Sheikh Zayed Festival organizers reveal this year’s activities
One of the biggest cultural festivals in the UAE is back.
The annual Sheikh Zayed Festival will be held this year in Al Wathba, a 50-minute drive from Abu Dhabi Cornice, from Thursday November 18 to April 1.
Resembling a fort, the site will host international cultural pavilions, eclectic musical performances and rides.
The Year of the 50th Zone will detail the UAE’s journey over the past 50 years, starting with the aspirations of the late Sheikh Zayed, the country’s founding father.
There will also be exhibitions and neighborhood areas, with markets selling traditional Emirati crafts.
The workshops will teach local farming practices and explore the important role played by the late Sheikh Zayed in the development of farming methods.
The Emirati Civilization and Culture Zone will feature a racing festival by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. The magnificent gallery features presidential camels that have won some of the most prestigious races in the world.
There will also be an event dedicated to Emirati traditions of Saluki dog breeding and falconry.
While the heritage of the UAE is at the heart of the festival, there will be replicas of 21 traditional neighborhoods from different nations and civilizations, as well as theaters and folklore performances from around the world.
Al Forsan International Sports Resort will participate for the first time this year, offering a variety of activities for the family including karting, shooting, archery, driving and flying simulations, jumping bungee and trampoline, zip lines, remote control cars and a horse arena.
A dedicated education and entertainment area will host activities for the little ones, including a children’s circus, storytelling space and a children’s magician.
There will also be a huge amusement park for all ages.
Other highlights include classes on classic car refurbishment, special presentations on purebred Arabian horses, and performances by a military orchestra.
The festival will take place every day from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Updated: November 11, 2021, 7:29 AM