Social Program

For its Social Program, VLSI-SoC 2017 will feature three memorable events:

Monday, October 23, 2017, 6pm – 10pm

Abu Dhabi 5 Star Dinner Cruise


Sail along the north-western shore of Abu Dhabi, one of the most visited spots in the capital and a constant hub of activities. Get treated to a relaxing cruise along the glittering Corniche while having dinner in a five-star international buffet accompanied by a musical selection of top Arabic and English songs.

Event Includes:

Red Carpet Welcome
Fresh Towels
Arabic Dates and Coffee upon Arrival
Welcome Drink
Two hours cruising inclusive of a sumptuous international buffet
Musical selections of top  popular Arabic & English songs

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 3pm – 9pm

Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Excursion and BBQ


Experience the Abu Dhabi desert safari adventure along with a heap of Arabic cultural and traditional encounters.

Offering you plenty of opportunities to explore the Abu Dhabi desert, our evening safari is for desert lovers, adventure seekers and cultural enthusiasts. Enjoy a sand-dune bashing ride on a Land Cruiser on the golden Abu Dhabi desert and discover the unspoilt and tranquillising beauty of the desert despite its heat and harshness.

Capture some amazing shots of the magical sun fall over the sand dunes, get a traditional henna design on your hand, and witness the charming traditional Tanoura dance. End your Abu Dhabi off road desert adventure tour day enjoying a delicious traditional Arabic barbeque under the starry night sky observing the twinkling stars and constellations.

Event Includes:

Transport to and from Yas Viceroy
Dune Drive
Dune Bashing
Camel Farm
Glimpse of sun set views
Visit to a traditional, Arabian desert camp
Arabic coffee, tea, soft drinks and
Camel Riding
Henna Painting
Arabic Dress(For Picture)
Falcon(For Picture)
Sand Boarding
Stargazing, sitting on dark desert
BBQ Dinner
Tanoura Dancing

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6pm – 7pm

Guided Tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


With more than 80 marble domes on a roofline held aloft by 1000 pillars and punctuated by four 107m-high minarets, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture and design. More than 100,000 tons of pure white Greek and Macedonian marble were used in its construction. Delicate floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl, decorate a variety of marbles and contrast with the more traditional geometric ceramic details.

One of the prayer hall’s most impressive features is the world’s largest loomed carpet fashioned from Iranian cotton and New Zealand wool and flown in from Mashad, Iran, on two aeroplanes. The medallion design with elaborate arabesque motifs took 1200 craftspeople two years to complete, half of which was spent on hand-knotting the 5700 sq metres of woollen thread on a cotton base. That translates as two billion, 268 million knots!