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

Creative Mornings For Children

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 –

The Creative Act: Drop-In Sessions

Manarat al Saadiyat

17 March – 28 July


The Creative Act includes a space conceived by artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian that takes you on a journey and introduces various mediums and ideas.

These complimentary drop-in sessions focus on building a community art space inspired by their work as well as other art featured in the
exhibition. Participants of all ages can take part in the creative process of designing a room in which you can express your ideas and creativity.
Join the workshop! Open to all ages!

July 2017

Fridays  21, 28

Saturday 22


Talents Around the World

Bawadi Mall, Al Ain

Until July 31 | 13-31 August

Hip-hop dance, acrobatic performers, Shadow show performers, Irish tap dancers, reflector performance group will perform their winning showcases from their country’s Got Talent or other Talent Shows abroad.

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


Visit for more details!


Fun Works & Fun City

Heading to Fun Works or Fun City over the next few weeks? You can now take advantage of 100 days of Play and Unlimited Fun for AED 99! Your little ones can visit 100 times and enjoy this special offer. Fun Works is a multi entertainment centre located at Yas Mall, and offers kids 6,300 square meters of fun and learning! Fun Works is on a mission to nurture the growing minds and bodies of children in the UAE.

For more information 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

For more info visit

Creative Mornings For Children

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

Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2017

Emirate Wide

20 July – 20 August

Choose what you’d like to see.

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.

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.

There’s so much to see! For more info visit


Paint! Canvas! Action!

Manarat Al Saadiyat

22 July

10am – 12pm

Ever made a painting using a bicycle wheel or a toy car, by swinging and jumping in the air or dancing and sliding in paint? Throw, splatter, drip, spray, pour, slide, push, pull, and roll! Create your own gestural action painting in the manner of the Japanese Gutai artists. Please wear clothing you do not mind getting paint on as it can get messy!

For more info visit

Abu Dhabi Classics

Emirates Palace 

Until 28 July

The season brings a dynamic new season of classical and traditional music featuring world-class performers and orchestras from around the world incorporating Abu Dhabi Classics, the Emirati Music Series, Umsiyat and the Bait Al Oud Concert Series.

The diverse programme of events will be held at leading venues across the emirate and include performances, talks, masterclasses and lectures from some of the leading contemporary musicians from across the world.

Returning for a third consecutive year, Abu Dhabi Classics promises a superb selection of artists and orchestras under the theme of ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ including a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – currently regarded as the best and most prestigious orchestra in the world.

For more info visit


Masha and the Bear on Ice

Zayed Sports City 

28-29 July

28 July, 3pm and 6.30pm | July 29, 3pm

Inspired by a Russian fairy tale, Masha & The Bear is well known by all children, the story of which brings young audiences the promise of an unforgettable experience, bringing to the capital a theatrical performance by more than 30 ice-skaters, dancers and acrobats,  who come together to showcase their skills in colourful costumes in this beautiful story.

Brought to life by spectacular stage design,  scene transitions, melodic sound and enchanting props, some of which reach up to 10 meters in height, the show 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.

….Keep a look out on our website for our fantastic competition!

Mommy & Me class

Until August 20

Hallabolou, behind Marina Mall

If you’re looking for something new to try with your little ones, why not head to Hallabolou and try out this fun class?

Mums and babies can enjoy a variety of singing, dancing and playtime.

For more info visit


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