Yas Island, the UAE’s premier leisure and entertainment destination, is gearing up to host an unmissable line-up of events during the first half of 2019. The capital’s favourite island is set to showcase over 30 events that are guaranteed to delight and entertain visitors from far and wide, including brand new music, sports and family entertainment festivals.
Leon Marsh, Associate Director of Events, Destination Management – Yas Island, commented: “Yas Island has undoubtedly become one of the UAE’s foremost leisure and entertainment hubs. Our annual calendar of more than 400 events perfectly complements the Yas Island experience for both tourists and residents, giving them access to world-class entertainment alongside top-notch hospitality and award-winning attractions.
“We have seen remarkable growth in the popularity of our events around Yas Island, with family festivals and fan favourites such as Yas Winter Carnival, Yas Movies in the Park and Yas Fitness Festival among others collectively receiving double the number of visitors compared to the previous year. For the first half of 2019, visitors can look forward to world-class shows, new family extravaganzas and major regional firsts, as we continue to work on bringing the very best in entertainment to Yas Island,” Marsh added.
Yas Marina circuit is racing into 2019 with a big milestone, hosting the opening race of the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship for the first time in the Middle East. Taking place on April 5-6, the high octane cross surface race will feature a full program of on-track and off-track fast-paced action, music and entertainment that will keep fans on their toes for the entire weekend.
For a theatrical experience like no other, Yas Island will welcome the legendary Cirque du Soleil from March 6-16 for a fascinating extravaganza as they debut their Bazzar show in the Middle East exclusively on Yas Island. Audiences are in for an incredibly immersive performance as a joyful troupe of acrobats, dancers and musicians come together to craft an awe-inspiring spectacle.
Families will rejoice as Yas Island hosts the largest three-day outdoor adventure for kids like never before. Running from February 21-23 at du Arena, the Yas Kidz Fest will feature endless activities and miniature adventures. Little ones can dance their socks off at the Silent Disco, take centre stage in a Talent Show, cook in the Little Chef Tent or become an explorer in the Discovery Zone. Families can also experience all-new Chinese New Year celebrations at the Island’s three theme parks, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi from February 1-9. The celebrations will include a fiery-red acrobatic spectacular, a must-see circus celebration, creative crafts for the little ones, Chinese-themed dining experiences and spectacular parades.
Ladies are in for a treat as Yas Waterworld will introduce the UAE’s first ladies-only concert with a special edition of Ladies’ Night on March 21. This one-of-a-kind concert will be headlined by Emirati superstar Balqees. Music lovers will also enjoy Bob Marley’s Birthday Festival featuring the original Wailers at Yas Beach on February 8.
Gamers can once again indulge in a world of immersive challenges and entertainment at the Yas Gaming Festival from June 5–15 at Yas Mall, featuring retro games, main stage activities, and a variety of experiences to choose from.
Foodies can rejoice at the first ever Seafood and Music Festival, and indulge in fruits of the sea hosted by the waters of the star-lit Yas Marina from March 21-23. That’s not all, returning for its second season, Yas Beach’s Club Social makes eating a social affair for everyone from April 11–13, featuring over 15 food journeys to experience, beach fun, outdoor cinema, live workshops and performances.
Also returning next year are some of Yas Island’s signature festivals and events including the Abu Dhabi Pet Festival, Yas Movies in the Park, Block Party, Yas Fitness & Wellbeing Festival, Yas Super Street Challenge, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council Indoor Run, TriYas by Daman’s ActiveLife, Yas Racing Series, Yas Drag Night, Spring Fest at Yas Waterworld, as well as joyous celebrations across the Island for Eid Al Fitr which will light up the sky with amazing firework shows.
For the full calendar and information on Yas Island’s upcoming events, visit www.yasisland.ae/events