International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) 2022 will take place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Started in 2000, IIFA is held in different countries every year, with fans voting online for the Indian film industry. The 22nd edition of IIFA will take place on March 18 and March 19, 2022.
Star Salman Khan will host the biggest award ceremony of Bollywood in Abu Dhabi. Global dignitaries, fans, and film enthusiasts from around the globe will attend the event.
Aside from being held in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the IIFA 2022 will also strengthen cultural ties between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Salman Khan, who would be the host of IIFA, said, “It has been a pleasure to be a part of the IIFA Family, and I have traveled to many fantastic locations but this year I am particularly excited about visiting one of my favorites, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.” According to him, “IIFA is always a memorable event and this year it is especially so since we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence and the 50th anniversary of UAE’s golden jubilee.”
Salman also added, In the last 21 years, IIFA has not only provided Indian cinema with an international platform, but has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to connect to our fans worldwide. As we unite the world through cinema and celebration on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, I am proud and excited to host the 2022 IIFA Weekend and Awards
Saood Abdulaziz, undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, said, “India has long been one of Abu Dhabi’s top inbound source markets for tourists building on strong historic ties. Hosting the IIFA Awards underlines the key strategic position the Indian market occupies for the emirate.” Additionally, he said, “In addition, we have enjoyed a great bond with India’s movie industry, which has for many years been attracted to the UAE capital by our high-quality infrastructure, so the addition of the IIFA to Abu Dhabi’s calendar of events aligns perfectly with our 5-year strategy to develop the cultural and creative industries.”