The Future Minds project launches in the UAE Whether your child has set out to become the next Bill Gates or pursue a more creative career, there’s a course out there for them. The Future Minds project will help them translate school-based learning into careers where they can follow their passion. Their current programme, KidsMBA, is for kids aged nine to 16, and covers business principles including accounting, budgeting and customer care in a 12-hour intensive course. From Dhs2,240. Jan 18-19, Feb 8-9. Emirates Towers, thefutureminds.ae.
Mum me-time The Westin Abu Dhabi’s new package for all the supermums out there includes a choice of three rejuvenating treatments, delicious light bites and tea at the relaxation room. Plus, pool access and a special gift bag. Dhs275. Mondays 9am-2pm. Heavenly Spa, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Abu Dhabi Golf Club (02 616 9999).
Dubai Shopping Festival 2019 is on It’s finally here, and after buying so many Christmas presents, it’s time to indulge in some well-deserved retail therapy. Head to Dubai’s biggest malls and outdoor shopping districts for discounts and events. Until Feb 2. visitdubai.com/en/dsf.
Share a room with your toy bestie You can now book a stay with your little girl and her American Girl doll At Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, and get an exclusive travel bed and treats on arrival, plus breakfast at Olea. Prices vary. Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (04 341 0000).
Dine with pirates Brunch with the sea’s scariest villains, and some mermaids too, at Address Dubai Marina’s Pirates and Mermaids family brunch where five show kitchens will be serving up themed dishes. The kids can dress up, watch a magic show and even hunt for treasure. Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), half off (kids aged six to 11), free (kids five and under). Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. Al Marsa Street, Dubai (04 888 3444).
Watch a movie and have a burger Celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s burger joint has debuted at Reel Cinemas Dubai Marina Mall, and this means you can watch your favourite movie while having anything from loaded fries, made-to-order burgers and onion rings, to chocolate milkshakes. Guy’s Burger Joint also offers a special kids’ menu that includes beef, chicken or vegetarian patties along with crispy tenders. All the food is also available for takeaway, just in case you don’t fancy a movie. Better pack loads of baby wipes then... reelcinemas.ae.
New kids’s meal plan service from Dhs35 Dubai meal plan service iheartfoodae has launched littlehearts, dishes designed for little ones to have at school. Created to combat unhealthy lunches and steer clear of preservatives, sugars and boxed drinks, the meals can be customised and include options such as baked tuna, roast chicken, fritatta and lentil patty, sweet potato brownies and more. From Dhs35. iheartfoodae.com.
Culinary school Kids can sign up for KidZania Dubai’s new culinary school to learn more about healthy and delicious food choices, giving them the tools they require to make positive and well-informed healthy lifestyle choices. Plus, they can help with dinner at home and we can stop pretending they didn’t burn the pizza (finally). Dhs75 (adults), free (kids under two), from Dhs105 (kids aged two onwards). Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-11pm. KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, kidzania.ae.
A Dhs10,000 voucher is up for grabs To celebrate the launch of its new gift card, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi is giving visitors the chance to win a Dhs10,000 voucher when they spend Dhs300 this month the mall. marinamall.ae.
Yoga for kids Yoga for little ones can help them focus and centre themselves with a variety of breathing, meditation and yogic practices. They learn how to deal with emotions, and become stronger too. Dubai’s Kintsugi Yoga Studio offers a four-week, eight-day package for kids which includes different classes such as swing and ashtanga yoga, hula hoop and more. Dhs399 (eight classes), Dhs89 (single class). Aspect Tower, Business Bay, Dubai (058 911 0002).