Family fun in Dubai

Bike week, Ben 10, tennis and more child's play in Dubai

Thursday 10

EDITOR’S PICK Rev your engines for Gulf Bike Week
Speed down to Dubai Festival City for plenty of music concerts, bike exhibitions and stunt shows to wow the whole family – provided you don’t mind mingling with lots of old dudes dressed in their Harley leathers. The festival is guaranteed to be lots of fun, especially for motor-mad dads and sons.
Dhs40 per person. Continues until February 12. Dubai Festival City.

EDITOR’S PICK Movie time!
The new Yogi Bear movie is out today in cinemas across the UAE. Enjoy the hi-tech 3D antics of Jellystone National Park’s favourite picnic basket thief.

Friday 11

Green fingers craft market
Those with an eco conscience will love the Green ARTE Market, held each month at Times Square Centre. Expect to find lots of unusual, arty- crafty eco stuff, as well as hard-to-find household gadgets that are environmentally friendly.
Free. Noon-7pm. Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road,

Saturday 12

Arabian Wildlife Centre
Situated just off Al Dhaid Road, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is a fantastic indoor facility bang in the middle of the animal enclosures. Observation windows mean the big cats, oryx, gazelles, ostriches and more can wander inches away from you, seemingly oblivious to your presence. Once you’ve looked at all the rare animals, why not pop along to the Petting Farm next door? With camels, ponies, cows, sheep and donkeys to pet and feed, it’s a fantastic afternoon out.
Dhs15 per person; free for kids under 12. Open Sun-Thu 9am-5.30pm (closed Tue), Fri 2pm-5.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm. (06 531 1999).

Sunday 13

Ben 10 stage show
This is your last chance to see it – and yes, those dratted aliens are at it again, trying to take over the earth. But thankfully, our tween hero, Ben 10, is at Dubai Expo live on stage to deal with the situation. The whole shebang is back by popular request and is bigger than ever. Get down there for some serious Omnitrix fun.
Tickets Dhs125-Dhs250. Runs February 11-13, Dubai Airport Expo, near Dubai Airport.

Monday 14

Love is in the air at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
The city’s ever-popular tennis tournament kicks off today. Book your seats well in advance for the tournament: the women’s competition is taking place on February 14-20, while the men will take to the court on February 20-26. Budding Sharapovas and Nadals will love the live court action.
Tickets from Dhs50. Until February 26. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud,

Have a girl’s day out at Favourite Things
Girly girls can have their hair primped and face prettified, before choosing a princess costume and starring in a photoshoot. A one-hour play session is included.
Dhs300. Dubai Marina Mall. (04 434 1984).

Tuesday 15

EDITOR’S PICK Water Magic Show at Dubai Dolphinarium
Described as a breathtaking performance where dolphins, seals and daredevil humans show off their acrobatic and comedic skills, this must-see show includes professional acrobats performing tricks both in and out of the water, as well as pyrotechnics and lots of laughs.
Dhs120 for adults, Dhs70 for kids (VIP Dhs140 for adults, Dhs100 for kids). Mon-Sat 6pm, plus matinee Fri 3pm. (04 336 9773).

Wednesday 16

Make a mess at an artistic workshop
Mums and tots (aged one to three) can enjoy a hands-on art session at Ductac. Get stuck into painting, tearing, scrunching, modelling and colour mixing and create your own mini masterpiece.
Dhs90. plus Dhs20 for materials. 10am-11.30am. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

FREE! Get on your bike
Burn some calories and hit the track at Dubai Autodrome for a free family biking session. Bring your own bikes and helmets.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches (04 367 8700).

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Get deals at restaurants including Zheng He’s and Palace Downtown

You’ll also get discounts at spas, bars and restaurants

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