Family fun in Dubai: 5 things you must do
Dubai offers the perfect climate for the ultimate sun lounger holiday, but, it’s also an incredible place to enjoy family activities and experiences outside of the luxury hotels. Take a look at our list of the top 5 things to do on your next trip with the kids.
A day at Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis
Explore the World’s Largest Waterpark and get your pulse racing with 105 record-breaking slides, attractions and experiences. From the world’s tallest waterslide (Odyssey of Terror) to the cliff jumping experience (Immortal Falls) you can expect a day pact full o fun and adventure. With a huge range of scary and tame slides to choose from, theres guaranteed to be something for the whole family, from the little ones up to the adults. Take a swim and tackle the waves in the wave pool, or take the kids to the 2 new adventure-packed towers, with over 16 fun attractions. The Day Pass includes full day access to all the slides, attractions and experiences, including the private beach and the Surf’s Up wave rider. The Plus Day Pass includes all of the above plus access to Dubai’s favourite aquarium (The Lost Chambers). Once you’ve worked up an appetite on the slides you can tuck into a range of cuisines at the on-site restaurants includes gourmet meals at the food courts, plus tonnes of snacks and refreshments at the outdoor kiosks.
See Dubai Mall & The Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure, located next to of course, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. This downtown mall is the equivalent size to 200 football pitches. With a whopping 1,200 retail shops and more than 200 food and drink outlets it’s fair to say your unlikely to struggle with places to shop, eat and drink. Although the biggest draw of the mall for many is the extensive list of shops, it’s also unique in hosting one of the worlds largest aquariums, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. With the capacity to hold 10 million litres of water, it showcases the beauty of the sea, with one of the most diverse collections of marine animals worldwide. We’d say a visit here will go down pretty well with the youngsters.
The Burj Khalifa is also definitely worth a visit, offering 360-degree views of the city, from 555m above the ground. If you’d rather admire it from below, we don’t blame you! If you’ve got kids to impress there also likely to enjoy the worlds largest Fountain Show, kicking off every 30 minutes across the man made lake at the foot of the Burj. Enjoy a picnic at the Burj Khalifa park, or head for lunch or dinner at one of the many outdoor dining outlets – either way, there’s loads to see and do around Dubai Mall.
An evening at TopGolf
Topgolf is a giant playground for the whole family, from the all important golf games to the arcade fun. Topgolf allows everyone to join in on the fun, with all skill levels and ages welcome. The big targets and differing games make it the perfect evening of entertainment for the adults and the kids. Enjoy endless laughs, from missed swings to bulls-eye scores! Topgolf utilise micro-chipped golf balls to keep track of every shot, so you can watch your shot back, and see both the accuracy and distance of each ball. It wouldn’t be a great evening without the addition of great food. Enjoy sharing platters and all the classics, some with a local twist. Topgolf is definitely worth a visit if your looking for an evening of games, laughs and good grub.
Experience a Desert Safari
Visiting the Desert has to be on your list of things to do on your next family holiday to Dubai. Experience a crazy 4×4 dune ride with professional drivers, as they drift in and out of sand dunes, or opt to take a wheel, and experience the sand from your own dune buggy or quad bike. Wizz through the desert, opt for hot air ballon ride or experience the dunes from the back of a camel – a family experience like no other. We’d say this one is probably for the older kids though.
A day at the Expo
The Dubai Expo 2020 is a unique experience, bringing together 191 country pavillions, showcasing the latest technology and innovation across the globe. With more than 60 daily shows and over 200 restaurants a day at this event is like no other in Dubai. Although it may seem daunting to take kids to an event as large as this, you can rest assured that Expo have put every measure in place to make sure the day runs as seamlessly as possible. Entry for children under 18 is free, with prams readily available to hire at the entrance. You can access transport to move you around the site if you have small children, while there are also designated changing and breastfeeding facilities fit for every toilet emergency. Enjoy incredible experiences tailored to the younger crowd, with ‘Latifa’s Adventures’ ( a climbing/soft play space that teaches kids about the planets) or visit the Monaco Pavilion, and guide a baby ‘penguin’ back to safety past the deadly dangers of the Arctic to see how electronic animals are used to mimic behaviour. With a huge range of interactive exhibits, activities and workshops you can expect a full-on day of fun and education for everyone!