The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the launch of the first maritime heritage festival in the emirate's history. The event covers the diversity of elements of the maritime heritage of the region: the traditions of navigation, shipbuilding, fishing and pearling, which were formed due to the geographical features of the location of the UAE capital on the Persian Gulf. The festival takes place from 18 to 27 March at Al Bahar Beach in Abu Dhabi's Corniche.
The program of the event gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the seaside culture of the capital and includes thematic performances, performances, master classes and excursions dedicated to the crafts and customs of the emirate. Guests of the festival will also be able to visit the traditional Arab bazaar with a wide selection of dishes and drinks.
The purpose of the festival is to emphasize the ever relevant, important economic and cultural role of the proximity of the sea in the history of the country. The organizers of the event expressed their desire to further develop partnerships in this area and promote sustainable fishing practices and marine conservation.
The Marine Heritage Festival was organized by DCT Abu Dhabi in close collaboration with a number of key local partners, including including Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi Police Department, Social Security Administration (Ma'an), Environmental Protection Agency, Emirates Heritage Club, Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Maritime, Abu Dhabi Marine, etc.