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UAE announces first ‘Mother of the Nation’ festival

The vision of Sheikha Fatima and the untiring care of mothers will be celebrated in the Mother of the Nation Festival next month.

The festival, with interactive programmes paying tribute to mothers and recognising the efforts of families to preserve Emirati culture and heritage, will stretch across the Corniche.

It will highlight the work of Sheikha Fatima, supreme chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and chairwoman of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood.

The festival is organised by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism and Culture Authority and “sends a distinct cultural message and encourages the growth of a society that uses the heritage and diversity of its values, customs and people as a strength”, said Mohamed Al Mubarak, chairman of the TCA.

“It recognises the advocacy of nurturing, educating and giving undertaken by the Mother of our Nation, Sheikha Fatima, and her crucial role in promoting global tolerance and instilling the values of cultural diversity among all members of society.”

Entertainment and education pavilions will be set up with souqs, art markets, conservation spaces and dining areas along a 1.3-kilometre stretch of the Corniche.

Five activity zones will be part of the festival, as will The Pavilion, which will reflect Sheikha Fatima’s achievements.

Each zone will be built on a specific theme to highlight the nurturing role of mothers and recognise them as the building blocks of the nation.

There will be historical archives, photos and films, many of which will be seen in public for the first time.

 

 

 

 

Courtesy: The National

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