Animals that children love will be the focus under the theme of Readers in the Jungle, part of the 2020 Summer Camp programme organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

This special summer programme will host a number of online workshops that include reading sessions, meeting favourite authors, a summer reading challenge and a magazine making competition. There will also be special ‘meet-ups’ for animal lovers, as well as further artistic and educational interactive broadcasts.

The camp will run from July 1-31 and will feature special workshops on drawing, writing and Arabic calligraphy for young adults, while adults can look forward to a programme that includes sessions covering topics such as entrepreneurship and photography. The programme will take place through a series of interactive workshops that will be broadcasted via Microsoft Teams, as well as a selection of pre-recorded workshops to be broadcast via the Maktaba social media channels.

The annual Summer Reading Challenge will be held over two months, starting July 1 and ending August 31, and requires those taking part to read 30 books. The Challenge is open to participants between the ages of 6 and 16 years and digital books can be borrowed from the DCT Abu Dhabi digital library at

“That we are now able to roll out this programme in the virtual space is an exciting development and we at DCT Abu Dhabi are eagerly looking forward to seeing youngsters and participants of all ages getting involved, as there really is something for everyone,” says Abdulla Majed Al Ali, executive director of DCT Abu Dhabi’s Dar Al Kutub sector.

“Over the past few months, children and young adults have particularly suffered due to the isolation and restrictions imposed by the worldwide pandemic. It’s a pleasure for us to be able to ease this by bringing some fun back into learning.”

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