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Family-friendly fun in Dubai this June

Not quite sure where to head? We round up the best family events and venues

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Wish upon a star

Ready to make a wish? Dubai Festival City Mall and Disney have launched a “magical wishing well”, which will come alive with your greetings to family and friends through light and music, with the message then captured as a photo and sent to them. Not only that, but for every greeting shared, the mall will donate one dirham to the Basma Campaign at the Al Jalila Foundation – a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The more greetings, the better, so make a wish!
Free. Until June 18. Festival Square, Dubai Festival City Mall. www.dubaifestivalcitymall.com

Eat at Nonna’s

If you’re a non-Muslim and not fasting, Dubai trattoria Ravioli & Co. has launched a cosy Friday lunch where food is inspired by grandma’s cooking. You’ll eat in a cottage-like setting, munching on Italian favourites served around a long wooden table, filled with traditional dishes such as Fritto Misto, which is various foods deep-fried in batter, gourmet bruschetta, all kinds of pasta, and even tiramisu. Limited-edition dishes will also be served from different regions each week. Mamma mia!
Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs90 (kids 12 and under). Every Friday 1pm-4pm. Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai (04 241 1616).

All that glitters
ZARA’s new kids’ collection is all about comfort, with plenty of on-trend, flowing trousers. This pair is shiny and dressy, the perfect cross between all-grown-up and school glam squad party at the BFF’s house. Junior fashion at its best.
Dhs99. Various locations. ZARA, Deira City Centre, Dubai (04 295 3377). Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi (02 681 8080).

Atlantis The Palm’s world cup zone

Football fans young and old, rejoice! Atlantis will launch a World Cup Fan Zone in celebration of the FIFA World Cup 2018 airing live matches, and featuring a gamer’s corner, giveaways, a designated area for mini fans ages six and above and more.
Dhs100 (gents), free (ladies). Thu Jun 14- Fri Jul 15. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 426 2626).

Baby and kids’ flea market

Parents’ favourite market is back! The Baby & Kids Flea Market will return to Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort with a special Ramadan edition, where you can sell and buy pre-loved baby and kids’ items at Dhs200 per stall and meet other parents.
Free. Sat Jun 9, 1pm-6pm. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (056 466 0399).

Mattel play! Town’s camp

The kids’ happy place at City Walk is launching it’s very own summer camp, and it promises – as ever – great fun with Barney, Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Fireman Sam. Kids aged five to 10 will also take part in activities at The Green Planet, Hub Zero, Roxy Cinemas and the new Laguna Waterpark at La Mer. From dance classes to laser mazes, it's all part of the summer camp fun.
Dhs625 (one week), Dhs230 (one day). Jul 1 – Aug 16. City Walk, Dubai (04 317 3999).

Anantara’s luqaimat

Ramadan’s iftars always bring the best of authentic Middle Eastern treats. Along with traditional dishes such as machboos, maqluba and tharid, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara’s very own Chef Firas cooks up the Emirates’ favourite dessert, luqaimat, with artful flair. At the hotel’s tent, you can also enjoy favourites such as saj, shawarma, mezze and Moroccan tea with live kanoon.
Dhs232 (per person), Dhs116 (kids aged 5-12). Daily 7pm-9pm. Eastern Mangroves, Al Salam Street, Abu Dhabi (02 656 1000).

Little smoke burger

Big Smoke Burger has just launched a kids’ menu. Very cutely named “The Little B’s”, it’s all about easy to eat, hormone-free food, so it’s a good way for kiddies to get their daily dose of goodness. The menu includes the Little Smoke, Cheese Little and Little Chicken burgers, plus Little Chicken tenders. All items come with mini fries and an organic juice pouch too.
From Dhs29. Various locations, including BoxPark, Al Wasl, Dubai (04 317 3999).

Arabian afternoon tea

For non-Muslim mamas who aren’t fasting this month, afternoon tea can only get better with an added twist of luxury – which can only be enjoyed Dubai-style overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa. Authentic Emirati desserts are on offer, alongside traditional afternoon tea delicacies at Manzil Hotel’s Boulevard Kitchen.
Dhs160 (per person), Dhs260 (two people). Daily 2pm-6pm. Boulevard Kitchen, Manzil Downtown, Dubai (04 423 8899).

A dip in the pool

If you feel like beating the heat, there’s nothing like jumping into the pool during summer. Located on the fourth floor of Address Dubai Marina, Shades is a rooftop venue complete with a large infinity pool, kids’ pool and lounge. You even get credit to spend on food and poolside sips.
Dhs210 (per person, weekdays), Dhs315 (per person, weekends). Open daily, 7am-8pm. Dubai Marina, Dubai (04 888 3444).

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