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DAZ Festival Dazzles in Al Ain

From 12 to 21 April at Al Ain Zoo

Tickets AED 35 on Ticket Master or at the door

UPDATE: The Festival is back open from today Thursday 18th April 2024

Families can embrace the wonders of the animal kingdom as DAZ Festival returns to Al Ain. Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, the festival transforms Al Ain Zoo into a realm of immersive festivities for this 2024 edition, themed ‘Farm Meets Safari’. 

From 12 to 21 April, visitors are invited to create lasting memories through a family-friendly programme of live music, rides, engaging workshops and activities, and a handpicked selection of mouth-watering F&B concepts. 

The 10-day festival is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in partnership with event conceptualiser and producer Brag. 

Nature-inspired adventures for visitors of all ages

As part of the Farm Meets Safari theme, the children’s play park is designed to captivate young hearts and cultivate a love for the natural world. Brimming with adventure, joy, slides, and swings, this wooden play park will ensure that children remain engaged and active for hours on end.

Festival attendees can also rediscover their inner child and build cherished memories with loved ones by taking part in carnival rides and skill games.

An array of thrilling activities like a giant slide, maze, zip line, climbing walls, swings and outdoor games will ensure endless moments of family-friendly fun.

Live music, family movie nights, and wildlife-inspired shows for the whole family

Music enthusiasts can groove to live performances by regional stars, while animal lovers can look forward to a captivating series of wildlife appearances and science shows on the community stage that promise to bring the wonders of the natural world to life. In keeping with this year’s theme, Movies in the Park will screen family favourites including Madagascar, Zootopia, Zookeeper, The Wild and many more every day during the festival.

Fresh farm food and retail therapy 

From local delicacies to global flavours, foodies can embark on a culinary safari at the DAZ Festival as they indulge in mouthwatering savoury dishes or satisfy their sweet tooth with animal-themed dessert options. The festival will offer a farm-to-table experience, with food vendors featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients in their culinary offerings.

Returning to the festival will be the DAZ Market, housing a range of sustainable brands focused predominantly on kids’ products. The market will feature workshop spaces, where visitors aged 4 to 12 can take part in activities including soil painting, seed bomb making, artistic planting and worm composting.

Discover Emirati culture and heritage at the DAZ Market’s heritage pods, where local artisans will showcase their talents in Safafa, Talli, Al Leekh, Al Khoos, calligraphy, henna and more. Festival visitors will have the chance to capture moments of the creative process from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm daily.

Explore the wild wonders of Al Ain Zoo 

Experience the Al Ain Zoo’s captivating events from 9 am to 7 pm during the festival. Enjoy mesmerising bird shows led by skilled Emirati trainers, and unique activities like giraffe feeding and the lemur walk. Immerse yourself in African wildlife through the Al Ain Safari adventure and revel in the tales of many animals with the keeper talks. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore beloved animal enclosures like Big Cat Oasis and the Hippo & Crocodile exhibit.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.ae and start from AED 35 for access to both the festival and Al Ain Zoo. Visitors can purchase the DAZ Pass for AED 115, with access to all rides and activities, in addition to all paid experiences, except for the skill games and Main Arena concerts which can be purchased separately at the festival. 

Visit www.dazfestival.ae for more information.