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154911 20 Mar 2019

MOTN Festival to Present ‘To Zayed Salam’ Cine-concert as a Tribute to the UAE’s Founding Father

The show will feature Emirati singer Faisal Al Saari and contains musical pieces inspired by the poems of the late leader

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 March 2019: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will conclude the final day of the Mother of the Nation Festival with a presentation of the spectacular cine-concert, ‘To Zayed Salam’.

The highlight of Festival’s closing day on 23 March, the cine-concert was originally created in line with the 2018 Year of Zayed celebrations. As part of the Emirati Voices project, ‘To Zayed Salam’, which has previously been presented at Manarat Al Saadiyat, returns at the Mother of the Nation Festival to once again present a powerful tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan through music and film.

This moving musical and visual experience, which will take place at 8:30pm on the Main Stage in the Souq and F&B Zone, presented by ADIB, will highlight both Sheikh Zayed’s enduring legacy and the UAE’s rich musical heritage. The show features traditional songs that cover themes inspired by poems penned by the Father of the Nation. Emirati oud master and singer Faisal Al Saari has teamed up with a group of singers from the UAE and professional musicians to bring Sheikh Zayed’s poems to life, which illuminate a diverse array of topics relevant to the nation’s society. These are set to music written and arranged by a talented group of composers including Khaled Nasser, Moussa Mohamed, and Ali Kano.

“We are delighted to present ‘To Zayed Salam’ as part of this year’s Mother of the Nation Festival,” said Ameera Al Mazrouei, Festivals Development Unit Head at DCT Abu Dhabi. “This moving tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed embodies the much-loved leader’s values and offers a unique experience for residents and visitors to Abu Dhabi, while showcasing the UAE’s rich cultural heritage. The concert represents an exceptional addition to the Festival and will celebrate the Founding Father’s timeless vision, which is especially relevant during the national Year of Tolerance.”

The concert will be enriched by the screening of an exclusive compilation of footage and memories from throughout Sheikh Zayed’s life. The film element of the show highlights Sheikh Zayed’s character, kindness, and love for his people, creating an immersive and inspiring visual and sensory experience for visitors that reflects the late leader’s symbolic presence in the culture and values of the UAE today.

“The ‘To Zayed Salam’ cine-concert holds great cultural and historical value, as it invites the audience on a journey with the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and highlights his noble values and achievements, which continue to guide the nation today,” said Alia Khalid Al Qassimi, Head of Manarat Al Saadiyat. “In line with the spirit of the Mother of the Nation Festival, this vibrant show is filled with positive messages of peace and unity, and reflects our gratitude to the Founding Father by presenting his poems, which capture the essence of his beliefs in a profound and inspiring way.”

The ‘To Zayed, Salam’ concert will be held at 8:30pm on Saturday 23 March on the Festival’s Main Stage. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of musical performances during the remaining days of the Festival, including the Abu Dhabi debut of International DJ Nicky Romero on 22 March.

The Mother of the Nation Festival takes place at the Abu Dhabi Corniche until 23 March 2019, and open from 4pm - 12am (Sunday to Wednesday) and 2pm - 12am (Thursday to Saturday). The Festival showcases the UAE’s growth as a progressive and forward-thinking nation, in line with the national Year of Tolerance initiative. The family-friendly event offers something for everyone, including a range of attractions to see, do and experience for all ages. Visitors can enjoy more than 120 world-class performances, over 80 delectable dining experiences and more than 35 retail outlets, together with a packed schedule of workshops and events designed to uplift the community.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or Entry tickets are priced at AED 25 per adult and AED 20 for kids between 6 and 12 years of age. A Festival Family Pass is also available (2 adults + 2 children + 2 fast track passes) for AED 290. Entry is free of charge for senior citizens and visitors (60 years and above), children below 6 years of age, and people of determination. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank customers can enjoy 40% discount when booking using their ADIB cards across all categories of entry tickets.


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About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike.  The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment.  Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.  The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage.  A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.