Food, Art, Shopping, Music, and More; here is everything to know about the unmissable line-up to explore at MOTN – Abu Dhabi’s ultimate entertainment destination, from December 9 – 18 on Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Get tickets now via www.ticketmaster.ae – general admission tickets start at AED 25.
MOTN is set to be a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination for people of all ages. With 6 exciting themed zones, there is so much to see and do. Here is a list of 50 must-do things you are not going to want to miss out on while at MOTN.
Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the festival runs from December 9-18, from 4PM to midnight during weekdays, and from 2PM to midnight on weekends. MOTN is designed to be a safe space for all to enjoy the festivities and the unmissable offering in each zone.
Delicious and Unique Flavours
Burger And Beyond
Essex-born and London-based burger truck turned raved-about restaurant that creates some of the best burgers in town, using freshly ground dry-aged beef made from choice cuts of meat along with American-style sides, including Dirty Tots, plus sauces such as the signature Burnt Butter Mayo.
NAP Pizzeria By KON
Nap is a progressive restaurant specializing in serving high-quality Neapolitan pizzas in Dubai. From Italy to the UAE, Nap pizzas are cooked with passion and served with love, providing a nap from heaven.
Knitted out with fresh florals, London’s most Instagrammable café and lifestyle brand will be serving up a sweet treat-filled menu, including crowd favourites and EL&N classic drinks, from the Spanish Latte to the colour-changing Ombre Passionfruit Cooler.
Glow Sushi Bar by Bompas & Parr x Akiba Dori
The world’s first glow-in-the-dark Sushi Bar will showcase Japanese cuisine reimagined with a focus on innovation and the visual appeal of food. Join in to explore the wonder of bioluminescence and the future of food.
By popular demand, the UK’s favourite ice cream roll brand Pan-N-Ice is returning to Abu Dhabi once again! Set to deliver exciting, Instagrammable ice cream rolls made fresh in front of your eyes, Pan-N-Ice will be offering customers the choice of 50 different flavours to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the UAE.
Matcha Mama Tulum
An eco-friendly tropical smoothie shack, Mexico’s Matcha Mama Tulum will offer the healthiest plant-based products with a selection of smoothies, acai bowls, matcha-based drinks, and cold brews.
Los Angeles’ Eiswelt Gelato is home to the original homestyle Italian gelato, handcrafted in cute animal shapes by talented gelato artists.
The brainchild of three food-loving Emiratis who gathered and started a burger revolution creating an explosion of flavours the city of Dubai has never seen before. High Joint is a hidden gem burger joint with the most sought-after burgers in town.
Smoke, spice, and all things nice, The Mattar Farm is an epicurean company born out of a passion for artisan food and smoked meats. Obsessed with quality and craft, they strive to deliver the best food experience at home, to your business, in-store, or home.
M’oishî is a luxurious Japanese confectionary brand producing mochi ice cream and other Japanese confectionaries in the UAE. Raw materials are partially imported from Japan and met with locally-crafted ingredients to satisfy even the most demanding of taste buds.
Dibba Bay Oysters
Serving some of the finest restaurant-grade oysters in the world, Dibba Bay Oysters at the MOTN is sure to not disappoint. Identifiable by their white and gold-flecked shells and meaty texture, Dibba Bay oysters are the first and only gourmet oysters from the Middle East. The nutrient-rich waters allow for locally produced oysters that are world-class, and served right to your table.
International and local art
“Nurture” by Daniel Popper
A larger-than-life art installation created by the world-renowned Burning Man and Tulum Festival artist Daniel Popper can be found in the Food Hub. The gigantic sculpture has laser-cut steel plants growing over the exterior that is symbolic of the Ghaf tree, the national tree of the UAE, and an icon of hope.
An experiential journey filled with spontaneous and Instagrammable opportunities, creatively curated by artists with playful immersive pop-up rooms and displays that celebrate themes inspired by UAE culture.
Melancholy is a Dubai-based graffiti artist whose work can be found in the Thrill Zone at the MOTN. His work is a chaotic fusion between street art and traditional painting. A random mix of graffiti letters, illustrations, and abstract imagery turned into one delightful piece for everyone to delve into.
