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Learn all about maritime traditions at this exclusive festival in Abu Dhabi

The very first Abu Dhabi Maritime Heritage Festival will ‘set sail’ from 18 - 27 March in the capital, showcasing some fascinating elements of maritime heritage. You'll find sailing, ship building, fishing, salting and pearl diving, all reflecting the environment and context of the coastal history of the capital.

The festival takes place at Al Bahar on the Corniche, and is suitable for all ages.

You'll be immersed in maritime culture through a programme that includes workshops, performances, craft demonstrations and heritage trails. Plus, stories delivered by heritage experts, who will share their deep knowledge of the crafts and skills that were part of traditional coastal life. There'll be a souq at the event, which will host a wide selection of food and beverage.

In addition to seeing the traditions and lifestyle of Abu Dhabi’s community of sailors and maritime craftspeople, the Festival will recognise the sea’s economic and cultural role, as it seeks to achieve sustainable fishing practices and conservation of marine resources.

Entry to the Maritime Heritage Festival will be AED 30 for adults and AED 15 for children aged 5 - 12. Opening hours will be 4pm to 11pm daily.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit


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