’Winterfest’ Celebrations Kick-Off At Ferrari World Abu Dhabi With Emirati Ice Princess’s Solo

The enchanting ‘Winterfest’ is making return to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi for the fourth consecutive year, with an array of festive family-friendly activities and shows running from 16 December 2016 to 07 January 2017.

This year, winter celebrations at the Park will kick-off with a one-time solo performance from the UAE’s “Ice Princess”, Zahra Lari. Member of the International Skating Union, the 21 year-old skating superstar is the first Emirati athlete hopeful to officially represent the UAE and compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Zahra is due to perform a breathtaking routine at the grand opening of Winterfest on Friday, 16 December.

Commenting on her participation, Jesse Vargas, General Manager at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi said: “The presence of the prominent ice skater Zahra Lari, will make this year’s Winterfest celebrations at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi even more memorable. We are truly delighted to have her at the Park as we believe she can inspire thousands of young athletes in the UAE with her incredible talent and determination. Her spectacular performance is a real highlight for our audiences to enjoy.”

“I am very proud to be representing the Emirates Skating Club at this year’s Winterfest at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, along with other club members, who will be performing alongside me. My performance at Winterfest will be a sneak peak of my 2018 Olympic qualifying programme and I look forward to meeting everyone there”, added Zahra Lari.

Throughout the festival, the winter wonderland at the first Ferrari branded theme park will include a colorful tree lighting ceremony every hour, with regular appearances from the famous duo Khalil and Berto. Guests can also enjoy the figure skating show that combines acrobatics and expressive dance, and for those looking to become the next ice skating champ, the floor is all yours when the shows aren’t live! The 240 sqm ice rink will be available for guests to skate and enjoy their time with friends and family.

The beloved Bjorn, the animatronic polar bear, will meet and greet guests during the interactive show. Engaging the audience at the Park, the playful polar bear and his Arctic companion will teach guests interesting facts about his habits and habitat.

As the seasonal music plays at the Park, the gracious ballerinas will dance their way into guest’s hearts with their mesmerizing performance in an enormous snow globe located at ‘Via d‘Italia”.

As for the little champions, the snow-play area will give them some real fun as they run, play, throw artificial snow into the air and enjoy the gigantic slide.

The seasonal market will also offer delicious festive fare with traditional cakes and cookies, as well as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ornaments and merchandise.

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Event: Winterfest

Date: 16 December 2016 – 07 January 2017

Time: Please visit www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com for more details on timings

Venue: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island

Etihad Aviation Group Marks 45th UAE National Day

More than 2000 staff, their families and friends have joined a street festival at the home of Etihad Aviation Group as part of UAE National Day celebrations.

Etihad Airways’ guests are also in for a special National Day treat with chocolates being handed out on flights leaving Abu Dhabi on 2 December.

The Abu Dhabi Police Music Band set the tone for a marquee event outside the group’s Head Office by playing the UAE national anthem ahead of attendees enjoying Emirati dancing, a UAE themed photographic exhibition and traditional Emirati cuisine.

Hareb Almuhairy, Etihad Aviation Group’s Senior Vice President, Corporate and International Affairs, said: “As we near the 45th anniversary of the UAE, it is a time to remember the founders of the country and to draw inspiration from the ‘Spirit of the Union’. This country means so much in so many different ways to its diverse population.”

Mr. Almuhairy added: “As the national airline of the UAE, Etihad Airways has worked closely with the government to help develop the country into a hub for aviation, hospitality, culture and commerce. UAE National Day is about celebrating these colossal achievements and looking forward to the exciting times ahead.”

Food trucks and stalls were set up to add to the festival atmosphere and Etihad Airways Nursery took care of a children’s play area with activities and games throughout the day.

The festival also had a business component where local businesses were given the opportunity to display their products and services – alongside The Abu Dhabi Business Women Council and other entrepreneurs.

