Calling all thrill-seekers, culture enthusiasts, and families looking for a unique adventure! The Liwa Festival 2024, also known as the Tal Moreeb Festival, is all set to turn Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra region into an exciting desert playground this December.

This annual event in the stunning Empty Quarter—the world’s largest sand desert—features a thrilling mix of motorsports, cultural shows, live entertainment, and activities for all ages. Whether you’re after the excitement of dune bashing or a peaceful dive into Emirati traditions, the Liwa Festival has it all.

What is The Liwa Festival 2024?

Liwa Festival

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Liwa festival is a vibrant celebration of Emirati culture, providing a space to reconnect with deep-rooted traditions through carefully planned events. Visitors can embark on a nostalgic journey and deeply engage with Emirati heritage.

From traditional food, clothing, and customs to performances and crafts that still impact modern life, visitors can fully dive into Emirati culture’s rich aspects.

Liwa Festival 2024 Date and Timings

Liwa Festival 2024 Date and Timings

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The Liwa International Festival (Moreeb Dune 2024) is set to return this December, as announced by the Abu Dhabi DCT (Department of Culture and Tourism). Organised by Liwa Sports Club and DCT – Abu Dhabi, the festival will take place from Sunday, December 8 to Thursday, December 31, in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi.

This annual festival, known for its unique blend of motorsports, cultural events, and sustainable practices, is a motorsports spectacle held on and around Moreeb Dune, the UAE’s tallest dune at 300 meters high. This year’s event will feature bike drag racing, Monster Jam trucks, buggy torque, and more. You can learn more about the festival by visiting the official Liwa International Festival’s Instagram page or the website.

Here’s a glimpse of Liwa Festival 2023:

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What More Can You Expect at Liwa Date Festival 2024

Liwa Date Festival 2024

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The Liwa Date Festival offers different and memorable experiences to its visitors. Following is the line-up of activities and experiences at last year’s Festival, still waiting for the details of the 2024 Liwa Festival.

Key Attractions of the Liwa Festival:

  • Date Competitions: Farmers from across the region compete to see who has the best dates. The dates are judged based on size, taste, and quality.
  • Traditional Markets (Souks): At the traditional markets, you can shop for local products like dates, crafts, and traditional Emirati clothing.
  • Cultural Performances: Enjoy traditional Emirati music, dance, and poetry. These performances offer a glimpse into the UAE’s rich culture.
  • Camel Races: Watch camel races, a highlight of the festival that showcases the importance of camels in Emirati culture.
  • Falconry Displays: Learn about falconry, a key part of UAE heritage, and see these magnificent birds in action.
  • Cooking Competitions: Sample traditional Emirati dishes and watch local chefs showcase their culinary skills.
  • Workshops and Exhibitions: Participants can participate in workshops and view exhibitions on date farming, traditional crafts, and sustainable farming.

Family-Friendly Activities

The festival is perfect for families, with special areas for kids that feature games, educational activities, and entertainment shows.

Local Cuisine and Dining Options

One of the festival highlights is the food. Traditional Emirati dishes such as harees, machboos, and luqaimat are served at various food stalls. Additionally, international cuisine caters to diverse tastes. Many local restaurants and cafes participate, offering a variety of dining options.

Photography Opportunities

Liwa Oasis is a photographer’s paradise with stunning landscapes and cultural activities. The festival offers many photography opportunities, from the beautiful markets and stunning performances to the majestic dunes and lush date palms. Make sure you capture every single essence of the event.

Sustainability Initiatives

The Festival emphasises sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Learn about the efforts to preserve the environment and promote sustainable farming techniques. Various workshops and exhibitions focus on these important topics, making the festival fun and educational.

Liwa Festival 2024 Tickets And Cost

Yes, you will need tickets to visit the Liwa International Festival (Moreeb Dune 2024), which is set to be held from December 8 to December 31, 2024. However, specific details are still needed. This section will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

How to Get There?

Liwa Oasis is about a two-hour drive from Abu Dhabi. You can rent a car or use public transportation. Shuttle services might also be available from Abu Dhabi to the festival.

Tips for Visitors:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink sufficient water during this festival.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear light, breathable clothing suitable if you are planning any desert activities there. Modest clothing is recommended.
  • Accommodation: Book your stay in advance as various accommodation options exist in and around Liwa Oasis.

Final Takeaway:

The Liwa Festival 2024 is a must-visit for adventure lovers, culture fans, and families. Held in the beautiful Al Dhafra region, it features a mix of motorsports, cultural displays, and family activities. Enjoy dune bashing, camel races, traditional Emirati performances, and delicious food. Plan your December 8 to 31 visit, stay hydrated, dress comfortably, and book your accommodation early for an unforgettable desert experience.

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