It’s time to break out the bunny ears…

Easter is almost upon us, and that means egg hunts, feasts and chocolate… lots of chocolate. Here are eight family-friendly places to celebrate Easter in Dubai.

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The Meydan Hotel is hosting a pre-Easter brunch buffet at Farriers, with an international spread including Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian, as well as an outdoor BBQ station, Arabic bread baking station, and juice station. Meanwhile, little ones can enjoy face painting, egg painting, an egg hunt, and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny.

Nad Al Sheba, Friday, April 14, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs290 per person including soft drinks, Dhs450 including house drinks, and Dhs590 including bubbly. Children up to 4 dine free, Dhs155 for children aged 5 to 12. Tel: (04) 381 3111, more info on website.


Al Bahou restaurant in the Movenpick Hotel is holding two Easter brunches on Friday and Sunday, complete with egg hunts, a bouncy castle, face painting and prizes up for grabs. There will also be special musical guests at the Good Friday brunch.

Next to Ibn Battuta Mall, Friday April 14 and Sunday April 16, 12.30pm to 4pm. Dhs325 including soft drinks, Dhs425 including house drinks and Dhs599 including bubbly. Dhs45 for kids 3 to 6 and Dhs160 for kids 7 to 12. Tel: (04) 444 5613, more info on website.


Splash ‘n’ Party is having an “Easter Splash” to celebrate the holiday, with a full itinerary of activities including an Easter egg hunt, splash slides, water guns, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny.

Jumeirah 1, Sunday, April 16, 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Dhs100 per child. Parents requested to book in advance as limited slots available. Tel: (04) 388 3008, more info on website.


Hop on over to Manava restaurant at Sofitel The Palm for Easter brunch with the family from Dhs325. Little ones can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, face painting, magic shows and more, while the adults can kick back and relax on the private sandy beach.

The Palm Jumeirah, Friday, April 14, from 12.30pm. Dhs325 per person for soft drinks and beach access, Dhs450 for selected house drinks and beach access. Free for children up to 8 years, Dhs95 per child 9 to 12 years and Dhs145 per child 13 to 20 years. Tel: (04) 455 5656, more info on website.


Kids can live out their Willy Wonka dreams within The Chocolate Room at the Fairmont Dubai this Easter, where they’ll get to create edible masterpieces in the form of Easter cookies. There’s also fun games and amazing prizes on offer, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. Saturday, April 15, 2pm to 5pm. Dhs65 per kid (3 to 10), includes cookie art kit and hot chocolate. Advance registration recommended. Tel: (04) 311 8316, more info on website.


Celebrate Good Friday with a special Easter brunch at all-you-can-eat classic Flavours On Two in the Towers Rotana. Starting at Dhs199 per person, families can choose from an international buffet that focuses on the flavours of spring. Entertainment for children includes a family egg hunt, with lots of prizes up for grabs, including discounts and free brunches. Little ones dine free.

Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Friday, April 14, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs199 per person. Tel: (04) 312 2201, more info on website


Enjoy a four-course menu with plenty of Easter touches at City Walk’s Sapori Di Bice restaurant for Dhs178 per person, while the kids have their own party at the children’s table. There will be biscuit and cupcake decorating, as well as Easter props (read: bunny ears) for those perfect Instagram snaps. Each child will also receive a goody bag filled with hand-made chocolates to take home.

City Walk Phase 1, Safa Street, Easter menu available until April 22, 12.30pm to 11.30pm. Dhs178 per person. Tel: (04) 344 2550, more info on website.


An Easter egg hunt in the desert? Yep, this is Easter, Dubai style, and it’s taking place at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. Al Forsan restaurant is holding an Easter buffet in the garden, featuring cuisines from all over the globe. How to keep the young ones entertained? As well as the egg hunt, there will also be arts and crafts, a magician, juggler, and mini-zoo with camel and pony rides on offer.

Dubai desert, Sunday, April 16, 12.30pm to 4pm. Dhs345 per person including soft drinks, Dhs505 including house drinks, and Dhs715 including unlimited bubbly. Children aged up to 4 dine free, 50 per cent discount for children aged 5 to 12. Advance bookings required. Tel (04) 809 6194, more info on website.