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October 2016

Bowling in Dubai - The perfect Group Stress Buster

Bowling is an old sport – it’s been around for four thousand years. But most people view bowling as recreation rather than exercise, so they aren't aware that it has some surprising physical and psychological benefits.

A game of bowling doesn’t make you all sweaty and tired like an intense cardio session. It's the perfect gateway exercise for those who want to move from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active state. Added up with the fact that it's easy to learn, has no age restrictions, and helps your social life, bowling is a great way to bond with your friends and family.

You might've been bowling in Dubai before, but there's no experience quite like the one you get at Yalla! Bowling Lanes and Lounge. This state-of-the-art bowling centre is one of the main attractions of Majid Al Futtaim’s Magic Planetand is on the first level within City Centre Mirdif.

Along with quirky wall art, the lounge features 12 cutting edge 10-pin bowling lanes with advanced video simulation. It’s a good outlet to vent your competitive streak (and residual stress) by knocking down as many pins as possible – Yalla! is equipped with top-of-the-range equipment to keep accurate track of scores.

If bowling is not your thing, Yalla! has a gaming zone with an incredible range of the latest video games, where you can immerse yourself in cutting-edge play and enchanting virtual worlds. But if you prefer something a little more old-school, you can head over to the pool tables to relax and unwind.

When all that bowling has made you hungry, take a trip to one of the food and refreshment places in the mall for a meal of your choice. The nearest eatery to Yalla! is Chili’s – their chicken crispers and molten chocolate cake are super-delicious and highly recommended.

No matter the weather, bowling is the perfect activity for everyone and everything - kids, adults, relaxation after a day at work, unwinding after shopping, a date spot, a place to hang out with classmates, entertainment and enjoyment with family, etc. Nothing sparks bonding like some friendly competition, and Yalla! is a destination that includes enthusiastic amateurs, experienced pros, families, friends, and school groups, all in one place. With its high-end equipment and fresh look and feel, Yalla! Bowling is set to create new standards for the bowling experience in Dubai.

October 2016

Fun Things to do in Dubai with Kids

There is never a dull weekend in this city – Dubai is constantly brimming with activities, fun, and entertainment for everyone. Families with kids are quite spoilt for choice because it has world-class, safe and secure centres for pampering children.

To help you with your plans for this weekend, we’ve drawn up a list of select destinations located at Magic Planet Dubai in City Centre Mirdif. Read on to discover some of the best activities for kids in Dubai, then head over and have an absolute riot with your family.

Little Explorers
Winner of Time Out Kids Dubai’s “Best Edutainment Centre in Dubai” award for two years in a row, Little Explorers Dubai is a unique edutainment arena that provides an immersive learning experience for children from the ages of two till seven. The focus of Little Explorers is on learning through play using five themed zones - ‘I Discover Myself,' ‘I Can Do,' ‘I Locate Myself,' ‘I Experiment', and ‘All Together’ – with ninety-seven different exhibits. 

A select team of artists, designers, educators, and child psychologists designed each zone to help kids flex their bodies and minds. They are staffed by trained animators with a minimum of two years kindergarten teaching experience.

Little Explorers also offers special workshops for kids along with school packages customised to individual groups.
But that’s not all! Magic Planet also has:

The Sky Trail
Get your adrenaline fix at Sky Trail in City Centre Mirdif. Not your average obstacle course, Sky Trail hangs along the ceiling of the mall at a heart-pounding 13 meters off the ground.
There are two ways to reach the Sky Trail - access it directly through the auto belay system, or climb the challenging 8-metre wall adjacent to it. Although solidly secured with safety equipment, it still pushes your mental and physical abilities to the limit.

Sky Trail is an ideal indoor exercise for those wanting to keep fit whatever the weather. It's also a great place for some exciting family fun with your older kids and teenagers.

iFly Dubai
iFly Dubai is an indoor skydiving experience that turns controlled human flight into a reality for everyone. It has a 10-meter tall wind tunnel with an acrylic glass wall, and its patented technology ensures a high degree of safety for kids, teens, and adults, as well as every type of flyer from beginners to pros. iFly’s qualified instructors ensure that you and your children experience the thrills of flight in a controlled environment, and provide you with the right amount of air flow for maximum enjoyment.

Point to note: Flyers below the age of eighteen must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

If your child wants to swim like a fish instead of fly like a bird, Aquaplay Dubai provides just the right kind of watery environment.

Aquaplay centers on marine themes of sandy beaches and palm trees with a fresh blue and beige colour scheme. Ropes, rigging, and the conceptual atmosphere lend a distinctly nautical feel, complemented by a colourful cast of characters called the 'Aquapals,' led by Captain Splash. Major attractions include a two-ramp indoor flume ride, a tug boat swing ship, and a dedicated pool for 12 bumper boats. What a way to bring your pirate fancies to life!
Happy kids mean happy parents. Take off with your little ones and enjoy the time of your life at these destinations.

April 2016

A fun weekend with Kids

You can never run out of things to do in the city of Dubai. When it comes to planning a weekend with your kids, Dubai has a lot of interesting options to offer. Today, we explore the fun side of Dubai.








Let young minds explore

Are the walls and floors of your home decorated with the works of an artist in the making?  Then it’s time to search for a creative outlet. Little Explorers, located at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif, is an expertly designed interactive entertaining learning experience that your little ones will love.  With themed zones and educational arenas, Little Explorers is put together by a special team of designers, educationalists and child psychologists. Their activities promote specific and targeted exercises for their little bodies and minds and encourage cognitive learning. 


