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Sheikh Zayed Festival 2023 which commenced on 18 November 2022, brings thrilling experiences and unforgettable moments with its varied range of events and activities. This season, Sheikh Zayed Festival has the slogan “UAE: Uniting Civilizations”, which is reflected by the involvement of numerous different cultures from around the world.

What is Sheikh Zayed Festival?

Sheikh Zayed Festival is a seasonal festival held with the support of the President of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The event aims to be a platform for social and cultural exchange. 

What to expect at Sheikh Zayed Festival 2023?

This season of the Sheikh Zayed Festival features exciting and unique events, amusing attractions, and plenty of competitions. Visitors will also be able to enjoy Emirati heritage and culture, as well as other festive events like National Day celebrations and New Year’s celebrations.

There are also global pavilions on site, including China, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen, Egypt, India, Turkey, and Morocco.

Union Parade

The Union Parade features performances that reflect the history of the people of the United Arab Emirates. The engaging performances also showcase people’s appreciation of the UAE’s noble values.

Emirates Fountain & Laser shows

Visitors can have a fantastic opportunity to witness Emirates Fountain view accompanied by dancing water shows, augmented by laser and 3D hologram shows. It is said that the show is the first of its kind in the UAE. 

House of Fear

Visitors who love horror and everything adrenaline-pumping should come to what’s been called the scariest escape room in Abu Dhabi. The setting of the rooms and the actors are enough to frighten everyone who enters it. The arena is open at 4 PM every day.

Selfie Street District

Astonishing combinations of colors and 3D shapes are the highlights of this spot. From the watermelon-themed corner, visualized paintings, to abstract sketches are available here.

Sheikh Zayed Festival 2023 date

The Sheikh Zayed Festival is currently open for all. The event will last four months and close on 18 March 2023.

The festival is open daily, from 4 PM until 12 AM.

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Sheikh Zayed Festival 2022 tickets

Each visitor will be charged AED 5 (USD 1.36) for an entrance fee. However, people of determination, children below the age of 3 years and seniors above the age of 60 are exempt from entrance fees.

You can simply visit the official website of the Sheikh Zayed Festival to secure your ticket.

Sheikh Zayed Festival 2023 location

The event will be held at Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi.

Visitors can use regular bus transportation to reach the festival ground from the following locations or vice versa (available every 30 minutes):

From Abu Dhabi to SZF

Monday to Thursday:

  • Abu Dhabi main bus station: 3 PM – 10 PM
  • Cooperative association: 3:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Baniyas court: 3:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Sheikh Zayed Festival: 4 PM – 11 PM

Friday to Sunday:

  • Abu Dhabi main bus station: 3 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Cooperative association: 3:30 PM – 10 PM
  • Baniyas court: 3:30 PM – 10 PM
  • Sheikh Zayed Festival: 4 PM – 10:30 PM

From SZF to Abu Dhabi

Monday to Thursday:

  • Sheikh Zayed Festival: 4:30 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Baniyas court: 4:45 PM – 11:45 PM
  • Cooperative association: 4:45 PM – 11:45 PM
  • Abu Dhabi main bus station: 5:15 PM – 12:15 AM

Friday to Sunday:

  • Sheikh Zayed Festival: 4:30 PM – 12 AM
  • Baniyas court: 4:45 PM – 12:15 AM
  • Cooperative association: 4:45 PM – 12:15 AM
  • Abu Dhabi main bus station: 5:15 PM – 12:45 AM

Another option is to use private transportation. Take a look at the map below for directions to the site.

What are the facilities or services provided there?

Upon visitor’s arrival, there are several services provided at the gate entrances:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Children’s strollers
  • Shopping carts
  • Valet Parking
  • Childcare services

For more details about their facilities, visitors can check their official website.

What are the rules of the festival?

Here are the rules that visitors should obey when they get there:

  • Pets are not permitted
  • Avoid public displays of affection
  • Should dress modestly
  • It is not allowed to ride any sort of bikes

Covid-19 safety measures

The UAE has now lifted all precautionary measures related to Covid-19. Furthermore, visitors are no longer required to use Al Hosn app to enter Sheikh Zayed Festival 2023.


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