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For the first time in Abu Dhabi, children can explore a series of installations inspired by some of the most iconic and well-known wizarding locations from the Harry Potter films.
From September 9 to October 4, Potterheads and community members can enjoy the ‘Celebrate Hogwarts’ walk-through experience at Abu Dhabi Mall.
For students, visiting Hogwarts in Abu Dhabi will be a great way to celebrate the ‘back to school’ season.
In what promises to be a spell-binding event, Harry Potter fans and children will get the chance to climb the grand staircase in Hogwarts Castle, take one-of-a-kind photos in the common room and Hagrid's Hut, explore the Forbidden Forest, get up close with a recreation of the Hogwarts Express train and much more, including fun challenging games and a trivia quiz on weekends.
Photo element: ‘Celebrate Hogwarts’ walk-through experience at Abu Dhabi Mall.
The walk-through interactive experience will be open from 12pm to 9pm daily.
Apart from this, there are several places in Abu Dhabi for children and families to enjoy during the weekends. From riding the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, to discovering more than 300 unique species at the National Aquarium Abu Dhabi, there are a range of experiences on offer.
The world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park offers more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, shopping, and authentic Italian dining experiences for the entire family. Adventure seekers must not miss trying the Formula Rossa – the world’s fastest rollercoaster, where you go from 0 to 240 km/h in 4.9 seconds, while soaring to heights of 52 metres.
With more than 40 rides, slides and attractions, families can be sure to have an unforgettable experience. Try Dawwamma, the hydromagnetic-powered, 238m-long, six-person tornado waterslide, or check out 3m-high waves on Bubble’s Barrel, which boasts the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for flow boards and bodyboards.
One of the world’s biggest indoor theme parks, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi brings all the legendary characters from this famous movie studio to life. Meet Superman, catch up with Batman or Wonder Woman, or be entertained by Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Fred Flintstone and more, all within an impressive 153,000sqm theme park boasting 29 rides, interactive attractions, live entertainment, dining options, and shopping outlets.
The ultimate adventure hub offers five climbing walls for all ages and abilities, including the Summyt, the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall. It’s home to the world’s biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber, which is open to children as young as three. With a width of 9.75m, this freefalling adventure spot is loved by pro skydivers too.
The largest aquarium in the Middle East, the National Aquarium in Al Qana features over 46,000 animals from more than 300 unique species. There are more than 60 attractions that will delight and excite the whole family, spread across 10 nautically themed zones including sunken sea wrecks, flooded forests, fiery volcanoes and a frozen ocean.
Home to the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the circuit hosts TrainYAS every Tuesday night. It is open to the public for cycling, running, and walking. With the track closed to racing cars, you’re able to raise your heart rate and break sweat in a unique setting. Experience the thrills of go-karting in Yas Kartzone’s fleet of Cadet Karts for kids aged 8 to 12 or Senior Karts for those over the age of 13.
This indoor trampoline park includes a variety of activities and arenas. Let loose in the Free-Jump Arena, practise your basketball at Slam Dunk, perfect your skills at Performance, get airborne at Big Bag, become a wall runner at The Wall, navigate the obstacle course at X-Park or try ziplining, quick dropping and speed sliding.
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has extended his condolences over the death of Sheikh Rakkad bin Salem Al Ameri.
This came as the UAE president visited the mourning majlis of the deceased on Saturday in the East Al Qurm locale in the UAE capital. He offered condolences to his family and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his soul in paradise.
Extending condolences along with Sheikh Mohamed were Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court.
Labourers working on high-rise buildings or at elevated construction sites have been urged to strictly adhere to safety requirements to avoid the dangers of falling from heights.
During a recent workshop organised by Abu Dhabi Municipality, officials educated the workers about the dangers of working on high-rise buildings without safety harnesses. They stressed that it was important to follow safety requirements and always use personal protective equipment.
Construction firms have also been told to follow the protective measures at worksites and adhere to the safety elements required in building and using scaffolding.
Officials stressed that the safety aspect is crucial for the continuation of work on sites, and the municipality takes legal measures to protect and preserve the lives and safety of workers.
During site visits in the past years, the municipal inspectors reported finding men working at height on unfinished floors, temporary platforms, scaffolding, or cradles used to clean windows at towers under construction without safety equipment.
According to authorities, it would be the employer’s responsibility to provide the necessary means to protect workers from occupational hazards, injuries and disease.
Constructions sites must have instruction boards with awareness details. Employers should provide appropriate training to workers to avoid risks, and conduct periodic evaluations to ensure safety.
Workers must use protective equipment and clothing provided to them and comply with all instructions given by the employer to protect themselves from danger. Workers must refrain from any action contrary to these instructions, follow orders relating to occupational health and safety and undertake to protect what is in their possession.
Firms violating safety rules face fines of between Dh10,000 and Dh40,000 depending on the offence, and construction sites can be shut down.
Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Dubai Fountain have made it into the top 20 list of the world’s beautiful sights.
Luxury travel company Kuoni analysed thousands of TripAdvisor reviews to find which places have the most mentions of the word ‘beautiful’. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque comes in eighth, and the Dubai Fountain comes in at number 11.
According to data compiled from reviews up to June, the results revealed that Central Park in New York City enchanted visitors the most, with an impressive 22,880 reviews declaring the park in the Big Apple as 'beautiful'.
