Seven things to do with the kids in Dubai in January

A round-up of cool family events in Dubai this month

Seven things to do with the kids in Dubai in January

The Dubai Shopping Festival is back for 2020
The biggest shopping extravaganza is back so get the credit cards ready.

The incredible megsale, which runs throughout January, takes place in all shopping malls across the city where shopaholics can grab all the things that they want, for less.

With huge discounts on everything from clothes and toys to white goods and homeware must-haves, it’s the perfect time to spend, spend, spend.
Throughout January until Wed Feb 1, www.visitdubaishoppingfestival.com.

Take to the skies

Let’s go fly a kite, or rather, let’s go and watch the cool annual kitesurfing competition. It’s colourful, it’s impressive (expect lots of oohs and ahhs) and it’s a fun family day out.
Free. Fri Jan 10. Nessnass Beach, behind Sunset Mall (04 399 5777).

Family day at the Silver Cup Polo

From bouncy castles to face-painting and pony rides, there is loads to make this a fun-filled day out with the family at Al Habtoor Polo Resort. Oh, and there’s polo on too, if you’re interested.
Free. Fri Jan 24. Al Habtoor Polo Resort, www.dubaipologoldcup.com.

A Legendary ex-Manchester United footballer is in town
Little footie fans rejoice because footballing superstar, and all round nice guy, Rio Ferdinand is heading to Dubai. Catch him at W Dubai where he will be recounting stories from his career.
Dhs2,130. Thu Jan 9. W Dubai The Palm, Dubai (058 588 5883).

The Green Planet Academy is launching term two

If you missed the first course at The Green Planet Academy, never fear because term two is here. Budding biologists can sign up to the new ten-week programme that sees them enjoy the wonderful world of nature at the indoor biodome. Little nature lovers can look forward to learning all about how to care for animals from feeding them to mucking out their cages. They also plant a mini-sized tropical biodome and get to take home their own hanging tree planter.
Dhs1,050 (ten weekly sessions). City Walk, Dubai, www.thegreenplanet.com.

Le Petit Prince is on at Dubai Opera

The childrens’ book written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that was published in both English and French in 1940, has been adapted for the stage and is heading to Dubai Opera, with a circus twist,
in January. C’est Excellent!
From Dhs275. Thu Jan 23-Sat Jan 25 2020. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Lewis Capaldi in the UAE
Scottish singer and Instagram sensation Lewis Capaldi is coming to the UAE for the first time.

The pop star, who has a loyal fan base of tweens and teens, will perform at Sharjah’s Al Majaz Amphitheatre. Best known for his hit Someone You Love, Capaldi is due to play on January 17.
From Dhs156. Fri Jan 17, 2020. Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Sharjah, www.platinumlist.net.

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