shops and restaurants in close proximity to the resort.

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