From 29 June to 3 September 2023, Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) is back with a bang, bringing big wins, exciting events, fabulous shopping, and a whole lot of family fun.

This annual festival has become one of Dubai’s most highly anticipated summer events, attracting locals and tourists alike. Whether you’re a resident or planning a visit to Dubai during this time, here’s everything you need to know about Dubai Summer Surprises.

Concerts and Events Taking Place During Dubai Summer Surprises

DSS Opening Concert – Hussain al Jasmi and Kadim Al Sahir

One of the highlights of Dubai Summer Surprises is the DSS Opening Concert featuring the talented musicians Hussain al Jasmi and Kadim Al Sahir. Taking place on 1st July 2023, this concert promises an unforgettable evening of entertainment. Both artists are renowned in the Arab music industry and have captivated audiences with their powerful vocals and soulful performances. Experience the magic as they take the stage and deliver a mesmerizing show filled with their greatest hits and musical artistry.

Mohamed Abdo Live at Coca-Cola Arena

Another not-to-be-missed event during Dubai Summer Surprises is the live performance by the legendary Mohamed Abdo. On 2nd July, the Coca-Cola Arena will come alive with this iconic singer’s captivating melodies and enchanting voice. Mohamed Abdo has been a prominent figure in the Arab music scene for decades and is known for his emotional and soul-stirring performances. Immerse yourself in his timeless classics and experience the magic of his live concert.

Both concerts are taking place during the six-day Eid break, making it the perfect place to celebrate the festivities with your loved ones.

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Free Attractions For Kids During DSS

It can’t be DSS without some epic discounts and offers. This year, the city is going all out with special “Kids Go Free” offers on some of Dubai’s top attractions.

Here are all the places where kids can go free during Dubai Summer Surprises 2023.

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts is a must-visit destination for families during Dubai Summer Surprises. With this special offer, one kid under 13 can enter with one paying adult for bookings made between now and 31st July.

This sprawling entertainment complex features several theme parks, including Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai. Kids can immerse themselves in a world of thrilling rides, captivating shows, and interactive experiences. From meeting their favorite movie characters to enjoying exhilarating roller coasters, Dubai Parks and Resorts promises a day filled with excitement and laughter.

Expo City

Expo City is offering free entry to kids under 12 until 31st August. Kids can explore fascinating pavilions that showcase cutting-edge technology, sustainability initiatives, and global cultures.

From interactive exhibits to engaging workshops, Expo City offers a unique educational experience for children. It’s an opportunity for young minds to broaden their horizons and learn about the advancements shaping the world.

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The View At The Palm

Situated on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, The View At The Palm is another fantastic attraction that kids can enjoy for free during this year’s DSS. Every paying adult can bring a kid under 13 for free for bookings made before August 31st.

This observation deck offers panoramic views of the stunning Palm Jumeirah and the surrounding Arabian Gulf. Children can gaze at the palm-shaped island, marvel at the luxurious resorts, and spot marine life from the comfort of the observation deck. It’s a captivating experience that showcases the beauty of Dubai’s coastal landscape.

Dubai Crocodile Park

Dubai’s thrilling attraction, the Dubai Crocodile Park, is making this summer unforgettable for families with a fantastic offer that’s too good to miss. From August 12th to August 31st, the park is granting complimentary access to children under the age of 12, making it the ideal opportunity for an unforgettable family outing.

This limited-time promotion allows two children to enjoy free entry with each adult ticket purchased. It’s a budget-friendly way to experience the wonders of the newly opened crocodile park, ensuring that the whole family can join in on the fun without breaking the bank.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is a world-renowned wax museum where visitors can meet with their favorite celebrities and historical figures face-to-face. Kids under 13 can experience this wonderful museum for free with a paying adult for bookings made before August 31st.

From movie stars to sports icons, kids can pose for pictures and interact with incredibly lifelike wax figures. It’s a chance for children to get up close and personal with their idols and create fun memories.


