Four children drowned in a farm’s water basin in the Al Bahia area of Abu Dhabi on the third day of Eid Al Adha, police said.
Al Rahba police station received a report of the incident and dispatched rescue teams which retrieved the bodies of the four children, an Emirati aged 12, two brothers aged 10 and 11, and a fourth child aged 12, all three Arab nationals.
According to a police statement, patrols and paramedics were sent to the scene with attempts made to resuscitate the children, but they died on the way to hospital.
The water basin was being used for fish farming and is 30 metres long, 10 metres wide and 1.5 metres deep.
Abu Dhabi police urged parents to supervise their children at all times and make sure they were not left alone.