Family values in Abu Dhabi

Deepen your understanding of the pivotal role that mothers play in society at this interactive festival in Abu Dhabi that welcomes culture seekers near and far

Whether you’re a mother yourself, are part of a tight-knit family, or simply want to find a meaningful way to engage with the local culture, the Mother of the Nation Festival, taking place in Abu Dhabi this month, provides a fantastic opportunity to broaden the mind.

This year’s event will feature a series of interactive displays, activities and performances designed to highlight the importance of family connections, with a special focus on mothers’ roles in promoting family cohesion, and maintaining social values and traditions.

Now in its third edition, the festival will be set along the emirate’s new 600-metre-long beachfront leisure development, A’l Bahah, marking the first time the attraction will be open to the public. It is dedicated to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood – and fittingly so.

“The festival not only honours Her Highness’ vision, care and values that she has instilled into our society, but will also celebrate all mothers here in the UAE and their fortitude, resilience and aspirations in raising our future generations,” explained HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, which organises the event. Its popularity speaks volumes. In 2017, more than 197,000 visitors clocked in over 10 days to enjoy the live performances, activities and musical shows, with an even higher number expected to attend this month. From admiring the art exhibits to simply taking time out to reflect on the theme, it is a must-do for all those who are interested in embracing a female perspective, and championing a community spirit.

The Mother of the Nation Festival is taking place from 22-31 March and is open daily from 4pm to midnight.

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