When the heat comes out to play so does a line up of amazing shows and activities. FACT has the lowdown on all things summer season as one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest annual events returns to the city. Check it out…
WHAT: 14TH EDITION OF FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
WHERE: BAWADI MALL, AL AIN WHEN: JULY 6-8 & AUGUST 3-5
Brush up on your football trivia and gear up for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup as the UAE prepares for the epic world renowned tournament! The event aims to engage the community with this popular tournament that is going to help further UAE’s already ourishing football legacy. Fans can expect a number of Mobile Roadshows, two of which will take place in Al Ain and will feature a series of activities that will test your football knowledge and soccer skills. The tournament is set to kick off on December 6 and a total of eight matches will be played across two stadiums.
WHAT: TALENTS AROUND THE WORLD
WHERE: BAWADI MALL MAIN ATRIUM STAGE, AL AIN
WHEN: JULY 9 TO AUGUST 31
Watch as impeccable talents from all around the world unite for some breathtaking performances. The event will feature a fun packed lineup of the best of global talent on one stage all for your viewing pleasure. Be prepared for a range of performances showcasing hip-hop dance, acrobatic performers, Shadow show performers, Irish tap dancers as well as a stunning reflector performance. All the participants will perform their winning showcases from their respective country’s Got Talent or various other talent shows. Mark your calendars!
WHAT: TOM AND JERRY LIVE SHOW- THE CRYSTAL QUEST
WHERE: AL RAHA THEATRE
WHEN: JULY 20-22
Relive your childhood memories and create some new ones too as Tom and Jerry are heading over to the capital for an amazingly entertaining live show! Join the cat and mouse duo as they venture into the unknown with some brand new friends and leave you rolling with laughter. The 75-minute stage show will feature 16 more characters. Tom and Jerry unexpectedly encounter the magical spirit- Taja, which leads to an amazing adventure for the famous pair. Watch as they’re transported to the long-lost Pawprint Island on a quest to find the four Lost Crystals of the Amulet. Equally fun for kids and adults alike!
WHAT: MASHA AND THE BEAR ON ICE
WHERE: ZAYED SPORTS CITY ICE RINK
WHEN: JULY 28 AND 29
Marvel this incredible show of skill and entertainment, featuring 30 ice- skaters, dancers and acrobats as they recreate the Russian fairy tale of three-year-old Masha and her friend the bear. The show, presented by Alchemy Project, combines theatre, musical art and figure skating in a spectacular setting for all the family. After capturing the hearts of children and parents alike, the Russian fairy tale inspired show is ready to make a splash with this unique concept for a truly authentic and comprehensive experience.
WHAT: MASTER ILLUSIONIST – AHMED EL BAYED TAKE OFF WORLD TOUR
WHERE:AL RAHA BEACH THEATRE
WHEN: AUGUST 3-5
Saudi Arabian master illusionist Ahmed El Bayed will visit Abu Dhabi as part of his first ‘Take Off World Tour’. The highly-regarded illusionist first performed at the age of five and now has legions of fans around the world, having perfected death- defying stunts and amazing feats of illusion. His live stage performances around the world has astonished millions for over 14 years since he opened the first theatre for live illusion shows in the Middle East earning him the title of the ‘Middle East’s Pioneer illusionist’. The show is organised by UAE event company Summit Events.
WHAT: IFTAH YA SIMSIM
WHERE: YAS MALL
WHEN: AUGUST 3-5
Your summer is about to get a whole lot better as everybody’s favourite puppet series, Iftah Ya Simsim is ready to hit the Abu Dhabi Summer Season! The programme will feature a never before seen Iftah Ya Simsim show, especially created for Abu Dhabi Summer 2017. The Arabic version of Sesame Street will be presenting a brand new show featuring performances by four of the main characters as they go on an exciting summer adventure. The show will be in Arabic and will showcase well-known classic songs and dancing to keep kids and adults entertained!
WHAT: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES GREEN AND EXTREME
WHERE: BAWADI MALL, AL AIN
WHEN: AUGUST 9-12
All you Ninja Turtles fans out there- get excited as the beloved franchise is here to take you to the underworld of New York City suburbs with a host of live shows and workshops! Kids can look forward to a number of adventurous games and interactive competitions like never before and a chance to meet their favourite Ninja Turtles characters.
The Green & Extreme workshop will also include Ninja Turtles makeovers, Turtles Tyre Race featuring obstacle courses and martial arts lessons where kids can learn ninja moves. Be prepared for the ultimate Ninja Turtle experience!
WHAT: TOM & JERRY – THE CHEESE MAZE
WHERE: DALMA MALL
WHEN: AUGUST 13-19
Take your kids on a fun filled adventure with an interactive and engaging Tom and Jerry themed maze! The exciting Cheese Maze is the perfect place for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time while playing along with their favourite cat and mouse team. The maze involves kids carrying a giant cheese all the way to Jerry who is waiting at the finish line. In order to succeed in their mission, they have to make their way through the maze while avoiding certain traps and obstacles as well as Tom himself. A truly enjoyable treat for the little ones!
Let laughter lighten the load as Hollywood superstar and comedian Mike Epps makes his Middle East debut in Abu Dhabi! Known for bringing tears of hilarity to people’s eyes all over the world,the Hollywood funnyman is ready to bring his global solo stand-up tour to the capital. Audiences can expect an epic dose of his goofy humour and hilarious impersonations of his much loved roles in Next Friday and The Hangover. Epps will be portraying comedy legend Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic alongside Oprah Winfrey and will be returning to the stage for a one- night only show. You surely do not want to miss this!
WHAT: NAMASTE ABU DHABI
WHERE: EMIRATES PALACE
WHEN: AUGUST 18
Dance to the tunes of the best of Bollywood as Namaste Abu Dhabi presents to you the hottest hits of the Indian film industry! Bollywood chart toppers return to the capital this summer to add an extra sizzle to the Abu Dhabi Summer Season. Showcasing hits that resonate greatly with the Indian film industry and culture, the performances will be in celebration of India’s Independence Day which is commemorated on 15th August. The show will feature a combination of dance moves and songs and a colourful series of compositions by phenomenal Indian talent! ✤
Visit www.abudhabievents.ae for more information.