To provide an historical perspective, Emirates Heritage Club brought falcons, camels and horses to the event and representatives from the UAE General Women’s Union were present, assisting women to display their home made perfumes and woven goods.

Many of the Etihad staff had recorded messages for a “Thank You UAE” video, which was screened, in which people shared thoughts on what the country means to them.

On 2 December, guests on more than 140 Etihad Airways flights departing Abu Dhabi will be handed special National Day Patchi chocolates in recognition of the 45th anniversary. On long-haul flights, the airline’s Flying Nannies will be on hand for face-painting the UAE flag.

Guests in Business and First Class arriving in Abu Dhabi on 2 December from GCC destinations can expect a special gift box incorporating traditionally-inspired perfumes from Mohamed Hilal Group. Dedicated National Day content will also appear in Aspire, the in-flight magazine for premium guests.

Additionally, guests will be greeted by a National Day message on the inflight entertainment system and will notice a National Day theme running through the airline’s social media channels.

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#LetYourColoursFly At Yas Island On 2nd December For 45th UAE National Day

Residents of Abu Dhabi can again let their colours fly as Yas Island welcomes the return of its popular National Day Colours celebration on 2nd December.

Organisers have a wide range of family activities lined up at Yas Marina Circuit for people to enjoy as the nation comes together to celebrate the 45thUAE National Day.

Following on from last year’s successful event, thousands of people from the expanding community on and around Yas Island are expected to return on 2ndDecember to enjoy the free entertainment, which aims to complement other main National Day ceremonies across the UAE capital.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: The National Day Colours celebration is a hugely popular family event that has fast become an extension of the festivities around UAE National Day.

Everyone at Yas Marina Circuit looks forward to hosting such a colourful and relaxed family event that celebrates the rich culture and heritage of the UAE with a range of entertainment and activities.

Set on Yas Marina Circuit’s iconic Abu Dhabi Hill, the National Day Colours event welcomes all visitors. Guests of all ages can enjoy a celebration of UAE culture and a fun day packed with entertainment between 2-7pm.

Showcasing the heart and soul of the UAE, cultural activities at the event include oud playing performances, falconry displays, and dancing. Visitors can also sample the tradition of henna hand painting and have their names written in Arabic by a professional calligrapher.

Why not try your luck at the Human Claw game, or enjoy the live musical performances, inflatable amusement rides or get your National Day Colours experience captured by a professional caricaturist? UAE-themed face painting, an arts and crafts section, as well as Story Time with Dr Ahmed are ideal for children. An impressive fireworks display will add a touch of drama to what promises to be a spectacular occasion.

Visitors are encouraged to share moments from the day on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #LetYourColoursFly.

UAE National Day is a time for communities to come together and celebrate with pride and enthusiasm 45 years of extraordinary achievements, said Mohamed Abdulla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral. As an Emirati-bred, international entertainment and leisure destination that attracts visitors from across the world through exciting attractions, vibrant events and warm hospitality, Yas Island represents the very best of what is possible in the UAE. In addition to welcoming visitors, their friends and families year-round, we are especially honoured to welcome citizens and residents for our 45th National Day Celebrations at Yas Marina Circuit as well as across Yas Island as they create everlasting memories on this special day.

The festivities come just five days after Yas Marina Circuit hosts the title-deciding 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX to round off the F1 season in style and is set against a back drop of GP2 and GP3 testing. Visitors can see the F1® drivers of tomorrow set the pace in a private testing session. Entry is free for all.

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Architectural Digest Middle East Exhibition Launches At The Galleria On Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi

This November The Galleria on Al Maryah Island launches an exclusive exhibition by Architectural Digest Middle East, and the famed photographer Mark Luscombe-Whyte. The exhibition will be displayed from November 29th until December 6th, where visitors will be welcomed to admire the award-winning photography, taking them on a journey through the capital and a brief history of the Arab world.

