Best Online Kids Store
Mumzworld - Winner
Mumzworld opens up a world of wonder at the click of a mouse and is the online store of choice for lots of time-poor parents, enabling them to shop in the fastest, most convenient and most cost effective manner. Founded in 2011, by a team of caring parents, Mumzworld offers up a great range of child-centric products at competitive prices. The live chat feature also ensures there is always a helpful representative on hand to answer any queries you might have. All of this, combined with the speedy delivery service and high quality merchandise makes it a clear winner.
Little Majilis - Highly Commended
Little Majlis is an online creative community made up of a network of small Gulf-based brands and independent design makers.It’s the perfect place to shop local and enjoy beautifully made, locally designed dresses, trinkets, furniture and homeware for the whole family.
Noah’s Garden - Highly Commended
Founded by two mums who were looking for non-toxic, eco-friendly products for their children, Noah’s Garden is the first online organic kids store in the Middle East. Parents can be assured they’re buying top quality, harm-free products for baby’s bath time, bedtime and everything in between.
6am babies aims to bring organic and fairtrade products to the homes of parents across Dubai through a fun online shopping experience, which has a mixed bag of offerings from kids’ clothes to toys and home décor.
An online store run by parents for parents, Baby Souk brings premium products and brands from around the world to our doorsteps right here in the Middle East. And you can rest assured that all the products have been tried and approved by the trusted team.
This is your go-to place when looking for handmade, intricately designed baby clothes and accessories. Coochy Coo mixes contemporary trends with classic materials, such as pure cotton and linen, for garments the kids (and you) love.
There once was a time when some of our favourite products were only available in the US, but now Desertcart has changed all that, making the entire Amazon.com (and its third party sellers) selection easily accessible right here in the UAE.
A one-stop shop for all things baby, Just Kidding’s online store enables parents to find their must-have baby items from the comfort of their armchair. With same day delivery and the option of gift wrapping, it certainly makes bringing up baby a whole lot easier.
Mini Exchange takes the stress out of trawling the mall, as it features thousands of products from over 750 global, sought-after brands for mum, baby and child. It also has a pretty cool clearance page, where you can grab a bargain!
From scooters to wall art to beachware and beyond, Sandypantsis an online treasure trove for all sorts of toys and gadgets, enabling you to have much more fun in our land of sand.
Best Maternity Store
Smitten - Winner
Since opening its doors here in 2011, Smitten quickly established itself has the go-to maternity store. Smitten is the brainchild of a mother of two, and that shows through the carefully selected collection. Handpicked specialty brands from all over the world, from Australia to Spain, are stocked, as well as selected lines for little ones, too. Their party pieces are suitably glamorous and accommodate a wide range of tastes (and bumps!), plus the beautiful post-pregnancy collections entice mums back long after baby is born.
Dubai Marina Mall (04 451 9779).
Destination Maternity - Highly Commended
From designer brands to lingerie and eveningwear, as well as an extensive casual collection, this store covers all bases and budgets. It also stocks mother- and baby-safe toiletries and cosmetics, as well as suitable swimwear and sportswear. Basically, it’s your one-stop shop for all your pre-baby needs.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 330 8460).
Seraphine - Highly Commended
With a cult celebrity following in the UK and the US,Seraphine has dressed everyone from the Duchess of Cambridge to Kate Winslet. It has a fantastic fitting service and, most importantly, the stores are a pleasure to shop in. Particularly noteworthy is its excellent maternity denim range (a rarity anywhere in the world).
Dubai Festival City Centre (04 269 4511).
With maternity basics, selected work wardrobe pieces and on-trend pieces as reliable as their everyday fashion, H&M ticks all the essentials boxes.
Various locations including Marina Mall (04 450 3760).
A long-standing favourite for mums and mums-to-be around the world, Mothercare’s maternity range covers handy daytime basics and a great range of sizes to suit every bump.
Various locations including City Centre Me’aisem (04 419 0806).
Marks & Spencer
This great British high-street retailer and globally well-trusted brand stocks a good range of maternity essentials in practical, simple styles and materials.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 288 0519).
This home-grown store was inspired by one mum-to-be’sdesire to find a maternity shop with knowledgeable fitters and a beautiful, as well as practical, range of lingerie and swimwear. It offers a unique experience for expectant and nursing mothers.
Town Centre Mall, Jumeirah (04 385 6353).
Best Toy Store
The Toy Store - Winner
The shelves of The Toy Store are brimming with up-to-the-minute toys and popular branded merchandise for affordable prices. If (nay, when) you are seeking the latest must-have toy from any of the kids’ favourite shows, then you will find them here. It also has a great outdoor section, with a huge selections of scooters and bikes. Meanwhile, The Toy Store team roam the aisles and are always ready with a big smile for little ones exploring the toys.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (800 69869).
Hamleys - Highly Commended
Going to the toy shop should always be something special and a trip to Hamleys is exactly that. This legendary store from London (where it’s the oldest and largest toy shop in the world!) offers up everything from the trendiest tid-bits to traditional teddies.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 888). Other location: Mirdiff City Centre (04 284 3336)
KidzInc Dubai - Highly Commended
Kidz Inc. offers a unique shopping experience for families with quality products thatcreate an imaginative, inspiring and secure world for children. Parents can browse while the little ones are encouraged to play and explore. All the products carried have passed European and American safety standards, and many have won prestigious toy industry awards.
Al Quoz (04 328 5775).
This is your one-stop store for all sorts of toys, clothes, accessories and general products for kids of all ages, from newborns and toddlers to tweens and teen. ButBabyshop also offers a range of products for mothers and mums-to-be, sourcing all of its goods from world-class brands.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall (80074677).
Borders might be known as the go-to book shop in the city, but it also has an excellent range of toys, games and stationery. It’s your one-stop shop for all your educational, creative family needs.
Various locations including City Centre Deira (04 298 1493).
Every child loves a teddy bear, and even better if you can dress it up, which is what the kids can do at Build-A-Bear. Their handmade cuddly toys come complete with a birth certificate, a fluffy heart and even a passport for those who like international travel. A birthday party here is on many a wish list.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 299 6988).
Stocking a large selection of toys for babies and toddlers, Bumblebee has the formative years of your kids’ life covered. It caters to design- and fashion-conscious parents who don’t want to compromise on quality and style.
TheDubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 4539710).
Early Learning Centre
Kids love the Early Learning Centre and it’s easy to see why. Working with educational experts, nursery specialists and child psychologists,the brand prides itself in having great ideas for new toys that help children develop as they play.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 429 7903).
