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Make the most out of summer by joining the Dubai Summer Surprises “45 Days of Summer” festival starting on 23 July until 5 September 2015. This annual celebration of arts, history, culture and heritage offers something for everyone. From live music to shopping, games and live children’s theatre events; Dubai Summer Surprises is sure to surprise.
Dubai Summer Surprises was launched in the late 1990s by the Dubai government with the idea of making Dubai an international summer tourism hotspot. The festival provides larger-than-life fun, so the mascot is well-named: he’s known as "Modhesh," which is Arabic for “amazing, unexpected and incredible.” His bright yellow costume perfectly symbolizes the bright excitement of the festival’s days and nights.
Modhesh World offers a huge variety of play areas for kids of every age, along with several 4D cinema experiences and the latest video games. Malls offer daily entertainment from fashion shows, cartoon stage shows, circuses and concerts are also popular during the festival. Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Taz and Strawberry Shortcake have made exciting stage appearances in the past as well. The Chinese State Circus, Madagascar Live and Circus Fiesta have also graced the DSS festival in previous years.
More than 6,000 retail vendors join in the celebration, offering substantial discounts on fashion, jewelry, electronics and much, much more. The Dubai Shopping Malls Group stores also offer great discounts, buy-one-get-one offers, money-back coupons, and even raffles awarding everything from shopping sprees and travel packages to automobiles and gold bars. Resorts also offer special deals on spa treatments to pamper yourself during the hot days of summer.
This year, pop-up markets will feature a kids theme, offering specials on children’s clothing, jewelry, housewares, décor and toys.
Musicians and dancers offer their interpretations of the area’s cultural heritage during competitions and showcase events. In addition, this year’s concerts will include performances by Diana Haddad, Nawal Kuwaitia, Abdullah Rawaisshed, Hussan Al Jasmi, Kadim Al Sahir, Nancy Ajaram and teen sensation Hala Turk. Blaze The Show features the world’s best street and break dancers, while the Chinese State Circus will share an acrobatic presentation of Swan Lake.
The DSS festival’s primary focus is families. Modhesh World offers a huge variety of play areas for kids of every age, along with several 4D cinema experiences and the latest video games. There will also be a special interactive Rubik’s Cube to engage the attention of kids of every age. Different venues present life-sized, interactive board games, including the ever-popular Lego building blocks.
Jaden and Willow Smith, Disney stars Zendaya Coleman and Debbie Ryan, and Nick Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers, will make appearances at various events and venues. Cartoon characters will be everywhere, including the Power Rangers and the Minions, Sonic the Hedgehog and Dora the Explorer. Live theatre performances by the Madagascar crew, SpongeBob SquarePants, Tweety and Sylvester (“Night-time Capers”) and Bugs Bunny (“Wun, Wabbit, Wun”) will keep the kids enthralled.
In addition, kids will love the Amazing World of Gumball, Arts and Crafts with Lloyd Warbey (from Disney’s Art Attack show) and a Frozen Princesses event. Families can enjoy the Family Film Fiesta, which presents everything from Disney’s super hits to thrilling indie films. Everyone will enjoy the Cartoon Network Fiesta and Claw Machine events.
Along with these events, many of the mall and other retail venues will offer special pop-up markets and play areas to entertain the kids while mom and dad are shopping. With all these activities on offer, the 45 Days of Summer just may not be enough to cover all of the fun that’s waiting in store for you.
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