The full programme has been revealed for one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular family-friendly festivals, and it looks like it’s going to be a blast.
Taking place from March 12 to 23, the Mother of the Nation Festival 2019 will feature 120 live performances, loads of activities, light displays, fireworks, delicious food and much more.
Held at A’l Bahar on Abu Dhabi Corniche, it’s got all the key makings of the perfect day out.
After all, what could be better than watching amazing entertainment while eating tasty delicacies in the sunshine?
Designed to celebrate the living legacy of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the fourth edition of the festival is running alongside the Year of Tolerance initiative and it will be split into four different zones.
The Happiness Zone is full of child-friendly activities. Or, if like us, you’re yet to master the art of proper ‘adulting’, there’s loads of games suitable for adults too. After all, it’s not right that kids get to have all the fun is it?
This area includes an adventure playground (complete with zip line), the world’s biggest inflatable park, zorbing (rolling around in giant inflatable balls), a mini trampoline station and much more.
Of course, no festival would be complete without food trucks, and you’ll find more than 50 different vendors serving cuisines from around the world in the Souq, Food and Beverage Zone.
There’s also forty different retail stores to browse, and while you’re munching through your tasty treats they’ll be storytellers, musicians, circus acts, puppeteers, magicians and many other talented acts to keep you entertained.
Meanwhile, if you start to feel like you’ve gone at bit too over the top at the food stalls, you can take part in a series of group exercise classes such as Zumba and yoga.
The musical line-up for the main stage is yet to be revealed, but we know it will feature an international DJ and over 50 bands, singers and music producers. A thrilling laser and light show will also be lighting up the sky throughout the event.
The Progress Zone is focused around creativity and innovation, with an esports workshop, interactive experiences, laser games, temporary skin art and a mini Spartan challenge all available.
The Special Olympics zone is of course dedicated to the Special Olympics World Games, and the beach volleyball tournament will take place here from March 12 to 20.
Finally, the festival will host the UAE’s first-ever fireworks competition, as teams from South Korea, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada showcase their pyrotechnics abilities before an expert panel of judges.
In addition to all the action on the Corniche, the performance group Cirque du Soleil will be treating the capital to their spectacular show Bazzar. Taking place in a Big Top tent on Yas Island from March 6 to 16, the show is presented by Alchemy Project in association with Mother of the Nation festival. Tickets start from Dhs195 and are available from tixbox.com.
The Mother of the Nation festival site at A’l Bahar is open between 4pm and midnight from Sunday to Wednesday, and 2pm and midnight, Thursday to Saturday.
Day tickets are Dhs25 for adults and Dhs20 for kids between six and 12 years old. Festival family passes are also available for Dhs290, and this includes two adults and two children and two fast track passes. They can be bought here.
Entry is free for those aged 60 and above, kids under six years old, people of determination and anyone with Cirque du Soleil tickets.
Dhs25 (adults), Dhs20 (kids aged six to 12). Mar 12-23 4pm-midnight (Sun-Wed), 2pm-midnight (Thu-Sat). A’l Bahar, Abu Dhabi Corniche, www.800tickets.com.