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Schools Out! Top 25 Guide to What’s On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays.

Schools Out! Top 25 Guide to What’s On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays.

by Melanie SwanAugust 4, 2020

Background: Schools Out! What’s On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays. Our Top 25 recommendations in 2020.

With many of us opting to stay in the UAE this Summer, whether due to travel restrictions or to manage budgets, the old chestnut has come around again – what to do with our children in the Summer holidays.

We all feel the pressure to entertain our children and make their holidays – and our own as a family – as memorable as possible.

The good news? After months of lockdown, and all the “tizz” of Distance Learning, many much needed distractions are at hand – and have, finally, re-opened.

From summer camps to water parks, there is something for everyone, helping us all heal from ‘lockdown fever’. In all cases, those attractions we have reviewed have extensive adjustments in place to ensure the safety of families in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic.

In the following guide we have tried, as far as possible, to provide days out and activities that cover a range of budgets – and every attraction or activity is rated.





In the first look at activities for the Summer holidays, we focus on Summer Camps. Many of these are focused on sport, but here too you will also find other alternative options to bring the Summer holidays to life. SchoolsCompared picks our favourites to help deliver ‘Wow!’ and smiles!


Apollo Perelini Rugby Skills Academy Summer School 

Schools Out! Top 25 Guide to What's On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays. Here children at the Apollo Perelini Summer Holiday camp practice their jumping and running with the rugby ball skills in team trials.

What is it? An Academy focused steadfastly on improving rugby skills set up by one of the world’s greatest players.

Where is it? Various locations across Dubai

Tell me more …

Considered by many the best training school for rugby players in the UAE, Apollo Pereleni’s Summer Camps work so well because they are also focused on fun, character building and the broader life skills of the beautiful game. Boys and girls are equally welcome and the school is passionate about inspiring the future generation of world class players – as well as those who simply want to enjoy the game and build up the confidence to play socially. The Academy has been running for over a decade, is integrated into the life of many of the UAE’s top schools and was the first specialist rugby skills academy programme in Dubai.

Age: 5 Years to 18 years – younger players should contact the school.

When? Throughout the Summer holidays

Cost: AED230 per session / AED 840 per week

Opening Times: 9:00am to 1:00pm plus further hours as agreed

Contact Number: Selina on 0527771055


Website: Click here.

Fun Factor: ***** for aspiring rugby players

Value: **** relatively expensive – but the calibre of coaching is the best available.

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Arguably the best specialist rugby coaching Academy in the UAE delivers on its promise to fine tune the exact skills reqyired to compete at a global level – but the test of an outstanding school is the degree to which enjoyment and child happiness is integral to the delivery. It is here that Mr Pereleni’s Academy shines.


Go Pro Sports Academy Summer School Sessions

What is it? Hour long, individual Summer School sessions to develop core skills.

Where is it? Dubai English Speaking School

Tell me more …

Go-Pro Off Season Training Sessions at DESC (v2)


From circuit training to soccer skills, and Futsal to cardio, Go Pro Sports Academy is offering hour long Summer School sessions for boys and girls throughout the Summer Holidays at their base in Dubai English Speaking College. Fabulous facilities, expert instruction and lots of chances to make and build on friendships are on offer at this hugely respected UAE FA approved football academy.

Age: 6 years above

When? Throughout Summer holidays

Cost: AED100 per hour session

Opening Times: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Contact Number: Contact Kirk on 050 2845061


Website: Click here. Booking: Click here.

Fun Factor: *****

Value: *****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Lots of fun and energy are core ingredients of this proven, well respected Academy for aspiring young football players.


Smart Vision Virtual Summer School 

What is it?  A digital scrap book of ideas and activities to support parents keeping their children entertained as well as motivated academically.

Where is it?, – look for the tab on the home page that says Virtual Free Summer School

Tell me more …

Fabulous collection of ideas for family activities sent to parents each week to bring the Summer holidays alive. Aimed at Primary age children, there are a range of activities, tips and tricks and videos each recommended and explained by Smart Vision School’s Head of Primary. The aim is to support parents find at least one thing each week to entertain their children – often at little or no cost by an expert in primary education. Each Sunday the new “Scrap Book” of ideas is launched with a complete 7 days of wide-ranging and fascinating activities to entertain children and families.

