The Al Yasat Festival, organized by the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club in cooperation with Emirates Heritage Club, will take place from 15-19 November 2023 on the beach of Al Sila city in Al Dhafra Region, Abu Dhabi. The festival will feature various traditional and modern marine races, beach and sports races, as well as heritage events and competitions in the festival’s Heritage Village.
Aims and Objectives
The festival aims to enhance the role of traditional sailing sports within society, promoting them as a component of UAE’s cultural heritage. It also aims to promote UAE coastal cities, islands, and marine festivals while fostering engagement in both traditional and contemporary marine sports. The event seeks to highlight and pass down Emirati heritage and social etiquette, known as Sana’a, to future generations and consolidate Al Dhafra Region as a destination for culture, heritage, tourism, and sports.
The Heritage Village
The festival’s Heritage Village will be the venue for a wide range of cultural and heritage competitions, along with engaging events suitable for various age groups. It will also comprise diverse shops that showcase traditional Emirati marine and desert heritage products. The village will bring to life aspects of traditional coastal living, providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the ocean’s depths and embark on a tour of the coasts and islands in Al Dhafra Region.