- Chidozie Uzoezie
Yas Island Sparkles For Diwali, The Festival of Lights
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s vibrant leisure and entertainment hub, will join in on Diwali celebrations in the UAE capital from 24 October through 2 November, with festivities taking place at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and capping off at du Arena with the largest Indian lifestyle, culture and Bollywood event in the region, the Yas Mega Mela Festival.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will feature Diwali celebrations alongside its more than 30 thrilling rides and attractions, lining up shows and performances starting from day one, and transforming the iconic indoor attraction with colour and lights.
Meanwhile, touching down on Yas Island for the first time ever, the three-day Yas Mega Mela Festival invites guests, families and their friends to immerse themselves in Indian culture from 31 October to 2 November, and delight in the rich traditions of the Indian subcontinent with a range of entertaining acts, from live heart-pounding Bollywood musical performances to special celebrity appearances, such as Junaid Currimbhoy, Kanika Kapoor, and Ankit Tiwari alongside Indian culinary masters Chef Vicky Ratnani and Chef Sandeep Sreedharan.
Paying homage to the best of Indian art, food, music and theatre, Yas Mega Mela Festival highlights include bhangra and dhol drumming performances by dance group Pure Bhangra and a Taste of India event where guests can sample all the fresh food, sweets and treats their palates desire. Fashionistas and design enthusiasts will find a variety of wares to add some Indian vibes to their wardrobes and homes.
Families will also enjoy a dedicated children’s zone with live entertainment along with arts and crafts, while those with more competitive spirits can participate in a cricket academy, complete with competitions and masterclasses. And of course, no festival on Yas Island is complete without the daily sparkle of fireworks to light up the evenings. Diwali firework shows will take place at 9PM every evening during Yas Mega Mela.
For further details on Diwali on Yas Island, please visit: www.yasisland.ae/