Pick up creative gifts and hand-made crafts at the city’s festive school fairs
School fairs are a big part of the run-up to Christmas in Dubai. Kids across the city spend months preparing for their big theatrical debuts, school choir and orchestra performances, while their parents (utterly, utterly wholeheartedly. Honest) sign up to manage stalls and slave over barbecues.
As well as a place for students to show off their performing arts, these festive fairs are a great place to pick up quirky Christmas gifts, cards and decorations, many of them crafted by creative little hands.
This year, however, some schools that have traditionally held a fair have been deterred or delayed by the rules surrounding charitable fundraising, which require anyone wishing to fund-raise to get prior approval from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD). That said, plenty of schools and colleges have received permission and will be opening the gates – here are three to check out.
Come along to this Emirates Hills school and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment from the students, as well as an opportunity to wander around a selection of festive stalls and purchase gifts and food. Free entry. Thu Dec 10, 1.30pm-4.30pm. Springs 3, Emirates Hills (04 361 9361).
Nord Anglia International School
At this British international school, expect stands selling cookies, decorations and cards made by students. There will also be sports competitions, where guests and students can take on the teachers. Free entry. Fri Dec 11, 3pm-7pm. Al Barsha (04 219 9999).
Dubai Center for Special Needs Winter Carnival
This year’s event at the special needs school will offer food and drink, rides and bazaars, in an effort to raise funds for its work. Dhs20 entry fee. Fri Dec 11, noon-6pm. Street 45, Al Safa (04 344 0966).