Louvre Abu Dhabi Exhibition

Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced an exhibition of its newest procurements at Manarat Al Saadiyat an existing exhibition space on the island that previously featured the Seeing Through Light exhibition. This will be the summer highlight for art lovers across the UAE and also a sneak peek into the artistic conquests of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

There are two shows in the exhibition. The first that opens during Ramadan is Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Al Qalam. It focuses on the art of the written word, featuring art pieces that include a bifold from the Quran itself in the Kulfic script of the late 19th century, as well as Indian miniature paintings depicting calligraphy, and French manuscripts of Dictes and Philosophers’ sayings. The focus on the written word highlights the scholarly traditions of ancient societies and the transfer of knowledge between different cultures.

The second show is the Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Immortal Figures and it presents sculptures from around the world. Some of the key works are: wooden Uli statue from New Ireland in Papua New Guinea (18-19th century), Nepalese religious Buddhist figure—Maitreya—dated back to the 12th century, and an Italian terracotta bust of Saint Peter Martyr carved by a 15th century Renaissance sculptor. There will also be mummy portraits from Ancient Egypt in both sections of the exhibition reflection Egyptian cultural traditions of mummification.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Al Qalam will run from June 21 to July 25

Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Immortal Figures will run from July 28 to August 30

Ramadan hours are 9am to 2pm and 8.30pm to 11.30pm.

After Ramadan, the exhibitions will be open from 9am to 8pm.

Public programs and workshops will be held to coincide with the display. Full details will be available soon at louvreabudhabi.ae

Bon Jovi Live

Global rock superstars Bon Jovi will perform to UAE music fans at the du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on the 1st of October 2015.

Bon Jovi’s popularity has only grown greater as more and more people experience their thrilling stadium rock performances. The Bon Jovi Live show at the du Arena in October is sure to set another live music benchmark for the Middle East.

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Suites of 15 Guests: AED 30,000

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Golden Circle Early Entry: AED 995
Closest area to the stage (standing).
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Closest area to the stage (standing).

VIP Platform (21+ only): AED 695
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General Admission Early Entry: AED 495
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General Admission: AED 395

Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories

Continuing the display of its collection to the public ahead of opening, Louvre Abu Dhabi will show the latest additions in Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories. Taking place at Manarat Al Saadiyat from 21 June to 30 August 2015. The showcase of the new acquisitions will be divided into two displays Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Al Qalam (21 June – 25 July 2015) and Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Immortal Figures (28 July – 30 August 2015). Both presentations will include the important Fayoum portrait, a fine example of an Egyptian funerary painting that would traditionally have been placed on the face of a mummified body.

The first display, Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Al Qalam, will run from 21 June to 25 July 2015 and will explore the art of the written word, featuring a broad selection of textual artworks including a Qur’an bifolio, miniatures, and a manuscript. The second display, Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Immortal Figures, will run from 28 July to 30 August 2015 and is a celebration of sculptures from across the globe.  This selection will include a wooden carving Uli statue from New Ireland, a Nepalese gilt copper figure of Maitreya, and an Italian bust of Saint Peter Martyr. The selected artworks that will be shown during the two displays were acquired in 2014 as part of the ongoing acquisitions for Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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Dr. Celine Pouyat, Senior Project Manager, Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “The objects on display exemplify how artworks created by different civilisations can complement one another in their composition, style and representation. Together, these artistic creations can be considered as a harmonised symphony.”

Hissa Al Dhaheri, Programmes Manager, Louvre Abu Dhabi said: “Supported by an interactive public programme developed to engage communities of all backgrounds, interests and age, Louvre Abu Dhabi continues to  showcase its growing collection to local and international audiences. This display will give the public the opportunity to view the museum’s growing permanent collection ahead of its opening, broadening awareness of both the museum’s curatorial identity and narrative.”

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection comprises more than 500 artworks which will be complemented by approximately 300 loans from major French institutions in its opening year. The museum will adopt a unique curatorial trail that moves away from the traditional compartmentalisation of artworks and artefacts by their geographical origins or traditional chronologies of art history; instead, works from different cultures and civilisations will be shown side by side to highlight the similarities and differences in how common themes are explored.

