29 January, 2008

New attractions lined up for DSF 2008

The Dubai Shopping Festival continues in the emirate until February 24.
Besides the shopping promotions, mega raffle draws and the usual DSF signature events, a programme to watch out for will be a Guinness Book of world records launch on February 16.
New attractions this year will be a new entertainment concept under the name of Festival Park, where a wide range of events and festivities will take place in Al Khor Park. Events include heritage themes, a mini animal farm, park market, air show, digital festival and a family fun fair.

Al Seef Street will host the night souq among many other attractions. Al Muraqabat Street will host an international circus and a huge Fun Fair in addition to various shows and live performances. This new addition will happen on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays every week. From February 7 to 9 there will be a Dance of Fire and Light show, while the weekend on February 14 to 16 will offer the Journey Show at Global Village. The Flying Art Show happens in Al Khor Park on February 21 to 23.
The main musical event this year will be the international concert of Santana on February 15, at the Festival City. SkyWards Dubai International Festival will take place between February 21 to 24 at Dubai Media City. Among the major concerts this DSF is the AR Rahman concert happening on Valentine’s Day at the Zabeel park. Also, Zakir Hussain’s Nirvana Concert stands out as a great event that will take place on February 1, at the Dubai tennis stadium.
The closing ceremony will take place at Al Khor Park on February 24, where various DSF 2008 awards will be issued. Source

23 January, 2008

"Islamic Arts" exhibition

Abu Dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, last night inaugurated the "Islamic Arts" exhibition.

Dubbed: "The Treasure" from Nasir Al Khalili's collection, the exhibition is widely regarded as one of the biggest Islamic arts in the world.

Sheikh Mohammed toured the various sections of the exhibition which is being held at the Emirates Palace Hotel under the theme: "Allah is beautiful. He likes beauty", would last until April 22.

Some of the 500 exhibits are on display for the first time to the general public. They include rare scriptures and panoramic photo of Makkah drawn in 1843. It is the oldest photograph of the holy city.

Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the rare exhibits, which originate from various areas - from the Far East, china, India, Iran Middle East, North Africa and Spain. (WAM)