SummerFest Abu Dhabi is a 52-day extravaganza spanning mid-summer, the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr.
Running June 27 to August 17, SummerFest Abu Dhabi features concerts comedy, theatre, international stars, sports, live shows, celebrity appearances and premieres, spread over four action-packed halls at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and du Forum on Yas Island.
At ADNEC, there’s a gigantic, three-storey Obstacle Course with rock climbing walls, zip lines, a maze and giant towers and the Extreme Tower Bag Jump. A live-action Cartoon Network Village will boast life-size, replica sets and interactive games featuring a magical line-up of much-loved characters from the region’s most popular cartoon TV network, while in a dedicated LEGO Zone visitors can recreate the Abu Dhabi skyline.
Over at Open Stage there are hourly mini-shows featuring the jaw-dropping genius of the Bubble Man, toddler-friendly Balloon Caricaturists and other thrilling stunt-based performances.
Show World kicks off with consecutive regional premieres. First-up, the Lazy Town live show will get kids out of their seats and active from June 27 to July 3 before much-loved Bananas in Pyjamas duo, B1 and B2, take-over for the side-splitting Banana-rific production from July 4 – 9.
At du Forum, a cache of popular English-speaking Arabic comedians will have audiences in stitches in early July, before theatre productions, stage performances and sport-based coaching clinics and tournaments roll out during Ramadan. The region’s leading Arabic singers will then usher in Eid Al Fitr celebrations from August 9-10.
SummerFest Abu Dhabi stars will make crowd-pulling appearances at malls across the emirate and there’s great seasonal deals and promotions at shopping centres, hotels and attractions. Al Forsan International Sports Resort will host a series of summer camps from July 10 to August 3.
Tickets to the ADNEC extravaganza are AED 40 (US$11) for adults and AED 20 (US$5.5) for under-12s. Kids under two-years-old enter free.