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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

Offers group, private and in-house Arabic courses

Supplies nannies with recognised childcare qualifications and full CRB vetting

Classes held at Horizon School near Safa Park and at the World Trade Centre Club, home to the country’s tallest climbing wall. Keen beans can sign up for outdoor tours and international expeditions

Arabic for children and foreign languages for both children and adults, including English, French, Italian, Spanish and German

Classes with ASCA qualified coaches. Sat, Mon and Wed classes at Dubai World Trade Centre Club

For everything you need to know about outdoor survival try Dorell Sport’s adventurous outdoor course. Taught by Everest climber and marathon runner Anne-Mari Hyryläinen, the course can turn anyone into a camping pro. Courses run throughout the cooler months for all age groups and proficiencies

Providing outdoor educational services, this schools-focused company operates both Field Studies and Outdoor Residential Programmes frin three centres in the UAE

Provides antenatal and post-pregnancy packages for new mums, which include maternity care and home visits after birth by a trained midwife

Offering a wide choice of activities including soft play in the Fun & Learn Zone, redemption games, electronic games, kiddie rides and thrilling rides for bigger kids. Dhs30 for all day Fun & Learn Zone, Dhs40 for all day Play Zone

A jungle mania-themed concept where kids can go wild, offering birthday parties, soft play area, princess spa, culinary classes, balloon and flower deco and a one-stop shop for all your party needs. Dhs30 per hour

Yoga with stretches for each trimester

Indoor cricket nets and a full junior set-up, including monthly friendly tournaments

Educational and innovative toys, including German brand Haba and Danish bike and trike-maker Winther

One of Dubai’s newer hospitals has state-of-the art delivery suites. One of three female obstetricians can see you through the entire process of pregnancy and birth. Antenatal packages including consultations, routine checks and scans available from around Dhs5,400 from the 12th week of pregnancy, Dhs3,750 from week 28

Dubbed the largest indoor soft-play area in the UAE, this multi-storey jungle gym is a great place to lose active, energetic kids. There are party rooms and entertainment for rent and a reasonable café too. Dhs50 for one hour, Dhs30 subsequent hours, Dhs100 full day

Stunning Italian store featuring retro Warner Bros comic heroes, Hello Kitty and stylish gallery designs in beds, bedding and furniture

For all its perfectly laid tables, bread baskets and rather formal service, Options is more of a bar than a restaurant. The tables are in shadow, the focus is on the music – from jazz to R&B and house – and the food is fundamentally decent pub grub with a few unusual flourishes

Tags: Indian, Vegetarian

The Greens branch of this café is renowned for its great-value brunch and sunny staff

Tags: Cafés

Dubai’s premiere piano school is known for its exemplary music teaching methods

Raises money to help slum children in Bangladesh

For a quick, satisfying meal in jovial surroundings at an excellent price, we highly recommend The Noodle House

Tags: Asian

DCAS approved trainers offering first aid courses for parents, nannies and corporate clients. Choose from a wide range of programs and languages

Trendy Japanese ramen bar offering healthy food, kids’ menu and relaxed family-friendly seating