5 Ways to Enjoy Abu Dhabi Summer Season’s Family Friendly Activities

With the summer comes rising temperatures and an increasing number of amazing deals. You don’t have to spend the entire summer entertaining the kids in the confines of an air-conditioned room at home in front of the television – Abu Dhabi’s extensive calendar of promotions and events is full of ideas and inspiration for fun things to do to ensure the entire family is entertained during the summer months.

Stay cool this Abu Dhabi Summer Season (ADSS) and take part in the celebrations across the Emirate!

  1. Spend a Day in Al Ain

Al Ain Zoo is arguably one of the best attractions in the UAE for animal enthusiasts and guess what?! It’s included in the first-ever Abu Dhabi Summer Pass, jointly developed by Rayna Tours and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). The pre-paid pass grants users access to up to 16 key attractions, experiences, and across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain – including Al Ain Zoo – and is available for redemption from June 21 through August 18 for an all-inclusive price starting from AED230. Having too much fun in the Garden City of the UAE to go home? Why not make a night of it and stay at the Danat Al Ain Resort, which boasts both tennis and squash courts, as well as not one but three swimming pools? They’re offering a great summer deal that allows you 25% off their best available rate for a room, massages and selected food and beverage outlets.

  1. Hit the Shops

If retail action is more your speed, you’re in for a treat: Abu Dhabi Summer Season runs from June 21 to August 18, offering plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the summer sales of up to 80% off across 20 different malls. Shoppers will also have the chance to “Unbox the Amazing” – a shop and win retail promotion that allows shoppers the chance to win amazing deals on electronics, accessories, gift vouchers, luxury gifts and more. All you have to do is spend AED1000 or more. Additionally, you can enter the bi-weekly raffle draw to win a Nissan Patrol by Al Masaood Automobile for every AED250 spent, as well as get the chance to win luxury dining experience. There has never been a better time to buy big-ticket items, get the kids what they’ve been after.

  1. Eat Your Way Across Town

If you’re a family of foodies or have ever wanted to take a culinary tour of Abu Dhabi, now’s the time: DCT Abu Dhabi has partnered with Zomato to launch the Zomato Gold membership, which is open to both tourists and residents alike to bring you savings like never before. Signing up will get you savings of up to 25% on Zomato Gold membership at more than 200 restaurants across town, as well as access to an exclusive Zomato kids menu for just AED15 per child, specially curated for ADSS. Don’t feel like going out? The promotion is valid online as well, making it perfect for family dinners ordered in.

  1. Catch a show

Nothing screams magic and fantasy quite as much as a show with all of the bells and whistles, and luckily there are plenty of great shows to keep little ones entertained this summer. There will be key events featuring beloved characters from favourite shows to entertain family members of all ages: Nickelodeon Experience (August 6-15) starting from AED60, ALLDAY LIVE! (July 26-28) at Emirates Palace starting from AED145, Unite with Tomorrowland (July 28) at Du Forum, Yas Island starting from AED495, and SPARKLES OF INDIA (August 16-18) at Du Forum starting from AED85, and in Al Ain AROUND THE WORLD will start at 5:30pm between July 5th and August 14th at Bawadi Mall, Main Atrium.

  1. Try a ‘Staycation’

Sometimes, no matter how much you love home, you just need a change of scenery – but if you choose not to take the family overseas this summer, there are plenty of amazing ‘staycation’ deals for an escape right on your doorstep. The list of incredible hotels offering great ADSS deals – from discounted rates on hotel stays and spa treatments, to fitness centre and pool access and food and beverage deals, is seemingly endless, including Tilal Liwa Hotel, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Hyatt Capital Gate, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana and Centro Yas Island, Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andalus, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Emirates Palace, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, the Shangri La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, and Bab Al Qasr Hotel, to name just a few. For more details, check out the ADSS website at


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