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Attractions in Dubai for Families

Some of the popular Dubai tourist places with family include famous attractions like Burj Khalifa , Dubai Mall , Palm Islands, Jumeirah Beach Park, Ferrari World ,  Bollywood Parks Dubai ,  The Dubai Fountain ,  Ski Dubai ,  Kidzania Dubai  and many more.

Explore the best places to visit in Dubai with family and gather the best memories together as you find yourself surrounded by the grandest structures and the most opulent culture in the world. The luxurious city opens its arms to tourists with warm appreciation and offers a chance to travel across its iconic tourist spots, such as Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall.

With no limit to the number of attractions in Dubai for families, you will find something to do every hour of the day. From water parks to aquariums and historic landmarks to adventure resorts, there is something for everyone in Dubai. Visit the popular Legoland park or the Motiongate park in Dubai to get a taste of its thrilling adventure sights or visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. 

Apart from the places to see in Dubai with family, you can also engage in interesting activities like watersports at the various beaches, watching the Dubai fountain show and taking a cruise ride around the coast of the city. A great way to beat the heat of the summer is visiting Ski Dubai, a hub of snow adventures. So, visiting Dubai with your family is a fulfilling experience as there is a lot that the city offers for all age groups. 

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The AYA Universe in Dubai boasts of 12 themed chambers spread in a 40,000 sq ft area.  Its innovative spaces, cultural events, and vibrant community offer a glimpse into the city of the future. Interactive elements like controlling constellations with a wave of the hand or navigating shimmering rivers that connect the chambers, make for some unique experiences.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Visit Burj Khalifa , the tallest building in the world, and soak in some of the most spectacular views of the Dubai skyline

Take a ride all the way to the Observation Deck on the 124th and 125th floor of this skyscraper in the fastest glass elevator in the world

Head to At.mosphere for a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience, located on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa

Being one of the best places to visit in Dubai with family, get magical sights of the Dubai Fountain from here 

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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Explore the world of the sub-aquatic, with a visit to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, ranking amongst the top places to visit in Dubai with family

Witness endangered as well as rare and exotic marine creatures, from reef sharks and manta rays, to sand tiger sharks, turtles and more

Avail the “Swim with Sharks” session, and get a chance to dive deep into the waters in what is one of the largest suspended aquarium tanks in the world

Explore different exhibits in the underwater zoo, such as the one with the King Croc, which is home to a massive 40-year-old crocodile that weighs 750 kilograms

Take a dive deep into the aquarium and enjoy a sea-walking experience

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Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner

Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner

Indulge in the desert safari adventure in Dubai with your family, and explore the vast stretches of rolling dunes in the stunning Arabian desert

Set out for an adventurous getaway in a 4x4 vehicle for a thrilling and adventurous journey through the magnificent sand dunes

Enjoy a plethora of adventure sports, including dune bashing, sandboarding and off-roading in the deserts 

Get a taste of the traditional Bedouin life by enjoying a delicious BBQ dinner by the bonfire at a desert camp

Prepare to be captivated by spectacular performances during your dinner, including dancing on props, fire eating, belly dancing and more 

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Kidzania Dubai

Kidzania Dubai

Take your child out for a visit to KidZania , an indoor theme park for children that resembles a real-life city

Let them choose from the 40 real-life role play activities which will let them behave and act like adults for a day

Encourage the children to put forth their talents by partaking in activities in different platforms, such as the Kinder Chocolate Factory, Flight Simulator, Metropolitan Theatre and KidZania Natural Archives 

Watch them get rewarded for all their efforts with KidZos, KidZania’s own currency

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Explore the magic of the IMG Worlds of Adventure , the biggest indoor amusement park in Dubai, and amongst the top places to visit in Dubai with family

Visit the numerous exciting zones in the park - Marvel, Lost Valley, Cartoon Network, IMG Boulevard, Haunted Hotel, IMG Kids Zone and Novo Cinemas

Enjoy the 17 themed rides and attractions here, including terrifying roller coasters and other activities

Pay a visit to the Lost Valley section of the park, which boasts of life-sized dinosaurs that can move and roar, along with a plethora of pulse-racing rides

Meet and greet with various characters from Marvel and Cartoon Network, including Ben 10, Powerpuff Girls, Iron Man, The Avengers and more

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Take a break from the heat and pay a visit to Ski Dubai , the largest indoor snow park in the world

Spend some time experiencing sub-zero temperatures, complete with snowfall and numerous snow activities and sports, making it amongst the best places to visit in Dubai with family

Explore the ski slopes of Ski Dubai, which ranks as some of the best indoor ski slopes in the world

Take part in other exciting adventures here, such as twin-track bobble, tobogganing, and snowboarding, among other things

For an even more unique experience, watch a show or play with snow penguins while you are here

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Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

Set out for an exciting day at Aquaventure Waterpark , which is one of the best water parks and places to visit in Dubai with family

Get a chance to experience sliding through ziplines and lagoons during your visit to this water park

Head to the Leap of Faith to take a dive amidst rays and other marine creatures

Take a ride on the Aqua Conda, the largest water slide in the world that will drop you into the largest fiberglass tube

Test your fear at Poseidon’s Revenge, and slide down a 75-foot chute and a huge double loop for an adventure of a kind  

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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

Visit the Dubai Mall , one of the largest shopping malls in the world, and a shopper’s paradise

Choose from luxurious high-end brands and premium labels, to high street and more local brands at Dubai Mall 

Get a chance to shop for a wide range of products, from homeware and clothes, to shoes, accessories, food, electronics and a lot more

Explore the lavish food court, consisting of over 200 eateries, restaurants, cafes and food stalls

For a more unique experience, visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and VR Park in the mall, which is one of the most popular places to visit in Dubai with family  

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Ferrari world

Ferrari world

Ferrari World is one of the most exciting of all places to visit in Dubai with family, and is home to more than 17 Ferrari-themed and inspired rides and attractions

Avail one of a kind F1 experience at one of the largest indoor theme park in the world, complete with racing simulators 

Hop on the fastest roller coaster in the world, the Formula Rossa and have the time of your lives as it zooms at a speed of 240 kilometres per hour

For an even more adrenaline filled experience, get aboard the Flying Ace, the highest roller coaster loop in the whole world 

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The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

Enjoy spectacular sights of the Dubai Fountain , the tallest performing fountain in all of Dubai, and one of the tallest musical fountains in the whole world

Set across the Burj Lake, the fountain uses 25 colour projectors and thousands of WET superlight bulbs to create a myriad of different light shows and designs with water

Besides the light show, you can also enjoy watching the fountain dance to a wide selection of melodies, from the likes to Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long, to Thriller by Michael Jackson and more 

Marvel at the sight as the fountain jets up water over a hundred metres high into the air at a time, paired with a spectacular choreographed light show 

Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium

Spend a day at the Dubai Dolphinarium , the first fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium in all of Middle East and the top places to visit in Dubai with family

Avail tickets to the 45-minute dolphin show here, and witness sights of these gentle marine creatures dancing, interacting, hugging and playing with visitors

One can also swim with these adorable dolphins

Get a chance to witness marine animals like fur seals in the middle of the heat of Dubai, and enjoy seeing their tricks  

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Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

Set out for a visit to the Dubai Miracle Garden , the largest flower garden in the world, making it one of the best places to visit in Dubai with family

Witness a one-of-a-kind, giant floral teddy bear holding a giant floral heart right in the middle of the garden

Click pictures near the Emirate A380 installation, the largest floral installation in the world, with over 500,000 living plants and flowers used to build it

Take a stroll through the sunflower field, where you can witness thousands of bright yellow-colored sunflowers

I admire the floral igloos, hearts, pyramids, trains as well as the structure of the Burj Khalifa and humanoid ants, all made entirely of flowers and blooming plants

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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

Take a relaxing stroll along the Dubai Marina , which borders the shores of the Persian Gulf and is amongst the most beautiful boulevards in the city

Soak in some of the most breathing views of the Dubai cityscape and skyline from the Dubai Marina, with luxury ships, dhow boats and cruises sailing in the distance

Indulge in a dinner cruise on a traditional Dhow boat, and tuck in to a delicious meal as it cruises along the waters of the gulf

Head over to one of the many eateries that line the Marina, such as Leonardo Restaurant Dubai, Zafran Indian Bistro, La Fontana Restaurant and more, for a delicious meal

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Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

Visit the Dubai Garden Glow, one of the most unique gardens in the whole world, featuring various masterpieces from artists from all across the globe

Explore the attractions in the Ice Park, Art Park and the Dinosaur Park that constitute the Dubai Garden Glow

Experience the “Art by Day, Glow by Night” concept at this garden, and see millions of energy saving bulbs turning this place into the largest glow in the dark garden in the world

Head over to the Dinosaur Park, home to 120 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar

See replicas of dinosaur skeletons dating back to the energies Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous period

Witness ice sculptures and beautiful decorations showcasing a blend of art, wildlife and nature at the Ice Park in what is amongst the most popular places to visit in Dubai with famil

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Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

Pay a visit to the  Dubai Creek , the first major port of the Emirates, and one of the major traditional and cultural centres of the city

Watch how the creek cuts through the pristine Safa Park and the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Road into the Jumeirah District, before it merges into the Arabian Gulf

Indulge in a sunset or night cruise along the Dubai Creek, as you hop aboard a traditional Dhow boat, or the water taxi called Abra

Explore the Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary, located at the end of the creek, and enjoy bird watching amidst the lagoons, pools and wetlands here 

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Yas Island Water Park

 Yas Island Water Park

Spend a fun-filled day at the Yas Island Water Park, the first mega waterpark in all of UAE, ranking amongst the top places to visit in Dubai with family

Indulge in the ultimate water park adventure with more than 40 different slides and rides, in addition to 5 unique rides ranging across different thrill levels

Take a turn sliding at Dawamma, the largest six-person water slide in the world

Awaken your inner adrenaline at the 550-metre-long Bandit Bomber roller coaster, the only suspended waterpark roller coaster in the world

Don’t forget to ride in the Hydromagnetic Tornado and the Jebel Drop, which is the highest waterslide in the park

Float along the Al Raha River, which boasts of waterfalls, rain showers and even lost caves 

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Legoland Dubai

Legoland Dubai

Explore LEGOLAND Dubai , the first of its kind LEGO-based theme park in the Middle East, and the perfect place for a complete family day out

Enjoy different rides here, made for people of all ages, including the Dragon, Dragon’s Apprentice, and more

Go on the Factory tour here to learn how the world-famous LEGO bricks are designed and manufactured

Visit the Legoland Waterpark and indulge in a variety of water rides and slides such as the Twist ‘N’ Spin, Twin Chasers, Wave Riders and more

Take your children to the Driving School for a real-life driving experience and their very own official LEGOLAND driving license

Don’t forget to shop for exclusive LEGO merchandise and souvenirs from The Big Shop and King’s Market during your visit 

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The Green Planet By Meraas

The Green Planet By Meraas

Make a visit to The Green Planet by Meraas, the first biodome of its kind in the entire Middle East, in addition to being one of the most unique places to visit in Dubai with family

Spend time exploring the tropical rainforest here, and witness the world’s largest man made tree, which acts as a tree that sustains life

Learn about more than 3000 species of rare and exotic flora and fauna at the Green Planet

Don’t miss out on the encounters with exotic Sugar Gliders during your visit here, in addition to other animal species like spiders, sloths and even snakes

Enjoy other activities and experiences here, such as the Australian Walkabouts, Bug Encounters, and visits to the Bat Cave

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Bollywood Parks Dubai

Bollywood Parks Dubai

A trip to Dubai must include a visit to Bollywood Parks , the first ever theme park dedicated entirely to Bollywood, and the most happening of all places to visit in Dubai with family

Explore the five exciting zones of the park – the Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza Zone, Mumbai Chowk, Bollywood Boulevard, and the Bollywood Film Studios 

Head over to the Royal Plaza, home to Namaste India and the Rajmahal Theatre, and enjoy a fine dining experience and enjoy numerous shows related to Indian cinema

You can also explore Mela Junction, which is home to 4 thrilling rides, including the Hawa Hawai and Wheel of Stars 

Enjoy 3D shows and get a sneak peek into some of the cult old Bollywood classics, such as Lagaan and Sholay at the Rustic Ravine Zone

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Dubai Ice Rink

Dubai Ice Rink

Keep away the heat and get down to The Dubai Mall to ice-skate on the Olympic-sized rink. Whether you are a pro or a beginner, you are sure to make the most of the enormous facility as you glide across the ice. The Dubai Mall is the world's biggest shopping and entertainment hub and even in the heat of the desert, it is not surprising to find an Olympic-sized ice rink.

Tie up your skates and head onto the ice. Practice your hockey-stops or even throw in a spin as you enjoy the sport with family and friends. In the sometimes extreme heat of Dubai, the rink can be the coolest place to seek shelter and have fun at the same time.

Location:  Ground Floor, The Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Downtown - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: Opens daily from 10 AM to 11 PM

Price: Approximate price starts from 65 AED

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Dubai Global Village

Dubai Global Village

Get a chance to see the entire world in one place at the Dubai Global Village , known as one of the best cultural places to visit in Dubai with family

Explore over 23 different pavilions belonging to more than 70 different countries of the world

Witness spectacular live shows and performances from international artists, singers and DJs here, in addition to several live street performances

Relish in the taste of a myriad of different cuisines from all over the world at the many food trucks in the village

Shop at the wide array of shopping stalls where you can find traditional goods and products from different countries here  

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Wild Wadi Waterpark

 Wild Wadi Waterpark

Take your family to the Wild Wadi Waterpark , home to over 30 thrilling rides and slides, and amongst the best places to visit in Dubai with family

Enjoy a ride in the Jumeirah Sceirah, the fastest and tallest free fall slide in all of Middle East while soaking in views of the Burj

Head into the Breaker’s Bay, which offers shelter to the largest wave pool in the entire UAE

Explore the Tantrum alley, which boasts of three huge tornadoes and an amazing splash pool, before playing with water guns at the Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon

Slide down the downhill water slides at the Burj Surj and enjoy getting splashed into a mini pool as you ride down 

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Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

Witness the largest frame in the world, the Dubai Frame, and catch beautiful sights of the Old as well as Modern-day Dubai from here

Take pictures of some of the most iconic and extraordinary landmarks and attractions of Dubai from here, including Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Emirates Towers, etc.

Pay a visit to the museum on the ground floor of the Dubai Frame, and enjoy displays of the city’s transformation into one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world

Head over to the upper bridge of the Dubai Frame and enjoy pristine views of the city from the transparent glass floor here 

Take the elevator to the Sky Deck on the 48th floor, and witness surreal sunsets from here

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Dreamland Aqua Park

Dreamland Aqua Park

Explore the Dreamland Aqua Park during your visit to Dubai, which is one of the largest theme parks in all of UAE, and the top places to visit in Dubai with family

Enjoy over 30 thrilling water rides, slides and other attractions within the park, including visiting the verdant manicured gardens here

Head over to the Mini Zoo here, and witness exotic land and marine animals here

Experience the rush of sliding down a water slide at high speeds at Kamikaze, or nose diving into a splash pool at Twister

Spend time going on other thrilling and hair-raising rides like the Black Hole, Twisting Dragons, Family Raft Ride and Mighty Ground at the park

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VR Park Dubai

VR Park Dubai

Heighten your senses at VR Park Dubai, one of the best and most unique indoor parks where you can experience the multidimensional world of augmented and virtual reality

Known as the biggest virtual reality park in the world, VR Park boasts of 30 thrilling rides and many other experiences 

Enjoy rides like the Burj Drop, where you can experience the thrill of virtually free falling from the Burj Khalifa 

Ride the Dubai Drone, which takes you on a visit to the future Dubai, in the year 2050

Don’t forget to spend time enjoying other experiences here, including APE-X, The Raft, John Wick Chronicles, PAYDAY as well as The Walking Dead VR Outbreak 

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Laguna Waterpark

Laguna Waterpark

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Burj al Arab

Motiongate Dubai

Motiongate Dubai

Atlantis Palm Hotel

Atlantis Palm Hotel

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Who doesn't love butterflies? These colourful creatures can make you forget all your worries while you chase them through your garden. Now imagine a whole garden with these butterflies with their different kind of species. Amazing right? Dubai Butterfly Garden is just that heaven that is beckoning travellers from far and wide.

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The Lost Chamber Aquarium

The Lost Chamber Aquarium

A walk through the glass tunnels to see the sea infront of yours very clearly and in detail will not be a dream but reality at the Lost Chamber’s Aquarium in Dubai. The awe-struck moments are created while you have a tour at Atlantis, the Palm. 

Here is a life time opportunity to interact with the mighty sharks, stingray, piranhas, sea horses and other marine creatures right before your eyes floating and playing. The design of the aquarium was inspired by the spell binding Lost City of Atlantis, the underwater tunnels at the aquarium gives the visitor an unforgettable experience by showing the shipwrecks and ruins. There are ten beautiful chambers which display the distinguished life culture underwater.

Highlights:  More than 20 marine lives exist in this aquarium along with a touch tank. Behind the Scenes will let you know more about Moral Eel and other animals found and rarely described anywhere.  Learn about the fish hospital, the water filtering systems and similar things here and know the tips to take care of marine animals. The breathtaking Ambassador Lagoon would show you how the professional divers are navigating under the water. If you dare to do something adventure, then the aquarium offers you that as well for the whole family. Location:  Atlantis the Palm, Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. It is located around 26 kms away from Dubai city.

Timings:  The aquarium is open on all days from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Price:  AED 120 per person

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Museum Of Illusions

Museum Of Illusions

The Museum of Illusions Dubai is a part of an international chain of museums, which initially started in Croatia. The exhibits of the museum are based on the fields of physics, psychology, geometry, and mathematics to produce thrilling illusions. There is a plaque card beside each exhibit, explaining to the visitors how the illusion processes, so that they have an interactive educational tour of the museum.

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Dinosaur Park

Dinosaur Park

Designed with a theme of colors of joy and happiness, the dinosaur park is a dinosaur themed park where not only can you get more knowledge about the said creatures, but can also enjoy various similar themed activities and rides. The park is spread over an area of 60 acres that is filled with surprises for both adults and kids in the form of activities, rides and photo destinations.

