Abu Dhabi has gone truly international. They are having a Japanese Sakura (cherry blossom) festival that has been going on since late April. I've seen a few signs for it, but haven't heard much about it and can't seem to find much information about it on the web. The posters seem to portray Japan as accurately as American TV and movies (that is, not very accurately) and the sign with the word "sakura" on it is written in various Japanese characters in a manner that makes it almost impossible to read for those familiar with Japanese writing.
There isn't much chance of a report as I haven't attended and don't really have a strong desire to. From what I've heard from others who have attended, it seems like not a lot of other people living in Abu Dhabi do either.