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A national celebration

From live musical performances to art exhibitions, there’s plenty to keep you entertained at the Mother of the Nation Festival taking place in Abu Dhabi from March 12 to 23

One of the many highlights on Abu Dhabi’s packed calendar of social events, the Mother of the Nation Festival promises a wealth of entertainment with 12 days of interactive workshops, live music and a host of performances.

Taking place along a one-kilometre stretch of Abu Dhabi Corniche, the fourth edition of the festival will run from March 12 to 23. This year’s edition coincides with the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, which will see more than 7,500 athletes from 192 countries descend on the UAE capital. Paying tribute to the living legacy of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chair of the General Women’s Union and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, visitors to the festival will discover art exhibitions, be able to participate in workshops and engage in a host of activities.

Like in previous years, there will be musical performances on the main stage and plenty of food trucks serving up an array of tantalising dishes. The Happiness Zone is also returning and will feature a host of family-friendly activities ranging from obstacle courses to art classes. Similarly, the Progress Zone is sure to be a hit with younger audiences, thanks to the introduction of an e-sports gaming championship that will run throughout the festival. Also new this year is the Special Olympics zone, where visitors can learn more about the Games and the athletes that will be competing. Another major highlight of the Mother of the Nation Festival will be a series of performances by touring company Cirque du Soleil.

Appearing in the capital for the first time ever, the spectacular production titled Bazzar will take place under an iconic big top on Yas Island. A breathtaking homage to Cirque du Soleil’s legacy, the show features a troupe of acrobats, dancers and musicians in what is sure to be an awe-inspiring spectacle. Running from March 6 to 16, it is the famed company’s 43rd original production. In addition to these exciting performances, the festival will highlight the empowering role of Emirati women in society. Achieved through the festival’s prominent Mother of the Nation Pavilion, it is here that visitors can explore the impact of Sheikha Fatima and other pioneering women from the UAE. 

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