Mother of The Nation Festival in Abu Dhabi
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We cannot wait to visit the third edition of this festival organised by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). This festival will continue to pay tribute to the living legacy and progressive vision of her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, and President of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood.

It will take place on Abu Dhabi Corniche from the 22nd of March until the 231st of March 2018, daily from 4 pm to midnight and looks absolutely fantastic, offering a family-friendly programme of more than 100 activities, performances and workshops.

The festival will be held along over a kilometre of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche beach, utilising Miral’s new 600-metre beachfront leisure development A’l Bahar, which will be opened to the public for the first time for this year’s Mother of The Nation Festival.

The beachfront will include an extensive selection of exhibits, performances, food and beverage offerings as well as exciting events across five distinct activity zones, alongside the refreshed #MOTN Pavilion, a returning tribute to HH Sheikha Fatima’s vision and values.

Each festival zone will promote a distinct concept highlighting the journey that every individual takes in developing from a playful child to a progressive adult through familial care and motherhood.

This year, the five zones include the Mother of the Nation Pavilion, Happiness Zone, Progress Zone, Beach Dining and Souq.

A’l Bahar Abu Dhabi Corniche
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from the 22nd of March to the 31st of March, 2018

Sunday to Thursday: 4PM until 12AM
Friday & Saturday: 2PM until 12AM

Entry is AED 25 per adult, AED 15 per child. Children under 2 years old will be admitted for free.
Tickets are on sale at festival gates or online at

If you wish to know more about the Mother of The Nation Festival in Abu Dhabi, check out the website dedicated to this Festival as it offers many more informative details so that you make the most of this much-awaited event.

🌴 The Progress Zone

Interactive experiences and activations will engage visitors with innovative concepts, encouraging them to think beyond what can be accomplished now to what can be achieved in the future and the importance of sustainability to foster the environment around us. Promoting a progressive vision of continuous personal growth and urban development, the Progress Zone conveys a message of social responsibility for children and adults alike.

Experiences include:

  • ALZAD Pavilion – World of Food: Through consciously curated experiences, it explores the impact of our nutritional choices on our bodies and the environment. It is a holistic way of thinking about food, from the role of nutrition in personal well-being to our collective responsibilities that can shape a healthy and sustainable society.
  • Chef Challenges: Visitors can watch renowned Abu Dhabi chefs in action as they sizzle, stir and simmer ingredients, racing against the clock. And finally, the audience can taste the creations to choose a winner. This brings the journey of food full circle, from farm to plate.
  • Seed & Plant: Unearth the secrets of growing your own food at Seed & Plant. This spacious greenhouse welcomes families to plant seeds, paint pots, and harvest nutritious produce.
  • Wonder Walk: Wonder Walk is a natural walkway connecting different areas of the festival. This tree-lined path along the Corniche is transformed into an artistic promenade, with engaging installations, larger-than-life sculptures and 3D floor paintings. Performances by talented street musicians and live artists add to the inspiring atmosphere.

🌴 Happiness Zone

Happiness Zone invites families to wander, wonder and play in a beautiful natural space. This zone is filled with interactive and exciting activities from a thrilling zipline to a hike across a rickety rope.

🌴 #MOTN Pavilion

The commemorative Main Pavilion will embody Sheikha Fatima’s inspirational values of Empowerment, Conservation, Collaboration and Sustainability. The Pavilion is at the heart of the festival and explores the impact that Emirati women have had on the country throughout history. The showcase traces the visionary thinking of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, and how her initiatives helped shape the eminent position that UAE women enjoy in the society, economy and government today.

🌴 Souq Zone

Uniting international cultures with the quintessential urban experience, the Souq will offer visitors a unique retail experience inspired by the rich heritage and cultural exchange the UAE is now renowned for worldwide. This zone will feature dozens of local traditional and contemporary retailers, all while providing beautiful sights of artistic and creative achievement in jewellery making, pop-up culture and much more. The Souq Café will be a central space made of natural wood elements and designed as a tribute to the sea, serving a full menu of food offerings, the perfect setting for conversations with loved ones.

🌴 Beach Dining

Beach Dining Zone’s restaurants, food trucks and stalls will provide visitors with their food and beverage offerings for the duration of the festival. Visitors to these zones located throughout the festival grounds, will be met with a line-up of over 60 mouth-watering dining options and cosy seating arrangements by the beachfront, fostering a relaxing atmosphere to experience and enjoy alongside families and friends.

From thrilling activities to interactive entertainment, the festival promises an unforgettable experience, bringing together guests from different cultures and generations in the spirit of progress.


22 – 31 MARCH


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