The Hobby Centre
A place for enthusiasts of planes, trains and automobiles, The Hobby Centre sells and services a wide range of high quality products, including jets, helicopters, cars, boats and plenty of accessories and parts.
Airport Road (04 294 6647).
Toys R Us
Probably one of the most notable things about Toys R Us when you first arrive is Geoffrey Giraffe, a massive cuddly giraffe that brings the brand to life. But the store also has a creative section with play doughs, stickers and workbooks to keep little minds busy, while mum and dad peruse the educational resources, dolls, cars, garages and everything else that happily fill a play room.
Sheikh Zayed Road, 3rd Interchange (04 341 8383).
Best Kids’ Entertainment Centre
Hub Zero - Winner
An amazing 18,000 square foot indoor entertainment park withtonsfor kids to do, across all age groups. State of the art gaming mixed with retro classics and there’s even state-of-the-art racing simulators, digital soccer tournaments, a laser maze and a 46-seater 4D cinema. Game on!
City Walk (800 637227).
Adventure HQ, Times Square Centre - Highly Commended
Book in for a climbing wall session, try the cable climb or experience the Chill Chamber to test your mettle in sub-zero temperatures. Staff are knowledgeable and fully trained and it’s ideally located in the family-favourite Times Square Centre.
Times Square Centre, Sheik Zayed Road (04 346 6824).
SEGA Republic - Highly Commended
This is a popular indoor theme park and arcade with over 170 games, a roller coaster, simulator, dodgems and an Initial D-4 game which lets you sit inside the shell of a real car to explore the streets of Japan.
SEGA Republic, The Dubai Mall (04 448 8484).
Adventure HQ – Galleria Mall
Harness up and don the hard hats for a high and low ropes experience to remember. There are 12 unique climbing walls, zip lines to conquer and a cargo net to scramble on.
Galleria Mall, Wasl Road (04 343 5110).
Chuck E. Cheese
This iconic US brand arrived in the UAE in 2014 with everything from high-tech simulators for older kids to the Toddler Zone and a fresh-pizza promise to keep everyone happy.
Chuck E Cheese, various locations including Ibn Battuta Mall (800 248253).
Great soft play in the Fun and Learn Zone, as well as redemption games, electronic games and kids’ rides in the Play Zone.
Fun City, various locations including Mercarto Mall (04 349 9976).
Kids Connection, Wafi Mall
The nature-inspired setting at this lovely park-style indoor play centre is a hit with both parents and kids. There are swings, slides, trampolines and seesaws.
Kids Connection, Wafi Mall (04 324 4555).
An indoor entertainment venue with a range of fun rides, games and attractions. Entrance is free, then all rides and games require you to put money on a swipe card to play.
Magic Planet, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 295 4333).
An immersive movie experience with wall-to-wall screens, digital surround sound, colourful seats and fun food options.
Mall of the Emirates (600 59905).
Best Kids Edutainment Centre
The Journey - Winner
This “natural” forest park concept is unique and brand-new to Dubai. The Journey features wooden climbing frames and beautiful walkways to entice kids to roam freely outdoors. The messy kitchen is a huge hit with the tiny tots, as they pour and play in the sand with water and scoops. Better yet, it’s located right by Kite Beach and is accessible for children with special needs. A beautiful space and great staff gives this the edge.
8 35A Street (055 527 8931).
Kidzania - Highly Commended
Providing kids and parents a safe and unique environment to learn as they play, Kidzania is a miniature world of imagination. Kids love it here as they roleplay their way through a medley of very realistic employment options from architects to journalists, doctors to beauticians. The indoor edutainment center is a city built to scale for children, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and a functioning economy.
The Dubai Mall (04 448 5222).
MATTEL PLAY! TOWN - Highly Commended
Favourite Mattel characters come to life at this massive indoor playcentre, located inCityWalk. Learn how to build a house with Bob the Builder, to stay safe from fire with Fireman Sam and how to turn a pirouette with Angeline Ballerina. The beautifully designed top floor dedicated to all things Barney also reinforces how to use your imagination and be a good friend.
City Walk (04 317 3999).
The UAE’s leading indoor edutainment playgrounds are dedicated to offering an interactive and stimulating environment for the whole family. Caboodle inspires and motivates, sparking their imaginations.
Level 2, Dubai Mall (04 325 3367).
The first educational city in the UAE, devoted to children between two and fifteen years old. Here they can investigate, explore, play, discover, and learn about the world in which we live.
Creekside Park, Gate 1, (04 334 0808).
A safe and pristine environment where little ones can learn through play. CreaKidsincorporates an Early Learning Centre and playzone where kids can climb, explore, paint and craft.
Egypt Court Ibn BattunaMall (04 361 9315).
A space filled with fun activities including a Lego land, giant soft play area, arts & crafts, cooking classes and laser games.
Al Badaa Street, Al Wasl Center , Near Business Bay Metro Station, NearMazaya Shopping Center – Dubai (04 388 4114).
Le Petit Palais
Enter this pretty little French town and visit the grocery store, beauty salon or petrol station, all built to the perfect size for little imagineers.
Galeries La Fayette, Dubai Mall (04 382 7333).
Little Explorers is an exciting mix of educational and fun activities from kids from two to seven years, with building, water play and more over five zones.
Mirdif City Centre (04 231 6289).
Playdates on The Palm
Playdates is an interactive learning playground that promotes positive growth, learning and fun. It features a pretend city, jungle maze and soft play area.
Golden Mile, The Palm (04 75293).
Best Soft Play Venue
Kids HQ - Winner
Small enough so parents can keep track of the little ones but big enough for them to burn off energy. It’s not too expensive and there’s a coffee shop closeto the play area. Staff are lovely and professional, there are various areas for different age groups, plus a tiny baby area that’s popular with mums. The range of services make this a community hub, with parenting classes, and lots of mum organize playdates here with discounts for groups.
Umm Suqueimm Road, Al Barsha(04 379 4233).
Cheeky Monkeys - Highly Commended
Large soft play area with innovative neon-lit slides, mini zip lines, brilliant dressing up area and an enormous ball pit for endless entertainment. Plus there’s a café serving hot kid-friendly meals and Starbucks coffee.
Various locations including Dubai Marina (04 276 0011).
