04 378 8500 Downtown Jebel Ali

LEGOLAND is the only UAE waterpark designed specifically for kids aged from two to 12 and their families – not that this place is small. With more than 20 waterslides to enjoy you will need to check a map to make sure you tick off all of the many Legoboxes.

There is a lazy Build-A-Raft River, Joker Soaker playground water shooters, a wave bowl and any number of slides for both the little ones and the thrill seekers.

We love the Twin Chasers where you can race each other on double body slides shooting you into a wading area below, or take on Red Rush, where the whole family can ride together in huge raft down a 312-foot-long curving track on an 11-foot in diameter half pipe.

Make sure you don’t miss the Wave Pool to get swished around a bit (in the safest way possible), or take on the Wave Rider if you’re brave enough to zoom your way 240 feet down an open body slide, plunging straight into the water below.
Dhs165 (adults), free (kids under three).

British 04 454 2638 Emirates Hills

A bona fide family-friendly Dubai institution, Reform Social & Grill is that rare thing – a community pub.

Set in The Lakes, Reform is perfect for a weekend meal with a few drinks – mum and dad can chill out in the garden and let the little ones go wild in the small playground, as well as the makeshift football pitch that goes along with it.

During the week this place also gets rammed with people popping in for a pint and bite to eat on the way home after work. And those bites are very good, by the way, hence the award.

Pâtés, steak tartare and salads pepper the starters – and the pear and Stilton tart is a corker, too. Meanwhile there are four packed sharing platters to choose from, top grills good salads. A special shout out to the burgers as well. Juicy and fat. Just as they should be.

Weekends also mean special roast dinners, see right, with options including chicken and beef – as you’d expect. There’s also a properly authentic bangers and mash on the menu, too, and that will keep you coming back for more, as all the dishes here do.

There are good brekkies at this place, too. This is a real top choice for grub that we wholeheartedly recommend.

Seafood, overlooking the sea to majestic views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah? Yes please.

This is a long-standing, go-to romantic spot in Dubai and it never fails to deliver. It has won numerous Time Out Dubai Restaurant awards in the Romantic category in the past, and it again scooped a Highly Commended plaque in 2018.

The rustic wooden venue, located at the end of a jetty and standing magnanimously over the Arabian Gulf, with floor-to-ceiling panes of glass for walls, revealing unrivalled panoramic views, is impressive.

À la carte prices are high – a meal for two excluding drinks can set you back into the thousands of dir-hams. But on there are frequently offers on set menus throughout the year, which are worth re-searching around the time you’re planning to book.

As expected, everything here is slick, from the presentation of dishes to the service. Staff are barely noticeable of an evening, allowing you to enjoy every moment, but rest assured, when you need them, they’ll be there, sharp, and willing to help, no matter your enquiry. Another starter after your main course? No problem. Engagement ring at the bottom of glass of bubbly to be brought out just before the bill? You’ve got it.

The bottom line
Pierchic is a place where memories are made.

Bar & pub food 04 332 2400 Sheikh Zayed Road

A venue that proudly serves up proper pub grub such as fish and chips, all-day breakfasts, pies and burgers and does them all very well, with little fuss or fanfare. Portions are huge, especially the steak pie, which has an enormous puff pastry top hiding rich, slow cooked beef underneath. Breakfasts are excellent (and available throughout the day) and the cheeseburger is another monster. Not one where Dubai’s glamour set will be heading, but all the better for it.

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