Mumzworld.com launches eco-friendly categoryDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/397143-mumzworldcom-launches-eco-friendly-categorySun, 17 Feb 2019 11:12:38 +0400Online retailer Mumzworld.com has rolled out its newest green initiative Better Planet, where parents will find a first-to-market range of eco-friendly products.

The e-commerce shopping destination is all about offerings that help make mums’ lives easier, categorised into an easy-to-browse platform.

"As an indispensable online extension of a mother’s life, it seemed only natural that we should also be your ‘go-to’ destination for all things eco-friendly. Mumzworld is a brand built with social impacts at its core, and with a philosophy that when you empower a mother to make informed choices, you empower her to raise great kids, which ultimately leads to changing the region, one mum at a time,” said Mona Ataya, founder and CEO of mumzworld.com.

“We’re helping our mums make informed decisions when it comes to their product choices, with the widest range of products in the region at everyday low prices, comprehensive factual information and product offerings that are unique to the region,” she added.

The Better planet range comprises plastic-free, organic and eco-friendly products. Mums will find school and feeding products, clothes, equipment and more. There’s a variety of recyclable, reusable, non-toxic and Fairtrade brands selling compost bins, reusable lunch boxes, BPA-free bottles, plastic-free straws, toys, organic cotton clothing, nappies and natural skincare.

The available range focuses on affordable products that are of benefit for kids and parents, and are of no harm to the environment.

With more than 200,000 products, Mumzworld.com covers everything from gear and consumables to party supplies, now also stocking eco-friendly options.

Small changes lead to big results mums, so let’s start with our shopping habits.
For more on the range, visit mumzworld.com.

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Train with a Premier League star at Jumeirah Beach HotelDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/sports-and-outdoor/396998-train-with-a-premier-league-star-at-jumeirah-beach-hotelWed, 13 Feb 2019 10:19:05 +0400Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s upcoming football escape for kids aged five to 15 years old will bring together UEFA-licensed coaches and former Premier League stars, including international footballer, Robbie Keane to Dubai for a five-day course.

A proven goal scorer, Keane has scored more than 250 goals for club and country in a career that began in 1997 at the age of just 17, and has seen him become one of the strongest forwards of his time.

Taking place from Monday February 18 until Friday February 22, kids of all abilities are welcome to join for an unmissable opportunity to train with the champions and receive guidance from some super successful mentors – whether it’s for two or three days, or the full course.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel has reopened last October after a five-month refurbishment and has returned with a new look inspired by sea, sand and nature.

You can grab a post-training bite with the kids at family dining hub Kitchen Connection, which offers nine interactive cooking stations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s also Pearl Lounge, which serves gourmet sandwiches, tartines and a pearl-inspired afternoon tea for mum to enjoy while waiting for the kids to finish.

Playing with their team for a Premier League win isn’t so far-fetched after all, we just got to sign the kids up first.
Dhs1,470 (two days), Dhs2, 205 (three days), Dhs3,150 (five days). Feb 18-22, 10am-noon. Events Arena, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, footballescapes.com/book-football/dubai-course-2019 (04 406 8800).

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A one-off Jungle Book brunch is coming to Fairmont The PalmDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/food/396987-a-one-off-jungle-book-brunch-is-coming-to-fairmont-the-palmWed, 13 Feb 2019 07:47:25 +0400If your dreams of brunch in the jungle haven’t quite manifested into a trip to the tropics yet, things are about to get a whole lot better with this upcoming Friday brunch.

We’re not monkeying around, Fairmont The Palm is hosting a one-off Jungle Book-themed family brunch on Friday March 29.

While you’ll still get your pizza and French toast (with a twist), there will be food specials inspired by the original Rudyard Kipling book, too. All of this, of course, in the company of Mowgli and his animal friends.

You’ll want to charge your phone, or bring your camera and autograph book if you’re old school, as kids will get the opportunity to mingle with the characters at their very own tables. It’s the real deal, we tell you.

For family-friendly hotels and beach clubs, there are plenty of options among the Palm’s trunk, 16 fronds and the surrounding crescent, but Fairmont offers plenty for adults and youngsters alike, from four swimming pools and a private beach, to the Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club. All in all, if you’re looking for a chilled-out day with the family, this one of the best places on the Palm for that.

Ooh-bi-doo, I wan'na be like you. I want to walk like you, talk like you, too.