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The innovative and unique Museum of the Future in Dubai is an exciting new addition to the Dubai skyline. Listed as one of the most innovative structures in the world, this futuristic museum is poised to become one of the most exciting tourist attractions in the city. It gives visitors valuable insight into the future of human technology and innovation with practical exhibits, amazing installations and unique inventions that are yet to be introduced to the world population. At the Museum of the Future, you can get a glimpse into the human potential – and what the world could look like a few decades down the line. Along with the exhibits, the very structure of the museum is reflective of its innovation – where a portion of the building was made by robots. The exterior is defined by massive steel panels with Arabic inscriptions, which makes the museum as distinctive as other iconic structures in Dubai including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Frame. You can explore 7 floors of fantastic installations and exhibits that let you imagine a world several years in the future. It is also a wonderful place for children to familiarize themselves with technology and its unending potential. Museum of the Future encourages visitors to ask imaginative questions such as “What would a world where robots take care of the elderly, look like” and “Can AI help humans get superhuman powers like running faster than usual?” All these aspects of the Museum of the Future will allow you to transport yourself to the future and experience a world that is as yet, inaccessible to most of mankind. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that is impossible to find anywhere else in the world, one which will make your trip to Dubai a truly life-changing experience.Here is the Design and Architecture of the Museum of the Future Dubai:The Museum has been constructed by Killa Designs using the latest technology in design and construction. AI and robotics technology have been used to precision-cut almost 1000 moulds that make up the unique exterior of the museum. The shape of the museum represents the sky and the earth, inspired by Feng-Shui philosophies.One of the most distinctive features of the design is the Arabic calligraphy that is carved into the steel paneling, which are all quotes from the Prime Minister of Dubai talking about the future of the country. There are 7 levels which are connected by an elevated walkway that leads to the Metro Station, and also a bridge that links the museum directly with the Emirates Towers.Experience The Visual World By Booking: Museum of the Future Tickets

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa, a renowned skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the tallest structure and building in the whole wide world. It boasts a height of 2722 feet with the roof soaring up to an elevation of 2717 feet. It was developed for Dubai to gain recognition on an international level.It was originally given the name of Burj Dubai but was later renamed in the honor of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates’ President and the ruler of Abu Dhabi.The building is designated as the world's tallest one and has led to break numerous height records. The Burj Khalifa is a mixed-use development designed to be a large scale centrepiece. It boasts a total of 9 hotels including the renowned The Address Downtown Dubai, 30,000 homes, a minimum of 19 residential skyscrapers, 7.4 acres of parkland, 12 hectares of artificial Burj Khalifa Lake, and the Dubai Mall.Back in the year, 2010 in the month of January an outdoor observation deck by the name of 'At The Top' opened on the 124th floor of the building. Featuring a height of 1483 feet, it was the world's height outdoor observation deck. Although, in the year 2011 it was surpassed by Cloud Top 488 of the Canton Tower featuring a height of 1601 feet. Once again, Burj Khalifa gave the highest observation deck to the world when it opened the 1821 feet high 148th-floor SKY level in the year 2014 on October 15th. The record was overtaken in June 2016 when the Shanghai Tower came up with an observation deck boasting a height of 1840.55 feet.The observation deck on the 124th-floor features an augmented reality device, the electronic device by Gsmprjct° of Montréal. The device allows tourists to view the beautifully landscaped surroundings in real-time. It also allows them to relish the previously taken and saved images such that the ones taken under several weather conditions at different times of the day.The management works well to reduce the rush of daily sightseers by allowing them to buy tickets for a specific time and date in advance at a 75% discounted price as compared to when purchased on spot. When the visibility is high and the tide is low, one can view the Iran shores from the skyscraper top.Planning a Dubai Trip, Checkout: Best Holiday Tour Packages to DubaiHere are a few facts about the Burj Khalifa:1. Burj Khalifa is the ultimate venue for the Dubai New Year's Eve celebration, a unique global spectacle. 2. Burj Khalifa utilized 39000 tons of steel reinforcement, 330 000 cubic meters of concrete, 103 000 square meters of high-quality glass, and 15500 square meters of embossed stainless glass.3. The skyscraper became the tallest man-made structure in the world just one thousand three hundred and twenty-five days after excavation work started in the year 2004.4. The skyscraper was named after Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi.5. There are fifty-seven lifts in Burj Khalifa, including fifty-five single decks and two double decks. 6. Burj Khalifa has two observation decks - one on the 125 and 124th floors and another one on the 148th floor. 7. Watching the sunset from Burj Khalifa's lower deck is a breathtaking experience. From a height of over four hundred and fifty-two meters, you can watch the sunset in the Arabian desert. 8. Burj Khalifa offers you an option to dine at the highest and the most famous restaurant in the world - At.mosphere. Burj Khalifa also has many other restaurants like Armani Amal, Armani Mediterraneo, Armani Ristorante, Armani Deli, Armani Hashi, and Armani Lounge.Explore the world of butterflies by booking Butterfly Garden Tickets in DubaiBurj Khalifa FireworksCelebrate New Year Eve in style by watching the amazing display of the fireworks from Burj Khalifa. This iconic building lights up to its full glory during the New Year and becomes the center of attraction for everyone. The duration of the Burj Khalifa display is around twenty minutes making it one of the largest and the longest firework displays.Burj Khalifa is fully illuminated in different colors through the fireworks display, and you can capture this amazing phenomenon on your camera. The fireworks are lit after the stroke of midnight, but you should arrive as early as possible to get a good spot to watch this phenomenal spectacle.Awaken the adrenaline rush by indulging in Sky Diving in Dubai

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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the awe-inspiring man-made wonders comprises of 3 sections that present a captivating sight to the visitors interested in exploring the unrestrained aquatic life in DubaiDubai Aquarium is a gargantuan 10-million litre tank located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. One of the largest suspended aquariums admeasuring 51 meters long, 20 meters deep, and 11 meters high houses 140 species of thousands of exciting marine animals amidst artificial coral.33,000 vibrant marine creatures including 400 sharks and rays, large sea bass, and shoals of oceanic fish that habitat the aquarium enthuse the kids and adults alike. The tank is known for its largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world. The public can view the aquarium through the world’s largest acrylic panel for free from the Mall.Located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall, the 48-meter walk-through tunnel takes the visitors on a fascinating journey of marine life. It offers a 270-degree view of the aquarium from 11 meters below the surface of the tank and presents visitors an option to capture aquatic life through their camera lens.Underwater Zoo, situated above the tank on level two is segregated into 3 ecological zones – Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. The 40 individual display tanks bring visitors face to face with an astounding range of aquatic creatures that inhabit both rivers and oceans.Be bedazzled by a menagerie of exotic and weird critters such as Piranhas, African dwarf crocodiles, Lionfish, Sea horses, Archerfish, Nautilus, Water rats, Cichlids, etc. A cynosure of Underwater Zoo is 5.1m long Australian saltwater lake crocodile names King Croc. The monstrous reptile that 40 yrs old and weighs 750kg, sends shivers down the spine of the visitors.Snakes, lizards, Giant Spider Crabs, and other nocturnal desert denizens of UAE such as an Arabian toad, and veiled chameleons also inhabit the Underwater Zoo.The ‘lunar-cyclic’ lighting system that changes the ambiance of the tank based on the time of the day mesmerizes the visitors.Explore the Beautiful Underwater World by Booking Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo Tickets

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Dubai with Kids: 20 Fun Things to Do for the Whole Family

By Author Jurga

Posted on Last updated: May 13, 2023

Dubai with Kids: 20 Fun Things to Do for the Whole Family

Planning to visit Dubai with kids and wondering how to make this family city trip fun for everyone?

We were in the same situation when we visited Dubai for the first time. Despite traveling with young children, we didn’t want to spend our entire vacation at the beach or visiting theme parks. And, of course, we couldn’t drag the kids sightseeing around the city for days in a row…. But we wanted to see Dubai’s main landmarks, while at the same time keeping it relaxing and fun for kids and adults alike.

Dubai is very touristic, and at first, seems a bit artificial and superficial. And in many ways it is. You will not find much of the truly authentic Middle Eastern culture unless especially tailored for tourists. No remarkable nature or other natural wonders either…

But Dubai has plenty of other things to offer for every type of traveler! It’s a fascinating place where everything is big, bigger, the biggest, modern, spectacular (see our guide ‘ Interesting facts about Duba i’ for more information)… And because it’s so diverse and has so much to offer, Dubai is actually one of the most family-friendly travel destinations in the world .

In this article, we share our tips for family-friendly things to do in Dubai with kids. Activities that we enjoyed the most.

We focus on those activities that not only give you a taste of Dubai, but are also fun for the whole family. Of course, you can take the kids to a playground, watch a movie, or visit a zoo – but unless you live in Dubai, I would skip these. Instead, go and explore this dazzling city and the surroundings! Find out!

Good to know: At the end of this article, we also include some suggestions on where to stay in Dubai with kids . You can see where we stayed, why we think it’s a great location for a family vacation in Dubai, and see the map where you can compare hotels and Airbnbs in that area. Read on!

Dubai is a perfect-weather destination and you can spend time at the beach or by the pool, do some water sports, and never leave your hotel. But if you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for more. So here are a few ideas on how to keep your kids busy on vacation in Dubai and do some sightseeing at the same time.

These are all family-friendly activities, based on our family trip to Dubai with our three boys of 5, 5, and 7.

Here are some fun things to do in Dubai with kids:

1. Go Sandboarding in the Desert

For our kids, sandboarding in the desert was an absolute favorite thing we did in Dubai!

Take a snowboard and slide down the dunes. Go back up the hill and slide back down again. And again… We only tried sandboarding a few times, as part of our desert safari tour , but the kids can’t stop talking about how fun it was.

Good to know: Pretty much all the desert tours in Dubai include sandboarding and they usually give big discounts for kids.

Dubai with kids - sandboarding in the desert

2. Visit a Water Park

Dubai has three big waterparks – Wild Wadi Waterpark , Aquaventure Atlantis , and LEGOLAND® Water Park Dubai . And there is also Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, just a short ride from Dubai.

No matter how long your Dubai family trip is, a visit to one of the waterparks is an absolute must!

We didn’t get a chance to try them all, but we spent a day at Aquaventure Atlantis and the kids absolutely loved it. Our kids were a bit too young for most rides, but with bigger kids, you could easily spend several days here (or visit several water parks on the same trip).

Good to know: Kids under 1,2m are not allowed on the ‘big’ rides. They can join you on a ‘Lazy River’ or spend time at the kids’ slides, and they will enjoy it just as much. But we found it a pity that our 5-year-olds couldn’t join us on all the rides, and we had to constantly split up and do the rides separately.

TIP: Dubai waterparks are really expensive and you will pay even more if you buy your tickets at the entrance. So be sure to book your tickets online in advance!

3. Go to the Top of the World’s Tallest Building – Burj Khalifa

Visiting the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa is a must in Dubai! It’s such a unique thing to do and something the whole family will enjoy. Our kids were so impressed with this experience that even a few years later as I’m updating this article, they are still talking about it.

With a height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft – just over half a mile), Burj Khalifa is huge. It’s difficult to comprehend how tall this tower is until you stand under it. Your neck will hurt trying to see the top of the building from beneath it!

We visited Burj Khalifa in the evening and the views of the city in the dark were amazing. If you can get sunset tickets, it’s one of the best times to visit. You can see the city while it’s still light, at sunset, and – if you hang around long enough – also in the dark.

It’s not a cheap experience, but if there’s one thing that is absolutely worth its money in Dubai, it’s this. After all, how often will you get the chance to visit a building this high?!

TIP: Be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid long waiting times and disappointment. If you didn’t prebook, try going in the morning when it’s less busy and you might get in without advance reservation.

Burj Khalifa Dubai

4. See Dubai’s Dancing Fountains

The Dubai Fountain is another experience that you should really try to do when visiting Dubai with kids. The whole family will enjoy the music and light show of these dancing fountains at the foot of Burj Khalifa. It’s breathtaking!

There are a couple of shows in the afternoon and every half hour starting at 6 pm in the evening. The fountains are probably more impressive at night than they are during the day.

We found the fountains spectacular when seen from the top of Burj Khalifa as well. So if you are At The Top in the evening, make sure you don’t miss the spectacle from above.

TIP: There are also traditional boats that go on Burj Lake during the fountain show . We didn’t book in advance and couldn’t do this, but it looked absolutely amazing. Especially for the children!

Dubai Fountain Show as seen from the top of Burj Khalifa at night

5. Ride a Camel

If you visit a place surrounded by the desert, you should certainly go on a camel trek! It’s one of those special experiences that you can only have in a few places in the world and it’s totally worth it.

Camel rides are also fun for the whole family, just maybe don’t embark on a very long ride with very young children. On the other hand, kids from about 3-4 years, should be able to do a tour like this , where camel riding is just one of the many things you do.

Our kids were so excited to ride the camel for the first time! Older kids might also love quad rides, but for our 5- and 7-year-olds, riding a camel was adventurous enough.

TIP: If you are visiting Dubai with teens or tweens, take a look at this popular desert tour that allows kids from 10 years old. It includes a camel ride, sandboarding, and a quad bike ride. All the fun activities in one tour!

Kids with a camel in Dubai desert

6. Visit LEGOLAND Dubai

If you are visiting Dubai with kids under 12, then you may want to check out LEGOLAND Dubai theme park as well. It has the same concept as all the other LEGOLAND parks in the world, with colorful shows and fun rides mostly tailored for the youngest members of the family.

In addition to the traditional theme park, there’s also a water park that you can visit here as well – LEGOLAND Dubai Water Park . This is a really fun water park with various pools, waterslides, and also family-friendly activities with huge soft LEGO bricks. However – just as with all the other water parks in Dubai – you will enjoy it more with somewhat older kids (ideally over 1.2 m tall).

Here you can find more information and get your tickets for the theme park , and here – for the waterpark .

TIP: If you are looking for even more theme parks to visit in Dubai with kids, you can also check out Motiongate Dubai , and potentially also Bollywood Parks Dubai .

Things to do in Dubai with kids - LEGOLAND Dubai

7. Go on a 4×4 Desert Safari

Ok, this is one of those activities that might not be for the whole family, but it’s so typically Dubai that it’s well worth trying. And yes, you can do it with kids.

Dune bashing in a 4×4 is really not for the faint-hearted. But what an exhilarating experience!

Our boys were excited and really enjoyed the ride, but towards the end, it became too much for them (and for us). The ride is really rough and you might get a bit car sick. But you’ll feel such an adrenaline rush! I vaguely remember myself saying ‘Oh my God’ over and over again… It’s an experience you will not quickly forget!

TIP: We did this highly-rated and extremely popular 4×4 desert tour and it included a taste of many other desert activities as well. Perfect for families with kids who want to experience the Dubai desert without going on many different tours. Just beware of that motion sickness and maybe take a pill for that before you go.

Dubai 4x4 desert safari is fun for the whole family

8. Visit an Aquarium

There are two big aquariums in Dubai – The Lost Chambers Aquarium in Atlantis at the Palm, and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located inside the Dubai Mall.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium is located at Atlantis hotel and is often combined with a visit to the Aquaventure Water Park that’s also located at the same place. Whereas the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is located in a very busy shopping mall, close to Burj Khalifa.

You can see a part of the aquarium at the Dubai Mall without having to go inside and it’s absolutely impressive. If you choose to visit an aquarium, make sure to book your tickets in advance and go first thing in the morning as it gets very busy in the afternoon.

Kids at the Dubai Aquarium

9. Visit Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum was an unexpected surprise for us. It’s a really interesting place that gives you a good insight into Dubai’s history. You’ll also earn more about the Middle East and how a barren desert became a bustling Metropole…

Furthermore, the museum is located in the old Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787, the oldest building in Dubai. It’s rather small and compact and presented in such a way that kids will enjoy it too. It doesn’t take much time to visit (40-50 min) and there’s plenty to keep the kids interested.

We visited the Dubai Museum and Old Dubai as part of this popular tour . Alternatively, you can also get here by taxi or with a hop-on hop-off bus (take the Historical Route) and visit on your own.

Dubai Museum with kids

10. Go Shopping at Dubai Spice Souk and Gold Souk

Dubai is so much more than modern skyscrapers! We were pleasantly surprised to discover Old Dubai and its traditional markets, souks.

The colors, tastes, and the hustle and bustle of a traditional market will impress any child. Don’t forget to smell the spices! The girls will love all the bling-bling of the Gold Souk.

You can buy pretty much anything here, just don’t forget to bring cash and haggle over the asking price.

Visiting Spice Souk in Deira, Dubai with kids

11. Dress up Like a Local

Since you are at a market anyway, why not buy something typically Dubai, something local that you wouldn’t find at home!

Or do as our kids did, and try a traditional outfit, such as abaya or kandura . And yes, we had to buy these clothes as the kids absolutely loved them. With these outfits and sunglasses, they looked like rich Arabian sheiks during the school carnival…

Kids wearing local traditional outfits in Dubai

12. Go for a Ride on a Water Bus, a Water Taxi, or a Metro

When we travel with kids, we try to take as many different means of transport as we possibly can. Often, that’s an experience in itself.

Dubai also has a big choice of all kinds of transportation available. From the most modern transportation options such as Dubai Skyrail to the more traditional ones, such as a wooden boat abra .

So when visiting Dubai with kids, hop on the water bus on Dubai Marina, take a traditional abra water taxi on Dubai Creek, or explore the city on a hop-on hop-off bus for a day. Kids will love it!

Also the Dubai metro is fun for kids! It’s different from most other metros as it actually runs above the ground, so you can see the city passing by. There are elevators at every station, so the metro is easily accessible with a stroller as well. It’s a fast way to get from one side of the city to the other and it’s fun for the children.

LEARN MORE: Tourist Guide to Public Transport in Dubai

Riding a traditional wooden boat Abra on Dubai Creek

13. Take the Kids to a Toy Store

When it comes to shopping, only a few places in the world can match the variety and offer of the Dubai shopping malls.

We visited a couple of toy stores in Dubai and it was like nowhere else we’ve ever been. It felt as if we entered a fairy tale world with Santa and flying elves, Star Wars characters, helicopters and mini drones flying around, and kids racing on kick scooters… This is a true paradise for any child!

TIP: Try to agree on the spending budget (and the size of the toys) with your kids before you enter the store. Or – better – use an excuse of limited baggage space on the plane and promise to go for some really special ice cream afterwards. And in the meantime just look around and enjoy!

Kids with Star Wars masks at Dubai Mall toy store

14. Watch a Traditional Tanoura Dance Performance

If you have never seen a live Tanoura dance performance , you simply must! Tanoura is an Egyptian folk dance usually performed in Egyptian Sufi festivals by men. It’s also a popular traditional dance in Dubai.

Tanoura dancers wear long colorful skirts and perform all kinds of tricks while whirling. The traditional belly dance performances by women are also nice to see in Dubai. But if I were to choose just one of these, with kids, I would definitely go for the Tanoura dance. The lights and the colors of the traditional skirts will impress adults and children alike.

You don’t have to book a dance performance separately – it’s often part of various Dubai day trips or excursions, like this dinner cruise or this Dhow dinner cruise on Dubai Marina that we took one night (kids under 6 are free of charge).

Tanoura dance performance with a skirt lit in the dark in Dubai

15. Explore Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina was one of our favorite parts of the city. It’s a very lively place, with lots of restaurants and cafés. There were also many street performances at the Marina when we visited Dubai during the Christmas – New Year period.

But what makes it special and fun with kids is the wide and safe waterside promenades. Dubai Marina has almost 7km of flat stroller-accessible walkways! It’s is ideal for all kinds of wheels too – scooters, bikes, hoverboards, etc. A paradise for kids! There are also playgrounds for the younger ones.

TIP: Dubai Marina is also a very nice place to explore by boat. There are lots of boat tours here (take a look at this private speedboat tour !), but there’s also an earlier mentioned water bus that has several stops along the Marina. It’s really cheap and – if I recall well – young kids travel free of charge. Perfect if a long walk becomes too long for the kids. We walked one way and took the boat back afterward.

Exploring Dubai Marina with kids

16. Hit the Beach

Dubai has so many really nice beaches. And I can’t imagine any family trip to Dubai without at least a few days spent at the beach. Even non-beach people like us spent many hours playing in the sand and enjoying the sun.

Some hotels have access to the beach and/or their own private beaches. So if you are in Dubai for a family holiday, it’s best to look for a hotel on the beach. Our hotel had an excellent location for that (more about it in our DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel review) and it was so easy and convenient with kids.

If you are staying at a hotel in the city and not by the beach, you’ll be glad to know that there are many really nice public beaches in Dubai. For example, Marina Beach near The Walk where we stayed looked like a perfect place to spend a couple of hours with your family. Not only can you enjoy all the beach has to offer, but there are also several playgrounds and plenty of space to run around for the kids.

Kids playing at the beach in Dubai

17. Taste Local Food and Drinks

One of the things that surprised us in Dubai was the incredible choice of food and non-alcoholic drinks. Dubai has a very international food scene and you can find food from all over the world here. Often, with a subtle Middle Eastern touch – a great mix!

Don’t dine at your hotel every evening and go out for dinner! It would be a real shame to go to a boring hotel buffet every night when there is such a great variety of really good restaurants in Dubai. Furthermore, dining at the hotel costs much more.

Our kids loved the Arabic bread and fresh fruit smoothies that all the restaurants served. My husband couldn’t get enough of local lamb dishes, and I loved the oriental spices that made every dish even more special…

Fruit smoothies at a restaurant in Dubai

18. Get Turkish Ice Cream

We had some excellent ice cream in Dubai. There are specialized places that really perfectioned the art of ice cream making. But our kids’ favorite was Turkish ice cream at The Walk in Dubai.

It’s not just any ice cream at a cafe, but the Turkish ice cream from a real Turk on The Walk. Not only do you get some delicious ice cream (eventually), but it comes with a whole show that the kids will absolutely love.

I won’t say much more about it, but if you like a good laugh and delicious ice cream, then definitely look out for it if visiting The Walk!

Family at Turkish ice cream stand on The Walk in Dubai

19. Go Ice Skating or Skiing in Summer

If you want to experience winter in the desert, Dubai has that too! You can find an indoor ski area and an ice skating rink at the Mall of Emirates.

You don’t even need to bring any ski clothing or equipment – everything can be rented. We didn’t try this because, for us, Dubai was a sunny destination that we visited in order to escape winter. And we have plenty of time for winter activities at home in Europe.

But if you or your kids want to experience winter in the summer, then it might be something for you! Check out various ticket options here .

Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates

20. Meet Dolphins

One of the things that many of our friends who visited Dubai with children seemed to love the most was interacting with dolphins at Atlantis.

We skipped it for various reasons. But if your kids want to interact with dolphins and time and money are not an issue, then you may want to try it.