Opening timings of Manarat Al Saadiyat during Ramadan will be from 09:00 to 14:00 and 20:30 to 23:30 and from 9:00 to 20:00 after Ramadan. Public programmes and workshops will coincide with the display. Full details will be available soon at www.louvreabudhabi.ae

Abu Dhabi International Airport Sees 15.5% Increase In Traffic For April 2015

Abu Dhabi Airports today announced that passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 15.5% in April 2015 as compared to April 2014.

The airport’s passenger statistics showed that 1,871,337 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,620,324 in April 2014. Aircraft movements increased to 14,211 in April 2015, recording 14.4% growth when compared with 12,420 movements logged in April 2014.

Cargo handling activity rose to 71,650 tonnes representing a 19.3% increase when compared to 60,059 tonnes in April 2014.

Commenting on the latest passenger figures, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to maintain double-digit growth in passenger traffic, aircraft movement and cargo activity every month, making the airport one of the fastest growing aviation hubs in the world. Key drivers for passenger traffic growth last month include: increased activity by Etihad Airways new partner airlines namely Air Berlin, Jet Airways and Air Seychelles to cater for high demand during the holiday season; addition of 4 new routes (Madrid, Poona, Vince and Entebbe in Uganda) by Etihad Airways and Alitalia and increase in the number of flights to Jeddah for the Omrah season presented by Saudi Airline.

The addition of two new routes at the end of March: South African Airways launching inaugural route to Johannesburg and Alitalia adding Milan and Venice as new destinations also had a positive impact.

We continue to focus on ensuring that the passenger’s journey begins and ends as smoothly and comfortably as possible through striving towards delivering optimum services and facilities Al Haddabi added.

In April 2015, the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport were London Heathrow, Bangkok, Manila, Doha and Bombay.  The top five routes accounted for 16% of all traffic last month.

Renewable Energy Made Another Appearance In The UAE's Radar

Renewable energy made another appearance in the UAE’s radar last night when the International Renewable Energy Agency or IRENA, inaugurated its global headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

IRENA is an intergovernmental organization that aids countries intending to adopt a future of sustainable energy – like the UAE. IRENA acts like a resource for all countries in the region to find financial, and technological knowledge on renewable energy.

Typical of major oil producing countries, the UAE has been a little late to the renewable energy party. Nonetheless, this action, taken in response to the severe energy challenges projected for the future, is much more than symbolic. The establishment is the first of it’s kind in the Middle East region and over 160 countries are legal members or applicants for membership.

The inauguration of IRENA is a major milestone in UAE’s journey towards renewable energy and has been a strong reinforcement of the country’s status as a leader in the field of green energy advancement. The process began seven years ago when the country placed a bid to IRENA in Abu Dhabi and then the UAE was able to beat Germany as well as Austria for the hosting rights.

The structure, that took five years to complete, is the most sustainably operated office building in the UAE setting a leading example for other establishments. It will house over 200 employees from all over the world – a number that is rapidly increasing. Starting with just 68 people in the initial stages, the organization that has seen substantial growth in the past four years led by Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA.

IRENA having its global headquarters in the UAE is a bold and daring move by an oil-rich Middle Eastern nation and therefore, is a testament to the country’s deep-rooted commitment to sustainability and a green future.


Beat The Heat This Summer With Amazing Offers On Experiences From Yas Marina Circuit