Dhs295 (per adult), half price (kids aged between six and 12), free (kids aged six and under). Mar 29, 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Palm Jumierah, palm.dining@fairmont.com (04 457 3388).

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Parker’shttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/food/396974-parkersFri, 01 Feb 2019 05:13:06 +0400Parker’s started life as mysterious pop-up that saw foodies searching all over a park for a key to allow access to a food truck. It then set up at The Dubai Mall and has since opened at the bustling beachfront of La Mer.

Parker’s is perfectly located near Laguna Waterpark and the swathes of sand, making it an ideal pit-stop on a family day out.

Food is ordered at the counter and arrives as it’s ready. It has an appealing breakfast menu, as well as hearty options such as burgers, pasta and tacos.

We manage to resist the dark French toast (piled high with chocolate and Nutella fudge sauce, crusted chocolate swirls and chocolate flakes) and chocolate chip panckes (complete with all of the above, plus crumbled brownies) and opt for avo toast and an açai bowl.

We settle in and enjoy the family-friendly, laid-back seaside vibes as we dig into a thick slice of sourdough piled high with creamy avocado, which has a coarse texture and zingy flavour.

The açai bowl is filling, delicious and we feel immediately healthier (ahem) thanks to the nutrient-rich berry blend and a generous scoop of mango sorbet.

For breakfast at the beach with the gang, look no further.

WHAT IS IT...
Seaside café serving up Instagrammable dishes

WHY GO...
For the excellent breakfasts

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Gossip Café & Dessertshttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/396969-gossip-café-dessertsFri, 01 Feb 2019 05:03:33 +0400If you’re looking for a spot to have a tasty breakfast, or possibly a treat day dessert, then Gossip Café is an ideal spot to take your family.

The café is light and airy, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious open plan and tables are bathed in gorgeous sunlight.

The café is situated at BoxPark and neon lights, concrete floors and wooden fixtures are in fitting with the overall industrial vibe.

As you’d expect from the name, there’s a glass counter teeming with all manner of cute miniature cakes and desserts, while the menu (which is navigated on an iPad) showcases some gorgeously presented breakfast items and smoothies in every fathomable vibrant hue.

It’s elegant and options such as charcoal avocado toast and truffled eggs really set the tone. It does run the risk of fussiness, though, and it’s not the type of place you’d sit down to a fry-up (although there is a full English breakfast on the menu).

The menu is split into sections, including a Healthy Start list; with low-calorie breakfast items, a “Bread Bar”, with posh burgers, bao buns and lobster rolls, and the usual salad and sandwich suspects.

The list of main courses is extensive and continues in the same manner, with the likes of coffee beef tenderloin, pistachio sea bass and tuna biryani, for which we commend the creativeness and flair.

When dishes arrive the presentation lives up to expectations and the food itself absolutely delicious.

It’s an excellent space for families, with comfy seating areas, plenty of space for pushchairs and outside seating. And, while it can be annoying to have to choose your food from an iPad, it’s quite useful for kids (and parents) to be able to see exactly how the dishes look to be able to make a better (and hopefully healthier) choice.

It’s fancy, flavoursome and totally photogenic – and we’re willing to spread the news.
Open daily 7am-midnight. BoxPark, Al Safa (04 343 0181).

WHAT IS IT...
A cute spot serving up pretty dishes

WHY GO...
For food that tastes as good as it looks

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Emirates Festival of Literature: Meet the authors coming to Dubaihttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/396934-emirates-festival-of-literature-meet-the-authors-coming-to-dubaiFri, 01 Feb 2019 11:08:45 +0400Writing a book is an art. Writing a children’s book is a delicate balance between finding the beauty we want little ones to see in the world and teaching them important lessons through the power we know literature holds.

Taking place from Friday March 1 to Saturday March 9, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature brings the world’s top authors and illustrators to Dubai, where they interact with fans and tell the stories behind their books and inspiration.

We speak to three children’s books authors and talk about passion, bees, vampire fairies and the power of the written word.

Harriett Muncaster
Author and Illustrator, Isadora Moon



A kid who’s half-fairy, half-vampire. What was your inspiration?
It comes from my love of putting two strongly contrasting things together. I especially love seeing the colours candy pink and gothic black next to each other, which is why the illustrations for Isadora Moon are all in black and pink.

So her fairy mum is part of Isadora’s pink and flowery side and her vampire dad is part of her black and gothic side.