Age: 3-11

When: This can be accessed by parents from anywhere in the UAE. Every Sunday the new activities are launched. 

Cost: Totally FREE as part of the school’s #InThisTogetherUAE and #InThisTogetherDubai initiative to give back to families.

Opening Times: 24/7

Contact Number: 050 168 4268


Website: Click here.

Fun Factor: **** Everybody needs a one stop shop for new ideas like non-cook play dough, fitness Zumba and daily challenges, science cards and mental maths games! It’s learning, fun and fitness all combined into one place.

Value: *****Better than finding Willie Wonka’s Golden Ticket – free resources compiled by a school leader with 20 years experience.

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Impressive and caring, the value here cannot be argued with – an incredible range of materials written by a Head of Primary all for free to support the community.


IFA Sport Summer School Football Camp.

What is it?  Football camp

Where is it? Dubai Sports World @ Dubai World Trade Centre

Tell me more …

IFA Football Camps are designed to give children of all ages the opportunity to progressively develop their football skills in a fun and positive environment.  During the five-day camps, players will learn about all areas of the game under the tutelage of the vastly experienced UEFA qualified coaching team.

Each day focuses on a different aspect of football with themes such as ‘Stay On The Ball’, ‘Control Possession’, ‘Take Your Chance’ and ‘Win The Ball’.

The summer camps are open to boys and girls – and children of all abilities throughout the Summer holidays.

Age: Children must be aged between 4-14 years old.

When? IFA Sport Summer Camps take place every Sunday – Thursday throughout the summer.

Cost: AED65 per hour, discount packages available.

Opening Times: 9am-12:00pm Sunday to Thursday

Contact Number: 055 886 7243 / 04 4541683


Website: Click here.

Fun Factor: ***** Though there is a structured curriculum, there are bags of fun to be had.

Value: ***** Sessions are jam packed with content and run in small groups. We rate value high.   

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: After months at home, this structured programme is just what children need to ease them back into school PE, with plenty of fun and new friends to be found too!


Fly High Fitness Multi-Sport Camp.

What is it? Sports and arts and crafts camp

Where is it? Green Community / Dubai Investment Park

Tell me more…

Schools Out! Top 25 Guide to What's On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays showing children looking up training at the Fly High Summer Camp in Dubai UAE.

With a huge offering of sports from gymnastics to martial arts, as well as arts and crafts, children will be in a colourful haven. The camp offers children the chance to experiment with activities they may not get to experience at school, as well as meet new friends at this enormous space.

Age: Open to children of all ages, 3-16, there is something for every age and ability.

Cost: AED110-150 for half/full day / 475/575 half/full day week

Opening times: Half Day 8.30-12.30 / Full Day 8.30-14.30

Contact number: 04 244 9075


Website: Click here.

Fun factor: ***** Blending learning and fun, there is so much to thrill the little ones here during the Summer holidays, led by experts in coaching children.

Value: ***** With so much under one roof, there is more on offer here than most camps. The facility is less than two years old so is top quality, and well maintained.

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: With so many sports on offer, the camps are great value. Whether children are just full of beans and need to expel excess energy or they are genuinely sports lovers, there is much to pique their interest at this beautiful, spacious facility. After weeks of lockdown, this variety and stimulation is just what the children need. It may just inspire their passion for sport too. Highly recommend. 


Parkour DXB Superhero Training Camp Summer School.

Schools Out! Top 25 Guide to What's On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays. Here children at PARKOUR DXB learn how to fly across buildings during the Summer holidays.

What is it? Sports camp for the superhero wannabes

Where is it? Parkour DXB, 5 15A St, Al Quoz, Dubai

Tell me more…

Blending play with sport, the Parkour Dxb camps teach children skills including running, jumping, rolling and climbing, traversing obstacles and much more. As much about developing mental agility as well as physical, this camp is for the adventure seekers and superheroes seeking adventure in the Summer holidays.