The Galleria partnered with Architectural Digest Middle East to present the work of leading British award-winning photographer Mark Luscombe-Whyte. In his 25 years behind the camera, Mark Luscombe-Whyte has travelled the world, photographing exotic palaces, majestic mosques and striking portraits of desert nomads. His work is featured in leading architecture and travel titles, coffee table books and in London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Made possible by The Galleria, the 38 images selected for this exhibition will be on display through The Great Room and outside Almaz by Momos restaurant on level 1. The displayed pieces were carefully curated to emphasize the unique beauty of the Arab world, its architecture and its people, revealing unique stories through striking images. 

Mark’s collaboration with Architectural Digest Middle East began with the magazine’s launch issue, with a sumptuous shoot of the home of a Saudi prince. Since then, other outstanding photographic features followed, such as a cover story featuring Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the stunning architecture of The Galleria, and unique homes in Dubai, Beirut and Kuwait.

A true connoisseur of the region, with endless hours on the road, Mark Luscombe-Whyte is the ultimate specialist in Arab architecture, having perfectly captured the obvious beauty of Abu Dhabi’s most photographed landmark Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Commenting on the photography exhibition, Charles Martinez, General Manager of The Galleria, said: The Galleria is committed to bringing an eclectic mix of the world’s finest artists and cultural exhibitors to the UAE and are delighted to welcome such a prestigious publication as Architectural Digest, and world renowned photographer Mark Luscombe-Whyte. We expect this exhibition to provide the community and its visitors with a cultural journey through an unforgettable visual experience.”

Unlike other photographers in the industry, Mark travels only with his camera – shunning the need for any extravagant devices – discretely photographing and producing stunning images that also highlight his talent and unique vision.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so get ready to emerge in true tales of beauty, authenticity, and heritage that proudly showcase the best of the region.

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Lewis Hamilton Brings Joy To Young Fan At 2016 FORMULA ONE ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

Eight-year-old Nathan Ampofo-Anim got more than he could have ever dreamed of while in Abu Dhabi for a Formula 1′ trip-of-a-lifetime when he met his racing driver hero Lewis Hamilton, courtesy of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Etihad Airways, Yas Marina Circuit and Starlight Children’s Foundation.

A young motorsport fanatic, Nathan who has sickle cell anaemia, an incurable and debilitating hereditary blood disorder, was referred for a wish to Starlight Children’s Foundation, a UK-based charity that grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. Nathan wished to go to the 2016 FORMULA ONE ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX at Yas Marina Circuit to watch the title-deciding race.

I was already really excited to be in Abu Dhabi for the race weekend, but being invited into the Mercedes garage and meeting Lewis Hamiltion today was the best day of my life. He is my hero and I hope I will be a successful driver like him one day, said Nathan.

Staying at the heart of the action on Yas Island for the F1′ weekend, Nathan travelled to Abu Dhabi with his parents and five year-old brother thanks to Etihad Airways and also spent time sampling a traditional Arabian heritage experience at Yas Marina Circuit in addition to enjoying the After-Race concerts. Nathan and his family also visited Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld.

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Großer Preis von Abu Dhabi 2016, Samstag

Großer Preis von Abu Dhabi 2016, Samstag

Etihad Airways Captain Lifts The Lid On The Spectacular Flypast At The #ABUDHABIGP

The start of the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX will once more be marked with the spectacular Etihad Airways and Fursan Al Emarat fly past as the teams, drivers and 60,000 fans at Yas Marina Circuit welcome the nail-biting, title-deciding race of the 2016 Formula 1′ season.

While Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg mentally prepare themselves for an epic finale on the ground, Etihad Airways’ A380 Chief Pilot, Captain Ali Al Jabri, will be in the left-hand seat of the superjumbo (tail number A6-APC) as it skims the start line of Yas Marina Circuit at 900 feet and 210 knots, trailed by the nimble fast jets of the UAE’s air display team Fursan Al Emarat.