When did you first start thinking about these mini worlds and creating them?
I’ve always loved creating stories through pictures and words. Isadora Moon actually started out from a very different character and world.

When I was a teenager, I created a character called Victoria Stitch. She’s a very spiky and naughty character with a black-and-pink style. When I showed her to publishers, they suggested she might be too mean and spiky for kids’ books.

I had a think and tried to create a younger, friendlier version of Victoria Stitch. This is where Isadora Moon first came from. As soon as I saw Isadora’s pointy ears and fangs, her whole magical world began to take shape.

What would you like for your books to teach kids?
I hope that kids who read Isadora Moon will see that she’s different from everyone else and that being different is what makes her special.

When Isadora is first deciding which school fits her best, she discovers that she can’t fly as quickly as other vampire kids, nor can she do magic as well as other fairy ones.

Sometimes, we all feel that we can’t do some things as well as other people, but that’s okay. In life, there will be some things you can’t do as efficiently as other people, and things you can do better. There’s also one thing you can do better than absolutely anyone else in the world, and that’s being you.

What activities can kiddies expect at your session?
I’m so excited to be flying out to Dubai to share my passion for Isadora Moon with lots of new people.

In my festival sessions, we’ll be learning how to draw some of the characters from Isadora Moon, there will be games and quizzes and I’ll be reading from my latest story, Isadora Moon has a Sleepover.

I’ll also be answering any questions you might have about being an author-illustrator, Isadora Moon or whatever you want to ask me about. Of course, I’d also be delighted to sign copies the book.
Dhs50 (adults and kids aged five and above). Mar 8 2pm-3pm. Harriett Muncaster: Isadora Moon.

Tony de Saulles
Author and Illustrator, Bee Boy



What do YOU know about bees?
My mother was a bee-keeper, so perhaps that was what started the idea of Bee Boy. Although the trilogy is fiction, I did a lot of research and became so fascinated by bees that I’ve become a bee-keeper myself.

Bees teach you a lot about how life works. When our queen bee died in the summer, it became a fascinating challenge to introduce a new queen that would be accepted by the colony. There’s so much to learn and I hope to keep bees for many years to come. I write a Bee Blog on my website describing our successes and failures as new bee-keepers too – so have a read.

What was the most fun part of illustrating Bee Boy?
One of the most enjoyable parts of illustrating Bee Boy was developing a way of showing inside the hive. Of course, in real life it’s dark in a hive and the honeycomb cells hang vertically. I flipped things round so the honeycomb cells became the floor and I just had to forget trying to show the darkness.

One of my favourite spreads is when the Death’s Head Hawkmoth explodes in Clash of the Killer Queens. I also enjoyed creating the Tunnel House Cafe in Attack of the Zombees – it was such a lot of work to draw the aerial views looking down on the customers.

When did you first discover your passion and how did you nurture it?
I struggled with certain parts of school as I’m not an academics person. Life started for me when I went to art college and discovered a subject that I not only loved, but was also reasonably good at.

I worked in advertising and graphic design for many years, but the urge to write and illustrate was always there so I was constantly sending work to publishers for consideration.

I got my lucky break in 1996 when I started illustrating the Horrible Science series published by Scholastic Children’s Books. It has kept me busy for over 20 years and we’ve sold over ten million books in 30 countries. We’ve also won a few awards along the way including The Blue Peter Book Award for the best book with facts. I’m currently with Oxford University Press and they’re such lovely publishers to work with. I consider myself very fortunate to get paid for being creative.

What will you be teaching kids at the session?
I am so looking forward to visiting the Emirates Festival of Literature. I’ll be talking about bees and Bee Boy and we’ll be drawing together too. My slideshow contains videos of my bees and is a great way to illustrate my talk.

We’ll also be learning how to draw lots of other things from books I have illustrated in recent years. There will be time for questions and I’ll be bringing my guitar to play The Bee Boy Song.
Dhs50 (adults and kids aged seven and above). Mar 1, 1pm-2pm. Tony De Saulles: Bee Boy.

Nicola Morgan
Author, Positively Teenage and The Teenage Guide to Life Online

What was your main goal behind writing Positively Teenage and how did the idea come about?
Since 2005, when Blame My Brain became the first book in the world to explain the brilliant and fascinating teenage brain directly to teenagers and their parents and teachers, I’ve been writing and talking about teenage wellbeing, stress and mental health.

