Smurfing about. Smurfing about.

The world’s first Smurf Village — a mini-world dedicated to the small blue fictional characters created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre ‘Peyo’ Culliford — will be a keynote attraction at this year’s ‘Summer in Abu Dhabi’ line-up at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The Smurf Village will be divided in to 12 separate districts and features specially-created activities areas for children, including ‘Papa Smurf’s Story Corner’ and the ‘Smurf fun park’.

“Part of Smurf legend is that outsiders cannot find their village except when shown the way by a smurf; thankfully Summer in Abu Dhabi has solved this problem,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Events Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which organises the festival. “The Smurf Village is only one component of what we believe is our most exciting ADNEC activation yet. There really is something for everyone - young or old.”

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Elsewhere at ADNEC, the all-new ‘Adventure World’ will find a champion who completes the 11 ‘telematch’-style activities in the fastest time; ‘Career World’ lets kids can dress up and try their hands at any one of 12 dream careers, and ‘Show World’ — a specially-constructed, 120-capacity theatre - will feature twice-daily shows by international favourites such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora The Explorer, as well as Marvel’s Thor, Wolverine, Captain America and Dr. Doom.