The one thing that always astounds me about living in Dubai is how life is always made easier for you if you have kids. Decent kids' menus, toys, colouring in, puzzle packs, free treats are all standard at a lot of restaurants. Restauranteurs know the benefit of keeping parents happy to sit in their establishments longer!
Many restaurants will also hire a balloon bender and/or face painter to entertain the kids too. Pretty much every birthday party or event will also have the standard balloon guy and face painter. I've lost count of the amount of times the kids have had their faces, arms and hands painted over the past year.
Over the weekend, we were at the mall (what else do you do on a warm Saturday afternoon?!) and stopped for a reviving coffee. Soon Goosey had got up and disappeared. Searching for her, I quickly discovered her at the restaurant next door, perched up at a table having her arm painted by a clown. We weren't even patrons there!
Standard Dubai weekend!