Concerts, rides, shows and more at Mother of the Nation Festival

Concerts, rides, shows and more at Mother of the Nation Festival

The popular Mother of the Nation Festival returns in a bigger and better format this year with a series of entertaining shows, music concerts, live performances, exciting virtual reality experiences, thrilling rides, mouth-watering food and more in Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.

Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of the Executive Council, opened the sixth edition of a long-awaited 10-day community event, which was divided into six distinctive zones: Shopping District, Live Arena, Amusement Park, Inspire Space, Thrill Zone and Food Hub.

The opening day headliner by the popular Khaleeji music group Miami Band was completely sold out, and the tremendous demand also led to a return performance for the final night.

On Saturday, Emirati singer Aryam will open Iraqi star Aseel Hameem’s concert at the Live Arena. And Egyptian artist Mohamed Hamaki will be on stage on the penultimate day.

Check out the Inspire Space section where you can enter a world of creativity with Fun House X Anima offering an immersive light experience, Youseum is your social media museum for shareable moments and international brands like Dukes Cupboard making its regional debut with cool vintage clothes.

Be ready to be surprised by the live show at Knafeh Bakery, where there is foot-stomping dancing and music by the men who serve. Also the Mediterranean-inspired flavors of Bar Biscotti.

In the Thrill Zone there is a series of heart-pumping physical and virtual reality games. From the multiplayer interactive and cooperative game Versus to Pixel Haus, an inclusive space with billiards, arcade games and skill-based activities, there is something for all ages. Then there’s the Haunted House, which promises screams around every corner and Arcade Heist will bring family and friends together to plan a bank robbery.

Kids can have a blast at the Amusement Park, which features an interactive exhibit themed around the popular YouTube character CoComelon, with uniquely designed role-playing rooms, plus carnival rides, play spaces, disco car, skill-based games, innovative activities and tons of adventure for all ages.

Visit the Food Hub and take a culinary journey around the world without leaving Abu Dhabi. Foodies can feast on Insta-worthy desserts from a number of British brands, such as the famous ice cream from The Knot Churros, New York-style baked cheesecakes from Whipped London, and juicy old-fashioned burgers from Patty & Bun.

In the Shopping District, visitors will be treated to a diverse range of fashion, accessories and beauty products on display. Chic British bakery Peggy Porschen is nearby with their creative cupcakes and sweet treats in this zone.

The festival, organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), ends on December 18. Tickets can be purchased through the festival’s official ticketing partner:

General admission tickets provide access to all free zones and attractions (Dh30 online and Dh35 at the door). There is a separate fee for more than 26 additional rides and activities in the Amusement Park and Thrill Zone. The event will be open from 4pm to midnight on weekdays and from 4pm to 2am on weekends.

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