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Storytelling and songs for tots under three, and a teen book club held once a month

18-hole championship golf course, with a floodlit nine-hole, par-three course, driving range, putting, bunker and chipping greens. The club also has a junior golf academy programme for children aged four-18

Ever dreamt of seeing dolphins and seals? Dubai dolphinarium promises a connection with dolphins, allowing visitors to watch shows and swim with the squeaky ones. Adults Dhs120, kids Dhs80, swim with dolphin prices start at Dhs550 per head

Drumming classes not just for kids, but the whole family, are now running at Mall of the Emirates

Practice takes place on Dubai College Sports Field from 9am-noon for U6-U13. U14-U18 train on Mondays 5pm-9pm at JESS Arabian Ranches. Boys and girls are both welcome

The first licensed non-profit shelter for victims of abuse and trafficking

The Heritage & Diving Village exhibits Bedouin traditions

Mixed age and standard hockey club based at a Jumeirah school

Dubai’s first Olympic-sized ice rink offers individual ‘learn to skate’ programmes, group lessons, school bookings and birthday parties

This non-profit centre holds classes in all artistic media, from mosaics to calligraphy

Open to women from all over the world, this club provides a place for women to meet other people through its social events

A small but growing collection of products typically difficult to find in Dubai, such as amber teething necklaces and handlebar-mounted bike seats

The centre offers classes in every martial art under the sun, including karate, aikido, judo, taekwondo, muay Thai, kung fu, kudo and iaido, all for the over-fives

Art & Talent Centre at the club runs drama classes for children

Dr Anna Sepiolo from Poland personally conducts antenatal care (price per consultation), attends all deliveries and performs post-natal examinations

Provision of regular hourly cleaners, most locations covered. Dhs45 per hour (minimum of two hours)

Recycle newspapers, magazines, cans and plastic bottles here

This Jumeirah beach club is like a little beach village. It boasts shops, varied al-fresco restaurants and bars, and a spa. The two pools and beach, on the other hand, are a little smaller than those in Dubai’s actual Marina area (your Habtoors and your Pavilions), but that makes it feel more exclusive. It also features a kids’ pool, a tennis court and a gym. Members have access to all the facilities and enjoy discounts at the club’s restaurants. Daily guests only have access to the private beach and pools. Day pass Dhs75 (Sun-Thu); Dhs125 (Fri-Sat)

A group that hosts regular coffee mornings, providing mums with an opportunity to discuss experiences and share advice on different issues

Dating from 1787, the fort displays artefacts that illuminate life in the Emirate’s pre-oil days

Karama music school with a celebrity founder

The riding school offers lessons following the UK’s Pony Club scheme. Space for beginners is tight, but there are places for those who know how to ride without a lead

Psychotherapist that provides therapy to English and French speaking people dealing with issues such as stress, anger, childhood trauma and chronic pain management

Jogging club with regular circuits around Safa Park

Offers a range of school programmes across Dubai for young kids, all following ASA guidelines and teaching practices