Age: Groups are split between 6-9 and 10-14 year-olds and all are welcome.

Cost: AED 700-1000 per week depending on limited amount of hours allowed

Timings: To be confirmed

Contact: 800 PARKOUR ( 8007275687)


Website: click here. 

Fun factor: *****

Value: ****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: While indoors is the only realistic play option during the summer, this hits all the targets. Making children move in a way that comes naturally to them, this develops not only physical skills but mental too. Very kind and caring team leaders are the icing on the cake. Fabulous.


Ecoventure Summer Holiday Camp at Kings’ Schools.

Kings- Ecoventure Multiactivity Program_compressed

What is it? From academia to sport, a Summer Camps covering numerous interests to inspire children throughout the Summer holidays.

Where is it? Kings’ School Dubai, Kings’ School Al Barsha & Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba

Tell me more…

The schools are offering two camps, so that parents can choose from a wide range of activities from sports to STEM, arts and crafts to performing arts, all tailored to a child’s needs.

Age: Catering for 3-12-year-olds, this could be the perfect place to learn something new, or do a little bit of distance learning catch-up before September term starts.

Timings: Drop off and pickup: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: AED 875 for the week (Early bird price is AED 775) / Daily rate AED 200

Contact number: 0543351174


Website: Click here.  

Fun factor: ****

Value: ****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Though it may seem pricey to some, the structured curriculum could be just what many of the little ones need to help ease them back into a format resembling school after the long months at home. It is also a fun way to help get them learning and catching up, in case they have fallen behind in subjects, while having them get used to socialising again in similar surroundings they may find themselves in come September. The delivery is exceptionally professional.


Dubomedy Comedy Summer School.

What is it?  Dubai-based comedy outfit Dubomedy is launching a special online summer arts camp for kiddos and teens to get creative, with each week-long programme specifically designed to work virtually right in the living room.

Where is it?  At home

Tell me more …

Children experiment with the likes of drama and storytelling to making percussion instruments with recycled objects, singing, creative movement, drawing, martial arts, yoga and much more. The instructors all come from impressive backgrounds in the likes of TV, film and theatre, so will be set to make mini stars of the children in no time.

Age: The camps have been divided into two age groups, from 5-7 and 8-14 with a more targeted intensive comedy camp for 13-16-year-olds.

Timings: Classes begin July 19/20 – timings vary by age group

Cost: From AED600

Website: Click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: ****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: A wonderful way to introduce children to the performing arts, especially for those who would prefer to stay home and learn. With costs as much as AED600, it may get a little more expensive, but the level of teachers brings massive value to the course.



Water based activities for children and families in Dubai during the Summer holidays

There are plenty of places to cool off during the summer months, indoors and out, from water parks to aquariums – these are our top tips for the very best the UAE has to offer.


Atlantis Aquaventure.

Illustration of Atlantis Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai - a favourite for children during the Summer holidays

What is it? One of the world’s best loved water parks

Where is it? Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah

Tell me more…

This magnificent waterscape at Atlantis, set amongst 17 hectares (42 acres) of lush greenery, this water park is offering great deals for residents this summer. With over 30 rides and attractions, including the longest river in the Middle East at 2.3km long (which takes a staggering 45 minutes to float around!).  There is something here for all the family. For many parents, this is the go-to attraction of the Summer holidays.

Age: Whole family

Timings: 10am to sunset daily

Cost: Day entry starts from AED 235 but is currently on offer at AED 119 and children 0-2 years of age are free.

Website: click here.

Fun factor: *****

Value: *****

Overall Schools Compared verdict: Though it is usually quite a pricey day out for the family, the current offers make it well worth jumping on. It’s a great way to keep cool and have a full, fun day packed with things to do. Very highly recommend.


The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

What is it? A magical maze of tunnels and passageways known as The Lost Chambers

Where is it? Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah

Tell me more…

Visitors can see the likes of starfish and pencil urchins, both found in local Arabian waters, and horseshoe crabs, the spiders of the sea, allow them to touch, feel and interact with sea life. Special exhibits are dedicated to different sea creatures, such as the delicate moon jellyfish, lively lobster and glittery anchovies – each fascinating to watch and with a story to tell. Something for all ages, this is a magical way to introduce children to marine life from the region and beyond. The largest aquarium in the Middle East and Africa, you can sit for hours mesmerised by colour and the magic of the underwater world.