If you’re looking for fun and excitement during the long summer months then look no further with fantastic summer offers on a selection of Yas Marina Circuit’s thrilling experiences. The circuit is open for business, whatever the weather!
The details and prices are below for information:
Tour for 2 (buy one Venue Tour and receive the second one free!)
You and a partner can see what Yas Marina Circuit has to offer in our grand tour of this state-of-the-art facility. Explore one of the world’s most advanced Formula 1® circuits from the inside out. On a guided Venue Tour of Yas Marina Circuit, you will get to immerse yourself in a world usually seen only by race drivers and their teams.
Price: AED120
Offer valid from: 1stJune ­ 31stAugust 2015
Offer redeemable from: 1st June ­ 30th September 2015
Drift2 (buy one Taxi Drift experience and get one free)
Want to feel the excitement of drifting without being behind the wheel? Look no further, guaranteed to be the most memorable taxi ride ever! For limited time only, buy one Drift Taxi and receive the second one free!
Price: AED450
Offer valid from: 1st June ­ 31st August 2015
Offer redeemable from: 1st June ­ 30thSeptember 2015
Need for Speed (buy 1 Radical SST passenger experience and receive free entry into Ferrari World)
You don’t have to be behind the wheel to get a taste of the track. Let a professional racing driver take you for an incredible ride in the Yas Radical SST. Also, enjoy a once in a lifetime ride on the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
Price: AED460
Offer valid from: 1st June ­ 31st August 2015
Offer redeemable from: 1st June ­ 30th September 2015
Splash & Sprint (buy one Drift Sprint experience and receive a day pass to Yas Waterworld)
It is a sprint to the finish line while going head to head against another driver in a series of drifting challenges on our VDA course.  Our specially designed course will test your drifting prowess and prove how good you really are. After all that excitement go and cool off in Yas Waterworld.
Price: AED540
Offer valid from: 1st June ­ 31st August 2015
Offer redeemable from: 1st June ­ 30th September 2015

Three Cities In Four Days As Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Industry Heads To The USA

Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry is embarking on a four-day, three-city roadshow in North America next week as it looks to build on increasing inbound tourism from the continent.

Led by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), a five-strong delegation of the emirate’s tourism stakeholders will join the roadshow from June 1 – 4 starting in the US capital of Washington D.C., before heading to Chicago, Illinois on June 3rd and then ending the tour in Dallas, Texas on June 4th.

Joining TCA Abu Dhabi will be representatives from the UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas; Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi as well as Celebrity Cruises ­ the Royal Caribbean Cruises arm that offers upscale cruise vacations around the world.

Product managers, reservation staff, travel agents, media partners, MICE representatives and industry partners will be invited to the roadshow for presentations highlighting Abu Dhabi’s tourism credentials and offering opportunities for networking with trade partners.

“The United States is our fourth largest international source market, and as such an extremely important target for us for inbound visitors,” said Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Promotions and Overseas Offices, at TCA Abu Dhabi.

“In 2014, 37 percent more visitors from the US arrived in Abu Dhabi than in 2013. There are currently 45 flights a week to Abu Dhabi, operated by our national airline Etihad Airways, from Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas/Ft. Worth, with this last route having recently being increased to three flights a week. So there are already excellent air links.


“Last year saw 123,196 guests arrive from the United States, which generated 608,556 guest nights, making American visitors one of our longest stayers with an average length of stay of just under five nights. We would like them to stay longer and discover much more of our emirate, and our US roadshows will showcase our world-class destination with first-class hotels, highly competitive room rates and a rich diversity of cultures and attractions. I’m sure our profile in the US will be raised even with this triple-city event.”

Joining the roadshow will be the multi-award winning  Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, a five-star luxury property featuring a stunning conference centre, observation deck, Talise Spa, private beach and direct access to Abu Dhabi’s luxury shopping destination ­ Avenue at Etihad Towers.

“The USA is an increasingly important market for Jumeirah at Etihad Towers with room nights by US residents increasing by a robust 97% in 2014 compared to that recorded in 2013,” said Stefan Fuchs, General Manager at the hotel. “Not only is the number of room nights of US residents continuing to increase but the total share of US travellers is also increasing.

“We regularly plays hosts to key international conventions and events that attract well-known US individuals and personalities, most recently the IATA World Financial Symposium. In addition our profile in the US was boosted by Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hitting the cinema screen, featuring as it did in the latest Hollywood action film, Fast & Furious – a high octane chase between our landmark towers. The movie even inspired an ultra-high end ‘Fast & Luxurious’ two-night package at the hotel, which includes limousine transfers to and from the hotel, a helicopter tour and the use of a super car for the weekend.

“With Etihad Airways expanding their US direct flight network to Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth we are expecting US demand to continue to increase in the years ahead,” he concluded.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas Abu Dhabi, which offers five unique and luxurious properties in the UAE; Eastern Mangroves, Qasr Al Sarab, Royal Pavilion Villas and the Desert Island resorts of Al Yam and Al Sahel, will also be looking to maximise its exposure during the USA trip.

