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As we embark on the Holy Month of Ramadan, parents across Dubai are planning ways to keep the kids entertained. With reduced working hours and the shortened school day, Ramadan is a time to spend quality time with loved ones – and City Centre Deira offers a host of fun experiences. Here are our top five picks!
1. Catch a movie
Check out the latest superhero blockbusters, family-friendly and Bollywood flicks at VOX Cinemas, an innovative multiplex that shows a huge variety of films. The complex’s 20 auditoriums include KIDS, theatres designed especially for little movie fans, the mega-screen experience MAX, GOLD by Rhodes, a luxury cinema concept that combines fine-dining and film and 4DX, which delivers a multisensory cinematic experience featuring moving seats and special effects mimicking rain, lightening, fog, wind and even scent.
For show timings, visit voxcinemas.com; Tel: 600 599905.
2. Check out the city’s coolest video games
Magic Planet houses a phenomenal range of rides and games to enjoy on a family outing! Experience a zombie apocalypse in The Walking Dead, gear up for Moto GP and put your driving skills to the ultimate test in the spectacular FX Simulator. This state-of-the-art attraction is the first of its kind to feature a high-definition display screen and 4D special effects for a truly immersive experience – and with two seats, you can take a relative along for the ride!
For more traditional fun, try to out-manoeuvre your relatives in the dodgems, or bumper cars. There’s even a trampoline, safely enclosed within tall mesh netting, on which young and old alike can burn off some energy.
3. Marvel in the magical atmosphere
Enjoy the mall’s incredible Ramadan celebration with stunning installations representing traditional Arabic symbols creating an incredible and magical atmosphere to gather with family and friends this month.
4. Break your fast with all the family
With scores of restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets, City Centre Deira is a culinary delight. Choose an Iftar the children will love by opting for one of its many family-friendly venues. From Tex-Mex at T.G.I. Friday’s and Chili’s, to crêpes at La Gaufrette and good old Italia pizza at Uno Chicago Grill, its fab food is definitely worth waiting for. Save room for dessert and sate your sugar cravings with treats from Ice-Cream Lab, Baskin Robbins, Cinnabon, Bateel, Godiva and Pinkberry.
5. Let youngsters’ imaginations run wild at Soft Play Park
Smaller children will be enchanted by this colourful wonderland, where childhood dreams come true! Parents can sit back and relax as their primary school aged offspring explore its cubby holes, ladders, ball parks and chutes. At once both entertaining and educational, Soft Play Park is a safe space in which younger children can become more independent, burn energy and make new friends along the way.
Timings: From the start of the Ramadan – 7 June, stores in City Centre Deira will open untill 12 midnight and food and beverage outlets will be open until 1am. On the last week of Ramadan and throughout Eid Al Fitr (8 June – 17 June) stores will be open until 1am and food and beverage outlets until 2am.