Atlantis at The Palm is the place to be for this and many other activities (waterpark, aquarium). And, like with everything else in Dubai, it’s much cheaper if booked in advance .

Where to Stay in Dubai with Kids

When visiting Dubai with your family, I highly recommend staying at or very close to the beach. A pool is also a must!

Our experience: We stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel in the area called Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and it was perfect with kids! Our hotel was at the beach, had several pools, and very affordable family suites with great sea views. You can check rates and find more information for this hotel here .

What we also loved about staying here is that there is a nice waterfront promenade at JBR (aka The Walk ) and so many nice restaurants just nearby. It’s a great place to go for a walk in the evening! In addition, JBR is close to Dubai Marina and it’s also quite easy to reach this part of the city by metro as well. When we go back to Dubai, I wouldn’t even consider staying anywhere else.

If you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation in Dubai with kids and can fit the whole family in a room of 4 people, Atlantis The Palm is also a very good option to consider because hotel guests can use the waterpark for free . So if you are planning to spend lots of time by the pool and can find a reasonable rate for a family room here, it might be worth it.

TIP: Using the map below, you can compare hotels and short-term rental accommodations in the JBR area . Simply insert your travel dates and group size, and you’ll find what’s available for your family stay. You can also zoom in and out to see more accommodations nearby. Check it out!

So, this is our guide to some of the fun things to do in Dubai with kids. There are many family activities in Dubai (and many more opening every year)… But if you are visiting for the first time and want to experience different aspects of this fascinating city, then I think that this list offers a very good mix of things to see and do.

If you are looking for more ideas for things to do in Dubai, make sure to check our guide to the best free and cheap things to do in Dubai . There are also so many great tours – take a look via the link below!

Read on for our recommendations on where to stay in Dubai with children!

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Monday 27th of November 2023

great review, some really useful points!

Glad to help, Liz. Enjoy Dubai!

Sunday 5th of November 2023

Hi Jurga, Thank you for the tips. Do you have any recommendation for the desert safari suitable for kids? We are also travelling with a 5 and a 7 year old girls. We checked the safari which covers a lot of things like camel ride, jeep tour, falcon show but it is pretty expensive.

Hi Moulshree, there are desert tours that - at this moment - offer prices starting at around 30 euros per person. You can add additional options like dinner or a private driver which makes it more expensive. But regular tours like this one are really good value and they include dune bashing, sandboarding, and camel rides. You can read the description for what exactly is included and see all the options when you choose the number of people and travel dates, and you can then book the option that suits your family best. We did a tour like that and our kids loved it. But that jeep ride (dune bashing) can be quite rough if you are prone to car sickness. Otherwise, you can also opt for a 'quieter' experience like this that includes a camel ride and a visit to a Beduin camp where you can take pictures with falcons, etc. It's quite a lot more expensive than the cheapest desert tours, but it includes a long camel ride (the others are usually just a few minutes) and BBQ dinner. So all in all, a very good value for what you get too. Hope this helps. Have a great trip!

Sunday 23rd of April 2023

Hi Jurga, just wanted to say thanks for all your articles about Dubai. You answered all my questions and gave a lot of ideas for places to see. We are visiting next week, so excited.

Monday 24th of April 2023

Glad to help, Miley. Have a great trip!

Friday 28th of January 2022

so informative, and very well written, you have helped us so much! we will be definitely doing most if not all the recommendations you have highlighted.

Saturday 29th of January 2022

Glad to hear that you found it useful, Vanessa. Planning what to see and do in Dubai can be really overwhelming, with all kinds of new attractions opening up all the time. So don't even try to 'see it all'. Just pick the few places that interest you the most and you'll have a much better holiday than if you would try to cover as much as possible. Have a great family vacation in Dubai!

Friday 14th of December 2018

Hey Jurga thanks for sharing the fun filled activities for all family members. It's hard sometimes to manage the budget when it comes to enjoying the activities with kids as everyone have there own choices, but you mentioned some very common interest thing which I believe my kids will definitely love to experience :)

Yes, it's always a struggle to manage everyone's interest and the budget, Sarah. Glad you found this useful. Enjoy your trip!

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This post is part of our series Discover the UAE

See our summary here for some quick ideas, or use the jump links for a detailed guide to family things to do in each Emirate .

Al Ain Camel Market | Al Ain Zoo | Al Bateen Beach | Al Dhafra Festival | Al Hudayriyat Island | Bounce Marina Mall | Circuit X | CLYMB | Corniche | Dalma Island | Desert Safari | Eastern Mangroves | Emirates National Auto Museum | Emirates Palace | Emirates Park Zoo | Falcon Hospital | Ferrari World | Green Mubazzarah | Heritage Village | Hili City | Jebel Hafeet | Jubail Mangroves | Louvre Museum | Manarat al Saadiyat | Observation Deck at 300 | Qasr al Hosn | Qasr al Sarab | Qasr al Watan | Ripe Market | Saadiyat Beach | Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque | Sir Baniyas Island | Umm al Emarat Park | Wadi Adventure | WB World Abu Dhabi| Yas Bay | Yas Beach | Yas Gateway Parks | Yas Mall | Yas Marina Circuit | Yas Waterworld | Zaya Narui

Ajman Museum | Al Neseem Nature Reserve | Al Zorah Nature Reserve | Corniche | Dhow Building Yard | Fish Market

Al Mamzar Beach Park | Al Qudra Lake | Aquadventure | Atlantis the Palm | Aventura | Bastakiya | Bollywood Parks | Bur Dubai | Burj al Arab | Burj Khalifa | Butterfly Garden | Camel Racing | Dolphin Bay | Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo | Dubai Creek | Dubai Creek Park | Dubai Garden Glow | Dubai Ice Rink | Dubai Mall | Dubai Mall Fountain | Global Village | Gold Souk | IMG Worlds of Adventure | Jumeirah Beach | Kidzania | Kite Beach | Le Petit Palais | Legoland | Lego Water Park | Little Explorers | Lost Chambers | Madinat Jumeirah | Mattel PlayTown | Miracle Garden | Motiongate | Safa Park | | Spice Souk | Souk Madinat Jumeirah | The Beach | The Green Planet | The Frame | The Walk | Wild Flight | Wild paint House | Wild Wadi | Zabeel Park

Al Aqah | Al Hayl Fort | Dibba al-Fujairah | Fujairah Fort | Fujairah Heritage Museum | Hajar Mountains | Madha (Oman) & Nahwa | Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Ras al Khaimah

Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure | Awafi Desert  | Al Saqr Park | Bassata Desert Village | Dahyah Fort | Jazirat al Hamra | Jebel al Jais | Banyan Tree Al Wadi | Marjan Island  | Seawings Plane | Suwaidi Pearls

Al Hefaiya Mountain Conservation Center | Al Hamra Village | Al Hisn Fort | Al Majaz Waterfront |Al Montazah Park | Al Naboodah | Khor Fakkan | Khor Kalba | Old Market | Sharjah Desert Park | Sharjah Maritime Museum & Aquarium | Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization | Sharjah National Park | Wasit Wetland Nature Reserve

Umm Al Quwain

Dreamland Water Park

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Things to do in Abu Dhabi with kids

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and by far the largest of the seven Emirates (“states”) that make up the UAE.  A real mix of peaceful grace, stunning architecture, modern Islamic culture and the most family-friendly of them all (we are a little biased, we live here !).

Pro Tip: Abu Dhabi is a beautiful city filled with lots of kid-friendly tourist attractions. Visiting many places by self-drive car might be a bit difficult task, especially if you are with a big family and unfamiliar with Abu Dhabi. If you are planning to visit Abu Dhabi for a family day trip and want to minimise the stress, we recommend you book a private Abu Dhabi tour and let your tour driver take you to a selection of the below-mentioned kid-friendly attractions with ease.

Major City Attractions in Abu Dhabi

Around the city, the most popular attraction without a doubt is the absolutely unmissable and spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque  – come covered or hire an abaya/kandura there for free and be prepared for the breathtaking architecture and design. Joining a free mosque tour is a great idea to learn more.

A favourite pastime for locals and visitors alike is strolling along the beautiful Corniche – the city beachfront. The best part is it’s free, with only a very small fee payable if you want to use the private family beach area. Hiring bikes or buggies and pedalling your way along the Corniche is another great way to see the city.

Abu Dhabi's Corniche

Those wanting to learn more about the history of the Emirates and Bedouin culture may want to visit the Heritage Village, located near Marina Mall. There are small workshops here displaying traditional handcrafts, Bedouin housing and sometimes a Falcon (though disappointingly, not all displays are open all the time).

In a much newer addition to the city – but surrounding the city’s oldest building – you will find a new cultural hub of Qasr al Hosn . It is also home to a new Abu Dhabi Children’s Library , part of the Cultural Foundation.

Where to stay in Abu Dhabi

Observation Deck at 300 , situated on level 74 of Conrad Hotel, Etihad Towers, is one of our favourite visitor stopping points. Amazingly good views over the city, particularly overlooking the new presidential palace complex and  Emirates Palace . Tickets are a little pricey to get in at 95dhs (55dhs redeemable on F&B, kids under four are free), or try afternoon for 250dhs per person.

Speaking of which – if it’s a fancy afternoon tea you want, or a chance to check out the gold vending machines, head on down to Emirates Palace itself (go in even just for a nosy and take some photos for free – note you need to be well dressed to do this).  At Christmas , they have the most spectacular Christmas tree display – as do many of the large luxury hotels.

And as of 2019, the new Presidential Palace – Qasr al Watan – is now open for public visits! You can learn more here on Family Travel in the Middle East.


Beaches, nature and greenery

Umm Al Emarat Park  (Formerly Mushrif Central Park) is a wide expanse in the centre of Abu Dhabi. Year-round features include play parks, a children’s wadi (stream), a petting zoo, a botanical garden and the great lawn. Over the cooler winter months, the weekend market is a fabulous added feature on a Saturday afternoon/evening with not just fresh food but family entertainment, artists and a huge variety of stalls.

Winter 2020-21 sees a new instalment with BOUNCE trampolines available outdoors and Cinema in the Park Friday to Sunday evenings.

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Beyond just the Corniche, there are many other beaches to soak in the rays; public beaches can be found on Saadiyat Island (with some paid beach chair facilities provided at Soul Beach and Kai Beach along Saadiyat Beach )  Yas Island Beach ,   and a popular family option in the city is Al Bateen Beach on the east side of the main Abu Dhabi island – there’s also a women and children’s only section here.

  • Check out this guide if you’re looking for paid beach clubs with facilities.

You can also now pop across the “bridge to nowhere” that finally heads somewhere and check out Al Hudayri y at Island for its unspoilt beaches and cycle track amongst many outdoor recreation facilities. There is a new camping and glamping site for families, “Bab Al Nojoum”, as well as luxury beachfront villas , next to a fabulous new high ropes course and BMX track at Circuit X .

Make some time to stop by the Marsana Beach area of Hudayriyat for a wide selection of beach front dining venues and even a splash park and playground for the littles and an inflatable aqua park.

RELATED READING: The Globetrotters Guide to Abu Dhabi’s Best Parks & Outdoor Spaces

Eastern Mangroves is a hot spot for outdoor exploration. There are a number of water hire options available from the Eastern Mangroves Marina, from kayaks to Eco Donut boats .

Jubail Mangroves also opened to the public in 2020 (between Saadiyat Island and Yas Island), enjoy the peaceful boardwalks on foot, or join a kayak tour for an intimate look at one of the city’s greatest nature spots.

Jubail mangrove park boardwalk on Hudayriyat island fun family activity in UAE

For a complete guide to UAE Ecotourism options pop over to this guest post on Family Travel in the Middle East

Just outside abu dhabi.

The   Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital on the outskirts of the city is another popular place for visitors to get up close to these magnificent creatures.  They offer daily tours and also operate as an animal rescue and pet shelter. (The tour may not suitable for very young children who still like to grab and poke!)

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital UAE Culture

Another really family-friendly choice quite close to the capital in the suburb of Shahama is Emirates Park Zoo – it’s not huge but perfectly sized for younger children who also like to pet and feed the animals.

The Islands of Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi coastline is made up of a series of more than 200 islands! Most of these aren’t inhabited, but many have been transformed over the years for housing and luxury resorts – others left in their natural state.

Yas Island is probably the most well known. Centred around the Yas Marina Circuit , home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (held annually in November but now see’s year-round motorsports action).

There are countless ways to keep the family entertained on Yas Island – from the incredible theme parks trio to very well appointed Yas Beach , several  4 and 5-star hotels, leading restaurants and Yas Mall (including a Vox cinema complex, Fun Works, Kidzania and Air Maniax).

Also attached to Yas Mall is Ferrari World – home to the world’s fastest roller coaster and loads of active adventures for kids in their Family Zone. 

There’s a great new indoor rock climbing and skydiving centre CLYMB Abu Dhabi immediately adjacent, entry from within the Mall.  Not far away on Yas Island is our absolute favourite Abu Dhabi theme park Warner Bros World which we highly recommend with your 4+ crowd.

Don’t miss our complete guide to the best UAE theme parks by age here

It doesn’t end there, to keep you cool is Yas Waterworld , and the Yas Marina Promenade itself includes a play park and fountains that kids love.

Opened in late 2021, Yas Bay is the latest and greatest entertainment venue in the city. A couple of dozen venues line the picturesque waterfront here, attached to premier entertainment venuw Etihad Arena (check their upcoming events schedule)

A couple of slightly less well-known features are the North & South Gateway Parks – only used as car parking during the Grand Prix, the rest of the year the perfect spot to let kids free on bikes, scooters – there’s a play park and barbeque facilities here as well.

And for a unique family activity – why not walk, run or cycle the Grand Prix track ? Open to the public Monday and Wednesday for most of the year (except GP season) – completely free!!

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The other great inner-city hub to visit is Saadiyat Island.   The home of culture we have recently seen the opening of the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi to accompany Manarat al Saadiyat , and we await the future opening of the  Guggenheim Museum  and the Zayed National Museum .  

A giant work in progress still, there are several amazing luxury hotels already with uninterrupted views over the Persian Gulf – it’s hard to believe you’re so near the city.

Sir Bani Yas Island sitting a good 2.5-hour drive and a boat ride away from Abu Dhabi comes highly acclaimed. Given the distance from the city, there are three Anantara resort options to stay on-site for varying budgets and group sizes.  

On island, activity options include nature walks, mountain biking, snorkelling and scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, kayaking and horse riding to name a few options.

Dalma Island is another truly unique experience – sitting in the Persian Gulf, 42km off the UAE coast it’s accessible only by boat from Jebel Dhanna.

Zaya Nurai – a great little “Maldivian style” resort escape not far from Saadiyat Island with private transfers. It’s a bit party-party on weekends but otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable family short escape.

Lulu Island – visible from the Abu Dhabi corniche, this man-made island was built as a breakwater. It has remained unoccupied for decades but makes a great family day trip if you are able to hire a boat to get there! (No public ferry system).

Al Maya Island – Just a short shuttle boat from the city, the perfect little retret for pool access, water sports and weekend parties (no kids on a Saturday).

Outside of the capital – family activities in Abu Dhabi

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is vast -the “Empty Quarter” desert covering much of the land.  This makes taking a trip into the desert a must to truly appreciate the country.

We can recommend taking a safari with Arabian Nights Village    -options to either have a pickup/drop off service in the city or stay overnight in one of their luxury cabanas.  Whilst on the safari you will see camels – a lot of camels, camel riding, mountain biking, sandboarding, dune bashing, henna, belly dancing, oud playing – even a dip in the desert pool finished with a traditional Arabic dinner.

Arabian Nights Village - overnight accomodation

Now, not to be forgotten, is the second major city in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain. Hugging the border with Oman , it’s known to many as expats as the closest point do a “border run (renewal point for tourist visas) due to its convenient distance between Abu Dhabi City and Dubai (only about a 1.5-hour drive).  

There’s far more to Al Ain to be explored and worth giving this city a couple of days in an Emirates itinerary. There’s a great review here on what to do in Al Ain  – including visiting the camel souk , the acclaimed Al Ain Zoo  (and newly opened  African Safari ), Al Ain Oasis plus the unmissable and breathtaking trip up Jebel Hafeet – the highest point of Abu Dhabi with some spectacular views over the UAE and Omani desert.

View from Jebel Hafeet down to Green Mafazzarah

Another quirky part of Al Ain not to miss is Hili City – a theme park stuck in about 1973 but with a unique charm that has us coming back again! Plenty of rides to suit the much younger age group – be warned of strange, non-family conducive opening times though.

Thrill-seekers may also want to check out Wadi Adventure (temporarily closed) right next door to thermal springs Green Mubazzarah –   a surprise little oasis at the foot of Jebel Hafeet. Absolutely packed on weekends with picnickers and those wanting to dip their feet in the hot stream.

Want something really quirky? Why not visit the Emirates National Auto Museum . Based inside a giant pyramid on the E65 about an hour from the city it is a really fun and unique experience for kids. The world’s largest caravan? A Dodge truck with a 4 bedroom apartment?  And of course the Sheikhs collection of over 200 classic and – unusual cars!

If you are heading out of the capital and want a real taste of Bedouin life, visiting in December is a must to catch the Al Dhafra Festival – camel races, Saluki racing, falconry displays, date packing and most importantly the high stakes camel beauty contest.

The Western Region is also home to some luxury desert resorts like Liwa Resort and Qasr al Sarab – they include many of the activities that you can also access on a desert safari mentioned above, with an abundance of luxury, kids clubs – you name it, a real Arabian experience!

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Best desert resort in the UAE

RELATED READING: Abu Dhabi’s Best Indoor Family Attractions 

Best family hotels in abu dhabi.

The options are really plentiful so it’s really a question of where you want to stay. Hotels in the Yas Island area are the most convenient to both the airport and for heading North East to Dubai and & Northern Emirates, the W hotel offers large family suites, and the newly open Hilton Abu Dhabi at Yas Bay and the WB Hotel are popular family options.

Saadiyat Beach is also a popular family choice with stunning hotels along the coast like The St Regis Saadiyat Island, the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas and the Park Hyatt .

Emirates Palace is an iconic place to stay with an incredible mini ate park on site, or if your fancy superb views of the Grand Mosque at sunset, you cannot beat the Fairmont .

If heading deep into the desert, we loved Qasr al Sarab . Liwa Hotel is another luxury option (perfect if visiting Al Dhafra Festival in the Western region).  

In Al Ain, we recommend Rotana City Centre – or if you’re up for a windy drive but a spectacular location on top of Jebel Hafeet, the Mecure .

Looking at staying in Abu Dhabi a little longer or prefer to self-cater? We have a great listing here of serviced hotel accommodation .

Tourist Board: Visit Abu Dhabi

Things to do in ajman with kids.

One of the lesser-known Northern Emirates and the smallest, Ajman comes across far more laid back than its neighbouring Sharjah.  Hugging the coast along a 16km stretch of the Arabian Gulf, one of its nicknames is “the sunshine Emirate”.

Reflecting this, there aren’t nearly as many tourist attractions per se to explore, but you will be treated to elegance, class and luxury that you come to expect from the Emirates with a little more of a traditional Arabic feel.

In town, you will find the Ajman Museum , the bustling fish market and there’s also the Dhow-Building Yard to explore (See how you can tackle all these sights in a morning with Filipina Expat).  

Nature lovers might enjoy the small but important Al Zorah Nature Reserve  or simply wandering the Corniche and taking in the spectacular Arabian sunset.  Also in development currently is the Al Naseem Nature Reserve .

Most visitors come to Ajman for the luxury beach resorts and to briefly get away from the big smoke – yet still conveniently located very close to Dubai International Airport and you may find at slightly cheaper prices than their chain competitors in Dubai with a bit more rustic charm.

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Best family hotels in Ajman

Mr Globetrotter has stayed in and can recommend the beautiful beach-fronted  Kempinski Hotel Ajman – with its own ten pin bowling alley no less!  

Other luxury options along the Arabian Gulf include Fairmont Ajman and Ajman Saray .

Tourist Board: Ajman Tourism

Things to do in dubai with kids.

Wow, where do we start!  Largely thanks to aggressive marketing and route expansion by Emirates Airlines, Dubai has become one of the biggest tourism and transit hubs in the world.

My best advice, get out of the airport!  Be prepared to be awed with the stark contrast between old and new, rich and poor, city and desert. This is one city that packs a series punch when it comes to its eclectic nature and extremes – it must be experienced to be believed!

