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The Weekender: Summer markets, Underwater photoshoots, Fireman Sam and more this weekend!

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What To Do This Weekend In Dubai

What are you up to this weekend, Mamas? Time to start scribbling some dates in your diary, as we’ve found five unmissable events to keep you busy! From an air-conditioned summer market, to an underwater photo shoot for your baby, to a coding course for tech-savvy kiddos! Enjoy!

Ripe Summer Market weekend events in Dubai Ripe Market

If you enjoy mooching around Ripe Market at the weekend, there is no need to miss out during the warmer months Mama – and no, we aren’t expecting you to sweat it out in a park! Ripe Market has moved indoors for summer, with their base at Times Square Center (with underground parking, so the car stays cool too!) Browse and buy from the stalls of fresh produce, clothing, accessories, and more! Happy shopping!

When: Saturday 3rd – 9am-5pm
Where: Times Square Center, Dubai
How much: Free to attend

Baby Underwater Photo Shoot

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Do you have a little water baby, Mama? This is your chance to capture your littlies on camera in a unique underwater photo shoot with company Swimming Wonders UAE. On Friday, the team will be at Palazzo Versace Dubai – and on Saturday, at Victory Heights Primary School. You need to email to book a spot, so get typing Mamas! Places and price details will be sent when you email info@swimmingwonders.com

When: Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd, 9am
Where: Palazzo Versace Dubai and Victory Heights Primary School
How much: Prices by email as above

Science & Coding Pre-Summer Camp

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Starting on Saturday 3rd and running for the following three Saturdays (10th, 17th and 24th), this pre-summer camp is the perfect thing to keep tech-savvy kiddos entertained. Run by company The Coding Circle in Downtown Dubai (and suitable for kids between 7 and 14 years old), the course will teach kids STEM skills in a fun and innovative way. You never know Mamas, you may have the next Bill Gates on your hands!

When: Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 10am-12pm (7-9 years), 10am-1pm (10-14 years)
Where: The Coding Circle, 530 Saaha Offices B, Souk al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
How much: 1,000 AED (7-9 years), 1,250 AED (10-14 years)

Fireman Sam: Alien Alert

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If you have a Fireman Sam fan in the house, why not book tickets for Fireman Sam: Alien Alert, which is released into cinemas across the UAE this weekend? The 60-minute movie (the perfect length for littlies) is all about the residents of Pontypandy gathering together to hunt for aliens. And with most cinemas across the UAE serving snacks during Ramadan (if you aren’t fasting, Mama), you can keep kiddos entertained and tummies full.

When: From 1st June, various times
Where: Cinemas across the UAE
How much: Varies per cinema

ARTE Saturday Ramadan Night Market

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Get ready to browse the UAE’s largest handmade arts and craft market at Mercato Mall on Saturday evening, Mamas. You’ll find stalls packed full of handmade wares, all created by talented craftspeople from right here in the UAE. From jewellery, to clothing, to bags, to home accessories… We can’t wait to head down and do some shopping!

When: Saturday 3rd June, 5pm-12am
Where: Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road
How much: Free to enter

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