For those of us who work a 9 to 5, (or in reality, more likely an 8 till 6), the UAE’s unfeasibly long school summer holiday quickly becomes a nightmarish multi-tasking blur of ferrying flustered children and unhappy bosses.
For 2015 whichschooladvisor.com has taken the stress out of summer as we bring you 8 great camps designed with the working-parent in mind.
Covering both Abu Dhabi and Dubai they’re all packed with diverse activities and helpful extras designed to (hopefully) make your summer a little easier!
DUBAI: Dubai Holiday Camps
With 2 handy locations- one at Collegiate American in Umm Suqeim 2 and Raffles in Umm Suqeim 3, the Dubai Holiday Camp is a blessing for Dubai’s working parents. There’s a free breakfast each day, plus over 30 different sports, crafts and activities guaranteed to keep every child entertained.
Price: Dhs 1000 per 5 day week
Age: 3 to 4 years and 5 to 14 years
Date/Timings: 28th June till end August 8am to 5pm
Additional: Transport is an additional Dhs160 per week
For more info: Call: 04 420 3732 or visit: www.dubaiholidaycamps.com.
A multi-sport camp with everything any sporty kid loves to do, including: hockey, football, cricket, dodge-ball, basketball, Brazilian football, rugby, athletics and swimming.
Price: 5 day (extended hours) Dhs 1000
Age: 4 to 14 years
Date/Timings: 1st July to 3rd September 9am to 5.30pm (extended hours)
For more info: Horizon School, Umm Sheif. Call: 04 554 5916 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
DUBAI: Inspire Nursery
Drawing inspiration from the classic travel novel Around the World in 80 Days and 1001 Arabian Nights, tots are taken on a global adventure via this unique summer camp programme.
Price: Dhs 805 per 5 day week
Age: 3 months to 4 years
Date/Timings: 5 July to 27 Aug- 7:30am to 6pm
For more info: Al Safa 2, jumeirah. Visit: www.inspireallchildren.com or call: 04-3955473.
ABU DHABI: Les FanFans Nursery
This super cute bilingual nursery (French and English) is offering working parents of young children a welcome reprieve this summer.
Price: Dhs 850 per 5 day week/ plus an additional Dhs115 per week for lunches
Age: 2 months to 4 years
Date/Timings: 5th July to End August. Ramadan: 8.30am to 2.30pm and summer 8am to 5pm
More info: Off Mourour st. Call: 02 639 0390 or visit: www.lesfanfans.com.
ABU DHABI: Teddy Bear Nursery
There’s a whole lot of fun going on at Teddy Bears this summer, arts and crafts, water fun, role play, dancing, stories and more.
Price: 5 day extended week Dhs 1100
Age: 8 months to 4 years
Dates/Timings: 28th June to 13th August- 8am to 5pm
Additional: Transport is available from most Abu Dhabi locations
Further info: Khalifa City A. Tel: 02 556 8566 or visit: www. teddybearnursery.net.
ABU DHABI: Zayed Sports City
Zayed Sports City is known for its action packed full day camps and this year is no different. There’s everything from sports and art and crafts to indoor activities and sports games.
Price: Dhs 900 for 5 day week
Dates/Timings: 5th July to 27th August- 9am to 5pm
Additional: Meals included
More info: Airport Rd, Tel: 02 403 4200or visit: www.zsc.ae.
ABU DHABI: Koolkidz
Weekly themed adventures mean they’ll never be bored at Koolkidz. They’ll be creating, exploring, making, doing and playing all summer long.
Price: 5 day week 9am to 1.30pm Dhs800/additional hours 30Dhs per hour
Age: 3.5 to 9 years
Dates/Timings: 28th June to 20th August- 9am to 5.30pm (extended hours)
Additional: 10% sibling discount
More Info: World Trade Centre Mall, Tel: 02 677 0954 or email@example.com
DUBAI: Atlantis The Palm
Really the ‘BIG daddy’ of UAE summer camps, offering a monster range of activities, iconic location and different camps suitable for every age.
Price: From approx Dhs 1750 per 5 day week
Age: 3-7, 8-12, 10-15 and 13 to 17 years old.
Dates/Timings: Throughout the summer- 9am to 5pm
More info: Tel: 04 426 2000 or visit:www.atlantisthepalm.com.