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Yalla’s Weekly Guide to Family Happenings in Abu Dhabi!

Welcome to our weekly guide of family events happening over the next 7 days. There is so much to do in Abu Dhabi, and here are just a few events. Do look at our Events Diary where you can see our full listing of all the family events that we have found for you. Be sure to check out our round up of Summer Camps and Playcentres at –

Masha & The Bear on Ice show 

July 28 & 29 

28th at 3pm & 6.30pm, 29th at 3pm only

Zayed Sports City ice rink

Masha & The Bear On Ice is coming to Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Inspired by a Russian fairytale, Masha & The Bear is a well-known story for children.

The story of Masha & The Bear brings an unforgettable experience for young audiences and promises to be a fantastic ice show here in Abu Dhabi!

More than 30 ice-skaters, dancers and acrobats, dressed in colourful costumes, will come together and showcase their skills in this beautiful story.

Masha The Bear On Ice

The show is brought to life by spectacular stage design, scene transitions, melodic sound and enchanting props.

Families will enjoy watching the show, which combines theatre, musical art and figure skating, in a captivating performance that is sure to give audiences an evening to remember with Marsha, the Bear and their friends.

For tickets visit TixBox Official –


Liwa Date Festival 2017


Until 29 July

Held under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Liwa Date Festival is an annual event that was launched to assist the exchange of technical expertise among farmers. The event presents a unique bouquet of exciting programmes, activities and competitions appealing to the public and contribute to the support of the Emirati cultural legacy, with the aim of reinforcing the position of heritage in the hearts and minds of new generations. The new edition of the Liwa Date Festival will feature various competitions including:

  • The Mazayna (competitions for the best dates, including different types and varieties)
  • Best Lemons and Best Mangoes
  • The Model Farm Award
  • The Fruits of the House competition
  • The Best Heritage Model competition

The associated activities include the organisation of the Traditional Market, with the participation of more than 250 Emirati families, the Children’s Village, the Dates’ Market, awareness programmes, and exhibitions by a number of businesses. For more info visit –

Creative Mornings For Children

Wharehouse 421

Until 31 July 


Daily art and design workshops will be run by thejamjar for children aged 5-12. With fun and educational morning activities designed to spark their curiosity, expand their awareness of art and painting, and help develop their creative skills, sign your kids up today!

Week 1’s sessions take inspiration from the traditions & natural environment of the UAE. Workshops include Words in Imagery, Henna Hands, I Am, Desert Scape, and Photograms.

Single session: 125 AED
Weekly package: 550 AED

Creative Mornings For Children

14th Edition of FIFA Club World Club

Bawadi Mall, Al Ain

3-5 August

To engage the community with this popular tournament in a fun-filled atmosphere, two of the many Mobile Roadshows will take place in Al Ain, featuring a series of activations that test the fans football knowledge and soccer skills.

Palm Weaving Workshop

Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain

Until 26 October

Al Jahili Fort is organising a Palm Weaving workshop, one of the most prominent and well-known techniques used in the making of many Emirati handicrafts. Seeking to further expand the public’s knowledge of the UAE’s rich heritage, the workshop will introduce visitors to the traditional practice and the ways to master it, while also demonstrating the purposes of some of the products made with it in everyday life. For more info visit


Abu Dhabi Sports Festival 2017

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – ADNEC

Until 31 August

Abu Dhabi Sports Festival will be hosting your most favourite sports with an aim to bring the community together under one state-of-the-art indoor arena, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

Whether you are aiming to keep fit or looking for sports for recreational, professional or simply for a time out purpose, we’ve got you covered. Come with colleagues or friends and connect with your sport from basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, cricket, fitness, running track, CrossFit, Yoga, battle park to a skate park.

We also have kids summer camps that will keep your children busy and entrained. From Football, Cricket, Gymnastics, Bungee trampoline to acroball, Gyroscope, Zipline and Jungle land and much more.

