In celebration of the UAE’s 50th anniversary, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has launched the Jubilee Cultural Pass, granting holders free or discounted access to a number of cultural sites and museums across the emirate.
The Jubilee Cultural Pass will be valid until December 31 and can be purchased for Dh50 from the DCT – Abu Dhabi website. Each pass is valid for the holder as well as one adult. Those under 18 will be granted free entry.
The pass grants access to more than 13 cultural sites across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Bait Mohammed bin Khalifa, Qasr Al Hosn and the House of Artisans. The Jubilee Cultural Pass will also offer discounts at restaurants and cafes at cultural sites, including Larte Restaurant at Manarat Al Saadiyat and Barzet Yadoh Restaurant at Al Ain Oasis.
The pass also grants special deals on dance and theatre classes at Berklee Abu Dhabi as well as calligraphy and tablescaping workshops at Warehouse421.
Abu Dhabi has a calendar teeming with events, including festivals, concerts and exhibitions, scheduled to take place at cultural sites across the emirate in the coming months.
The calendar features the return of annual heritage events such as Al Ain’s Traditional Handicrafts Festival and Al Hosn Festival, a celebration of Emirati heritage and the UAE’s contemporary artistic expressions. During Al Hosn Festival, Qasr Al Hosn will be hosting a series of events including the A Day in the Palace exhibition, a classic car parade and Scents of Qasr Al Hosn, a series of workshops featuring candle-making, perfume customisation and incense-crafting.
Live performances will also return to the Cultural Foundation, the emirate’s centre for arts and literature. Another season of the Abu Dhabi Classics performance series features multicultural concerts and events by ensembles such as leading chamber orchestra Wiener Concert-Verein, the Accademia Teatro alla Scala and more, while concerts from Sounds of the UAE 2021 will celebrate 50 years of the nation through music.
The Cultural Foundation is also hosting three exhibitions, including Al Mujamma, which tells the story of the foundation through interactive archival displays and features new commissioned installations by three Emirati artists. The Experience Mars children’s exhibition is an immersive experience celebrating the UAE’s achievements in space, while Mohammed Chabaa: Visual Consciousness presents the life’s work of Mohammed Chabaa (1935-2013), a pioneer of Moroccan contemporary art.
Special Golden Jubilee initiatives across DCT – Abu Dhabi’s various sectors include the Tkhayyal (Imagine) Abu Dhabi competition, which invites the community to share a creative piece of work that depicts their vision of Abu Dhabi in the next 50 years.
In the literary arena, the Bridges to Publishing project will be allocating 50 publishing grants to Emirati publishers, whereas the Dhakha’er Emaratiyyah initiative is curating a list of the greatest Emirati literary works produced in the past 50 years.
More information about the Jubilee Cultural Pass and all of its benefits is at abudhabiculture.ae