Ramadan for kids

Muslim children don’t fast until they reach puberty. Read on for some activity ideas

Ramadan 2010, Ramadan
Hear the cannon sound

Every year, the breaking of fast is symbolised by the firing of cannons around Dubai. Why? The tradition apparently dates back to the early days of Islam, when it was decided that a cannon should be installed in the highest point of every city so that all Muslims, and the imams in the mosques, could hear the shot signalling the end of the fast each day. In the UAE, the custom was first introduced in 1803 in Sharjah. Here in Dubai, there is typically a cannon located in Safa Park, and there may well be some around Al Musalla, Al Ras and Karama too. They are fired by Dubai Police. Why not pack a picnic and break fast near the cannon itself? Just be careful not to sit in the line of fire…

Dive into the waterparks

You are permitted to eat and drink inside Dubai’s waterparks during the summer. Wild Wadi and Aquaventure are both open and the fasting rule is only enforced outside their gates, just outside the ticketing area. The usual prices apply (Dhs200 adults and Dhs165 for kids at Aquaventure; Dhs195 for adults and Dhs165 for kids at Wild Wadi), and Wild Wadi will close earlier at 8pm in August, then 7pm in September, while Aquaventure will close at sunset. Plus, if you pay Dhs10 extra at Wild Wadi before the end of August, you’ll get a free ticket to any Cinestar cinema.
Aquaventure, Atlantis, The Palm (04 426 000); Wild Wadi, Beach Road (04 348 4444)

Drop the kids off at Peekaboo!

Peekaboo! centres are creative play areas located at Village Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta. This year they’re running special daily – even hourly – activities to tie in with the Holy Month, including making a Ramadan calendar, creating the moon cycle, learning about the different shape of the moon and designing Eid Al-Fitr greeting cards. There will be no food-related activities until after iftar, when kids get to host their own little feast. Dhs40 for the first hour, then Dhs10 for every hour after that.
At Peekaboo! locations across Dubai (04 344 7122), www.peekaboo.ae

Enrol them in Dubai’s best summer camp

Of all the summer camps in Dubai, The Dubai Mall’s deal seems to be the best. For Dhs950 per child (aged seven and above), they can spend five days at the mall from 9am until 3pm. Daily activities include KidZania, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Aquarium and Sega Republic. Alternatively, if your kids really love KidZania, they can spend all five days there. Runs until September 9.
The Dubai Mall (04 448 5200)

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