Fun times in the Capital

Parents looking for something to keep the little ones entertained during the Winter break could consider The Galleria Al Maryah Island.

From outdoor and indoor playgrounds to entertainment, festive activities and dining for all tastes and budgets, there are plenty of exciting offers for the entire family. For tiny tots, Droplets by Caboodle, a ‘water inspired’ play space designed to encourage creativity, interaction and imagination, would not only keep them entertained but offers immersive learning as well. Caboodle also has an exciting indoor play world for young children, focusing on education and entertainment through activities and creative play. Ideal for children aged 6 months to 12 years of age.

There’s also The Galleria’s rooftop Family Park – perfect for parents to enjoy an al fresco iced coffee while they watch their young ones play and create memorable moments.

Etisalat Market OTB

Dubai Shopping Festival’s flagship al fresco event Etisalat Market OTB returns to its seasonal home at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. Set in the shared backyard of the iconic Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, this alternative bazaar brings together a range of local and international brands, food trucks and live entertainment under Dubai’s exceptional winter weather.

Explore this year’s theme, NEWTRO, an emerging trend from South Korea and Japan that blends elements of the 1990s with contemporary culture. Discover some of South Korea’s finest beauty and fashion brands and take home vintage chunky shoes, throwback street and sportswear, flamboyant patterns and more. All the while, you can enjoy delicious treats from homegrown restaurants and enjoy a packed line-up of exciting entertainment all day, every day. On until January 2, in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. Entry is free.

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English-Norwegian DJ Alan Walker will be here on January 7 with a dash of electronic music magic. With more than 15 billion audio and video streams worldwide, and almost 40 million followers across social media, the musician is leaving a lasting imprint on the global music scene.

In a socially distant setting, fans can enjoy a safe and fun concert-going experience as Walker delivers captivating melodies including his latest release I Don’t Want To Go. See what the latest generation of digital music makers are up to at this innovative and hotly anticipated show, taking place at the Coca-Cola Arena. A minimum purchase of two tickets is mandatory. Tickets from Dh17. Details at coca-cola-arena.com.

Win big this DSF

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Residents and visitors enjoying the latest edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will have even more chances to win great life-changing prizes with a host of super giveaways.

The 26th edition of the longest running retail celebration, organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), features amazing raffles with incredible rewards worth millions of dirhams up for grabs throughout DSF, which ends on January 30. Among the mega prizes to be won is a Dh6 million W Motors Fenyr SuperSport, 45 INFINITI QX60 vehicles, 45 brand-new Nissan vehicles, Dh1 million in cash prizes and 25kg of gold.

Meet the Queen of Hearts

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Want to see The Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll’s celebrated children’s classic Alice in Wonderland come alive on stage? Now you can at Al Khawaneej Walk the community mall located in the heart of Al Khawaneej neighbourhood. The mall is hosting an eponymous live show until January 6.

The entertaining musical narrates stories from the queen’s past, and explains how she needs the love and support of her friends to bring out the softer side of her personality. The show will highlight the importance of friendship through presenting favourite tales from the well-loved children’s classic.

A dedicated arts and crafts area within the mall is hosting quirky workshops to teach kids to shape fancy creations from paper and cardboard. From paper teacups to Mad Hatter’s hats and rabbit masks, to transforming paper bags into Alice in Wonderland characters and designing their very own White Rabbit pocket watch, kids are in for a real treat. In addition, they can learn to make colourful bookmarks, strings of hearts and card armies, among other decorations.

Kids visiting Al Khawaneej Walk this week can also meet The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, Alice, and the White Rabbit – all traipsing around the community destination, and capture the fun moments with the beloved characters on film.

Falconry show

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The birds of prey will again soar high and fast as the new season of Fazza Championship for Falconry–Telwah, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC), will kick off on January 2 in Al Ruwayyah, Dubai.

The sport of falconry takes its roots back to 2,000 years ago when it was practiced by the Bedouins in the wider Arabian Peninsula as a form of hunting. Now it is one of the UAE’s oldest and most honoured heritage sports.

Over the years, the Fazza Championship for Falconry–Telwah (lure in Arabic) has also grown and is now recognised as a highly-anticipated annual gathering of the best falconers from across the region and beyond.

Purebreds, hybrids – younger and older falcons, have a chance to fetch the prey at a phenomenal speed throughout the series of competitions with its immense number of categories tailored to pave the way for almost every type of falcon.

For more information, visit hhc.gov.ae.

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