Mother of the Nation Festival returns to Abu Dhabi

Huge outdoor celebration to be bigger and better than ever

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One of Abu Dhabi’s most popular outdoor celebrations is returning bigger and better than ever.

The Mother of the Nation Festival attracted almost 200,000 visitors last year in honour of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak last year.

And it will return this year aiming to attract more people than ever with a huge range of family-friendly activities and performances.

Organised by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the festival’s third edition will kick off on Abu Dhabi Corniche from March 22 to March 31.

The festival will be held along over a kilometre of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche beach, utilising Miral’s new 600-metre beachfront leisure development A’l Bahar, which will be opened to the public for the first time for this year’s Mother of The Nation Festival.

It will bring more than 100 workshops, performances and activities across five different zones - Mother of the Nation Pavilion, Happiness Zone, Progress Zone, Beach Dining and Souq.

Highlights include a thrilling zipline to a hike across a rickety rope, a cook-off starring some of the capital’s finest chefs and an artistic promenade, with engaging installations, larger-than-life sculptures and 3D floor paintings.

The aim is to honour Sheikha Fatima’s inspirational values of ‘Empowerment’, ‘Conservation’, ‘Collaboration’ and ‘Sustainability’.

H.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department and Culture – Abu Dhabi, said, “Following the success of the last two festivals, the third edition of the Mother of The Nation has been expanded in size and scale to allow the community ample opportunity to explore the dynamic set of engaging activities, workshops and performances for visitors across the emirate to participate in.

“Inspired by the contributions of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak in building a nation defined by sustainability and innovation, the festival celebrates the empowerment and capacity for understanding granted through learning.”

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak is the third wife of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates.

She is the Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, and President of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood.

The beach front will also include an extensive selection of exhibits, performances, food and beverage offerings.

Free. Mar 22-31. A’l Bahar, Corniche.

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