Dubai: From learning about the UAE’s heritage to enjoying a fun-filled time with your family, there’s a new cultural experience available to UAE residents now – the Sheikh Zayed Festival’s new season has started from November 17.
The popular festival is held in the Al Wathba area in Abu Dhabi, with several cultural and entertainment activities organised, for people of all ages.
Here is all you need to know about what to expect and how to get there.
New attractions at Sheikh Zayed Festival
Here is a list of just a few of the events and activities on offer at the festival:
Festival visitors will be able to have a unique culinary experience, while they will be able to get a bird’s eye view of the festival’s activities and attractions through the Flying Cup.
Arabian Horse Shows
There are also horse shows planned for the event, in collaboration with the Emirates Arabian Horse Association.
If you are camping enthusiast, you will also be able to have a fun outdoor experience at the camping village, which will have special lighting, as well as sports matches being relayed on screens that have been set up. The village will open from December 27, 2023.
The Children's City will feature more than 30 different workshops for children up to the age of 14, as well as 12 different events including competitions, prizes, and live performances on stage. The City includes a special section for games, art, face painting as well as VR games, e-sports, theatre, and talent competitions.
The Chinese Market is a new feature at the Festival this year, offering an opportunity to explore diverse Chinese and Asian products as you stroll down a Chinese-style street that reflects the country’s culture.
The Crazy Car arena features safe small cars suitable for children.
Fun Fair City
This is the festival’s amusement park, which will offer rides, games, and attractions, suitable for all age groups.
Go Karting Competitions
A children’s Go karting competition will also be held, where they can participate in a 5-minute competition, trying to complete the circuit without falling out.
This is the biggest escape room in Abu Dhabi, more suitable for thrill seekers.
International Shows, theatre performances and cultural pavilions
Visitors will also be able to explore the culture and products of different countries, that are participating in the event.
Military heritage music show
Visiting the Sheikh Zayed Festival will also give you the chance to learn more about the UAE's military history and accomplishments by following the special performances of the military band that will roam the Festival's pavilions daily, playing heritage music.
Wildlife Secrets Sanctuary
The festival also has a lot to offer for Nature lovers, with a dedicated sanctuary that allows them to learn about rare and endangered animals. You will be able to see and interact with rare species of animals and birds.
Multiple food options
There are also several food and beverage options for visitors – from traditional UAE food items to street food, and international cuisine.
Drone shows, weekly fireworks display
There are also elaborate drone shows at the festival, as well as fireworks display every Saturday at 10pm.
How to get there
If you are driving to the festival, the easiest way to reach the festival is to take the Sheikh Zayed Road E11 and then take the exit for Al Ain Road/E22. Merge on to the Al Wathba Road and then on to Lane 2121. At the roundabout, take a left towards Lane 2124, which will lead you to the festival entrance.
How long is the festival going to be on for?
The festival starts now and will continue until March. These are the exact dates of the Sheikh Zayed Festival:
From November 17, 2023 to March 9, 2024.
4pm to 12am on weekdays
4pm to 1am on weekends and public holidays
Dh10 per person
People of Determination, children under three years of age and seniors (60+ years old) are exempt from fees.