5 million dirhams in prizes for the “Al Yasat Festival” in the Al Dhafra region
Emirates, Abu Dhabi, November 8, 2023: Al Yasat Festival will be launched during the period from 15 to 19 November this year in the Commodities City in the Al Dhafra region, with a total of prizes amounting to about 5 million dirhams, organized by the Cultural and Heritage Festivals and Programs Management Committee in Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club. Emirates Heritage and Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
The festival's organizing committee announced the details of the first session during the press conference held yesterday morning at the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in the presence of a number of media representatives, speakers, and athletes participating in the festival.
Zayed Sari Al Mazrouei, Head of the Events Department at the Cultural and Heritage Festivals and Programs Management Committee in Abu Dhabi, said during his speech at the press conference that the Al Yasat Festival includes many events and competitions held on the beach of Al Sila City in the Al Dhafra region, and offers many marine, sports, heritage and modern competitions and events. Various activities enhance the role of heritage in preserving national identity and provide the people of Al Sila in the Al Dhafra region with many community and recreational activities aimed at different age groups.
Al Mazrouei pointed out that the festival’s organizing committee allocated 338 prizes distributed over 20 competitions, and among the most prominent races are the “Al Yasat Race for 60-foot sailboats,” the Al-Qafai Race for 22-foot sailboats, the Commodity Race for modern sailing boats (regatta), the Carrom Competition (men, Women), stand-up paddleboarding (1km under 16 and 2km over 16 categories), domino competition (men, women), beach volleyball tournament, beach soccer tournament (senior, junior), running competition (senior, junior) Fishing competition, the most beautiful traditional costume competition, cooking competitions, tourism championship (adults and children), bicycle racing.
Zayed Al Mazrouei thanked the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for hosting the festival’s press conference and its efforts to support sports, especially marine sports. He expressed the pride of the Cultural and Heritage Festivals and Programs Management Committee in Abu Dhabi in the fruitful partnership with the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, and cooperation with the Emirates Heritage Club, which reflects the solidarity of the parties. In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to preserve the Emirati heritage.
In turn, Khalifa Al Rumaithi, Head of the Heritage Racing Department at the Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, expressed his thanks to the Cultural and Heritage Festivals and Programs Management Committee in Abu Dhabi, to the Emirates Heritage Club, and to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council who are partners in organizing and always highlighting all tournaments and festivals in the future. The best picture indicates that this cooperation with them reflects the interconnection between the various parties in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to improve all events and activities in a better way.
He stressed that the Al Yasat Festival would be an essential opportunity to hold many traditional and modern marine races and events, the most important of which will be the 60-foot sailboat race, the 22-foot sailboat race, and the modern sail regatta race, in addition to a large group of heritage events and competitions in the heritage village located in the festival.
Ali Salmeen Al Dhaheri, Head of the Heritage Sports Department at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said that the Council plays an important and major role in organizing many local and international sporting events in the Al Dhafra region, as Al Dhafra, with its beautiful cities, witnesses 28 local and international sporting events, and the number is planned to increase to reach There will be 38 events over the next year, including various games and sports such as running, cycling, swimming, fitness, traditional sports, and many others.
Heritage and future generations
Ali Salmeen Al Dhaheri stressed that the Al Yasat Festival enhances the role of traditional sailing sports in society as part of the authentic heritage of the Emirates. The festival also plays a prominent role in promoting the coastal cities and islands of the Emirates through these marine festivals that attract the interest of a wide sector of Emirati citizens and residents. Marine sports highlight heritage and contribute to transmitting it to future generations.
The festival includes a famous market whose activity begins at four in the afternoon and continues until 10 in the evening. It includes shops to support productive families and pavilions for participating and supporting entities. It offers many competitions, events, and performances of folk and traditional arts, in addition to popular fashion shows, a children’s village, and cooking competitions.