What’s On

Hear from the following internationally-acclaimed speakers:

  • 16:00 - The surprising effects of persistence

    Nada Al Bedwawi

    UAE Olympic swimmer

    Nada Al Bedwawi became the first UAE female Olympic swimmer to compete at the Olympics after she received a wildcard entry to the 50m freestyle. She is also a student at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  • 16:40 - Body 3.0

    Nina Tandon

    CEO and co-founder of EpiBone

    Nina Tandon is an American biomedical engineer. She is the CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world's first company growing bones for skeletal reconstruction.

  • 17:30 - Time capsule: Reflections on Sheikh Zayed, Founding father of a young nation

    HE Zaki Nusseibeh

    Assistant Minister and Cultural Advisor, UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs

    Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh has been active in Government service and an interpreter for the Presidents of the United Arab Emirates since 1968. He is currently the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation at the Foreign Ministry and the Cultural Advisor at the UAE Presidential Court.

  • 18:10 - Regenerative Medicine: Building Tissue and Organs

    Anthony Atala

    Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University

    Dr. Atala is a leader in the field of biotechnology and tissue engineering that allows him to grow human organs for transplant.

  • 18:50 - Returning to the Moon

    Naveen Jain

    Founder and Executive Chairman, Moon Express

    Naveen Jain is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. His company Moon Express is the only company to have permission from the US government to leave Earth's orbit and land on the moon.

  • 19:30 - Rejuvenating Biotechnology: Why age may soon cease to mean ageing

    Aubrey de Grey

    Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation

    Dr. Aubrey de Grey is one of the world’s leading biomedical gerontologists who believes human beings could one day live to 1,000 years old.

  • 20:10 - Why Mars? How Mars?

    Dava Newman

    Apollo Professor of Astronautics, MIT; former Deputy Administrator, NASA

    Dr. Dava Newman is a global leader in aerospace biomedical engineering with a specialty in advanced space suit design.

  • 20:10 - Why Mars? How Mars?

    Ellen Stofan

    Honorary Professor, University College London; Former Chief Scientist, NASA

    Dr. Ellen Stofan is one of the world’s foremost space scientists and an expert in extra-terrestrial geology, particularly on Mars, Venus, and Saturn’s moon Titan.

Sit back and
enjoy the

  • 12:00 and 17:30

    Faisal Al

    Immerse yourself in the magical sound of the Oud, masterfully played by Abu Dhabi-based artist Faisal Al Saari

  • 13:30

    Dana Danjani

  • 15:00


    Be mesmerized by Sherif El Moghazy, aka Music From Steel - one of the only Arabic handpan players in the Middle East

  • 16:00

    Type Two

    Award-winning Palestinian actor and writer Dana Dajani delivers an abstract performance with Aaron Kim called Type Two Error

  • 18:00

    Miami Band

    Miami Band are a popular Kuwaiti Boy Band in the Middle East , with number one hits and albums.

  • 21:00

    Abri & Funk

    Chill out to this Dubai-based funk reggae neo-soul R&B band

  • Perform throughout the day

    We Speak In

    Relax to singer/songwriter Andrew Armstrong indie-rock/indie-folk tunes

  • Perform throughout the day

    Aman Sheriff

Ignite your
taste buds

as you stroll through NYU Abu Dhabi’s campus with food offered by:

  • Seasons

    Freshly prepared juices and smoothies, packed with nutrient-rich options such as superfoods and protein powder

  • Boon Coffee

    Boon Coffee offers premium green and roasted Arabica coffee from Ethiopia

  • Meylas

    Experience fresh Emirati cuisine

  • The Shebi

    Sample homegrown culinary delights from this UAE-born outlet

  • Intucca

    Intucca is a new word in the world of quick and healthy food, presenting a healthy alternative to conventional fast food

  • SoCal Cocina

    Authentic, fresh, gourmet food and desserts directly from Southern California

  • Shawarma

    Feast on great tasting shawarmas and alternative bites from this UAE-based brand

Explore your way

through the challenges facing our planet and discover what some of the world’s greatest minds are doing about them

  • Hyperloop

    Experience how Hyperloop One is set to revolutionize travel

  • TechShop

    Explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment

  • Cre8tiv RobotiX

    Creative Robotics provides a fun environment for students to come and develop the skills that will make them a 21st century learner

  • Holo Lens

    Experience Microsoft HoloLens, the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you

  • Age Suit

    Ever wondered what it would feel like to be old? The age simulation suit GERT offers users the opportunity to experience the impairments of older people

  • 3D Hologram

    Learn how to make a 3D hologram using a smartphone and basic household materials

  • Al Sadeem

    Experience outer space in this portable planetarium

  • Circulatory

    Design, build and test your own version of a human circulatory system and discover how the systems in your bodies work and what makes them successful