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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

The last day of the Festival, and Georgia shows a visitor the marine mammal bone from the beach finds
After 10 days of a very busy festival, everything still looks good inside the dome
Dont look now, but there is a shark just above us
Always interest and lots of questions from everyone, many tens of thousands of visitors
...and the Bulls-Mouth Helmet shell still works, you can still hear the sea
Its amazing, it will last forever !
Look at these happy faces....the happiness zone works
...and countless pictures taken
Even on the last day, new items were added to the beach finds, here are lots more cuttlefish bones and a piece of sponge collected from the beach outside the dome
Outside its evening time, with a great atmosphere in the gentle lighting
...whilst inside we were busy right till the very end of day 10 at 2400hrs, giving away most of the shells we collected from the beach outside
The dome crew, well done you guys!