Extreme Fun - Highly Commended
Popular, clean, neighbourhood soft play for under 10s with a separate Toddler Zone, party room, arts and crafts area and a café serving great coffee and delicious pizzas (for adults too!). The free WIFI is great for working parents to log in and crack on whilst the kids are busy.
Motor City (04 452 5543).
Home to a beautiful dollhouse, puzzles, dress-up dolls, a puppet theatre and a swirly slide all set within a fairytale castle alongside a pirate ship sand play and fishing area.
Jumeirah Town Centre (04 344 5030).
Lovely soft play for younger kids with a miniature shop, a fully-kitted-out, two-level play house, arts and crafts area and a stylish café with a lake view in JLT’s Cluster Y.
Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 360 8571).
Jungle-themed interactive play area also catering for birthday parties and baby showers and hosting classes including drama, arts, ballet and Zumba for kids.
Cedre Community Centre, Dubai Silicon Oasis (04 333 7388).
Good value for money play area for kids aged one to 12 with three levels of soft play, a mini town, video games, rides and arts and crafts.
Al Barsha Mall (04 455 7152).
Supervised soft play including a dedicated Toddler Zone and activities such as Baby Ballet, Baby Arabia and kids’ camps, as well as 100 percent organic, fair-trade coffee at The Bean Scene café.
Sheik Zayed Road (04 259 8843).
Best Theme or Water Park
Aquaventure - Winner
A massive waterpark that appeals to all ages and is the perfect family day out. There is a ton of rides with varying levels of terror – not least the one where you slide down a tube surrounded by sharks! – and there are shady areas. The kids’ area is safe for little ones to roam around, as they make their way around the giant pirate ship and try to avoid the mammoth bucket which dunks out water.
Aquaventure, Atlantis the Palm (04 426 0000).
Splash and Party - Highly Commended
Lots of fun, with splash pads, water slides and a big water bucket. There is a safe area for the little ones who can splash at their own place and a healthy juice and snack bar.
Al Safa 2, Street 8A, Villa no. 1, Jumeirah (04 388 3008).
Wild Wadi - Highly Commended
Located in Jumeriah, this outdoor water park is themed around the adventures of Sinbad and has loads of cool rides. There is lots for family dare devils, with high powered jets and gravity defying rollercoasters, but the more mellow visitor is also well catered for with a gentle lazy river where you can lie back and relax.
Wild Wadi, Jumeriah Road (04 348 4444).
An indoor playcentre dedicated to fun with water play, Aqua Play offers interactive games as well as water rides.
Mirdif City Centre (04 231 6307).
A leading family entertainment and cultural centre, Global Village is unique to Dubai in that it enables a whirlwind tour of the world, taking in colourful food, exotic tastes and attractions. It’s Fantasy Island has some good rides too.
Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road, Dubai (04 3624114).
Fountains, tipper buckets and water squirters for water-hungry kiddos. There is a pool and climbing equipment for more adventure.
The Beach,JBR (800 637 227)
Best Party Venue
Bounce - Winner
An easy, very popular party at the UAE’s original indoor trampoline park which includes free-style bouncing, well-run games, food for all (including the option to upgrade to Freedom pizzas) and a cake-cutting ceremony. It’sgood value for money, every party comes with a Bounce host to guide kids around the various jump zones, plus there’s easy parking and the lovely Lime Tree Café just opposite.
4B Street, Al Quoz (04 321 1400).
Ski Dubai - Highly Commended
The fantastic Snow Park birthday package includes a once-in-a-lifetime penguin experience once they’ve enjoyed a tumble around in the snow play area, kitted out in (fully-provided) snow gear. The St Moritz kids’ buffet menu is decent and the Mall of the Emirates location is very handy.
Mall of The Emirates, Al Barsha (800 386).
Vox Kids - Highly Commended
It is the ultimate cinema experience with some cool extras included – you can play computer games, karaoke on the big screen and the VOX GOLD menu will serve up hot dogs, popcorn and icecream to keep the party goers well-fuelled.
Various locations including Mall of the Emirates (600 59905).
Themed indoor parties for superheroes, rock stars and princesses in their private party room, with games and helium balloons for every guest. Also provides parties at home packages with face painting and inflatables.
Various locations including Al Etihad Mall, Mirdif (04 252 4878).
The number one party for football-mad kids with an entire indoor football field and coaching team putting on a tournament for the kids. Oh, and there’s huge cake!
The Dubai Mall (04 388 2282).
It’s the add-ons that make this place stand out, like the cool science show, Magic Phil show, balloon-bending and photo booth options.
Umm Suqeim Road, Al Barsha(04 379 4233).
Incredible children’s city complete with buildings, pavements, a hotel, beauty salon, bank, television station, fire service and newspaper. There is a range of party packages.
The Dubai Mall (04 448 5222).
Split into five educational zones, for kids aged two to seven to learn through exploration, their parties include dancing, a cake ceremony, free tea and coffee for parents and upgrades such as magic shows and clown visits.
Mirdif City Centre (04 231 6285).
Modern indoor theme park with 15 rides, loads of games and birthday packages that include unlimited rides.
The Dubai Mall (04 448 8484).
Splash ‘n’ Party
Combines water slides with plenty to climb and jump from, as well as toddler-friendly spots. Packages include the Beach Party, Mermaid Lagoon and the Ahoy Matey’s party – all with live shows.
Villa 1, Street 8A, Umm Suqeim (04 388 3008).
Best Family Restaurant
Reform Social & Grill - Winner
Where else can you have a relaxed meal, with an extensive and very kid-friendly menu that offers up that cosy family feeling as soon as you open the door? Reform Social and Grill of course. This restaurant ticks all of the boxes, with succulent Saturday roasts, busy and buzzy breakfasts and, to top it all off, probably one of the most popular playparks in the city.
The Lakes, Emirates Living District (04 4542638)
Book Munch Café - Highly Commended
This quirky café satisfies two cravings – knowledge and food. Bookmunch offers up a huge selection of mouthwatering dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also houses a big collection of hand-picked titles that caters to all ages. Its afternoon tea for little hatters and its recently launched brunch add to its magic.
Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road (04 3884006).
Bystro - Highly Commended
Bystro is the perfect family spot, with its modern European classic bistro cuisine and kids’ corner, which is a big hit with little diners. The Mediterranean-style tiled entrance and vibrant, brightly huedfurniture all add to the welcome feel of this classy eatery.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al-Manara (04 336 8056).
A pizza lovers’ dream, Carluccio’s has an extensive menu of Italian favourites and the childrens’ menu, full of bite-sized treats, comes with a pack of crayons and puzzles to keep little ones entertained.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 434 1320).
