Abu Dhabi extends Liwa heritage festival
The International Arabian Heritage Festival in the Liwa Desert has been extended after receiving numerous requests from the local community. While the popular attraction was due to close on 31 December, visitors can now visit during the first week of 2023.
So, the festival’s doors will be open until January 6. This year’s festival features the Liwa Village Quarter, divided into six themed zones. The Souq zone has a night market where you can buy spices and ouds.
Traditional crafts such as henna painting, basket weaving and local cooking are also available here. Guest restaurants Antika and Zuma have prepared a multi-sensory Gaze dinner for visitors.
The festival grounds are equipped with a pavilion with arcade machines and arcade games. Guests can try their hand at jewellery design and terracotta pot painting, and sign up for a tea tour. On December 31, Arab stars Khaled Al Mulla, Khalid Abdulrahman and Ali bin Mohammed will take to the festival’s main stage.
It is worth recalling that the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival at Al Wathba Desert in Abu Dhabi runs until March 18, 2023. The festival, now in its fourth year, offers guests a drone and laser lantern show as well as fountain dancing, as well as traditional cuisine and crafts.
There are 25 country pavilions taking part in the festival. This year’s Sheikh Zayed Festival is being held under the slogan Hayakum, which means ‘welcome’ in Arabic. The aim is to promote local customs and demonstrate the rich heritage of the UAE.
A children’s quarter was built for families, and 400,000 flowers were brought from the Netherlands to beautify the grounds. New this year is an art quarter, where visitors can take part in acrylic casting workshops. The Emirati civilisation pavilions showcase Sheikh Zayed’s role in building the nation.
Source: The National
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