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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 an artisan Dhow builder works on a mini-dhow
Over the following days we will work on the traditional craft, using skills and tools passed down from previous generations
Children and their parents fascinated by the Beach Finds display
Here Sami shows a visitor the Ray egg case
Most visitors had never ever seen a Shark or Ray egg case before, so these "mermaids purses" were a highlight
Simple facts and info in Arabic and in English
...about Dugongs, Dolphins and Turtles living in the surrounding seas
The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi contributed a great deal to the show, including this large dispay, where their man waits in the background to explain to visitors
Next day, sunset sees visitors heading into the Marine Wildlife Show dome the Dhow builder works on the ship's mast, using traditional tools and skills
Trying out the Zorbs on the Happiness Zone lagoon. Other activities included arts and crafts, a music stage, a Jeep driving track, A Zip Wire above, and more
Meanwhile back inside the dome, Sami explains about the Ray as a visitor holds the Ray eggcase
...fascinating facts explained in an engaging always works
..and it is of interest to all ages
The baby Minke Whale gets a mention here, using the "camel racing cane" to point out details