A dance performance as part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2018. The summer festival, which started on June 21, comprises international shows, regional and Indian performances, concerts and comedy shows. Image Credit: DCT Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has joined forces with leading UAE event organisers for a fun-packed line-up of events for the Abu Dhabi Summer Season (ADSS) 2018.

The festival, which started on June 21, comprises international shows, regional and Indian performances, concerts and comedy shows. This annual anchor event is part of the emirate’s efforts to boost visitor numbers and increase hotel occupancy rates, with an aim of attracting 5.5 million visitors by the end of 2018.

A host of exciting events are being held at various venues and malls across the capital till August 18 as Abu Dhabi cements its status as a year-round destination for family leisure and entertainment.

Along with a full calendar of shows for all the entire family, hotels, malls and visitor attractions are offering enticing promotions and prizes throughout the 59-day festivities.

Here’s how you can join the fun with your family and friends. MBC Group will host the popular Nickelodeon show from August 6 to 15 where famous characters will be brightening up the summer with very special performances.

Join Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol for singalongs, meet-and-greets and non-stop activities.

“We are excited to launch for the first time in the Middle East the concept of Nickelodeon World from the capital Abu Dhabi, a concept for all kids to enjoy shows and activities from their favourite Nickelodeon characters. A concept that will hopefully be available for all families that visit Abu Dhabi year on year,” said Imad Salibi, activations manager, MBC Group

With their song going viral across the globe, kids and families can enjoy Pinkfong and Baby Shark interactive song-and-dance concert at Dalma Mall till June 30, at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

With a ‘Going on a Train Trip with Pinkfong and Baby Shark’ theme, the characters will get the whole family dancing to the beat of lively songs such as Hello Pinkfong, Walking Walking, The Penguin Dance, Jungle Boogie, Train, Monkey Bananas, See You Again Pinkfong and the widely popular Baby Shark song, which has had more than one billion views worldwide. There will also be exciting sessions of exclusive meet-and-greets, merchandise giveaways and photo opportunities with the mascots. Entry is free for all.

Shows and screenings

Around the World will start at 5.30pm between July 5 and August 14 at Bawadi Mall Stage, Main Atrium. Over the course of 41 days, families can discover new traditions as well as enjoying folklore dances from different countries with four daily performances. A different country will perform for six days, with the traditional Emirati dance, the Ayallah, taking place on the seventh day. Entry is free.

Say goodbye to purchasing tickets for individual cinema screenings and theatre shows. Allday Live! is going to be held from July 26 to 28 at Emirates Palace giving everyone the opportunity to buy a single ticket and watch multiple performances —— all in one location. Session 1 shows are at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, while Session 2 shows are slated for 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm.

A chillout zone has been designed to allow families to refresh in between shows while they wait for the next performance, with a selection of food and beverages from renowned outlets available. This year’s performances include Fireflies Shadow Theatre, and the Hollywood Special Effects Show.

One of the world’s biggest dance festivals, Unite with Tomorrowland will be live-streamed in Abu Dhabi at du Forum, Yas Island from 2pm to 2am from Boom, Belgium on July 28.

The UAE event will allow concert-goers to simultaneously rave along with a live broadcast synced with other countries.