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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

Its those "mermaids purses" again, endlessly fascinating !
Visitors taking lots of pictures and videos, its such a uniquely different perspective inside the underwater world of the dome
"knowledge is everything" and we give it away free
Simple facts...........and important messages
English on one side and Arabic on the other.....
..the pictures speak for themselves
Raising issues such as NOT leaving trash behind or burning it on the beach
Its part of the process of developing a new consciousness and respect for the Environment
All these info boards were provided by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD)
...with the EAD contact phone number for reporting any issues
EAD also provided a large display with info on one of their conservation projects
...and EAD provided the two very popular gaming screens, to illustrate the dangers faced by Dugongs and by Turtles
Khalifa gives out seashells collected from the beach outside the dome, and it illustrates how simple common things are just as precious as expensive rare items
This picture says it all..We only have one planet. "Knowledge is everything", and giving knowledge away brings happiness
Meanwhile, outside in the gentle evening light, the artisan continues his work, using a simple effective centuries-old method of drilling a hole