Ras Al Khaimah's Awafi festival. Ras Al Khaimah's Awafi festival.

More than 10,000 residents and visitors attended Ras Al Khaimah’s Awafi this weekend to celebrate the start of the 14th annual festival of the same name, a press statement has revealed.

The three-week long annual festival, which celebrates the northern emirate’s ethnic and cultural heritage, runs each evening from 4pm to 11pm until January 7.

A key feature of this year’s Awafi Festival is its Heritage Village and traditional bazaar, providing visitors with an opportunity to explore Ras Al Khaimah’s defining characteristics, while presenting a display of traditional arts and crafts, perfumes, food and beverage and accessories.

Live cultural performances will take place throughout the festival, with a kids’ play zone providing entertainment and activities for the younger visitors.

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This year’s festival, supported by various government entities, is expected to attract more than 60,000 visitors to Ras Al Khaimah’s Awafi area.