Magical Festive Wonderland Lights up The Galleria’s Waterfront Promenade
Artistic light installations cast mystical aura of seasonal fun across the district as part of the Festival of Lights
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: December 17th, 2013): Hosted along the beautiful promenade every weekend until January 11th, 2014, the Festival of Lights at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island offers guests an enchanting shopping and dining experience for the festive season as well as entertaining pastimes for the young ones.
From dusk each evening, The Galleria is bathed in a mystical glow of lighting installments, from bejeweled butterflies and crystals floating throughout The Great Room, to the external projections which light up the entire district.
An impressive carousel forms the centerpiece of the Festival of Lights, whilst beautifully poised theatrical stations with an array of performers enthrall and entertain guests as they undertake hourly performances*. Entertainers roaming throughout The Galleria include jugglers, a fire poiser, stilt walkers, acrobats, unicycling experts, living statues and clowns.
Complementing the promenade’s exciting outdoor activities, a series of performers will be partaking in the Festive Musical Entertainment Program hosted in The Great Room to further create an ambience of festivity throughout The Galleria. Musical performances take place from Thursdays to Saturdays starting 6PM.
· Festival of Lights: 6pm – 10pm (4 performances every hour)
· Carousel: 6pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday:
· Festival of Lights: 3pm - 10pm (3 performances every hour)
· Carousel: 1pm - 9pm
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.