You have seen the UAE’s sprawling deserts, towering mountains and extensive beaches, but there’s a rich tidal forest of mangroves that completes the country’s diverse geographical environment. You can explore their heritage and beauty at Umm Al Quwain’s Mangroves from the Water Festival from March 8-11 to draw.

The four-day festival at Khor Al Beidha is being held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Quwain and his wife, Her Highness Shaikha Sumaya bint Saqr Al Qassimi. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of conserving the country’s mangroves through art exhibitions, workshops by local artists, poetry readings, storytelling, dance and music performances, short film screenings, environmental lectures. There’s plenty of entertainment in store too with sporting events such as a traditional boat race, kayaking, diving, paragliding; yoga sessions; a play area for children and F&B facilities. March 11, the festival's last day is a ladies day.

Another highlight of the festival is the unveiling of the community project called We’ll Keep You Safe on March 8 - it’s an art installation made up of knitted and crocheted fabric squares to create a 45 meters structure commemorating the UAE’s 45th Year of Union. 

Enrty is free. For more details, visit: facebook.com/mangrovesfromthewater.