Anybody who loves a French pastry will have a quick planned route to Crumbs Elysée. The exquisite sweet and savourygourmet food and excellent customer service makes it a first choice for many food lovers in the family.
Sheikh ZayedRoad (04 346 8899).
jones the grocer
jones the grocer provides customers with a renowned, gourmet dining experience across three locations. Kids enjoy their own menu and get crayons to scribble on it with (score!).
Various locations including DusitThani Hotel, Sheikh Zayed road (04 335 7769).
A popular choice with the breakfast, lunch and dinner set, and a great place to just drop in for a coffee, Maison Mathis has a menu with something to suite everyone. The playground at Arabian Ranches is a big hit with the kids.
Arabian Ranches and Emirates Towers (04 450 1313).
Pantry Café brings quality and flavourful comfort food from around the world, using only the finest and freshest ingredients, all of which are cooked with love, care and passion in their open kitchen.
Al Wasl Square and Bay Square, Business Bay (04 388 3868).
It’s always more fun to have your dinner in the jungle with monkeys chattering and elephants trumpeting. Rainforest Café has all that, plus a menu filled with tasty options for adults and kids.
The Dubai Mall (04 330 8515).
The Lime Tree Café
A familiar neighbourhood food store, providing nourishing,delicious delicacies in a vibrant yet relaxing haven in three locations. It’s also recently opened gluten-free bakery.
Jumeirah, Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Quoz (04 325 6325).
Best Family Brunch
SuperheroBrunch at Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina - Winner
Unique in Dubai, this themed brunch is a kids’ paradise, with all the staff dressed up as superheroes and great entertainment, including magicians, a bouncy castle, party games and a competition for the Best Dressed Kid. Oh, and let’s not forget the excellent food that caters to all ages.
The Address Dubai Marina (800-ADDRESS).
Flow Kitchen, Fairmont The Palm - Highly Commended
The early start and finish of this Palm Jumeirah brunch works brilliantly. The kids’ corner and 50 percent discount at the Fairmont Falcons Club should seal the deal though, meaning kids up to the age of 15 are looked after whilee parents kick back and enjoy the stylish surrounds and amazing food.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm - Highly Commended
The kids can make their own pizzas, dabble in the art studio or even learn a few tricks with the in-house magician at this Italian-themed brunch, where under-12s eat free. Meanwhile Mum and Dad can soak in the olive tree-lined gardens and ocean backdrop.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Beachcombers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Beachcombers offers a relaxed, beachside setting and serves a raft of pan-Asian cuisine, while thoughtful entertainment roams around, keeping the kids happy. There’s also a well-stocked play room and the chance to dip your toes in the sand afterwards.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim 04 432 3232).
Boulevard Kitchen, Manzil Downtown Dubai
Brunch with a view, loads of entertainment and a creative spin on Middle Eastern food accompanies the usual international Friday brunch spread, alongside a dedicated kids’ buffet.
Manzil Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard(04 423 8899).
Little Suzie’s Diner brunch, Medley, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre
This diner-themed brunch puts burgers, waffles, mac and cheese, pancakes andgeneral comfort food at the centre of the agenda. But there’s also a giant spin-and-win game that could see you face a forfeit or win a prize.
Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Deira City Centre(04 603 8201).
Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Live cooking stations, good music, a pleasant al fresco terrace and excellent food make this a favourite family brunch. Not to mention the picnic area, face painting, bouncy castle and more entertainment for little diners.
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud(04 230 8458).
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Kids are treated like kings and queens at this mammoth Friday brunch, where there’s an abundance of food from around the world, as well as balloon bending, clowns and a photo booth for souvenirs.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira(04 205 7033).
Souq Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort Dubai Jumeirah Beach
This market-style brunch is bright and fresh, complete with a children’s play area and gorgeous pool views to accompany the deliciously varied Four Seasons’ top quality fare.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 270 7777).
Best Family Beach Club
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa - Winner
A day here feels like a holiday for both the mind and the body. Families can enjoy the shaded cabanas and the kids will love splashing in pools, complete with slides. With a great choice in food and beverage outlets, as well as an active and well-resourced kids’ club, there really is something for the whole family.
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa, Palm Jumeirah, (04 455 6677).
Atlantis The Palm - Highly Commended
With more than 1.4 kilometres of pristine beaches and two stunning swimming pools, AtlantisThe Palm is the perfect beach resort in Dubai. The Kids’ Club herealso provides great entertainment and fully supervised daily programmes.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
Club Jumana, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort - Highly Commended
Club Jumana offers access to 800 metres of beach, three pools, as well as restaurants, tennis and squash courts, myriad watersports, plus preferential rates for golf.
Club Jumana, Jebel Ali Golf Resort, (04 814 5555).
Club Mina, Le Méridien, Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina Hotel
Here, there are five pools to choose from, including a shaded children's pool,one of the city’s longest stretches of private beach, and Sinbad’s Kids’ Club, which features plenty of activities.
Le Méridien, Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina Hotel, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 3333).
Fairmont, The Palm Health and Beach Club
A great place to swim, chill and relax, Fairmont The Palm offers a very stylish beachfront setting and the kids’ club and splash pad make it a great family day out.
The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3330).
Imagine floating in a 59-metre infinity pool overlooking the Arabian Gulf or splashing around with the kids in the dedicated children’s pool.Or simply relaxing, suspended on a bed of bubbles in one of the Jacuzzis.
Jumeirah ZabeelSaray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa
The Penguin Club for kids has long been a popular feature of Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, with lots of fun activities organised by the highly experienced kids team.
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, Al Sufouh Rd (04 399 5555).
Rixos The Palm
Perfect for day or night, Eden Beach Club at RixosThe Palm is the perfect place to relax on a sunbed, and dip in the pool by day with an amazing view. Kids will also enjoy the busy schedule activities at the kids’ club.
Rixos The Palm, The Palm Jumeriah, East Crescent (04 277 1477).
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort offers up a five-star luxury beach resort with superb relaxation and leisure activities as well as a kids’ club.
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Al Sufouh (04 399 5533).
The Pavilion Marina and Sports Club, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Dubai’s best sun-drenched beaches, sculptured swimming pools and stunning, landscaped grounds are the mainstay of this idyllic family resort at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 0000).
