Coldplay rings in new year in Abu Dhabi with show

Grammy award-winning band headlined event to launch Abu Dhabi's hosting of Volvo Ocean Race
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Abu Dhabi officially opened the doors to its purpose-built Volvo Ocean Race Destination Village on its Corniche breakwater on Jan 1, ahead of seven-time Grammy Award winning rock band, Coldplay
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Coldplay, who took stage to a purpose-built stage adjacent to the main village, was organised and promoted by Flash Entertainment and presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
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The Destination Village - the size of eight football pitches - was opened by Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman, ADTA
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Open daily from 11am-11pm, with extended weekend hours, the free-to-the-public Destination Village will host water activities, entertainment, concerts, rides, sailing schools, games and competitions
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The venue will also host the Volvo Ocean Race action, until the six-strong fleet leaves on the third race leg to Sanya, China on Jan 14
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Throughout the two weeks, a raft of top local and international performers will also woo Abu Dhabi crowds, including global DJs, Little Louie Vega and DIPLO, in free-to-attend concerts
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For sailing fans of all ages, the village is hosting a number of top sailing clinics to give both those new to the sport and seasoned veterans a chance to get involved
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One of the main highlights will be the Abu Dhabi Junior Sailing Festival on the 3 and 4th January, which is being run by Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club
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In addition, the Volvo Ocean Race has brought a fleet of branded 5.6 metre Ludic dinghies to Abu Dhabi and has invited local children from each of the stopover ports to visit the Destination Village for a day
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet - which includes the UAE s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team - will also be in action over the fortnight
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Expected to arrive Wednesday afternoon, the fleet will compete in the in-port race on the 13th January, the first points scoring competition in Abu Dhabi, as well as for the leg three start on Jan 14
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While in Abu Dhabi, the Volvo Open 70 race yachts, the fastest in the world, will be on display at the Destination Village