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Special majlis
July 1-17, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai

The annual Ramadan spectacular shows an incredible range of Arabic selections and more for iftar and suhoor, with some excellent selections from top chefs. The iftar is served from 7pm-8pm, with an à la carte suhoor following from 9pm-3am weekdays, until 4am on the weekends. QR140. For bookings, email

Ramadan night market
July 2-11, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
A huge market for you to purchase pretty much whatever you like, especially with Eid approaching and great gift items available for the family. Clothing, jewellery, perfumes, souvenirs, handicrafts, beauty products, food items, home appliances and even cars are just a few of the items that will comprise the massive market. This will be a daily event from 8pm-2am and admission is free. Visit

Dubai Sports World 2015
July 1-August 29, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai

Sports enthusiasts in Dubai and further afield can play their favourite sports indoors and away from the summer heat. Tennis courts, football, basketball, badminton, volleyball, cricket and many other sports facilities are available to play. Some sports, including table tennis and badminton, and the gym, are free to use. The amenities are open daily from 8am-1am. Visit

Dubai Summer Surprises
July 23-September 5, Throughout Dubai, UAE

One of the highlights of the season, the summer calendar is packed with exciting events and offers. Each shopping mall will have special discounted items. There will also be special shows, exhibitions and concerts throughout the city, to be announced soon. Keep a look out in the city for special deals and more, with over 6,000 stores participating Visit

Abu Dhabi Summer Season
July 1-September 5, Throughout Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia, UAE

Comedy acts, concerts, shows and much more, this year’s summer spectacular could well be bigger and better than ever. Spread throughout Abu Dhabi and the rest of the emirate, the entertainment will be eclectic and suitable for families as well, with illusionists, theatre shows and more. There will also be promotional packages in malls, hotels and at attractions throughout Abu Dhabi. Acts include Emirate Habib Elyasi performing at the Du Forum on July 19, and Hans Klok, ‘The world’s fastest illusionist,’ showing us his best Houdini impression and many more events. Tickets for various events range in prices.

Qatar Summer Festival
August 1-31, Throughout Doha, Qatar
For the second year the Qatar Tourism Authority will be sharing a whole range of activities for the public to enjoy. With outdoor activities on the agenda, it’s sure to be a success. There will be special activities at Aspire Park, horse riding, rock climbing, skate boarding and many other recreations around the city. There will also be comedy shows, theatre productions, concerts, new art exhibitions and much more, along with special discounts at shopping malls with certain retailers.

Bon Jovi concert
October 1, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Global rock superstars Bon Jovi will be performing to regional music fans at the du Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. This one-night-only performance is set to be bigger and better than ever, marking a new milestone in Middle East events. Ticket prices range from AED395 to AED30,000.

Madagascar Live
August 28-30, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE

As part of the exciting Dubai Summer Surprises schedule, the famous characters of Madagascar are taking to the stage at Dubai World Trade Centre. Watch as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, the plotting penguins and King Julien go on crazy adventures.
This family-friendly show of song and dance will run twice daily at 2.30pm and 7pm. Ticket prices start from AED125.

Barney Live World Tour
July 23-25, Madinat Zayed Theatre, Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi, UAE

One of children TV’s most popular fictional characters is coming to the region as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2015. Barney was created back in 1987 by Sheryl Leach as an American series for kids aged one to eight, although it first aired later in 1992. This purple dinosaur conveys uplifting educational messages through song and dance routines, which have captured imaginations across the world. Ticket prices start from AED95.

August 13-15, du Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

For the first time in the Middle East, the Mythbusters’ Adam Savage is hosting an evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation and behind-the-scenes stories, as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2015. Adam will invite fans to assist with their mind-blowing approach to science, live on stage. Tickets start from AED95.

By Time Out Bahrain staff
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