During that time, I’ve seen so much negativity. It’s almost as though people think adolescence is a mental health problem. It’s not, it’s a perfectly healthy, positive developmental stage during which huge changes happen, physically and mentally.

Since I believe that understanding how something works (including a human being) is the way to helping it work better, it seemed to me that the time had come to empower both young people and adults with the truth, with strong messages of action and choice, so that teenagers can thrive, not just survive.

So, Positively Teenage was born and I was thrilled with the feedback from schools, families and, most importantly, young people.

Adolescence doesn’t need to be endured. It needs to be embraced, and with the right information and support, it can be.

What’s the number one lesson you’re hoping teens will learn after reading this book?
That they have far, far more control over their brains, health and lives than they thought possible. Young people often feel powerless and out of control – understandably, as it looks as though all the rules were created by adults. This can generate a sense of “learned helplessness”, where they think they have no control and they may stop bothering to try.

Feeling that you have no control is a well-known recipe for negative stress and anxiety at any age. So, my message (in this book and all my non-fiction) is this: your brain is in your hands and you have choices; the choices you make will make a difference to how you feel and how you function, not just in twenty years but now, today and tomorrow. You can be the active agents of your own wellbeing.

Tell us a funny story you’ve lived (or witnessed) with a teenager in relation to this topic.
I would never tell a funny story about a teenager – I take them too seriously. But I’ll tell you a lovely story. A school librarian told me that a distressed teenage girl had come to the library after the librarian had advised her to read Positively Teenage.” A couple of weeks later, the librarian sent me a photo of the smiling girl holding a copy of the book and told me that the girl had said, “I think this book has really changed me, I don’t really care if I don’t get what I want for Christmas, I’m just grateful for what I have.”

One of my mottos is “books change lives” and it was so wonderful to see that in action. I think that, in the age of the Internet and all that online information of varying worth, there’s something special and solid and true about a book, a book that’s been written lovingly and painstakingly, and then edited by lots of other caring adults, all bringing that one gift into the hands of a willing reader. I love talking to audiences, but I love the one-to-one feeling of writing a book and knowing that someone is reading it even more.

Why should parents come and see you at the Festival?
I have so much (too much for an hour) to share and it’s all helpful and fascinating. I’ll be talking about The Teenage Guide to Life Online, too, which should just be called Life Online, as it’s also for adults. They often over-use, are distracted by and waste time on their screens, and we need to know exactly why that could be a bad thing and how we can live and work healthily in the modern world.

We ALL need to look after ourselves, then we will succeed so much better and more easily in whatever we want from our lives. No one can work well when overwhelmed with the negative effects of stress and brain bandwidth overload. So, we all need strategies to get the most out of our busy lives and brilliant bodies and brains. How I will distil all that into one session, I don’t know – come and watch me try. I promise it will be an information-dense and ideas-rich session. And please ask questions.
Dhs50 (adults and kids aged 12 and above). Mar 9 noon-1pm.

Jeff Kinney
Author, Diary of a Wimpy Kid



Diary of a Wimpy Kid is quite the legendary read. Did you expect all of this when you first wrote it?
I didn’t expect it to be published. I thought the work was too strange to find a publisher. And I’d spent about three years getting rejected by newspaper cartoon syndicates, so I didn’t have any reason to believe I wouldn’t be rejected again.

Tell us about your favourite Wimpy Kid book and why it’s special to you.
I will always like the first book the best, even though it’s not that well-written. It’s special to me because it was the first. I can remember the feeling of rejection, and the book replaced that feeling with a feeling of success.

What do you think of the movie adaptation of the series?
I think the movies are fun. They bring an emotional piece to the stories that are absent in my books, and I developed some lifelong friendships because of the movies.

What aspect of your session are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about meeting a whole new audience. I live in a small town called Plainville, and I only get out into the world about once or twice a year. This is a big trip for me. I can’t wait to meet the fans in the UAE.
Dhs50 (adults and kids aged seven and above). Mar 2 6pm-7pm. Jeff Kinney: The Wimpy Kid is here.

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Now showing: Dragon Ball’s newest movie reviewed https://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/396931-now-showing-dragon-balls-newest-movie-reviewedFri, 01 Feb 2019 10:54:26 +0400There's a new legend penned by by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, the first film in the new Super series, and anime action movie lovers are going to want to watch it.

Dragon Ball Super: Brolly tells the story of a planet destroyed and a powerful race reduced to almost nothing. After the wide wave of demise at Planet Vegeta, three Saiyans among the stars come face to face in a battle with eachother.

