WHAT: MOTHER OF THE NATION FESTIVAL 2019
WHERE: AL BAHAR, CORNICHE, ABU DHABI
WHEN: TUESDAY 12TH TO SATURDAY 23RD MARCH 2019
COST: ADMISSION PRICES ADULTS 25 AED £6.00) / CHILD 6-12 YEARS 20 AED (£5.00)/ FAMILY TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE/ SEPARATE CHARGES APPLY TO SPECIALTY EVENTS.
The mother of the nation pays a tribute to the living legacy of the original “mother of the nation” HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. A keen supporter of women’s rights in the UAE and the chairwoman of the family development foundation, general women’s union and president of the supreme council of motherhood and childhood.
The 4th edition of the festival brings over a kilometer of entertainment, live performances, activities, and workshops for all the family to enjoy. Along with a variety of culinary experiences and 40 shopping outlets over the 12 days.
The celebration this year is also in conjunction with the special Olympics world games due to take place in the middle east and north Africa for the very first time. From the 14th to the 21st of March over 7,500 athletes from 192 countries will compete to try and take home as many medals as they can.
With different zones dotted along the corniche there is plenty to see and do for everyone.
- Happiness zone – packed with fun activities and programmes created to form deeper bonds with family and friends.
- Progress zone – science, art and technology where creative and innovative are taken to the next level, the future starts here in this zone.
- Sou Q / F&B zone – shop till you drop in the array of unique retail shops and stalls, sample some of the multicultural food on offer or stay and watch one of the superstar-filled concerts on stage.
- Special Olympics Zone – this is an additional zone this year for the largest sports event in the world taking place in the UAE. Focussing on the empowerment and determination of the athletes, many with intellectual disabilities taking place in several venues across Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Another first of its kind to be held on the mother of the nation festival, and of course our favourite part will be the fireworks competition. Handpicked teams from Canada, Australia, Netherlands, and South Korea will show off their pyrotechnic abilities before an expert panel of judges and battling out to get their hands on the inaugural winner’s trophy.
Over the two action packed weekends the pyro will be launched from offshore barges at the Corniche Beach. Be amazed as the skies above will be lit for 15 minutes with a kaleidoscope of colours and breath-taking scenes as a combined total of 87,102 shells over the course of the eight displays, spanning over 360 metres. This is not one to be missed and will end your evening with a bang.