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MOTHER OF THE NATION FESTIVAL 2019

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.

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INTERNATIONAL PYROMELODIC FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2019

WHAT: INTERNATIONAL PYROMELODIC FIREWORK FESTIVAL 2019
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHEN: JULY/AUGUST 2019 (DATES TO BE DETERMINED)
WHERE: MONACO
COST: FREE

The International pyrotechnic competition in Monaco first took place in 1966 and was the first event of its kind. Initially just a pyro competition, it changed to a pyro-melodic competition in 1996 and continues in that format to this day.

Countries compete to thrill the tens of thousands of visitors who gather in the Bay to watch the fireworks explode in the Monegasque skies backed up by a powerful sound system which will ensure that everyone gets to enjoy the full impact of the shows on offer with the perfect marriage of music and pyrotechnics.

Last year the competition became the pyro-melodic event it is today and changed its name to Monaco Arten Ciel.

Café’s and restaurants surround Port Hercule, The Palace and Walls of Fort Antonio so there are plenty of places to meet and greet and many of these have uninterrupted views of the fireworks; so you can sip your champagne, whilst watching the stunning effects.

As with most things, you can do this event either on a budget or as a full spend-fest, depending on what you are looking for:

RESTAURANTS

Blue Bay – French/Mediterranean Cuisine

Quite pricey but as a very special day out, worth every penny with excellent service with taster menus or the full a-la-carte jobby to whet your appetite.

Maison des Pates Monaco – Italian/Mediterranean

This place does a huge range of fresh Italian pasta which the reviews say is second to none. You choose a portion of whichever pasta you want (usually €7 – €10) and then a choice of sauces from €1 for a delicious Bolognese sauce to a creamy salmon sauce for €4.50. Two people can each well for under €30.00.

Sexy Tacos – Mexican (vegetarian/vegan-friendly dishes available)

Reviews for this place are really good and if you want a relatively spicy authentic taste of Mexico, pared back slightly for the European market but if you want a tasty and different meal, get along there as this is ‘the one’.

Les Perles de Monte Carlo – French, seafood specialists, Mediterranean

Specialists in all thing seafood, as they are harbourside and are also wholesale suppliers to the local restaurants. It has an upbeat feel and you can even pick your own lobster.  The restaurant also supplies seafood to local restaurants in the region, so you know it is of the best quality around they even have their own oyster beds! It is not fancy but the food more than makes up for it so if you are a fish and seafood lover, this is THE place to go.

If you are staying in Monaco for a few days, you might want to take in a show – The Beach Boys are in concert over there in July and have been in the entertainment business for over 50-years and are still packing the audiences in.

We will bring you news of the companies participating in the 2019 Firework event as soon as details are available.

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COURCHEVAL INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019

WHAT: COURCHEVAL INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2019
WHY: PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION
WHEN: 14TH FEBRUARY – 7TH MARCH 2019
WHERE: COURCHEVEL, FRENCH ALPS
COST: FREE TO WATCH

This year sees the 17th Annual International Firework Festival take place in February and March of this year. There will be 8000 spectators in attendance to see the firework shows intensified by the stunning snow-covered backdrops and fabulous live music.

Courchevel is one of the prime ski resorts in the French Alpine region and boasts 600 kilometers of pistes ranging from 23 of the easy green runs for beginners to 10 black runs which are incredibly difficult and are really for experts only.

This year 4 teams will battle it out over the snow-capped mountains to lift the trophy and we wish them all the very best of luck.

Here is a snippet of the promotional video about the event:

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