As part of Abu Dhabi's Summer Activities for the entire family especially the kids, Abu Dhab National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) hosted Summer in Abu Dhabi. It would have been just one of those usual kids playground inside an airconditioned venue, except for one - the ice show.
I have always wanted to watch an ice show. It's one of the 100 things I want to do before I die. Hubby was a bit wary of going there. The posters itself showed kids running around. Its probably a children's affair. After a few assurance from me, we head to ADNEC and decide for sure what the summer in Abu Dhabi is all about.
ADNEC was full of kids. Unlike the first time we visited the place, the exhibit this time if full of running kids, all food stalls are open and loud music is playing, so it was not difficult to locate the hall where it is held, halls 8, 9,10 and 11. Booths outside the hall are open for tickets. The entrance fee is AED 40 for adults and AED 30 for children under 12 years old. By the entrance of the hall, tags are available to put on to the kids with their names, in case you get separated.
Once inside, you'll be welcomed by the huge Ice Village, inspired by Ice Age movie. Plenty of rides and activity area swamped the halls. There is even a hall where you can do contact sports. On the other side, more booths for shooting hoops or tying a camel and carnival rides. It was total chaos but it was an absolute heaven for the kids. At the far east end, there is the sea lion show. The last show was on 8:10 pm but that was not what we came for, opposite the sea lion's den is the cinema like lights blinking show world.
A long qeue is starting to build up. We headed there and joined the throng of kids and parents. I guess we were the only couple there without screaming and jumping kids as companions. We entered the venue and found a seat. The ice rink was a bit small, not what I have expected. The show started exactly 8:00 pm, hurrah for the organizers for opening right on the dot. The show opened with the crow suspended doing ballet moves and finally touched the ice and the swish swish sound just took my breath away.
The 30- minute show was very entertaining. I didn't expect hubby would loved the show, but he did. We were both like kids the entire show. Smiling the whole time and clapping our hands vigorously if one of the dancers show jaw dropping stunts and maneuvers. We were gushing so much about watching more ice shows and I even pointed out that those dancers were Russian. Another good point in Russia. More reason to visit the country. hurray!
The ice show will continue until 19 July 2012. Visit www.summerinabudhabi.ae for more information of the activities.