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From stylish invitations to gorgeous settings, creative party bags and fun activities, these mums will create a birthday party to remember

Cute range of party favours for little ones, plus goody bags and prizes for party games, too

An apolitical relief agency that’s active in 24 countries worldwide

ANZA Playgroup meets every Monday at Peek-a-Boo

Seafood specialities for adults and a buffet for kids

Tags: French

With Soccertots for ages 4-7, Skills ‘n’ Thrills for kids aged 8-13 and Compete with your Feet for teens aged 14-18, there’s a class for all footie fanatics, whatever the age or skill level

Classes for kids and adults of all levels, including Water Babies for the little ones

Offers home-based, one-on-one self-confidence building to children aged seven to 18

Training at over 30 different venues across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, coaching all levels and running a Junior Football League with more than 65 competing teams

Runs more than 20 sessions each week for kids aged 3-16 years, as well as the Junior/Youth Football League comprising 50+ teams. FA-qualified coaches teach all abilities

This licensed charity distributes second-hand clothing to those in need

A fab Pony Club for little ‘uns aged four and above plus regular riding lessons and birthday parties

Established in 1912, Al Ahmadiya School was the first school in Dubai

The UAE’s top game reserve home to 4,000 animals. Dhs25 foradults, Dhs5 for kids, under-sixes free

Caters for all of your cross-stitching, embroidery and beading needs

PADI Bubblemaker courses (a 60-90 minute basic introduction to diving for over-eights); PADI Seal courses (basic principles for over-eights, taught over 12 hours); and PADI Junior Open Water courses (for 10 years plus, taught over four days)

Call first as the rink is closed during lessons. It might be less new and shiny than some of its competitors, but that’s part of the charm

Helps children with special needs via education programmes and integrating them into society

A Franco-Lebanese café with a chilled Parisian vibe, it delivers healthy, homemade cuisine with a great kids’ menu that includes free colouring and crafts

Renowned for its excellent neo-natal intensive care unit, this government hospital also does prenatal care and deliveries, charging Dhs7,000 for a normal birth and Dhs10,000 for a C-section

A voluntary support group for parents who have children with Down Syndrome. Hosts events on a regular basis, raises awareness and provides education. Volunteers welcome

An international charity and non-governmental organisation that aims to build a better future for children who are the victims of a long civil war

This non-profit centre’s French language courses are Dhs1,400 for seven weeks