Dubai is a land of endless sights and marvelous experiences. But is this destination ideal for families and little ones? No other places in the Arabian Peninsula deliver fun-filled, memorable family moments quite like Dubai. After all, the city boasts of tons of cool attractions and experiences that are definite to excite and entice all age groups, skill levels, and preferences. In this post, we’ll give you a scoop on some amazing things to do in Dubai with family.
- Plan a full day at the Dubai Mall
Yes, this colossal mall in Downtown Dubai is the perfect spot for a whole day of family fun and entertainment. From the largest of its kind Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo with over 33,000 marine animals to the exhilarating ever VR Park and kids’ favorite KidZania, the Dubai Mall has it all! What’s more, you can click pictures with Dubai Dino (the 155-million-year-old skeleton of dinosaur), gaze at the Human Waterfalls, and even enjoy ice skating at the one-of-its-kind Dubai Ice Rink to name a few.
- Ascend to Burj Khalifa
Right next to the Dubai Mall, this icon of Dubai city is the tallest ever man-made structure. Standing at one of its observation decks (on 124th, 125th, or 148th (SKY) level) with your dear ones is an experience like no other. It’s not all about its imposing location and the majestic ever views it offers; each and every aspect of your Burj Khalifa visit is exceptional and special, right from the entry and the multimedia display on Dubai’s past to the swiftest of its kind elevator ride.
- Watch Dubai Fountain Show
This choreographed water performance in the immaculate tune of classic Arabic and world music is another attraction that you should definitely witness with your family and kids. Set on Burj Lake in Downtown Dubai and adjacent to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, this exquisite dancing fountain show is extra special being a free activity. Now if you‘ve already watched it or looking for a fantastic alternative for this, head to the Pointe at the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah, where you can view the Palm Fountain – the world’s largest fountain as well as the city’s first multi-colored fountain show in its entire splendor.
- Desert Safari
Going on a Dubai desert safari with your family is more than enjoying a look at the unspoiled beauty and serenity of the Arabian Desert and its endless seas of golden sands. On the other hand, it’s all about unmatched amusement and sheer thrill. Whether you’re joined by your spontaneous teens or tiny ones, this off-road journey is definite to enthrall one and all. 4X4 dune bash over desert sands guarantees the adventure of a lifetime while camel ride, quad biking, and cultural inclusions such as henna tattooing, Shisha smoking, etc enlighten you about the longstanding traditions and lifestyle of the region’s Bedouins. Choose evening or overnight desert safari to amplify the fun and thrill quotient of this trip.
- Take your kids to a toy store
Be it brief or an elaborate session, shopping is enjoyed by all age groups and so are kids. So why not surprise your adorable ones by taking them to one of the city’s many cool toy stores? You’ll find some of the most classic and iconic brands such as Hamleys (at the Dubai Mall), American Girl (Mall of the Emirates), and the LEGO store (Mall of the Emirates). If you’re in search of more affordable options, head to shops including Toys for Less (Al Barsha) and Toy Corner (Umm Suqeim Street).
- Enjoy skiing in the middle of the desert
Trust us; spending some time at Ski Dubai is one of the coolest things to do in Dubai with kids. Once inside this snow haven inside Mall of the Emirates, your kids wouldn’t want to leave this place. There are skiing slopes to cater to every skill. You can experience the world’s first indoor black diamond run (Black Run) and further make the most of its massive snow park filled with exciting climbing towers, slides, and an ice cave. If these aren’t sufficient, sign up for a Penguin Encounter which lets you have a close encounter with lovely King and Gentoo penguins.
- Wander around the Dubai Miracle Garden
If you find all sights and sounds around you way too extravagant or fast-paced, take a break from the concrete jungle but don’t go any far. Just make your way to Dubai Miracle Garden – this oasis of vibrant flowers and greenery in the middle of the city will give your kids ample space to wander around in nature and pure serenity. Rightly so, it’s the world’s biggest natural garden packed to the brim with millions of plant and floral specialties. That’s not all, flowers are arranged in a wide spectrum of designs, shapes, and designs, making it more appealing and pleasant.
- Cruise around Dubai
Want to give a twist to your ordinary sightseeing in Dubai? Take a cruise along with Dubai and this comes in a variety of forms. Go on an exhilarating speed boat tour along Dubai Marina and this lets you get up-close and personal with awe-inspiring Dubai sights like no other. But if you want to experience the night skyline views in peace, take a classic dhow cruise Dubai which allows you to sit back and enjoy a sail aboard a traditional Arabian vessel. Then there is Wonder Bus Tour – a surefire way to astound your kids with an unforgettable sightseeing experience both from land and water.
- Ride the Dubai Metro
Dubai is mostly not a walk-friendly destination but you can easily explore the city by taking a metro ride. And your little ones would definitely enjoy this ride in the fastest, one of its kind metro, being fully automated and driverless. It’s evidently swift and cost-effective too. With two metro lines (red and green), the best thing is that it covers almost all major attractions and neighborhoods in the city, making it super convenient to travel from one stop to another.
- Have absolute fun at Dubai Parks and Resorts
Take your kids to Dubai Parks and Resorts! With three theme parks and a water park, a visit to the region‘s first integrated resort guarantees you and your family epic adventure. Relive all your favorite Hollywood movies and characters at Motiongate Dubai. At Bollywood Parks Dubai, you can hit rides, attractions, and games based all based on all-time beloved Hindi movies. Several lively shows inspired by classic Bollywood movies add to its effervescence. An absolute must-experience for families of kids from 2 to 12 years is LEGOLAND Dubai with six unique lands. Finally, don’t miss LEGOLAND Water Park, featuring innovative rides and experiences like Build-A-Boat, Joker Soaker, Red Rush, and Wave Rider!
Beyond a flurry of leisure activities, attractions, and entertainment options to engage all members in your group, Dubai is home to some of the best culinary brands representing burgers, pizzas, cookies, pastries, Turkish ice creams, and more. All these make sure that your kids would have everything they look for in their dream holiday. Not to mention, a Dubai trip with your family and kids will absolutely be lit in every way!