Yas Island calendar of events includes sports, music and family activities
Miral, the first creator of destinations and immersive experiences in Abu Dhabi, announced the schedule of events running from July 2022 to February 2023 on Yas Island. Programming includes everything from world sports championships, family excitement to concerts by top artists and adventure activities.
The lineup of events awaits the return of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week with the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 281 event, National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season matches at the Etihad Arena, the Grand Prix of Formula 1, a performance by Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman as part of Diwali celebrations. The Etihad Arena will also host the stage adaptation of Disney’s Lion King in November.
This calendar promises to bring over seventy exciting events to Abu Dhabi from July 2022 to February 2023. These include the Yas Gaming Festival, Eid Al Adha fireworks, movie nights at Warner Bros. , Disney On Ice will surprise fans of all ages with a new ‘Mickey and Friends’ show this October at the Etihad Arena. In addition, Andrea Bocelli is due to perform in November at Etihad Park.
2023 will also see the return of the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) in February, the biggest celebration of the Indian film industry. The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship weekend will see comedian Kevin Bridges take the stage in January for the DP World Tour golf tournament. Other sporting events will also take place in November and December, including the Triathlon World Championship Finals and the FIBA World Tour 3×3 Final.
Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “While announcing the schedule of events on Yas Island in the coming period, we commend Miral for his outstanding role as a developer. international sporting events in Abu Dhabi. Our partnership with Miral has resulted in resounding success as host of our sporting events over the past few years, and this experience has led us to host more international events at the Yas Island facilities.
Saleh Mohammed Al Geziry, Managing Director, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “In Abu Dhabi, cross-industry collaborations and bold strategic partnerships remain crucial to elevating our status as a premier event hub. We have always believed that a vibrant event offering is a driving force for the emirate to achieve its ambitious tourism vision and reach its target of 23 million annual visitors by 2030. Looking at our robust events calendar for this year and beyond, we are confident that Abu Dhabi will continue to attract diverse audiences from around the world to our destination filled with immersive and exhilarating experiences that they can discover at their own pace.
The Department of Culture and Tourism and Miral also announced the renewal of their partnership through a dedicated event fund. Under the renewed two-year joint venture, the allocated fund will bring live music, comedy and entertainment events, which aims to attract 260,000 event attendees to Yas Island, in addition guarantee 36,000 hotel reservations.
Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said, “We are very proud of this series of incredible events coming to Yas Island. This is a testament to the achievement of our vision to position the island as a premier global destination for entertainment and recreation, as well as a premier venue for world-class events. None of this would have been possible without the support of our partners, and we will continue to work together to provide our guests with unforgettable experiences and elevate Abu Dhabi’s position as a global tourism hub.
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