Rooted in heritage, the festival will kick off on Friday, 18 November.
When it comes to education and entertainment anchored in preserving Emirati culture and heritage, Abu Dhabi is where it’s at – the capital is already home to the likes of Heritage Village, Al Qattara Arts Centre, and the Cultural Foundation. And soon accenting these offerings will be the return of the Sheikh Zayed Festival, launching under the auspices of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on 18 November at Al Wathba.
The Higher Organising Committee announced that the festival will include over 4,000 events in addition to 750 major public performances and activities across a span of 120 days filled with joy, entertainment and culture. Concluding on 18 March, 2023, the new edition is being held under the slogan, ‘UAE: Uniting Civilisations’. The committee explained that, in its current round, Sheikh Zayed Festival will continue to focus on expressing its main messages of preserving UAE national heritage, affirming the depth of the Emirati civilisation, and carrying it through to future generations, as well as boosting its role in promoting Abu Dhabi’s status as a leading touristic and cultural destination.
On the roster are shows and performances that vary from heritage conservation and education to entertainment. Folklore events, live music and traditional crafts markets are also expected. The festival will also include the Union Parade, National Day celebrations, New Year’s celebrations, as well as Global Parade, Al Wathba Custom Show, and other events that are guaranteed to be family-friendly. Since its inception, Sheikh Zayed Festival has been keen to pass on the intellectual and cultural heritage of the UAE, demonstrate the richness of its traditions, and highlight its diversity by organising a world-class cultural event capable of attracting – and educating – citizens, residents, and tourists alike.
GO: Vist www.zayedfestival.ae for more information.