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Festival in focus

Festival in focus

The capital comes together for a celebration of culture and community The darkened room stirs with excitement as long, sweeping curtains part. A hush falls over the audience as the stage appears and the first notes dance through the air. …

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Caring for Cameroon

Caring for Cameroon

One Abu Dhabi-based organisation is aiming to make a difference in central Africa Miniature mountains of grey and white powder sit patiently on the red earth, waiting to be mixed into concrete. After preparing the materials, volunteers and construction workers …

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Masterful memories

Masterful memories

How one artist is using her unique style of art to offer lasting reminders of life in the capital The Grand Mosque is such an imposing structure, that it’s hard to imagine it ever being perceived as ‘subtle’. But that …

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Fortifying foundations

Fortifying foundations

Abu Dhabi Week checks out what will be on offer at this year’s Qasr al Hosn Festival Tucked away under the capital’s familiar high rises and surrounded by the bustling sounds of streets filled with traffic there stands a piece …

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Deep and meaningful

Deep and meaningful

Abu Dhabi Week dives back in time to discover more about pearl diving A not so long time ago, Abu Dhabi – and the rest of the UAE – was better known for its homegrown pearl diving industry rather than …

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Pottering about

Pottering about

  Our reporters get fired up to try out a pottery class at the Abu Dhabi Art Hub Live. Create. Exhibit. The motto for the Abu Dhabi Art Hub certainly sums up everything it aims to achieve. The hub is …

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Traditions in threads

Traditions in threads

  Abu Dhabi Week looks at how the Sougha initiative is helping reconnect a community separated by time and modernity On our travels throughout Abu Dhabi, we’ve picked up a variety of unique treasures. One of our favourites however, is …

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Notes on a page

Notes on a page

Even though the Abu Dhabi Festival officially runs from 2nd to 31st March, the run up to the festival is already proving to be a big draw with music lovers here in the capital. Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolivar …

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Abu Dhabi’s 2030 plan: Five years into the vision for the future

Abu Dhabi’s 2030 plan: Five years into the vision for the future

Back in 2006, work started on a comprehensive set of strategic policies for the development of the Emirate. The results appeared in 2007 and received praise from planners and policy-makers around the world. So how is the plan progressing? The …

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HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan through the eyes of the people that knew him

HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan through the eyes of the people that knew him

  Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is revered by his people. But in his role as a leader of the state it can be easy to overlook his personal qualities. What kind of man was he? “He was handsome, with …

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