We’re celebrating our ten-year anniversary! Find out about some of our fondest memories and best moments, and celebrate with a slew of prizes
When Abu Dhabi World launched its first edition on 27th November, 2008 – with none other than George Michael on our cover – the aim was to create a fun and friendly publication that was written by residents, for residents and catered specifically to Abu Dhabi, because, well, not everything revolves around Dubai.
We started distributing the magazine at just one location – Abu Dhabi International Airport – before quickly spreading to 60 within the first six months. Today, you can pick up the English magazine in 237 locations, and our Arabic sister publication in 171.
From our first issue, we’ve always been about community. We immerse ourselves into every corner of society to find out everything there is to know about the places, groups, events and activities here, and we make it our job to meet the people who run the city from the ground up.
Just like Abu Dhabi itself, we’ve grown over the years. We’ve watched as the city has risen up around us, with what are now iconic buildings like Aldar HQ, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, World Trade Center and Hyatt Capital Gate.
We’ve watched the emirate’s food industry take off – and we’ve been there to taste new additions and report back to you with our findings. We’ve watched areas of the city like Yas and Saadiyat Islands grow from being un-developed land to teeming with world-class facilities and attractions. We were there for the announcement and opening of Masdar City and Louvre Abu Dhabi, and you can bet we’ll be there to give you updates when new projects like Warner Bros Studios and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi open, too.
We’ve been here to witness the launch of what are now annual events, including Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi Science Festival, Al Gharbia Watersports Festival and the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. And then there was the announcement that the global phenomenon that is Formula 1 would be culminating in Abu Dhabi, adding the capital to its exclusive list of championship races around the world. Needless to say, we’ve seen it all and we’ve loved every moment.
Memories and milestones
We’re always striving to be bigger and better, and cater to our readers.
In July 2010, we launched our popular Around the World photo competition. Since then, our readers have sent us photos from their travels to faraway lands, including Croatia, Fiji, Japan, Hungary and Uganda, with the magazine in tow.
In January 2011, we celebrated our 100th issue and continued our mission to bring you more.
Catering to our growing number of readers and fans, we launched Abu Dhabi World in Arabic on 7th October, 2014, offering the same up-to-date news, reviews and features
What’s more, our social media accounts have grown to nearly 100,000 cumulative fans and followers – and stay tuned because when we hit the big hundred we’ll be giving away something huge.
So what does the future hold? Well, just like this amazing city we live in, we have big dreams and a strong vision to get us there. Abu Dhabi World is all about bringing you the latest updates in your city, and we share news with you as it happens through our social media channels and website. We also know how much you love competitions and giveaways and if you sign up to our newsletter at adwonline.ae you can stay up to date with the latest competitions.
Most importantly, we love our readers and fans because we would not be here
without you! And to say thank you, we’re giving away ten amazing prizes this week. To see the competitions on offer, click here.