Al Marmoum Camel Race Track
Hurrah! Camel racing season starts today and if you don’t want to miss some of this fast-paced, somewhat lolloping fun, get yourselves down to the race track on the Al Ain road. It’s an early start though, as the races kick off at 7am, but photo opportunities abound, the kids will love the drama and you can grab breakfast on the way home too.
Free. 7am-9am. Also on January 3. Al Marmoum Camel Race Track, exit 37 off the Al Ain Road. No website (055 676 0006).
Head to Dubai’s biggest open air fairground and cultural expo for a heap of international acts during the Dubai Shopping Festival. We’re not sure what the Lion Dance is, and Pole Balancing sure sounds interesting (if a tad dangerous – don’t try this at home!). If these sights aren’t enough for you, the world famous Imbayakunas and their South American melodies will be a treat for the ears.
Dhs10 per person.
Under threes go free. 4pm to midnight. Emirates Road, www.globalvillage.ae (04 362 4114).
Generation Creation Saturday Family Brunch at Mazina
Get together with the family for a bumper brunch with a difference at Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina. The Generation Creation brunch enables parents and kids to team up and complete a creative task to win some fab prizes (this month, it’s the art of flower arranging). Not only that, but the food’s excellent too.
Dhs220 (adults), Dhs110 (kids aged seven to 12) and under sixes eat for free. 12.30-3.30pm. Dubai Marina, www.theadd ress.com (04 436 7777).
Full moon drumming
Enjoy an evening of primal fun under a full, desert moon with a big supply of bongos. A fantastic family event from Dubai Drums, this only happens once a month. A barbecue is included in the package, and of course, you’ll enjoy an evening of music and drumming under the light of the moon. A great evening for all ages.
Dhs200 (adults), Dhs100 (kids age six to 13), kids under six go free. 6.30pm to midnight. Tonight only. Gulf Ventures Desert Camp, www.dubaidrums.com (04 347 4790).
Set sail Saturdays
Bring out the kids’ creative side, artistically and dramatically, at this seafaringday of activities at Dubai Mall’s Caboodle Pamper and Play centre. They’ll sing salty seadog songs, paint nautical pictures, make pirate hats, lifebuoys, navigators and more. Check out the schedule on the website for other themed days, including Military Mondays, Trendy Tuesdays and Winter Wednesdays.
Dhs50 (first hour), Dhs20 after. 9am-10pm Sun-Wed, 10am-11pm Thu-Sat. Dubai Mall, www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).