Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon will be a part of the event.
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend & Awards, which will be held in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral, will be returning to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, in February 2023.
The 23rd edition will be hosted once again at the Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The previous edition saw more than 20,000 people at the awards ceremony, which was hosted by Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, and Maniesh Paul.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will once again lead a contingent of Indian celebrities when the IIFA returns to Abu Dhabi. Fellow actors Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, as well as director and producer Karan Johar, will join him for the event.
Speaking about the award show, Noreen Khan, Vice President of IIFA, said: “IIFA this year was an amazing experience thanks to the wonderful partners Miral & DCT. Coming back after two years we really worked hard to deliver the very best of live entertainment again. The best part was the entire weekend delivered a positive experience to everyone who witnessed or experienced the event in any way. We have been inundated with unprecedented appreciation and comments of everyone truly have had a wonderful time this year in Abu Dhabi and so we are pleased and excited to bring it all back again but with much more magic to come next year.”
Saleh Mohamed Al-Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi, added: “We are honoured to once more welcome the IIFA Weekend & Awards to Etihad Arena. With the eyes of the world’s film industry upon us, we have an amazing opportunity to share with the world Abu Dhabi’s exciting nightlife, inspiring cultural experiences, and restorative escapes. The Awards in February can only enhance our reputation as a global centre for top-tier leisure, entertainment, and business events.”
Taghrid Al Saeed, Executive Director of Group Communications and Destination Marketing of Miral, stated: “We were thrilled to see the immediate impact that IIFA presented to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi when we hosted the event last June, which created great engagement around the world. We are excited to be back hosting again this year and to be the first destination to consecutively hold the IIFA Weekend and Awards. We are proud of this partnership, which is already delivering valuable business and tourism opportunities from India to the island. The return of this great event is another testament to Yas Island’s position as a global entertainment and leisure destination as well as an international events hub.”
Tickets to the Bollywood awards ceremony spanning over three days will be available for purchase from Etihad Arena website from Friday, September 30. The price range begins from AED 100 ($27.22) and goes up to AED 1500 ($408.37).