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Dubai offers charm, luxury, hospitality, and more than enough activities to keep the entire family entertained and engaged. To help prepare your itinerary, here are 12 top things to see in Dubai with kids.
1. Dubai Mall
Nothing can beat this extravagant mall when it comes to an overall family entertainment destination. Housing the latest fashion brands and electronic products along with heaps of goods like footwear, handbags, and cosmetics, the place is perfect for shopaholics. Moreover, the zones like KidZania, VR Park, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Ice Rink and Hysteria take care of the thrill-seekers and fun-lovers. A notable attraction of the mall is the 10-million liter Dubai Aquarium where you can see 140 species of fishes and even dive with sharks. Foodies can sit in the Downtown Eats and enjoy multi-cultural cuisine.
2. Public Beach
Replenish your soul by basking in the sun and enjoying the view of Dubai’s skyline near the beach. The public beaches like Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach and Umm Sequim Beach are free and attract a sea of tourists to pack a picnic on the sand, admire the view and participate in water sports. There are hawkers around to help you nibble something every now and then.
3. Atlantis, The Palm
Expect a wonderful visit at Atlantis, the Palm. This luxurious resort is a beehive of activities consisting of something for every member of the family. Kids and adults can speed down the rides and slides of the world-famous Aquaventure WaterPark which also has Lazy River and private beach. Then, get inside the Lost Chambers Aquarium and be impressed by the magnificent underwater species. With a range of luxury hotel rooms, award-winning restaurants, and a personalized spa and fitness center, I challenge you not to feel totally pampered.
4. Dubai Parks and Resorts
The combination of three theme parks and one water park, Dubai Parks and Resorts is the pinnacle of family entertainment. With over 100 incredible indoor and outdoor rides and attractions at Motiongate Dubai (Hollywood-inspired park), Bollywood Parks Dubai (action, dance, and romance of Bollywood), Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park (the world of Lego), the family can stay in the middle of the action anywhere and every time.
5. IMG Worlds of Adventure
If you visit Dubai with kids it’s impossible to miss the largest indoor theme park in the world! This thrilling playground of a mammoth size of 28 football pitches has 4 epic adventure zones featuring themes from Marvel, Cartoon Network, IMG Boulevard, and The Lost Valley. Kick your adrenaline as you jump into the rollercoasters and rides. There is also a famous haunted hotel and the 12 screen Novo cinema complex for other moods.
6. Dhow Cruise Dubai
Sailing in two areas, one is the Dhow Cruise Marina that glides across the affluent buildings and the other is Dhow Cruise Creek that gives a sneak peek into the Old Dubai, the dhow is the best option for sightseeing. The two-floored dhow is embellished like a castle and boasts unparalleled guest services. Enjoy live entertainment, savor delicious cuisines and be in awe of the city’s appeal. Families can request for tailored tours and private parties.
7. Burj Khalifa
A structure that needs no introduction because of its unbreakable records and numerous accolades, Burj Khalifa defines the engineering of Dubai. Reach the 124th floor at a speed of 10m/sec and take a look at the indescribable interior and telescoping exterior. Then further ascend to the 125th floor where your jaws will hit the floor with the unbelievable 360-degree views of the miles ahead. Take a few steps more and reach the world’s highest observation deck on the 148th floor, which has the lavish lounge and open terrace to immerse in the panoramic views of the city. The sunset is the time to have a picture-perfect moment.
8. Ski Dubai
An indoor ski resort maintained at a temperature of -1 degree to 2 degrees celsius, Ski Dubai is squeezed inside the famous Mall of the Emirates. Family can have fun together by indulging in activities like ski, snowboard, zip line, and chairlift ride. To become a seasoned skier, you can join the Ski school. In this freezing colony, do catch up a little chit chat with the residents, penguins.
9. Global Village
Representation of several countries in various pavilions, the Global village is a seasonal attraction that offers shopping hubs, theme parks, handicrafts, souvenirs, street shoes, stage performances, food trucks, and images of iconic structures. The lively atmosphere and countless games with grand discounts help you unroll a happening time with family. Overall, it is affordable fun for everyone with a tour of many nations without crossing the borders.
10. Dubai Miracle Garden
Families love parks and gardens, but that is everywhere even in one’s hometown. But, the Dubai Miracle Graden is an exception because this is the largest flower installation on the planet. Walk through the incredible creations of 150 million flowers, heart-shaped pathways, Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft, floral castles and more. Another remarkable place to visit is the Butterfly Garden where you can marvel at 15,000 butterflies in nine custom-built domes.
11. Desert Safari
Unless you have a small child under the restricted age limit, who is not suitable for the monstrous dune bashing, the desert safari promises a glorious family time. Ride the camels, surf in 4×4 vehicle, compete with your siblings on a sandboard and rise like a champion on the quad bike. The second part gets enchanting as you sit inside the camp which has a unique cultural vibe. Savor refreshments, buy souvenirs, get your hands adorned by henna, cheer the live artists, try Arabian dressing and eat mouth-watering BBQ buffet dinner.
12. Dubai Fountain
The show of light, water, and music, Dubai Fountain is famed as the world’s largest choreographed fountain. Tucked at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the fountain throws an astonishing 22,000 gallons of water on the rhythm of world-class melodies like Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye. This extraordinary spectacle could be seen from many places, even 20 miles away. A few recommended places are the top of Burj Khalifa, Boardwalk and Dubai Mall. But the best is to hop on the Burj Lake ride and get up close to the show.
Owing to a large number of attractions, easy transportation, and value-added packages, family tours in Dubai are exciting. There is so much to see and do here that no matter what you choose, the trip will remain one of your favorites for a lifetime. Plan your trip to Dubai with kids at any time of year. It is an ideal family holiday destination!