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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 17 January 2019

Abu Dhabi's Mother of the Nation Festival to return in March

The annual festival on the Corniche will this year coincide with the Special Olympics World Games

Bubble frenzy at the Mother of the Nation festival 2018. Victor Besa / The National National
Bubble frenzy at the Mother of the Nation festival 2018. Victor Besa / The National National

The fourth Mother of the Nation Festival in Abu Dhabi will coincide this year with the Special Olympics World Games.

To mark the occasion, there will be a new Special Olympics World Games zone as well as Cirque du Soleil's first appearance in the capital.

This year running from March 12 to 23, the annual Mother of the Nation Festival pays tribute to the legacy of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the widow of Sheikh Zayed, chair of the General Women's Union and president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

The Special Olympics World Games will also be hosted in the emirate from March 14 to 21.

At the festival, which will also highlight the Year of Tolerance, visitors can enjoy performances, participate in workshops and engage in activities.

Abu Dhabi’s Corniche will host musical performances, art exhibits, interactive workshops, a gaming championship and a happiness zone.

Saif Ghobash, undersecretary at Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, said: “this engagement embodies the pillars of the Year of Tolerance ... and the values of the Mother of the Nation, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, namely in honouring people of determination by providing them with an inclusive environment."

Cirque Du Soleil will be putting on a show called Bazzar, where acrobats, dancers and musicians will pay homage to the group’s legacy. The show is set to run from March 6 to 16 on Yas Island.

Ticket prices for the festival are yet to be revealed, but for Bazzar they range between Dh195 and Dh1,495 and are available online.

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Updated: January 8, 2019 01:55 PM

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