Mother of the Nation Festival

Cultural in Marina Breakwater

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For 10 days in March, cultural exhibitions sit alongside zip lines, play areas, cooking demonstrations, concerts, food trucks, arts and crafts workshops, a handicraft market, wandering musicians and artistic acts. The festival opens mid-afternoon and rolls on to midnight every night. It's best visited after dark when the temperature cools but the action heats up.

It's usually Sheikh Zayed who gets all the fanfare as the founder of the United Arab Emirates, so this festival was introduced in 2016 to pay homage to Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and her role in the creation of the country.