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Dubai Summer Surprises [DSS] LogoThe Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) is an annual festival event that was launched in the summer of 1998 by the Dubai government in order to promote Dubai as a family holiday destination. The summer travel event focuses on fun, knowledge, and entertainment for kids during the yearly summer vacation and attracts families year after year.

The Dubai Summer Surprises lasts for 10 weeks and normally runs during the months of June to August. The weeks of the DSS are divided into themes called surprises and named according to the activities being held during that period. The different surprises are organised by various government departments, in association with the shopping malls, hotels, and sponsoring companies. The last themed promotion is always the Back-2-School Surprises.

Dubai Summer Surprises 2005
22nd June to 2nd September
 Flower Surprises 22 - 29 June 
 Sweet Surprises 30 June - 6 July 
 Art Surprises 7 - 13 July 
 Colour Surprises 14 - 20 July 
 Ice Surprises 21 - 27 July 
 Adventure Surprises 28 July - 3 August 
 Cartoon Surprises 4 - 10 August 
 Heritage Surprises 11 - 17 August 
 Knowledge Surprises 18 - 24 August 
 Back-2-School Surprises 25 August - 2 September 

Modhesh - DSS MascotThe Dubai Summer Surprises mascot is named Modhesh (pronounced Mud-hish or Moe-desh), after the Arabic word for amazing, incredible and unexpected. One of the popular areas of the DSS, is the Modhesh Fun City, which can be found at the Dubai International Airport Expo and is open from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and has an entry fee of Dhs. 5 per child and Dhs. 10 per adult.

The festival summer event is organized and handled by the Dubai government departments and the DSS Office. The event is promoted in the GCC by means of organised road shows, in order to attract visitors within the region. The event is sponsored by a number of hotels and hotel apartments, which offer a variety of discounted packages for visitors. The official slogan for the event is "Big Fun For Little Ones".

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