28 October 2016Last updated

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The Mother of the Nation Festival is on tomorrow

10 days of cultural, artistic and interactive events will be staged in Abu Dhabi

23 Mar 2016 | 05:44 pm
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One of the UAE’s biggest national, social and cultural event of its kind, the Mother of the Nation Festival opens in the capital tomorrow (Thursday). The Festival — organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority — welcomes visitors from across the country, and runs for ten days from March 24 until April 2 from 4pm to midnight.

The ‘Mother of the Nation Festival’ sheds light on the vision and far-reaching contributions of Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. A series of displays, activities and performances throughout the festival grounds promote the importance of family coherence as well as nurturing cultural understanding within UAE society, with a special focus on mothers’ roles in promoting family cohesion and maintaining social values and traditions.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: “The festival aims to express our gratitude to all mothers, and our appreciation of their vital role in nurturing new generations; those who will carry on the responsibility of enriching the UAE’s success in preserving its sustainable, cultural and societal traditions.”

Stretching across 1.3 kilometres of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, the outdoor festival offers five distinctly themed zones: Souq, Beach Dining, Arts, Conservation, and Active, in addition to The Pavilion.

All areas of the festival were designed to provide an interactive and immersive atmosphere for all visitors — from individuals to families — as they include a collection of cheerful artistic and cultural activities.

Tickets and parking

Adults: Dh20

Children under 12: Dh10

Children aged 5 and under: Free admission


The proceeds from the festival will be donated to the organising committee’s chosen charity.


Limited parking spots are available opposite the Corniche next to the Nation Towers, and 10 shuttle buses will circulate every five minutes to transport the visitors from the East Plaza to the Nation Towers’ car park over the festival days. In addition, the buses will have a dedicated route to and from Marina Mall from festival grounds every 10 minutes.