Providing a unique platform to educate, motivate and engage in living healthy and active lifestyles, the Abu Dhabi Sports Festival welcomes every level of skills. For more info visit

Islamic Manuscripts & Coins Show

ZHIC Head Office, Al Ain

Until 10 August

The Islamic Manuscripts & Coins Show is being organised in cooperation with the Emirates Heritage Club and includes a number of unique Islamic manuscripts in interpretation, Qur’an sciences, Hadith texts, terminology, interpretation of hadiths, fundamentals of jurisprudence, the four schools of thought, history and explorations, as well as medicine, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry, stone sciences and more.
There are 21 manuscripts on display, aged between 200-400 years. Some of them were owned by scholars, who left insightful comments in the margins. Some were hand written by the authors themselves.

For more info visit


Jalboot has announced its exciting “Kids Go Free” summer promotion!

This summer, why not enjoy some quality family time and book a luxury sightseeing tour with Jalboot?

The best bit is, Kids Go Free all summer!

Throughout the summer holidays, families can experience the beautiful landmarks and impressive skyline from the waters onboard a luxury Jalboot ferry.

From July 16 until August 31, parents can buy an adult All Day Pass ticket, which allows up to 2 kids to ride for FREE.

To take advantage of this offer, you must purchase your tickets from the Jalboot Showboat in Abu Dhabi Mall.

We’re so excited to book our sightseeing cruise with Jalboot this summer!

Details – Kids Go Free promotion:

  • Valid from Sunday 16th July until August 31
  • Valid on All Day Pass ticket purchases only
  • Up to 2 kids free with each full paying adult
  • Offer only available through advance purchase from the Jalboot Showboat Abu Dhabi Mall
  • Cannot be used with any offer, promotion or discount

For more information visit , or search the Facebook link @jalbootmarine


Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2017

Emirate Wide

Until 20 August

Abu Dhabi Summer Season is back with a month-long programme of entertainment across the emirate from July 20 to August 20.

Along with a full calendar of shows for all the family across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, hotels, malls and attractions will offer enticing promotions and prizes throughout the month-long festivities.

Leading event companies providing this season’s theatrical performances include MBC Group, Alchemy Project, YAK Events, Wizcraft International and Oberoi Middle East Events.

Cat and mouse team Tom and Jerry will be live on stage for 10 performances in Abu Dhabi city and Al Ain in an exclusive show for all the family while the dueling characters will also appear in a week-long series of events in an Abu Dhabi mall where youngsters can interact with the cartoon characters.


Also taking place during the month will be a Broadway-style Bollywood show ‘Balle Balle The Big Fat Indian Wedding’. World famous stand-up comedy acts will also be joining in the month-long fun.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence Day, a world-class Bollywood concert will take place on the August 18. More details to follow.

Running alongside the entertainment programme is a full schedule of value for money promotions and offers at attractions and hotels across Abu Dhabi. Shoppers in participating malls will also get the chance to win a luxury car during the Abu Dhabi Summer Season raffle draw with one car a week given to a lucky winning ticket holder. For more info visit


Summer Activities at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

Until 12 August

Weekdays, 5pm–10pm | Weekends, 6pm-11pm

An exciting schedule of events and entertainment has been lined up for this summer at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall from 20th July to 12th August 2017.

Kids’ workshops will be conducted from 5 pm to 10 pm on weekdays and 6 pm to 11 pm on weekends offering a wide range of activities for children like basket making, hat making, clay pot painting and finger puppet making to name a few. On weekends mall visitors can enjoy the roaming parade as well as a thrilling itinerary of live acts performed by magicians, stilt walkers, balloon benders, jugglers, drummers, puppet musicians and other entertainers.

The Ripe Market

Times Square Center, Dubai

Every Saturday

9am – 3pm

Join us this summer at The Ripe Market as we bring the alfresco atmosphere indoors to Times Square Center every Saturday from the 22nd of April, from 9am – 3pm.

The Ripe Market brings the community together to support local SME businesses. Browse the cities best foodies, designers and artisans; indulge in delicious, locally made, gourmet and speciality foods; stock up on your organic essentials; and shop for art, fashion, jewellry, homeware, skincare, gifts & more. There’ll be plenty to keep everyone entertained too with be live music, pop-up yoga and fitness classes, workshops, and fun educational activities for the little ones. For more info visit


Say Yas to the Coolest Yasland this summer!

Yas Island

Until 9 September

This summer, Yas Island is giving you the chance to be a winner with a series of exciting prize draws from June 24th – September 9th



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