‘It’s an honour for our flight crew to be selected to take part in the fly past alongside the UAE’s display team and be a part of the spectacular event that is the F1′ race,’ said Captain Al Jabri. ‘The weekend is a showpiece event for Abu Dhabi and provides a huge opportunity to demonstrate our aircraft to an audience of billions.

“We’ve conducted similar fly pasts in previous years, and based on the many positive comments we hear from people, we know they take it away as an abiding memory of the event.”

The Etihad Airways fly-past has become synonymous with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and this year’s event will see the airline’s stunning Facets of Abu Dhabi livery flying over the iconic circuit to mark the beginning of the race on Sunday.

Months of planning takes place before the formation is performed ahead of the Formula 1 showpiece on race day.

The total flying time is 50 minutes from take-off to landing at Abu Dhabi International Airport and once in the air, the aircraft enter a holding pattern for about 10 minutes, during which they complete several passes over Yas Marina Circuit.

Captain Al Jabri spoke of the incredible team effort and dedication required to ensure the best possible visual experience on race day:’Safety is obviously of major importance to us when flying the aircraft so we’ve been working alongside the display team and practicing the fly past over the last few weeks.

Many of us in the Etihad Airways crew have been involved in previous fly pasts but we couldn’t achieve it without the support of the Fursan Al Emarat display team, the military, air traffic control and the airport, so we can give people a spectacle that they will remember for years to come.

The Etihad Airways flypast will begin at 16:46 taking place before and after the UAE National Anthem, minutes before the start of the 2016 FORMULA1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX  on Sunday 27th November.

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Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

Opening ceremony procession

For more information on Etihad Holidays, please visit: https://www.etihad.com/en-ae/etihad-holidays/

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Driver Lewis Hamilton Creates The Ultimate SPG Moment On The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Helipad

In an adrenaline fueled exclusive event with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, the globally renowned loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest celebrates the ultimate SPG Moment, welcoming team driver Lewis Hamilton to the highest active helipad in the Middle East at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

As Formula One fever sweeps the capital during the most prominent event in the Abu Dhabi calendar, a weekend that brings together the most discerning global travelers for the closing of the championship, SPG surpasses expectations with an out of this world exclusive racing experience the night before the 2016 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final race. At 255m, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi helipad took exhilaration to new heights presenting a high tech simulation race with Triple World Champion Lewis Hamilton, surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the capital, a truly unforgettable sensory experience.

With the 2016 Championship still undecided, Lewis Hamilton is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion and holds more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One. Lewis Hamilton commented “The energy on the helipad of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi was incredible, and the views were spectacular.  It was a fantastic evening with our partners at SPG and some amazing fans.  Experiences like this are something you can’t even imagine, and will never forget!

In 2012, SPG announced a global strategic partnership with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, becoming the official Team Partner, including hosting the team as they travel to various Grand Prix venues on the Formula One calendar.

Daniel Kerzner, VP Digital, Loyalty and Partnership Marketing SPG: “Tonight’s event at The St. Regis with team driver Lewis Hamilton was literally over the top.  We were able to capture some breath-taking social first content that will support a massive online campaign in the coming days.  We’re thrilled to be able to showcase Abu Dhabi to the world like never before.”

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s General Manager, Moustafa Sakr, comments: “What a thrill to host the action. We’re wishing Lewis and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team the best of luck in tomorrow’s final race, we will be watching

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton stands on the highest active helipad in the Middle East (255m) at The St Regis Hotel, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix title decider on Saturday, November 26, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/The St. Regis Abu Dhabi)

Going, Going, Gone! All Grandstand Tickets ’Sold Out’

Organisers have revealed that all two-day and three-day Grandstand tickets to the title-deciding 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX have sold out.

With only limited tickets to the hospitality suites and one-day Friday tickets remaining, Yas Marina Circuit is advising anyone that has yet to purchase to do so quickly or risk missing out on the region’s biggest and best sporting and entertainment weekend.