The study results showed that the USA is home to the most beautiful sights globally, with three of the top 10 most captivating sights featuring in the top ten list. New York City’s Central Park tops the list, with a staggering 22,880 reviews mentioning the word ‘beautiful’, whilst 15,750 reviews hailing the Fountains of Bellagio in the world’s entertainment capital Las Vegas cement the landmark in third place.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque had 8,831 mentions, and The Dubai Fountain had 7,269 mentions.
Italy, Spain and Paris are home to the second, fourth and fifth most beautiful sights. The Trevi Fountain, Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris all feature some of the top five most beautiful sights around the world.
The Trevi Fountain, found in Rome, attracts millions of visitors annually. The baroque style water-feature features exquisite detailing that needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. The Cathédrale Notre Dame received 12,930 reviews describing it as beautiful, beating the likes of the Eiffel Tower and Sacré Coeur.
Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques and an architectural masterpiece that beautifully combines Islamic architecture and design.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, had the mosque built in the capital city Abu Dhabi to create a cultural haven that welcomes and inspires people from all backgrounds.
The edifice boasts 1,096 amethyst-and-jasper-embedded columns, 82 white marble domes, reflective pools, gold-plated Swarovski chandeliers, an iconic prayer hall, and a courtyard featuring one of the largest marble mosaic artworks in the world.
Meanwhile, a captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world's tallest performing fountain.
A fire that broke out in a building in Abu Dhabi's Mussafah R6 area at 2.47am on July 17 has been extinguished.
The Abu Dhabi Police has said in a tweet that relevant authorities are investigating the cause of fire.
Abu Dhabi Police and Civil Defence are now conducting a site cooling operation. No casualties were reported.
Authorities have also emphasised on obtaining information only from verified or official sources.
Last month, Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Civil Defence teams successfully dealt with a fire that broke out in a 30-storey building in the Al Zahiyah area. The incident resulted in minor to moderate injuries among 19 individuals.
Residents who were evacuated as a safety measure were also provided with temporary accommodation.
Housing benefits worth Dh1.5 billion will be disbursed to Abu Dhabi citizens, covering more than 1,100 beneficiaries in the emirate, authorities announced on Monday.
UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, ordered the disbursement of housing package to ensure social stability and help citizens raise strong, stable families that will benefit the future of the UAE.
This is the second package in 2022, which coincides with Eid Al Adha celebrations and includes grants for houses, housing loans, and exemptions from loan repayments.
Under the directives of Mohamed bin Zayed, the housing benefits to be disbursed to Abu Dhabi citizens includes grants for houses and housing loans with a total value of Dh1.5 billion.
The grants will be given to retirees and families of deceased mortgagors to be exempt from loan repayments.
In April 2022, Sheikh Mohamed ordered the disbursement of housing loans to 1,347 citizens in Abu Dhabi, worth a total of Dh2.36 billion. It was the first housing package this year, which coincided with Eid Al Fitr celebrations.
The packages form part of the UAE's leadership's ongoing commitment to further strengthening citizens' contribution to the advancement of society by maintaining high living standards as part of tightly-knit, connected communities.
Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, earlier said that Abu Dhabi Housing Authority is continually working towards a modern and sustainable housing ecosystem that enhances social stability and cohesion and also meets Emirati families' needs in line with the leadership's vision.
Dr Mohammad Rashid Ahmad Al Hameli, Director General of Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, said that immediately after the leadership issues the directives, they contact beneficiaries to expedite the process so they can claim their housing benefits.
"This is part of the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority's strategy to provide high quality, efficient services to UAE citizens and to make their journey seamless and effortless," he said.
UAE nationals who have worked for at least 15 years and lived in the UAE for a decade or longer can apply for loans ranging from Dh500,000 to Dh2.25 million from the government. These are for buying a home or a plot of land upon which to build a house.
This loan is repaid over the remainder of their lives but can sometimes be waived if a directive is issued. Typically, these directives exempt retired or low-income Emiratis.
The loans are distributed by the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme. An alternative scheme is run by the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority.
The Abu Dhabi Housing Authority said on its website that it was also working on expanding the base of beneficiaries of financial grants to allow citizens with lower income to receive a loan of Dh1,250,000. The loan is repaid only when the beneficiary's financial situation has improved. The payment is done through instalments for a period not exceeding 25 years.
Abu Dhabi Police received 39,000 calls on its emergency hotline 999 during the Eid Al Adha holiday.
The emergency calls were from residents in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dhafra.
Brigadier Nasser Al Maskari, director of Central Operations, said the Command and Control Centre at Abu Dhabi Police was well prepared to receive calls round-the-clock, noting that most calls were for minor accidents, traffic jams or some emergency cases.
"We provided the best services to the community. We coordinated with other local authorities to reach out to all emergencies as soon as possible," added.
He called on the public to cooperate with the initiatives launched by the Security Media Department, which aims to create more awareness about police services and other activities.
"Members of the community should not hesitate to contact emergency number 999 in case they face any emergency at any time," he added.
Prayer timings for Eid Al Adha special prayers have been announced. Muslims across the UAE will offer the prayer on July 9 at mosques and open-air places of worship called musallahs.
Here is the list of Eid prayer timings across the emirates:
Abu Dhabi City: 5.57am
>>Al Ain: 5.51am
>>Madinat Zayed: 6.02am
Authorities in the UAE have also announced the Covid safety protocols that worshippers must follow while offering the special prayers on the first day of Eid Al Adha.
The duration of the prayer and sermon will be limited to 20 minutes.
Worshippers must wear masks, maintain a distance of at least one metre from one another, and bring their own mats.
Gatherings and handshakes before and after prayer remain prohibited.