Cultural events in Abu Dhabi are sure to bring an entirely new side to your holiday. Tourists are invited to join locals in celebrating ancient Arabian traditions, and help them continue to prosper well into the future.
Visiting Abu Dhabi in February gives you the opportunity to experience the H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Camel Festival. Unlike anything in the western world, this festival contains camel racing, beauty contests and a Saluki race, as well as traditional games, falconry and incredible Emirati cuisine. Visitors can also experience a traditional market, a heritage village and traditional activities, as well as being able to go horse-riding.
Also held in February is the Qasr Al Hosn Festival, a celebration of Emirati culture, history, heritage and tradition. The festival is held at Qasr Al Hosn itself and highlights the conservation process and its history through a series of activities. Exhibitions and tours take place throughout the festival, showing visitors sections of the festival that are usually closed off to the public. A host of music and art has also been commissioned to tell the story of the fort.
For those who prefer something high-octane and huge fun, celebrate UAE heritage at the Liwa International Festival. Held in January, this seven-day festival pits four-wheel drivers and bikers against each other, with exciting challenges such as drag racing, motocross, camel racing, horse racing, falconry and freestyle drifting. Camping in the Moreeb Dune is a unique and extraordinary experience, and visitors are encouraged to join in with traditional activities.