An artist whose work depicts a mesmerizing spiritual journey of letting go and opening up at the same time, depicting the ways of life. Visitors can catch a glimpse of his art all across the Urban Park and Thrill Zone at the MOTN.
Rayzer is a multi-disciplinary designer, and contemporary graffiti artist hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. His work displayed at the Thrill zone is a heady mix of graphic design and illustration influenced by his love for comic books, animation, graffiti, and hip-hop culture.
Another addition to the Thrill Zone’s line-up of some of the best mural street artists, Sloe is a pro when it comes to digital paintings, illustrations, graphic design, and sketching, and an excellent graffiti artist with attention to detail. His work has been featured all over the UAE and the Philippines.
Designed in Dubai, Rula has built an internationally acclaimed brand of handbags for the woman who wants to set her own standards and to express herself wholly without compromising on taste, and more importantly, on herself.
Pop Up Concepts
Established in 2012, Pop Up Concepts is home to men’s accessories, streetwear, footwear, and everything cool. Those looking for distinctiveness and exceptional items have access to irreplaceable products rarely found on the market.
Progressive and rooted, Arcadia houses sentimentalists and preachers of nostalgia. With a collection of dynamic fine fragrances, Arcadia sustains purity. Each fragrance is cruelty-free, paraben-free, chemical-free, and made using the highest quality ingredients.
A fashion house and a social enterprise. A team of artisans consisting of female prisoners, ex-prisoners, and underprivileged women create the intricate handwork that is the hallmark of the brand’s luxurious handbags and accessories.
Sana Al Maktoum Fine Jewellery
As part of the Beach Market, Sana Al Maktoum Fine Jewellery is a versatile brand from Dubai to the world – it is a look that appeals to multiple ethnicities of empowered young and successful women that want to develop their individual style.
Born in Abu Dhabi, an Emirati brand that believes in the art of creating perfumes. All Over fragrances are a tasteful kind of art that everyone should embrace. Their perfumes are made from the highest quality oils, inspired by scents from all over the world.
A concept store, Kanzy derives from the Arabic word (كنزي) which translates to treasure, a word symbolic of the handpicked hidden gems offered at the boutique.
Thowby is a brand specialized in designing high-end Abayas inspired by Gulf heritage, aimed to dress women who seek fashionably modest clothing, regardless of their ethnicity, background, or religion.
Exciting activities for all
Horror Escape Room
With just one goal – to survive! This escape room is sure to stir up a mixture of pure fear and excitement. Challenge yourself to take on a mind-blowing interaction with the unknown in a gothic setup that is sure to send chills down your spine.
The Dessert Museum
Get ready for sugar overload! The Dessert Museum is a wonderland with a giant donut hole slide, an immersive cotton candy forest, a bewitched bakery, a banana beach, and a room full of marshmallows. It’s all gram-worthy around every corner.
Rick & Morty Laser Tag
Rick & Morty Laser Tag brings the pop culture phenomenon to life. Get inside the vaporwave sci-fi world of Rick & Morty, mixing psychedelic monsters and technology with adrenaline to create a uniquely exciting experience.
The Smash Room
A sanctuary for anyone looking to experience the freeing invitation to smash everything in sight. Smashers will get a room filled with glasses and electronics collected from junkyards and public donations to smash to their heart’s delight.
Parkour is a space with a challenging speed course designed to allow participants to jump, vault, swing, and climb to get from one end to the other as fast as possible, while overcoming obstacles.
The Gaming Hub will provide all visitors with a full spectrum gaming experience, featuring tournaments and community-driven opportunities across the biggest gaming titles over Console, PC, Mobile, and VR. They will also get to meet top professionals and their favourite content creators.
The Skate Park is composed of several modular objects resembling natural street architecture, offering skaters new challenges and opportunities to express themselves creatively, without limiting the skateboarder’s imagination.
World of Nickelodeon
World of Nickelodeon is the place to be for families and kids featuring a variety of Nickelodeon play areas, shows, singalongs, and meet & greets. Learn about road safety with PAW Patrol, discover SpongeBob’s Underwater World, go on an adventure with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and get your wishes granted by Shimmer and Shine!
