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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

Look at that one !
..and what exactly is a "mermaids purse" ? is an empty Shark or Ray eggcase...amazing
Hey, let me see it please
Something new every day in the beach finds display. Here a cuttlefish bone joins the eggcases in the plastic bottles of water
Can I touch it?
Sami always has an audience for his info bytes, in Arabic or in English
...and remember, "knowledge is everything"
Lots of players on the Dugong gaming, and a continious loop of video footage on the plasma screen to the right
...and constant interest in the beach finds
Listening to the sound of the sea from inside the Bulls-Mouth Helmet shell
..."yes, I can hear it too" !
It looks like the children have painted his mini dhow, but he doesnt seem to mind
Artisan skills and timeless traditions like these are important, part of one's heritage and identity
Another evening as the sun sets over the Happiness Zone