Monthly Archives: March 2017

Aloha Abu Dhabi Festival Kicks Off With An Adventure-Filled Weekend For All The Family

Aloha Abu Dhabi, the city’s most celebrated beach festival, kick-starts this week from 28th March to 1st April at Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Abu Dhabi’s first waterfront retail development at Al Raha Beach. With an incredible array of breath-taking musical performances, amazing water sports and exciting daily activities, Aloha Abu Dhabi will offer family and friends an unforgettable, adventure-filled way to enjoy their spring break.

The Festival is free and open to the public as ‘Aloha’ means both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in Hawaiian, so that ‘Aloha Abu Dhabi’ reflects Al Muneera Beach Plaza’s warm and welcoming spirit.  Organised by Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar) in partnership with destination marketing specialists Wise Inc., the festival hosts an impressive line-up of live musical entertainment, culinary and gastronomical delights plus a trendy selection of 60 fashion pop-ups, entertainment shows, food trucks, restaurant and cafes.

In addition to that, one of the key highlights of Aloha Abu Dhabi is its daily spectacular light, sound and fire show, as well as the chance for visitors to win exciting prizes by participating in the daily beach competitions of limbo and tug of war.

Aloha Abu Dhabi’s pop-up market features fashionable brands such as Lash Dubai, Rainstone Jewellery, Crystal and Lace, LWD Fashion, Happy Feet and Oud Sultan and participating restaurants include Dunkin Dounuts, Shake Shack, London Dairy, Yogurt Land, Mini Pancakes and Fort Fruity. For those wanting something quick and tasty, food trucks will be available in front of Al Raha Beach Canal such as Pink Burger, Sir Loin and Sons, El Cubano and 800Piza.


Zahra Al Ali, Marketing Manager, Aldar Properties said: “This year’s Aloha Abu Dhabi returns bigger and better, inviting our visitors on an unforgettable adventure, encouraging everyone to try something new to enjoy Aloha Abu Dhabi’s incredible mix of live entertainment, water-based sports activities and spectacular interactive children’s activities. We’re very excited to showcase Al Raha Beach’s unique offering and so we look forward to welcoming all the family for this thrilling entertainment, shopping and dining experience.”

Aloha Abu Dhabi will offer its visitors a variety of entertainment shows and activities including street performance such as stilt walkers, break dancers, and fire-breathers. Children activities will include face painting, digital caricatures and Hawaiian themed puppet show while to keep everyone entertained there will be the Interactive “Aloha” message wall, live street art and beach themed photo booths and Bossaball.

The five day extravaganza will also offer live music shows featuring Vandaly band, live DJ mixes, Aloha dances, as well as harpist, saxphone and piano performances on the beach. For water-based sports lovers, the Festival will feature water-donut rides, inflatable water slides and wakeboarding. Exercise-enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy yoga for all ages.

This year, Aloha Abu Dhabi has partnered with Jalboot to offer visitors an exclusive high-speed water taxi service with special rates for the festival. The journey from Abu Dhabi city (Abu Dhabi Mall) to Aloha Abu Dhabi festival takes approximately 45 minutes and costs Dh70 for a round trip or Dh40 for one way, leaving every 30 minutes from 15:30 until 23:30. For tickets please visit For those coming by car, free valet parking will be available outside Al Muneera Beach Plaza.

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Yas Waterworld’s special ‘Ladies Day’ is back by popular demand

Yas Waterworld’s special ‘Ladies Day’ is back by popular demand, this time on a weekend, providing women the opportunity to experience more than 40 thrilling rides, slides and attractions in the comfort and privacy of a park exclusively run by female employees for the entire day.

“Guest feedback is always valued here at Yas Waterworld, and Ladies Day on a weekend is another example of our efforts to accommodate an increasingly popular demand from our guests. We look forward to sharing our park adventure with the ladies from Abu Dhabi and across the UAE on an entire day dedicated to them!” said Bianca Sammut, General Manager of Yas Waterworld.

As with Yas Waterworld’s ‘Ladies Night’, male guests and employees will not be allowed into the park for the day.  Boys 8 years old and under can enter the park along with their female relatives upon presentation of a valid photo ID or birth certificate.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

For more information or to purchase advance tickets online, please visit



This weekend, will see the UAE’s best drivers head to the home of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX and compete in the penultimate round of Yas Racing Series.


Spectators will be able to take in all the action from not one but four championships races including; Formula 4 UAE, Radical Middle East Cup, Formula Gulf 1000 and Yas Marina Circuit’s single-make championship, the TRD 86 Cup.

Yas Marina Circuit has also developed a fantastic Friday Brunch package, allowing guests to take in the glamour of the on-track spectacle, while enjoying a delicious range of food and beverage in stylish comfort.

