Sensational line-up of concerts, theatre shows and comedy with superb offers draws to emirate’s residents and visitors this Summer season. Picture: TripAdvisor.
 Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has announced the full programme of this year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season, which will be held from 20th July to 20th August.

TCA Abu Dhabi has joined with leading UAE event organisers, partners and stakeholders to bring spectacular international events and activities to multiple venues across the emirate, and deliver a memorable summer season for both residents and overseas visitors.

Along with a full calendar of shows for all the family across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, hotels, malls and attractions will offer enticing promotions and prizes throughout the month-long festivities.

H.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General TCA Abu Dhabi, said Abu Dhabi Summer Season is one of our anchor events and underpins the emirate’s credentials as a premium leisure destination.  He said it forms part of our long-term entertainment and cultural event planning process designed to incentivise private sector involvement in event development while building international awareness of the emirate's appeal.”

“Working with our private sector stakeholders, we are able to create a consolidated calendar of events and support their commercial efforts through delivering an integrated marketing campaign appealing to key target markets.” 

In the first quarter of this year hotel guest arrivals in the emirate have risen 4% compared to the same period in 2016 and particular emphasis will be placed on marketing this year’s summer season in the key markets of India and across the GCC to further boost the impressive rise in hotel guests.

Cat and mouse team Tom and Jerry will be live on stage for 10 performances in Abu Dhabi city and Al Ain in an exclusive show for all the family for the first time in the GCC. The cartoon characters will also appear in a week-long series of events in an Abu Dhabi mall where youngsters can interact with the characters during workshops and have their photos taken with the TV stars during meet and greet appearances.

Characters from popular television series ‘Iftah Ya Simsim’ will also be making an appearance this summer in a special performance written for Abu Dhabi to entertain children with songs and dance routines during a series of mall appearances. 

Stand-up comedy, which has proven to be extremely popular during previous editions of Abu Dhabi Summer Season, will also be part of this year’s line-up. Also taking place during the month will be a Broadway-style Bollywood show ‘Balle Balle The Big Fat Indian Wedding’ in Abu Dhabi city and Al Dhafra.

To celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day, a world-famous Bollywood star will be appearing at the du Forum in Abu Dhabi on the 18th August. The star's identity will be kept a secret for now. 

Running alongside the entertainment programme is a full schedule of promotions and offers at attractions and hotels across Abu Dhabi which can be found at