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ABU DHABI, CAPITAL OF THE EMIRATES
Abu Dhabi means “Father of the gazelle”. When the first Bedouin settled on the island, there was no more than 300 palm leaf huts, named ‘Barasti’, some corals and an old castle.
Today, these humble islands are one of the most prosperous countries in the world, where luxury and elegance are connected with traditional values of hospitality and respect.
Tradition and modernity, along with the turquoise sea and the sky-blue sky, the golden sand and palm trees makes Abu Dhabi unique of its kind, a green desert with blue everywhere, from the bottom to the top !
Besides of the Sheikh Zayed festival, many other festivals rocks during the year!
Al Dhafra Festival in Abu Dhabi celebrates the essence of Bedouin life, in the heart of the Empty Quarter. At the edge of the Rub’ Al Khali (Empty Quarter) desert, surrounded by towering, sand dunes, Al Dhafra Festival demonstrates community and cultural practices that have defined Bedouin life for generations. At the heart of the festival are the mazayna or camel beauty contests that involve tens of thousands of camels from across the Arabian Peninsula. It focuses on purebred breeds from the Asayel (pedigree) and Majaheem (dark-skinned) lineages. A tapestry of Events: Hundreds of men and women from tribes across the region come to Al Dhafra Festival to exhibit and compete in events that bring alive aspects of the Bedouin lifestyle. It includes purebred Arabian horse racing, Arabian Saluki dog races, falconry and handicrafts, for example, Khoos (palm frond) weaving and Talli (embroidery). Other activities include a beauty contest for sheep, date palm and packaging competitions, as well as traditional Emirati performing arts. An ancestral home as the festival is held near Madinat Zayed, the largest town in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi. This region is the ancestral home of the Bani Yas tribe, of which the ruling Al Nahyan family are members. Thr town carries the name of the United Arab Emirates’ first president, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates, reflecting the significance of this region to the country’s history.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Fastest rollercoaster made from steel : Formula Rossa, Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.
Most environmentally friendly city : Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi embraces almost 200 natural islands along its coasts.
Abu Dhabi is both a city and an emirate, owning more than 80 percent of the area of the United Arab Emirates.
The Sheikh Zayed Festival is one of the largest heritage events in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which sheds light on multiple bright aspects of the heritage and culture of the United Arab Emirates, emphasizing the pioneering role played by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates in … Named in honour of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival is enlightening for visitors interested in the legacy of the nation’s founder. It also celebrates the United Arab Emirates’ culture and rich heritage through handicrafts crafts and traditional performing arts. A central attraction is the United Arab Emirates Heritage District, which hosts exhibitions and popular markets. The Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival also features camel races, falconry shows, competitions and fireworks The World Heritage District is another highlight, showcasing the architectural heritage, crafts, products and traditional arts of other countries.
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- A traditional tour of Abu Dhabi city includes : Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Corniche, the Heritage Village, Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi's mangroves.
- On Saadiyat Island : Manarat al Saadiyat, Louvre Museum, the Abrahamic House, Saadiyat beaches.
- On Yas Island :Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, Yas Mall, Yas Marinaand beach. Last but not the least, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
- Excursions from Abu Dhabi: Liwa Desert (and its famous Qsar Al Sarab Desert Hotel), Al Ain (Al Jahili Fort, Camel market, National Palace, National Museum, Oasis, Jebel Hafeet, archeological site ), Sir Bani Yas Island (Arabian Wildlife park), Masdar City (or the city of the future, for its ecological features)
- Sheikh Zayed Festival
- Al Dhafra Festival