Best Family Hotel
Atlantis The Palm - Winner
Aquaventure, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dolphin Bay, Sea Lion Point, Kids’ Club and Club Rush and babysitting services – it’s all happening here for families. There’s plenty for the parents to enjoy as well, such as great restaurants, brunches, family offers, plus nightlight options and spa treatments to indulge in. Not to mention regular promotional room rates and extras for families.
AtlantisThe Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1000).
Fairmont The Palm - Highly Commended
The 800-metre long private beach, numerous pools and Fairmont Falcon Kids’ Club has parents raving about this place. The rooms are generously sized, with spectacular views, and there’s even cooking classes available at The Chef’s Palate.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).
Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Highly Commended
A family stay at this iconic five-star hotel gets you unlimited access to neighbouring Wild Wadi water park, complimentary breakfast and a whole host of leisure activities if you can drag yourself away from the picture-perfect pool setting.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 438 0000).
JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
This kid-friendly haven boasts a range of sporting activities, a huge private, palm-lined beach, top-notch food options and a superb golf course.
JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, Jebel Ali(04 814 5800).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
A stunning five-star hotel on The Palm Jumeirah feels like a world away from the city. Parents can enjoy the Talise Ottoman Spa facilities, while kids love the Sinbad Kids’ Club.
Jumeirah ZabeelSaray, Palm Jumeirah(04 364 7555).
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
On the golden sands of Jumeirah Beach, this timeless beach oasis is set in 18 acres of lush landscaped gardens and there are a range of watersports to keep everyone busy.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach (04 399 5555).
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Set in 10,000 square metres of landscaped gardens, with rooms boasting stunning sea views, the Sheraton is also a delightfully short hop to The Walk for playgrounds, cafés and entertainment day or night.
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Jumeirah Beach(04 399 5533).
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
This five-star hotel boasts luxurious rooms, a shaded pool and is situated right on bustling Jumeirah Beach, close to the buzz of Dubai Marina.
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 448 4848).
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Stunning organic architecture and a tropical spirit set the scene on this East Crescent Palm frond hotel. The beach stretches out wide and the circular pools are perfect for family fun.
Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah(04 455 5656).
The Address Dubai Marina
The Address Dubai Marina right next to one of Dubai’s favourite family malls, overlooking the busy waterways of Dubai Marina, and is also home to the kid-friendly, award-winning Superhero Brunch.
The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Best Local Theatrical / Music Event
Dancin’ on the Sidewalk Live, Diverse Performing Arts School - Winner
Every year, Diverse Performing Arts School puts on an end of year performance which is eagerly anticipated. This year's show Dancin' On The Sidewalk was once again first-class, as the students showcased the very best in young talent that Dubai has to offer. They danced and sang their way through the performance, which mixed intensive, technical dance moves, with excellent comedic moments, pitch-perfect singing, plus heaps of energy and fun.
Diverse Performing Arts School,The Curve Building (Entrance A), 4th Street (04 330 7338).
Magic Phil and his Arabian Desert Mix Up - Highly Commended
Magic Phil writes and produces a show that’s full on silliness,songs, dances and, of course, magic, with some good old traditional British pantomime slapstick. His latest creation takes the audience on a whimsical carpet trip through the Arabian desert, enjoying magical adventures filled withnon-stop laughter and audience interaction along the way.
The Wizard of Oz, Turning Pointe Youth Ballet - Highly Commended
Turning Pointe Youth Ballet offers a wide choice of classes to suit all kinds of students, from classical ballet to hip-hop,mModern, street jazz and Glee Club.This year’s show saw dancers put on an amazing performance, featuring the tiny tots and the older kids, who danced with talent and aplomb.
Turning Pointe Youth Ballet, various locations, www.turningpoint.ae (800 32623).
Brooklyn Melodies Annual Summer Concert, Brooklyn Melodies Music Centre, Dubai
Brooklyn Melodies offers competitive tuition and a wide range of programmesfor young people who love music. Their annual showcasegave students a chance to showcase their skills in public.
Brooklyn Melodies Music Centre, various locations, www.brooklynmelodies.com.
Midsummer Night’s Dream, Factory Theatre Ensemble
Students from The Factory Theatre Ensemble, which specially supports students formally studying drama, performed an exciting re-telling of Shakespeare’s classic.
Factory Theatre Ensemble, Ductac, Level 2, Mall of Emirates (050 158 5653).
Over the Rainbow, Dubai Performing Arts
This year’s production was an all-singing and all-dancing show with a variety of well-loved songs and dance routines from the smash hit musicals Wicked, Grease, Wizard of Oz and Les Miserables.
Dubai Performing Arts, various locations, www.dubaiperformingarts.com (04 424 5195).
Sharmila Dance Extravaganza 2016, The Sharmila Dance
A professional showcase, demonstrating the students’ commitment to dance with hip-hop, ballet and street jazz coming to life on stage.
The Sharmila Dance, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Wherefore Art Thou, Motown?, Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company
Children’s theatre company Hayley’s Comet’sproduction was an annual showcase of much-loved songs and routines, which enraptured the entire family.
Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company, James and Alex Dance Studios, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City (04 447 0773).
Best International Theatrical/Musical Performance
Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, Sports & Entertainment Solutions, Dubai World Trade Centre - Winner
Hundreds of kids came along to see their favourite Disney characters brought to life in this hit musical with sing-a-long scenes, hip-hop beats and toe-tapping numbers that got everyone on their feet and shouting for more. A truly memorable show.
Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, Sports & Entertainment Solutions, Dubai World Trade Centre.
SeussicalThe Musical, Art For All, Madinat Theatre - Highly Commended
The wonderful world of Dr Seuss was brought to life on stage for the first time in the Middle East. Narrated by The Cat in the Hat, this universal collection of stories featured addictively memorable rhymes with brilliant characters such as The Grinch and Horton the Elephant winning the hearts and minds of the audience.
SeussicalThe Musical, The Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah.
The Sound of Music, Popular Productions, Madinat Theatre - Highly Commended
One of the best-loved musicals in history wowed audiences at The Madinat Theatre with drama, love and those iconic lyrics everyone could sing along to. It also featured a stellar cast of young talent playing the Von Trapp family, some sourced from right here in Dubai.
The Sound of Music, Popular Productions, TheMadinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Alchemy Project, Dubai World Trade Centre
One of Disney’s most famous stage interpretations brought drama, suspense and true love to the stage in this lively, colourful production for all the family.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Alchemy Project, Dubai World Trade Centre.
