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Summertime is camp time in the UAE

School is nearly over and the long, hot holidays stretch ahead. Not sure how to keep your kids entertained? Check out our guide to this year's best summer camps

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The UAE boasts a number of summer camps, which cater to a wide-range of needs.

Dubai Holiday Camps

What? Action-packed days with more than 20 different activities on offer, including football, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, bouncy castles, outings, arts and crafts and lost more.
Where? Five venues - three schools for ages three to 14, and two nurseries taking ages two to four. In the school venues, they offer programmes for ages three and four.
How much? Dh125 per day, or Dh525 per week for Deira International School. Dh150 per day, or Dh625 per week, for DIA in Emirates Hills, Raffles in Jumeirah, or either of the nursery venues in the Marina and The Lakes, Dubai Holiday Camps offers door-to-door transportation, a ‘100 per cent money back guarantee' and sibling discounts. Call 050-1636292, 055-6825076, or 056-1579219, or visit

Blossom Passport Summer Camp

What? Cooking, art, a splash pool, an indoor soft play area with a ball pit and weekly parties for ages two and above.
Where? Blossom Children's Nursery (04-3486275) and Blossom Village Nursery (04-3948837) - both in Umm Suqeim area.
How much? From 8am until 1pm, Dh180 per day or Dh790 per week; from 8am to 3pm, Dh210 per day or Dh890 per week; and from 8am to 5pm, Dh240 per day or Dh990 per week. Pay for eight weeks before June 30 and get 10 per cent off. Visit   

Camp Kidville 

What? Gym, arts and crafts, music and hands-on exploration activities for 18 months to six years.
Where? JBR (04-4401200), Mirdif (04-2363648), or Motor City (04-4542760)
How much? Prices start at Dh400 per week for two days per week, but vary depending on age and the number of days. Children aged 18 to 24 months can go from 10am to 12pm, whereas ages two to six can go from 9am to 1pm. Snack included. Visit

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

What? Exciting weekly itineraries for ages five to 12, including fitness classes and activities, music and dance workshops, arts and crafts and trips to Wild Wadi.
Where? Sinbad Kids' Club, Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
How much? Running from 10am to 4pm from Mondays to Thursdays. Non-members can sign up at a price of Dh200 per day, or Dh850 per week. Discounts for members. Price includes lunch and snacks. Call 800-JUMEIRAH or visit

IFA's Beat The Heat camp

What? Indoor sports camps offering sports such as football, cricket, dodgeball, tennis, hockey volleyball, basketball and more for ages five to 15. Full-day programmes run from 9am to 3pm, and half-day programmes from 9am to 12pm, or from 12pm to 3pm.
Where? Star International School, Umm Al Sheif
How much? Price options include Dh90 for a half day, Dh180 for a full day, Dh450 for three full days and Dh650 for a week of full days. Call 04-4541683, email, or visit

Favourite Things Summer Camp

What? A whole host of activities for ages two to eight, including dance and sing-along songs, cooking and crazy science, puppet shows and dress-up. Each week is based on a different theme, such as Bugs and Butterflies, Fun With Colours, and Under The Sea.
Where? Favourite Things Mother and Child, Dubai Marina Mall.
How much? Dh620 per week from 9.30am to 1.30pm, or Dh520 for members, including snacks. Call 04-4341984 or visit

Hilton Abu Dhabi

What? Ages four to 12 can enjoy snorkelling, treasure hunts, water polo, outings, face painting, cooking classes, and various activities.
Where? Hilton Abu Dhabi.
How much? Dh170 per day, or Dh800 per week, running from 9am to 3pm. Call 02-6811900, or email for details.

Active Sports Academy

What? Everything from football, cricket and basketball to art, gymnastics and cheerleading. Catering for ages four to 14, from 8.30am to 2pm.
Where? Regent International School, Dubai English Speaking School and Wafi.
How much? Dh150 per day, Dh375 for three days, or Dh550 for five days. Call 050-5597055, or email Discounts available.

Language Summer Camp

What? Dar El Ilm language school's summer camp offers children the chance to learn Arabic, French or English while enjoying fun activities, such as arts and crafts, role play and songs, in a relaxed environment.
Where? Dubai World Trade Centre, Shaikh Zayed Road.
How much? Dh660 per week, from 9.30am to 12.30pm from Sundays to Wednesdays. Call 04-3310221, or visit

Kids' Theatre Works!

What? Singing, acting, dancing and creative writing for ages three to six, and seven to 12. Each week follows a different theme and culminates in a performance for parents.
Where? Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, or Emirates British Nursery in Mirdif.
How much? Dh750 per week - 9am to 2pm for the younger ages; 9am to 3pm for the older group. Call 050-1585653, or visit