Games, Performances and Family Entertainment at Manarat Al Saadiyat’s Ramadan Arcade

Running from 23rd May – 1st June, the event features creative installations, a variety of gaming and entertainment activities, film screenings and board game nights

Abu Dhabi, 24 May 2018 – Visitors to the first evening of Manarat Al Saadiyat’s Ramadan Arcade took part in a wide range of unique cultural experiences, including a variety of gaming activities, musical performances, workshops and culinary experiences. Running until 1st June, Ramadan Arcade adopts the traditional elements of Ramadan and transforms them into contemporary concepts and trends, creating a ‘new’ Ramadan for visitors of all ages and interests.

Ramadan Arcade celebrates the essence of the Holy Month by bringing people together to enjoy community gatherings. A diverse collection of traditional games, such as Karom, Jakaro, Hokm, Hand, and Barjees are available, with the gaming zone featuring classic arcade games such as Pac Man, Mortal Combat, Space Invaders and Mario Kart. Players can also compete in set gaming tournaments on PlayStation’s Fifa.

Throughout the ten-day event, Ramadan Arcade will present a wide variety of creative activities and installations that aims to shed light on the importance of Islamic values during the Holy Month by showcasing contemporary and traditional art practices. Such practices include musical performances, film screenings, art installations, workshops and discussions. A curated selection of modern films from the Muslim world will also be screened, including One, Religious tolerance in the UAE, The Bread Winner, 5 Broken Cameras and Hordor.

An important cultural element of Ramadan is the traditions of the Majlis and Ramadan Arcade will feature a contemporary example that will display a selection of popular old television series from around the region.

Musical performances at Ramadan Arcade will include Bait Al Oud and contemporary Arab guitar musicians, allowing audiences to enjoy the melodic tones of traditional Arab instruments. Bait Al Oud will offer music lessons in the Arabic instruments oud, qanun, cello and rebabah. The programme will conclude with a concert of Bait Al Oud’s vocal section with the participation of both teachers and students.

Visitors to Ramadan Arcade will also have the chance to take part in Ramadan-themed creative workshops in collaboration with Manarat Al Saadiyat’s Art Studio. Participants will get a chance to create their own lanterns, recipe books, clay pots, infinity mirrors, and jewellery. Visitors can also take part in an Arabic and English poetry writing workshops.

Public talks will also shed light on art, technology and religion with industry specialists and artists.

For the first four days, visitors can indulge in a full retail experience featuring amazing local and international vendors and fashion designers, exquisite jewellers, and delicious food outlets by non-profit organisation Mirbad. Mirbad was founded by young Emirati girls who have come together to recreate a traditional souq, but with a modern and vibrant twist, all for charity.

Ramadan Arcade will be open daily from 9pm to 1am from 23rd May to 1st June 2018 at Manarat Al Saadiyat. For more information on the selection of activities, workshops and programme please visit the Manarat Al Saadiyat website or call +9712 6575 800.

About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of 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 the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the 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 Manarat Al Saadiyat

Following its extensive refurbishment, Saadiyat Island’s first cultural hub Manarat Al Saadiyat is regarded as a haven for art and culture-lovers in the capital, where visitors can explore a diverse range of cultural expressions. The venue has been the central location for the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s annual anchor event, Abu Dhabi Art, which has been held at Manarat Al Saadiyat since its inception. Opened in 2009 to provide the community of Abu Dhabi with a creative hub, Manarat Al Saadiyat has since hosted several exhibitions and programmes that have contributed to the artistic scene of the emirate.

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