I will try to break it down by activity but remember this is just a taster list, we could write a whole book just on kid-friendly activities in Dubai.  

Check out this bumper guide to Dubai kids activities we wrote for Dubai Travel Planner

Beaches, water parks and cooling off.

Did we mention it gets hot in the UAE? Planning some water action is a must for kids – living in the UAE its a way of life! And boy does the city take advantage of being on the aqua blue waters of the Arabian Gulf.  

The Palm Jumeirah is currently the world’s largest inhabited artificial archipelago (try saying that drunk..) with a multitude of beach resorts to go with it – 20+ just on the Palm!

One of the most iconic and popular with families is Atlantis the Palm .  Not only a luxury 5-star hotel, but also home to  The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Shark Safari, Aquaventure water park, and Dolphin Bay . The best way to see the Palm if you’re not staying at one of the fancy hotels is to do a Palm Cruise  recommended by Medha at Hopping Feet – you will get some of the most spectacular views of Dubai.

Elsewhere on the mainland, Jumeirah Beach is very popular with families. A long stretch, it is in fact made up of several beaches with similar-sounding names. It’s important to make the distinction as some are currently closed for renovations and the building of the new Dubai Canal (which will connect the beach with Downtown Dubai and Dubai Creek – another mega-construction project, yes).

If you are after one of those amazing photos of “7-star” hotel Burj Al Arab  you want the one known as Sunset Beach. 

La Mer Beach is a really popular new opening, incorporating the Laguna Waterpark. 

There’s still the ever-popular, Jumeriah Beach Hotel nearby and its accompanying water park Wild Wadi . Also popular and free to enter is the Kite Beach located in Umm Sequim 1.

Further west along the coast you come to The Beach at JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) and The Walk . Surrounded by apartments, luxury hotels and restaurants this is another city within a city, a very popular family destination with play parks, splash parks, camel rides and water sports.

Another lesser-known beach & park area is al Mamzar Beach Park .  Located on the Deira side of Dubai Creek this large grassy park includes swimming pools, play parks, barbeques, water sports rentals, – even air-conditioned cabanas! Note Monday’s and Wednesday’s women & children only.

RELATED READING: The UAE’s Best Water Parks & Splash Park

Shopping, malls, soft play & indoor adventures.

Most visitors to Dubai start their adventure at Dubai Mall – and it’s hard to see why not.  Not just a mega shopping mall, one of the biggest in the world, there’s an absolute world of family entertainment attached to it.  Older kids will appreciate Play DXB VR park , whilst youngsters will enjoy the likes of Oli Oli Experiential Museum and Kidzania – a mega-sized reality play centre for the juniors.  

If that’s too manic for you though, there’s a hidden gem in Galleries Lafayette   Le Petit Palais   that may be more your pace.

Still within the mall, a family favourite for many is the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – recommended by Emily at Dubai my Sandbox .  Also skating fans will be amazed to find the Olympic-size Dubai Ice Rink sitting right there in the centre of the Mall!

Now don’t miss around Dubai Mall and Downtown, the Fountain Show , with the Burj Khalifa as a backdrop this is truly spectacular to watch – water dancing to the music and at night an extraordinary light show and fun new boating activities can be found during the day. Great Burj and fountain views can also be found from Souk al-Bahar .

Madinat Jumeirah | 100+ family things to do in the UAE

Taking a slightly different shopping pace, we really enjoy Souk Madinat Jumeirah.  Modern but made in traditional Arabic styling, it’s a mix of indoor and outdoor stores so good to visit year-round.  Also great views from here back to Burj Al Arab . Check out this review by Shea at Conversations with My Sister on all the wonderful eco-friendly projects they have here, as well as abra rides and many little extra touches kids will love.

Indoor play centres are everywhere! Given the extreme summer heats, I’d arguably say being in Dubai is the soft play centre of earth (goodness I’m almost trembling with dread at the idea) – BUT we all know when needs must  – I have honestly scoured cities before trying to find somewhere for the kids to blow off steam before a flight – so a quick list to help you!

Little Explorers in Mirdiff City Center (and new one opening in Marina Mall); Sparky’s in Al Ghurair Center.  Mattel Play Town in City Walk –   reviewed by Laura ; great if your little ones are into the likes of Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Barney.

“Only in Dubai” experiences

I’d thoroughly recommend that you book this part of your tr i p ahead of time though as its VERY pricey to buy on the day tickets. Once you have your time slot for the Burj worked out, your other travel plans can fall around this – see above you can easily spend a whole day just around the Dubai Mall and Downtown area.

(Be prepared for crowds and queuing year round but especially over school and religious holiday times) 

Dubai Miracle Garden – the world’s largest flower garden by total number of blooms is a mustn’t-miss spectacle (winter months only) , along with the neighbouring Butterfly Garden  with its 9 huge domes home to over 2,500 butterflies that will happily fly around and perch on visitors.

The Dubai Frame – sitting between “old” and “new” Dubai, a giant picture frame! 48-Floors high with spectacular views and a see-through floor.

The Dubai Frame in Zabeel Park Dubai

Camel Races at Al Marmoom race track – enjoy the fun and excitement of this traditional Arabic sport, reviewed here by Tani from Our Big Dubai Adventure.

Dubai Global Village – over 70 countries are represented in this entertainment and shopping extravaganza over 36 pavilions. It is slightly bizarre, slightly overwhelming but such an eclectic place, almost worth it for the people-watching alone.  (Top tip – get in early, opening at 4pm in the winter months the car park is enormous and late evenings especially weekends it gets manic – winter months only)

Dubai Garden Glow & Dinosaur Park – 2 parks in one see childhood favourites from another era brought to life in giant animated models that look and sound like the real thing! Then as the sun sets watch Zabeel Park come to life with glowing neon decorations in all shapes and sizes (winter months only)

Miracle Garden Dubai - Family things to do in the UAE

The Green Planet at CityWalk is one of the newer attractions to arrive in Dubai –  the city’s first bio-dome with a virtual rainforest to explore. A recent addition is the Australian Walkabout experience.

Ski Dubai -indoor skiing in the desert? Why, of course.  Ok, so there are a few of these around the world no, but there’s still a huge novelty to being able to go skiing in the desert – many families take the kids here for some practice before heading overseas for the real thing. If you’ve already experienced the real thing, maybe not such a big thrill.

Wild Paint House – Perfect for rainy days when you’re looking to get creative indoor with kids in Dubai.

Theme Parks

Relatively new to Dubai are the number of world-class theme parks.

IMG Worlds of Adventure is made up of four zones covering Cartoon Network, Marvel, IMG Boulevard and Lost World.  I’ve had mixed reports to far on what to expect from brilliant to OMG! and not enough for small children. It’s definitely more of older kids and a thrill-seekers paradise, and being indoors is a huge added bonus.

Dubai Parks and Resorts  in Jebel Ali (close to the Abu Dhabi border) houses three mega theme parks, a  Legoland Water Park and a hotel and entertainment district.  The flagship theme park for little kids is Legoland Dubai – including the world’s first indoor Mini World.  

Not to be upstaged you will also find a Bollywood Park and Motiongate (think your favourite Dreamworks characters). Still to come apparently is a Six Flags adventure park – watch this space! (7 years later, it never came!)

Not sure which is best? We wrote this detailed theme park comparison article  to help you decide.


Culture, History, Parks & Desert

A moan I often hear when people talk of Dubai and the Emirates is “it’s all manufactured” “there’s no real culture” “it’s just a load of high rises and concrete”. Let’s see if we can change your perception once and for all.  

We wrote this detailed piece about traditional cultural experiences you can find in Dubai  to hopefully dispel some of these myths and misconceptions.

For a bit more history and a feel of how things were in Dubai only decades ago, we thoroughly recommend a trip to “old town Dubai” – Bur Dubai .  Taking you from the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, across Dubai Creek in an open-air water taxi “abra”, then into Deira for the gold souk and spice souk. 

Don’t miss off a new part of town Al Seef , seamlessly blending old with new and home to the Dubai Museum of Illusions . It’s also well worth taking a walk around Bastakiya – also known as the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood .

Located on the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek this is one of the most historic parts of Dubai. Dating back to the 1890s the area original built by Persian merchants is now subject to a conservation and restoration order preventing any further demolition for new buildings.  

The area is pedestrianised and filled with art, traditional perfumes, spice shops and teas, don’t miss the Coffee Museum.

Another great new find in the area thanks to Paula from And Then There Were Two is Wild Flight – a falcon and birds of prey sanctuary housed in the Juthoor Arts Center.

Dubai Creek Park and bird show comes recommended by Tarana from Sand in My Toes as a good inner-city retreat  – one of the older parks it’s still full of family entertainment, playparks, train rides and cable cars Tarana also recommends a trip to Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary to see flamingos and other wildlife, hard to believe it’s so close to the city but a wonderful little escape.

Mushrif Park, sitting on the city’s outskirts is a hugely overlooked nature reserve.  The opening of Aventura Parks   – a high ropes course and ziplining park has hugely breathed life back into this natural beauty spot south of Mirdfiff City Centre.

And finally, another slightly out of town and not well-publicised nature gem is  Al Qudra lakes    – described her beautifully by Abbey from Son and the Moon. 2018 saw the addition of Love Lake to Al Qudra, a lovers insta-paradise and a lot of fun for families too.

Love Lake Dubai

Best family hotels in Dubai

These are almost endless and cover all budgets in Dubai. Some of the more iconic hotels (though not necessarily cheap!) are Atlantis the Palm , or the Palace Downtown overlooking the Burj Khalifa.  

A value-for-money pick for larger families is the  Novotel Suites at Mall of the Emirates, and any of the Rove Hotels can make a great choice.

If you want to head out of the city for a luxury desert experience overnight, there’s Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve , and Bab Al Shams Desert Resort come recommended by readers.

As a general search option for hotels we recommend using the incredibly powerful – it will compare multiple hotel prices for you in one click – including the hotel direct! 

For something really different, though still technically in Dubai, enjoy spectacular mountain views with larger family suites at JA Hatta Fort Hotel with several pools, mini-golf, even archery on offer as well as spacious family rooms – could this really be part of Dubai??!

Tourism Board: Visit Dubai

Things to do in fujairah with kids.

Based over the Hajar Mountains (yes the UAE has mountains!) and taking you all the way to the Gulf of Oman , it will be hard to believe you left the bustling city of Dubai less than 2 hours behind.

The rugged mountain scenery really sits in stark contrast to the cities and the change in landscape quite spectacular – the drive alone is an experience. We recommend any visitor to the UAE with enough time to incorporate a trip out to Fujairah for a little taster of what life once was in the UAE (before yes, of course, settling into your luxury chain hotel at the beach).

There are a couple of ways from the big cities to cross into Fujairah – either from the North taking the E87 if you are heading to Dibba Al Fujairah (the city of Dibba crosses over to Oman), or coming south there is the E84, the fairly new Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Freeway takes you directly to   City Centre Fujairah – though note many of the popular beach resorts sit somewhere between the two!

Like much of the Emirates, yes the resorts are a real pull card for families, but a trip east will also reward you with a number of interesting historic sites to explore.

Clara from My Yellow Bells recommends an itinerary should include a visit to Fujairah Fort and the  Fujairah Heritage Museum  (closed Saturdays) .   There’s also a smaller, but none the less still quite grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque .  

Abigail from Cuddles & Crumbs also recommends Al Hayl Fort    (also known as Sheikh Abdullah Palace) as a good place to explore with the kids.

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Pack your passports! Did you know the Emirate of Fujairah contains on enclave of Oman, Madha ? And inside Madha, there is an enclave of Sharjah called Nahwa. No formal border crossings are in place – but an interesting tale to tell – more here for those who love their Middle East geography & history on why there are so many enclaves and unusual borders in and around the Gulf!

A note if you are heading to the north, the city of Dibba actually spreads across two countries – you will find Dibba Al-Baya in Musandam, Oman, whilst  Dibba Al-Fujairah and Dibba Al-Hisn (Sharjah) are in the UAE.

Jokes aside you will need a passport to explore the Omani side of Dibba! The area has a lot of archaeological significance and a  popular spot in the cooler months for those who enjoy camping, wadi adventures and pristine beaches, boat excursions and deep-sea fishing.

Many companies run package excursions from Dubai if you are only after a highlights tour. You can learn more about Fujairah with kids here.

Best family hotels in Fujairah

The most popular accommodation choice we hear time and time again along the Gulf of Oman is Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort .  We’ve also heard neighbour  Miramar Al Aqah caters well to larger families too and we have this review of Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa .

If staying in the Dibba we found Radisson Blu  to be good value with large rooms, a kids club and babysitting. Staying near Fujairah City? Clara from My Yellow Bells recommends Nour Arjaan by Rotana 

Tourist Board: Fujairah Tourism

Things to do in ras al khaimah with kids.

This could just be the hidden family travel gem you’ve been looking for? “RAK” is the most northern of the Northern Emirates, before you get to the Omani peninsula.  So what’s on offer?  

The beaches , for sure – I won’t stop going on about the amazing blue water in this country! But with its amazing landscape and rugged mountains, it’s also a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly over the cooler winter months.

Arguably one of the most liberal of the Emirates, the jewel in the crown of Ras al Khaimah is Marjan Island . Maybe not as famous as the Palms or the World in Dubai, this megalithic earthwork is home to several luxury hotel chains and set to be “the destination” for the rich and famous – or even ordinary folk like you and me!

RAK is rapidly being discovered by the international travel market as a less frenetic version of Dubai (but get in quick people before the word gets out to everyone!). And that sunset from Marjan Island! No trick photography here, the sky really lights up orange.

Did you know this is where you’ll find the UAE’s highest peak?   At 6,266 feet it is a long and windy drive up Jebel al Jais , but several rest and viewing points along the way make it a rewarding experience for those who are prepared for the hour or so drive (I’d say pack the motion sickness tablets if the kiddies are prone to this though!).

So what outdoor activities are on offer?   Those into 4×4 driving and dune bashing will enjoy the Awafi Desert . If you head to the mountains, you will see rock climbing, abseiling, trekking, kayaking and many other activities on offer with Challenging Adventures   (yes they cater specifically for families).

Mountain bikers may want to get in touch with  Showka Bicycles to learn how to ride through the Hajar Mountain wadis, or horse riders get in touch with   Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre .

For more sedate outdoor enjoyment, you can try a desert safari to Bassata Desert Village – evening packages available to book through your hotels (as well as overnight stays but I have no feedback yet on whether these are family suitable).

Heading to  Ritz Al Wadi you can catch a falconry show, as well as home to one of the most exclusive resorts and spas. If you simply want to explore around town, then new development Al Hamra Village may be where you want to start before strolling the Corniche (yes every city has one!) or seeking some greenery in Al Saqr Park .

Out of town, the mountainside Dahyah Fort is one of the most famous landmarks – dating back to the 16th century.  After some more history? Go and explore the abandoned town of  Jazirat Al Hamra –  a glimpse of what to expect with Filipina Expat.

If you’re feeling brave maybe taking a Seawings plane over the mountains, or at many of the hotels enjoy their water sports programs including jet skiing, fishing,  scuba diving, parasailing, and of course other favourite past times like golf you are well catered for with two world-class courses.

A fabulous new addition to Ras al Khaimah can be found in the tiny fishing village of Al Rams where you will find Suwaidi Pearls. Take a tour of the Mangroves and see a real-life pearl diving example where owner Abudhulla has brought this age-old Emirati tradition back to life.

Check out this complete guide to family things to do in Ras al Khaimah here.

Best family hotels in ras al khaimah.

This list actually becomes hard as it’s an area they excel in so well and clearly the target market for many of the resorts. You can’t go wrong with anywhere on Marjan Island .

We personally recommend Hilton Doubletree Marjan Island  as one of the most family-friendly resorts we’ve stayed in the UAE, or the stunning hillside Cove Rotana Resort .

The Cove Rotana Resort Review by Our Globetrotters - Family Travel & Expat Blog

Other popular options include Waldorf Astoria , Marjan Island Resort & Spa  and the all-inclusive  Rixos Bab al Bahr also come highly commended for families with spacious family suites and amenities such as kids clubs and vast swimming pools available.

If you are staying on the mainland, Tasneem from Thoughts Over Chai recommends Hilton Al Hamra .  If desert luxury is what you’re after look no further than The Ritz Carlton Al Wadi   to tick all your boxes.

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Tourist Board: Ras al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Things to do in sharjah with kids.

Nestled closely along Dubai’s eastern border, the two cities, in fact, merge into one another.  Like the other major Emirates though, there is a lot more to Sharjah beyond the high rise and city.

As well as being famous for its culture and museums, its nature reserve and conservation efforts are also a drawcard for families. Sharjah was crowned Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 1998 and Islamic Capital of Culture in 2014.

Amruta from Sustainability Tribe previously wrote for Our Globetrotters on her favourite family activities in Sharjah including the Wasit Wetland Nature Reserve and the Al Hefaiya Mountain Conservation Center.Khor Kalba, the largest mangrove in the UAE is also one of her recommended favourites.  Here’s a full listing of nature reserves in Sharjah .

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Arguably one of the best places in the Emirates though to learn about desert life is Sharjah Desert Park – technical four attractions here in one hit; the Sharjah Natural History Museum, Sharjah Botanical Museum, Arabia’s Wildlife Centre and the Children’s Farm. You can read a review on a day outing here by Ginger & Scotch. 

In the heart of Sharjah, there are many historic and cultural sites to visit, all within relative distance to each other.  Popular places to visit include Al Hisn Fort , BaitAl Naboodah, the Old Market, Sharjah Maritime Museum  and Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization to name but a few!

If you’re planning a busy schedule, here’s a listing of all  Sharjah Museums   and what to expect at each.

Sharjah is not without its beaches and parks that hold it in good stead with the bigger Emirates including Al Montazah Park – their flagship family entertainment destination,   Sharjah National Park , the Al Majaz Waterfront with spectacular water features and al-Khan Beach being the most popular for visitors.

And not to be forgotten,  Khor Fakkan – which is actually on the east coast of the Emirates and surrounded by the emirate of Fujairah! Its white sandy beaches and coral reefs attract divers, though it has just one beach resort,  Oceanic Khorfakkan .

You can check out a complete guide of things to do in Sharjah with kids on our Middle East website here

Best family hotels in sharjah.

Plentiful options exist, some that have come recommended to us for families include Coral Beach Resort , Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort   and Hilton Sharjah .

Please note unlike the other Emirates, Sharjah is completely dry, hotels cannot serve alcohol, nor should you be driving through Sharjah with alcohol.

Tourist Board: Visit Sharjah

Things to do in umm al quwain with kids.

Oh, Umm Al Quwain. You are just so… different! In stark contrast to its flashier neighbours on either side, in many respects, UAQ comes across as an emirate the decades left behind.  

One of the smallest and perhaps forgotten of the Emirates, could it possibly have anything to offer families? Its big plus and I think most famous exploit from an expats point of view is the booze shop.  Yes, Barracuda – an institution for many years as THE place to go and stock up on your duty-free grog – if you were willing to risk driving through the dry Emirate of Sharjah with your stash.

Has much changed? Well, there are far more alcohol shops in the other Emirates now for westerners who like to indulge.  Those who want to stay around the Barracuda area though and make a weekend on a booze trip CAN. Here’s our review of our very unique weekend experiencing  including Barracuda, Dreamland Waterpark (actually the largest water park in the UAE) and the, ah, very different  Barracuda Beach Resort (you really have to see this one to believe it. .. ).

Of course throw in a few camels wandering on the side of the road and this pretty much sums up our one and only Umm Al Quwain experience.

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You can read more on what to do in Umm Al Quwain with kids here

Best family hotels in umm al quwain.

If you’re up for a bit of fun, do try the “glamping” at Dreamland Water Park – and I do genuinely mean this, it’s a great low-key way to finish a day of splashing fun is to roll straight into your own cabana with a camp fire set up for you.  

If you’re game, do try the two-star Barracuda Beach Resort next door, which on the plus side offers large two-bedroom apartments and barbequing facilities, you could quite easily fit a larger group (I’d say 6-8) which value for money in the UAE you won’t beat!

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Learning more about the uae.

Well done for reading this far (I warned you it was a bumper post!)

If you haven’t already checked it out, pop over to our 15 Facts to Know Before Visiting the UAE post – some super helpful stuff here to help learn about the country, cultural respect and keeping kids happy.

Looking to live in the UAE? We have put this guide together for families coming to Abu Dhabi on a more permanent basis and how you can connect to the resources families need.

