6 things to see and do in Abu Dhabi Collector’s Week



The first Abu Dhabi Collectors Week is underway, bringing an array of coveted designs to the capital.

Running through October 16 and hosted by Retail Abu Dhabi, a branch of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the 10-day festival is a celebration of collectors and collectibles in the areas for sale at retail, design, entertainment and cuisine. It is a citywide calendar of events, offering access to exclusive and tailor-made products and experiences. It also features appearances by major international collectors, designers and artists, including Mark Ronson and Refik Anadol.

At The Collective, a series of four immersive experiences, visitors can explore the NFT collections, a sneaker exhibit, and a large car store. Meanwhile, a series of immersive Abu Dhabi-wide pop-ups feature retrospectives of brands and new products, supported by in-store collection launches at 15 malls and complemented by culinary activations in locations. keys to the capital.

Abu Dhabi Collectors Week is designed to create a true celebration of the world’s creative landscape right here in Abu Dhabi, delivering exciting new experiences for collectors in the retail, creative and culinary industries, ”said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing. at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“We are confident that this exciting new addition to Abu Dhabi’s increasingly diverse calendar of events will enhance the emirate’s local and international tourism offerings and underscore Abu Dhabi’s leading role as a flagship of the world. innovation for regional design and the creative industries.

The event is anchored by Semi Permanent Middle East, a global design and creativity festival held in Manarat Al Saadiyat from Thursday to Saturday October 14-16. The three-day program will include lectures, performances, culinary experiences, art installations and screenings aimed at providing a fresh perspective on our post-pandemic world. From art and music to architecture and fashion design, Semi Permanent’s program will highlight the changing nature of creativity in the 21st century. Participants include architect Oana Stanescu, musician Dana Hourani and fashion designer Bunyamin Aydin from Les Benjamins.

“We have brought together some 30 incredible talents, from here to the United Arab Emirates, as well as the United States, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and beyond, and although they vary widely in what ‘They create, what they have in common is that they are leaders in their fields and set trends, ”says Mitchell Oakley Smith, Creative Director of Semi Permanent and Curator of the Semi Permanent Middle East Festival.

Here are six ways to enjoy Abu Dhabi Collectors Week:

Mark Ronson will perform a DJ set at W Abu Dhabi on Thursday, October 14, at a party celebrating the inauguration of the Middle East’s first semi-permanent festival. The Grammy and Oscar-winning record producer and songwriter, best known for his collaborations with artists such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder and the late Amy Winehouse, will perform from 9:30 p.m. He will also give a lecture at 12:30 p.m. as part of the opening session of the event. Day passes for the semi-permanent Middle East cost 700 Dh and are available at www.semipermanent.com

New York’s famous Flower Shop is hosting a pop-up at Semi Permanent Middle East, bringing its Lower East Side vibe to Saadiyat Island. The Hot Spot is known for its quirky interiors and refined but accessible menu, which includes specialties such as Pink Moon Oysters and Wakame Seafood Salad, as well as classics such as Buttermilk Fried Chicken and fish and chips.

To coincide with Collectors Week, luxury watch brand Breitling unveiled its new Superocean Heritage 57 Pastel Paradise capsule collection for women – a colorful take on an old classic that has the timepiece reimagined in shades of white. summer, aquamarine, mint green, iced latte. and rainbow tangerine. To capture the summer feel of the new line, Breitling has created a surf-inspired pop-up, complete with a bar, vintage fridge, surfboards and colorful neon lights, in its Yas Mall store.

Abu Dhabi Collectors Week will feature the city’s first exhibition of rare items from the personal collections of selected Emirati collectors, including handbags, watches, jewelry and clothing. The exclusive exhibit will be hosted at Manarat Al Saadiyat until Saturday, October 16, and will be complemented by the launch of a dedicated coffee table book that shares the stories behind many of the items on display.

Visitors to Dolce & Gabbana stores on Galleria Al Maryah Island will have access to the brand’s new Sicily Foulard bag, which launched in the United Arab Emirates ahead of its global launch on October 8. The bag is available in two color variations, a pale pink and a soft mint green, and in small and medium sizes. Fans of the brand will also get a first look at the fall / winter 2021 runway collection.

Taking place on Al Hudayriyat Island until Saturday, October 16, The Collective includes the Sneaker Lab, created in partnership with Puma, and an unprecedented NFT exhibit. Influencer Mo Vlogs will also showcase his collection of supercars, while the Immersive Collectors Room, which explores the stories and movements behind the art of collecting, will run alongside the event at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Update: October 7, 2021, 4:54 am


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