The Mother of the Nation Festival, regarded as one of the UAE’s largest cultural events of its kind, is to return to the capital this year between 22nd and 31st March.
The third edition of the festival, organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, is to be held on Abu Dhabi Corniche and will be open daily from 4pm until midnight. Last year’s edition of the festival attracted more than 197,000 visitors over its 10 days.
The Mother of the Nation Festival is dedicated to H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood; and is a tribute to her far-reaching inspirational values while celebrating her progressive vision and tireless contributions to society.
A series of displays, activities and performances throughout the festival will promote the importance of family coherence, with a special focus on mothers’ roles in promoting family cohesion and maintaining social values and traditions.
The festival will also utilize Miral’s new 600-metre beachfront leisure development A’l Bahar, which will be opened to the public for the first time for Mother of The Nation Festival.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “The festival not only honors Her Highness’s vision, care and values that she has instilled into our society, but will also celebrate all mothers here in the UAE and their fortitude, resilience and aspirations in raising our future generations.
“We will once again create a vibrant, welcoming and engaging atmosphere at the festival for the entire family to enjoy. Residents and tourists from all nationalities will find a wealth of entertainment on offer during the third edition of the Mother of the Nation Festival.”
Last year, the festival stretched across 1.3 kilometers of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. The outdoor festival offered five distinctly themed zones including Souq, Beach Dining, Arts, Conservation, and Active, all offering interactive cultural activities. A dazzling fireworks display brought Mother of the Nation Festival to a close, having welcomed more than 197,000 people to more than 100 live performances, an extensive array of entertaining activities that included 35 musical shows, over 50 food and beverage options at the Beach Dining Zone, and more than 70 vendors at the Souq Zone offering unique products.