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Afrobeats star WizKid is coming to Abu Dhabi

Retail festival FUTR World will make its Middle East debut in Abu Dhabi.

Kickstarting the Abu Dhabi Winter Shopping Season, a globally-renowned retail festival will debut in the Middle East this December. FUTR World, a collaboration between Retail Abu Dhabi, the retail platform of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), MP Singapore and FUTR Group, will see joint ventures with innovators, leaders, retailers, artists, futurists, brands and influencers, the three pillars of the event – FUTR Live, FUTR Festival and FUTR Summit – bridging the gap in retail, marketing and commerce.

FUTR Festival will feature a world-class lineup of progressive music artists taking to a new purpose-built stage at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Nigerian Afropop artist Wizkid, known for his global hits Essence and Come Closer, is set to perform the headline set, mixing elements of R&B, grime reggae and Afrobeats. Listed as #OneToWatch by BBC 1Xtra and Capital Xtra, Alicai Harley will be making her first appearance in the UAE, bringing her dancehall and R&B fused sound to FUTR World. 

FUTR Live attendees will enjoy interactive workshops, an array of masterclasses from the world of food with MOB Kitchen and Impossible Foods, lifestyle hacks with influencers like Grace Beverley and extreme sports displays with Red Bull’s BMX rider Viki Gómez and the UAE’s very own figure skating pioneer Zahra Lari.

FUTR Summit will provide an unrivalled networking environment, where the high-profile attendees will include Gareth Rees-John, Chief Digital Officer of Kurt Geiger and Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder of Booking.com, plus many more industry champions.

“FUTR World is the first of its kind in the world and we are very happy to have the opportunity to launch this brand-new event in Abu Dhabi, with the kind support of DCT Abu Dhabi. FUTR World is a landmark festival that will convene thousands of innovators, exceptional leaders and influencers for three days of inspired conversation, world-changing ideas and meaningful takeaways,” said Shane White, Managing Director at FUTR Group.

Running as a prelude to Abu Dhabi Winter Shopping Season, the free festival brings key figures associated with the retail and entertainment industry to discuss the latest innovations and trends.

FUTR World takes place from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 December 2021. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. 

GO: Visit www.futrworld.com for more information.

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