Take a look at our regular pages of discounts, deals and ideas for mums, dads and tots to enjoy as a family, one-to-one with junior, or blissfully alone, morning, noon or night.
For the kids
Dubai family and friends
Family and friends offers a range of different programmes, classes and activities to keep everyone of all ages in the family entertained and also has a kids drop in play centre and soft play area. There’s a casual crèche if you want to drop the kids off for an hour or so, or choose one of their classes such as Baby Sign or Buggies and Babes for some baby bonding time and a chance to meet with likeminded mums.
Dhs60 for 90min, Dhs80 for two hours. Al Fattan tower, Dubai Marina, www.dubaifamilyandfriends.com (050 316 4025).
Yas Waterworlds’ offer of four tickets for the price of three is back when you book and pay in advance online. In addition, they are also running a ‘me plus three and the taxi is free’ promotion where groups of four travelling by taxi can have their taxi fare reimbursed by the waterpark. All you have to do is produce your taxi receipt on arrival at the park and fares up to the value of Dhs250 can be redeemed.
www.yaswaterworld.com (02 414 2000).
Family Fun at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
For a cheeky little weekend escape, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is offering one nights accommodation for mum and dad and 50% off on a second room for the kids. Kids under the age of 12 can also eat for free and kids between 12-18 will receive 50% off when dining with their parents at CuiScene. The hotel also offers a variety of activities to keep the kids amused while you relax, and to sweeten the deal, kids under the age of 12 can also receive unlimited free ice cream from the poolside restaurant everyday from 11am to 6pm.
From Dhs699 per night for the first room, and Dhs349 for the second room. Until Sept 30. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, www.fairmont.com (02 654 3333).
Puck Cheese and Kidzania
Kidzania has a new arts and crafts room where kids can get stuck into all sorts of arty fun and learning new skills. The crafty room is branded by Puck cheese as part of their efforts to highlight the importance of developing healthy eating habits through offering healthy, natural products.
Puck Cheese arts and crafts room, Kidzania, Dubai Mall, www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222).
Evenings and weekends
During the month of Ramadan, MusicHall at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray will be transformed to Masrah Ramadan. Offering an a la carte Suhour menu with a selection of Arabic mezzeh and main courses accompanied by live performances showcasing talent from the Arab world in the spirit of the holy month.
Minimum spend Dhs190. 9pm-2pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com (04 453 0000).
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa
Go on holiday without any of the hassle with an offer for UAE residents from the Habtoor Grand. The kids will love the swimming pool with dedicated children’s area and dads and football fans will be happy to know they can escape to the Ramadan tent to enjoy some or all of the World Cup matches.
Prices start from Dhs250 including breakfast. Until end Aug. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, www.habtoorhotels.com (04 704 8888).
One and Only
Stay in style with the One and Only Royal Mirage where families can save 50% on booking a second room for the kids when staying three nights or more. The package also includes unlimited access to Aquaventure waterpark which is sure to keep the kids busy and out of your hair.
Until Sept 27. www.oneandonlyresorts.com (04 399 9999).
Relax in the picturesque surroundings of the Dubai Marina at Mamma Mia and indulge in some of their signature Italian and Arabic dishes. Kids and parents alike will love the range of 100% fresh juices, ice creams and sorbets – all perfect for cooling down during the sweltering summer temperatures.
Mamma Mia, next to Marina Mall, www.mammamiadubai.com (04 374 6910).
Without the kids
TOKO Sushi masterclass
Lovers of Japanese cuisine should take note of the new weekly master class to learn the art of sushi with TOKO’s specialist sushi chef, Lin Htet Aung. The class will be teaching the traditional techniques and guests will learn how to prepare and create a selection of fresh sushi and nigiri, as well as tasting and sampling. Participants will be supplied with all the ingredients as well as being provided with refreshments throughout the class. Each week is a two hour class with a maximum of eight participants.
Dhs300 per person. 7.30-9.30pm, Sundays. TOKO Dubai, www.toko-dubai.com (04 442 8383).
Sensasia Summer Massage Celebrations
Keep your cool in the cool with Sensasias’ summer massage deals where they are offering special discounted prices for massages of 90 minutes or more, taken between 10am and 4pm on weekdays at all four Sensasia locations.
Prices from Dhs276. The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Golf Club, Souk Al Manzil and Downtown Dubai, www.sensasiaspas.com.
Spikes Japanese nights
For those who prefer their Japanese food ready prepared check out the new Japanese nights at Spikes where you can find a selection of Japanese classics and favourites from Prawn Tempura Maki, Crazy Crab California, Unagi Nigiri and more.
From Dhs30. Tues-Sun, 4pm-9pm. Al Badia Golf Club by Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, www.diningdfc.com (04 701 1127/28).
Football fans should head over to Claw Barbecue Crabshack and Grill during the world cup. Screens throughout the venue will be showing all the latest footy action and there will be chances to win beverage prizes in football themed quizzes.
Claw, Souk Al Bahar, www.clawbbq.com (04 432 2300).