James and the Giant Peach, Art For All, Ductac
Celebrating Roald Dahl’s centenary year, this juicy performance was of a little boy, a special gift and a magical peach, which delighted audiences.
James and the Giant Peach, Art For All,Ductac, Mall of the Emirates.
Shrek The Musical, Alchemy Project, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation, this lively musical comedy joined the loveable Shrek as he tries to rescue Princess Fiona from a love-sick dragon in this all-singing, all-dancing stage show.
Shrek The Musical, Alchemy Project, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, Centre Stage Arts, Ductac
The stage production was adapted from the award-winning children’s book by Jill Thompson and told the story of Plop, the baby barn owl who is terrified of the dark, with live music and puppetry.
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, Centre Stage Arts, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates.
The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow City Ballet, Art For All, Ductac
One of the most famous fairytales ever graced the stage at Ductac for a breathtaking performance of love and loss, inspiring a new generation of little ballerinas.
The Sleeping Beauty, Moscow City Ballet, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Art For All, Madinat Theatre
West End playwright and laureate David Wood OBE brought this hilarious yet simple production of the enduring children’s book to the stage as part of a hugely successful tour.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Art For All, Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Art For All, Madinat Theatre
The theatrical adaption of the iconic children’s picture book by Michael Rosen tells the tale of the father who takes his children on a magical adventure through ancient meadows and icy streams pursued by a mythical bear.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Art For All, Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah.
Best Family Day Out
Emirates Festival of Literature - Winner
It’s hard to beat a good story, but imagine a place where you can find all sorts of tales, with a few world-renowned writers thrown in, reading from their own works? This is the Emirates Festival of Literature, the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. The 2016 line-up included favourites such as Jacqueline Wilson and Lauren Childs who took the time to meet with some of their smallest Dubai-based fans.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com.
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens - Highly Commended
The Dubai Sevens is an annual Rugby Union Sevens tournament held in Dubai and is the biggest sporting and social event on the UAE calendar. The three-day annual rugby festivalincorporates a number of fast-paced matches, on-pitch entertainment and musical performances, and general activities to keep the entire family entertained.
The Sevens Stadium, www.dubairugby7s.com.
Ripe Market - Highly Commended
Set outdoors, among greenery,Ripe Market, which takes place in cooler months, has stalls which cater for everyone, foodies and non-foodies alike. Find Ripe’s seasonal, organic produce, as well as lovely gift items from the UAE’s leading artisans. There have also been plenty of activities for all ages, including yoga classes, a petting zoo and various workshops.
Zabeel Park, www.ripeme.com.
Dubai International Kite Festival
Colourful kites took to the sky and this vibrant, colourful festival dazzled onlookers with plenty of related activities. There was also plenty more to entertain, including face painting, balloon bending and kite-making workshops.
Jumeirah Beach, www.ikfdubai.com.
Dubai Snowfest, Dubai Ice Rink
A magical winter land was set up at the Dubai Ice Rink and hosted an incredible show performed by local and international skaters, as well as a Santa’s Grotto, arts and crafts and snow-filled skating sessions.
Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall.
Etisalat Dubai Kids’ Run
This event promoted a healthy lifestyle and incorporated a weekend full of adventure and activity to keep everyone happy and active.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.etisalatkidsrun.com.
Kid Fest, Global Village
Kid Fest had plenty of attractions,including an opportunity to meet the little ones’ much-loved cartoon characters from The Smurfs.There was also an acrobatic show, Circus Circus, workshops, fireworks and more.
Global Village, Dubailand, www.globalvillage.ae.
Modhesh World, Dubai World Trade Centre
As the temperatures soared, Dubai’s fun and fabulous indoor theme park returned to keep the entire family entertained with thrill-seeking rides, energy-busting activities and tasty treats.
Dubai World Trade Centre, www.mymodheshworld.com.
Taste of Dubai, Dubai Food Festival
This three-day festival rustled up some delicious treats for the whole family, including Michelin-starred meals, workshops with celebrity chefs, music, food trucks and more.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.tasteofdubaifestival.com.
The Middle East Film & Comic Con
An international exhibition that brought together fans of comics, film and gaming entertainment under one roof.Nickelodeon and its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made kids particularly happy.
Dubai World Trade Centre, www.mefcc.com.
Best Competitive Sports Organisation
Ultimate Athletics - Winner
A first-of-its-kind, Ultimate Athletics is where kids get to compete at the highest level and are instilled with unparalleled sportsmanship. Although it aims to push kids to be their very best, this place never forgets to also be fun and welcomes children of all abilities.
Dubai Sports City, www.ultimateathleticsuae.ae (050 225 7024).
M&S Sports - Highly Commended
M&S Sports is celebrating its fifth year coaching kids all over Dubai in a variety of fun sports, from football to rubgy and swimming, with friendly coaches and an inclusive philosophy to get the best from every child.
M&S Sports, various locations, www.mandssports.com (04 457 2933).
Spanish Soccer School - Highly Commended
Training kids from the age of four, this friendly club gives children the opportunity to train alongside each other and foster team spirit and togetherness. Plus its coaches are among some of the most passionate you’ll come across.
Dubai Sports City, www.spanishsoccerschool.com (04 448 1555).
Dubai Tennis Academy
Former students of Dubai Tennis Academy have actually gone on to play college tennis in the US and competed at junior championships.
American University in Dubai and Grand Hyatt, www.dubaitennisacademy.com (050 286 8025).
The team at DuGym are friendly and encouraging, specialising in rhythmic, artistic and classic gymnastics, as well as trampolining and sports acro at various locations.
DuGym, various locations, www.dygym.com.
Elite Sports Academy
This academy is hard to beat on the range of sports training offered. Kids can learn basketball, hockey, tag rugby, swimming, tennis, karate and train with their football team.
Elite Sports Academy, various locations, www.elite-fc.ae (04 554 5916).
Hamilton Aquatic’s Learn To Swim programme teaches children over the age of three this crucial life skill. It’s particularly important here in Dubai with our water babies.
Hamilton Aquatics, various locations, www.hamiltonaquatics.ae.
Dubai is home to the International Cricket Confederation’s HQ and their youth team coaches kids from the age of two up to 17 year olds through various programmes.
Dubai Sports City, www.iccacademy.net (04 448 1355).
Brainchild of top footballer Frederik Kanoute, KAFO Academy offers a wide range of programmes to teach tricks and techniques with Kanoute himself popping in to coaching sessions.
Dubai Sports City, www.kafoacademy.com (050 778 0758).
