The Al Dhafra festival is set to take place between 5th November and 29th January 2021 at Madinat Zayed in Al Dhafra.
The Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee in Abu Dhabi confirmed that the Al Dhafra festival will take place with all preventive and precautionary measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces., this year the Al Dhafra festival will celebrate the rich traditions and heritage of the UAE. The festival will have a wide range of games and activities; each will highlight a cultural aspect of the country.
Eisa Saif Al Mazrouei, Vice-Chairman of the organising committee, noted that at the heart of this year’s exceptional edition are the Mazayna (competition) camel beauty contests that focus on the purebred camels from the Asayel (pedigree) and Majaheem (dark-skinned) lineages and falconry contests. Visitors can also look forward to the 2,500 metre Arabian saluki race, purebred Arabian horse race, sheep beauty contest, and shooting competition.
Race tracks and competitions sites will be sanitised daily and staff, juries and participants will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend the festival. Face masks and gloves must be worn at all times by both visitors and participants.
A lot of the much-awaited events and festivals have had to be postponed or cancelled on account of the restrictions but we do have quite a few making a comeback. At a time like this, where human connection and a sense of community coordination is so important, it is wonderful news to be able to look forward to one of the city’s most traditional festivals that celebrates the spirit of the country and the people.
This is the one festival that embodies the spirit of heritage in this part of the world.