Summer camps


Phineas and Ferb had it right — the annual problem for every generation is finding a good way to spend the summer vacation, especially if you’re not travelling or going away for the summer. Turn your kids into happy (and productive) campers for the next 90 days by signing them up for one or more of these summer camps across the UAE.

Abu Dhabi

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort: The hotel’s children’s club Sandcastle has a summer camp running from July 7-August 29 for kids aged four to 12. Trained experts will conduct art and crafts sessions, offer dance lessons, outdoor exercises, competitive games, swimming, Zumba classes, water-based activities and obstacle courses. Daily package costs Dh263 and weekly packages cost Dh1,030 including snacks and lunch. From 9am-3.30pm; call 02 498 8991 or email


The Hive: The experimental arts venue is running a host of workshops as part of the Summer Camp running from July 7-July 18. There’ll be drama sessions, a course on elocution and public speaking using the medium of radio. RJ Malavika will train chatterboxes aged 12-15 to structure their thoughts into concise speech and produce a podcast that they can then take home. Even the gift of the gab takes some practice. Drama and elocution workshops cost Dh630 per child; sessions covering public speaking and podcasts costs Dh1,050 for two weeks. Call 055-9920718.

Dubai Sports World: The annual indoor sporting arena that sets up shop at the Dubai World Trade Centre is back for the summer with a line-up of sports and fitness activities. Budding athletes can get moving with their 16-week schedule summer camps led by 14 partner academies such as AC Milan Academy. Kids can choose from football, basketball, cricket, badminton, tennis, gymnastics, archery and more. For prices and timings, visit

Tashkeel: Things get mechanical at Tashkeel’s summer camp sessions conducted by Engineers to Be. The after-school engineering club will teach kids to design their very own fully functional hydraulic bridges and remote-controlled race cars under the guidance of actual engineers. Others workshops include wire sculpturing, screen-printing, woodworking and cyanotype art prints. Courses run from July 7-11 and July 14-18, from 10am-1pm; individual classes cost Dh289 and Dh1,365 for a weeklong course.

Ivy Camps, Dunecrest American School: US-based Ivy Camps is helping UAE’s whiz kids aged five to 12 get a leg up with their academic camps that are conducted by instructors from some of the world’s top universities. The two-week sessions in early August combine academic and recreational activities and include workshops training kids to build their own businesses, discover a passion for performing arts and a Junior Ivy program that will teach them critical thinking, independent decision making and team-building. From August 4-8 and 11-15; Dh1,950 per week. Classes run from 9am-3.30pm. Visit

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi: The hotel’s summer camp sessions from July 7-August 29 will include an array of programs that runs the gamut of obstacle courses and float fit sessions that build team work and survival skills as well as creative activities that go beyond arts and crafts and embrace environmental awareness — think tree planting and ocean awareness. Kids can also pick up football, basketball, boxing, swimming, kayaking, basic core fitness and first aid skills. Dh850 per child per week and Dh190 for a day pass for non-members. Call 04 318 1315 or email

DIY workshops: Hardware store Speedex is hosting DIY workshops for kids from July 7-September 4. They can pick up skills such as Macrame, decoupage and hand-painting for Dh75 per workshop. Visit

British Orchard Nursery: Story time extends way beyong bedtime at the BON Summer Stories camp for pre-schoolers aged one to four. Award-winning author Julia Donaldson’s nine popular rhyming stories will be used to foster imagination and creativity in kids during the nine-week camp. Until August 29, at all British Orchard Nursery branches. From Dh650. Visit

Hub Zero, City Walk: The gaming and entertainment venue is hosting Meraas’ Leisure and Entertainment Summer Camp that is a perfect blend of educational activities and fun. Kids will enjoy a range of interactive experiences at The Green Planet, Mattel Play! Town, Roxy Cinemas, and Laguna Waterpark at La Mer too as part of the camp that runs from July 7 to August 29. There’ll be bio-dome explorations, rainforest scavenger hunts, ballet classes, live shows at Mattel Play Town, Karate class, laser mazes and more at Hub Zero and movie screenings at Roxy Cinema. From 8am-4pm; Dh375 per day or Dh855 per week, all including breakfast, lunch and a snack. Email for details.

The Sustainable City: This camp equips your kids with the knowledge and tools to battle climate change and become responsible citizens of the future by highlighting issues such as dwindling fresh water supplies, importance of local food production, renewable energy, recycling and wildlife education through fun activities like baking brownies in a solar oven, designing electric cars and creating life-size marine sculptures using recycled material. From July 7–August 29, for four to 10-year-olds. Dh700 per child and Dh1,260 for two children for a week of full-day camp. Call 04 589 6991 or email

Pinoy pop

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Enjoy a double-dose of Filipino pop as Martin Nievera and Lani Misalucha team up for concert at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday (July 5). Fans can catch the music stars perform their top tracks as part of their World Alliance ME Tour that aims to bring a sense of home to Filipino expats around the Middle East. Zabeel Hall 4, show starts at 7.30pm; tickets from Dh100 at

Being woman

Arzoo Malhotra

Dubai-based stand-up comic Arzoo Malhotra is making her debut with the show Unladylike at The Junction on July 11 before her performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Indian-born American expat will take the audience on the journey of what being a modern woman involves, while juggling her multicultural identity. Tickets from Dh50 at the; show starts at 8pm.