With two finding their home on Earth, the third’s desire for vengeance develops into an unblievable power. The time for revenge has come, and it’s time for destinies to collide. The resulting battle will shake the universe to its very core.

The production style of this film can best be summed up in Director Nagamine’s words: “If Goku has undergone an upgrade, then the visuals must be upgraded as well.” Goku’s comeback is strong, and the new Dragon Ball is a contemporary, high quality version that’s worthy of his evolution.

Not only is the transformation displayed in Dragon Ball Super: Broly an appropriate one for over 30 years of legendary titles, but it also represents the challenge that it was to depart from the films that had come before it.

This is the first Super film, and you can expect refreshed character designs from the TV series. Mr. Iyoku at Shueisha’s “Dragon Ball Unit” proposed a challenge to filmmakers in terms of renewal because of Toriyama’s drawing style, which has also changed. But fans won’t be disappointed. The Super film is all about the Dragon Ball of today, with a shade that’s been adapted to fit the original manga’s. Naohiro Shintani was handpicked by Toriyama himself to create the new designs.

What characterises Shintani’s renewed designs is that they have a slim silhouette when compared with the previous ones, perhaps for a more modern style, but they also achieve the feeling of a fine balance on screen.

Dragon Ball Super: Brolly may just have the most fast-paced action of any Dragon Ball film to date, and that alone is worth a visit to the cinema.

WHAT IS IT...
The first movie in the Super film series

WHY GO...
A new look for Goku that’s well-adapted to the original manga’s

DIRECTOR
Tatsuya Nagamine

RELEASE DATE
Now showing

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Dubai’s nursery of the future is hereDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/education/396917-dubais-nursery-of-the-future-is-hereFri, 01 Feb 2019 10:23:17 +0400imagine learning spaces that look like Power Rangers control centres and soft play areas with tents and giant striped giraffe plushies.

Walking into Ora, one of Dubai’s newest nurseries, you feel like kids have been transported into a world that’s very different from what we’re used to when we thing of a traditional nursery setup.

“Guided by the inspiring vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Ora has combined ground-breaking child-initiated learning techniques to create our first-of-its-kind Zayed Early-Learning Framework (ZELF). Our experienced education experts aim to prepare young people for a time beyond the 21st century,” says Dina El Gammal, centre manager at Ora.

“We want kids to engage in both learning and teaching, so little ones work actively with educators, naturally revealing what they would like to learn more about, asking big questions, nurturing natural talent and developing the skills they need to lead the communities of tomorrow,” she adds.

While the nursery’s team has garnered vast experience from Nordic countries, the UK and other nations, they also draw inspiration from Dubai’s consistent forward-thinking approach to development and education.

“Our cutting-edge facility has been designed by award-winning interior-architecture practice Roar, a specialist in early-years education design. It houses 22 interactive zones including a soft play area with a dedicated monochrome space, exploration corners, mindfulness areas, a coding sensory section and a Mars Lab,” explains El Gammal.

One of Ora’s top features is an English and Arabic library showcasing several books written by staff. Every aspect of the nursery has been designed to foster curiosity, creativity, independence, communication, coordination, motor skills, emotional intelligence and a love of learning.

“We want little ones to immerse themselves in the present, so they can develop their unique visions for a brighter future,” says
El Gammal.

The nursery’s location at Emirates Towers also adds to the futuristic theme it adopts as it’s in the same building as Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai Future Accelerators and Area 2071 with its upcoming EY wavespace centre. It’s also a stone’s throw away from Museum of the Future. Talk about being neighbours with Sonny from I, Robot...

“Research suggests that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet, which is why we believe it’s vital to bring innovation and curiosity into early-years education. Our ZELF – inspired by the UAE Centennial 2071 project and built on the pillars of leadership, happiness and positivity, advanced science and artificial intelligence, and technology and coding – does just that,” she says.

Using child-initiated learning methods and age-appropriate developmental and skills-based techniques, Ora helps kids aged two months to three years old and above choose their own paths of self-discovery, seek knowledge and develop the confidence they need to become the leaders of future communities – pretty advanced stuff.

“At Ora, we give kids the opportunity to discover themselves, find out what they’re good at, focus their learning on what they want to be, who they want to be,” she adds.