Diggers Lab is a construction-based theme park inspired by diggers that offers thrills and excitement for kids and grown-ups of all ages.
Animenia is a space designed specifically for manga fanatics, cosplayers, and gamers, for an amazing experience of everything Otaku pop culture. It features a Manga Lounge, Arcade Games, Anime and Manga libraries, and a stage dedicated to all things Japanese.
MOTN Basketball Hub
MOTN Basketball Hub is the perfect destination for basketball lovers featuring plenty of basketball activities including 3on3 and 1on1 tournaments with big cash prizes, as well as special training for visitors of all ages, provided by highly-qualified MOTN Basketball Hub coaches. MOTN Basketball Hub will also host a variety of contests, including a Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shooting competitions.
An area dedicated to keeping the young ones engaged while giving you nostalgic memories of childhood, MOTN will feature a host of carnival rides, including Venetian Carousel, Samba Balloon, City Hopper, Bumper Cars, and more.
Children’s Play Park
Let your children run free at the Children’s Play Park with a variety of fun obstacle courses including zip lines and wall climbing.
Hop on a journey on the off-road track expedition, designed with muddy terrain, photo opportunities and bespoke décor elements that will immerse guests into a wild trail experience for kids and teens.
Music from around the world
Craig David Presents TS5
The award-winning singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ, Craig David will be enthralling the crowd as he brings his critically acclaimed worldwide tour ‘TS5’ to MOTN on December 17. Known for his unique and authentic British sound, Craig David will treat the audience with some of his renowned hits including, ‘7 Days’, ‘Insomnia’, ‘Walking Away’, ‘Fill me in’, and more.
Issam Alnajjar is a young Jordanian teen sensation and a renowned singer-songwriter, who began his music career recording songs from home and is now signed with Universal Arab Music. In August 2021, his hit song “Hadal Ahbek” went viral, getting over 87 million views on YouTube, and 500 million hits on TikTok. Gearing up to grip the crowd with a riveting performance, Issam will be bringing ‘Turning Me Up’, ‘Mn Gheirik Enti’, and more sensational songs to MOTN.
Mahmoud Al Turky
Mahmoud Al Turky is an Iraqi singer that started his career in 2012 when he realized that he had a voice that stood out. The pop-singing sensation will be performing some of his hottest hits including, ‘B6Ela’, ‘Ashmk’, and ‘Raht’.
Khalid Fouad is a young Bahraini singer who has recently emerged on the Gulf music scene. The distinguished artist will be taking up the stage to perform some of his all-time hits including, ‘Haba Haba’ and more.
Aleksandra Krstic is a neo-soul/ jazz/ R&B music artist and model from Serbia. She performs and records music combining fashion and beauty in her own unique way. She has worked with young local designers, as well as international brands.
Danny Aridi is an award-winning Lebanese/Canadian singer and songwriter who was awarded Best Local Band 2019 by WhatsOn magazine. He has opened for Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, P!NK, Calvin Harris, Guns n Roses, among many others. His original song “Solo” reached #3 on the iTunes charts in Egypt and Jordan.
Carl & The Reda Mafia
Carl & the Reda Mafia brings together representatives from four different continents with one goal in mind: make the best music the world has ever heard.
Amjad Shakir is a multicultural singer, born and raised in Saudi Arabia from a Sudanese family. Amjad is able to absorb the cultures of Arabia and the West while keeping his African roots and heritage.
As Per Casper
As Per Casper is an Indie Fusion band formed in Dubai in 2011 with a love of various music genres at its core. The lead singer/songwriter Carla, of Syrian-Palestinian origin, creates music that bridges the traditional Western and Oriental to create rich, full-bodied, symphonic musical pieces.
Daneel Sayegh is a multi-talented, innovative, and dynamic percussionist known for being a finalist on Arabs Got Talent and for performing at Music Hall Theatre for 5 years. He has also been featured on the European tour of “Stars on Board” and has performed at several festivals around the world.
Guests and visitors at MOTN will have access to performances from some of the best DJs including Badir, Keza, Bliss, and Nuff Said, all performing on stage at the Food Hub.
Held at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, MOTN 2021 will run from December 9 – 18.
Visit www.motn.ae and follow their social media channels for updates on the festival timings, prices and latest news.