'Summer in Abu Dhabi' stars entertain Sheikh Khalifa Medical City's young patients
A selection of stars from the 'Summer in Abu Dhabi' festival, the family entertainment event currently running at ADNEC, have made a surprise and heartwarming visit to Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.
Scores of smiling children watched three clowns from the festival's hilarious Clown Stunt Academy perform a side-splitting slapstick show, before Scrat, Sid and Manny from the Ice Age movies - the fourth installment of which is currently playing at cinemas across the nation - raised spirits by touring the hospital's cancer ward.
'This visit has brought so much joy to the children,' said Dr Jeff Staples, Chief Executive Officer of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.
'They are children first and patients second, so this is a great chance for them to experience some pure and simple fun. Laughing and joking around lets the kids forget about everything else that is going on in their lives and just be normal children for the day.'
With 'Summer in Abu Dhabi' having welcomed more than 67,300 daily visitors in its opening three weeks, the hospital sojourn represented an opportunity to take the festival to children unable to visit ADNEC before it ends on July 19.
'The festival brings so much joy to the local community, so it makes perfect sense to spread that joy to those most in need of a little laughter. We hope this visit sends the message that 'Summer in Abu Dhabi' is for everyone,' said Sultan Al Muhairi, a senior executive at Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
'Summer in Abu Dhabi' at ADNEC is open from 3pm - 9pm Sunday to Thursday and 2pm - 10pm Friday and Saturday, with entry at just Dhs40 for adults and Dhs30 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets can be bought at the door. Guests producing an Etihad Airways' boarding pass with validity from May 15 - July 19 get a single entry free.