Introducing NuraiFest: Abu Dhabi’s first private island festival

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Words by Ben Jolley

A trip to Abu Dhabi next weekend could land you on a paradisal private island, as NuraiFest makes its debut on Zaya Nurai. The amenity-laden destination has made a name for itself as the Maldives of the Middle East in the five years since the luxury resort opened.

Running from noon until sunrise on November 22-23, NuraiFest brings a handful of the hottest names in tech-house to Abu Dhabi. DJs including wAFF, Tiga, Steve Lawler, Serge Devant, Audiofly and M.A.N.D.Y. are pegged to play across the weekend, accompanied by a live show from Satori. 

With a 15-minute boat ride off the shores of Abu Dhabi, you’ll land at the coveted Zaya Nurai. Self-described as “a piece of paradise like nowhere else,” it has 52 private villas, an oceanside spa, restaurants, beach club, as well as activities intended for both land and sea. 

“This will be an immersive and dream-like island experience,” writes Adib Moukheiber, Zaya Nurai’s general manager. “It is where reinvigoration, music culture and relaxation seamlessly intersect as you dance on flawless white sand beaches and soak in translucent azure waters under a golden island sun.”

Festival-goers will be able to travel to the island by boat, helicopter, or seaplane. Shuttle boats will be departing from the welcome center to the island and back throughout the festival. 

Tickets and reservations can be made here. Guests can book a 1-day, 2-day or VIP pass. The exclusive afterparty on Friday comes at an additional cost. There are also cabanas, teepees and VIP tables available.

Introducing NuraiFest: Abu Dhabi’s first private island festivalNuraifest