Timings: 10:00am-10:00pm daily

Cost: Day entry starts from AED65. Children 0-2 years of age are free.

Website: click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: ****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: A fairly inexpensive way to introduce children to the wonders of the underwater world. The setting makes for a special day out when combined with a family lunch at the famous resort.


Dubai Ice Rink.

What is it? Ice skating

Where is it? Dubai Mall

Tell me more:

This full-sized Olympic skating rink is perfect to stay active and cool at the same time during the summer months. Great for birthday parties or even lessons (starting at AED120 per hour for private sessions age 4+) the location in the heart of Dubai Mall means that there is plenty to do to keep the little ones entertained in and around the area. Good value and will be sure to wear the children out.

Cost: Children under 100cm 45 / Adults 100 (child’s admission includes helmet)

Timings: Slots must be booked 12.15-20.15

Contact: 800-DUBAI-MALL (800 38224 6255)


Website: click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: ****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Great value, and fun for all the family. It’s not as easy as it looks for beginners and lessons are, we think, a must to avoid frustration and tears (the falls hurt!).


Fish Tales Tour.

What is it? Behind the scenes of Atlantis The Palm’s marine world

Where is it? Atlantis the Palm

Tell me more…

Visitors can go behind the scenes to see what it takes to care for more than 65,000 marine animals in Atlantis with this fascinating and informative behind the scene tour. Following the water’s path to the likes of the filtration systems, the tour reveals the 5.9km of pipe work used to filter the lagoon (which is longer that the length of the Palm itself) as well as showcasing the jobs of the 45 people who work around the clock to ensure the water is successfully filtered. Guests are then welcomed to the Atlantis fish hospital and nursery, where interactions with new-born jellyfish, seahorses, clownfish, sharks and rays happen daily. The tour culminates with a visit to the fish kitchen where the team prepare more than 400 kilos of food per day, followed by a fish feeding.

Age: Whole family

Timings: 10:00am-5:00pm daily.

Cost: From AED45. Children 0-2 years of age are free.

Website: click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: *****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: A unique and inexpensive insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a massive marine operation, and could just pique the interest of the next marine biologists. We like this ALOT – for the right type of child, particularly those that are inquisitive, this is a must.


Aqua Trek.

What is it? Underwater walking tour amongst over 65,000 species of marine life

Where is it? Atlantis The Palm

Tell me more…

One of the newest additions to Dubai’s attractions, this state-of-the-art water thrill will see intrepid explorers descend a ladder three metres to a ledge in The Ambassador Lagoon whilst wearing an Aquatrek helmet. This helmet receives a continuous supply of air (three times more than what you normally breathe), so that the entire head remains dry. Once you have reached the ledge, you will embark on a guided underwater walking tour of one of the biggest open-air aquariums in the world, coming face-to-face with some 65,000 marine animals including sharks, stingrays, and schools of multi-coloured fish. Children must be 8+.

Age: Whole family

Timings: 2:00pm-4:00pm daily.

Cost: From AED 395 per person.

Website: click here.

Fun factor: *****

Value: ***

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Expensive for the whole family but certainly an unforgettable experience. It’s difficult to put a price on so many of the activities at Atlantis. This is a world class resort and the adventures here are, generally, expensive – but with good reason. The pressure on parents financially can be high, so we think these should be pitched as for special occasions to manage expectation of daily returns.


Dolphin Bay.

What is it? 4.5 hectare dolphin education and conservation centre and interaction habitat.

Where is it? Atlantis The Palm

Tell me more…

Created to bring enlightenment and education to visitors about one of the ocean’s most fascinating and loved inhabitants, adults and children alike have the opportunity to meet and interact with one of the world’s most charismatic animals in an unparalleled encounter programme.

Age: Guests under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years and older), with one adult per three children per interaction.

Timings: 10:00am-sunset daily.

Cost: Experiences start from AED 600 per person. Ticket price includes entry to Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark.