David Garner, Regional Director Sales & Marketing for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas Abu Dhabi, said: “Abu Dhabi-based American companies are regular clients for our hotels and we have seen an increment in demand, from both business travellers to the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel in the city or for leisure time at the Anantara resorts in the desert, Anantara Qasr al Sarab or on Sir Bani Yas Island.

“All five of our properties are tailored for the International market and with Etihad Airways introducing new routes to Dallas and San Francisco, flights are more flexible, and this has shown an increase in US travellers to UAE. In addition, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa is part of the Essentials Abu Dhabi and Premium StopOver programmes with Etihad Airways.”

Celebrity Cruises, a company that offers luxurious cruise excursions from Abu Dhabi and is appearing at a TCA Abu Dhabi Roadshow for the first time, is looking to maximise the company’s exposure during the USA trip.

“The art of outstanding destination delivery is one of our brand pillars here at Celebrity Cruises,” said Frank Medina,  Commercial Director for Celebrity Cruises. “The Abu Dhabi roadshow will allow us to share with our trade partners this new, exciting and exotic itinerary programme which includes various cruise lengths and ports of call.”

Abu Dhabi To Launch Ambitious Golf Tourism Promotional Pus

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is teeing up an ambitious golf tourism drive  to strengthen the UAE capital’s standing as a world-class golfing destination by targeting expanding golf markets in Europe, China, India and across the GCC as well as across the United Arab Emirates.
Pitching the extensive promotional push to the emirate’s golf industry partners, TCA Abu Dhabi is set to get into full swing through the establishment of a powerful Industry Development Committee (IDC), supported by Abu Dhabi’s leading golf courses, tour operators, hoteliers and destination promotion agencies, which will work together to fulfil the emirate’s expanding golf tourism ambitions.
Targeting a wide range of consumer and travel trade marketing and awareness building activities, a new dedicated golf portal on visitabudhabi.ae, the official Abu Dhabi destination promotion website, will be the focus of the marketing drive for golf enthusiasts and serve as a one-stop-shop to connect them with a range of golf holiday options and direct booking tools connected directly to the emirate’s golf industry professionals.
The IDC is also focussed on facilitating extensive networking opportunities for the leading golf courses and tour operators, driving engagement across the board ahead of the build up to the busy winter golfing season across the emirate.
“Abu Dhabi is now perceived as one of the world’s foremost golf destinations, and through our Golf In Abu Dhabi initiative, we have been able to attract visitors to the emirate to enjoy our golfing experience by growing awareness of the diversity of our courses to develop the golf tourism sector,” said Sameer Taher Bagaber, IDC Golf Clubs Chairman and Section
Manager, Strategy & Policy Department, TCA Abu Dhabi.
“Our international golfing footprint is also widening and visitors are becoming increasingly sophisticated in how they research and book their stay, so by expanding the availability of golf information and direct booking access via the visitabudhabi.ae website represents a significant regional competitive advantage and broadens the opportunity to extend our golf tourism message to other regular website users,” added Bagaber.
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With over 4.5 million visits and over 100,000 active users of the associated mobile apps, visitabudhabi.ae will host individual pages for each of the emirate’s golf clubs in nine languages, and will be supported by a dedicated packages section and offer the opportunity to book rounds directly with the individual golf clubs.
All global awareness activity will drive users to the site, and the site will also feature unique content from Matteo Manassero, the Golf In Abu Dhabi Ambassador, as well as detailed information on the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the European Tour’s annual curtain-raising event held on the National Course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club each January.
A priority for the IDC Golf Clubs group is to expand the number of worldwide tour operators featuring Abu Dhabi’s golf proposition in their marketing campaigns and brochures.
Targeting activities in the UK, Germany, France and Italy, the European golf market has been identified as one of huge growth potential, with a series of joint marketing promotions, familiarisation visits and major golf event promotional activities on the cards. The IDC will also be working closely with clubs and domestic Tour Operators to develop packages in the emirate, with the popularity of ‘night golf’ a particular focus.
In the US, golf tour operators will be targeted to expand their Abu Dhabi availability, while in India and South Africa, awareness campaigns aimed at consumers are expected to drive an increase in leisure golf travellers.
The global promotional activity will also be supported by regular golf content across the array of visitabudhabi social media channels, digital advertising and regular newsletters to more than 65,000 subscribers. The activity is anticipated to generate a threefold boost to generate 200,000 visits during the course of the year.
In 2014, Abu Dhabi’s leading golf courses ­ Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Yas Links Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Al Ghazal Golf Club and Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club ­ hosted 139,175 rounds of golf, of which 20,757 were from international overseas guests. In 2011, this figure stood at 6,674. The peak season for international golfers
runs from October to April.
“We have made significant progress since launching Golf In Abu Dhabi in 2011, and expect the collaborative approach we are adopting through the work of the IDC Golf Clubs to further boost the number of international rounds for our partners,” said Reem Al Mahri, Unit Head of Hospitality & Attractions Unit, TCA Abu Dhabi.
Established in 2011, the IDC structure was formed to facilitate wider and closer interaction with the private sector to develop improved communication and align industry efforts to increase the volume of visitors to the emirate.
The golf committee, consisting of key industry players will meet quarterly to jointly coordinate and implement a domestic and international marketing and promotions strategy.
A priority for the group will be to forge solutions to stimulate progress in the development of golf tourism across the emirate, with the establishment of a system to accurately survey the sector and identification of opportunities for future golf course development high on the agenda.
The committees covering Hotels as IDC Main Committee, IDC Sales Engagement, IDC Human Resources and Golf tourism are responsible for identifying opportunities which could be exploited by the tourism industry and TCA Abu Dhabi to further increase visitor numbers and also for boosting the number of Emiratis working in the tourism sector.

