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Authentic crafts and contemporary products to entice at Mother of the Nation Festival’s Souq Zone

March 26, 2017
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Authentic crafts and contemporary products to entice at Mother of the Nation Festival’s Souq Zone

Designed with inspiration from the old port markets of Abu Dhabi, the boutique Souq Zone is once again offering a range of traditional offerings and activities for the 2017 edition of the Mother of the Nation Festival.

Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the second edition of Mother of the Nation Festival is celebrating the progressive vision and contributions of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak in uniting traditional Emirati heritage with diverse and creative modernity.

As one of the Festival’s four main zones, the Souq Zone is set to offer visitors a unique retail experience inspired by the UAE’s long tradition of trade, commerce and cultural exchange, bridging international cultures to create a refreshed interpretation of a quintessential urban experience. Positioned at the centre of the festival grounds, this zone will provide an eclectic selection of local traditional shops as well as a wide array of well-known international brands.

The Souq Zone is uniting themes of tradition and modernity, reflecting Emirati heritage with a contemporary twist, guiding visitors through a zone inspired by both the present and future. Emirati and international vendors have displayed their handmade products in artisanal pop-up market stalls and container style shops throughout the zone in a celebration of UAE talent.

Local business owners and designers are present throughout the Souq Zone, offering visitors with an array of items, ranging from handmade crafts and beauty products to jewellery and clothing. More than 70 acclaimed vendors, including The O Jewellery, Micaroon Makeup, Soraya Hennessey and Asateer Luxury Gifts are ready to entice visitors with their products and creations, which have stood the test of time.

Visitors seeking respite from the excitement of the festival will also be able to relax in the Souq cafe, an aesthetically designed coffee bar that is offering traditional Emirati coffee among many other tempting beverage options. Families and individuals can revel in the concerts and entertainment activities present at the Souq Zone, which include Sherine, the first band of its kind in the Arab world incorporating female-only musicians playing a variety of instruments, and Inaas Percussion, an artist who has been playing the drums since the age of three. Providing another alternative experience for visitors in the Souq Zone, a Dhow Painting installation will encourage visitors to engage with their creativity as they paint a reproduction dhow.

The zone also includes a workshop on the art of jewellery design under the guidance of traditional Emirati silversmiths which will introduce visitors to methods of crafting jewellery and silverware and an opportunity to take their creations home with them, and many more activities throughout the festival.

The Mother of the Nation Festival, which opens its doors to the public today (Sunday, 26th March) will run till April 4th, offering more than 100 activities, including an extensive selection of exhibitions, performances, workshops, food and beverage offerings and exciting events designed to encourage visitors to believe in the significance of a sustainable future.

The entry price for tickets is AED 20 per adult and AED 10 for children aged 5-12, while children under five are admitted for free. Tickets are available for purchase at the gates and online through the following link: http://www.ticketmaster.ae/artist/mother-of-the-nation-festival-tickets/981941

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