Website: click here.

Fun factor: *****

Value: ***

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: We believe animals thrive best in their natural environments, but this is an inspirational way for children to learn about these magical creatures. As it’s one of the most pricey attractions, it’s best kept for a very special occasion and, arguably, when children are really old enough to fully enjoy it. Experiences range in price, with almost nothing impossible – but its the treat for the Summer holidays, at its most expensive, for those with deep pockets. For many adults too, this is one for the memory box.


Name: Sea Lion Point.

What is it? Meet the fascinating sea lion

Where is it?  Atlantis The Palm

Tell me more:

Sea Lion Point allows guests the opportunity to meet and interact with one of the world’s most charming marine mammals in an unparalleled encounter.

Age: Guests under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years and older), with one adult per three children per interaction.

Timings: 10:00am to sunset daily.

Cost: Summer Holiday Experiences start from AED 425 per person. Ticket price includes entry to Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark.

Website: click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: ***

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Pricey day out for the whole family and definitely not as good as seeing them in their natural habitats, but they are a creature to be watched with wonderment. Feedback from families with young children is exceptional.


Ski Dubai.

What is it? A ski resort …. in the desert.

Where is it? Mall of the Emirates

Tell me more …

However incongruous, Ski Dubai has established itself as one of the mainstays of the Dubai school Summer holiday attractions for families. We recommend highly the Learn to Ski or Snowboard packages for those new to the sports (you need to call if you ant to book for a child). This is also a fabulous location for birthday parties that fall in the holidays. We rate value exceptional.

Age: All ages.

When? Through out the Summer holidays, seven days a week

Cost: AED 600 Packages, AED 250 to AED 490 for unlimited access.

Opening Times: Sunday – Wednesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, Friday- Saturday
9:00 am – 11:00 pm

Contact Number: Visit or book online

Email: Visit or book online

Website: Click here.

Fun Factor: *****

Value: *****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Learning to ski in Dubai would many years ago have been unimaginable and we tend to take it for granted. We shouldn’t. This is a fabulous activity for families and the value here is exceptional. Being able to teach our children to ski is a gift that they will cherish for life.


Wild Wadi.

What is it? The water park that started it all and earned a place for Dubai on the world map of water attractions.

Where is it? Opposite the Burj Al Arab.

Tell me more … A must visit destination, not least to be able to compare with Atlantis.

Age: All ages 0 to adult

When? Tuesday to Sunday throughout the Summer holidays

Cost: AED 99 single day, AED 297 for 3 months access

Opening Times: 10:00am to 6:00pm Tuesday to Sunday. Monday closed.

Contact Number: +971 4 348 4444


Website: Click here.

Fun Factor: *****

Value: ***** for three month pass.

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: For many this remains the best waterpark in the UAE – but whatever your view, we are spoiled for choice with both Atlantis and Wild Wadi on our doorstep. Highly recommend, particularly for young families. Service and care here is outstanding.



Getting back to nature in activities for families and children during the Summer holidays in Dubai and the UAE

The great outdoors and natural world – and the chance to feel the rush of something real – does exist in the UAE, if you just know where to look …..


The Green Planet.

Schools Out! Top 25 Guide to What's On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays. Here an image of wildlife at The Green planet destination for children and families during the Summer holidays.

What is it? A four-story origami style glass bio-dome that invites guests to explore the planet’s fascinating flora and fauna through an immersive expedition into the tropics.

Where is it? City Walk, Dubai

Tell me more…

Designed as an enclosed ecosystem, The Green Planet recreates the enchanting world of a tropical forest with over 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree. Each of the four levels reflects a level of the rainforest. The Flooded Rainforest comes complete with a giant aquarium filled with species such as arapaima, arowana and graceful stingrays. The Green Planet is also home to the region’s first bat cave that recreates the Seba’s bats’ natural habitat, and stays true to the cozy low-lit environments they thrive in. The Green Planet inspires people of all ages and nationalities to learn about and care more for every single plant and animal that inhabits the earth.

Age: Open to ages 6+.