XStrike is a thrilling laser tag arena where the whole family can engage in exciting laser tag and paintball battles. Every paying adult can bring a kid under 13 for free for a day of enjoyment.

Equipped with laser guns and wearing protective gear, children can team up with friends or challenge each other in action-packed games. XStrike provides a safe, adrenaline-pumping experience combining strategy, teamwork, and fun.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Center for Cultural Understanding:

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Center for Cultural Understanding offers a unique opportunity for kids to learn about the rich heritage and traditions of the UAE. Kids under 12 can enter for free with a paying adult for bookings made before 31st August.

Through interactive experiences, children can gain insights into Emirati culture, customs, and cuisine. They can engage in workshops, explore traditional architecture, and engage in cultural activities that promote understanding and appreciation.

Looking for more exciting things to do with kids in Dubai? Check out our full guide.

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Modesh World

Modesh World, Dubai Summer Surprises’ much-awaited entertainment and education destination for kids, will take place from 26th June to 27th August this year in Dubai World Trade Center.

As usual, Modesh World will provide a world of excitement for children. Step into the magical world of Modesh and his friend Dana, where they live, work, and play. Kids can enjoy themed games, explore learning zones, and participate in fun activities.

From riding the thrilling Twister to exploring the new ice cream museum by MELT, there’s something for everyone. Modesh World also offers workshops and tournaments where kids can win exciting prizes.

Don’t forget to grab a bite at the food stalls featuring cuisines from around the world. Modesh World is the perfect destination for immersive family-centric entertainment.

Dubai Festival City

Dubai Summer Surprises at Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City Mall is another must-visit destination during Dubai Summer Surprises. This iconic shopping and entertainment hub will be offering an array of exciting experiences for visitors.

Start the summer vibes early by participating in a chance to win a brand-new Toyota Supra. Simply spend AED300 before 25 June for an opportunity to drive off with this sleek car.

During Eid Al Adha, Dubai Festival City Mall will host spectacular celebrations with live entertainment, traditional feasts, and superstar concerts. Don’t miss the breathtaking fireworks display over Dubai Festival Bay on the second day of Eid.

The mall will also feature family-friendly activities throughout the summer, including LEGO NINJAGO, Baby Shark sing-alongs, and appearances by popular characters from Trolls and Cartoon Network. Be sure to catch the mesmerizing IMAGINE show, a state-of-the-art, record-breaking multi-sensory extravaganza combining lasers, lights, and water.

Kids can also participate in the free Sxill workshops at Dubai Festival City during DSS, which will take place on the following dates.

  • 16 June: Modular Table workshop
  • 21 June: Perfumer workshop
  • 12 July: Perfumery workshop
  • 19 July: Cheese Platter workshop
  • 16 August: Soap Making workshop
  • 30 August: Painting in plaster workshop

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Discounts and Offers at Dubai Summer Surprises

Dubai Summer Surprises is known for its fantastic discounts and offers.

Keep an eye out for exclusive deals and promotions across various shopping outlets, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout the festival. Take advantage of these discounts to make the most of your shopping experience and enjoy great savings.

Things To Do During Eid Al Adha Break In Dubai

Celebrate Eid with Dubai Summer Surprises

From 29th June to 2nd July, Dubai Summer Surprises will add even more excitement to the festivities of Eid Al Adha. Live entertainment, superstar concerts, traditional feasts, and much more are lined up to celebrate this joyous occasion.

One of the highlights of Eid Al Adha is the mesmerizing fireworks display.

Dubai Parks™ and Resorts and Dubai Festival City Mall will light up the Dubai skies with sparkling and unforgettable fireworks. Dubai Parks™ and Resorts will feature a stunning fireworks display from 27 June to 1 July, while Dubai Festival City Mall will offer a dazzling fireworks exhibition on Eid’s second night.

Looking for more things to do during Eid Al Adha in Dubai? Check out our full guide.