The Higher Organising Committee of the Abu Dhabi First Arts and Heritage Festival held a meeting in the capital last night. The festival will be held on December 2 to mark the 34th anniversary of the UAE National Day.

By Staff Report

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Published: Tue 15 Nov 2005, 12:09 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:06 PM

Folk troupes nation-wide will take part in the three-day festival, to be held under the auspices of Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The festival will include a boat race to start from Zayed Seaport and finish at the Breakwaters.

The activities programme will also include parachute jumping on the open courtyard near the Marina Centre. Other activities entail child theatre shows and a documentary on the folk arts of the UAE. It will be attended by senior officials representing government bodies taking part in the event. The organising panel has been formed by the Abu Dhabi Folk Arts and Theatre Association.

Sabran Obaid Rashid Al Qubaisi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Folk Arts and Theatre Association, who is also Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee, lauded the directives of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to establish the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

The kind gesture of Shaikh Khalifa underlined the importance of the cultural dimension of progress and evolution of society, and of creating an awareness among people. He also praised the objectives of the authority, which are designed to look after intellectual and cultural activities, as well as preserve the cultural heritage of the emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular and the UAE in general, through mapping out a number of strategies to achieve these two goals.

He described the directives of establishing the authority as a right one and hailed the efforts of Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his sponsorship of the festival and his efforts in preserving the heritage. He also extended thanks to Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture and top ministry officials for the big response that make the festival a success.

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