Mother of the Nation Festival Returns to Abu Dhabi
on March 12

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s annual festival to include Special
Olympics World Games Zone and spectacular performances by Cirque du Soleil

All India, 09th January 2019: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced that the fourth edition of the Mother of the Nation Festival (MOTN) will return to the UAE capital from 12th to 23th March 2019, in conjunction with the Special Olympics World Games, which is taking place from 14 to 21 March. More than 7,500 athletes from 192 countries are set to participate in the Games, which are being held in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time.

The festival pays tribute to the living legacy of the original ‘Mother of the Nation’, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union and President of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood. It embodies her inspirational values of empowerment, conservation, collaboration and sustainability. With a spirit of camaraderie, and community spirit, the Mother of the Nation Festival is committed to providing a wide array of high-quality entertainment through performances, workshops, dining and retail offers, and activities for the entire family to enjoy over the course of 12 days.

The festival’s campaign will embody the spirit of the ‘Year of Tolerance’ through a number of activities, which will once again be held along a kilometre of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. It will offer something for everyone to enjoy, from musical and entertainment performances and art exhibits to interactive workshops, in addition to the newly introduced Special Olympics Zone. There will also be an e-sports gaming championship in the Progress Zone, while the Happiness Zone returns with an array of exhilarating activities.

HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “This year, we are delighted to host the Special Olympics World Summer Games as part of the fourth edition of the Mother of the Nation Festival. This engagement embodies the pillars of the ‘Year of Tolerance’ through the extraordinary athletes who come all from around the world to compete at these Games; it truly embodies the values of the Mother of the Nation, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, namely honouring people of determination and providing them with an inclusive environment that sheds light on their achievements and capabilities, in line with the unique values that Her Highness continuously instils in our community, such as tolerance, determination, resilience and camaraderie.

“These values are the cornerstone of the festival year after year, and are embedded in all activities on offer, aiming to encourage positive participation and community engagement with all members of our society. In addition, we are committed to developing the entertainment and artistic offering of the popular festival, in order to elevate it further.”

Another exciting new highlight of the Mother of the Nation Festival will be a captivating touring show by Cirque Du Soleil, which will make its Middle East debut by appearing in Abu Dhabi for the first time ever. Presented in collaboration with Alchemy Project, the spectacular production titled ‘Bazzar’ will be a breathtaking and colourful homage to Cirque du Soleil’s legacy, and will premiere on the 6th of March and run until 16th of March on Yas Island. The show will be an eclectic lab of infinite creativity where a joyful troupe of acrobats, dancers and musicians will craft an awe-inspiring spectacle. Lead by their maestro, they will band together to invent a whimsical one-of-a-kind universe and the colourful group will reimagine, rebuilds and reinvent vibrant scenes in an artistic, acrobatic game of order and disorder.

Mother of the Nation Festival ticket prices will be revealed soon. Tickets prices for Cirque Du Soleil – Bazzar start from AED 195 to AED 1495 and are now available online at:

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About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction, which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The organization manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programs relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. DCT – Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honor the emirate’s heritage. A key role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

For more information please contact:
Dharini Mishra
PR and Brand Executive
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Mob.:  +91 8860954324 | Tel.: +91 11 23737348 | Fax: +91 11 23350270