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Set sail for an adventure at Al Yasat Festival

Make your way to Abu Dhabi to explore and appreciate the region’s sailing traditions.

Ahoy there adventure seekers. It’s time to set your sails and head to Abu Dhabi. Taking place from 15 to 19 November, Al Yasat Festival in Al Dhafra promises a whirlwind of excitement that will make your inner sailor’s heart soar.

The Al Yasat Festival offers an extraordinary blend of old and new, where traditional maritime traditions meet modern sailing prowess. It’s a celebration of the UAE’s rich cultural heritage and a tribute to the beautiful coastal cities, islands, and marine festivals that dot the country’s stunning coastline.

One of the festival’s highlights is the exhilarating marine races. Picture majestic sailing dhows and cutting-edge modern sailing regattas competing for glory on the shimmering waters of Al Sila city. 

But the fun doesn’t stop at sea. The Al Yasat Festival is also about enjoying the sun, sand, and sports. Various beach and sports races will keep you engaged throughout the event. Whether you’re into beach volleyball, sandcastle building, or simply soaking up the sun, there’s something for everyone.

At the Heritage Village, you can immerse yourself in a wide range of cultural and heritage competitions that will transport you back in time. From traditional Emirati games to folklore performances, there’s no shortage of captivating experiences. And for the shopaholics among us, the village is a treasure trove of traditional Emirati marine and desert heritage products, perfect for souvenirs or gifts.

You can also take a tour of the coasts and islands in the Al Dhafra region and explore its deep connection with the ocean and its rich history. It’s a journey that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the UAE’s maritime heritage.

The Al Yasat Festival aims to enhance the role of traditional sailing sports in society, celebrating them as an integral part of the UAE’s cultural heritage. It’s also a platform for passing down Emirati heritage and social etiquette, known as Sana’a, to future generations. 

GO: Visit https://abudhabiculture.ae for more information.

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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