Abu Dhabi: What To Expect At The Al Dhafra Water Festival Happening This Week

Get ready for a wave of excitement as the Al Dhafra Water Festival 2024 makes a splash at Al Mughira Beach this weekend. In its 15th edition and second year in Abu Dhabi, this festival promises an ocean of fun for visitors of all ages. From maritime races to live concerts, camping, and more, there’s something for everyone. Here are all the details you need to know before you head down there.

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Setting Sail: Races Galore

The festival will be happening in Abu Dhabi until Sunday, February 25. As the name suggests, it’s all about celebrating maritime culture with a lineup of thrilling races and competitions that will keep you on the edge of your beach towel. here’s a glimpse of some of the few things you can expect to enjoy:

A Maritime Showdown: Brace yourself for the Marawah Dhow Sailing Race (43 feet), a Tafrees (pole boat) traditional race, the Al Mughira traditional rowing race, kitesurfing, paddleboarding, the Al Dhafra Regatta, Salaha sailing race, and Jananah Dhow Sailing Race (22 feet). Plus, engage in friendly competitions in carrom, dominoes, cycling, running, beach soccer, and beach volleyball.

Games Galore: Immerse yourself in traditional games like karrabi, dahroy, shaa, and mutareh, bringing a touch of heritage to the shores.

Children’s Village: This festival is not just for adults – there’s a Children’s Village where the little ones can partake in recreational and educational activities.

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More Than Just Races

The festivities extend beyond the races, with a daily schedule from 4 pm to 10 pm. Stroll through the traditional market, showcasing local and Gulf heritage products alongside traditional handicrafts. Don’t miss out on folk fashion shows, cooking competitions, live concerts, and captivating performances by the Abu Dhabi Folklore troupe. Equestrian shows add an extra layer of excitement to the mix.

Fueling The Fun: Food & Camping

All the excitement is sure to work up an appetite. Fear not, as food trucks and fast-food outlets are on hand to satisfy your cravings. And for those ready to take the plunge and camp under the starlit Abu Dhabi sky, RVs offer a cosy retreat to enjoy the last of the cool days in the city.

Mark Your Calendar

Whether you’re a water sports enthusiast, a foodie, or a family looking for a weekend getaway, mark your calendar for the Al Dhafra Water Festival happening until February 25 at Al Mughira Beach. It’s a celebration of culture, competition, and community by the sea. Don’t miss the tide of excitement! Check out their website to know more.

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