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Keeping up with culture

Offering an insight into Emirati traditions, Al Dhafra Festival is an annual highlight on the UAE capital’s cultural calendar. Set in Abu Dhabi’s remote western region, the two-week festival, running from December 9 to 24, features several events that celebrate local heritage. Visitors can look forward to camel auctions and races, the ever-popular camel beauty contest, traditional falconry displays, the dates competition, saluki shows, horse races, poetry recitals and folk music. Embodying the spirit of the desert Bedouin, the festival offers a glimpse into the essence of life in the UAE before the discovery of oil. 


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