Dubai, UAE (March 27, 2019): WASLA, the ultimate Arabic Alternative Music Festival, is returning on April 5, 2019, kicking off at 11am and rocking right through until 11pm, at its new home in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. This year’s outstanding line-up includes legendary regional bands, including Cairokee, MassarEgbari, Mashrou’ Leila, 47 Soul, and El Morabba3. Early bird tickets, at AED 195, are now available at www.ticketmaster.ae.
With Live Nation, in partnership with Brag and in association with Emaar, and supported by strategic partner Dubai Calendar, hospitality partner Rove Hotels, WASLA 2019 is guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever before. Whether it’s the stunning atmosphere of Burj Park or the extensive line-up of cultural, artistic and musical elements, powered by explosive live performances, there will be something for everyone to connect to at WASLA.
Local, Dubai-based talent will also get a chance to shine at the festival, with local instrumentalists Noon, DJ Karrouhat, Arab fusion-pop collective Redaround, and Egyptian rockers Shaghaf all set to bring their relentless energy to the WASLA stage as opening and closing acts.
If the very best in alternative Arabic talent isn’t enough to keep you going, there will be an extensive range of art installations at WASLA – including an innovative artistic zone from Blank Canvas Community, powered by Facebook, where visitors can explore their creativity. The Facebook x Blank Canvas Community space will use a collaborative process to bring together people from across diverse backgrounds and interests, inviting them to paint along the walls of a human-sized maze. Serving to facilitate truly meaningful connections and communities, the maze will lead to a storytelling installation, which gives them the opportunity to express themselves and be a part of a collective story, bringing to life the theme of WASLA this year: ‘I am a connection’.
The selection of food offerings at WASLA will be as diverse and unmissable as the exhilarating line-up of shows, full of unique twists on traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and international options. A curated selection of homegrown and regional flavours will be available, including a food truck from Rove Hotels that will serve fusion food including Mediterranean hot dogs and chicken tikka tacos.Food stalls from Vida, Booza Frosties, Ka’ak al Manara, and 12 Carts will also beserving up delectable street-food favourites such as gourmet burgers, Ka’ak and Lebanese ice cream, which will be perfectly complemented by shisha and a variety of refreshing beverages.
The activities on offer will also ensure festival-goers can spend the entire day with friends and family, learning new crafts or taking part in fantastic workshops. Drum circles will bring the authentic drums of Arabia to the forefront and allow everyone to enjoy a unique, adrenaline-pumping experience, while face-painting, traditional café games such as ‘tawla’ and ‘conkan’, and henna painting will keep the excited crowds engrossed.
There is also an amazing array of workshops at WASLA, featuring artistic planting, palm weaving, candle silhouette painting, and My Hamza Hand, brought to you by Al Serkal, that brings Arabic arts and crafts into the spotlight. Customary Tannoura, Dabke (Arabic forms of dance) and Hula dancers will keep viewers entranced as they await the highly anticipated performances of their favourite acts.
The shopaholics can get their fix too by indulging in some retail therapy at the WASLA Bazaar, where an eclectic and extensive range of lifestyle, fashion and homeware concept stores – inspired by the very best of the Arab world’s rich and diverse culture – will make their home on April 5.
Since its inauguration in November 2017, WASLA has continued to celebrate its Arabic roots and culture by capturing the hearts and minds of thousands of music fans in the UAE and beyond. After two critically acclaimed festival seasons, the brand’s next festival is set to drive the brand’s mission further as it showcases, supports and develops Arabic talent across the region’s creative and performing arts.
Guests booking their stay at Rove Downtown can use the promo code ‘WASLA’ and get free tickets to enjoy the show.
Early bird tickets for WASLA 2019, on Friday, April 5, are available via www.ticketmaster.ae at AED 195.