The foun­da­tions of a Cor­niche beach for ev­ery­one

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This week it was an­nounced that a fes­ti­val to hon­our Sheikha Fa­tima and the nur­tur­ing role of moth­ers will be held on Abu Dhabi’s Cor­niche from March 24 to April 2.

A souq, art stalls, work­shops and din­ing ar­eas will be set up along a 1.3- kilo­me­tre stretch of sand, along with five ac­tiv­ity zones to high­light the work of the supreme chair­woman of the Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion.

The fact that the Mother of the Na­tion Fes­ti­val is be­ing held on the Cor­niche is, of course, no sur­prise. From the days of sight­see­ing at the Vol­cano Foun­tain to swim­ming off the pris­tine Blue Flag beaches to­day, the wa­ter­front at­tracts tens of thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery week. It is a place to un­wind, ex­er­cise and en­joy the sea air. This photo from March 2008 shows the con­struc­tion of the first of­fi­cial pub­lic beach on the Cor­niche. The 2km fa­cil­ity was free to use, cost Dh105 mil­lion and in­cluded a mosque, chang­ing rooms, vol­ley­ball courts, re­fresh­ment ar­eas and play­grounds, with a ca­pac­ity for 5,000 beach­go­ers. It opened in July of that year with a fire­works dis­play over the wa­ter. Time Frame is a se­ries that opens a win­dow into the na­tion’s past. Read­ers are in­vited to make con­tri­bu­tions to yourpics@then­ational.ae.

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