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22nd International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) announced W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island as the official celebrity host hotel

  • DATE: 11-05-2022
  • VENUE: Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (10th  May, 2022): Announced as the Official Celebrity Host Hotel for the 22nd International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island will be rolling out the green carpet for the biggest stars of Indian cinema as it hosts the glitterati on the weekend of 20-21 May, 2022. An exhilarating week awaits, with art, activations, celebrity chefs, VIP shopping experiences and decadent parties planned.


The 22nd edition of the biggest celebration of Indian cinema- the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards is all set to unite the world to showcase cinematic excellence, bringing its global brand presence to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.


IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. Hosting the dazzling IIFA awards weekend is highly beneficial for the chosen host city, generating global exposure and giving the economy a boost.


Abu Dhabi is pulling out all the stops as it prepares Etihad Arena – the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue on Yas Island – for Bollywood megastars Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Maniesh Paul to take centre stage as Masters of Ceremony for the two-day event.


W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island will have the pleasure of welcoming celebrities such as Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Ananya Pandey, Sara Ali Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Karan Johar, Parineeti Chopra, Riteish Deshmukh, Maniesh Paul, Divya Khosla Kumar, Nora Fatehi, Neha Kakkar among others at the most coveted annual ceremony that promises to be a mélange of glitz, glamour and entertainment.


General Manager for W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Faiek El Saadani, said “IIFA weekend is a sparkling jewel on Abu Dhabi’s jam-packed event calendar, and the city is no stranger to putting on a show for the whole world to marvel at. During the highly anticipated IIFA weekend, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is honoured to have the biggest stars and most influential names in the illustrious Indian film industry staying as guests. After a speedy 15-minute transfer from Abu Dhabi International Airport, guests will find themselves marvelling at the architecture and expansive lush grounds our unique island location affords us. From there, our Whatever/Whenever service ensures every whim will be catered to: it’s a true VIP experience,” said Faiek El Saadani.


To celebrate the best of Bollywood, in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading curator of magnetic experiences, the hotel has curated once-in-a-lifetime experiences and activations that will have guests and the glitterati fully immersed in the glitz and glamour of the weekend.




Pull up to cooler-than-cool onsite restaurant Garage to experience an a la carte menu curated by celebrity chef, restaurateur, author and the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star for Indian cuisine, Vineet Bhatia.  His culinary vision has transformed Indian cuisine, taking it to new heights and placing it on the world platform with a modern and creative twist, making him one of the most respected and recognised names in the industry consequently being named in top 100 global Indians.


Vineet Bhatia at Garage

Date: 16/05 – 22/05

Timing: 12.30PM -10.30PM

Pricing: Al a Carte


Pass by 20th and 21st of May to see if you can get a glimpse of the celebrity chef



Garage will also be revving up patrons with the notorious B.I.G brunch, with DJ Raggi on the decks. Garage is a true wonderland, enjoy explosive flavors from each hub, being Salmon Sashimi American Way from Nikkei, Jing Jiang Chicken Rolls from Steam Table, or grab a Pulled Beef BBQ Burger from Meat Vault – makes your stomach growling? Try not to get full too soon.  B.I.G – Brunch In Garage is full of surprises, and keep your eyes and ears open at Tart Van to see what’s kind of sweet treat will be coming


Date: 21/05

Timing: 1PM – 4PM

Pricing: Soft drinks AED 279, House beverages AED 379, Champagne AED 529




The W Lounge is known for its sleek interiors and sublime views of the glittering marina and racetrack, and in the lead-up to IIFA weekend, it’ll only get better – there’ll be celebrity sightings too!


IIFA Kick Off Bollywood Night with DJ Clement

Date: 19/05

Timing: 9PM – 1AM


AED 200 per person including two House Beverages

Minimum spend VIP tables from AED 2000



Glitz & Glam with Bollywood Celebrity DJs - DJ Sumit Sethi and DJ Aqueel

Date: 20/05

Time: 9PM – 3AM


AED 350 per person with two House Beverage included

Minimum Spend VIP Tables starting from AED 4000




WET Deck is known as a place to see – and be seen. In anticipation of IIFA weekend, this plush poolside venue is splashing out with the best DJs on the decks, tasty morsels on the menu and a vibe that will have partygoers pumped.


CINEMATIC with DJ Sumit Sethi and DJ Aqueel
Date: 19/05

Time: 9PM – 3AM
AED 350 per person with 2 House Beverage included
Minimum Spend VIP Tables starting from AED 4000

Starry Night with DJ Darko, DJ Clement
Date: 20/05
Timing: 8PM – 1AM
AED 200 per person with 2 House Beverage included
Minimum Spend VIP Tables starting from AED 200

IIFA Afterbash
Date: 21/05
Timing: 9PM – 3AM
AED 200 per person with 2 House Beverage included
Minimum Spend VIP Tables starting from AED 2000


The Crossing, with its elevated Indian cuisine, creates waves for IIFA at W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island. Their menu at The Crossing is a celebration of lost cuisines and ingredients to create a new narrative where neo modern dishes stand side by side with forgotten recipes. They uphold mainstream Indian cuisine but continue to showcase a more offbeat side with food from the Rajput kitchens, hidden gems from North East India, and simple yet robust recipes from India’s massive coastline. 


Pass by THE CROSSING and experience elevated Indian dining starting from 16th of May until 21st of May.


Date & Timing:

16/05 – 17/05 6:30 PM – 2AM

18/05 - 21/05 11:30AM - 2AM

Pricing: A la Carte



Buckle up for a personal shopping experience that will have you red-carpet ready: the InstaRunway bus will arrive at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island loaded with designer apparel, shoes and accessories from coveted brands including SJP and Furla to offer VIP shopping experiences to guests and the glitterati looking for gowns, glamour and fabulous finishing touches.


Call +971 2 656 0000 or Whatsapp +971 50 642 1011 to book tickets to the exhilarating events being held at the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island from 13 May – 22 May.   

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