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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 –

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Green and Extreme

Bawadi Mall, Al Ain

9-12 August

Get ready to welcome to Abu Dhabi, the ninjutsu-trained Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, who made a TV splash fighting crime and alien invaders in the streets of New York.
This time, Green & Extreme will bring kids to the underworld of New York City Suburbs to share in and enjoy some interactive fun, adventurous games and competitions like never before. From Turtles Tyre Race to Make Over and Balloon Power, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have all it takes to get whoever joins their team perfectly trained for their upcoming adventure.


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.


Yas Marina Circuit

Every Tuesday

Spend your Tuesday evenings working out on our Formula 1® track. Whether you’re a serious runner, a keen cyclist, or simply wanting to take a sunset stroll with the family, TrainYAS™ by Daman’s ActiveLife welcomes participants of all fitness levels and speeds to get on the track.

Weekly TrainYAS™ evenings offer free entry for all. Clubs, friends and families, the fast and the not-so-fast, are all welcome to take part.

For more information visit


Tom & Jerry Live Show – The Cheese Maze

Dalma Mall

13-19 August

Hanna-Barbera’s main classical characters of Tom & Jerry’s series are back, but this time, they are live on stage with Tom & Jerry and their usual slapstick chasing.
The Cheese Maze is an interactive maze where kids have to carry a giant piece of cheese and give it to Jerry who is waiting at the end of the maze. In order to succeed in their mission, they have to avoid the traps laid and Tom of course.


Yas Marina Circuit 

Every Wednesday

Under the Patronage of Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, GoYAS™ by Daman’s ActiveLife is an initiative for women to engage in fun, healthy fitness activities in complete privacy every Wednesday.

Ladies are welcomed to walk, run and cycle Yas Marina Circuit’s F1® track or take part in group fitness activities. Please note that cycling and group classes are only available for ladies 14 years and over. Anyone between 14 to 18 must have adult supervision.

For more information visit

Namaste Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

August 18

Namaste Abu Dhabi, starring Salim-Sulaiman, promises a magical journey of Bollywood melodies for the Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2017. Along with a troupe of 20 musicians and dancers, the world renowned musician brothers have taken the musical and entertainment worlds by storm with an array of unforgettable hits that span across Bollywood, Hollywood and the world over.

For more information visit

Lest We Forget Exhibition

Warehouse 421

 Until Aug 27

This exhibition presents a rich exploration of Emirati identity as conveyed through modes of adornment.

Exploring ‘tangible,’ lasting forms of adornment, including garments, burga, jewelry, weapons and attributes, the exhibition also embraces invisible aspects of adornment: the innate knowledge and skills needed to create evanescent adornment through the application of henna, kohl and fragrance, as well as through grooming and hairstyles. Emirati adornment, in all its complexity and beauty, is revealed through personal examples with insights offered by Emirati people.

The highly interactive art exhibition welcomes visitor contribution of objects, memories and reflections pertaining to Emirati adornment.

For more information visit

Lest We Forget Exhibition

Talents around the World

Bawadi Mall

Until August 31

Arguably Al Ain’s most anticipated entertainment show, “Talents around the World” returns for this year’s edition at Bawadi Mall.

Hip-hop dance group XIX Crew, acrobatic perfomers Habasha Circus Group and Khulan Circus Group, Shadow show performers Verba, Irish tap dancers Narnia and UV reflector performance group Melange,  hit the stage to  perform their winning showcases from their country’s Got Talent or other Talent Shows abroad.

An entertaining extravaganza not to be missed, Talents around the World spans the entire duration of Abu Dhabi Summer Season, and is sure to be a hit for dance enthusiasts.

International Market Consumer Fair


Until Aug 18

One of the consumers favourite annual exhibition that showcases everything the family want to have. The event combines a mixture of  traditional celebrations, shopping, Arabic food, and games.

For more information visit


Harry Potter in Concert

Du Forum

Sept 21

Buy your tickets now!

For the first time in the Middle East, Harry Potter fans will be able to relive the magic of the first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing a world-class orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score live.

The Orcquesta Sinfonia de Valles will perform at the du Forum, Yas Island, from September 21 – 23, performing every note from the feature film live. Tickets will go on sale today, (Wednesday, May 17) at Virgin Megastores and via  

But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008

New York University 

Until Sept 2

The UAE has, and has had, many creative communities, both apparent and unknown. This exhibition focuses on one such formation, sometimes called “the 5,” a number that in fact varied in the decades framing the 1990s. It had at its core an intersection of artists, writers, and filmmakers from the UAE, South Asia, and Europe.

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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.

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.



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