The Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee in Abu Dhabi will hold Al Dhafra Festival for the ninth time. The festival will start on the 7th of December and run until the 30th in Madinat Zayed in the Western Region.
The event is organised under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
The Committee has expressed interest in promoting traditional Emirati handicrafts.
This year there will be a market selling traditional products a permanent fixture, in what they are calling the Permanent Heritage Traditional Market.
The market is an ideal platform to promote the pioneering projects of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to safeguard and support national identity and local culture.
Organisers said that the first phase of the project has already kicked off and includes the development of the grounds, the infrastructure and the main market itself.
The festival inspired in its form and content, by the authentic Bedouin spirit, is dedicated to the protection of environmental and historical heritage, and the reinforcement of the bond between the past and the present of the Emirati citizens.
The festival is expected to draw a large attendance as it features more than 15 outstanding competitions and rich heritage activities.
Al Dhafra Festival offers prizes with a total value of more than AED 55 million ($15 million) including 225 cars.
The main events include competitions for camel beauty, camel milking, falcons, photography, dates, sour milk and sheep beauty. There will also be a horse race, a saluki race, a market and a children’s village.
The number of laps at the Camel Mazayna Competition (Camel Beauty Contest) will reach 72 for both Asayel (locals) and Majahim (dark-skinned) camels.