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Big line-up of family festivities for “National Day Colours” event at Yas Marina Circuit on 2nd December. 

A wide range of family activities has been lined up at Yas Marina Circuit for Abu Dhabi residents to let their colours fly on UAE National Day.

Thrilling aerial acrobats, a high-speed zip line, camel rides and falconry shows, live musical performances, Arabic calligraphy and much more are on the agenda for the “National Day Colours” celebration on December 2.

Thousands of people from the expanding community on and around Yas Island are expected to enjoy the free entertainment, which aims to complement other main National Day ceremonies in Abu Dhabi.

The festivities come just three days after Yas Marina Circuit hosts the 2015 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX to round off the F1 season in style.

“It’s a huge week in the calendar for Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Island,” said Fasial A. Al Shiekh, Director of Events Bureau from the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. “Yas Island is fast becoming a focal point for tourism and entertainment in Abu Dhabi and the region as a whole.

“We’re delighted that residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix action and live entertainment over race weekend, then continue the positive feeling with an impressive variety of activities to celebrate UAE National Day.

“The entertainment mix is selected very carefully with the intention of providing fun and thrills, as well as interactive activities that tie in with the UAE’s culture and heritage including the National Day44 car parade. We’re confident that visitors will have a great day out and learn a lot about the UAE.”

The drama will be provided by aerial acrobats performing a stunning circus-style show while suspended from helium balloons. Thrill seekers can head to the Fly Yas Zip Line, which reaches speeds of 65 km/hour. And, of course, there will be an impressive daytime fireworks show.

Cultural activities include falconry displays, camel rides, and Ayala dancing - a patriotic folkloric dance traditionally performed after tribal war victories. Visitors can also sample the tradition of henna hand painting and have their names written in Arabic by a professional calligrapher. 

There will also be live musical performances, soap bubble shows, stilt walkers, UAE-themed live statues, contact jugglers, a caricaturist, UAE-themed face painting, and arts and crafts. Visitors are encouraged to share moments from the day on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #LetYourColoursFly and #MyUAE to win prizes.

Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral Asset Management, said: “As the company responsible for managing Yas Island, Miral is delighted to work in partnership with Yas Marina Circuit and a number of other stakeholders to bring this event to the community.

“Yas Island is renowned for its year-round calendar of events and entertainment. It is the perfect location for families wanting to join in the 44th National Day celebrations, and we welcome everyone in the community to join us.  ‘National Day Colours’ is a new event that we plan to build on in the coming years. We hope to see you there!”.

Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Development Officer, of Aldar Properties, said: “The Yas Island story continues to develop, cementing its reputation as one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic destinations. As we continue to focus on bringing fully fledged communities to Yas Island in the form of West Yas, Ansam and Mayan, the leisure and entertainment infrastructure will play a significant role in giving residents, as well as visitors, an experience unrivalled anywhere else.”


 “Aldar is delighted to see Yas Island add to its ever-evolving list of entertainment options with a superb event to mark UAE National Day.

“Aldar Properties is playing a key role in building sustainable residential communities on and around Yas Island and we are thrilled to bring events like this to their door-step.

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