1 Hit the shops

If retail action is more your speed, you’re in for a treat: Besides discounts of up to 80 per cent in 20 malls, shoppers spending a minumum of Dh1,000 also have the chance to “Unbox the Amazing” - a shop and win retail promotion that allows them to win amazing deals on electronics, accessories, gift vouchers, luxury gifts and more. Additionally, they can enter the bi-weekly raffle draw to win a Nissan Patrol by Al Masaood Automobiles for every Dh250 spent.


2 Eat your way across town

If you’re a family of foodies or have ever wanted to take a culinary tour of Abu Dhabi, now’s the time: DCT Abu Dhabi has partnered with Zomato to launch the Zomato Gold membership, which is open to both tourists and residents to bring you savings like never before. Signing up will get you savings of up to 2 per cent on Zomato Gold membership at more than 200 restaurants across town, as well as access to an exclusive Zomato kids menu for just Dh15 per child, specially curated for ADSS. Don’t feel like going out? The promotion is valid online as well, making it perfect for family dinners ordered in.


3 Catch a show

Nothing screams magic and fantasy quite as much as a show with all of the bells and whistles, and luckily there are plenty of great shows to keep little ones entertained this summer. There will be key events featuring beloved characters from favourite shows to entertain family members of all ages: Nickelodeon Experience (August 6-15) starting from Dh60, ALLDAY LIVE! (July 26-28) at Emirates Palace starting from Dh145, Unite with Tomorrowland (July 28) at Du Forum, Yas Island starting from Dh495, and SPARKLES OF INDIA (August 16-18) at Du Forum starting from Dh85


4 Try a ‘Staycation’

Sometimes, no matter how much you love home, you just need a change of scenery – but if you choose not to take the family overseas this summer, there are plenty of amazing ‘staycation’ deals for an escape right on your doorstep. Tilal Liwa Hotel, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Hyatt Capital Gate, Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana and Centro Yas Island, Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andalus, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Emirates Palace, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, the Shangri La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, and Bab Al Qasr Hotel are among hotels offering unbeatable ADSS deals.


5 Spend a day in Al Ain

Al Ain Zoo is arguably one of the best attractions in the UAE for animal enthusiasts and guess what? It’s included in the Abu Dhabi Summer Pass jointly developed by Rayna Tours and the Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). The pre-paid pass grants users access to up to 16 key attractions, experiences across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain – including Al Ain Zoo – for an all-inclusive price starting from Dh230.