21 to try: Summer camps in Dubai
Dubai is home to an incredible line-up of activity camps. From science to sports Time Out looks at some favourites
Update: this is an article from 2009. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai
Active Sports: Active Sports hold their camps at Wafi Pharaoh’s Club and schools around Dubai. Aimed at ages four to 14, there are usually morning and afternoon sessions. Swimming is a big focus at the camps, but kids can also try their hand at football, cricket, tennis, hockey and more.
Transport to and from the camp is available. Prices range from Dhs150 for a day to Dhs1,900 for the month. Call 050 559 7055 or visit www.activeuae.com for more info.
Al Nasr Leisureland: The main draw at Al Nasr Leisureland is the ice rink, but there’s also a focus on other sports and arts and crafts, plus field trips and entertainment shows. The main camp is offered to kids aged six-14 years, and there is a separate crèche for under-sixes. Pay a registration fee of Dhs525 for the camp, or Dhs700 for the crèche, and that covers you for a month, with 10 ice-skating coupons. After that you buy Dhs5 coupons for each additional activity.
Call 04 337 1234 or visit www.alnasrll.com for more info.
Bead Palace: A craft camp for arty types aged five to 14, it runs all year round, but summer is a great time to get creative. Just call beforehand to tell them how many kids are coming and they will set up ready for your arrival. The camp costs Dhs135 per day, and for that kids get to try jewellery-making, pottery, sewing, card-designing, cooking and T-shirt-making.
Call 04 395 2771 for more info.
Blossom Nursery: A camp for three- to five-year olds with swimming, drama, music, adventure playzone, sports and more, the nursery also provides healthy snacks and lunch and has CCTV. Open from July 5-August 27, camp runs from 8am until 1pm, 3pm or 5pm. Rates from 150 DHS per day.
Call 04 348 6275, visit www.theblossomnursery.com or take a tour.
Dorell Camps: Indoor sports and fun camps run throughout July for kids aged five to 12 years. Activities include climbing, football, arts and crafts, drama and it even has a professional skate park.
See www.climbingdubai.com for details.
Dubai Drums: Camps with a difference: expect African hand drumming, handheld percussion instruments, singing, storytelling, drama, painting, dance movement and more. The sessions are for five to 12-year-olds and are held at various venues across Dubai, from 9am-1pm, Sunday to Thursday throughout July.
Call 050 659 2874, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dubaidrums.com.
Dubai Holiday Camps: Sports of all shapes and sizes plus drama, music, arts and crafts, cooking and good old-fashioned games held at various locations across Dubai. The sessions run Sunday to Thursday, 8.15am-1.45pm, with a full-day option. Prices range from Dhs490-Dhs790 per week. Camp runs from June 28-August 20 and transport is available for Dhs150 per week.
Call Chris on 050 688 7421 or visit www.dubaiholidaycamps.com for more info.
Dubai Swim: This Mirdif-based class will offer five-day intensive courses throughout the summer for kids aged four years and older, covering water confidence and stroke correction. Each course costs Dhs300 and runs from Sunday to Thursday.
Call 050 883 8091 or email email@example.com for details.
Ductac: rt activities including painting, card-making, glass-painting and pottery available on an ongoing, daily or weekly basis for kids aged six to 14 years.
Call 04 341 4777 for more information.
E-Sports: E-Sports claims to provide the biggest indoor camps in Dubai and offers myriad activities such as climbing, football, swimming, arts and crafts and computer club. Sessions run from 8.15am-1.45pm, with options for kids to stay until 5pm, and take place at four schools across Dubai from June 28 until September 3. For kids aged five to 14 years, prices range from Dhs550 to Dhs1,000 per week.
Call 04 282 4540 or visit www.esportsdubai.com.
F1 in schools: Perhaps the coolest camp this summer, sign up to be part of a Formula 1 challenge where you and your team design, construct and market a mini F1 car. The week-long camps cost Dhs700 and include indoor karting at Dubai Autodrome.
Visit www.f1inschools.ae for details.
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