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Enjoy the Family Traditions Package at St Regis Resort on Saadiyat Island. Courtesy St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Enjoy the Family Traditions Package at St Regis Resort on Saadiyat Island. Courtesy St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Five things to do today: spend some quality time with the family or get the perfect iftar gift

Or donate your used clothing, sign up for a children's art camp or register for the Ramadan Games' archery contest.

spend quality family time with the Family Traditions package at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Enjoy Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld or activities for the kids from tennis to art lessons. Packages start at Dh1,150 and include offsite attractions and breakfast for two adults, children under 12 eat free, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com, 02 498 8888

take the perfect host or hostess gift to iftar with a Ramadan basket from Comptoir 102. The baskets are handmade and include organic cookies, apricot nectar, teas, fresh lychees, local honey, date cereal bread and more. From Dh535, Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, www.comptoir102.com, 04 385 4555

donate your gently used clothing this Ramadan at Comfort fabric softener’s Share a Touch of Love donation booth and the UAE Red Crescent will distribute the clothes to those in need. Daily until July 31, Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre and Lamcy Plaza

sign up the kids for The Farjam Foundation Art Camp, a series of week-long camps that cover everything from photography and sculpture to mixed-media and pottery. Starts July 21, then runs until August 29, DIFC, Gate Village 4, Dubai, 04 323 0303, austin@farjamfoundation.org

register to take part in the archery competition at the Ramadan Games, which has cash prizes up to Dh6,000. The event is for beginners and there are divisions for men, women and juniors. Registration (Dh100) ends July 21. From 9.30pm-midnight, July 23-25, 28-29, Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi, search for “Archery Competition – Ramadan AFOCS” on www.facebook.com

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