December 2011 family guide

The best things to do in Dubai this December


01 Thursday
The Dubai Rugby Sevens kick off today at 7he Sevens stadium. Rugby is the name of the game but don’t miss out on all of the fun that’s planned.

02 Friday
Celebrate the UAE’s 40th anniversary.
Check out the National Day events and promotions on

03 Saturday
This is your last chance to see the UAE Hot Air Ballooning Championships at Meydan.
Entrance is free. To book flights, call Stadia5 at 04 285 4949.

05 Monday
Due to popular demand, Dubai Dolphinarium has extended the run on Max Stevenson’s Illusion Show.
Dhs100 (adults), Dhs50 (children). (04 336 9773).

06 Tuesday
Take to the ice at Arabian Centre – it’s just Dhs25 per person for a 2 ½ hour skating session.

07 Wednesday
The 8th Dubai International Film Festival starts today. Catch When Santa Fell to Earth or Arthur Christmas for some festive cheer.

08 Thursday
Hey kids! Don’t miss Barney at the Mother, Baby and Child Show, which starts today.
Dhs25 (adults), Dhs10 (kids).

09 Friday
Santa doesn’t just do snow – catch him in the desert Celtic-style at Santa in the Desert at 12pm. Bring a picnic and sunscreen!
Dhs120 per car.

12 Monday
Get back to nature at Al Ain Zoo. it’s a great family day out – don’t miss the chance to hand feed the giraffes!
Dhs15 (adults), Dhs5 (kids 3-12), free for under-3s.

14 Tuesday
Roar! See Dino Live, the world’s largest dinosaur exhibition at Times Square. Dhs50, 10am-10pm.

16 Friday
Throughout December Dreamland Aqua Park is offering amazing deals for its Season’s Splash. (06 768 1888).

18 Sunday
Alvin and his chipmunk pals are Chip-Wrecked on a remote island in their third outing.
In cinemas this week.

19 Monday
Don’t miss Manda’s Magic show at Mall of the Emirates.

21 Wednesday
The Muppets are at it again. Grab some popcorn and head to the cinema today!

23 Friday
Do you believe in fairies? The Peter Pan pantomime is on at the Madinat Theatre until the end of December. Dhs150.

24 Saturday
Settle down to a homely Xmas movie night. Deck The Halls is on MBC Max at 8pm.

25 Sunday
Woo hoo! It’s Christmas! Check out our festive countdown on p12 for some ideas on where to go.

26 Monday
Stuck for ideas of what to do on Boxing Day? What about Family Day at Global Village?

28 Wednesday
Calling all mums: Oasis Centre is also hosting a fabulous shopping fiesta FOR WOMEN ONLY every Wednesday with discounts galore.

31 Saturday
Happy New Year! Have a happy and healthy 2012 from all of us on the Time Out Kids team.

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