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Nature-inspired DAZ Festival returns to Al Ain this spring with family entertainment and more

Inspired by the great outdoors, the DAZ Festival (formerly known as the Dar Al Zain Festival) returns to Al Ain with a new nature-inspired theme and an action-packed programme of family-friendly entertainment and mouth-watering cuisines from around the world, taking place from 10 - 19 February at Al Jahili Park.

Held during the breezy spring season, with the historic Al Jahili Fort as a backdrop, the DAZ Festival will feature traditional fairgrounds treats and global cuisine, sway to beats by regional music stars, try classic carnival rides, explore the giant oasis art park and indulge in retail therapy.

Transformative Art Installations

Get drawn into the harmony of technology and art with the eye-catching art installation ‘Pyramid Sphere’. Making its UAE debut at the festival, the installation features repeated geometric shapes that expand to form pyramids. You can enter the sphere through a tunnel and view the outside world through windows. With no clear entrance or exit, the installation is meant to engage the you by getting you to question your built environment.

Kaleidoscopic Moments

Create memories and plenty of Instagrammable moments at the electrifying and immersive Dazzle Haus. You can navigate the wonders of nature across five rooms featuring caves, avatar-like plants, creatures and an underwater world. Each room in this space is inspired by the Earth, setting the mood and vibe of a colourful, unexpected journey.

Soulful Food

If you're a foodie, you'll love going on a local and global tasting tour of the world at the DAZ Festival. From the UK hails Saint Aymes, the original London Instagrammable café. The venue's cozy purple pop-up inspired by Al Ain wil have signature coffee drinks, their popular desserts and lip-smacking milkshakes. Also appearing at the festival will be street food concepts such as Nap Pizzeria from Dubai, Let’s Popcorn, and Boba tea brand, Tiger Sugar.

Local Shopping Experiences

The festival’s DAZ Market will be a one-stop shop for trending local and regional brands with everything from fashion, accessories, and home décor to fragrance and beauty. The market will feature special pods focusing on Emirati culture and heritage, where you'll be able to participate in cultural workshops, handmade crafts and lots more.

Family Activities

Celebrating all things in nature, the Jungle Escape Room offer an adventure for all the family. Challenge your awareness of the environment, survival skills and knowledge as you find clues that will help you escape the jungle before time runs out.

Versus, the popular collaborative virtual reality game, will give you an opportunity to dive into the ancient Egyptian underworld and apply your archery skills to win the challenge.

Fun and Play

Mimicking a forest, the Children’s Play Park will make your little ones fall in love with nature. Filled with adventure, fun, slides and swings, children can be kept entertained and active for hours in the wooden play park.

The Oasis Play Park at the festival will bring a whimsical twist to the outdoors, the park will have interactive and colourful animal sculptures that double as slides, carousels and seesaws.

You can also tap into your inner child and turn back time as you enjoy carnival rides, skill games and the DAZ Arcade throughout the 10-day festival.

Live Entertainment

Music lovers can expect non-stop grooves with regional stars and A-list artists taking the stage throughout the festival. Grab a seat with your children to watch animated Disney classics inspired by nature, such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King.

Tickets for the festival are available on and start from AED 25 online and AED 30 at the door.

Visitors can purchase the Festival Pass for AED 110, with access to all free zones and attractions in addition to all paid experiences, except for the skill games and inflatables which can be purchased separately at the festival.

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