15 important gfacts to know before visiting the UAE

Do bookmark this page and check back before you travel to the UAE and see if we have any more great activities to add – and email us [email protected] if you have suggestions to add.

A note on UAE accommodation

Due to the extreme heat of the hot summer months, many of the luxury hotels offer HUGE discounts for booking between June to September – we suggest some that cater well to the summer heat here .

If you think you can handle the heat its the best way to make a saving on a UAE vacation with kids – but please bear in mind tips for keeping kids cool in the heat . 

Like many destinations, it can be hard to book for a family of 5+. Hotel rooms are generally quite generous in size so I recommend finding accommodation that can fit 4 with existing bedding then adding a cot/sharing/use the sofa for additional children – read more on this issue in our interview with the National .

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19 thoughts on “ 100+ Family Things to do in the United Arab Emirates ”

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This UAE Family guide seems to cover everything! From theme parks to cultural experiences, it gives families a well-rounded itinerary for their UAE adventure.”

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very cool blog thanks for sharing

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Dubai, was always in my travel list, now this time I am planning to visit in Jan – Feb during Dubai Shopping Festivals with my Kids… Before that hope this pandemic will get over.

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Thanks a great list for traveling thanks for sharing with us

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i think the view of sunrise dubai is a great thing to do while you are with your family to travling in Dubai Tour. by the way thanks for the effort you show for traveling

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A huge ideas I learn from you, Thanks

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Oh yes Dubai is wonderful city I loved it too, Hey I am having a tour company and we also provide guides in India So contact me whenever you need.

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Wow – what a list Keri! This is an incredible resource for anyone thinking about visiting the UAE with their kids. I’m really tempted to visit the UAE after reading your list. #mondayescapes

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I hope you can Jo its really family friendly, more so than people, and far more activities on offer than people think too – its a shame how many visitors get to Dubai Mall and that’s it

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What a complete post! After reading it, I am more excited about visiting Abu Dhabi than Dubai. I have visited the Guggenheim in New York and Bilbao. Now, I have to go to the one in Abu Dhabi.

Can’t think of a better excuse to come back! It will be something really new and exciting for the region adding another cultural element which is great

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We loved Dubai when we visited this year, I think I will need to go back to digest it as our stay was just crazy but wonderful, I want to spends a little time chilling there. I think next time we go I would love to stay in the place of Atlantis, our hotel was fab but I want a little luxury and pampering next time x

Let me know if you need more relaxing break ideas. There’s a load of choices between desert and ocean where the kids can be kept happy too with activities while you relax. If you’ve done the Dubai highlights already, why not look into Ras Al Khaimah next time?

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Great list – we have explored dubai lots but hoping to do more uae next year – #mondayescapes

Yes definitely get out beyond the big city and see more of the Emirates, there’s a real contrast when you head out the Northern Emirates and over the mountains, but still most locations have the mod cons and luxury hotels too!!

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Wow what a list. I think we may be off to Abu Dhabi very soon and this will really help with things to do…so thank you!! 🙂

So glad we could help your planning! Bookmark the page and if you have more questions to ask later about what might be appropriate (and what’s actually open now!) then let me know, always happy to help

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Keri this is an incredible, spectacular even, amount of information and insights. Congratulations on such an achievement. I honestly believe you could turn this into a guide book, or ebook even. I feel so honoured to have one of my stories included within this incredible wealth of knowledge. Saving to Pinterest right now so I can refer back to it before we set out on any explorative adventures in the future. Many many families are going to be super grateful for you and your hard work (composing this) for many years to come…X

Thanks so much for your kind words Shea. Years of conversations with other families, as well as out own research went into this – so many things out there too, especially beyond the big cities. I hope it will encourage people to get out and explore more!!!

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  • 23 Best Places To Visit In Dubai With Family in 2024 For A Holiday Like None Other!

23 Mar 2023

Dubai is an excellent choice for a family holiday. It is one world-class city that delivers stellar hospitality, amazing adventures, and a shopping experience like none other. Offering a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, there are a lot of interesting places to visit in Dubai with family . Ranging from natural to man-made, there are marvels in this city that no family should ever miss on their holiday and to help you find those marvels, we bring you the top 17 Dubai places to visit with family. Make sure you visit all these places with your family to live some of the best days of your life with your loved ones while on a Dubai city tour.

23 Best Places To Visit In Dubai With Family

Dubai is one of those holiday destinations that offer entertaining plans for the entire family. There are beaches for you to chill with them, water parks, aquariums, museums and a lot of other places that equally excite the kids, youngsters, adults, and even senior citizens. Head to these top tourist places in Dubai on your family vacay:

  • Legoland Dubai – Relive Childhood Dreams
  • Legoland Water Park – Refreshing Moments
  • Motiongate Dubai Theme Park – Exciting Hours
  • Bollywood Park Dubai – Your Favourite Stars
  • Aquaventure Waterpark – Adventure At Par
  • Ski Dubai – Best Skii Resort
  • Dubai Creek – Sneaking Old Days
  • Jumeirah Beach Park – Mesmerizing Ambiance
  • Burj Khalifa – At The Top Sky
  • The Dubai Fountain – Time To Celebrate Vacation
  • Desert Safari Dubai – Adventurous Expedition
  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – Enthralling Encounters
  • Dubai Miracle Garden – Treat For Eyes
  • Dubai Marina – Perfect Dining Experience
  • Wild Wadi Water Park – A Fun Place
  • Global Village – Explore The World
  • Kite Beach – Emerald Water Of Arabian Gulf
  • Ferrari World – Fasten Your Belts
  • IMG World Of Adventures – Best Theme Park
  • Kidzania Dubai – An Exciting Treat
  • Dubai Dolphinarium – Enjoy With Dolphins
  • Dubai Garden Glow – Explore The Beautiful Garden
  • The Green Planet By Meraas – A Treat For Wildlife Lovers

1. Legoland® Dubai

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Legoland Dubai is every child’s dream come true and we believe, a parent’s too for we have all played with Lego bricks in the past and created so many things and memories. Those toys have now come to life in the form of a fully featured amusement park that not only offers the best of lego-themed rides, shows, building experiences, restaurants, and games, but also a lot of entertainment options at Dubai Parks and Resorts. For those who want to spend a perfect day having fun with their loved ones, Legoland is one of the best places to visit in Dubai with a toddler.

  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday to Wednesday; 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday and Friday
  • Entry Fee: AED 295 or INR 5,137
  • Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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2. Legoland® Water Park

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Specifically designed for kids aged 2-12, this water park at Dubai Parks and Resorts offers pure excitement in the form of water slides and rides for an epic adventure! With over 20 unique water slides and LEGO® themed attractions, LEGOLAND® Water Park is one of its kind in the entire city. Whether you choose to get drenched at the Joker Soaker, try building your very own LEGO® raft to float over the lazy river, undertake a joyous splash safari, or simply slip, dip, and slide your way down on any of their endless attractions, you’re sure to end up having a lot of fun! You child is bound to leave with a huge smile on his face after a day at this amazing waterpark!

  • Entry Fee: AED 240 or INR 4,180

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3. Motiongate™ Dubai Theme Park

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Image Source DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate are known as the best motion picture studios in Hollywood. But what if you could experience these three in one single destination? That’s right! Motiongate™ Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts brings you the best-in-branded entertainment from Hollywood’s three biggest and most successful motion picture studios to let you witness the world of innovation and creative storytelling with your loved ones. Choose to step into the magical world of the Smurfs or join the Ghostbusters in a battle to save New York. Or you can ride a range of exciting roller coasters and take your kids to multimedia theatre shows. But before you leave, don’t forget to see the real life movie sets of New York City at Studio Central.

  • Timings: 11 AM – 8 PM (Saturday – Wednesday) 11 AM – 9 PM (Thursday – Friday)
  • Entry Fee: AED 175 or INR 3,375

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4. Bollywood Parks™ Dubai

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Image Source Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is the first ever theme park of its kind in the whole world! Set in five fascinating and well-designed zones, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts lets you walk into a range of environments and experiences inspired by the greatest Bollywood blockbusters of all times. Whether you’re dining in the streets of Mumbai with Don being chased around by policemen, or watching at Broadway-style Bollywood musical at Rajmahal Theatre, or wandering through the rural settings of Lagaan, this place will let you live your Bollywood dream to the fullest, and you’ll end up loving every bit of it!

  • Timings: 2 PM – 11 PM

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5. Aquaventure Waterpark

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One of the best water parks in Dubai, the Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai is the Middle East and Europe’s number 1 water park and has one of the best water slides in the world for an adventure like none other. Apart from the slides, the park also has various other entertaining options like Dolphin Adventure, Ultimate Aquarium Dive, and The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

  • Timings: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Entry Fee (Outside visitors): From AED 100 or INR 1741 to AED 310 or INR 5400 (depending upon adult or kid and rides included)
  • Location: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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6. Ski Dubai

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Located in the Mall of Emirates, the Ski Dubai is one of the finest places to see in Dubai with family. It is very hard to imagine a ski resort in a desert but the genius people behind it have managed. Travelers can enjoy skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding, and even play with Snow Penguins. One of the most entertaining family attractions in Dubai, this is one is a must for all.

  • Timings: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Entry Fee: From AED 160 or INR 2786 to AED 510 or INR 8833 (depending on adult or kid, rides, and other inclusions)
  • Location: Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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7. Dubai Creek

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One of the oldest and finest places to go with family, the Dubai Creek offers experiences that take you back in time. The creek and its ferries offer a unique way to explore the city and one can use water taxis here to look at various points of attraction. Dhow Cruise is one of the most famous tours here and is surely a must try for those who want to experience the grandeur of Dubai from a laid back perspective. Families can enjoy sumptuous meals and in boat entertainment as they continue with their boat ride.

Location: Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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8. Jumeirah Beach Park

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Spanning 12 hectares, the Jumeirah Beach Park is one of the finest Dubai family outing places. This hybrid park is a fine blend of sand and grassland and more than ample space for picnics and get together amidst nature. Families can make full use of its various facilities like children’s play area, barbecue area, picnic tables, showers, food kiosks, volleyball area, and a lot more. To spend a truly relaxing day in Dubai with your loved one, we highly recommend this one.

  • Timings: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM (Thursday & Friday) Rest of the days (7:30 PM – 10:00 PM)
  • Entry Fee: AED 5 or INR 88 per person AED 20 or INR 350 per car
  • Location: Jumeirah Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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9. Burj Khalifa

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At The Top and At The Top Sky is one of the best places to visit in Dubai with family. The tour takes you to the 124th and 125th floor of the tallest building in the world and offers a panoramic experience of the entire city. The view from the 124th floor which has an observation deck is, for lack of words, incredible. And if by chance you have taken the more premium, “At The Top Sky” tour at Burj Khalifa, then you will skip those lines and move up straight away to the 148th floor for an even more high flying experience. No matter what you choose, there would be moments in this whole excursion that none of your family members would forget for a long time.

  • Timings: At The Top Non-Prime Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM until closing Prime Hours: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM At The Top Sky Non-Prime Hours: 8:00 PM until closing Prime Hours: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: At The Top From AED 125 or INR 2177 to AED 300 or INR 5225 (based on prime hours and immediate entry option) At The Top Sky AED 350 or INR 6096 AED 500 or INR 8709
  • Location: Burj Khalifa، Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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10. The Dubai Fountain

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The Dubai Fountain is one of the best places to visit in Dubai with parents. This is the world’s tallest performing fountain is a delight for those who witness it. At more than 900 feet in length, it’s size equals to more than two football fields. The fountain performs to a range of Arabic songs from classical to contemporary is a treat for the senses.

To further elevate their experience, travelers can also take the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride at the same time the fountain is performing. Offering a front seat to the best sound and light show in the world, we are sure you will not regret this.

  • Timings: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Location: Fashion Parking – Dubai Mall – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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11. Desert Safari Dubai

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When it comes to the best things to do in Dubai, the Desert Safari comes on top. The Dubai Desert is one of the best places to see with family and its experience is even better. Combining dune bashing, sunset camel ride, safari, and a traditional Arabian right experience, go for this one if you are a lover of all things authentic.

  • Timings: 8:30 Am – 11:30 AM (Morning) 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Evening) 4:00 PM – 9:00 AM (Overnight)
  • Entry Fee: For package prices, refer to the website below.

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12. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

 Aquarium Underwater Zoo Dubai

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Dubai for kids and families alike. This aquarium comes amongst the largest suspended aquariums in the world and one has to really witness it to feel its splendor. It is located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall and thus is a perfect option for those who want a dose of shopping and entertainment. The 10 million aquarium tank is home to thousands of aquatic animals and has more than 140 species. There are more than 300 sharks and rays and this includes the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world.

To make the most of your visit, travelers can choose to do a glass bottom ride over the tank, take a dip for a fine cage snorkeling activity, shark dive, or choose a more conventional way of exploring by walking through the 48-meter tunnel that offers a 270-degree view of the aquarium.

  • Timings: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Entry Fee: From AED 100 or INR 1741 to AED 300 or INR 5225
  • Location: Ground & Level 2, The Dubai Mall – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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13. Dubai Miracle Garden

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Dubai Miracle Garden is truly a miracle to have a flourishing garden full of thousands of flowers blooming in a desert and you have to be here to believe it. Incredibly beautiful in all its arrangements, this is one place that will mesmerize you. Every flower arrangement is unique and certainly a treat to the senses. This is one of the best places to visit in Dubai with family and we bet you won’t be disappointed.

  • Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: AED 40 or INR 696 per person
  • Location: Al Barsha South 3, Barsha, Dubailand Area – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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14. Dubai Marina

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One of the most sought after attractions, Dubai Marina is a posh waterfront neighborhood where you can enjoy a fine dining experience. It is one of the elite places to go in Dubai with family where tourists come from all around the world. Yo must enjoy dinner on the dhow cruise that stands over the water and enjoy the views of high rise buildings surrounding you.

Location: Residential district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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15. Wild Wadi Water Park

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If you are looking for fun places to go in Dubai with family , then Wild Wadi Water park is where you should come. Amusement parks are anyway fun and exhilarating rides in this park, you and your kids will have a time of their Dubai trip. Even adults can take part in water sports activities and quench their thirst for adventure. There are two great restaurants inside the park where you can enjoy dining with your family.

Location: Jumeirah Street, Next to Burj Al Arab، Jumeirah 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM Entry Ticket: INR 6500 for adults, INR 6000 for kids

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16. Global Village

Global Village

A perfect retreat for the children, the Global Village is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai with family. These extravagant 40 pavilions are set up around October to April where there are people from different countries showcasing local products. Apart from that there is a true global adventure which awaits for the kids to explore and enjoy. There are funfair rides, music concerts, magic shows and comedy shows which can be enjoyed by both adults and children.

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17. Kite Beach

Kite Beach

Dubai is not just a destination which is known for its incredible architecture, but apart from that, this place is also famous for beaches. There are many pristine beaches and apart from that there are watersports which adds an edge to the vacation. The kite beach is one of the places in Dubai which adorned by emerald waters alongside the Arabian Gulf. Apart from this, the place also offers the travelers to enjoy with kids on outdoor trampolines and freshly paved Skate Park.

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18. Ferrari World

Ferrari World

Ranking as one of the best family places to visit in Dubai, Ferrari world is the world’s largest indoor theme park which doesn’t fail to surprise the kids. There are around 17 Ferrari-rides and attractions which adorns the place. Apart from that the place also ensures that the visitors also enjoy a fine-dine experience and shopping.

Timings: 11AM-8PM Location: Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi Price: INR 4,950 per adult

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19. IMG World Of Adventures

IMG World of adventures

This place is a haven for the kids who are a big fan of Marvel and Cartoon Network characters. The IMG World of Adventures is the new theme park in Dubai which is one of the best Dubai places to visit with family .There are some of the major attractions like indulging into adventures with Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, The Hulk, Iron Man and The Avengers. Apart from that there life-size dinosaurs waiting to intensify your adrenaline rush.

Timing: 11AM-8PM Location: IMG Worlds of Adventure, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road – Dubai Price: INR 3,390 per adult

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20. Kidzania Dubai

The Dubai Mall

Kidzania is a perfect place to start the adventurous expedition with your kids while in Dubai. From learning and witnessing the Kinder chocolate factory to Flight Simulator, there are a lot of educative things to do around at this place. There are role-play activities for kids to enjoy and also themed packages which will surely enhance your skills.

Timings: 9AM-11PM Location: Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Dubai Price: INR 1398 (For Adults), INR 3449 (For Kids)

21. Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium

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One of the Dubai places to visit with family is Dubai Dolphinarium and create beautiful memories. Some of the highlights in Dubai Dolphinarium is Creek Park, the seal show and bird show. You can even swim with the dolphins by booking a ticket in advance. Enjoy the incredible performances of the dolphins where you can get an educational experience. Try Dubai cuisine and enjoy the delicacies of Dubai.

Timings: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm Entry Fee: INR 950 per adult Location: Dubai Dolphinarium, Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1, Dubai

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22. Dubai Garden Glow


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One of the attractions in Dubai for families is the beautiful Dubai Garden Glow which has different masterpieces from various artists across the globe. If you are planning for Dubai then you must incorporate Dubai Garden Glow in your itinerary. The park is segregated into three attractions like Dinosaur Park, Art Park and Ice Park. If you are a nature enthusiast then this is a must visit for you.

Timings: 4:00 pm to 12:00 am Entry Fee: INR 100 per adult Location: Dubai Garden Glow, Zabeel Area, Dubai

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23. The Green Planet By Meraas

Green Planet by Meraas

The Green Planet by Meraas has more than 3000 species of animals, birds and plants. This is the best place for kids who want to gain knowledge about tropical rainforests and their importance. You will get to see snakes, spiders and sloths here. Visit Dubai in March for an exotic experience.

Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Entry Fee: INR 1700 per person Location: City Walk, Dubai

Further Read: Desert Safari In Dubai: Top 10 Experiences And Attractions

Dubai has so many tourist attractions that you can easily plan a weeklong vacation here. And now, you also know all about the exciting places to visit in Dubai with family. So, when are you planning your next vacation to this wonderful desert oasis? And if the answer to that is soon, then we have you covered. Simply choose and plan your Dubai Family holiday with TravelTriangle and let us give you the best trip of your life!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Dubai With Family

What to remember while traveling during Covid-19?

Do keep in check the following things before planning a trip: Carry hand sanitizers, masks, tissues, and disinfectant wipes, book your trip well in advance, avoid contact with the surface, and maintain social distancing. Above all, get yourself vaccinated.

Is Dubai worth visiting for a family holiday for 4-5 days?

Dubai is one of the best family destinations in the world and surely has a lot to offer when it comes to family experiences. The above-mentioned places to visit in Dubai are the best ones and apart from these, one can also enjoy shopping and sightseeing. To visit Dubai for 4-5 days would be an ideal duration since you can fill each of your days with interesting attractions.

How to book the best family Dubai tour package?

One can find various Dubai family packages both offline and online but if the traveler really needs to customize their package as per their own needs, requirements, and budget, then they can opt for which offers personalized packages to all.

Can you drink alcohol in Dubai?

Dubai is the tourist hub of UAE and therefore drinking is much lenient for tourists and non-Muslims. You need to obtain a license to buy alcohol. The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21. Drinking in the streets and public places is an offense.

Which are the places to visit in Dubai on a 3 days trip?

Some of the places to visit in Dubai during a 3 day trip include: 1. Burj Khalifa 2. Palm Jumeirah 3. Burj Al Arab 4. The Lost Chambers Aquarium 5. Sahara Desert 6. Wild Wadi Water Park

What can families do in Dubai?

There are many activities like Sandboarding, watching dancing fountains, going on a desert safari, visiting the Dubai spice souk and gold souk.

How many days are sufficient for Dubai?

People can spend up to 3-5 days to explore the various attractions in Dubai along with enjoying a holiday like never before.

When in Dubai what should I not miss?

Whenever in Dubai make sure you visit the world-known Burj Khalifa, go on a desert Safari. Visit the Abu Dhabi city and other attractions in Dubai with your travel buddies. Do not miss the tour of Burj Khalifa, in fact add it under your first place to visit Dubai.

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THE 10 BEST Family & Kid Activities in Dubai

Things to do in dubai with kids.

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  • Good for Kids
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  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.