Tiger’s Youth Rugby – Heartbeat Sports
Fun is at the heart of it all with Tiger’s Youth Rugby, founded by talented sportsman, Shane Thornton from New Zealand, who is dedicated to bringing athlete-focused sports training to Dubai’s sporting community.
Dubai College, www.heartbeatsports.com (055 665 7332).
Best Kids’ Sports experience
Flip Out Dubai - Winner
Dubai’s newest and largest trampoline park, Flip Out Dubai offers up a massive play space to tire out the kids. It also has a great range of additional activities including the unique archery tag. Meanwhile, staff are friendly and very accessible to little jumpers, giving them lots of helpful advice.
Warehouse 5, Al Quoz (600 567 568).
Goal! Junior - Highly Commended
Goal! Junior is onto a winning formula from kick off, with its entertainment and competitive football opportunities for kids aged five to 15. Parents can also drop their kids while they shop.
The Dubai Mall (04 388 2282).
My Gym - Highly Commended
A place for little ones to bend their bodies and keep fit, My Gym offers a safe, colourful space, run by super friendly and professional coaches in various locations.
Behind Boxpark, Jumeirah 1 and Lulu Hypermarket, Al Barsha (04 394 3962).
Al Qudra Bike Track
A place for the whole family to jump on the saddle and get fit and active. Al Qudra Bike track offers nearly 100 kilometres of track to explore.
Al Qudra Road.
With over 100 interconnecting trampolines, Bounce is the first and original trampoline park in Dubai, which is packed with lots of high-octane, extreme, fun things to do (they’re soft and safe!) with kids.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 3211 400).
Dubai Autodrome Race and Driving Centre
The Dubai Autodrome circuit is one of the most modern and most challenging in the world.Various driving experiences for all ages, using some of the industry’s best and fastest cars are offered here.
Motor City (04 367 8700).
Dubai Ice Rink
Ice skating classes are available here, as well as handy learning penguins for tiny skaters to hang on to (they’re not real, we promise).
The Dubai Mall (04 448 5111).
Emirates Kart Zone
Emirates Kart Zone provides accessible, safe and enjoyable karting experience for all ages. Whether you’ re new to karting, you’re an experienced racer or simply want some fun,there is an activity for you.
Al Wasl Sports Club, Oud Metha Street (050 426 3424).
iFLYDubai is an indoor skydiving experience which takes you up to four metres in the air with an instructor guiding you through your sessions. The air-conditioned wind tunnel also keeps you cool while you “fall”.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, E311 Road (04 231 6292).
Snow in the desert? Everything is possible at Ski Dubai, with a snow park to play in, tobogganing, sliding, and a big plastic ball to roll in. Ski lessons are also available. Oh, and real-life penguins you can feed.
Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (800 386).
Special Recognition for Pre- and Post-Natal Care
Joanne Hanson-Halliwell, Small and Mighty Babies - Winner
Set up in 2014, this support group is for women who deliver very premature babies in Dubai, inspired by Hanson-Halliwell’s personal experience. This year, she started The Mighty Dubai baby portraits – photo shoots with premature babies and their families, aiming to give courage to parents with children in neonatal intensive care units.
Andrea Allen and Louise Hickman, Out of the Blues - Highly Commended
This is a crucial, not-for-profit support group with a private, online forum and support network run by the five Blue Angels for mums suffering from ante-natal, post-natal and other depression here in Dubai.
Dru Campbell, Health Bay Clinic in association with JustKidding - Highly Commended
Dru Campbell oversees family and women’s care at Health Bay Clinic and is a nurse, midwife and lactation consultant with a wealth of experience for new and expectant parents. Her ante-natal classes has helped countless new mums.
www.healthbayclinic.com (800 4272).
Baby Café, Coopers Health Clinic
Run by the Coopers Health Clinic, the Baby Café is an open coffee morning for mums and mums-to-be to chat, get advice and support from each other and the experts from the clinic.
Motor City (04 348 6344).
Cecile de Scally, Baby Senses
Baby Senses mother and child centre, founded by Cecile de Scally, is a community resource providing non-medical support to expectant mothers and new parents on a range of pre and post-natal topics.
Jumeirah Business Centre, Cluster N, JLT, www.babysenses.me (04 558 7307).
Elaine Luck and Catherine Williams, Pure Fitness
These ladies’ exercise classes focus on caring for new mums and mums-to-be. All classes are designed by mums for mums, and babies and children always welcome.
Various locations, www.purefitnessuae.com.
Amy Vogelaar and Jasmine Collin, Love Parenting UAE
This duo offer parenting and birthing classes, aiming to help bring up their children calmly and confidently right up to the teenage years, starting with empowering birthing experiences.
Horizon Kids Nursery, Al Safa 2, www.loveparentinguae.com.
Elizabeth Bain, Dubai Doulas / Nurture to Sleep
Infant and maternity sleep consultants, Nurture to Sleep, specialise in infant and toddler sleep and are UK qualified midwives, birth doulas and certified sleep consultants.
Emma White, Bactive
Emma is a qualified gym and personal training instructor and is passionate about helping women, in particular, get their fitness buzz back after childbirth, and she organises group and personal training.
Various locations, www.bactive.me (050 557 6877).
Best Parent Blog 2016
The Mothership - Winner
This blogis not only cleverly marketed to its target audiences, ensuring a very healthy following, but also boasts great writing style, which is easily accessible. The Mothership, AKA Helen Farmer, shares valuable information on Dubai parents’ worries and concerns and turns this information into helpful, inspired and personal posts. It’s honest, informative and useful, with bags of integrity.
Mommy in Dubai - Highly Commended
With many of us being mummy’s in Dubai, we all love Corrine’s mission to make the lives of parents in the Middle East that bit easier with her lifestyle blog which boasts a sprinkle of heartfelt posts, detailed and honest reviews, along with first-class giveaways.
The Son and the Moon - Highly Commended
British expat Abbie Michelle’slittle boy is now two years old and, through her blog, we learn how she courses through motherhood, navigating breast feeding, weaning, day trips and toddler tantrums. Her writing is humorous, honest and accessible.
We love the name and the fact that its owner, Faye Bartle, seems just like us, an ordinary mum coping with the ups and downs of motherhood. Her posts are funny and warm, and she offers up lots of useful top tips.
Finding the Magic in Mommyhood
Sara Sadik brings us this blog, which is a little bit of everything – her musings, her tips and her laugh-out-loud chaotic thoughts. We think this lady is very astute and has turned the business of being a Mum into something very readable.