“We don’t want to label kids, ticking off boxes to say that they’re at this developmental stage or the other. We’re taking away these labels and letting them be who they want to be.” Looks like Mums and Dads can expect loads of scientific thinking questions from the kids – better be ready.
Ground Floor, Emirates Towers, ora.ae (052 646 4155).

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Dubai’s top family-friendly waterparks 2019https://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/396913-dubais-top-family-friendly-waterparks-2019Fri, 01 Feb 2019 10:14:25 +0400AQUAVENTURE WATERPARK
This park has a huge array of places to slip and slide with varying levels of terror – not least the ride where you slide down a tube surrounded by sharks. Poseidon’s Revenge will send your heart rate soaring as you step into a plastic coffin-style box before a trap door opens. For younger ones, the shaded kids’ area is a winner as little pirates battle it out with soakers.
Dhs289 (above 1.2m), Dhs235 (below 1.2m), free (aged two and under). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 426 0000).

LAGUNA WATERPARK

Slap bang in the middle of Dubai’s retro beachfront, Laguna overlooks the sea on one side and the soaring city skyline on the other. It’s an excellent value day out with prices from Dhs99 and boasts some pretty impressive rides including the Free Fall, Mad Racer and WaveOz180 FloRider – which is one of only three in the entire world. When it comes to unwinding, there are private cabanas, a lazy river and a rooftop restaurant with sweeping views.
Dhs99 (residents), Dhs159 (non-residents). La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (800 637 227).

LEGOLAND WATERPARK DUBAI

Aqua fun for the whole family is guaranteed at this waterpark, where the rides are great and sun always shines. It’s for those reasons it’s Time Out Dubai Kids’ current Best UAE Waterpark. The Joker Soaker kids’ area has the perfect amount of tumbling buckets of water, and with 20 water slides throughout the park to enjoy, there’s no excuse not to get wet. It’s perfect for ages two to 12.
Dhs175 (residents), Dhs245 (non-residents). Dubai Parks And Resorts, Dubai, (04 820 3123).

WILD WADI WATER PARK
The park offers dozens of rides and attractions for all the family and is located just in front of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Wild Wadi guests can experience huge waves, or sit back and enjoy the weather at the Juha’s Journey lazy river. Thrill-seekers are also spoilt for choice with rides including the Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj. If you prefer to surf, then check out the Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders, which pump out tonnes of water every second producing a realistic wave.
From Dhs283.5 (above 1.1m), Dhs231 (below 1.1m), free (aged two and under). Jumeirah Street, Jumeirah 2 (04 348 4444).

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Manzil Downtown launches family-friendly brunchhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/food/396896-manzil-downtown-launches-family-friendly-brunchFri, 01 Feb 2019 08:58:48 +0400You know those lazy Fridays when all you want to do is chill, eat good food and not have to worry about what the kids will have for lunch? If we’re describing every Friday, you’ll be happy to know that Manzil Downtown has launched the ultimate barbecue experience with a new Backyard Brunch from 1pm to 4pm.

Apart from barbecued selections, the Friday feast also features plenty of live cooking stations and a multi-cuisine menu for you to pick and choose from.

The brunch takes place at the hotel’s The Courtyard, an al fresco dining patio with  contemporary Arabesque décor, where you can indulge in traditional Levantine and Middle Eastern cuisine along with American and southern hemisphere delights.

The Courtyard, located in the centre of the hotel, is a Mediterranean restaurant that blends Arabic tradition with international influences. Its laid-back atmosphere is perfect for an afternoon with the family.

There’s loads of seating, with banquettes along the walls, individual tables across the floor, and an outdoor space.

Dishes include Middle Eastern favourites, with plenty of kebabs, fish, authentic koftas, chicken tikka, spit-roasted lamb and traditional sharing platters. The Levantine buffet spread offers cold food selections, the usual hummus, tabbouleh and Arabic breads. Plus, plenty of hot food.

The southern hemisphere station comprises favourites such as sosaties (chicken and beef skewers), lamb chops, chargrilled corn, boerewors, toasties and potjiekos with pap and chakalaka from Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

There are also plenty of American dishes treats including beef ribs, grilled prawns, and customisable hot dogs and burgers – all complemented by a variety of sauces you can use to add that smoky taste to your meal.

There may be no play area, but this spacious brunch’s vibes make it a good one for kids and parents alike.
Dhs265 (soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages) Dhs133 (kids aged six to 11), , free (kids up to five years old). Fri 1pm-4pm. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, www.vidahotels.com (04 888 3444).

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