Clear your calendars! Bigger, better, barmier than ever, Abu Dhabi Summer Season is back for another year. A month-long programme of fun-packed, family-friendly events from 20 July to 20 August, the festival sees a series of theatrical shows take place across the Emirate as leading hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi and the five-star Al Ain Rotana offer up to 30 per cent off standard room rates.
Highlights this year include live cartoon capers with the famous cat-and-mouse duo at Tom & Jerry: The Crystal Quest at both downtown Abu Dhabi (20–22 July) and Al Ain (27–29 July) as well as a big-budget, Broadway-style Bollywood comedy musical Balle Balle: The Big Fat Indian Wedding (9–10 August).
For venue details and the full line-up of events, see the official Abu Dhabi events calendar.
The day planner
Summer in the city
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Take the daily 10am tour of the largest bird hospital in the world (Sunday – Thursday only) at the Falcon Hospital.
Chill out with a sushi lunch at Zuma, one of the capital’s best Japanese restaurants.
Beat the heat at Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi’s biggest water park. Open until 8pm daily all summer.