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01 Sep 2015

Weekend Guide: Kids Activities At The Mall

Keep the kids entertained while you shop with these fun-filled activities.

Looking for things to do in Dubai with kids? Read on below for our guide to the best entertainment for children in the malls…

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORK OF ART

Your mini geniuses will love the creative environment at DUCTAC. Located in Mall of the Emirates, this top Dubai theatre and arts centre offers plenty of fun classes for your little ones.

Throughout September, DUCTAC is offering a Drawing and Painting workshop for tots aged six and above. Prices start at around Dhs550 for five sessions.

If your kids are keen on drama, treat them to one of the theatre’s acting packages. The workshops run for several months leading up to a show finale where you can see your little star in action.

For more information visit http://www.ductac.org/

WINTER WONDERLAND

Adventure-seekers will love a day out at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates. This popular in-door Dubai ski resort has plenty of snow-laden fun for children to revel in, from ice sculptures to penguins, a toboggan run, ski runs and a Freestyle Zone with jumps and rails. There are plenty of great deals on offer for kids, including ski lessons, snowboarding, and swimming with the penguins.

For more information on packages and day passes, visit http://www.theplaymania.com/skidubai or http://malloftheemirates.com/ski-dubai.aspx 

SPLASH AROUND

Treat your tots to a fun-filled day at Aquaplay, a marine-inspired play zone located in City Centre Mirdif. Featuring a two-ramp/two-chute indoor flume ride, a tugboat swing ship and 12 pool bumper boats, this is an action-packed experience for all ages.

For more information and bookings about this indoor waterpark.

FUN AND GAMES

With exhilarating rides, fun games and lots of amazing prizes to be won, Magic Planet is the perfect spot for kids. Located in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif, Magic Planet appeals to all ages. For the youngsters there is a Ferris wheel and merry go-rounds, while for teenagers can get their thrills at the arcade games, a climbing wall and bowling alleys.

Prices start at Dhs50, for more information, visit http://www.theplaymania.com/magicplanet or http://www.malloftheemirates.com/entertainment/magic-planet.aspx

 

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 

 
01 Sep 2015

Beauty Superfoods: What To Eat Now

The key to great skin lies way beyond expensive creams and facials. It’s also about what you eat. These nutrient-rich bites are not only packed with essential vitamins and minerals to keep hunger at bay but they will also leave you glowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KALE

It’s the number one superfood of 2015 – the world has gone crazy for Kale. Filled with powerful antioxidants including vitamin C and beta-carotene, it can be eaten raw or sautéed with a drizzle of olive oil. Get your daily dose and throw in a handful of leaves in your blender along with your favourite fruit. Great for breakfast or post-workout.

AÇAI

Sourced in the South American rainforests, açai berries are packed with high levels of anthocyanins, an antioxidant which helps fight cancer and heart disease. Fresh açai can be hard to come by, so check the frozen aisle in the Dubai supermarket or look for the berry in powder or juice formula.

SEAWEED

This sea-grown vegetable is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent heart attacks and stokes. A member of the algae family, it also comes loaded with powerful minerals, including calcium and zinc. Add seaweed to your salad or buy a dry formula to snack on the go.

SALMON

This lean pink fish is not only low in fat, but it’s full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids to increase your metabolism, reduce cholesterol and strengthen your cardiac muscles. Salmon fillets can be cooked in a variety of delicious ways, but keep it simple and cook with a pinch of salt, pepper and fresh lemon juice.

 

 

All items are available at Carrefour supermarket in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 
01 Aug 2015

Learn arabic in under five minustes

From friendly greetings to local courtesies, we share the top words and phrases to help improve your Arabic language skills.

Boost your linguistic skills with our guide to the most common Arabic sayings and phrases.

From how to ask a price to simple introductions and expressing gratitude, these easy-to-learn words will help you in everyday life.

Arabic, like all other languages, requires time and motivation, so try speaking, listening, reading or writing on a daily basis.

 

Here are a few key phrases to get you started:

Hi – Salam سلام
Thank you – Shokran شكرا
Welcome – Marhaba مرحبا
My name is ... – Esmee… إسمي....
Good morning –Sabah ala-kheir صباح الخير
Good afternoon – Masa' al-kheir مساء الخير
Yes/ No – Na’am/ Laa نعم / لا
How much is this? – Kam Thamanoh كم ثمنه
I'm lost – Ada'tu tareeqi أضعت طريقي
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? – Ayna ajedu (al merhaad/ assaidaliah)? أين أجد (المرحاض/ الصيدلية)؟
What time is it? – Kam essah? كم الساعة؟
Good-bye – Ma’a salama مع السلامة
How are you? - Kaifa haloka/ haloki (f) ) كيف حالك؟
Good/ Bad/ So-So – Jayyed / saye'/ 'adee جيد / سيء / عادي
Nice to meet you! – Motasharefon/ motasharefatun (f) bema'refatek
متشرف / متشرفة بمعرفتك
Congratulations! – Mabrouk! مبروك
What is This? – Ma hatha (th as in that) ما هذا؟
Do you speak (English/ Arabic)? – Hal tatakallamu alloghah alenjleziah/ alarabiah? هل تتكلم اللغة الإنجليزية /العربية؟

 

If you’re keen to take your learning to the next level, pick up a language tape or a phrase book at one of the below stores in the Dubai shopping malls:

Virgin Megastore in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.Borders in City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif. For children’s books and tapes the Early Learning Centre in City Centre Mirdif.

 
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