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1. The Dubai Fountain


2. Burj Khalifa


3. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark


4. The Dubai Mall


5. Dubai Miracle Garden


6. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo


7. Mall of the Emirates


8. Dubai Creek


9. Ski Dubai


10. The Lost Chambers Aquarium


11. The View Palm Jumeirah


12. Global Village


13. Jumeirah Mosque


14. Dubai Frame


15. LEGOLAND Dubai


16. Bur Dubai Abra Station


17. Wild Wadi Waterpark


19. Dubai Marina


20. Dubai Crocodile Park


21. Souk Madinat Jumeirah




23. Ibn Battuta Mall


24. Sea Lion Point


25. Dubai Marina Yacht Club


26. At The Top, Burj Khalifa


27. Jumeirah Public Beach


28. Al Mamzar Beach Park


29. illusion City Dubai


30. Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple


What travellers are saying

Harry M

  • Adventure52312777903 1 contribution 0 4.0 of 5 bubbles Good family activity Good attraction for kids of all ages. Packs a lot of variety in and the exhibits all give a good view of the animals. Friendly guides. Terence took us through the seascapes and he was lovely and so good with our little girl. Read more Review of: Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Written 24 April 2024 This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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THE 10 BEST Family & Kid Activities in Dubai

Things to do in dubai with kids.

  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • 3.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • Downtown Dubai
  • Good for Kids
  • Good for Big Groups
  • Good for Couples
  • Budget-friendly
  • Good for Adrenaline Seekers
  • Good for a Rainy Day
  • Honeymoon spot
  • Adventurous
  • Hidden Gems
  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.

uae places to visit with family

1. The Dubai Fountain


2. Burj Khalifa


3. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark


4. The Dubai Mall


5. Dubai Miracle Garden


6. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo


7. Mall of the Emirates


8. Dubai Creek


9. Ski Dubai


10. The Lost Chambers Aquarium


11. The View Palm Jumeirah


12. Global Village


13. Jumeirah Mosque


14. Dubai Frame


15. LEGOLAND Dubai


16. Bur Dubai Abra Station


17. Wild Wadi Waterpark


19. Dubai Marina


20. Dubai Crocodile Park


21. Souk Madinat Jumeirah




23. Ibn Battuta Mall


24. Sea Lion Point


25. Dubai Marina Yacht Club


26. At The Top, Burj Khalifa


27. Jumeirah Public Beach


28. Al Mamzar Beach Park


29. illusion City Dubai


30. Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple


What travellers are saying

Harry M

  • Adventure52312777903 1 contribution 0 4.0 of 5 bubbles Good family activity Good attraction for kids of all ages. Packs a lot of variety in and the exhibits all give a good view of the animals. Friendly guides. Terence took us through the seascapes and he was lovely and so good with our little girl. Read more Review of: Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Written April 24, 2024 This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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55 Best Family Things to Do in Dubai with Kids

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A vibrant city of old meets new, of towering skyscrapers overlooking century-old souks and desert dunes, Dubai is a place that begs to be explored. It’s a Gulf-straddling metropolis where luxury comes alive, where adventure is around every corner (we’re talkin’ ziplines, dune buggies, and theme parks galore), and where family fun is the top priority.

Dubai is a city that has it all – lavish luxury, traditional and new-wave food, a melting-pot culture, and a whole lot more. And when it comes to family fun, this UAE icon definitely delivers.

So whether you’re looking for thrills or simply want to take in the sights, here are the best family things to do in Dubai with kids . With camel rides and interactive museums, indoor activities , water slides, and rare chances to get up close with sharks and dolphins, it’s a place far more diverse than most expect.

From visiting iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa and the world’s largest mall to experiencing traditional Arabic culture at the Al Fahidi Historical District and taking a desert safari, there’s something for everyone in Dubai. And with its year-round sunny weather and kid-friendly attractions, it’s the perfect destination for a family vacation.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Dubai getaway today!

1 – Cool off at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai

The Palm isn’t only about luxury hotels and posh shopping malls, it’s also home to one of Dubai’s most popular water parks: Atlantis Aquaventure.

Sitting right next to the lavish Atlantis, The Palm hotel, this coveted theme park boasts over 105 record-breaking rides, slides, pools, and attractions with 500 meters of secluded sun-kissed beach, making it one of the largest waterparks in the Eastern Hemisphere.

With live entertainment, stomach-churning rides, and fine detail throughout the entire park, from Atlantean-themed towers to shark-filled lagoons (which you can slide through!), there’s plenty here to keep everyone entertained – whether you’re a daredevil who loves nothing more than hurtling down a death-defying waterslide or you prefer to take things at a slower pace and float around in Dubai’s longest lazy river.

Highlights include the Tower of Poseidon (with its near-vertical drop), the Leap of Faith (where you can get up close and personal with some real sharks and cownose rays as you hit speeds of 60 km/h), and Splashers Island (a play area specifically for the younger tots).

Plus, with the opportunity to swim with dolphins and mingle with sea lions at the Lost Chambers Aquarium, as well as learn to surf on the Surf’s Up wave rides, it makes for a wonderful family day out!

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2 – Head to the top of the world at the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Looking for the best places to visit in Dubai ? Piercing the clouds some 830 meters above the concrete floor below, the foreboding and majestic Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world.

An awe-inspiring feat of engineering, this skyscraper dominates the Dubai skyline and offers incredible views from its observation decks on levels 124 and 125.

You can purchase a Burj Khalifa ticket which will give you access to one (or both) of these viewing platforms (with a ride up the world’s fastest elevator too), as well as the chance to explore At The Top, an interactive exhibit about the building of this mega-structure.

On a clear day, you’ll be able to see up to 95 kilometers in every direction! But it doesn’t end there; on the 148th floor, you’ll find what’s called the SKY level, home to the highest outdoor terrace on the planet. Not for the faint-hearted!

If you’re feeling hungry or thirsty, book ahead for a table at Breakfast in the Clouds on the 152nd floor; Tea in the Clouds on the 154th floor; or grab a bite at Atmosphere, on the 122nd floor.

And, if traveling with kids in tow, for the best bang for your buck, consider a combination ticket that also includes access to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

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3 – See sharks at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, United Arab Emirates

Home to over 300 species of all shapes and sizes (including the world’s biggest collection of Sand Tiger sharks), the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

You can explore this underwater world by walking through one of the world’s largest suspended aquariums (it holds over 10 million liters of water!), or, if you’re feeling brave, by taking a glass-bottom boat ride (which departs every 10 to 20 minutes) or an unforgettable cage snorkeling experience.

You can also get up close and personal with the resident animals during a behind-the-scenes tour (like the Penguin Encounter ) or by feeding them yourself!

And, for those who want to stay dry, there’s a 48-meter-long underwater aquarium tunnel where you can learn all about these fascinating creatures without getting wet.

Tucked away in the Dubai Mall (a noteworthy attraction in its own right), the aquarium is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm and sells itself as a quintessential Dubai family attraction.

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4 – Embark on a desert safari

Dubai desert safari

While towering skyscrapers and ultra-modern architecture might be what Dubai is best known for, there’s another side to this city that’s well worth exploring – and that’s its desert landscapes.

A Dubai desert safari is a must-do activity when visiting with kids in tow; it’s the perfect way to introduce them to the Bedouin way of life and get a taste of traditional Arabic culture.

Your kids will be enthralled by the opportunity to ride a camel , try sandboarding , learn all about the age-old local falconry tradition, and watch a spectacular desert sunset, all while enjoying a delicious BBQ dinner under the stars.

Desert safaris can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days depending on which activities you chose. Keep in mind that there are age restrictions for some tours (i.e. those which involve high-speed dune buggies), but it’s usually around 3+ years old.

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5 – Feel the thrill of indoor skydiving

indoor skydiving in Dubai

Want to feel the thrill of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane? You can do just that (and more!) at iFly Dubai, the world’s largest indoor skydiving facility.

One of the perfect family things to do in Dubai on those toasty summer days where you need a little air-conditioned reprieve, iFly Dubai at the City Centre Mirdif shopping mall has two wind tunnels that simulate the freefall experience, giving you the chance to fly like a superhero – or at least feel like one! – in a safe and controlled environment.

You and the family will be kitted out with all the gear you need before taking part in a pre-flight training session, where you’ll learn how to control your body in the air. Then it’s time to take flight!

There are different packages available depending on your needs and preferences, but most include multiple flights so you can really perfect your technique as the day goes on.

While iFly is conveniently and centrally located, over at Inflight Dubai Indoor Skydiving (about 30 minutes inland by car) you’ll uncover the world’s largest and tallest wind tunnel — either way, a heart-racing freefall experience is not to be missed.

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6 – Snap colorful photos at the Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden, Dubai

Booming with vibrant color and life, the Dubai Miracle Garden is a floral spectacle like no other.

Featuring over 50 million blooming flowers arranged in awe-inspiring structures and designs (like giant hearts, castles, ducks, and an Emirates A380 plane replica), this 72,000 square meter park is an oasis of fragrant flora set against the backdrop of the desert.

An absolute must-see for any nature lover, the Dubai Miracle Garden is open from November to May each year and can get quite crowded during peak season (December to February), so be sure to arrive early if you want to avoid the crowds.

And, if you’re visiting with little ones in tow, don’t forget to check out the neighboring Butterfly Garden – home to over 15,000 free-flying butterflies!

Hot tip: Instagrammers and young families, make a beeline for the Hearts Passage (AKA the Tunnel of Love) for a memorable and heartwarming photo op.

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7 – Race around corners with a go-karting session

karting in Dubai

Craving some speed?

Then get the family revved up for a day of high-octane fun at Dubai Autodrome, the Dubai Indoor Kartdrome, eKart Zabeel, or Kart Mania Dubai, just a handful of the bounty of popular karting tracks on offer in the adrenaline-savvy city.

With both indoor and outdoor tracks available, there are plenty of options to choose from no matter what the weather is like.

And, with karts specifically designed for different age groups (usually around four years and up), even the littlest ones in your crew can get in on the action!

Just be sure to dress everyone in comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes and make sure that they don’t mind getting a little dirty, as things can get pretty dusty out on the track.

Not sure where to start? For something simple at convenient, eKart Zabeel is inside the Dubai Mall and can easily be combined with a day of walkabout. On the flip side, the Dubai KartDrome boasts an outdoor 1.2km International Circuit as well as a 620-meter-long indoor course designed by and for the pros (read: overcompetitive dads).

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8 – Soar above the desert in a hot air balloon

hot air balloon rides in Dubai

As a city of mesmerizing contrasts – none more obvious than the shining glass skyscrapers against the dusty red desert on one side and the sparkling blue Persian Gulf on the other – Dubai is one of the most spectacular places to admire from above.

And, what better way to do it than in a hot air balloon?

With several companies offering early morning flights (the best time to go for the most dramatic views), you and the fam can float serenely above the city as the sun rises, taking in sweeping vistas of Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah island, Burj Al Arab hotel, and beyond, from heights of 4,000 feet.

And while some flights do hang around the build-up areas, the majority head off the beaten path into the raw and untouched landscapes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a striking example of the sheer size and diversity of the Emirate.

Most hot air balloon experiences include a post-flight breakfast or champagne toast, making it a truly unique and memorable way to start your day. Just be sure to bundle up – it can get pretty chilly at that altitude! – and keep your camera handy.

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9 – Ride heart-racing coasters at IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai

Officially one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks, at a comparative size of 28 football fields, IMG Worlds of Adventure is a beloved amusement park like no other.

Justifiably welcoming over 20,000 every day – families, thrill-seekers, and run-of-the-mill travelers alike – the epic attraction offers four awesome adventure zones to explore: Cartoon Network, Marvel, the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure, and IMG Boulevard.

Featuring close to two-dozen rides (including roller coasters, spinning experiences, simulators, and gentle kiddie rides), a 12-screen cinema complex, and more than 20 dining outlets spread across its sprawling one and a half million square feet of space, there’s truly something for everyone here.

And that’s not even mentioning the park’s star attractions: the world’s first-ever Angry Birds World Theme Park and Dubai’s first-ever indoor Ice Rink!

And, of course, across the whimsically themed zones, keep your eyes peeled for meet and greets with some of the local residents; Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers, Finn and Jake from Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, and Ben 10, just to name a few.

While the four main zones are perfect for older kids and teenagers (and big kids at heart), the new IMG Kids Zone is tailor-made for the tiny tots, with 17,000 feet worth of inflatable playground climbing walls, slides, and more.

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10 – Go ziplining at the Dubai Marina

zipline in Dubai Marina

You’ve heard of ziplining – but you’ve never seen it like this before. Imagine rocketing down over the Dubai Marina, Superman-style, with nothing but the city’s glistening skyline, the Persian Gulf, and your own two hands to keep you steady.

That’s exactly what you’ll be doing at XLine Dubai Marina, the world’s longest urban zipline. At nearly one kilometer long, with a heart-stopping height of 170 meters above ground, this is not for the faint of heart (or those with a fear of heights).

But if you’re up for it – and we think you are! – then get ready for the experience of a lifetime. After being kitted out in all the necessary gear by the friendly staff, you’ll take a short hike up to the launch point – the top of the Amwaj Towers – where you’ll be securely harnessed in before taking flight.

As soon as you take that first step off the edge of the platform, you’re in for the ride of your life, soaring over luxury yachts and the sparkling marina.

And, when you finally reach the end (after cannoning down at an average speed of 80km/h), you can relive the entire experience once more with the action cam footage.

Looking for a change of scenery? If you prefer, ditch the built-up cityscape for a rugged desert setting with a ride down the Jais Zipline in Ras Al Khaimah. As the longest zipline in the world at 2.83km, you’ll zoom down from the top of the Jebel Jais mountain at exhilarating speeds of up to 150kph. It would take some serious courage to check this one off the list.

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11 – Tackle the world’s fastest coaster at Ferrari World

Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

While not technically located in Dubai, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is just a short drive away and well worth the visit for any car lover – or anyone who’s looking for a serious adrenaline rush.

As the world’s first Ferrari-themed park, and home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, Ferrari World is an exhilarating experience for all ages.

With over 20 rides and attractions, there’s something here for everyone. Budding racers can climb aboard a cinematic simulator and experience the feeling of driving an F1 car or take home a unique souvenir from the world’s largest Ferrari retail space.

With interactive games, heart-racing coasters, mini-coasters created just for the kids, plenty of lip-smacking Italian food, and the chance to take an in-depth tour of the Ferrari factory and see first-hand how a GT is constructed, whether you’re a speed demon or a daredevil, a car enthusiast or just looking for a fun day out, Yas Island’s Ferrari World won’t disappoint.

Now, about those killer coasters. Undeniably the main attraction, Formula Rossa is not for the faint of heart. As the world’s fastest coaster, it hits speeds of up to 240kph in less than 5 seconds, hitting 4.8Gs along the way.

If that’s not enough to get your heart racing, how about the Flying Aces? Reaching heights of 63 meters, this high-octane ride boasts the world’s tallest rollercoaster loop – and, at speeds of 120 km/h, it will have you screaming for more.

And, of course, no visit to Ferrari World would be complete without checking out some of the iconic Italian cars on display in the museum. You might not be able to take one home with you – but it’s still pretty cool to see them up close!

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12 – Hit up the 3D World Selfie Museum

Dubai 3D World

Ready to confuse and baffle your friends back home? A little bit of optical trickery meets Instagrammer’s paradise, the Selfie Museum is a one-of-a-kind attraction that’s taken over Dubai’s Al Quoz district.

With over 175 mind-bending installations spread across 9 different zones (like Jungle, Egypt, Humor, Arabic, Illusion, and more) it’s a whimsical place to snap some seriously surreal selfies.

From perspective trickery that will put you inside a crocodile’s jaws to life-sized replicas of classic paintings that you can step into, to larger-than-life angel wings, the Hall of Mirrors, and snake-charming rooms, there’s plenty here to keep you entertained – and your Instagram followers guessing!

If you’re looking for family things to do in Dubai that are a little more low-key than hair-raising theme parks, then this short and sweet Al Quoz attraction is sure to have the youngsters grinning ear to ear.

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13 – Sign up for a helicopter tour

helicopter tours in Dubai

From the ground, Dubai is majestic and powerful. Its dramatic skyline and sprawling desert landscapes are a sight to behold. But there’s nothing quite like seeing it all from above.

Experience Dubai in a way you never have before with a helicopter tour of the city. Glide past iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Al Arab, and get an aerial view of Dubai that will stay with you long after your feet are back on the ground.

There are plenty of companies offering helicopter tours in Dubai, so finding one to suit your budget and preferences should be easy. If you’re pinching pennies, the 12-minute flights provide a quick yet incredible highlight reel of the shoreline.

For a little extra, tours can last as long as 40 minutes, taking in the desert landscape, built-up metropolis, manmade islands, and more – all with a friendly local pilot who’ll happily wax fun facts about the iconic landscapes below.

Hot tip: if you plan on ticking off a handful of the main Dubai attractions, you can often save a few bucks by opting for a combination tour. By purchasing a helicopter tour alongside a dhow cruise or an IMG World’s of Adventure ticket (to name just a couple of examples), you can save yourself a decent amount of Dirham.

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14 – Experience the wonder of Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

Spectacularly lit up in all the colors of the rainbow, Dubai Garden Glow is a must-see for any visitor to the city – especially if you’re traveling with kids.

Found in Zabeel Park and open every day from 4 pm until 10 pm (and 11 pm on Saturdays), this first-in-breed park comes alive at night, with over 10 million energy-saving LED lights on display in a variety of different themes and installations.

As well as being a feast for the eyes, there’s also plenty to keep you entertained here across the diverse yet distinct areas: The Art Park, the Dinosaur Park, Magic Park (full of optical illusions and photo ops), and, of course, the main event: the mesmerizing Garden Glow.

With live music performances, food trucks and eateries aplenty, and 100 animatronic dinosaurs on display, it’s heaven on earth for any little ones who are fascinated by these prehistoric creatures.

If you’re unsure where to start, the Talking Tree, Sparkling Garden, and Taste Hotspots all come highly recommended.

Children under the age of 3 can enter for free, and there’s a dedicated area for younger children to play in too, should you want to let them run around a bit.

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15 – Burn some calories at BOUNCE


Far more tiring than it looks, yet certainly a hell of a lot of fun for kids and adults alike, BOUNCE is an indoor trampoline park that’s perfect for when the weather outside is far too hot to handle.

With over 100 interconnected trampolines, a freestyle airbag zone, dodgeball courts, slam dunk hoops, ninja warrior courses, balance beams, and plenty of other activities on offer (as well as professional trampoline instructors to show you the ropes), there’s enough here to keep you entertained for a solid hour. Just an hour? It might not sound like a lot of time, but trust us, you’ll be out of breath in no time.

There are also dedicated areas for little ones, so everyone can join in on the fun. If you need a break from all the bouncing around (we don’t blame you), there’s also a cafe serving up snacks and refreshing drinks.

And with locations in Al Ain, Al Quoz, and the Festival City Mall (Bounce X) – not to mention Flip Out and Sky Zone in other pockets of the city – you’re never too far away from some good old flippin’ fun.

16 – Confuse yourself (in the best way possible) at the Museum of Illusions

Dubai Museum of Illusions

Straddling the shores of the Dubai Creek in the old Al Fahidi Historical District, The Museum of Illusions is one of the most popular family things to do in Dubai, and it’s easy to see why.

With a bounty of different optical illusions and mind-bending experiences, this place is guaranteed to leave you baffled, bemused, and laughing all at the same time – especially when you see your eight-year-old’s head on a platter.

From holograms and holographic projections to Ames rooms, rotated rooms, upside-down rooms, and infinity mirror rooms, there’s plenty here to keep your brain ticking over. And with a dedicated area for kids too, it’s perfect for a family day out.

While undoubtedly entertaining, this underrated museum is also educational; the on-site staff are experts in perspective and perception, happy to explain the science behind different illusions or, at the very least, take a few Isnta-worthy photos for you!

So if you’re venturing along the Creek near the Dubai Old City and are looking for something a little different (and a whole lot of fun), the family-friendly Museum of Illusions should sit high on your list.

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17 – Take the kids to The Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dubai

Sandwiched between Atlantis, The Palm, and the Aquaventure Water Park, you’ll find the Lost Chambers Aquarium – themed around the mythical lost city of Atlantis, this marine wonderland is one of the most popular aquariums in Dubai and, indeed, the world.

With over 65,000 marine animals on display (including sharks, eels, piranhas, and seahorses), behind-the-scenes tours, and plenty of educational talks and feedings throughout the day, there’s enough here to keep even the most distractable tots entertained for hours on end.