Timings: 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday

Cost:  AED110 for entry, with a complimentary breakfast or lunch meal from Mondays-Thursdays (must book in advance)

Phone: +971 4317 3999 or 800637227


Website: click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: ****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: A wonderful introduction into the natural world, offering insights into habitats a world away from life in Dubai. Another attraction that makes you realise just how lucky we are to live in the UAE. Fabulous.


Hatta Kayak.

What is it? Kayaking in the stunning surrounds of the Hajar Mountains

Where is it?  Hatta Dam

Tell me more…

In the magical midst of the Hajar Mountains, lies the Hatta Dam, with its turquoise waters, offering a peaceful escape from the city and some tranquillity for the Summer holidays. Slightly cooler than inner city temperatures, this is an activity for early in the morning, or towards sunset, or even a night ride, but offers the chance to feel like you’ve retreated to nature, when there is little opportunity to be outside during the hotter season. There are also pedals and double kayaks to ensure the whole family can enjoy the experience.

Age: Children 3+.

Timings: 7-11am / 3-9pm

Cost: Single kayak AED60 / Double AED120 / Pedal boats AED150 (per hour) / Electric donut boat, AED300

Contact: +971566162111

Website: click here.

Fun factor: *****

Value: *****

Overall Schools compared verdict: Great value, and breathtaking scenery. The drive alone is worth taking for its dramatic desert scenery, and we recommend packing a picnic not only to keep the cost down but because it adds to the magic and sense of an adventure. Very highly recommend..


Name: Stand Up paddling

What is it? Modified surf activity where ‘surfers’ stand on a large board and paddle on the ocean

Where is it? Surf House, near Burj Al Arab

Tell me more…

Stand up paddling or SUP, has boomed in Dubai in recent years. Warm and calm water make it the perfect way to spend time on the ocean. Little ones can hop on with the parents, while the bigger children can start to learn the tricks of the paddle on smaller boards to get them started. A great combination of getting out into nature, as well as staying active.

Cost: From AED80 per hour / AED300 per day

Timings: From sunrise to sunset

Contact: +971 50 5043020

Website: click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: **

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: a fun activity for all the family but. relative to other attractions, we think expensive. No experience is necessary to be able to enjoy getting out onto these very user friendly boards – and the cost is justified by the exceptional care and investment in safety.


Name: Aventura Nights

Schools Out! Top 25 Guide to What's On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays. Photograph shows child playing trapeze high wire artist on a rope footbridge over the Dubai skyline at Aventura in Dubai. Aventura is a top destination for the school holidays.

What is it? The ultimate outdoor adventure where kids can zipline, climb, traverse obstacles and more

Where is it? Mushrif Park

Tell me more…

With over 85 exhilarating challenges across five different levels, off the ground and between the trees, this is a near perfect, yet physical, escape into nature. Set amongst the city’s Ghaf forest, the experience is recommended for children and adults alike, with something for every age and ability. Visitors can conquer one of the longest series of thrilling tree-top zip-lines in the region, and leap across the great 25-meter Tarzan jump.

Cost: Summer Holidays Special during July, August & September 2020 AED125 pp inclusive of unlimited water, branded water bottle, rental gloves and rental headlight.

Timings: New timings during the months of July, August, September are Thursday to Sunday – 5pm until Midnight

Contact: +971(0)521787 616 /


Website: click here.

Fun factor: *****

Value: *****

Schools Compared Verdict: With all of us itching to get out of the house, this is a great activity for the family with the comfort of isolation yet surrounded by nature. Reduced prices make this a nice special treat to do something a little bit different. We rate this very highly.


Theme Parks for Children.

For an exhausting day out in the Summer holidays nothing tops a theme park for children. We choose the top two for children of different ages. Worth noting that Dubai Parks and Resorts, which would normally feature, has yet to announce a Summer opening.


Name: IMG Worlds of Adventure

What is it? Theme park with some of the kids’ favourite characters from Marvel and Cartoon Network

Where is it? Close to Global Village

Tell me more…

From Spider Man to Hulk, The Powerpuff Girls to Ben 10, there is a great variety for the whole family at one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks. With multiple adventure zones, including Cartoon Network and Lost Valley, it’s easy to spend the day here, losing track of time. From Indian cuisine to Burritos, hot dogs to hamburgers, there are a ton of dining options as well as a 12 screen multiplex if you feel like you want to take the weight off your feet.

