The remarkable success of the Shaikh Zayed Heritage Festival prompted the organising committee to extend the festival until January 21.
Over one million people have visited the festival in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba area since its opening on December 1, which was originally planned to end on January 1, making it one of the most successful festivals in the capital.
The festival’s impressive grounds greet visitors with a wide array of activities from the UAE and around the world, including live performances, falconry, traditional crafts, live demonstrations, children’s shows and even a funfair, which has been a massive hit with the children.
There are 18 countries included in the festival, which are represented as districts, each carefully designed to represent that country’s architectural heritage including the UAE, Afghanistan, Russia, Morocco, Serbia, China, India, Oman, Kazakhstan and Kuwait.
The organisers have also included traditional performances from 12 new countries which were not included in the festival’s original programme for the extended period, including performances from Cuba, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Spain, Africa and the US.
The festival also offers visitors a spectacular water fountain show and fireworks.