The organisers of the Mother of the Nation festival are hoping it will become a tourist attraction for visitors from around the world.
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority said the festival, which opens on the Corniche on Thursday, would be the first of its kind ever staged in the country.
Mohammed Al Mubarak, chairman of the authority, said the festival aimed to “solidify Abu Dhabi’s position as a key global tourism destination”.
“This can be achieved through developing engaging events that enrich the experience of both residents and tourists alike,” he said.
The festival, organised in honour of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the widow of late Founder and President Sheikh Zayed, will run for 10 days across a 1.3km stretch of the Corniche beach.
Hundreds of vendors and exhibitors will be spread over five main areas — the Beach Dining, Souq, Art, Conservation and Activities zones.
It will include activities such as zip lines, dune bashing, interactive games and live performances.
Mr Al Mubarak said it was important to highlight the concept behind the festival.
“It is a platform for the people of the UAE to celebrate and recognise the legacy of Sheikha Fatima’s wide-reaching vision and standing in the community, and an opportunity for all to show their appreciation of her values towards diversity, tolerance and family coherence,” he said.
Courtesy: The National