Abu Dhabi Music Week Set to Bring the Biggest Names in World Music to the Middle East

The First Edition of the Pioneering Music Platform Will Launch in March 2020

All India, 11th December 2019: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has unveiled the first edition of Abu Dhabi Music Week, a pioneering platform for music fans and professionals set to launch in March 2020 in the UAE Capital. The first edition of the Music Week will focus on electronic dance music, also known as EDM, featuring global electronic music festival Ultra. The week will also include city-wide international and local music events and activations at some of Abu Dhabi’s key attractions, including the inaugural DJ Mag Middle East conference.

Commenting on the hosting of the landmark music platform in the UAE capital, Saeed Al Saeed, Destination Marketing Director at the Department of Culture and Tourism, said: “Abu Dhabi Music Week is a lively celebration of music that is set to be the first of its kind in the Middle East. We believe in the power of music to unite people of all backgrounds. Therefore, we created Abu Dhabi Music Week to demonstrate our commitment to providing our residents and visitors alike with unforgettable experiences. We are proud to be hosting the first Middle East editions of the globally acclaimed Ultra Music Festival and the prestigious DJ Mag Middle East conference and we look forward to announcing several more exciting additions to the Week in the future.”

One of the world’s top electronic music festivals, Ultra was founded in 1999 in Miami, Florida, and has attracted over 170,000 attendees in its 2019 edition. Having taken place across the world in locations such as South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, Australia and others, Abu Dhabi will host the first ever Ultra Music Festival in the Middle East.

Mr. Dudley Chou, Executive Producer, Ultra Abu Dhabi, said: “We are humbled by the opportunity to bring Ultra to the Middle East for the first time in the amazing venue at du Arena at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. We want to thank the electronic dance music community for sharing their passion and requests for us to bring the brand here. We would also like to thank the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi for their endless support and feel honored to be able to play a part in making Abu Dhabi the central hub for entertainment in the Middle East. 2020 is going to be an exciting year for us and look forward to developing a long-term icon for festival goers to indulge in.”

Abu Dhabi Music Week will also include the first Middle East edition of the DJ Mag conference, a landmark music industry event organized by British electronic music publication, DJ Mag. The conference, which is amongst the first of its kind in the region, will run for two days in March, featuring groundbreaking music industry talks, workshops hosted by top electronic music industry experts, artist sessions and talent matching and booking programmes.

The Middle East’s Ultimate Beach and Music Festival, Club Social, will also be part of the thrilling music festival. The event will take place over a course of three days from March 12 to 14, and will feature two international megastar headline artists followed by ‘Battle of the Bands’, which showcases talents of the UAE’s best rising stars. Club Social, winner of Time Out Abu Dhabi’s ‘Best Live Music Event’, boasts plenty of daytime beachside activities, premium entertainment, live musicians and DJs, as well as some of the most unique food concepts in town. Other activities include exciting land and water sports, as well as family-friendly workshops and activities.

Residents and visitors of Abu Dhabi will also have access of an array of nightlife and music activations which will take place at venues across the city during the week, alongside offers and discounts at some of the capital’s largest retail and culinary outlets.

Tickets and artists for Abu Dhabi Music Week will be announced over the coming months, and visitors and residents of Abu Dhabi will be able to take advantage of a number of offers and discounts to attend the event. The pioneering music platform is expected to be followed by several other editions in the future that celebrate a variety of music genres.

For more information on Abu Dhabi Music Week, visit: www.admusicweek.ae


About Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of the Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage.  A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

About Abu Dhabi Music Week
Abu Dhabi Music Week is an international music platform set to launch in March 2020. Created by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and supported by several key partners. The Music Week was created to position Abu Dhabi as a premium destination for entertainment and to provide music fans within the UAE capital and beyond with an unforgettable week of nonstop events and activations. The first edition of Abu Dhabi Music Week will be centered around electronic dance music (EDM), featuring the first ever Middle East edition of global EDM sensation Ultra Music Festival. The Week will also see a number of acclaimed music events such as the international music industry forum, DJ Mag Conference, the Middle East’s ultimate beach music festival, Club Social, and many music themed activations and offers across the city.

For more information please contact:
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Tel.: +91 11 23737348
Email: India@dctabudhabi.ae