On Friday, 10thMarch, visitors will be able to indulge in the electric atmosphere and sample the delights of the Belgian Café Brunch in the Paddock Suites, which offers spectacular views of all the racing action. Also, included in the Friday Brunch will be a pit lane walk where brunch-goers will be able to get up close and personal with the drivers and their finely tuned machines.


As the world celebrates Women’s Day on 8 March, Happiness Island invites all remarkable ladies to the Island on Friday the 10th.

Happiness Island - Infinity Pool

As a gift to all women visiting the Island on 10 March, Happiness Island will welcome them free of charge. Usually charged at AED 100 per person, ladies on this day will enjoy complimentary access as a present for them on the special occasion. Guests are invited to bring their lady friends and enjoy the day on the Island.

Located 10 minutes by boat off Abu Dhabi via the British Club dock, Happiness Island features Taboo 101, an exclusive sanctuary especially for ladies and couples. It has a dedicated pool, a waterfall bar and chalets to leisurely bask in. Perched atop Taboo 101 is Happiness Island Mountain, which provides breathtaking 360-degree views of Arabian Gulf and Abu Dhabi’s skyline, and low seating arrangement for a comfortable lounging experience.

Refined Culinary and Tailored Recreational Experiences On Offer At The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

This April, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi presents its guests with refined culinary and tailored recreational experiences to create timeless memories.


In celebration of Easter, the city’s true beach-front resort is offering an array of bespoke Easter themed packages to include Easter-themed Afternoon Tea at The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Saadiyat Easter Brunch at Olea, a dedicated Easter Trolley at The Manhattan Lounge, and fun-filled Easter activities for the younger guests at the Sandcastle Club.


Having just kicked off his Spring 2017 UK Tour in Glasgow including 23 shows across the country which were met with overwhelming demand, Olly Murs is confirming his reputation as one of Britain’s very best live performers. The British superstar is set to dazzle UAE fans on his Abu Dhabi debut performance at the du Forum, Yas Island on Friday 28 April 2017.


Ahead of his show, we’ve put together a list of 15 facts about the young sensation like his love for high quality sushi or his appearance on gameshow Deal Or No Deal, winning only £10.

Here’s some further insight into the Essex-born showman’s bio and rise to fame:

1.    Olly Murs was born on May 14th 1984. He shares his birthday with other world stars like Martin Garrix, Cate Blanchett, Prince Harry and Mark Zuckerberg

2.    Olly Murs’ zodiac sign is Taurus like Adele, Sam Smith or Enrique Iglesias

3.    Olly has stated that two of his role models are Michael Jackson and Robbie Williams. Olly had the chance of performing a duet with Robbie Williams ‘Angels’ on the UK X- Factor final in 2009 and he’s now a close friend of his

4.    Olly auditioned for The UK X-Factor in 2009 with Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ and was mentored by Simon Cowell, eventually finishing in second place. Shortly after he signed his first record deal and released debut album “Olly Murs” in November 2010.

5.    Before his audition, Olly worked in a call centre

6.    Olly became instantly successful, with his debut single “Please Don’t Let Me Go” released in August 2010 going straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. He next got to number one in 2011, when he released Rizzle Kicks collaboration “Heart Skips A Beat”

7.    His second album “In Case You Didn’t Know” also got to number one and so did his next single “Dance With Me Tonight”– he performed it alongside The Muppets on the X Factor “Right Place Right Time” was Olly’s next album, getting to number one in the UK and also entering the US charts at number 19

8.    In 2012, Olly released an autobiography ‘Happy Days’ and the same year he also went on tour with One Direction

9.    Olly’s trademark hats come from his nan, she handknits them herself

10.  Olly is an outspoken Manchester United fan, cheering regularly for the Red Devils on social media. Olly himself played football for Witham Town, but had to give it up due to an injury

11.  Olly previously said that if he were to be stranded on an island he would take a duvet,  a pillow, an iPod and a guitar

12.  Olly spent five days in the Kaisut desert in North Kenya back in 2011 during the Comic Relief trek

13.  Four of Olly’s tracks have been nominated for “British Single of the Year” at the BRIT Awards. He was also nominated as best “British Male Solo Artist” at the 2013 BRITs

14.  Olly has won two BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, once in 2011 and next in 2013

15.  In addition to his musical talents, Olly holds a Guinness World Record for tea making. In January 2011, Olly and campaigner Alex Loughlin made a staggering 496 cups of tea in 60 minutes setting the world record for the most cups of tea made in one hour

Don’t miss the versatile singer who will perform for only one night in the UAE capital as part of his 2017 Spring Tour bringing ultimate chart-topping hits such as Troublemaker, Dear Darlin’ and Dance with me Tonight as well as hits from his latest album ‘24 HRS’ including Years and Years.