Top 10: Al Raha summer camp, table-decorating at Warehouse421, visit the newly opened Azure Beach

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Abu Dhabi

Kids' fun

Register your children for the Al Raha Beach Hotel summer camp, which features creative activities and valuable life skills such as making friends, socialising and swimming. Children can discover new interests and enjoy activities like beach volleyball, sea shell hunting, T-shirt painting and cooking classes.

Runs until August 31, 9am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh150 per day; from Dh610 per week, Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 02 508 0555,

Abu Dhabi


Salim-Sulaiman present a magical journey of Bollywood melodies in Namaste Abu Dhabi as part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season programme. Together with 20 musicians, singers, dancers and technicians, the brothers have taken the musical and entertainment world by storm with their array of hits that span Bollywood and Hollywood.

August 18, doors open at 7.30pm; concert starts at 9pm, from Dh200, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi

Sports venue

Keep fit this summer at the Abu Dhabi Sports Festival at Adnec, with basketball, football, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, cricket, fitness sessions, a running track, CrossFit, yoga, a skate park, Jiu-Jitsu and more. The Kids’ Summer Camp includes football, cricket, zip-lining, acro ball,  battle park, jungle land, the bungee trampoline and gravity-defying sessions on the human gyroscope.

Daily until August 31, 10am to 11pm, free entry, pay per sport; running track and table tennis free of charge; all ages, Kids’ Summer Camp Dh500 per week, Halls 7-9, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

See Emirati Adornment: Tangible & Intangible, an interactive exhibition that is part of the ongoing Emirati memory project, Lest We Forget. The exhibition explores Emirati identity as conveyed through modes of adornment, both tangible items as well as invisible aspects, including the knowledge and skills to apply henna, kohl and fragrance, as well as grooming and hairstyles.

Daily until August 27, 10am to 8pm, Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi

Summer workshop

Teenagers and their families can take part in a table decorating workshop led by founders of The Dinner Club by No 57, as part of the Warehouse421 Summer Camp series. Learn ways to make special occasions more memorable, using materials, accessories, styles and motifs to transform any table.

Tomorrow, 4pm to 5pm, Dh50, Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi,


Family fun

Modhesh World continues with family fun and activities as part of Dubai Summer Season. Enjoy a variety of indoor adventures through games, rides and workshops. There is also a food park and dedicated play zones.

Daily until August 12, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight on Thursdays; noon to 1am on Fridays, Dh20, Halls 1-6, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,


Art exhibition

In the exhibition Dance in the Dark, Iranian calligrapher Mohammad Bozorgi seeks to communicate a sense of hope through beauty despite the wars that have devastated the Middle East. His painting and silk-screen compositions feature vivid colours and delicate line work, in which he transforms Arabic text into fluid forms.

Daily until August 30, 10am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 8pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 439 2395,


Beach offer

Visit the newly opened Azure Beach at Rixos Premium Dubai JBR. The Mediterranean-style beach destination offers tranquil facilities for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. There is a poolside lounge area, an infinity pool, kids’ club plus views of the city skyline and sunset.

Open daily, 10am till late, from Dh100 per person on weekdays; Dh200 on weekends, Azure Beach, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, Dubai, 055 502 2932,


Restaurant offer

Visit Qasr Al Sultan to experience Arabian hospitality and culture, and enjoy a great summer discount. Enjoy traditional cuisine at cooking stations featuring more than 500 ingredients, plus there is a souq, majlis, shisha lounge, a historical showcase, henna, entertainment and kids’ activities.

Daily, from 7pm, from Dh250; regularly Dh435, Qasr Al Sultan, near Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, 800 785826,


Pottery classes

Try a summer pottery class at Yadawei and experiment with your hands on the potter’s wheel. Relax and throw pots, learn the techniques of centering, turning and shaping, plus how to use pottery tools, apply glazes and finish your thrown pots. Registration not required.

Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm, Dh200, Yadawei, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 1312,