Nominees revealed for Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2018

The wait is over. Here are the shortlists for this year’s awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday September 26 at the Rixos Premium Dubai

Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2018

Dubai is one of the world’s most dynamic cities. An ever-changing melting pot, the social and family landscape here changes faster than you can say “yalla”.

Unless you keep your finger on the pulse, it’s easy to miss out on the city’s best family-friendly brands, experiences and days out.

Ever since we launched the Kids’ title back in 2006, UAE parents – whom we think are among the coolest on the planet – have been our utmost priority.

Each month, we provide them with an intelligent guide to parenting. We look to find our readers the best-value deals, most impressive entertainment, helpful expert advice and plenty – and we mean plenty – more.

Keeping the kids entertained can be more of a challenge than cleaning all the windows on Burj Khalifa while feeding a bibless toddler spaghetti and not spilling – yes, it’s that hard.

Luckily, parents have us to rely on for that never-ending mission. We retain their trust by providing only the most up-to-date, helpful, time and money-saving information.

To offer even more to the discerning Dubai parent, we launched the awards in 2013, which we see as Dubai’s parental super watchdog.

It’s our independence that makes us different. Our awards have absolutely no advertiser influence, external nominations or public vote.

Instead, our editors and experts spend their entire year trying and testing the best of Dubai, observing and taking notes on what parents and kids are loving the most.

From there, and based on everything we’ve seen on the ground in the hectic-yet-rewarding world of Mums and Dads, we deliver our verdict for you and your family.

You’re in for a treat as, this year, we’ve also broadened our Best Theme Park, Best Waterpark and Best Family Hotel categories to include the rest of the UAE, too.

So, for the fifth time, we reveal which people, places and experiences we have deemed all-round spectacular. You’re going to want to see what we have in store for you. 

Stay tuned as we reveal the winners on Wednesday September 26 at the Rixos Premium Dubai.


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BEST KIDS’ STORE

1. Babyshop
2. Cotton On Kids
3. IKEA
4. Just Kidding
5. Level Kids
6. Mamas & Papas
7. Mothercare
8. Osh Kosh B’gosh
9. Petit Bateau
10. Pottery Barn Kids


BEST ONLINE KIDS’ STORE

1. Babyshop
2. Babysouk
3. Eggs & Soldiers
4. Kidore
5. Little Wren
6. Mumzworld
7. Noah’s Garden
8. Noon
9. Sprii
10. The Baby Boutique


BEST MATERNITY RETAILER

1. Babyshop
2. Blush & Bloom
3. Destination Maternity
4. H&M
5. Mamas & Papas
6. Marks & Spencer
7. Mothercare
8. Mums and Bumps
9. Seraphine
10. TKD


BEST TOY STORE

1. American Girl
2. Back to Games
3. ELC
4. Hamleys
5. Klug Toys
6. LEGO
7. Nickelodeon
8. The Toy Store
9. Toys for Less
10. Toys R Us 



ENTERTAINMENT

BEST KIDS’ ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

1. BOUNCE
2. Chuck E. Cheese
3. Hub Zero
4. Dubai Bowling Centre
5. Just Play
6. Magic Planet
7. Mattel Play! Town
8. Ski Dubai
9. VR Park
10. VOX Kids

BEST KIDS’ EDUTAINMENT CENTRE

1. Caboodle
2. Children’s City
3. Cloud 7
4. CreaKids
5. Dig It
6. Fun Robotics
7. KidZania
8. Little Explorers
9. OliOli
10. The Green Planet

BEST SOFT PLAY VENUE

1. Cheeky Monkeys
2. Extreme Fun
3. Fairytales
4. Funky Monkeys Playland
5. Kiddie Ville
6. Kids HQ
7. Kidz Palooza
8. Kidz Venture
9. OliOli
10. PlayPoint Dubai

BEST UAE THEME PARK

1. Bollywood Parks Dubai
2. Ferrari World
3. Global Village
4. IMG Worlds of Adventure
5. LEGOLAND Dubai
6. MOTIONGATE Dubai
7. VR Park
8. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

BEST UAE WATERPARK

1. Aquaventure Waterpark
2. Dreamland
3. Iceland Waterpark
4. Laguna Waterpark
5. LEGOLAND Dubai
6. Splash ‘n’ Party
7. Wild Wadi Waterpark
8. Yas Waterworld

BEST PARTY VENUE

1. Aventura Parks
2. BOUNCE
3. Cheeky Monkeys
4. Dubai Bowling Center
5. Flip Out
6. Just Play
7. Mattel Play! Town
8. OliOli
9. Sparky’s
10. Splash ‘n’ Party

BEST THEATRICAL/MUSIC EVENT

1. Alice in Wonderland by The Ballet Centre at DUCTAC
2. Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure by Sports & Entertainment Solutions at Dubai World Trade Centre
3. The Adventures Of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Art for All and Northern Ballet (school and nursery tours)
4. Jingle Bell Favourites by Raymond Gubbay Ltd at Dubai Opera
5. Lost & Found Live on Stage by Centre Stage Arts at Madinat Theatre
6. Paw Patrol Live! by Spin Master at Mall of the Emirates
7. Rapunzel by H2 Productions at DUCTAC
8. STICKMAN by Popular Productions at Madinat Theatre
9. The Jungle Book by Turning Pointe at DUCTAC
10. What The Ladybird Heard by Art for All at DUCTAC



