Emirates news agency – Al Sila marine festival to start on December 9



Al DHAFRA, December 5, 2021 (WAM) – Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the sovereign in the Al Dhafra region, the Al Sila marine festival will take place from 9 to 11 December on Al Sila beach. ‘City, in Al Dhafra region, Abu Dhabi.

Coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, over AED 3 million will be awarded in cash prizes at the Al Sila Marine Festival, which will be hosted by the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club (ADMSC) and the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi.

Major General Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee, said: “The Al Sila Marine Festival is an addition valuable to the list of traditional festivals of the sea. which reflect the interest of the wise rulers of the United Arab Emirates for the preservation of heritage and national identity. “

“Such festivals help to carry the UAE’s message of shared humanity to the whole world and to pass on our heritage to future generations. They are part of the UAE’s strategic vision to promote and preserve our national identity and to launch initiatives that will maintain the values ​​of the The value of cultural heritage is not only in the cultural manifestation, but in the wealth of experience and skills handed down from generation to generation, ”said Al Mazrouei.

He appreciated the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to support all initiatives that preserve cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates. He also praised the constant monitoring by His Majesty Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed of the various heritage festivals organized in the emirate as a continuation of the noble efforts made by the late Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to raise public awareness of the quintessential Emirati. values ​​and cultural heritage.

He also praised the efforts of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club and its valuable contribution to maritime activities and competitions which help promote interest and awareness in water sports among festival visitors and heritage enthusiasts.

“These activities and initiatives contribute significantly to the preservation of the heritage of the United Arab Emirates and its transmission to future generations. In the meantime, they help to promote our islands and coastal areas, to promote marine and heritage sports, and ultimately to stimulate tourism development and stimulate economic growth in Al Dhafra region, “he added.

For his part, Ahmed Thani Murshid Al Rumaithi, vice president and general manager of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, thanked the wise leaders of the United Arab Emirates for their “constant support to sports and athletes in general and water sports in particular, including both time- honored and modern sport. “

“The Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club diligently seeks to strengthen engagement with lovers of maritime heritage through an impressive range of large-scale events that help to extend the footprint of the practice of marine sports as well as to instilling the love of the UAE’s maritime traditions into the hearts of young people, ”Al Rumaithi added.

“The organization of the Al Sila Marine Festival with a traditional 43-foot dhow race corroborates the sport’s cherished status in the hearts of all in this region, where people are well known for their special affinity with heritage. authentic Emirati.

“This partnership with the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee of the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture and Tourism ensures that greater successes will be achieved in the coming period as a continuation of the successful events co-organized previously by the Club and the Committee, ”he noted.

Al Rumaithi expressed his full confidence in the commitment of all event participants to the sanitary and technical protocols in place, citing the public’s respect for the Covid-19 countermeasures demonstrated during the heritage events that had been organized since. the relaxation of pandemic restrictions in the recent period. He wished success to all participants in the event.

“We hope that the Al Sila Marine Festival will achieve the intended objectives by increasing the number of sailors and broadening the base of water sports practitioners in general and heritage enthusiasts in particular,” he added.

Essa Saif Al Mazrouei, vice chairman of the Cultural and Heritage Festivals Management Committee, said that marine heritage festivals have attracted increased interest among water sports enthusiasts and the general public in the last period. He underlined the Committee’s constant efforts to continue to promote heritage festivals and draw attention to the maritime traditions and culture of the country.

“Al Sila ‘Marine Festival features the 43ft dhows race, and caters to the diverse edutainment and shopping needs of visitors through an impressive range of exciting competitions, including fly fishing, Carrom, dominoes, cycling race, beach volleyball & football and traditional craft competitions.The festival also includes the Children’s Village, where there will be many theater performances, Bedouin art, cooking and dance workshops, as well as Al Mekshat tents and a food court, ”Al Mazroui explained.

He underlined the concern of the Festival Organizing Committee to ensure compliance with all Covid precautionary and prevention measures as part of the efforts to recover from the pandemic and restore normality.

Majid Ateeq Al Muhairi, chairman of the festival’s 43ft Dhow Race Organizing Committee, said: “We are truly delighted to be hosting the festival and the race in an area dear to every Emirati. We believe that the festival and the race ensure meaningful community participation and participation. “

He added that the partnership with the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee in Abu Dhabi always yields optimum results, as evidenced by the successes achieved previously, especially during the Dalma Traditional Sailing Festival and the Al Marine Festival. Dhafra.

“In the meantime, there will be no room for complacency in the implementation of COVID-19 countermeasures. Safety is top of the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club’s priorities,” Al Muhairi said. He stressed the need to meet specifications and selection criteria for bearings, which he stressed will be carefully considered before the start of the race.

“The past period has seen an increased involvement on the part of lovers and enthusiasts of marine heritage in the races and events organized by the Club. This demonstrates the rigorous work done by the Club to strengthen public engagement with heritage events and promote our traditions and heritage among our youth.

The Al Sila Marine Festival aims to preserve the diversity of marine and land ecosystems that the UAE boasts, shed light on Emirati heritage and art, and pass it on to future generations. It also aims to promote the cities and coastal islands of the Emirates, encourage engagement in marine and heritage sports, and stimulate tourism and economic development in the Al Dhafra region.



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