With a hat-trick of motorsport titles up for grabs on-track, the off-track entertainment line-up includes world-class headline artists at the After-Race concerts. Super Thursday kicks off the action with the Public Pit Lane Walk and a performance by hip hop artist Pitbull on Thursday evening, the legendary duo The Chemical Brothers (#ChemBrosAtF1) will perform on Friday, followed by music icon Lionel Richie (#LionelRichieAtF1) on Saturday and global superstar Rihanna(#RihannaAtF1) bringing the curtain down in style on Sunday.

All ticket holders will also get free access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, as well as Yas Waterworld as part of their Abu Dhabi Grand Prix package.

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A photograph of the sky filled with colourful fireworks at the end of race day with the finish line and Shams Tower in the distance. Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Yas Marina Circuit, 29th November 2015. United Arab Emirates.

For more information on tickets to the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, please call +971 2 659 9800 or visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com

You can also download the YashHUB smartphone app for both Android and Apple devices from here: https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/formula-1/yashub-app

 

Yas Marina Circuit Expected To Break Social Media Records As The #AbuDhabiGP Set For Another Title-Decider

While millions of eyes will be glued to the title-deciding action of the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, fingers will be furiously tapping and swiping away on Yas Marina Circuit’s array of social media channels.

The Circuit’s Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels, as well as its user-friendly YasHUB F1 experience management app, are all set for record views, downloads and engagements up to and including race weekend on November 24th-27th.

With the 2016 title showdown between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg going to the wire, as well as the GP2 and GP3 titles being decided on Saturday and Sunday, Yas Marina Circuit is expecting to smash last yea’;s record total of 5.7million online engagements by the end of 2016.

Nick McElwee, Sales & Marketing Director at Yas Marina Circuit, said: ‘Our objective is to ensure our fans around the world get the absolute maximum from their race weekend. That means we are dedicating huge resources to our social media channels to provide everything a visitor to Yas Marina Circuit or a viewer at home would need, whether that be multimedia race build-up, discussion boards, interactive maps, information on off-track entertainment and activities, and much more.

It’s real a privilege to engage in social media interactions with our knowledgeable fans. We have already seen a jump in engagement following the outcome of the Brazilian Grand Prix and are fully expecting the title-deciding battle between Lewis and Nico to make Grand Prix weekend at Yas Marina Circuit the region’s most influential sporting event.

The Circuit is looking to build on last year’s online engagement when its social media footprint registered on a global scale.

The hashtag ‘˜#AbuDhabiGP’ trended number one worldwide on Twitter on race day 2015 while recording 725,810 Twitter mentions and more than 3.45 billion Twitter impressions over the Formula 1 weekend.

The introduction of Yas Marina’s Circuit’s Snapchat account was a huge success, with 142 million views, and Instagram garnered more than 2.8 million impressions.

Meanwhile, the YasHUB experience management app that allowed race goers to tailor all aspects of their weekend – from ticketing, to the latest F1 news to entertainment options – was downloaded more than 56,0000 times, compared to 40,734 times in 2014. It ranked as the number one downloaded sports app in the UAE’s Apple and Google Android stores.

YasHUB has everything fans require to get the low down on the title-deciding F1 battle. This includes race build up, driver and team details, season-so-far information, and much more, presented in the form of engaging infographics, images, and videos. There’s also a huge bank of video content on the Circuit’s dedicated YouTube channel, Yas TV.

For visitors to Yas Marina Circuit on race weekend, the YasHUB #AbuDhabiGP experience app has new features such as ˜AskYAS’ – your virtual concierge, available to answer any questions you may have 24/7 throughout race weekend.

AskYAS’s live chat customer service team will act as your guide to every aspect of the weekend. From finding out which entertainment is happening in which Grandstand Oasis Area and when, AskYAS will also provide navigational directions around the Circuit as well as information on parking, transport, food and beverage and seating, as well as race timings and results – you ask it, they will answer!

Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2015

Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2015

For more information, please visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com. Head to the Apple and Android stores to download YasHUB app.