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This 3D wonderland is already a hit with kids

Catch the family-friendly World of Illusions show at Nation Towers Mall in Abu Dhabi.

Nation Towers Mall has come to the rescue of parents on countless occasions and, this time around, it’s entertaining little spectators across Abu Dhabi by bringing together a mesmerising feature show of lights and 3D objects. Entitled World of Illusions, it runs daily from 8am to 10pm and will stay in place until 31 January.

World of Illusions

The exhibit includes a fascinating, dimly lit mirror room where visitors are surrounded by countless lights, planets and colourful objects, thereby creating the illusion of walking amidst endless galaxies. The mirror room was given an astonishing 3D effect thanks to the thousands of small led lights of varying sizes and hues, which create a multiverse of sorts. The interior of the room has life-size mirrors, covering the walls, ceiling and floor. The exterior of this striking mirror room has a galaxy visible through a custom graphic design that looks like a broken section of the wall to onlookers on the outside – it gives spectators the feeling of peering into a vast and bottomless universe.

The World of Illusions display also showcases a collection of intriguing 3D objects placed in multiple locations throughout the shopping destination. These include three illusion photo ops inside a custom enclosure. One of these is a living head on a table, a giant fibreglass coffee prop that seems to be tumbling down full-speed, and a mammoth 3D anamorphic art hand holding visitors as miniature puppets. Visitors are able to enjoy a video booth and make interesting five- to ten-second videos with versatile backgrounds, offering a customised UI experience. Captivating and immersive custom-designed 3D artworks are also part of this exhibit.

World of Illusions

These include a life-sized dragon, a hyper-realistic and colossal snake that seems to be shattering a wall and crossing over to the other side, and multiple other snakes on ladders that seem to be slithering from one end to the other, making visitors shudder – with excitement. Additionally, World of Illusions features several riveting optical animals for little explorers to enjoy and interact with. These include a cartoon-like rendition of a panda and a friendly robot dog. The show offers a great opportunity for families, especially those with little children, to come together and have a great time during the holidays. Bonus: entry is free

GO: Visit or call 02 333 8288 for more information.

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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