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Published on : Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Abu Dhabi’s fireworks programme for the UAE National Day weekend has been expanded to make the celebrations more accessible for residents and visitors with 11 shows at six sites now planned throughout the emirate. The expanded programme is part of a mega schedule of National Day weekend activities planned for the whole emirate and designed to engage residents and visitors alike.
Some 63,410 shots in total will now be fired in specially-designed shows commissioned by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) from Spanish fireworks specialist Pirotecnia Igual – the company behind this year’s Rio de Janeiro Revellion show, which played to high media acclaim and was watched by a live audience of over two million and millions more via Brazilian TV.
“The highly acclaimed pyrotechnics artist and director Angel Gonzalez who was behind the Copacabana theatrical is designing this year’s Abu Dhabi shows and has promised a breathtaking spectacle which will include Pirotecnia Igual’s proprietary Kamuro and Willow Golden Palm creations,” explained Jasem Al Darmaki, Deputy Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi.
“Angel is renowned in the pyrotechnics field for his signature style which has been behind some of the world’s most dramatic fireworks displays.”
A 12-minute show will run at Abu Dhabi Corniche on December 1st and 2nd at 9pm.
“It will be visible to all on the Corniche stretch running from the Hiltonia to the public beach,” explained Al Darmaki.
The Corniche will also come alive with a mammoth activity plan of entertainment and games to engage all families and nationalities and the Emirates Heritage Club will mount additional attractions at its Corniche Breakwater Heritage Village, which will be open from 9am until 10pm on December 2nd. In addition to its usual attractions, there will be a traditional market and handicraft demonstrations of leatherware, glassware and knife production. The club will also have a traditional rowing boat available to take up to 10 people at a time on a trip along the Corniche. The trips will be free and run every half hour from 4.3pm until 7pm.
On December 2nd, a three-minute show will bring to a close the National Day parade celebrations on Yas Island at 8pm.
Three- minute shows will also be held on December 1st and 2nd at Khor Al Maqta – in front of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel with firing at 8.30pm.
“This show will spread out across the water to be visible to people dining out at the restaurants of the hotels and the souk which flank the channel,” said Al Darmaki.
In Abu Dhabi’s heritage heartland of Al Ain, 10 minute shows will run at 8.30pm on December 1st and 2nd at Hili Fun City, with entry to the park being free.
“This will be a superb end to a day for those visiting the Al Ain Aerobatic Show which will run over the National Day weekend,” explained Al Darmaki.
In the emirate’s western region of Al Gharbia, seven-minute shows will run at 8.30pm on December 1st and 2nd in Madinat Zayed and on Delma Island.
“The spread of the shows will bring the celebrations in reach of many more people and is part of a wider programme being planned to include parades, concerts and great entertainment,” said Al Darmaki. “The blockbuster programme which will be rolled out in the coming week will ensure that Abu Dhabi is the place to be this National Day weekend when we invite everyone to join us as we celebrate the 42nd anniversary of our homeland.”
Also planned for the weekend is the Al Ain Aerobatic Show which takes off at Al Ain International Airport from November 30 – December 2 and will have the Oasis City’s biggest on-ground family entertainment extravaganza.
TCA has launched the ‘FLY PASS’ bonus package to make it more affordable than ever to visit Al Ain and the show during the National Day weekend. With the pass, visitors get entry for two into the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show, two entry tickets to Al Ain Zoo, including ‘Feed The Giraffe’ passes, two tickets for the adrenaline-packed Wadi Adventure white water rafting and surfing park, and a 30% discount on all facilities at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club – all for AED 125 (US$ 34) – instead of AED 500 (US$ 136), which would be the overall cost of all the tickets taken individually.
Show tickets – at AED 40 (US$ 11) for Adults and AED 20 (US$ 5.5) for children of 12 and under – and ‘FLY PASS’ can be bought online at www.ticketmaster.ae and via the toll free number 800 86823 (from inside the UAE) or +9714 3662289 (international).
Meanwhile on Yas Island – Abu Dhabi’s entertainment district, December 2nd will see thousands of cars decorated in the colours of the UAE national flag gather bid for entry into the Guinness World Records. The bid – launched by TCA Abu Dhabi and The Life & Style Show UAE, the country’s largest-ever consumer lifestyle show which runs at ADNEC from December 5-7.
“The world record bid aims to harness national pride to set a record for the biggest number of decorated cars in one location,” explained Al Darmaki. “We anticipate over 3,000 cars will take part with more than 300 featuring in the record bid.
The parade route will start at du Forum and cover more than 3.5 kilometres. People are urged to get to the site early – entertainment will be available from 2pm onwards with music, a DJ and family activities with the parade starting at 5pm.
Following the fireworks on Yas Island a free-to-attend concert with an Arab singing star will be held in du Forum. Details of the star performer will be announced shortly.
Source:- Abu Dhabi Tourism