In the festive spirit

In the festive spirit

ENJOY BARGAINS GALORE, theatrical shows, concerts and more at the upcoming EidFest Abu Dhabi celebrations.

Taking centre stage at the festival, which runs from October 26 to 29, will be Yasalam - the free carnival on the Corniche which leads up to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, to be held on Yas Island from November 2 to 4.

Top acts performing at the Yasalam ‘Beats on the Beach’ concert series will be Missy Elliot, Tamir Hosny, Cee Lo Green and Mel C as well as UAE-based bands and DJs.

Meanwhile, the F1 Fanzone will see autograph signings, merchandise stands, racing challenges and simulators running throughout. Also at the Corniche on October 26 will be TropFest Arabia, the world’s largest short film festival.

For younger kids, there will be the Barney Let’s Go! Live On Stage! 90-minute show, featuring the lovable purple dinosaur, which runs twice daily at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from October 26 to 28. Tickets start at Dhs99; see

Alternatively, the super-sweet Strawberry Shortcake and friends will take to the stage twice daily in Al Ain (October 28 and 29) with interactive games and competitions as part of her 50-minute show, as will the characters of Hamtaro, a golden hamster with an insatiable curiosity, who will be joined by his ‘Ham-Ham Friends’ for their 50-minute, twice daily spectacle at Marina Mall (October 26 and 27).

For more grown-up tastes, Emirates Palace hotel will host the regional finale of the hit Rest Upon the Wind world tour – a theatrical stage production based on the life and times of poet Khalil Gibran. Tickets for the show on October 27 begin at Dhs195 and can be bought at, or by calling 800 4669 or 04 210 8943.

If you’re looking to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, head to ADNEC from now unil October 27 for a free-to-enter Arabian-themed bazaar.

Among the other entertainment destinations holding special activities are Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (which is hosting ‘Speed Week 2012: The Science of Speed’), Manarat Al Saadiyat (‘EcoFuture’), Arabian Nights Heritage Village, Wadi Adventure, Hili Fun City and Al Ain Zoo. Hotel and cruise discounts are also available.

Details of all EidFest Abu Dhabi activities, attraction offers and information can be found on or by calling 800 555.

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