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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 info@dubaidrums.com 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 melissa@dubaiswim.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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Hi I am looking for a day camp for these Feb Mid term holidays for 2 boys ages 8 and 9 years old from Sunday 17th Feb till Thur 21st Feb is anything available. We live in Jumeriah, nothing too expensive, can anyone help? Don't mind if its sporty or educational. Prefer computer club?

Review by : meera sehmi

The reviews here are helpful.but either these r too far or for different age group people. i prefer to do fun activities with my 5 yr old child at home specially fun cooking and baking.He loves it and learns a lot from it.

Review by : Rimpy Gupta

I am looking for summer camp in Jebel Ali (ecnomical option) any info welcome, thanks.

Review by : Rana

i have 5 yr old son ...can u plz tell me any summer camp in qusaias , nahda area dubai ...thanks

Review by : rabia

can you please help me get me information on english classes for Kids. My son has 5 years and can not speak english.
target date is 10th of July for 2 to 3 weeks

Review by : Marou

WOW! I never knew its was that fun, i should tell my mom to register me straight away! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAHHH

Review by : Emilly

I am looking for a summer camp where I have Art and craft , Music and otther such activities in and aronud International City. if there is any please let me know. My son is 8yr old.

Review by : Savita Sachdeva

There are sooooo many summercamps in Dubai: E-sports, Activesports, Holiday Camp, etc..I guess they are all equally OK and keep the kids busy indoors. For kids who don't speak english it's not the best maybe, but if they understand a little bit it'sfine.
There is also a English language camp at Gems World Academy in summer

Review by : Angela

I have put my children in several camps but the best one I would recommend is Dubai Holiday Camps. Along with making sure the kids have a great time, they care for the children and teach them a lot.
Although, I would like to try a few more. This list is very useful.

Review by : Sarah

I would like to bring younger brother (6 yeard old) to Dubai for summer camp. He doesnt speak english since we are from eastern europe. Are there any camps that will allow non speakin kids to participate? Do any camps offer mix of activities and english language learning classes?
Thanks a lot for any answers!

Review by : Viktor

very usefull

Review by : valentina dias

please if anybody knows about summer camps for kids .. who is in arabic language... please try to inform us...

Review by : joscel

i agree with malia kamish. she is right.

is summer camp only for the rich?

Review by : priyanka

can anyone tell me a good summer camp there are many in dubia am not sure which one to put my children in.

Review by : sara

hi- does anyone knwo of any arabic language summer courses fo rkids- that would be in a fun environment? appreciate any leads

Review by : tracey keir

Is there any centerswhich teaches Software related computer courses nearby Al mulla plaza........

Review by : Jabbar

there are good options but only for a day or two to participate;because prices are really high if you want your kids to be active for the whole summer,,it would be much cheaper if you fly away for a vacation,summer camp fees should be affordable for families,in middle income i think they should reconseder abuot crisis???

Review by : nisreen

Anybody knows any summer classes where 7-9 years kids can do creative works including learning something from 4th july onwards till school reopens. Transportation must be available and moreover the fees must be between 500 - 700 all including

Review by : Liikhitha

The kensington Nursery in Umm Sequim has a aummer camp for 2 to seven year olds running from the 4th of July to 4th september. There will be lots of fun activities focused on self expression and discovery. Music, drama, arts, cooking and science and more. Open from 7:30 am through to 6 pm. Great value for money with day rates starting at 165 including all meals. For more info call debbie on 04 3944743

Review by : tracey

Kangaroo Kids Nursery in Umm Sequim or The Residence Downtown Burj both have summer school in July. Single day,full week or the month. 9am-2pm including swimming, stretch 'n' grow exercise progam, music and educational toys. Art, craft and many fun things to do.

Review by : Trish

As a mother to 2 children in Dubai, stuck here during the summer, there is only ONE camp I would reccommend -- E-sports Camps - You can visit there website www.esportsdubai.com

Review by : Sarah

I am facing a summer-camp dillema as my childrens' school ends this week and summer camps seem to start end of June. The only one which starts early June is Al Nasr Leisure Land. Does anyone know if they are reliable at all? I have a 5 and 7 year old and need qualified staff to manage them.

Review by : Yasmeen

I think the smaller the child, naturallly the fees will be higher. But still Dubai has much to offer, if you're earning enough :)

Review by : Aya

Can you suggest me which combination of summer camps can i take over a span of 6 weeks from July to mid august. Everything is expensive. I have a 10 year old and a four yr old and have had bad experiences with Dubai holiday camp in the past where they do NOTHING except Gaming, bowling and ice skating. I am willing to pay a fair price provided the activities and staff conducting are justified and trianed.I am looking at a blend of Music Art Drama Entertainment Sports and Learning in either one or combination of camps in the time frame. Specialised ones are better than the 'jack of all' types. Do suggest which are worth the money we are paying!!!!

Review by : Kanan

My 16 year old nephew is coming to Dubai for a month this summer. I want to get him involved in some kind of daily camp for 2 of the 4 weeks he's here where he can meet kids his age, learn something new and have a bit of fun while I'm at work. Any reccomendations are very much appriciated.


Review by : Megan Sullivan

can anybody tell me reasonable summer activities with transport i have 3 kids age 12 and 14 years they stuck on tv and computer i live in international city.

