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Well-baby clinic offering parents an opportunity to discuss baby care, from feeding, weaning and sleeping to behavioural problems and travel advice

And you thought they only looked at teeth. The Dubai Marina branch has resident gynaecologist Dr Rekha Mathur, who will supply full antenatal care up until the big event itself. Consultations cost Dhs450, with additional costs for scans

This non-profit group provides education and training to disabled children

Provides learning support teachers for children aged five and up for a range of learning difficulties in English and Arabic

Mixed age and standard hockey club based at a Jumeirah school

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

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

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)

Jogging club with regular circuits around Safa Park

EEG protects the environment through education

Obstetricians and gynaecologists will look after you throughout your entire pregnancy, but you will have go elsewhere or be referred to another doctor for delivery. Basic consultations cost Dhs450 and you pay extra for scans (3D and 4D available)

An IVF clinic that helps people to achieve parenthood, with an array of different treatments to suit individual needs

Rescues and re-houses abandoned cats

Courses from the Lifesaving Society, St John’s Ambulance

Indoor playground with a variety of rides, games and attractions

Offers pregnancy massage, baby massage, foot reflexology, full body Thai massage, jasmine rice cream massage, aromatherapy oil massage and hot herbal compress massage

One-of-a-kind boutique filled to the rafters with giftware, household items and party accessories

Classes run by Cherry Morris to help relieve colic and help with bonding

Custom orders for kids’ birthdays, baby showers and other occasions

This clinic offers home visits by midwives, ante- and post-natal classes, plus courses on solids, toddlers, child safety and baby care courses for nannies. Nurse Helen Gillespie has lots of baby/toddler advice