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| 19 March, 2017

Playful pursuits to captivate children at Mother of the Nation Festival’s Happiness Zone

Image used for illustrative purpose. A mother and her daughter look inside a sculpture containing 7,000 recycled plastic water bottles with LED lights, measuring 20 metres in diameter and 10 metres in height, at Hong Kong's Victoria Park September 14, 2013. The "Rising Moon", a giant lantern created to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on September 19, 2013, is designed by four local architectural designers, combining the concepts of environmental conservation and vitality, according to the official news release. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Image used for illustrative purpose. A mother and her daughter look inside a sculpture containing 7,000 recycled plastic water bottles with LED lights, measuring 20 metres in diameter and 10 metres in height, at Hong Kong's Victoria Park September 14, 2013. The "Rising Moon", a giant lantern created to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on September 19, 2013, is designed by four local architectural designers, combining the concepts of environmental conservation and vitality, according to the official news release. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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Paying homage to mothers in their continuous encouragement of creativity in their children, the Happiness Zone will showcase the boundless creativity associated with children

ABU DHABI, 19th March, 2017 (WAM) -- Imagination, enjoyment, wonder and the unique perspective of the world experienced by children across the UAE will be the source of inspiration for the 2017 edition of Mother of the Nation Festival’s new Happiness Zone.

Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and opening on Abu Dhabi Corniche from 26th March to 4th April 2017, the second edition of Mother of the Nation Festival will celebrate the progressive vision and contributions of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, in inspiring younger generations to express themselves creatively without limitations so that they may continue to learn and grow.

Paying homage to all mothers in their continuous encouragement of creativity in their children, the Happiness Zone will showcase the boundless creativity associated with children with the aim of inspiring visitors to engage with activities that weave together inspiration and heritage through interactive playful installations, activities and artwork.

While a music stage provides continuous performing arts entertainment for visitors of all ages throughout the duration of the festival, new events such as the Bu Tinah Sea Adventure will create a magical adventure of learning and play to capture the imagination of children through a colourful interactive display of shipwrecked Dhows.

Emphasising the importance of maintaining an active mind, visitors will be encouraged to find repose in shared spaces surrounded by exhibitions of creative inspiration reflecting the innate ingenuity found in younger generations.

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