FOOD AND HOSPITALITY

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT/CAFÉ

1. Carluccio’s
2. Couqley
3. Eggspectation
4. Flow Kitchen
5. Links
6. Maison Mathis
7. Reform Social & Grill
8. Ronda Locatelli
9. The Irish Village
10. The Surf Café 


BEST FAMILY BRUNCH

1. Al Bahou, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate
2. Bambini Kids’ Brunch, Rixos Premium Dubai
3. Bubbalicious, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
4. Family Daycation Brunch, Lapita Hotel Dubai
5. Farmer’s Brunch, Bab Al Shams
6. Geales Brunch, Le Royal Méridien Resort & Spa
7. Pirates & Mermaids Brunch, The Address Dubai Marina
8. Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm
9. Ultimate Family Brunch, Fairmont The Palm
10. Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm 

BEST FAMILY BEACH RESORT SHORTLIST

1. Club Joumana, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort
2. Club Mina, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
3. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah
4. La Mer, Jumeirah 1
5. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina
6. Oceana Beach Club, Dukes Dubai
7. RIVA Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah
8. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah
9. Talise, Madinat Jumeirah
10. The Beach, Dubai Marina

BEST UAE FAMILY HOTEL

1. Ajman Hotel, Ajman
2. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
3. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah
4. Emirates Palace, Corniche, Abu Dhabi
5. JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, Jebel Ali
6. Lapita, Dubai Parks And Resorts
7. Le Méridien Al Aqah, Fujairah 
8. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh
9. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina
10. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi



SPORT, HEALTH & WELLBEING

BEST COMPETITIVE SPORTS ORGANISATION

1. Al Habtoor Riding School
2. Aspire Gymnastics Dubai
3. Dubai Tennis Academy
4. Dubai Tigers Rugby Club
5. Elite Sports Academy
6. FitRepublik
7. Hamilton Aquatics
8. IFA Sport
9. My Sports Academy 
10. Spanish Soccer Schools at Dubai Sports City Football Academy


BEST KIDS’ SPORTS EXPERIENCE

1. Aventura Parks
2. BOUNCE
3. Dubai Autodrome Race and Driving Centre
4. Dubai Ice Rink
5. Flip Out
6. My Gym UAE
7. Ski Dubai
8. The Glowing Rooms
9. We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym
10. XDubai Kite Beach Skatepark 

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE

1. Aventura Parks
2. Challenging Adventure
3. Dubai Offshore Sailing Club
4. Fahrenheit Beachsports
5. Parkour Dubai
6. Red Dunes Dubai
7. Surf House Dubai
8. Wire World Adventure Parks
9. Xpark Jr.
10. Xtreme Wake UAE


SPECIAL RECOGNITION PRE AND POST-NATAL CARE

1. Amy Vogelaar & Jasmine Collin, co-founders and parenting educators, Love Parenting UAE
2. Andrea Allen & Louise Hickman, Out of the Blues
3. Dr Delphine Dupuis, family doctor and lactation consultant, Medicentres Clinics
4. Dr Yasser Nakhlawi, Head of Paediatrics, Al Zahra Hospital
5. Eleonora Fornelli and Shereen Zarroug, co-founders, Belly Baby Mom
6. Elizabeth Bain, Dubai Doulas
7. Jo Holt, lead sleep expert & quality control, Malaak Mama & Baby Care
8. Julie Mallon, British health visitor, midwife and sleep specialist, Babies and Beyond
9. Lala Langtry White, The Different Doula, Small & Mighty Babies
10. Mirna El-Sabbagh, nutritionist and International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners member, MyPediaClinic


PEOPLE AND ACHIEVEMENTS

PARENT BLOG OF 2018

1. Babynilia & Mummy, Behnoush Aghajanpour
2. Cuddles and Crumbs, Abigail Caidoy
3. Dubai Our Sandbox, Emily Liden
4. Seashells on the Palm, Edwina Viel
5. Finding the Magic in Mommyhood, Sara Sadik
6. Khalid Al Ameri
7. My Little Loves, Helen O’Brien
8. The Mothership, Helen Farmer

TIME OUT KIDS FAMILY ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARD

1. Camilla Hassan, Five Little Ducks
2. Carla Lewis and Antonia Ellis, Yum By Mum
3. Charlie Barlow, Health at Hand
4. Dalia Saied, Mums and Bumps
5. Halima Jumani, Kibsons
6. Jumana Al Darwish, The Happy Studio
7. Louise Karim, Mums @ work
8. Mona Ataya, Mumzworld
9. Sofi Chabowski, Eggs & Soldiers
10. Zeeshahn Fezi and Sharavati Choksi, Story For Me 

RECOGNITION FOR THE EDUCATION OF PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION

1. Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities
2. Dubai Centre for Special Needs
3. Hope Abilitation Centre
4. Sensation Station
5. Special Needs Future Development Center
6. Stepping Stones
7. Team Angel Wolf
8. Tender Hearts Arena
9. The Developing Child Centre
10. The Wilson Centre for Child Development

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