The Sheikh Zayed Festival is back and better than ever, promising an unforgettable experience for everyone. This annual celebration, held in honor of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is set to take place in Al Wathba once again. If you’re new to this vibrant event, let’s get you acquainted with what you can expect.
A Family-Friendly Experience
The festival is designed with families in mind, creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors of all ages. It’s not just Abu Dhabi residents who flock to this event; tourists from across the globe come to join in the fun. Stay tuned for more information about the exciting programs and activities that will be unveiled soon.
Discover The Heritage & Culture
Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Emirati culture and heritage at the heritage village, where you can explore traditional industries and crafts. But that’s not all. This year’s festival welcomes participants from around the world, offering a glimpse into their unique cultures and heritage at dedicated pavilions and exhibitions.
What Can You Expect From The Sheikh Zayed Festival This Year?
This season of the Sheikh Zayed Festival is bursting with excitement! Discover unique events, thrilling attractions, and friendly competitions, all wrapped up in the warm embrace of Emirati heritage and culture. Allow me to give a glimpse of what you can expect to enjoy from this year’s festivities:
1. Explore The World At Global Pavilions
Embark on a global journey right in Al Wathba. Explore pavilions representing countries like China, Egypt, India, Iran, Kuwait, Levant, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Turkey, Asia, and Africa. Get a taste of diverse cultures without leaving the festival grounds.
2. The Union Parade
The Union Parade tells the story of the UAE’s people and their rich history. Be captivated by engaging performances that celebrate the noble values cherished by the people of the United Arab Emirates. It’s a tribute to unity and tradition.
3. Dazzling Emirates Fountain & Laser Shows
Prepare to be wowed! Experience the magic of the Emirates Fountain as water dances to the rhythm of laser lights and 3D holograms. It’s a mesmerizing spectacle that will leave you in awe. Don’t miss this visual treat.
4. Thrills At The House Of Fear
For the brave souls and adrenaline junkies, the House of Fear awaits. Venture into what’s been dubbed the scariest escape room in Abu Dhabi. With spine-chilling room settings and actors, it’s not for the faint of heart. The fear begins at 4 PM daily.
5. Selfie Street District
Indulge your senses at the Selfie Street District. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colors and 3D shapes. From watermelon-themed corners to abstract artworks, this spot is a visual delight. Get your cameras ready for some Insta-worthy moments.
6. Spectacular Weekly Firework Displays
Get ready for a jaw-dropping experience. Every week, the Sheikh Zayed Festival treats you to the grandest fireworks displays, painting the Al Wathba skies with vibrant colours and mesmerising formations. It’s a perfect way to end your festival visit with a bang!
Liwa Village – A Festival Within the Festival
If you thought the festival couldn’t get any better, think again. Liwa Village is making a triumphant return with six immersive zones to explore. At Souk, you can stroll through a traditional Arabian marketplace, savor rooftop views, and indulge in mouthwatering cuisine. The Main Stage hosts live music to keep you entertained.
For thrill-seekers, Carnival offers an amusement park with a variety of rides, and there are several cozy hangout spots at Oasis, Valley, and Pavilion. Keep in mind that Liwa Village is open for a limited time, from Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 31. It’s a festival within the festival, and it’s not to be missed!
Festival Details: Dates, Opening Hours, Tickets
The Sheikh Zayed Festival 2023 will run for a whopping 114 days, commencing on Friday, November 17, 2023, and concluding on Saturday, March 9, 2024. The festival welcomes visitors between 4 pm and midnight from Monday to Friday, extending its hours until 1 am during weekends and public holidays. Tickets are just AED 5 per person. Entry is free for children under 3, seniors aged 60+, and people of determination. You can get your tickets on the official Sheikh Zayed Festival website soon.
This is one winter extravaganza you won’t want to miss. Get ready 114 days of unstoppable and unparalleled fun!