Watch: Burj Khalifa lights up for ‘History of the Emirates’ premiere

Updated 23 November 2019

Watch: Burj Khalifa lights up for ‘History of the Emirates’ premiere

  • The film covers 125,000 years of the UAE’s history
  • Dubai’s Burj Khalifa lit up with a preview of the documentary’s content, including archaeological discoveries

DUBAI: “History of the Emirates,” a documentary series by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, launched its premiere on Friday night with a light show projected onto the Burj Khalifa.

On Friday night, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa lit up with a preview of the documentary’s content, including archaeological discoveries, pearl-diving and animated ancient landscapes.




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The film covers 125,000 years of the UAE’s history, from the earliest human presence in the region to the national union in 1971. New episodes will air each night from Nov. 24-28 at 9pm on all national TV channels.

Created in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Atlantic Productions, the three-part series, narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, uses CGI technology, 360-degree camerawork and archaeological footage to depict the history of the UAE.

Etisalat and Du, two of UAE’s mobile network services, will display ‘HISTORY UAE’ on mobiles throughout the country to promote the documentary. 




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Top UK band Jamiroquai lauds ‘magical’ concert venue for Saudi festival performance

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Top UK band Jamiroquai lauds ‘magical’ concert venue for Saudi festival performance

  • Jay Kay: “We were delighted to be invited to this ancient and unique city and are eager to learn more about its culture and history”
  • During their career, Jamiroquai have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide

ALULA: The lead singer of world-famous band Jamiroquai has said he “can’t wait” to perform at AlUla’s “magical” concert venue this weekend.

The award-winning English funk and acid jazz group will be taking to the stage at the Maraya Concert Hall during the second Winter at Tantora festival.

Singer-songwriter and the band’s lead vocalist, Jay Kay, said: “We were delighted to be invited to this ancient and unique city and are eager to learn more about its culture and history.

“We also can’t wait to see how our funky sounds work in what looks like a truly one-of-a-kind venue, the magical, mirrored Maraya Concert Hall. It is a privilege to be able to play around the world and look forward to bringing the party to AlUla.”

The hall is the largest mirror-constructed theater in the world, can hold 500 people, and is fitted with a high-quality sound system. The event, organized by the Royal Commission for AlUla, is being held in the city to showcase its unique location, scenic landscapes, history and culture.

Jamiroquai, from London, will perform a selection of their greatest hits which helped define music in the 1990s and beyond.

Fronted by Kay, the group was formed in 1992, and is best known for hits including “Canned Heat,” “Virtual Insanity,” which won video of the year at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, and “Deeper Underground,” which topped the charts in the UK. All eight of their albums made it into the British top 10 charts with three reaching the No. 1 spot.  

During their career, Jamiroquai have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide. Their third album, “Traveling Without Moving” (1996), was named in the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling funk album in history.

The band also won the Ivor Novello Award for outstanding song collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, in addition to a Grammy, two Billboard Music Awards, and 16 nominations for The BRIT Awards. The Winter at Tantora festival includes many other attractions including local markets, a winter garden, farms and the Old Town of AlUla.

Over the course of 12 weeks, the festival is presenting a range of activities merging Eastern and Western culture, embodying AlUla’s heritage as a meeting point for different civilizations from around the world.

The event takes place every weekend until March 7, and visitors will get the chance to tour the historic heritage sites before they close to the public until October this year. Musical and artistic performances by some of the most respected Arab and international artists will also be staged.