28th Jun

A number of shows have been added to the Abu Dhabi Summer Season programme which is set to run from July 20th to August 20th across the emirate, organisers Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has announced.

The annual festival of family entertainment was revealed in May featuring theatre shows, comedy and concert nights and special hotel promotions across the month in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Region, and Al Dhafra Regions.

Joining the extended schedule is Masha and the Bear on Ice, which will take place at Zayed Sports City Ice Rink in Abu Dhabi on the 28th and 29th July, featuring 30 ice-skaters, dancers and acrobats as they recreate the Russian fairy tale of three-year-old Marsha and her friend the bear. The show, presented by Alchemy Project, combines theatre, musical art and figure skating in a spectacular setting for all the family.

Namaste Abu Dhabi, starring Salim-Sulaiman, promises a magical journey of Bollywood melodies at Emirates Palace on August 18th. Along with a troupe of 20 musicians, singers, dancers and technicians, the world-renowned brothers have taken the musical and entertainment world by storm with an array of hits that span Bollywood and Hollywood.

Salim and Suleiman are two of India’s most respected and prolific composers and performers, having composed and produced music for over 100 Bollywood films including Kurbaan, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Fashion, Band Baaja Baaraat, Aaja Nachle and Heroine amongst others.

Salim and Sulaiman have also built a name for themselves on the international music scene with hit collaborations with Lady Gaga and Enrique Iglesias, and scores for sell-out musicals on London’s prestigious West End, as well as the FIFA 2010 World Cup anthem, Africa – You’re a Star!.

The show, presented by Oberoi (Middle East) Events, promises to be a magical three-hour musical journey which will also celebrate the 70thanniversary of Indian Independence Day.

Also joining the Abu Dhabi Summer Season programme will be Saudi Arabian master illusionist Ahmed El Bayed as part of his first ‘Take Off World Tour’. The highly-regarded illusionist first performed at the age of five and now has legions of fans around the world, having perfected death-defying stunts and amazing feats of illusion. His live stage performances around the world has astonished millions for over 14 years since he opened the first theatre for live illusion shows in the Middle East earning him the title of the ‘Middle East's Pioneer illusionist’. He will be performing at Al Raha Beach Theatre from 3rd to 5th August in a show organised by UAE event company Summit Events.

TCA Abu Dhabi is working with the UAE’s leading event companies including MBC Group, Alchemy Project, YAK Events, Wizcraft International, Bidaya Media, Summit Events and Oberoi Middle East Events to provide this season’s theatrical performances, shows and mall activations.

Previously announced shows include the cat and mouse team Tom and Jerry who will be live on stage for 10 performances in Abu Dhabi city and Al Ain in an exclusive show for all the family for the first time in the GCC. The cartoon characters will also appear in a week-long series of events at Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi where youngsters can interact with the characters during workshops and have their photos taken with the TV stars during meet-and-greet appearances.

Characters from popular Arabic television series Iftah Ya Simsim will also be making an appearance this summer in a special performance written for Abu Dhabi to entertain children with songs and dance routines during a series of mall appearances. Also in the emirate will be Ninja Turtles in Bawadi Mall in Al Ain and dance talent from around the world including hip-hop dance crews and Irish tap dancers.

There will also be an appearance from Hollywood superstar and leading comedian Mike Epps. He’ll be making his Middle East debut in Abu Dhabi on August 18th at Al Raha Beach Theatre.

Shoppers in the emirate will also be in with the chance to win one of five luxury BMW cars along with 50 Abu Dhabi experiences, including five-star hotel stays and free entrance to attractions, with a raffle running throughout Summer Season at participating malls.

The 12 participating malls will also be offering superb price reductions of between 30-70% on purchases.

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