Review by : sabin qazi

Libra summer camps at Greenfield and Dubai British Schhols do a 4 week booking for 650 per child per week. It doesn't have to be their top rate 750!. It's got a fair bit of media coverage too, check out this video filmed by the national: http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090707/MULTIMEDIA/907069985/1318 Like it? Give me a call to sign up Matt

Review by : Matt

Can anybody let me know of any football camps in Dubai

Review by : Shagufta Usman

I also think summercamps are ridicoulsly expensive and the one my kids went to last year offered poor value for money! the staff seemed well meaning, but obviously not really qualified, especially compared to the year before when there were real teachers attending - and the fees has gone up as well! what is it with Dubai?

Review by : elmien

To all parents looking for an affordable summer camp: We're doing a survey on summer camp costs. Would you kindly tell me how much is your ideal budget for sending your kids to a camp this summer? I'll give you more details about the survey if you drop me an e-mail, along with your contact number, at cleo_cherry@hotmail.co.uk. HAPPY SUMMER, EVERYONE!

Review by : cherry

Get them into Insportz. Reasonable 250 for a weel - 9 to 1 andincudes transprottation.
My kids started last week and they enjoy it.

Better than sitting in front of the Tv computer or nintendo all day long.

call them the no is;04-3475833

Review by : asha

Try Supersports for swimming. It is quite reasonable if you have semi private lessons

Review by : indy

Art Workshop for KIDS! Anyone interested in pot painting or fabric painting, classes are every Saturday for 2 hrs. near Lamcy Plaza please contact Winnie on 050-4216360

Review by : tink oliveros

Whilst I agree with comments regarding the high price of summer camps....why not consider just the odd day here or there? Most of the camps will let you pick and choose days and simply breaking up the week with activities on some days is a great help.
My kids were so tired after a morning of activities yesterday that they were happy to have a quiet afternoon in front of a movie for the afternoon!

Review by : fay

To all summer camp coordinators: As the summer heat has come in the city, outdoor activities is one way to let the kids enjoy thier vacation.Our BOWLING CITY BRANCH@ DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY is a sure way sports activity for the children....the rates are very friendly and ensures the children of a get away experience and fun while playing bowling.For more information please call Jody at 0504105153 or email at jp@bowling-city.com

Review by : jody panganiban

Can you give me names of any of summer camps in ghusias area.

Review by : bhartisitlani

Many thanks, Allison
I should have added, affordable to the summer camp info I requested for in the vicinity of Gardens, Jebel Ali, Meadow, and MoE. Libra is a wee bit over my budget, I'm afraid

Review by : Lolita

At al bustan, how many swimming classes they have in a week.
Can you give me any contact number?

Review by : vishal

is there any summer camp near almulla plaza for me 8yr n my brother 4yr

Review by : usaama

Absolutely. The pricing is atrocious !.

Review by : M

Lolita, at Dubai british school (springs/lakes area)and the Greenfield community school,(in the greens community) there will be a summer camp from 28th june and 5th july right through to 27th august. contact Libra Summer Camps on 050 944 8415 or 055 9228362 for details.

Review by : Sara Allison

For all you guys sticking it out for the Summer, have a look at the Libra Summer Camps and Academies across Dubai. Great Educational fun for 4-14 year olds :-). Give me a shout on 050 944 8415 for more information. Sara

Review by : Sara Allison

For Malia, have you looked into Libra Summer Camps, they are running in Dubai from 28th June across 4 different schools. They offer family discounts and further discount for 4 or more weeks booked. Have a look on their website (google libra summer camps or Taaleem schools where you will find their link). Good luck!

Review by : Sara Allison

Does anyone know a good place for late afternoon/evening cooking classes for kids? My 7 year old loves to cook but I can't find anything in my area, i.e. Oud Metha / Bur Dubai.

Review by : Maryam

Any affordable summer camps in Karama or Jumeirah/MOE area for easy access from Gardens Jebel Ali that also provides transport to and from?

Review by : Lolita

We are offering a Language summer camp for children from 4 - 15 years old. You can choose your language: Arabic, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Farsi, Portuguese or Russian. Call today to register 04 3310221

Review by : Carol Kelly

for you Ayesha there is Jumeriah islamic learning center summer school , it is for islamic activities

Review by : marwa

Swimming Classes for Dhs400 per month at Bustan Centre, Coral Deria are available.
Tennis classes with coach for Dhs100 per HR at Bustan Centre as well.
Good for kids..

Review by : Fatima

Need to enroll my 8 year old for swimming classes. ITs all Aed120 plus per class, very expensive

Review by : Juliana Castelino

Anybody know any summer class/camps with Islamic and Arabic studay?

Review by : Ayesha

Kids' Theatre Works! does some great summer camps for kids! and they are really quite affordable.
This summer they are doing two!
4 to 6 year olds at the Dubai English Speaking School
11 to 19 year olds at The Dubai Community Theatre
visit their website www.kidstheatreworks.com for more info!

Review by : mum on a budget!

any cricket coaching academy in dubai for 13 year old kids

Review by : archena

I think i'll make up my own activities for my 5yr old son this summer. Budget doesnt seem to be a concern for the camp organisers but it plays an important role for middle class people.

Review by : Femida Bhavnagarwala

I have 3 kids and would like to enroll them at a summer camp in Dubai but amazed how expansive the camps are in the UAE espcially since it's global economic crisis.

Review by : Malia Kamish