Yas Island in Abu Dhabi was on fire with an extraordinary display of glitz, glamour, and pulsating energy as the 2023 Sobha IIFA Weekend got underway. There was an
unprecedented turnout of celebrities ready to bring the magic of the 23rd edition of IIFA alive with performances and attendance by the biggest stars and brightest talents of Indian cinema for a breathtaking celebration that left attendees in awe.
With the esteemed partnership in the destination with Miral and the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), this event was the epitome of grandeur in a destination that is a perfect host and ‘home away from home’ now for IIFA and the film fraternity. For the second consecutive year, the event was highly anticipated in the region and internationally as tickets to the three-day extravaganza were swiftly grabbed, for two sold-out shows bringing in over 25,000 excited and enthused attendees for an unforgettable experience. A dedicated team of over 250 passionate
individuals came to Abu Dhabi as a part of the IIFA Team and were joined by over 150 people locally whom all worked tirelessly around the clock for an unprecedented 10 days, ensuring the production surpassed all expectations. Additionally, 75 local volunteers joined the "Friends of IIFA" internship program, contributing to a legacy-driven educational initiative.
The official host hotel for IIFA 2023 was once again the iconic W Abu Dhabi- Yas Island, a world-class facility located just a short 10-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 15 minutes from the City Centre. This unique hotel perched half on land and half in water, offered a mesmerizing view of the Formula 1 racing circuit. The W Abu Dhabi Hotel and the Etihad Arena illuminated the island with their radiant presence. A dedicated team of staff at the property known as the ‘W-Insiders’ created customised room décor, amenities and special welcome moments for over 100 stars from the Indian film fraternity in attendance. A well-planned logistics strategy and expertise team ensured smooth transportation and security for the IIFA contingent, with a fleet of 130 cars at their disposal and over 75 close protection security for the comfort of the celebrity guests 24 hours a day. To capture the essence of Abu Dhabi, a dozen iconic places and attractions across Yas Island and greater Abu Dhabi were carefully selected as shooting locations for the television content of IIFA, reaching a massive viewership of over 800 million worldwide in more than 97 countries on Colors TV, a part of the Viacom
The sensational Sobha Realty IIFA Rocks 2023, held on May 26th, showcased an exceptional fusion of music, fashion, and energetic entertainment on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The event, hosted by the charismatic duo Farah Khan and Rajkummar Rao, featured spectacular performances by renowned artists such as Amit Trivedi, Badshah, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhbir Singh, Palak Muchhal, and Iulia Vantur. The musical extravaganza commenced with a captivating dance performance by Palak Muchhal,
followed by Farah Khan, who graced the stage with her mesmerizing moves. Rajkummar Rao captivated the audience with his rendition of the song ;Main Hoon Na, recreating a scene from the Iconic film ;Kuch Kuch Hota Hai; and engaging in witty banter about friendship. The evening continued to enchant with enthralling performances by Sunidhi Chauhan, Badshah accompanied by Jacqueline Fernandez, Rakul Preet Singh, and Nora Fatehi. Amit Trivedi soulful voice, joined by Arun Kamat, Devendra Palse, Meghna Mishra, and Yashita Sharma, created magical moments. The energetic beats of the dhols, courtesy of Sukhbir Singh and Iulia Vantur, set the stage ablaze. And finally, the evening reached an electrifying climax with a thrilling performance by the sensational Nucleya, leaving the audience exhilarated.
The IIFA Rocks evening not only celebrated the winners in the technical categories such as cinematography, screenplay, dialogue, editing, choreography, sound design, sound mixing, background score, and special effects but also honoured the best of Indian cinema with the prestigious IIFA statuette.
One of the biggest highlights of IIFA Rocks was a special collection showcased by the beloved iconic and world-renowned Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra. The collection, a breakthrough fusion of old-world charm meets the new world, featured showstopping appearances by Salman Khan and Nora Fatehi and left the audience gasping with every outfit showcased by an array of top models. The grand finale of the event, the Nexa IIFA Awards 2023 night, commenced with a mesmerizing
monologue by global megastar Anil Kapoor, who kickstarted the magical evening alongside H.E. Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General Tourism Sector – DCT Abu Dhabi. The opening act, presented by DCT Abu Dhabi, portrayed the captivating tale of a young Emirati named Abdulla, who encounters an Indian princess named Neisha and embarks on a journey through Emirati heritage and culture with live performances and audio visuals for a spectacular start to the show. Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal, the hosts of the Nexa IIFA Awards, kept the audience entertained throughout the night. The extravagant awards ceremony featured some of the most unique and stellar
performances by Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Nora Fatehi, Rakul Preet Singh, and many more.