Top activities your kids will love in Dubai

  • Top activities your kids will love in Dubai

    Dubai may not strike one as being too kid friendly with all its city-ness and malls, but don’t be fooled! It’s a playground out there, and not just for adults!

    Outdoor entertainment is abundant:

    • Start off with a desert safari. If there is anything Dubai has in abundance, it’s sand and deserts. Camel-back safaris with a divine dinner at a desert camp is an awesome way to experience the vast desert plains, and smaller kids can ride with parents if need be.
    • Another popular attraction (one that is usually fully booked, so try to organise in advance) is a visit to Burj Khalifa – “At The Top” is one of the world’s highest observation decks, situated above the Dubai Mall (124 floors up!) and is really something to see!
    • Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy an East Coast tour with some variety-packed snorkelling and stop at one of the many restaurants for lunch. With the hot weather and divine beach, soak up the sun (and check out the marine life) on Snoopy Island.
    • The Dubai Fountains may be a little touristy, but I know that my kids would go bananas to see the water surging 150 metres into the sky! At night the water jets are accompanied by LED lights and music, so it’s great to see day or night.
    • The Dubai Miracle Garden is a park like no other. With a butterfly garden and gorgeous landscape, it’s a perfect spot for a bit of outdoor play.
    • Combine some shopping with the Marina Water Bus – shuttle between the mall and promenade on the (air-conditioned, we may add!) Dubai water bus.

    If you need a break from the blistering heat, Dubai offers some real treats indoors for the whole family:

    • Ski Dubai is there for when the hot weather gets a little too much. An indoor snow haven filled with penguins and snowmen, you can toboggan and bobsled to your heart’s content in this winter wonderland. It makes a nice change from the dry heat! At around USD70 entrance, it’s not cheap but promises to be a fun-filled day for the family!
    • Enjoy a cultural lunch or brunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where you can feast on platters of delicious local food. The kids will love sitting on the floor and eating with their hands (isn’t that how they eat anyway?!) and the ambience is fantastic.
    • The Lost Chambers Aquarium is fabulous for kids. Bigger than most aquariums, it is home to over 65 000 species of marine life. Entry includes full access to over 20 remarkable aquatic exhibits with touch tanks, as well as admission to view the Ambassador Lagoon.
    • The Dubai Tram is super to appease train-mad toddlers, and a great way to see some of the Dubai landscape. It runs for 14.5 kilometres along Al Sufouh Road from Dubai Marina to the Burj Al Arab and the Mall of the Emirates. A favourite of travellers has been to see the rambling mansions on the beachfront from the comfort of the trams.

    With so much on offer, I’m a convert – I think a family holiday to Dubai is on the cards!

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