Cost: Summer offer – AED20 entry and a new ‘pay as you go’ system of AED25 per ride. No more annual passes.

Timings: 12 noon to 10pm from July 10

Contact: 600 500 962 / 600 500 WOA or +971 4 403 8888 /

Website: click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: **

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Though the new offer seems tempting, the previous annual pass rate of AED550 was much better value. We hope they bring them back soon, allowing families to make multiple visits without having to ration the rides. As it stands, you will soon be into triple figures for a family trip at AED25 per ride.



What is it? Edu-tainment centre blending learning and role play

Where is it? Dubai Mall

Tell me more…

This is a space for creativity, play and learning all rolled into one. A replica city, children can take on over 70 role-playing activities, pretending to be anything from doctors to pilots. In the 7,000 m2 space, activities teach about jobs, money and the real world while developing life skills that are often not taught in the classroom. Not only can children use their imagination and explore, but this may just be the place that inspires their future career dreams.

Age: 2-16 years-old

Timings: 10am-10pm Sunday to Wednesday, 10am-11pm Thursday to Saturday.

Cost: Children 1+ from AED195

Website: click here.

Fun factor: ****

Value: ****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Good value and a strong blend of learning and fun. In the hot weather, this gives children plenty to do in a cool environment, as well as offering a possible spot for birthday parties.

Part 5.


Treats for the Summer holidays

For our final two recommendations we have chosen a destination further afield. The last are definitely not the least. Prepare for ‘Wow!’


Jebel Jais Flight.

What is it? World’s longest zip line

Where is it? Jais Mountain, Ras Al Khaimah

Tell me more…

Jebel Jais Flight is the world’s longest zip line soaring through the breathtaking scenery of the Hajar Mountain range, the UAE’s Grand Canyon. At speeds of over 120kph, visitors can go side by side, two at a time, on the Superman style zip line, across 2,832 meters. The experience lasts around one hour, and takes off from the spectacular launching platform located at 1,680 meters above sea level, where its transparent suspended floor leaves visitors grasping for the handles.

Age/restrictions: Minimum height 122cms and weight, minimum 40kg, maximum 130kg.

Cost: Special offers of around 54% mean it’s the best time to go (as long as you’re there very early or later in the day to ensure temperatures are still tolerable). Instead of AED650, tickets are just AED300.

Timings: First slot 9am, last slot 4pm.

Contact: +971 (0)50 423 1542


Website: click here.

Fun factor: *****

Value: *****

Overall Schools Compared Verdict: This is certainly a once in a lifetime experience and is a bargain at this discounted summer rate. Though it’s hot now, temperatures are always slightly cooler up in the mountains so this offers a wonderful escape to nature, with the most spectacular scenery as well as jaw-dropping adrenaline adventures all round. Outstanding.


Name: Jais Sky Maze

Schools Out! Top 25 Guide to What's On and What to Do in the Summer Holidays. Here a photograph of the sweeping ladders into the sky at JAIS Sky adventure for children during the 2020 UAE Summer hols.

What is it? Giant obstacle course for all the family

Where is it? Jais Mountain, Ras Al Khaimah

Tell me more…

Amidst the beautiful Hajar Mountains, this 10m elevated obstacle course where participants are safety harnessed all around, is sure to get the heart pumping. Obstacles include rope swings, wobbly bridges, swinging loops and more. With two levels of endless fun, this is a fun adventure for any age.

Timings: First entry 10.30am, last 4.30pm

Cost: AED56-75

Contact: +971 (0)50 423 1542


Website: Click here.

Fun factor: *****

Value: *****


Overall Schools Compared Verdict: Good value adventure seeking that gets you out of the city and into nature. Unforgettable scenery makes this a beautiful day trip or a weekend staycation destination at any one of the emirate’s array of hotels and white sandy beaches. An absolute treat for the Summer holidays. Highly recommend.

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