While summer season here in the UAE is just warming up. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have already started the activities to keep everyone in the family busy.
One of the few activities of ADNEC for this season is the Shams Festival 2012. Shams as I've asked around means the sun. If the Chinese have their moon festival the Arabs have their sun festival.
Shams Festival is held at ADNEC from May 31 - June 09, 2012 at halls 3 and 4. It was bit difficult going there, since the parking area is from the tower and not right in front of the building. So we had to take 2 wrong turns before we got the right entrance to parking A. A toll gate with a automatic ticket booth will provide you your parking card.
After we found a space, we headed into halls 3 and 4. As I've read online, the exhibition is for public, which I assumed is no entrance, big surprise when we got there an entrance fee of AED 10 per head was asked. When we got inside, the overwhelming smell of incense filled the hall. Stalls after stalls displayed different styles of dresses commonly worn by the local women. So I was pretty devastated because I was expecting more stuff will be sold at a low cost. Jewelries, incense, perfumes, and abayas are the majority commodity being sold. There are a few Korean stalls selling clothes and toys which I usually see at 168 and Divisoria. One particular stall caught our attention. It is a Turkish tea and coffee set. The elaborate design of the sets are eye candies, but its quite expensive. A silver tea set costs around AED 250. This was already discounted since its original prices was AED 570. Since I'm not ready to splurge that much, we have to decline.
We didn't stay long since there's not much to buy in the place. We left the place like after an hour. We paid our parking fee at the machine near the lift going back to the parking area. I was disappointed, I guess I didn't research much on this event. The only thing we got from the place that made us smile was the information the kabayan usher told us, Coco Martin will be having a concert next week on ADNEC. *wink*