10 Things to do in Dubai With Kids

10 Things to do in Dubai With Kids

Don't underestimate #Dubai's #family appeal. As a new and vibrant destination, Dubai has so many places to visit that your #children will go crazy for! Here is a list of the 10 things we recommend you do and see while in the #UAE.


What a city! Dubai is bursting with entertainment; it’s big, busy and just… wow! There is so much to do within this relatively new family travel hotspot, so give yourself enough time. Don’t just use it for a transit. We spent 3 days in the shopping mall alone!

What exactly can you do with your kids in Dubai? Well, the list is endless, but here are ten at the very least to start with. These are in no particular order since we loved them all.

1. Kidzania

Move over Disneyland, Kidzania is our kids’ favourite place to go. After Kuala Lumpur we were so excited to try the Dubai installation. Kids enter this magical, pint-size city full of opportunities to try at any career you can imagine – pilots, doctors, chefs, painters, fire-fighters, beauticians and loads more.

Move over Disneyland, Kidzania is our kids’ favourite place to go. 
Fire-fighter cosplay
Fire-fighter cosplay

2. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater zoo

You haven’t been to an Aquarium like this one since it houses the world’s largest acrylic sheet showing off sharks, fish and sting rays. Stroll through the pedestrian tube to get up close to all the sea life. Above the aquarium is located the Underwater Zoo where you can find trained painting otters, interesting insects and playful penguins.

Underwater zoo
Underwater zoo
Above the aquarium is located the Underwater Zoo where you can find trained painting otters...

3. Sega Republic

In Australia they are called Time zone, in the US it’s much like Chuckee Cheese, just without the pizza. Two floors of theme park rides and endless rows of arcade games. They even have a giant indoor playground that is fully supervised so the adults can drop off the kids and compete in a round of head-to-head car simulator racing.

Racing simulator
Racing simulator

4. Dubai ice Rink

Within the hot desert location of Dubai you can find a small oasis. This Olympic-sized ice skating rink is the perfect way to cool off. With the expert help of trainers, and even little Penguin Pals to help your little ones balance, everyone will be zipping around the ice in no time.

Ice skating rink
Ice skating rink

5. Dubai Fountains

Over a sizeable crystal clear man-made lake with the world’s tallest building as the spectacular backdrop, is the mesmerising Dubai Fountain Show. They run every half hour for about ten minutes in the evening and there are two shows during the day. 

Dubai Fountain Show
Dubai Fountain Show

6. Cinemas

Movies are usually a rainy day activity with the kids, but in Dubai it becomes one of those things you love to do on a 50°C day. The cinemas are ultra modern and play most films in English.

SELFIEE!
SELFIEE!

7. Atlantis the Palm

What’s a holiday without a waterpark? Especially in hot Dubai. This waterpark is located on the tip of a colossal man-made island, The Palm. It features a number of heart-pumping slides, including The Leap of Faith, which is a 9-storey drop and Shark Attack which has you water sliding through a shark lagoon. Finish off this day with the mysterious Lost World of Atlantis, a deluxe aquarium. 

This waterpark is located on the tip of a colossal man-made island, The Palm.
Dubai waterpark
Dubai waterpark

8. Desert Safari

Big kids, little kids, or no kids - this is a brilliant night for young and old alike. Take an unforgettable 4-wheel drive safari through the Arabian Desert before stopping in the middle of nowhere for a traditional dinner and a spectacular show.

from  $57

Desert Safari in Dubai

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 Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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9. The Beach

Whether you head to the man-made beaches of The Palm or The World or you stick to Dubai’s natural coastline you will enjoy your day in the sun. There are many paid beaches with features including swim up bars, sun lounges and water sports. However there are also plenty of free beaches too, close to The Walk, which features an array of juice bars, burger joints and gelato counters.

Walking on the beach
Walking on the beach

10. Ride the Metro

With it’s elaborate gold domed stations and driverless trains, the metro is sure to be a hit for kids. It is an elevated line, which provides a unique view of Dubai and can take you from malls to beaches to man-made islands.

Dubai metro
Dubai metro

These 10 activities just scratch the surface of what’s available within the sprawling metropolis of Dubai. If you’re not to keen on hot weather, no problems, just head there during winter and you’ll find it’s a much more comfortable temperature. But any time of the year is fine with me. The incredible accomplishment of building a modern, vibrant city out of nothing within such a short period of time will leave you spellbound. It really is quite a magical place. A hot, magical place.


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