ABU DHABI, The Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, a major cultural attraction in the capital’s calendar of events, will begin on 1st December, 2017, in Al Wathba district in Abu Dhabi.
The Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival is named in honour of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in recognition of his pivotal role in preserving the nation’s proud history as a gateway to the future.
The festival embodies the values of tolerance and love adopted by the UAE through the convergence of many of the world’s civilisations and cultures on the land of the country, based upon the approach of Sheikh Zayed in preserving the UAE and its world heritage.
The festival celebrates the UAE’s cultural inheritance, showcasing the rich diversity of its traditions and providing an educational platform for enlightenment.
The festival, which runs until 27th January, 2018, is being held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the direct supervision of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Coinciding with the dawn of the “Year of Zayed,” this edition brings to life the local and global legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed. Visitors can embark on a cultural voyage blending the UAE and world heritage in an immersive, interactive collection of performances, pavilions and events.
The Organising Committee of the Festival said the highlight of the event will be a massive Union parade of tribes on 3rd December to mark the 46th National Day.
It also said that this year’s edition will attract 30 Gulf, Arab and foreign countries, feature 20 interactive exhibitions, 24 heritage neighbourhoods and 40 restaurants for local and international food, in addition to 500 retail shops for handicrafts from across the world.
Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Festival, noted, “The kind patronage of the leadership of the festival underscores its special care and pride of the rich local heritage.
The festival carries a dear name to our hearts and will be organised this year with the launch of the “Year of Zayed 2018.”
The event reflects the UAE’s interest in its heritage and that of other cultures. It is a platform for promoting the culture of respecting and celebrating other cultures, peace and tolerance.”
Source: Emirates News Agency