Abu Dhabi / Emirates Business
Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the second edition of Mother of the Nation Festival is set to kick off on Abu Dhabi Corniche from March 26 to April 4, offering a diverse range of experiences through more than 100 activities, performances, and workshops.
The festival which attracted more than 133,000 visitors in its inaugural edition last year will once again pay tribute to the values and extensive contributions of HH 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. This yearâ€™s edition will further highlight qualities of wisdom and giving among others through the many attractions and activity zones on offer for the duration of the festival. HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “The celebratory return of the Mother of the Nation Festival this year underscores the tremendous role played by the vision and accomplishments of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, in imparting values of responsibility and courage as well as advocating a progressive global perspective throughout the UAE.”
“The festival will uphold a powerful message of personal growth and communal collaboration, encouraging visitors to recognise the importance a sustainable future by providing educational, informative and entertaining environment through which future generations may learn, grow and strengthen,â€ HE Al Mubarak added.
Mother of The Nation Festival will be held along more than one kilometre of Abu Dhabiâ€™s breath-taking Corniche beach, including an extensive selection of exhibitions, performances, installations, food and beverage offerings and exciting events across four diverse activity zones. These zones are designed as ideal platforms to present a vibrant array of entertaining and educational activities, offering an interactive and inspirational environment for visitors of all ages. The festival will also present Mother of The Nation Pavilion, a returning tribute to HH Sheikha Fatimaâ€™s vision and values in a new curatorial narrative.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi, said, â€œThis festival is a platform that allows us to share stories and support our endeavours in positioning Abu Dhabi as a distinct destination. The festival is a place of cultural exchange and openness, derived from the very same principles that define us.â€
â€œBuilding on last yearâ€™s success, Mother of the Nation Festival returns with a unique perspective, giving residents and visitors alike the chance to enjoy multiple experiences in a distinct environment, while offering local and small businesses the support to promote and establish their presence, with the aim to create a sustainable ecosystem surrounded by our values and vision for the future.â€
â€œThis festival is a platform that allows us to share stories and support our endeavours in positioning Abu Dhabi as a distinct destination. Mother of The Nation festival is a place of cultural exchange and openness, derived from the very same principles that define us.â€ HE added.
Each festival zone will promote a distinct concept highlighting the journey every individual takes in developing from a playful child to a progressive adult through familial care and motherhood. The Happiness Zone, offers young visitors the chance to experience a series of engaging activities, while progressive concepts for sustainability and conservation will be showcased through a number of interactive instalments in the Progress Zone.
The Souq Zone returns once more to unite traditional Emirati heritage with creative modernity through a selection of retail shops located throughout the festival, and Mother of The Nation Pavilion returns to represent a space for reflection and wonder for the contributions of HH Sheikha Fatima to the nation. Another returning zone at the festival is the Beach Dining Zone, which will provide an indulgent infusion of local and international cuisines across different areas of the festival for all to enjoy.
The Mother of the Nation Festival will also feature a number of entertaining artistic shows and performances inspired by the diverse cultures found throughout UAE, reflecting the nationâ€™s embrace of international perspectives that further enrich the community.