Festival of Lights sparks Festive Magic at The Galleria
End the year immersed in a spectacle of illuminations along The Galleria’s stunning waterfront promenade
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: December 3, 2013): The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s premier shopping and dining destination, will become a hive of excitement this festive season as a host of spellbinding activities and events are on offer for children and adults alike.
A mystical experience awaits guests to the precinct as the Festival of Lights, which will be hosted along The Galleria’s Promenade every weekend from December 5th, 2013 until January 11th, 2014 starting 6PM, aims to offer guests an exceptional shopping and dining experience.
From the moment guests arrive at The Galleria’s ceremonial entrance they will be enchanted by an intrinsic lighting installation which will illuminate all elements of the district. From stylishly lit palm trees and Majlis tents to a carefully crafted series of bejeweled butterflies, forest montages and snowflakes floating from the ceiling all complemented by external projections on the iconic Exchange Building, the precinct will truly transform into an adeptly glimmering destination for the season.
A spectacular carousel will form the centerpiece of the Festival of Lights. Bound to appeal to both old and young, childhood memories will be ignited as precious experiences are shared with the next generation.
Beautifully poised theatrical stations with an array of performers will enthrall and entertain guests as they undertake hourly performances*. The fashionably styled entertainers roaming throughout The Galleria will include jugglers, a fire poiser, stilt walkers, acrobats, unicycling experts, living statues and clown.
Two unique digital drawing areas will also be installed outside the precinct where children will be able to sketch drawings onto a touchscreen device, which will be projected live onto a giant canvas screen.
Commenting on The Galleria’s promenade activities, Kevin Ryan, Managing Director of Development, Gulf Related said, “We are very excited to welcome residents and visitors to experience our waterfront promenade as it truly comes to life with the help of some innovative illuminations and the entertainment elements. Throughout The Festival of Lights the illuminations will cast a magical aura across The Galleria’s facade and provide a beautiful destination for our guests to shop, eat and relax in. We are looking forward to the many events and activities we have planned in 2014 for The Galleria.”
Complementing the promenade’s exciting outdoor activities, The Galleria will be entertaining shoppers with the Festive Musical Entertainment Program by hosting ten international artists in The Great Room, as part of its diverse programme to celebrate the true essence of the festive season.
· Festival of Lights: Thursdays & Fridays: 7pm – 10pm every hour (4 performances)
· Festival of Lights Saturdays: 7pm – 9pm every hour (3 performances)
About The Galleria
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is a luxury shopping and dining destination with a stunning waterfront promenade located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. With more than 130 shops under one roof, The Galleria features a mix of high-end retailers and licensed and unlicensed chef-driven restaurants and cafes. Since its opening in August 2013, The Galleria has become home to the world’s most iconic luxury fashion and fine jewelry brands, as well as an array of first to Abu Dhabi brands. For more information about The Galleria, please visit www.thegalleria.ae
About Gulf Related
Gulf Related is a regional real estate development company focused on retail, residential and high-end mixed-use real estate developments in the Middle East. Gulf Related represents a joint-venture between Gulf Capital, one of the Middle East's leading alternative asset management firms, and Related Companies, one of the largest private real estate development and investment firms in the United States. The Gulf Related team leverages Related’s core in real estate planning, development and management; while Gulf Capital brings strong regional relationships, access to deal flow, and fund raising capabilities.
Gulf Related is focused on pursuing marquee large-scale mixed-use real estate development opportunities in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. In addition to developing The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Gulf Related is also developing Sowwah Central, a dynamic mixed use development featuring a super-regional shopping center (148,644 sq m or 1.6 million sq. ft. GLA) and adjoining luxury hotel and residential towers, linking seamlessly to The Galleria and set to open in 2017. In addition, Gulf Related is also developing a 550 unit expatriate residential compound in Riyadh, KSA. Gulf Related is identifying additional multi-phase, master-planned, mixed-use development opportunities in urban centers as well as large-scale community developments. Related brings to Gulf Related extensive expertise and experience having created some of the most internationally recognizable and celebrated retail driven mixed-use developments in the United States including Time Warner Center in New York, CityPlace in West Palm Beach and the largest private development in the USA, Hudson Yards, currently under development in Manhattan.
Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), a business unit of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, operates as an equity partner and asset manager, focusing on social infrastructure projects and Real Estate investment opportunities, both within the UAE and overseas.
The unit develops strategic commercial, residential and leisure districts that are central to Abu Dhabi’s long term development plans, as well as delivering supporting infrastructure essential to the Emirate’s economic diversification. These major projects are part of the government’s 2030 plan, a comprehensive strategy to develop the Capital into an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, world-class city.
MREI works to international standards of quality, functionality and sustainability. A number of local hospitality sector projects are attracting world-class hotel and leisure operators, which are vital to Abu Dhabi’s growing luxury tourism industry.
Key Real Estate projects include Sowwah Square, the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new visionary Central Business District on Al Maryah Island. The unit is also responsible for the development of several pioneering infrastructure projects including the UAE University, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Zayed University Abu Dhabi’s new campus. Collectively, these investments remain true to the Mubadala mandate by delivering positive financial and social benefit for the community while supporting the socio-economic development of the Emirate and providing long-term financial returns.