The Sheikh Zayed Festival in Abu Dhabi.


Sheikh Zayed Festival in Abu Dhabi: fireworks, 10 hotspots to visit

The Sheikh Zayed Festival is ongoing in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba area, with mesmerising fireworks and a wide range of activities for visitors.

The 114-day-long festival, which began on November 17, promises to delight crowds, bringing together culture, heritage, and entertainment until March 9.

The festival is named after the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and has become one of the largest cultural events globally.

The festival will provide residents and tourists with an opportunity to experience the rich Emirati heritage, savour the most delicious food, and create unforgettable moments of joy and entertainment.

It is open from 4pm to 12am on weekdays, and from 4pm toThe festival timings are from 4pm to midnight, and from 4pm to 1am during weekends and holidays. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss:


Visitors can enjoy fireworks display every Saturday at 10pm.

Flora and Fauna Reserve

The festival introduces a first-of-its-kind ‘Flora and Fauna Reserve’ with unique and rare animals and birds on display.

House of Horror

Visitors can get ready to be spooked at the revamped House of Horror that promises to be scarier than ever.

Heritage Village

They can find out more about the richness of Emirati heritage and enjoy the arts, crafts, and products in the Heritage Village, which includes a complete complex of the four different environments – the marine, the land, the mountain, and the agriculture – of ancient Emirati society. There will be special festivities to mark the National Day celebrations, including folk art shows, military musical performances, firework and drone display.

Fun City

Families, especially children will love to enjoy the thrilling rides and activities at Fun City.

Union Parade

Visitors will enjoy the Union Parade, the biggest custom car show challenge.

4 other hotspots

Don’t miss Emirates Fountain, the Glow Flower Garden, the Flying Restaurant, and the Children’s Village for entertaining shows and activities.

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