IIFA 2022 weekend kicks off at Etihad Arena

IIFA 2022 weekend kicks off at Etihad Arena

Abu Dhabi: IFA 2022 weekend kicked off in style with a press conference held at Etihad Arena – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, addressing the media were this year’s hosts – Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Maniesh Paul, Farah Khan Kunder, Aparshakti Khurana and performers Shahid Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday, Sarah Ali Khan, Guru Randhawa, YoYo Honey Singh, Divya Khosla Kumar, Tanishk Bagchi, Neha Kakkar, Rockstar DSP, Dhvani Bhanushali, Asees Kaur and Zahra S Khan.

At a press conference held at Etihad Arena – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, addressing the media were this year’s IIFA hosts – Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Maniesh Paul, Farah Khan Kunder, Aparshakti Khurana and performers Shahid Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday, Sarah Ali Khan, Guru Randhawa, YoYo Honey Singh, Divya Khosla Kumar, Tanishk Bagchi, Neha Kakkar, Rockstar DSP, Dhvani Bhanushali, Asees Kaur and Zahra S Khan. Joining them were HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General of Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi, His Excellency Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to UAE, Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO Miral, Hans Fraikin, Film and Television Commissioner, DCT, Abu Dhabi, Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India, among other dignitaries for the highly anticipated event that promises to be a mélange of glitz and glamour.

The grandest celebration of Indian Cinema, the International Indian Film Academy and Awards (IIFA), in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, is all set to thrill fans with its 22nd edition in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on June 3rd and 4th, 2022.

As the world looks forward to this year’s celebration of Hindi cinema with music and fashion at yet another exotic destination, the content promises to be aspirational and entertaining. With its growing popularity across the world, IIFA today is recognized as a global institution in its own right, and a platform that is recognized as the most engaging celebration of Indian cinema.

IIFA’s cause partner, Woosh Washing expert for the fourth consecutive edition would partner with IIFA to share the message, “Equality begins at home” holding a firm banner for gender equality.

H.E. Saleh Mohamed Saleh Al Geziry, Director General of Tourism, DCT Abu Dhabi said, “We are extremely excited to host the return of IIFA Awards in Abu Dhabi as it is an incredible milestone for our exciting entertainment calendar. Our bond with India, founded on cultural and economic ties, has been further strengthened with Abu Dhabi serving as the backdrop to numerous Bollywood blockbusters, enabling the sharing of our beautiful destination with audiences around the world. We look forward to welcoming the eminent stars, filmmakers, and members of the Indian film fraternity, as well as their fans to Abu Dhabi for the biggest celebration of Indian cinema.”

Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral said, “It is exciting to finally see the IIFA Awards 2022 here on Yas Island. The event will gather some of the biggest movie stars under the roof of Etihad Arena, Yas Bay’s world-class event venue, and is set to reinforce the Island’s position as a top global destination for leisure and entertainment, while further reenergizing the capital’s tourism landscape. I can’t wait to see the fans’ excitement to finally meet their favourite stars and enjoy a glamorous and unforgettable weekend on Yas Island.”

The event will take place at the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue, Etihad Arena, part of Yas Bay Waterfront on Yas Island. The Island is one of the world’s fastest-growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi. Home to magical adventures and awe-inspiring entertainment, as well as three globally renowned theme parks, outstanding motorsports, an award-winning golf venue and world-class hospitality services, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is a destination like nowhere else. Alongside the arena and Yas Bay, guests visiting Yas Island will also be able to enjoy a variety of experiences. From award-winning theme parks, the record-breaking CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, the capital’s largest mall, 160 dining options, a scenic beach and mangroves, luxurious hospitality stays and so much more, there’s a lot to explore! iifa 2022 weekend etihad arena

His Excellency Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to UAE, said “Considering the strong historical and cultural relations between India and the UAE, Abu Dhabi is perhaps the most appropriate venue for IIFA. Bombay, which is the heart of Bollywood, has also been home for generations of Emiratis and a major trading port connecting the UAE with India. Today, our cultural connections have become even more vibrant in addition to our trade and investment ties. IIFA is contributing to this cultural connect and people to people relations.”

IIFA 2022 will kickstart the mega celebrations tomorrow – 3rd June 2022 with IIFA Rocks hosted by Farah Khan Kunder and Aparshakti Khurana and will feature performances by Devi Sri Prasad, Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Dhvani Bhanushali, Zahrah S Khan, Dhvani Bhanushali, Asees Kaur.

The grand finale – IIFA Awards will take place on 4th June 2022 and will be hosted by Bollywood superstars Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh & Maniesh Paul along with electrifying performances by Bollywood superstars Shahid Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Ananya Panday, Divya Khosla Kumar and Nora Fatehi.

Speaking on the occasion, Salman Khan said, It feels great to be a part of the IIFA Movement and I look forward to hosting the 22nd edition at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – one of my personal favorites. I’m sure fans from all over the world are as excited as us and can’t wait for this mega event to take place that celebrates Indian Cinema globally.”

Attending the event this year at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Abhishek Bachchan says, “IIFA is like family to me and it feels good to come back and perform. After being disconnected physically for more than two years, celebrations help us unite. I am excited for this reunion of the industry to be happening as the world gets together again. And I am looking forward to entertaining, meeting fans and connecting with them globally”.

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