But it’s not just fish that are swimming around in these chambers; you can also find rays, turtles, crocodiles, and more as you meander through this labyrinthine complex. And if you’re feeling adventurous (and have deep pockets), you can even dive with sharks or embark on the Aquatrek Extreme – a 20-minute walk across the bottom of the Ambassador Lagoon!

Brimming with sea life from across the world throughout its 20+ underwater exhibits, the Lost Chambers Aquarium is a must-visit for families in Dubai.

Hot tip: while it might cost you a few extra bucks, if traveling in peak season, a skip-the-line ticket wouldn’t go astray.

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18 – Catch a sunset from The View at the Palm

The View at The Palm, Dubai

Imagine standing 240 meters above the world-famous Palm Jumeirah, looking out one way toward the shimmering Arabian Gulf and the other toward the magnificent Dubai skyline.

Now imagine doing all of that with your kids in tow, crafting memories that will last a lifetime (and fill up the camera roll).

Welcome to The View at the Palm – one of the most popular family things to do in Dubai. With open-air glass windows on all sides, this 52nd-floor observation deck offers up some of the best panoramic views in town.

Found at the Palm Tower, part of the $12 billion Palm Jumeirah Island complex, The View at the Palm is also home to an exclusive VIP section, should you be wanting to indulge in a little luxury: on the 54th floor sits ‘The Next Level’, where sparkling drinks, Arabic sweets, and killer vistas await.

So if you’re looking for an activity that will leave everyone in awe, The View at the Palm is it. Just make sure you bring your camera!

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19 – Unleash your imagination at AYA

AYA Universe in Dubai

At the AYA exhibition, let your kids’ imaginations run wild as you enter this magical universe. Spanning 40,000 square feet and consisting of 12 unique rooms, this immersive experience combines technology and art to create an entirely new world.

Jump across rivers and discover tumbling waterfalls, journeying through a celestial wonder that will astound and entertain the whole family. With a special passport in hand, you’ll be able to trace your travels and record each space you enter.

From the Aurora to the Celestia and the Source, every room will inspire new dreams and enliven your creativity. This is an experience that embraces a child-like sense of wonder, making it perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Centrally located in the WAFI Mall, AYA will keep you amused and enthralled for at least two hours. At the end, the kids will be begging for more!

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20 – Spend a hot day at Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld, Dubai

Looking for some reprieve from that relentless Dubai heat? Yas Waterworld, located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi (about a 45-minute drive from downtown Dubai), is the perfect solution.

One of the largest water parks in the world (at 37 acres), and regularly spoken of as one of the top 10 in the world, this Emirati-themed aquatic playground features over 40 rides, slides, and attractions – including the UAE’s biggest wave pool and thrill rides like the Jebel Drop, Rush Rider, Bandit Bomber and Cinesplash (a unique and immersive ‘water cinema’ experience) that are sure to get your heart racing!

But it’s not all about high-octane thrills; with dedicated areas for both little ones (Tot’s Playground) and teens (Cannon Point and Water Wars), as well as a range of restaurants offering up international cuisine and souqs to grab sweets and souvenirs, there’s something here for everyone.

So whether you’re wanting to take on the Liwa Loop first looping waterslide or just relax in a private cabana by the pool, Yas Waterworld is guaranteed to leave you feeling cool, refreshed, and ready to take on the Dubai heat once again.

Want to avoid the crowds? If possible, visit from October to March during the week.

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21 – Let the kids loose at Children’s City

Children’s City, Dubai

Fusing learning with laughter and education with entertainment, with a name like Children’s City , it should come as no surprise that this interactive science center is often considered one of the best family things to do in Dubai with kids.

Located over in Creek Park and dedicated to the bright minds of children between two and fifteen years old, this hands-on museum is split into a range of fascinating areas that dive into themes like space (don’t miss the planetarium!), nature, the human body, Emirates heritage, technology, earth-science, the cultures of the world, animals, and art.

With a slew of interactive displays, not to mention expert-led workshops and live shows in the Al-Ajyal Theater, your little ones are sure to walk away waxing all kinds of tidbits about the world around them.

And if you find yourself getting a little peckish during your visit, stop by one of the food outlets on site before heading out to explore the beautiful greenery of Creek Park (perhaps with a little stroll across the AlGarhoud Bridge).

22 – Shred some powder at Ski Dubai (yes, seriously)

Ski Dubai

Fresh powder, in the desert? Surely it must be a mirage! But no, at Ski Dubai – the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East – you can hit the slopes whatever the weather (which, let’s face it, is pretty much always ‘desert hot’ here).

Ski Dubai spans 22,500 square meters and features a 400-meter-long run (one of the longest indoors), five slopes of varying difficulty, and a freestyle zone with jumps and rails for budding snowboarders and skiers, plus a chairlift to help you get up that hill.

But it’s not all about skiing; over in Snow Park, you’ll find an array of other activities on offer including tobogganing, building snowmen or igloos, and meeting some real live penguins (!!), or just frolicking around in the 6,000 tons of ‘snowfall’.

With a central location in the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is one of the most convenient and unexpected family things to do in Dubai with kids. And after you’re all tuckered out from carving the powder, curl up under a warm blanket with some fresh popcorn for the latest flicks at the Snow Cinema!

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23 – Meet Bugs and Batman at Warner Bros World

Warner Bros. World, Abu Dhabi

With Bugs Bunny, Batman, and all your favorite animated characters strutting the streets, Warner Bros World is an indoor amusement park that makes for a wonderful family day out in Dubai — well, in Abu Dhabi, technically.

Sitting on Yas Island, where you’ll also find Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld, the expansive Warner Bros theme park is chock-full of thrilling rides, immersive themed zones, and a whole host of fun activities for the kids.

As you’d expect from Warner Bros, all your favorite films are represented here through state-of-the-art rides, including Batman: Knight Flight, Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey (a 4D flying theatre experience), The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure, and the oh-so-dark Scooby-Doo Museum of Mysteries ride!

Full of meticulous detail around every corner, the family-favorite park is split up into six different ‘lands’ – Cartoon Junction, Gotham City, Metropolis, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, and Warner Bros Plaza – each of which is based on classic Warner Bros fandom.

While you could certainly make your own way over to Abu Dhabi, server tour operators include round-trip transportation from the main haunts of Dubai, taking all the hassle and organizing out of the trip.

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24 – Feel enchanted at the Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Found within the beautiful Dubai Miracle Garden, the Dubai Butterfly Garden is – you guessed it – a gorgeous oasis of color, life, and (of course) butterflies!

Self-proclaimed to be the largest indoor butterfly park in the world, this place is not to be missed; with over 15,000 fluttering residents from close to 50 different species from near and far, you’re bound to spot some incredible specimens as you meander through the park’s lush greenery and ten separate zones.

Wandering through the tropical gardens (which are kept at a pleasant 18-25 degrees Celsius year-round) is an absolute delight for young and old alike; aside from being surrounded by such beauty and serenity, you’ll also find interactive displays that teach about the lifecycle of butterflies and their importance in our eco-system.

And if all that nature gets you feeling a little hot under the collar, stop by one of the park’s cafes for a refreshing beverage or an ice cream before you continue on your journey.

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25 – Spend the day at Legoland!


Always up there with the most beloved family things to do in Dubai, Legoland regularly wows its younger guests with millions of blocks of Lego-tastic detail.

Located about 30 minutes drive from central Dubai. the park is home to over 40 rides and attractions, all of which are designed for playful and curious minds aged two to twelve.

As you can imagine, there’s a huge Lego influence throughout; from the Miniland area where you can see iconic landmarks made entirely out of no less than 20 million Lego bricks (including Burj Khalifa!), to the Kingdom’s Castle area complete with medieval-themed rides (don’t forget to ride the Dragon Coaster!) and the Factory Tour, where you can go behind the scenes.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also an on-site water park – perfect for cooling off on those hot Dubai days! If you prefer a casual splash as opposed to an entire water park, then the pedal boats will do just the trick.

You’ll find this popular family attraction surrounded by an array of lesser-known yet no less beloved theme parks. So, consider bunking in for a night at the Legoland Hotel before checking out MOTIONGATE™ Dubai or BollywoodParks™ Dubai the following day.

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26 – Check out the incredible Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

Sticking out like a sore thumb in Zabeel Park is the Dubai Frame – and we mean that in the best way possible.

This unique structure holds the record for the largest frame in the world, and, if you peer through it, quite literally frames iconic views of old and new Dubai, offering visitors an eye-opening perspective that’s bound to leave a lasting impression.

Once you’ve made your way up to the top (via either the lift or stairs), head over to the 150-meter-high Sky Deck for some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the cityscape. If you’re feeling brave, you can even walk across the glass floor!

For all of you history buffs, be sure to allocate some time to explore the on-site museum, a treasure trove of insights dedicated to showcasing Dubai’s transformation from a humble fishing village into the bustling metropolis it is today.

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27 – Hang with elephants at Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

A quintessential stop for voyaging animal lovers looking for a memorable day out, Dubai Safari Park is one of the best places to see some of the world’s most magnificent beasts in their natural habitat.

As you make your way around the park, keep your eyes peeled for over 3,000 animals from more than 250 different species; from lions and tigers and bears (oh my) to giraffes and elephants and a mighty reptile collection, there’s an incredible array of creatures to spot.

Aiming to be both entertaining and educational, you can also take part in several insightful activities that are designed to teach visitors about the importance of animal conservation; such as the 35-minute Safari Journey, 10-minute Arabian Desert Safari tour, live feedings where you can watch some of the animals being fed (and maybe even get a chance to feed them yourself!) or one of the many talks and shows that are held throughout the day at the kids’ farm.

And if you’re looking for something a bit more hands-on, then you can even opt for a behind-the-scenes tour, where you’ll get to see what goes into taking care of the park’s many residents.

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28 – Go ’round the world in 8 hours at the Global Village

Dubai Global Village

If you’re looking for an activity that the whole family can enjoy, then look no further than Global Village.

This iconic Dubai attraction is a melting pot of cultures, offering visitors the chance to experience the traditions and cuisines of countries from all around the world; all without leaving the city!

With over 25 uniquely decorated pavilions representing more than 90 countries and cultures, there’s plenty to see and do; from browsing traditional handicrafts and indulging in delicious international cuisine, to taking part in one of the many exhilarating rides or catching a show at the Global Village Amphitheatre (the Burn The Floor dance show is a crowd favorite).

Make sure to snap a few selfies in front of World Heritage Site replicas like the Colosseum and Eiffel Tower, and if you want to make a day of it, there’s also ample opportunity to go shopping, with quirky souvenirs dotted all throughout the various cultures.

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29 – Find your balance at Aventura Park

Aventura Park, Dubai

One for the adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts, Aventura Park is an action-packed playground immersed within lush Ghaf tree forest that’s tailor-made for those looking to let off some steam.

With over 60 different activities on offer, including zip-lining, rope challenges, rock climbing, and abseiling, the diversity of challenges is nothing short of impressive.

Whether the youngsters are looking to scratch that thrill-seeker itch with an introductory high ropes course or the seasoned daredevil parents are hunting for a real challenge in the form of the Leap of Faith or the 25-meter Tarzan jump, you’ll find it here.

For something a little more reserved, ideal for younger visitors, the nature trailers and informative nature talks are always well appreciated.

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30 – Get absolutely soaked at Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai

When the mercury is scorching and the humidity is through the roof, there’s nothing quite like cooling off with a dip in the pool – and Wild Wadi Water Park is one of the best places to take a refreshing dip in Dubai.

This world-famous waterpark is located right next door to the ‘7-star’ Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, making it one of the most Instagrammed attractions in all of Dubai.

But it’s not just about the snaps; with an impressive collection of over 30 rides, slides, and soaking wet attractions all themed around Juha, a character from Arabian folklore, there are bucketloads to keep both kids and adults entertained for hours on end.

From adrenaline-pumping slides like Tantrum Alley and the Burj Surj, to more relaxed activities such as lazy river floating and wave pools; whatever your swimming style or comfort level, you’ll find something to enjoy at Wild Wadi.

Oh, and did we mention that it’s also home to the world’s largest water slide outside of North America? That’s right – at 33 meters high and reaching heart-pounding speeds of 80 km/h, the Jumeirah Sceirah is not to be missed!

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31 – Let the kids learn a thing or two at OliOli

OliOli Dubai

A first in many aspects, including being Dubai’s inaugural experiential children’s museum, OliOli is an award-winning interactive wonderland that’s specifically designed to engage and stimulate the minds of our next and brightest generation.

With 8 dedicated galleries, each with its own unique theme, OliOli encourages kids to get stuck in and explore through hands-on activities and educational play.

From light shows and sensory experiences in the air and water galleries, to arts and crafts workshops where kids can see their actual drawings come to life, or tinkering with cars, rockets, and hovercrafts.

OliOlli has no less than 45 different exhibits to teach science, maths, engineering, technology, and art to those willing to learn (although, thanks to its detailed and hands-on displays, it won’t feel like learning at all!).

And if you’re looking for a break from all the excitement (trust us, your little ones will be exhausted after a few hours here), then take advantage of the La Petite Treehouse Cafe which offers a selection of healthy snacks and drinks.

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32 – Change scenery with a visit to The Green Planet

The Green Planet, Dubai

Any green thumbs out there? A vertical rainforest full of more than 3,000 diverse species from all across the globe; at first, the Green Planet seems as though it doesn’t belong — a giant 150-foot-tall white cube sticking out of the ground, it’s one of those places that always surprises in the best way possible.

Step inside the unique structure and you’re greeted by immersive sights, sounds, and smells reminiscent of the Amazonian jungle.

Complete with the world’s largest artificial tree, cascading waterfalls, and a flock of vibrant birds flying overhead; it’s easy to see (and feel) why this place is so popular with kids and adults alike – the reptiles and cheeky primates, in particular, are a hit with the youngsters.

Want to take your visit to the next level? Consider signing up for one of the four encounters (Bird Encounter, Reptile Encounter, Sloth Encounter, Sugar Glider Encounter) or go all out with Camping in the Rainforest, a rare opportunity to spend the night in the biodome, falling asleep to the enchanting sounds and hums of the animals.

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33 – Jump in a kayak (at La Mer)

kayaking in Dubai

A kayaking trip is a great way to get out and explore some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa, from a whole new perspective.

And with so many different companies now offering tours, it’s easier than ever to find one that suits your budget and fitness level.

While some operators will provide you with all the gear and instruction you need to get started, others offer more comprehensive packages that include stops for breakfast or lunch, as well as guided tours led by expert kayakers who know all the best spots to see (and take photos!).

While the Dubai Creek, Dubai Fountain, and Palm Jumeirah are all popular destinations to grab a paddle, it’s hard to go past the scenes and serenity of La Mer.

One of the city’s few public beaches, this eclectic beachfront area is home to many restaurants, cafes, and shops, as well as a skate park, waterpark, and (of course) the very kayakable shoreline.

So whether you’re looking for a good workout or a leisurely paddle down one of Dubai’s busiest waterways, there’s sure to be a kayaking trip that’s perfect for you.

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34 – Hit up the Laguna Waterpark

Laguna Waterpark, Dubai

Speaking of La Mer, a stone’s throw from the sunkissed shores sits the brand new Laguna Waterpark – small yet special and certainly great value for money, it’s fair to say that this place is quickly becoming one of Dubai’s most popular family attractions.

With 5 slides – two of which are never-before-seen in the region – and plenty of the age-old classics (like lazy rivers and wave pools), you can surf, relax, slide and splash to your heart’s content. Unsurprisingly, those are also the names of the four dedicated zones.

You’ll be hanging ten on the WaveOz 180 one minute and cooling off in the Splash pad the next – accounting for both thrillseekers and beach bums (with direct access to the shore), there’s something for everyone at Laguna Waterpark.

And with several unique experiences on offer (like a looping waterslide!), it’s easy to see why this place is such a hit with teenagers.

But if you’re not into getting wet (or you just need a break from all the excitement), then you can always relax on one of the many sun loungers or grab a bite to eat at one of the several on-site restaurants.

Hot tip: adults, while the youngsters and splashing about, make a beeline for the refreshing cold pool with the swim-up bar.

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35 – Try different water sports at Kite Beach

Kite Beach, Dubai

Appropriately dubbed for its ever-present kite surfers and soft white sand, Kite Beach is one of Dubai’s most beloved coastal areas.

Situated just a short drive from Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), this long and wide beach offers plenty of space for sunbathers, picnickers, and volleyball games – not to mention some of the best views in the city.

And with a number of food trucks and kiosks selling everything from ice cream to shawarma, you won’t go hungry here either.

Kite Beach is also home to several fitness classes and activities, including yoga, football, cross-fit, and (of course) kitesurfing lessons – not to mention a library, a 14-kilometer-long running track, and some bungee trampolines. So whether you’re looking to relax or get active, this is the place to be.

36 – Conquer the Jebel Jais mountain!

Jebel Jais zipline, Dubai

Scraping the clouds at a whopping 1,934 meters (6,345 ft) above sea level, the rugged faces of Jebel Jais make up the tallest mountain in the UAE.

A two-hour drive from Dubai (or 45 minutes if you take the newly opened RAK to Jebel Jais gondola), this is the place to come if you’re looking for a taste of the great outdoors.

With hiking and mountain biking trails aplenty, as well as a number of other adventure activities on offer (paragliding, for one), there’s plenty to keep even the most active family entertained.

But there is an undisputed highlight: at 2.83 kilometer long, the Jais Flight zipline is officially the longest in the world. Strapped in like Superman (yes, you’ll descend head-first if you’re brave enough), you’ll swoop through ravines and over the jagged peaks at speeds of up to 150 kilometers an hour. It’s three minutes of pure thrills, and an experience you’ll never forget.

Not to mention, the views from the top are pretty spectacular (on a clear day, you can see all the way into Oman!). So whether you’re coming for the adrenaline rush or just to take in the scenery, Jebel Jais is worth a visit.

Keep in mind: For zipline participants under 18 years old, there’s a height and weight requirement, so check beforehand to avoid disappointment.

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37 – Experience new worlds at VR Park

VR Park Dubai

As the postcard-child for cities of the future — a real-world Orbit City, of sorts (any Jetsons fans out there?) — it should come as no surprise that Dubai is home to the world’s first-ever virtual reality (VR) theme park.

But what is a VR theme park, exactly? Good question.

Essentially, it’s an immersive gaming experience where you put on a headset and are transported into a different world. Think of it as a real-life video game, if you will.

With over 30 different experiences to choose from — including dune buggy in the desert, car racing, and even jumping off the Burj Khalifa — there’s always something that will soak up the youngsters’ attention.

And with multiple levels catering to different age groups and interests, not to mention on-site cafes, carousels, arcade games, and soft toddler play areas all within its convenient Dubai Mall location, it makes for one of the more engaging and immersive family things to do in Dubai. Just be warned: once you strap on that headset, it’ll be hard to tear yourself away!

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38 – Mingle with Flamingos at the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Like stepping into the colorful pages of a Dr. Seuss book, a visit to the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is definitely one of the more unique things to do in Dubai with kids.

Situated just minutes from Downtown Dubai, this protected wetland area is home to over 65 species of birds (gorgeous pink flamingos included), as well as crabs, hedgehogs, fish, lizards, and even the occasional gazelle.

You can explore the sanctuary via a series of raised walkways and viewing platforms, or wander out into the wilderness for an up-close look at the resident wildlife.

For those looking to do more than just look, there are also educational programs and workshops where curious visitors can learn all about the local ecosystems — the salt flats, mangroves, and lagoons — and what they can do to help protect the critters which call this place home.

The best time to visit is during the flamingo feeding hours – around 10 am or 4 pm.

39 – Lace up the ice skates!

Dubai Ice Rink

A much-needed escape from the toasty desert heat, the Olympic-sized Ice Rink at Dubai Mall (where you’ll find no less than 1200 stores and 200 restaurants and cafes) is an ideal activity for families looking to cool off and have some old-fashion fun.

Offering lessons for beginners and Friday and Saturday DJ on Ice night (a great family outing!), the popular indoor rink — thanks to its central location — makes for an easy addition to most days of traditional Dubai exploring.

But the best part? The Ice Rink is located right next to the iconic Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, so you can catch a glimpse of some seriously cool marine life while you’re there.

Ticket prices start at AED 85 (less than $25 USD), with discounts provided to those who visit off-peak (before 2 pm!).

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40 – Pop into the TEPfactor Adventure Park

TEPfactor Adventure Park, Dubai

Escape room meets adventure park meets real-life video game at TEPfactor , an interactive challenge course designed to test your mind, body, and teamwork.

