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10 things to do in the UAE this February

Our top picks and tips for making the most of the month

Catherine Harper
5 Feb 2017 | 11:09 am

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1. Be adventurous…

….at the new outdoor activity area for children and adults in Mushrif Park where it’s all about adrenaline. Aventura – billed as Dubai’s ‘one-of-a-kind, tree-surfing, zip-lining, rope-climbing adventure’ – is located in a ghaf forest in the middle of the giant park and features a network of 80 exhilarating challenges including high wires, ropes, zip lines and the 25-metre Tarzan Jump. There are five levels of difficulty, so there’s something for everyone, and there’s even a nature trail for little ones to wander through and learn about flora and fauna in the Emirates while older siblings take to the trees. Adventure-seekers must be six years and above and a minimum of 115cm in height, while prices for juniors start at Dh125 per session and visitor/non-participant fees are Dh10. Book online or call 056 887 1687.

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2. Staycation…

...at Yas Viceroy in the capital. Planning your next weekend getaway with the family? What better way to spend a chilled afternoon than at the rooftop pool while the kids enjoy themselves in the newly opened Generation V kids’ zone. There’s plenty of choices for a fun-filled day with wall climbing, playhouses, Playstations and soft play, and rest easy; there’s highly trained staff to supervise. In-house guests will receive two hours free per child per day in Generation V. Each hour thereafter will be charged at Dh60. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

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3. Beautify yourself…

…with brand new brows - Dubai’s just got its first-ever dedicated brow bar! Browz – located in new retail and lifestyle venue The Mall, just opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel – offers a range of treatments including signature Fluffly Brows, the Ombre technique and the legendary HD Brows, as well as a range of other beauty treats for lips, lashes and more. Log onto browz.ae for more info.

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4. Cheer them on…

…at the Red Bull Air Race. Celebrating its 10th year – and the 10th time that the competition has kicked off in Abu Dhabi – the Red Bull Air Race is back to the capital this month for another weekend of gasp-inducing, gravity-defying tricks and shows. We’ll be there watching to see the battle between defending champion Matthias Dolderer and all of the other pilots, and also to see the first female pilot, Melanie Astles, in action. www.redbullairrace.com

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5. Get moving…

…at the Buggy Run. Bring yourself and your little ones along for Dubai’s first Buggy Run – a family-friendly fitness event that will see mums, dads, aunties, uncles and grandparents take to the track with kids in tow for an untimed 2.5k and 5k run at Dubai Autodrome on February 11th. Suitable for all fitness levels, there will be post-race fun and frivolities to round off the morning. Entries from Dh150 for a buggy and one runner, register at thebuggyrun.com.

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6. Order in…

…with Royal China. If you’re peckish at lunchtime but find yourself lacking the motivation to leave your desk, try the business lunch delivery service from DIFC favourite Royal China. There’s an extensive menu to choose from, with everything from soups and dim sum to a variety of main courses. We loved the crispy wasabi prawns and the aromatic duck with pancakes, while the steamed sea bass with soy and ginger was to die for. Two courses will set you back Dh68, with three courses Dh108, and deliveries are available 11.30am until 3.30pm, Sunday to Thursday. Call 800 280.

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7. Learn about…

…authentic Arabian history with a visit to Wild Flight at Dubai Heritage Village. Find out where falconry originated and why, pick up some interesting facts about the fascinating feathered ones and of course get up close and personal with a few new winged friends! The trained, experienced Wild Flight team offer a host of live falconry options, including interactive shows, group or private sessions, and sunset shows, and there are a variety of birds to meet as well as resident saluki Luke. Insider tip: get down there early (think somewhere around 8am) and the falcons should all still be out after their morning training and feeding session. Visit facebook.com/WildFlightDubai or 04 286 5587.

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8. Gather your friends…

…for a new ladies’ night on a Thursday! Bice’s epic launch sees women being spoilt with unlimited selected free drinks from 9pm until 11pm, along with a whopping 50 per cent off the food bill and a great beach view. We’ve bagged our spot on the terrace already! Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, 04 318 2520.

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9. Chill out…

…on the grass at TruckersDXB. Want to expand your food horizons and support local businesses? The popular food truck fest is back in February with Food Truck Jam, a series of pop-up food truck events throughout Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There will be 15 food trucks at each event – including favourites such as Calle Tacos, Copperwood, Toasted, The Shebi, Sir Loin & Sons, Yumtingz and Gobai – as well as a host of local vendors selling all manner of quirky handmade crafts and jewellery. Kids can burn off some steam on the grass or take part in a variety of activities tailored specially for them, while adults kick back and relax. Dates and venues are February 11th and 25th at Emirates Golf Club, February 17th at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and February 18th at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club; truckers.ae.

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10. Keep the little ones happy…

…with these three new services for kids:

Activity time Pop along to behemoth kids’ entertainment facility Kids HQ for a little themed family fun this month. There’s a Valentine’s family party with games and entertainment on February 9, an all-day Valentine special on February 14 and a Pancake Day extravaganza on February 28 with free pancakes for children all day; 04 379 4233.

New on the menu Craving lobster but got the kids in tow? There’s a new kids menu at Burger & Lobster, DIFC, so you can still get your crustacean fix. There’s child-friendly favourites such as toasted cheese sandwiches and cheeseburgers served with fries, and an irresistible Nutella and banana sandwich for dessert. Call 04 514 8838

Delivery, please Fans of mum-on-a-mission Sara Ghosn’s Yum In A Box kids’ catering concept will be pleased to hear she’s branching out to include home deliveries and birthday party bites. No more scrabbling to find healthy options for lunchboxes, or dealing with the after-effects of too much cake and sugar! Sounds like a winner to us. Yuminaboxuae.com.

Catherine Harper

Catherine Harper