New Stores Open At Dalma Mall, More Expansion On The Cards

A long-standing name associated with quality and classy range of options for customers in retail and food, Dalma Mall is the go-to place in Abu Dhabi for a refined shopping experience. As a constant and ongoing effort remains in place to reinvent itself, Dalma Mall is all about giving customers the best of the world’s shopping and culinary avenues. In pursuit of this goal, and in keeping with its aims for business expansion, Dalma Mall has been host to several new shops and food outlets this year.

Speaking about the expansion, Mr. Bhupinder Singh  General Manager & CFFO at Dalma Mall said, We are constantly striving to give our customers the best that they deserve  be it bespoke fashion, lifestyle needs or in eating out. As a furtherance of that very exercise, we have consciously sought to renew ourselves through expansionary endeavours. We welcome all the new brands into the Dalma Mall family and look forward to working together to provide customers with the best shopping and eating experience imaginable.


Starting in January 2015, Hind Al Oud and Junaid Perfumes had their first outlets coming up in Dalma Mall’s complex. They were joined by Federal Arabian, Art Fashion and Kidoos Entertainment in February, which opened up new avenues for shopping, fashion and entertainment. March was a packed month with Sushi, Buona Sera, The Cotton Basket, Holland & Barrett, Just Kunafa, The White Company, Charlie & Me, Opty Sports and Galitos coming up in the mall. With these new shops, customers have been given an expanded experience to serve their every need.

On April and May, the summer rings in a whole world of promise, with Ace Hardware being opened recently and London Dairy, DU Retail, Make Shake, Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Bombay Chowpatty coming on the scene first, in April. May will see the arrival of Joe Raad Gent Salon, NBAD, Al Salem Carpet, Pynkiss Milano, Feather Fashion, Tee & Putt Mini Golf, Vans and Al Medar. It’s time to gear up for an interesting summer shopping extravaganza ahead! With all these new additions, Dalma Mall will achieve 95% occupancy rate and hopefully by the end of 2015 will reach full 100%.

Dalma Mall has the distinction of being a hotspot for shopping and culinary adventures in Abu Dhabi. One of the most prominent centres in the region, the Mall has stood tall among its competitors in the market for its stellar achievements and its many accolades. Earlier this year, Dalma Mall had come out with its own culinary symphony experience as it brought the best of food options from all over the world, and has also recently been the recipient of two prestigious awards, namely, The Golden Europe Award and the Business excellence Award. In the light of these many milestones, these celebrations were but in order.