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2017 Roadshows - Mother of the Nation Festival in Abu Dhabi

This annual festival is huge, spread along 1Km of Abu Dhabi Corniche alongside the beach, featuring different zones and hundreds of activities and attractions. Over the 10 days of the festival, between March 26 - April 4 2017, almost 200,000 visitors came from across the UAE and elsewhere in the region, to be amazed and entertained, and many visited on several days so they could see it all.  The Marine Wildlife Show was proud to be part of The Happiness Zone, inside an airconditioned 10m diameter Dome, where we created an underwater world. The Happiness Zone was designed and created by Ruth Burrows and Jo Fleming, and production was by the team from HQ World Shows. Enjoy the photoalbum. on individual pictures to enlarge them. Also please see the links below for more insight into UAE's Marine Wildlife

For more information on Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, and to see some of their publications and projects, see

For more information on the marine wildlife of the UAE, see

For more specific information on Turtles in UAE, and on other marine species, see

For information on Bu Tinah Island, a wildlife sanctuary      see

For a great video on the Dugongs of Abu Dhabi, from the Save our Seas Foundation  see

Sea Shells collected from the beach outside
...alongside the shells, other less welcome items, beach rubbish as found on the same beaches
Encouraging the recycling of plastic bottles rather than chucking them away, with a nearly full recycling bin alongside
...and the simple message "take only memories, leave nothing but footprints"
Whats this ? A ray hiding in the sand, with a menacing shadow cast over it
Its a Hammerhead Shark, top Ray predator !
Other beach finds from different places, including animal bones, interesting seashells, driftwood, and more
Up above, in the blue haze, life-size models of marine wildlife, including Hawksbill Turtle, young Dugong, and Spinner Dolphin, all seen in the local seas
A young Sperm Whale
...and a Bottlenose Dolphin, all seen in The Gulf and The Arabian Sea
...a Striped Dolphin
Baby Minke Whale and Reef Shark swimming in close company with the Hawksbill Turtle
The young Dugong looking very approachable
Lots of info boards describing species lifestyles
On the plasma screen there was great footage from local marine conservation projects managed by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi