Your guide to Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2018
Live music, mall deals and Dora the Explorer – the capital’s entertainment extravaganza is still running over the next four weeks, meaning you have plenty of ways to keep you and your kids occupied. Here’s our pick of the events and deals taking place all over the emirate
Live music and more
Around The World
Bawadi Mall in the garden city of Al Ain is hosting Around The World during Summer Season – it’s a series of folklore dance performances featuring troupes from six countries, including Poland, Serbia, Peru and Armenia.
Until August 14
Bawadi Mall, Meyzad Road, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, daily 5.30pm to 10pm, free. Tel: (03) 7840000. Taxi: Bawadi Mall. bawadimall.com
The kids’ TV channel lands in the capital for Summer Season, with iconic characters such as Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles showing up to entertain nippers. There’ll be singalongs kids can join in with, plus meet and greets, along with other activities.
August 6 to 25
Venue TBC. visitabudhabi.ae
Unite With Tomorrowland
Clubbers at the ready: Dance festival Tomorrowland makes its Abu Dhabi debut this month. First launched in 2005, Tomorrowland is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious electronic music festivals, held annually at Boom in Belgium. The event is set to connect the venue in Abu Dhabi, along with Italy, Malta, Spain, Taiwan, Mexico and Lebanon to the main Tomorrowland stage in Belgium, meaning more than 200,000 electronic music fans will come together around the globe.
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, from 2pm, Dhs495. Taxi: du Forum. Tel: (02) 5098143. platinumlist.net
A Summer Season first and a unique way to watch several different types of entertainment, ALLDAY Live! will feature six live shows a day – you pay for one ticket to get in and then spend as long as you like at the venue, watching as many of the shows as you want. Taking part are the Hollywood Special Effects Show (where you’ll learn the science and secrets used to get blockbusters on to the big screen) and light and shadow performers Fireflies Shadow Theatre. There’s also a Chillout Zone where you’ll be able to get food and drinks in between performances.
July 26 to 28
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, from Dhs145, timings TBC. Taxi: Emirates Palace. visitabudhabi.ae
Sparkles Of India
A three-day festival to celebrate Indian Independence Day on August 15, Sparkles Of India will feature food stalls serving dishes from different regions of the country, and there’ll be live entertainment as well – expect performances from the finalists of TV shows India’s Got Talent, Indian Idol and Dance India Dance. Want more? There’ll be a parade, plus dance troupes, workshops and a celebrity chef in attendance.
Aug 16 to 18
du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, from Dhs45. Taxi: du Forum. visitabudhabi.ae
Zomato Gold Membership
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Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
The soon-to-open theme park is also taking part in Abu Dhabi Summer Season and has announced a new Family And Friends offer. The park, which opens on July 25, is offering free entry for the one family member if a four-person Family & Friends ticket is purchased. So families will only pay for three tickets for four people to enjoy all the rides and attractions inside.
Cheap eats for hungry kids
Throughout Abu Dhabi Summer Season, kids can try grub from a special Zomato-branded menu for just Dhs15 in some 50 restaurants all over the city.