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The Ideas Abu Dhabi Festival is packed with inspiring talks, thought-provoking workshops, inspiring musical performances, food trucks and much more!

Festival-goers are invited to explore the challenges facing our planet and discover what some of the world's greatest minds are doing about them.


Inspiring talks
Musical performances
Workshops and activations
Food trucks

2019 Festival speakers included BAFTA Award winning filmmaker Anthony Geffen, author of Born on a Blue Day and autistic savant Daniel Tammet, and Defitech Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) Jose Millán, among many others.

Festival talks are held in partnership with the NYUAD Institute.

Dance away to performances from Emirati and international artists.

Last year’s Festival at Ideas Abu Dhabi brought together art and artificial intelligence, emojis and economics, robots and rock ‘n’ roll through an innovative mix of activations and workshops.

Ignite your taste buds at our food trucks where we have a range of delightful treats and cuisines for you to explore. Last year we had Gossip Café, Freedom Pizza, Swag Burger, Burro Blancom, Komma, and Desert Chill for the brain fuel you needed to keep up with all the talks, performances, and activities going on at Ideas Abu Dhabi!


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Win 2 Tickets

To Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen Ideas Festival, one of the most influential and high-profile public forums in the world, has brought together hundreds of speakers and thousands of attendees across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.

In order to win:

  • 2 return flights tickets

  • Accomodation

Make sure to attend the public talks at Ideas Abu Dhabi for a chance to win two tickets to the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado.


To find out more about the previous year’s Forum read the 2018 and 2017 report from LEK and McKinsey & Company.

Mckinsey Report
LEK Report

In 2017, McKinsey & Company partnered with Ideas Abu Dhabi as a Knowledge Partner to produce a report with key highlights from the inaugural Ideas Abu Dhabi Forum.


L.E.K Consulting, one of the world’s largest strategy firms, partnered with Ideas Abu Dhabi in 2018 as a Knowledge Partner to develop a report featuring key highlights from the 2018 Forum.


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