10 family things to do in Dubai

kidzaniaLike its shifting sands, Dubai is never stagnant. As this fiercely modern city continually reinvents itself, many of the world’s best cuisines, luxury brands, opulent hotels and famous nightspots are setting down roots here, making it an ideal holiday destination for adults. But this city doesn’t disappoint families with young kids, either. Here’s our pick of some of the most innovative ways to entertain your children.

 

Ski Dubai
Who would have imagined skiing in a desert? Only in Dubai, as they say. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is an indoor ski area featuring a 60-meter high snow mountain, with 5 slopes for the seasoned skiers and a Snow Park for those looking to sled, toboggan or just try their snowman-making skills.
Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, exit 39 (4th interchange), towards Al Barsha

Contact: 04-4094000 Website: www.skidxb.com

Entry for adults AED 880 and children from AED 640 to AED 760

 

KidZania
Apart from being a shopping Mecca, The Dubai Mall also houses two of the best places to leave your children. KidZania is a child-sized city set over two levels, complete with paved streets, pedestrians, vehicles and every adult occupation imaginable – firefighters, pilots, pizza chefs, doctors, bankers, barbers, and even actors find their destiny here. A must do for children aged between 2 and 14 years old.
The Dubai Mall, PO Box 113444, Dubai, UAE

Contact: 04 362 7500 Website: www.kidzania.ae

 Entry for toddlers from AED 95, children from AED 140 and adults from AED 95

 

Sega Republic
Meanwhile, Sega Republic, conveniently located adjacent to Kidzania, is a two-level indoor theme park featuring thrilling rides, motion-simulator adventures and adrenaline-pumping games.
The Dubai Mall, PO Box 113444, Dubai, UAE

Contact: 04 448 8484; Website: www.segarepublic.com

Entry from AED 160

 

Dubai Aquarium

Another venue that has managed to attain something that sounds implausible on paper, The Dubai Mall also plays host to the world’s largest water tanks. Housing over 33,000 sea creatures, this underwater delight is placed nonchalantly in the centre of the mall, so that sting rays, sharks and scuba divers co-exist with shoppers.
Dubai Mall, P.O. Box 191741, Dubai, UAE

Contact: 04 448 5200; Website: www.thedubaiaquarium.com

Entry from AED 55

 

Underwater Zoo
Complementing the walk-through tunnel at the Dubai Aquarium is an underwater zoo packed with every sea and rainforest creature imaginable, otters and even a penguin colony.
Doha Street, off 1st Interchange, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

Contact: 04 437 3155; Website: www.thedubaiaquarium.com

Entry from AED 55

 

Dubai Ice Rink


In case the Mall of the Emirates’ ski slope wasn’t enough for you, you can enjoy an Olympic sized ice-rink in the Dubai Mall. Forget where you are for a few hours and learn ice skating and play ice hockey as if it’s a white winter outside.
Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, Doha Street, off 1st Interchange, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, U.A.E

Contact: 04 448 5111; Website: www.dubaiicerink.com

Entry from AED 55

 

Dancing fountains
Set on the Burj Khalifa Lake right outside the Dubai Mall, this Vegas-style fountain shoots water jets as high as 50 storeys and is accompanied by music and illuminated by colourful beams. Performances happen daily at regular intervals in the evenings and are fascinating to watch.
The Dubai Mall, Doha Street, off 1st Interchange, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, U.A.E

Website: www.dubaidancingfountains.com

Entry Free

 

Wild Wadi
This outdoor water park, complete with heated and cooled wave pools, is located coneniently at Jumeirah. Famous for the Jumeirah Sceirah, which is the tallest and fastest free-fall water slide outside of North America and several other thrilling flow riders it also houses a play area for children among other attractions.
Wild Wadi, 85, Dubai, UAE

Contact: 04 348 4444; Website: www.wildwadidubai.com

Entry from AED 135 to AED 200

 

 

 

Atlantis, The Palm
There aren’t many things that this six-star luxury resort doesn’t have. Most famous, though, are its theme water park Aquaventure and Dolphin Bay, which, as the name suggests, gives guests the breathtaking experience of swimming with dolphins.
Atlantis, The Palm Dubai‎,The Crescent, Atlantis Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Contact: 04 426 0000; Website: www.atlantisthepalm.com)

 

Desert safari
For a family adventure with slightly older children this is a must do, and will give all the family a better understanding of Dubai’s true character. An exhilarating but bumpy drive through the sand dunes, dinner in the desert with kebabs, some henna art and a belly dancing show are a perfect counterpoint to all that shopping.
Package from AED100 

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