Me and the Bump
Mie is a Danish mum living in Dubai with her two children, and we’ve followed her through the early days, the weaning days and the toddler days. Now we are excited to follow her as she starts work and juggles a new stage in her life. Funny, entertaining and very real.
Mum of Boys
Louise writes honestly and openly about bringing her children up here in the UAE. Check out her award-winning blog for plenty of heartfelt posts, as well as some fun fashion advice, shopping tips and adventure ideas.
Seashells on the Palm
Edwina Viel tells us that her blog is her little creativity space,where she writes about finding ways to raise and educate her children. As well as writing about her family, she also offers up great insight into what to do in Dubai, places to go on holidays and household hacks.
The Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is a blog which brings us inspiring posts on yoga and mindfulness, two things very dear to its creator Cheryl Parsons. It’s a beautiful, gently written blog, which appeals to many parents who are seeking a less hectic life.
This blog never ceases to make us smile with its funny, quirky and engaging writing style. The very glamorous Heidi Raeside is behind this masterpiece, which gives us a fabulous mix of kiddy insight, fashion and fun.
Time Out Kids Family Entrepreneur Award
Olivia Manner, Hello Chef! - Winner
Olivia Manner quit her regular job when she was on maternity leave to set up a food delivery service, which brings fresh ingredients and recipes for family meals direct to her customers’ doors. She started Hello Chef! to help busy families who don’t have time to shop or think about planning meals, to bring them all together in the kitchen, by creating a variety of recipes, including options for gluten-free, paleo and vegetarian and takes pride in creating all the menus herself.
ChirinKhawatmi, Mama’s Box - Highly Commended
This genius monthly subscription service home delivers boxes filled with useful products for mums and their babies, such as organic lotions, maternity basics and baby toys that can be tailored to the age and sex of your baby.
Habbabeh Al Abbas and Lulia Al Fardan, Noah’s Garden - Highly Commended
This exciting, home-grown Emirati brand was founded by first-time mums, Habbabeh Al Abbas and Lulia Al Fardan, as Dubai’s first online organic baby boutique selling eco-friendly, high quality products such as nappies, clothing and skincare.
Becky Balderstone, Ripe Market
Balderstone’s personal passion for sourcing fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies was the drive behind the Dubai weekend phenomenon that is Ripe Market, a true community initiative.
Marhababy is a monthly gift box of surprises for new and expectant mothers packed with free samples, alongside selected baby products, vouchers and discounts.
Jumana and Linda Al Darwish,The Happy Box
A fun, themed educational box full of activities for kids and their grown-ups, The Happy Box is delivered monthly with step-by-step instructions and all the products you need for bonding with the family.
Kirsten Fairfield, www.babysouk.com
This is a brilliant online store selling everything for babies, from toys and strollers to carriers and bath essentials, and they also offer a giftwrapping service and free returns.
Mariam Al Kassab,Kidz Venture
Aiming to nurture and enrich young minds, Kidz Venture, founded by Al Kassab in the UAE, is a group of nurseries and play areas helping children learn through play.
Nadia Wehbe, Baby Arabia
This mother and toddler group encourages familiarisation and understanding of Arabic through songs and stories, improving cultural awareness for children from as young as six months.
Special Recognition for Special Needs Education
Senses Residential and Day Care Centre - Winner
This brilliant initiative offers a great deal of help and support to families and their children with special needs. It’s a completely non-profit organisation and is the first and only residential care facility for special needs in the UAE and the Middle East. Through specialisedprogrammes, Senses provides a home with round-the-clock care for children who need special therapies, offering them rehabilitative and educational programmes, as well as a nurturing environment to learn and improve skills.
Umm Suqeim 3, Street 21 (04 457 2675).
Riding for the disabled Dubai
Back in 1998, Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched thisprogramme by donating three of her horses to be used for therapeutic riding. Now, in 2016, Riding for the Disabled has grown to look after approximately 70 children who are currently enrolled in the riding programme. It’s a non-profit and relies totally on assistance from individuals and organisations to keep it running.
Desert Palm, Al Awir Road, www.rdad.ae.
Tender Hearts Arena
The idea for the Tender Hearts Arena grew from the experiences, observations and aspirations of parents, families and friends of children with special needs, looking for healthy, happy after-school activities. Through offering programmes in activities from yoga to communication and theatre, Tender Hearts Arena is making a difference every day.
Villa 27, Umm Suqeim 3 (04 321 3138).
All 4 Down Syndrome Dubai
A support network for parents with Down syndrome in Dubai, the organisation also works tirelessly to raise awareness of the disorder among the general public and in schools, bringing expertise from abroad.
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs
This centreprovides all individuals with special needs, regardless of background, the same opportunity through professional training and care to realise their potential and integrate into the wider community.
Fourth interchange, Al Barsha(04 340 4844).
Dubai Autism Centre
A not-for-profit organisation, the Dubai Autism Centre provides children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families some much needed support.
6 B St, of Al Diyafa Street, Satwa (04 398 6862).
Dubai Centre for Special Needs
Dubai Centre for Special Needs is a hub to support special needs children so that they can learn and grow, and currently supports the education needs of 200 students.
Street 35, Jumeriah (04 344 0966).
Kalimati Speech and Communication Centre
Providing speech therapy, occupational therapy and learning support for children, KalimatiSpeech and Communication Centre aims to help children reach their full potential.
Villa 34, Street 58-C, Uptown Mirdif (04 283 9196).
Stepping Stones is an internationally recognisedorganisation that utilises evidenced-based practices to treat and educate individuals diagnosed across various areas of developmental and learning difficulties.
Dubai Healthcare City (04 363 5433).
The Doris Duan-Young Autism Centre
The Doris Duan-Young Autism Centrebrings a unique model and world-class professional team of Board Certified Behavioral Analysts and certified health professionals to the UAE.
Al Razi Building, Dubai Healthcare City (04 431 2890).
Jeff Price, founder of Pearl FM
A prominent figure in radio, Jeff Price founded the UAE’s first children’s radio station Pearl FM. He has been in Dubai for 22 years and has led significant charitable campaigns for children and migrant workers, among others. This year, he was diagnosed with a rare brain disease and had to set up a funding campaign in order to be able to fund the expensive medical treatment he needs. The campaign was successful and he is being treated and now it’s time for him to get the recognition he deserves from Time Out Kids after a very tough year! This is for you, Jeff.