Top stars at Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2014

From the Arab Idol singer Mohammed Assaf and the magician David Blaine to Bollywood's top crooner Sunidhi Chauhan, Summer Season in Abu Dhabi promises plenty of explosive entertainment.
epa03889272 Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, winner of Arab Idol, performs during his concert, his first outside the Middle East and North Africa, in The Hague, The Netherlands, 29 September 2013.  EPA/PAUL BERGEN
epa03889272 Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, winner of Arab Idol, performs during his concert, his first outside the Middle East and North Africa, in The Hague, The Netherlands, 29 September 2013. EPA/PAUL BERGEN

The Arab Idol superstar Mohammed Assaf (pictured), the popular illusionist David Blaine and the Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan are some of the headliners at this year’s Abu Dhabi Summer Season, which runs from June 5 until August 31.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), Emirates Palace and the promoters Flash Entertainment, the festival features family-friendly events including concerts and theatre performances.

The Palestinian singer Assaf is the biggest draw. Since winning Arab Idol in 2012, his star has continued to rise and he returns to the capital to headline the Arab Stars Showcase on August 14 with the Arabs Got Talent singers Ahmed El Bayed and Mohammed Al Dairi.

The American illusionist Blaine is also on his way to Abu Dhabi for his debut Middle Eastern tour. He performs on August 21, 22 and 23 in a show that will include daredevil stunts and a Houdini-style escape routine for the finale.

The Bollywood singing sensation Chauhan will hit the Emirates Palace auditorium on August 15 and will be joined by a large dance troupe as she belts out some of Hindi cinema’s biggest hits.

Comedy is also on the cards this year with the return of the United Nations of ­Comedy, featuring seven international Arab comics, including Lebanon’s King of Comedy Nemr Abou Nassar and the rising Egyptian-Australian star Khaled Khalafalla. They take the stage on August 28 and 29.

While all the performances are scheduled after Ramadan, live World Cup games will be screened at du Forum on Yas Island from June 12 to July 13.

Mohammed Al Dhaheri, TCA Abu Dhabi’s strategy and policy director, says the festival aims to change perceptions that there is not much to do here when the temperature rises.

“Some people view it as a challenge but we prefer to look at it as an opportunity,” he said. “Abu Dhabi has many things to offer in terms of culture and entertainment and we believe this programme will not only attract the local and expatriate community but also visitors from the GCC.”

• For more information, visit www.abudhabisummerseason.ae

sasaeed@thenational.ae

Published: May 27, 2014 04:00 AM

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