From 16th to 20th of November 2016, Al Qasba in Sharjah held the inaugural four-day Indian Festival. This four day fest celebrated Indian culture, art, handicrafts, music, folk dance and food. I attended this event with my family on one of the days.
Al Qasba is Sharjah’s iconic landmark for tourism, culture and entertainment. It also features a one kilometer long man made canal and 60 meter high Ferris wheel. Al Qasba’s unique architectural design includes pedestrian bridges across the canal and boats to take visitors onto the adjoining Khalid and Al Khan Lagoons.
When we arrived at the fest, it was filled with people and the place was buzzing with many activities. The place looked vibrant and colorful with beautiful rangolis, flowers and puppets.
The center stage held many different performances from classical music to folk dance and puppet show. When we visited the fest, traditional Punjabi dance was being performanced.
I also participated in one of the workshops. There was also cooking masterclass, decorations tutorials and workshops that were held in the premises.
The Indian market on site provided a great opportunity to buy souvenirs. There were many stalls selling garments, bangles, traditional artifacts and many other accessories.
I also got to try some of the delicacies from the food kiosks. I especially enjoyed the traditional street food like chaat, vada pav, Kathi roll etc. Some of the participating food outlets were Ceasers Restaurant & Confectionary, Ayub, Haji Ali Juice Center and Imly & Chili.
Overall, it was a great event offering a taste of India.
Disclosure- I was invited by Zomato on behalf of Al Qasba and Indian Fest.