Contrary to its reputation of a glamorous city with a little sightseeing and a lot of shopping options, Dubai is a great place to explore with kids. The variety and availability of child-friendly attractions are evermore expanding in Dubai and there are now many hotels, which offer superb clubs with play areas, numerous video games and well-managed outdoor activities. Your family trip to Dubai with kids can be an unforgettable experience, given that you plan it to suit the taste of everyone in the family. Here are some of the best Dubai attractions your family will love to explore:
Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah
Outstanding, this water park cannot be topped by any other .The 12-acres of pools give you the time of your life. Moreover, the sun-decks, a wave pool, numerous slides and rides, pirate ship and restaurants ensure that you have a blast at the water park. The best rides include Master Blaster, White-knuckle and Rushdown Ravine. The water park is located in Jumeirah, just a 20-minute drive from the city centre.
Aquaventure Water Park, Jumeirah
The gigantic 17-hectare water park in Palm Jumeirah entertains the entire family. Aquaventure is designed to meet the needs of water babies, ensuring that you never have to get out of water to go from one place to another.
Scream your lungs out at the Leap of Faith ride, which is a near-vertical drop. If that’s a bit too much for your taste, try conquering the rapids of a 2.3-km long winding river that meanders through tropical scenery. The park also has plenty of water-coasters intact with master-blasters propelling you in the air. You can also laze on the park’s private beach with a visit to its tidal pool on your Dubai holiday tour.
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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Mall
One of the world’s largest indoor aquariums, Dubai Aquarium is home to around 33,000 marine animals from 220 different species. A fantastic walk-through tunnel offers astonishing views of the animals as you watch them swim by. A close-encounter with a variety of underwater animals will amaze your kids and leave you in awe.
The Underwater Zoo includes 36 varying aquatic displays with an interactive approach. Here, you will get to learn about the ecology and sustainability of marine life. You will walk through three different zones – Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean. In each zone, you will spot aquatic animals local to the environment. You can also take a tour on glass-bottomed boats to watch various fish swimming below the sea.
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates
Amidst the sand dunes and sweltering heat, Ski Dubai brings a respite with its snow-covered areas. It is the world’s largest indoor snow park with an area of 22,500 square metres, all of which is blanketed by soft fluffy snow. The area includes numerous slopes of varying sizes and difficulties to ensure that children as well as adults have amazing experience while skiing down. To cater to the kids better, Ski Dubai also includes a snow cave, a bobsleigh, snow tubes, a theatre that runs kids’ movies and an ice bar that serves delicious hot chocolate.
Children’s City, Al Riyadh
One of the best places to enjoy a day with kids, Children’s City is a great museum designed to cater to children aging between two and 15. It has five different sections where children can enjoy interactive displays about space exploration, applied sciences, the human body, local and international culture, computers and communication and lots more. In this museum, kids can never get bored as it includes a variety of activities, exhibitions, educational workshops, events, interactive shows and even competitions.
SEGA Republic, Dubai Mall
Dubai, located in the middle of a deserted area, witnesses really hot weather. Hence, indoor parks make a lot of sense. SEGA Republic, an astonishing indoor theme park built over 76,000 square feet is boasts of hair-raising rides and more than 150 entertainment options ranging from motion simulators to classic carnival games. The theme park comprises five differently themed zones – Adventure, Cyberpop, Redemption, Speed and Sports zones, offering a lot of fun to make your Dubai family holidays truly memorable.
Desert safari in Dubai City
In Dubai, a desert safari is a must-do. Although a little low-key compared to the excitement of theme parks, desert safaris offer just as much fun safari. Enjoy the stupendous contrast you will see as you drive past the glittering city with a soaring skyline and reach the vast desert with nothing but sand dunes. A number of operators offer desert safaris ranging from camel rides and dinner to driving across the desert for sunsets and barbeques.
All of these active pursuits are best experienced with scrumptious food and while all the amusement parks and other attractions have restaurants, there are others around the city you should visit for a delightful family meal. Johnny Rockets, Planet Hollywood, Satva’s Organic Cafe and Al Reef are some of the best in town. So make the most of your Dubai holiday tours by exploring these amazing spots.