Visit Ripe Abu Dhabi
It’s officially Ripe Market season in Abu Dhabi. Umm Al Emarat Park will be transforming into a magical world of lights, alfresco eating and live music for relaxed family evenings. The community event will be all about meeting and supporting SME businesses while dining under the stars and stocking up on organic fruit and veggies for the week ahead. Kids will stay entertained with an activity line-up, too.
Free. Saturdays, until Apr 2019, 3pm-9pm. Great Lawn and Central Promenade. Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, www.ripeme.com.
The Meydan Friday Family Brunch is back and you can take your pick from a dozen live-cooking stations spread across Farriers restaurant.
Kids get their very own activity-filled corner and mini buffet.
Dhs290 (soft drinks), Dhs400 (house beverages). Fridays 12.30pm-4pm. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai (04 381 3333).
Izu Bakery’s beetroot latte
Citywalk’s IZU Brasserie & Bakery added a healthy twist to the much-loved hot beverage for its new menu, and other items including crunchy coco-nutty granola, a mixed mushroom tartine and more.
Dhs22. City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai (04 403 3030).
The Roost Rotisserie has launched a homemade-style roast dinner, available every Saturday from noon. The wholesome meal comes in two options, with sides including roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.
From Dhs85. Al Wasl Road, Dubai (800 76678).
A cute faux pet
It purs, squeaks and is pure cuteness. A Pomsie sports pretty teal coloured eyes when it’s happy and content. The latest craze, this toy is almost as good as the real thing – no litterbox required.
Dhs119. Available in ELC, Toys R Us, Hamleys, Borders, Party Zone, Robotika, Robox, Souq.com, Noon.com, Mumzworld and Sprii.
Family affair at Dubai Sevens
The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens will be adding more kid-friendly activities this year, with the Rugby Village featuring an aqua park. For an additional Dhs50, kids aged eight to 12 can splash around all day at the family event. Dubai Sevens will also feature bungee trampolines and a gigantic slide, plus those aged ten or older can battle it out in teams with archery tag. Littlest fans will be looked after at the on-site professional crèche.
From Dhs315, free (kids under 12). Nov 29-Dec 1. The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, www.dubairugby7s.com.
Mum’s salon escape
Take a break from mummy duty and head to Tips & Toes for an express facial, which is like a mini treatment, mani/pedi, neck and shoulder massage, plus a blow dry when you book their Mum’s Escape package. All you need are two hours and a half for moisturised skin and less tension in the neck and shoulders.
Dhs467.25. Various locations across the UAE, including Media City, Dubai (04 437 0874); Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi (02 565 0707).
A spa for kids? Only at one of the capital’s most luxurious hotels can you find treatments like a Royal Head and Shoulder Massage for five to 12-year-olds, Prince and Princess Chocolate Scrub, Teen Facial, a Little Prince Haircut and kids’ manis and pedis. Emirates Palace Spa’s new treatments are short and sweet, designed to give little ones a glimpse of the relaxing world of spas. Bye, bye school stress.
From Dhs100. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi (02 690 7978).
The Great British BBQ
The Great British BBQ will be held on Friday November 2, and will honour all things British, including barbeque burgers and bangers, fish ‘n’ chips and more.
From Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs140 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, Dubai (04 318 2999).
Cooking at Carluccio’s
Budding masterchefs can now learn the art of Italian cooking at Carluccio’s brand-new after-school cookery classes. Little ones get to make their own pizza or pasta with a dedicated chef to assist them. They can take home their creations or dine at the restaurant with mum and dad.
Dhs49 (per child). Nov 12, 26 3pm-5pm. Various locations across the UAE, including Dubai Marina Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 399 7958); Yas Mall, Yas West (02 565 1004).