A place to “chillax”

Magic Planet is Dubai’s official address for chilling and relaxing with your kids. While you lounge on one of the plush chairs, your kids can have a go at the many fun rides. From video games designed to sharpen their cognitive skills to thrilling rides for your hyperactive ones, Magic Planet Dubai will surely leave your little ones happy at the end of the day. Check out Dubai’s largest indoor family entertainment centre at City Centre Mirdif.


Diving Through the Skies

Do your kids dream of flying? Well, don’t let their lack of wings stop them. iFly is Dubai’s first indoor skydiving experience. Located at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif, it offers your kids the thrilling experience of flying through the air, all in a perfectly safe environment.


Catch a 4D cinema

Take your kids to a 4D cinema experience at VOX 4DX at City Centre Mirdif, Dubai. This is one cinematic experience that your children will enjoy. With motion seats and specials effects like rain, fog, wind, water, lightning & scents, movie experiences in Dubai doesn’t get better than this.


There’s more fun to be had at Magic Planet - Sky trail, an obstacle course that’s hangs along the mall’s ceiling. This is fun with a difference and puts one’s physical and mental ability to the test. Check out Yalla Bowling with its fresh new take on the bowling experience.  

Now that you know exactly where to take them, let the weekend fun begin!




April 2016

Its playtime in Dubai

City Centre Mirdif is home to some of Dubai's most premium international brands.  From Michael Kors to Pottery Barn Dubai, the mall is your one stop shop for anything and everything. But shopping with your kids in tow can end up being a tiring chore at times.  This is why City Centre Mirdif has several options for indoor games and thrill rides to keep your little ones entertained while you shop your way around.  On your next shopping trip, if little hands start tugging you in the opposite direction, we suggest you take a detour to the following destinations.




iFly Dubai

Your kids dream of flying like Superman?  iFly is Dubai’s first indoor skydiving experience.  Let your kids spread their wings and soar on high in a perfectly safe environment at iFly Dubai. Explore the rush and joy of skydiving with your kids, right here at City Centre Mirdif.


Little Explorers Dubai

Like the vice versa, all fun and no learning can also make your kids dull.  How about a little learning while they’re having fun?  Designed by an expert team of child psychologists, artists and educationalists in Dubai, Little Explorers, located at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif, is all about letting your kids explore their true talents, while they’re having fun.  With specific zones corresponding to different themes, Little Explorers is truly an enjoyable learning experience. Watch your little geniuses learn and develop their cognitive abilities while you indulge in guilt-free shopping.


Yalla! Bowling Centre

With more than 465 stores selling you almost everything imaginable, shopping at City Centre Mirdif can be a little overwhelming.  Head over to Yalla! Bowling Centre at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif;  with the finest bowling alleys, state-of-the-art technologies for keeping scores and an amazing collection of the latest video games, Yalla! Bowling Centre is the absolute best place for bowling in Dubai.


Magic Planet and VOX Cinemas also provide great entertainment for the kids. Now that you know where to go, you no longer to worry about where to drop your kids when you’re out on your next shopping trip, get out and head over to City Centre Mirdif.

December 2013

Extreme Holiday Cheer

Dubai shopping malls managed by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, City Centre Deira, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Centre, are all set to show their seasonal best this merry month. New décor and embellishments that exude a jolly feeling has transformed the malls into a festive winter wonderland.

Fun activities are scheduled for the entire family including Santa Claus taking souvenir photos and giving out stocking-shaped goody bags to kids at City Centre Deira; the annual Stollen charity cake sale on December 7th, meet and greet with Santa on December 13th and weekend family entertainment at Mall of the Emirates; and amazing magic tricks and illusions at a spectacular illusions show on December 19-25 at Mirdif City Centre.

November 2013

UAE National Day Celebrations

There is an added element of anticipation, excitement and devout national pride as 42nd UAE National Day draws near and thenation counts down towards the Expo 2020 announcement. Adding to the air of festivity, City Centre Deira and Mirdif City Centre have already started the celebrations with a variety of family-friendly activities to showcase the UAE’s heritage and culture, in addition to building momentum for a weekend full of nationwide celebrations.

“UAE National Day is a time to reflect upon the great achievements of the nation, and Deira and Mirdif City Centre have joined hands to showcase the traditions, culture and heritage of the UAE in addition to spreading national pride amongst visitors,” said Fuad Sharaf, Senior Director – Property Development, Shopping Malls for Majid Al Futtaim Properties. “Our celebrations have already started, so we invite the community to come and embrace the Spirit of the Nation.”

From Wednesday November 27th -Tuesday December 3rd, Deira and Mirdif City Centre including all Guest Services teams will be adorned with the colours of the national flag, with UAE scarves, pins, flags, banners and glittering curtains of lights on display across the mall. Spreading the spirit, flags and prayer beads will be given away to all visitors.

Shoppers at City Centre Deira will also be able to enjoy a program of traditional and cultural entertainment including Emirati dance performances, traditional music bands will create a lively atmosphere throughout the extended celebrations.

Deira and Mirdif City Centre will also be hosting a UAE National Day drawing competition titled “Pride of the UAE” for children onsite the malls. Encouraging kids to share what they love about the UAE, all artworks will then be posted onto the malls’ social media pages for voting and the chance to win Gifts.

For more information about UAE National Day celebrations at City Centre Deira and Mirdif City Centre, please visit: and

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