Manarat Al Saadiyat celebrates cultural diversity in the UAE with new event Global Re:Mix

Taking place from 17-19 October, in honour of the Year of Tolerance

In celebration of the Year of Tolerance, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is organising Global Re:Mix, a new fusion event showcasing and celebrating the rich cultural diversity in Emirati society.

Taking place from 17 to 19 October at Manarat Al Saadiyat, in collaboration with embassies and community partners, Global Re:Mix offers exceptional experiences mixing traditional cultural heritage with a contemporary sensibility. Visitors will enjoy a wide range of interactive activities, exhibitions, cultural talks and performances, plus delicious global flavours from a range of international cuisines – all coming together to form a unique opportunity to celebrate the rich and varied modern cultural heritage of the UAE.

“Global Re:Mix highlights the rich diversity of the Emirati community, functioning as a platform for celebrating culture in a creative and contemporary way,” said Fatima Al Yousef, Public Engagement & Programming Head at Manarat Al Saadiyat. “Culture is the fundamental bond of communities, underpinning our sense of belonging. The Global Re:Mix programme is intended to represent and foster the values of unity, inclusivity and tolerance, mirroring the essence of the UAE as a cultural hub and a welcoming space for all. We are committed to supporting the spirit of the Year of Tolerance, and look forward to welcoming all communities to this fantastic new event.”

Habibi Funk

The programme will cover wide-ranging events and activations, including a film screening and discussion with Al Ghadeer UAE Crafts to explore the future of traditional Emirati arts. Expo 2020 is heavily involved in the programme, hosting daily talks featuring insights into culture and the designs of the Japan, UK and Germany pavilions.

Visitors will enjoy ‘East to East’, the first Middle East-based exhibition by Moroccan-Belgian photographer Mous Lamrabat. Merging Moroccan heritage with western cues, the exhibit presents images rich in wit and colour, in a unique demonstration of differing cultures interacting.

‘Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian Embroidery’, brought to Global Re:Mix by the Palestinian Museum, uses Virtual Reality technology to present a new approach to Palestinian embroidery, demonstrating its enduring historical and contemporary significance.

Image courtsey of Mous Lamrabat

Immersive installations include ‘Taxiphone’, by the artist platform the Confused Arab, which will shed light on a social venue that was once the focal point of communication with the world. A cultural dialogue on the experiences of Arab youths, it will feature a group of new voices such as Maha Jaafar, a Sudanese-Iraqi blogger, Idreesy, a music video director and the founder of El Mastaba TV, and Big Hass, creator of Saudi Arabia’s first hip hop FM radio show.

Global Re:Mix is also set to feature a special concert by Habibi Funk, playing a fusion of sound focusing on eclectic, stereotype-busting rhythms from the Arab world.


All Global Re:Mix activities will take place each day from 6pm to 10pm. Admission for a one-day ticket is AED 30, and AED 70 for three days for visitors aged over 18. Tickets to the art workshops are AED 20. For more information, please visit:

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