NatGeo to mark UAE’s 40th National Day
Abu Dhabi, November 29, 2011
National Geographic Abu Dhabi will offers a special day of programming, highlighting UAE’s most iconic architectural landmarks as part of the “UAE Marvels” series to mark the country’s 40th National Day on Dec 2.
Brought to the region by Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) and National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), the channel is dedicated to understanding and protecting the world, with its worldwide reputation of producing credible and authentic content that fits different viewers’ interests.
The episodes begin with the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the magnificent religious monument which, after twelve years of construction, stands out as one of the most prominent contemporary Islamic landmarks in the world. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque houses the world's largest chandelier, designed in Germany, as well as the world's largest carpet that was weaved in Iran.
In the second episode, National Geographic Abu Dhabi will feature the iconic round tower, a globally unique building that houses the headquarters of Aldar Properties. This building’s challenging construction process is a story to be told on its own, which saw the team finishing the whole tower in just 30 months. The massive building weights 65,000 tons and required 3 million cubic meters of sea sand in its construction.
Episode three will move to Formula Rossa, the ultimate speed roller coaster that is part of the world's largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. The ride takes one from 0 to 240 km/hr in under 5 seconds, supported by amazing 20,800 horsepower propellers.
The next episode will highlight The Dubai Mall – a shopping mall designed to outstrip all others. The Dubai Mall has twelve hundred shops. Pay a two-minute visit to each outlet, and it will take more than 40 hours to wander around the magnificent shopping center.
Returning to the UAE capital, National Geographic Abu Dhabi will depict a modern version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa for episode five. The Capital Gate building has created an iconic and avant-garde entrance to the city of Abu Dhabi. Leaning at a whopping 18 degrees westward, the tower holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for Most Inclined Building on Earth.
The last episode will cover the Meydan Racecourse; a futuristic state-of-the-art racing facility covering 76 million sq ft was built at a cost of $2 billion. The show captures the impressive feats of Meydan’s construction team as they raise a crescent roof, weighing more than 6000 cars and spanning over 400 metres, in just three months using vast manpower and near 24 hour shifts. – TradeArabia News Service