With over 21 different challenges spread out across different rooms, all combined take between 2 and 4 hours to complete, this is one activity that’s sure to keep the entire family entertained.

From figuring out how to escape a dark room by finding hidden keys and codes, to crawling through air ducts and rappelling down walls, there’s no shortage of activities at TEPfactor.

But don’t worry, it’s not all about competition. TEPfactor is also a great team-building exercise, and a fun way to bond with family and friends as you work together to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles, and reach the finish line.

Found next to the JBR Beach, and all of the family-friendly activities that come with it, this hands-on locale is an easy add-on to any day of soaking up the sun!

41 – See the main highlights with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour

Dubai hop on hop off bus tour

Short on time? Or don’t feel like organizing your own transport around this admittedly enormous city? Then leave the driving to someone else and opt for a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

These double-decker open-air buses provide an easy (and air-conditioned) way to see all of Dubai’s major attractions, with multiple routes and stops that make it simple to explore all of the city’s postcard-worthy highlights as you please.

With recorded commentary in multiple languages, these bus tours are ideal for first-time visitors looking for an overview of the city, or families with kids who need a break from walking around in the heat.

While each company has a slightly different route, regardless of your preferred bus, you’re bound to stop in the majority of the following: the Jumeirah Mosque, Creekside Park, Jumeirah Beach Park, Heritage Village, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Creek, the Burj Al Arab 7-star hotel, the Grand Mosque, The Burj Khalifa, the luxurious Atlantis the Palm resort, the traditional Bastakia Quarter, and the Diving Village.

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42 – Putt for your life at 3D Blacklight Mini Golf

3D Blacklight Mini Golf, Dubai

An interactive oasis of neon, sound, and light, this 18-hole indoor mini-golf course is unlike any other in Dubai.

Using state-of-the-art technology, each hole at 3D Blacklight Mini Golf has been designed with a different theme and comes complete with its own unique challenges.

From Egyptian tombs to outer space, underwater worlds, and rugged jungles, every hole is an immersive experience that’s sure to keep the whole family entertained.

And if that wasn’t enough, the entire course is set against a backdrop of pulsing music and ultraviolet lights, making for an unforgettable (and photo-worthy) round of mini-golf.

You’ll find this family-favorite attraction just behind JBR beach, making it an easy add-on to any day of exploring the Palm area.

43 – Swim with friendly ocean critters at the Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium

Full of bubbly energy and tricks up their fins, the dolphins and seals at Dubai Dolphinarium are sure to put a smile on your face.

One of the most popular family attractions in Dubai, this indoor dolphinarium located inside Creek Park is home to bottlenose dolphins and Northern fur seals, and a handful of beautiful and rare birds visible at the regular Exotic Bird Show.

Throughout the day, these charismatic animals put on many different shows that are both educational and entertaining, featuring all kinds of impressive and adorable tricks. Have you ever seen a seal dance, sing, juggle, or play ball? You’re about to!

You can also get up close and personal with these friendly creatures during a variety of interactive programs, like the Majestic Dolphin Swim at Dolphin Planet where you’ll learn what it’s like to work with these amazing animals.

Throw in a mirror maze, restaurant, and gift shop – and the bounty of Creek Park activities around the corner – and you’ve got yourself a jam-packed afternoon!

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44 – Work on the tan at Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

A coveted, golden stretch of sand on the shores of Dubai, Jumeirah Beach is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.

And for good reason! With its white sand, clear water, and breathtaking views of both the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah, this beach truly has it all.

But that’s not all – Jumeirah Beach is also home to several excellent family-friendly attractions, like the Wild Wadi Waterpark (pay to enter), a children’s playground with slides and splash pads, BBQ, and picnic tables if you’re after a spot of lunch, and even camel rides along the shoreline.

Plus, with plenty of restaurants and food trucks in the area, you’re never far from a refreshing drink or bite to eat.

As the name suggests, this is also where you’ll find the Jumeirah Beach Residence. A symbol of Dubai luxury, the waterfront stretches for two kilometers of shoreline – and is booming with high-rises, and a bounty of shops, and cafes along ‘The Walk’.

45 – Play make-believe at Kidzania

Kidzania Dubai

Regularly considered one of the best family things to do in Dubai for anyone traveling with kids under 10, KidZania is an indoor ‘city’ designed just for kids.

A miniature version of the real thing, KidZania offers pint-sized versions of over 80 different professions, from firefighters and policemen to surgeons and chefs.

And it’s not all play – at KidZania, kids will also get a taste of what it’s like to be a working adult, earning ‘KidZos’ (the city’s currency) as they complete various tasks and activities. Talk about growing up too fast!

They can then spend their hard-earned cash at one of the many shopping and dining options available in the city.

With so many hands-on activities, Kidzania is the perfect place to while away a few hours on any scorching day. The youngsters will be having so much fun they won’t even realize it’s an educational facility!

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46 – Get a front-row seat for the Dubai Fountain Show

Dubai fountain show

Majestic, awe-inspiring, and – most importantly – fun for the whole family, the Dubai Fountain Show is one of the city’s top artistic tourist attractions.

Synchronized to music and featuring over 6,000 lights, plus water jets that dance and shoot into the air, and even an occasional firework display, this spectacular show is not to be missed.

You can catch the Dubai Fountain Show every half an hour from sunset until late evening (usually from 6 pm to 11 pm), making it an easy addition to any night out in Downtown Dubai.

And the best part? It’s completely free! Just find a spot on the ground or one of the many bridges surrounding Burj Khalifa Lake and enjoy.

Hot tip: while it will cost you a few bucks, few vantage points compare to that of the decks f a traditional “abra” water taxi.

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47 – Snap selfies with celebs at Madame Tussauds Dubai

Madame Tussauds Dubai

The closest thing you’ll get to meeting your favorite celebrity, Madame Tussauds Dubai is a meeting place for all the (wax versions of) who’s-who in town!

From local TV stars to Hollywood heartthrobs, internationally renowned artists, musicians, athletes, and more, you’re sure to find a figure that piques your interest.

With over 60 different like-for-like figures on display, from Audrey Hepburn to Queen Elizabeth, Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Vin Diesel, Madame Tussauds on Bluewaters Island (just off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline where you’ll also find a must-do observation week!) is a top choice for both adults and kids alike.

They say never meet your heroes — this way, you can snap a selfie with your high-school crush without ruining the fantasy!

48 – Book tickets for the La Perle show

La Perle by Dragone show, Dubai

A Dubai institution, La Perle at Al Habtoor City is a captivating night out for anyone visiting the city – regardless of age.

This jaw-dropping, circusesque show combines theatrics, acrobatics, diving, and aerial stunts with water features and pyrotechnics to create an unforgettable experience that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

With the 65 Broadway-seasoned performers putting on thousands of 90-minute shows since the spectacle’s inception in 2017, La Perle has something for everyone – namely, an 82-foot high dive into the on-stage pool.

Whether you’re a diehard theatre fan or just looking for a mesmerizing night out, this spectacular show is not to be missed.

And with tickets starting at just AED 259 (about USD 70), it’s also one of the most affordable things to do in Dubai! Of course, if you want to splurge, dinner+show tickets and VIP experience are offered too.

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49 – Relax and unwind on Sufouh Beach

Sufouh Beach, Dubai

A hidden gem that the locals don’t want you to know about (literally translating to Secret Beach), Sufouh Beach is a serene spot for swimming, sunbathing, and simply taking in the incredible views of Dubai’s skyline, namely the Burj Al Arab.

This beautiful beach is located on the eastern side of Palm Jumeirah, just past Atlantis The Palm. You’ll find it by taking the first left after the bridge that leads to Atlantis.

Once you’re there, take a stroll down the boardwalk, relax on one of the many life-flat chairs scattered along the shoreline, or paddle in the gentle waves lapping at the shore.

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Dubai, Sufouh Beach is definitely worth a visit as one of the more underrated family things to do in Dubai with kids – just don’t forget your sunscreen and water!

50 – Step into Tinseltown at Motiongate

Motion Gate, Dubai

Cinephiles, listen up! Motiongate Dubai is a must-do for anyone visiting Dubai with kids – or without, for that matter.

As one of the largest theme parks in the world, Motiongate spans over four million square feet and features 27 rides and attractions based on some of Hollywood’s most popular movies, including The Hunger Games, Kung-Fu Panda, Zombieland, Shrek, Madagascar, Ghostbusters, and more.

Spread through the entertainment oasis are five different zones, each with unique characters, food, rides, and decorations: Studio Central, Dreamworks, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, and the child-oriented Smurfs’ Village.

With something for everyone – from adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters to family-friendly shows and rides and no shortage of cinematic tropes, Motiongate is guaranteed to provide a fun day out for all, popcorn included.

A crowd favorite activity, the Capitol Bullet Train is hair-raising half-pipe coaster that will leave you grinning ear to ear, likewise the high-octane Zombieland Blast Off ride.

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51 – Make it over to the Sharjah Aquarium

Sharjah Aquarium, Dubai

Playing host to over 150 different underwater critters – from ominous rays to colorful clownfish – Sharjah Aquarium is a must-see for animal lovers of all ages.

The aquarium, located in the Al Khan area of Sharjah – on the other side of the Dubai Creek, about a 25-minute drive from Downtown Dubai – is home to thousands of aquatic animals throughout no less than 20 different recreated aquatic environments.

From coral reefs and lagoons and swampy mangroves and rock pools, it’s as diverse (an underrated) an aquarium as you’ll find in the UAE.

In addition to the regular exhibits, Sharjah Aquarium also offers educational programs for kids, including sleepovers in the aquarium (for children aged seven and up) as well as birthday parties.

Hot tip: around the corner is the Sharjah Maritime Museum. With a slew of boats, yachts, and historic fishing equipment on display, it makes for the perfect back-to-back itinerary.

52 – Scratch any art itch at the Abu Dhabi Louvre

Abu Dhabi Louvre and Children Museum

Art-lovers, take note. Who says you have to fly to the City of Lights to get your fix of French art and culture?

The Louvre Abu Dhabi – a sister institution to the famed Parisienne icon – is a stunning museum that’s home to over 600 masterpieces of priceless works of art, including modern and historical paintings, intricate sculptures, detailed century-old manuscripts, rare archaeological finds, and a whole lot more.

Designed by Pritzker-prize architect French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum itself is a work of art, with its intricate latticework exterior that was inspired by the concept of a medina used in traditional Arabic architecture.

Inside, you’ll find over a dozen galleries spread across multiple floors – each one focusing on a different theme or period in history – as well as temporary exhibitions featuring rotating collections from other world-renowned museums.

There’s also an on-site cafe where you refuel, plenty of learning resources should you want to dive deeper into the stories behind the art (like podcasts and symposiums); and an on-site Children’s Museum , a hands-on section aimed at intriguing and delighting curious minds aged 4-10 (or thereabouts).

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53 – Take a day trip to beautiful seaside Fujairah

East Coast tours from Dubai

A waterside wonderland of limestone cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and hidden coves and lagoons, Fujairah is one of the most beautiful places in the UAE – and makes for an excellent day trip from Dubai.

Fujairah is located on the east coast of the UAE (about a 75-minute drive from Dubai) and is known for its dramatic mountainscapes that jut out into the Gulf of Oman.

Popular activities in Fujairah include swimming, snorkeling , and scuba diving (with a slew of courses for both beginners and experts alike); exploring the Al Badiyah Mosque – one of the oldest mosques in the country; hiking up to the beautiful Wadi Wurayah Falls (the only free-flowing waterfall in the UAE, would you believe); visiting the Fujairah Fort – the largest and oldest castle in the UAE; and cruising on up to the dramatic Hajar Mountains.

Far quieter and far more naturally scenic than Dubai, this east coast oasis beckons for a day trip.

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54 – Ride the cable car at Creek Park

Creek Park, Dubai

A favorite among locals and tourists alike, Creek Park is one of Dubai’s most beloved green spaces and a welcomed breath of fresh air on any occasion.

Situated along the bustling Dubai Creek, in the heart of the old city between the Maktoum and Garhoud bridges, the 96-hectare park is one of Dubai’s largest and is home to a wide range of attractions and activities, including walking and jogging tracks, playgrounds, picnic areas, the Dubai Dolphinarium, Children’s City indoor infotainment center, an amphitheater, an aviary, a botanical garden, and much more.

There’s also a cable car that takes you on a 30-minute scenic tour of the park that covers over two kilometers (and offers some incredible views of the cityscape from 30 meters high), as well as several restaurants should you get peckish.

Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy some quality time with the family or simply want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours, Creek Park is the perfect spot.

Keep in mind: The Creek Park Dubai entrance fee is AED 5 per person, and it’s only open from 8 am till 11 pm (or midnight, on the weekends).

55 – Have dinner… in the sky!

Dinner in the Sky, Dubai

With a skyline that majestic, it would be rude not to see it from as many different angles as possible – and Dinner in the Sky offers one of the most unique vantage points in Dubai.

As the name suggests, Dinner in the Sky is exactly what it sounds like: a fine dining experience high up in the sky, suspended 50 meters off the ground by a crane.

With room for nearly two-dozen diners (and a couple of staff members) per session, you’ll be blessed with a 3-course meal curated before your eyes — a rotating cast of top-quality chefs will whip up everything from sushi to steak, depending on what’s on the menu.

Given the seat size, you’ll have to leave any toddlers at home — the minimum age limit is 5 years old for the aerial adventure.

Oh, and did we mention there’s a lunch option too; arguably even more exciting thanks to the daytime views.

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Where to stay in Dubai with kids

Accommodation-wise, Dubai has no shortage of family-friendly hotels catering to travelers of all budgets.

From luxury resorts with private beaches and waterparks to more affordable chain hotels with kids’ clubs and play areas, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a place to stay in Dubai with kids.

Here are just a few of our favorite family-friendly hotels in Dubai:

The Atlantis, The Palm – Located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island, this luxurious resort is home to Aquaventure Waterpark – one of the biggest and best waterparks in Dubai (and the perfect way to beat the heat!). With dozens of rides and slides, as well as a marine animal park featuring sharks, dolphins, and rays, the Atlantis is a veritable paradise for kids (and adults!) of all ages.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel , Jumeirah – Another great option for those looking to stay near the famous Palm, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, as well as direct access to a golden beach. Around the corner is Wild Wadi Waterpark (which is free if staying at the hotel!), not to mention a children’s club, private beach, and climbing wall.

Address Dubai Mall , Downtown Dubai – who says you need to stay near the beach to have a good time? Smack-bang in the middle of the city’s busiest mall (more on that later), the Address Dubai Mall is perfect for those who want to be close to all the action (specifically, an ice rink, aquarium, and virtual reality park all next door). Plus, with one of the largest rooftop pools in the UAE and a kids’ club, there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained.

Still looking? Any of the Lapita on Sheikh Zayed Road (near the Dubai Parks), Caesars Palace on Bluewaters Island, or the ever-so-snazzy Ritz-Carlton boast more than enough to keep the whole family satisfied.

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Save hassle and time: book an airport transfer

Arriving at the airport? Then why add the stress and expense of getting a rental car when you can book one of many professional and reliable airport transfer services instead?

With a range of vehicles to choose from, you’ll get from the airport to your accommodation in comfort and style – whether you’re traveling as a family, couple, or group.

There’s no hailing taxis, no jumping on busses, and no carrying your own suitcases — plus, there’s always something pretty special about seeing your name on a placard at the airport!

To make things even easier, pre-organized transfers can also arrange for your return journey back to the airport at the end of your stay.

Now that you know what’s on offer, all that’s left to do is start planning your trip! So what are you waiting for?

Final Thoughts

And there you have it, folks – the best family things to do in Dubai with kids! With so many incredible activities on offer, it’s no wonder Dubai is such a popular destination for families.

Looking for more things to do with the fam? Or perhaps with the lover? Or the mates? Or even if you’re traveling solo, be sure to check out our deep-dive on the best tourist attractions in Dubai  for any time of year!

Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

Until next time, happy exploring!​

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25 Places to see in Dubai with Family in 2024

If you’re looking for a fun holiday with your family, Dubai is certainly a great choice. Warm hospitality, out-of-this-world thrilling adventure, and unmatchable shopping experiences greet your family in this wonderful city—a charming destination that wonderfully combines tradition with modernity. The city shall mesmerize you and your family with various attractions, both natural and man-made. Dubai is one destination you are sure to love sharing with your family.

Places to Visit in Dubai with Family

Here are top 25 places in Dubai where you can spend quality time with you family and love one:

Love Lake Dubai

Enjoy some special moments with your family in the lap of nature at the tranquil Al Qudra Oasis, home to the amazing Love Lake that has two interconnected large heart-shaped lakes.

  • It’s a fun day out of picnic and barbeque with your family at the Love Lake Dubai which has ample space for both
  • You are sure to admire the greenery here that has many colorful birds flocking to it
  • It’s an ideal destination for fitness enthusiasts beckoning them with an on-site running track
  • Watch the sunset over the Love Lake—a truly spectacular sight
  • Admire the various sculptures of hearts and you are sure to find the trees that have been manicured so that when viewed from above, the word ‘love’ is spelled out absolutely amazing

Moon Lake Dubai

Feel the soothing calmness of the desert at the Moon Lake in the Al Qudra desert. It’s a wonderful escape from the buzz of city life that Dubai is.

  • It’s a truly unique destination with a natural lake that’s shaped like a crescent
  • The place is a new discovery and is, therefore, great to explore
  • Enjoy blissful relaxation at this calm and tranquil place with your family
  • You’ll also spot some of the local wildlife, a few Oryxes here
  • The views of the sunset and sunrise at the Moon Lake are just spectacular

Just a 90-minute drive away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai is the serene Hatta Dam, the perfect escape from the stress of everyday life.

  • Located next to the Hatta Fort Hotel, the Hatta Dam with the Hajar Range as the backdrop offers stunning vistas
  • Drive a car along the edge of the water and soak in the rugged beauty of the Hajar Range
  • Take in the gorgeous scenery while kayaking on the waters of the lake
  • Your kids are sure to adore the ducks by the waters of the lake
  • You’ll find a large mural commemorating the founding fathers of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum absolutely stunning

Snoopy Island

You are sure to enjoy the calmness of Snoopy Island , a 2-hour drive from Dubai in the company of your family. It’s a small rock outcropping that has risen out of the waters to resemble Snoopy above his doghouse.

  • The calm waters make this place a snorkeler and professional diver’s haven
  • The tranquility also attracts couples and families looking for a break from city life
  • There are amazing coral reefs that add to the beauty of the place
  • Take a splash in the water which stays warm all year with your family
  • Scuba diving , kayaking, snorkeling, and other water sports can liven things up at this charming getaway
  • There’s also a bar and grill serving tasty dishes and drinks

Ensconced among the Hajar Mountains, the Shees Park opened its doors to visitors only recently in October 2020. With various outdoor facilities, this is a perfect destination for road trips with your family.

  • You are sure to find the man-made waterfall that falls into a beautiful lake just perfect for a photo op
  • There are 506 meters of mountain walkways and paths in the lovely park for you to explore with your family
  • Enjoy a picnic and barbecuing at designated zones within the park
  • Watch your kids have fun at the play area that has swings, slides, and see-saws
  • Go on a relaxing walk with your family on the beautifully landscaped lawns of the park

Legoland Water Park

The Legoland Water Park at Dubai Parks and Resorts offers a day out filled with fun and excitement with water slides and thrilling rides lined up for your family.

  • Designed specifically for kids between 2 and 12 years of age
  • LEGO themed attractions at the water park have more than 20 rides on offer
  • Enjoy getting drenched in the Joker Soaker, the top draw
  • Try building a LEGO raft on your own that you can use to slide through the lazy river
  • It’s a day filled with fun and frolic splashing around in the water at this amazing water park

Legoland Dubai

We’ve had an amazing childhood playing with LEGO bricks. Legoland Dubai brings alive those lovely memories where you can spend quality time with your family playing with LEGO bricks.

  • Your childhood memories come alive here
  • Legoland Dubai is dotted with rides with the world of LEGO as its theme
  • There are lots of games, restaurants, building experiences, and entertainment options here
  • The main attractions are the LEGO-themed rides
  • It’s a wonderful destination for a day out with your family

Motion gate Dubai Theme Park

Explore three of Hollywood’s biggest studios, DreamWorks Animations, Lionsgate, and Columbia Pictures at the Motiongate Dubai Theme Park .

  • Watch a world of charming storytelling and innovative presentation unfold at this amazing place
  • Revel in the world of the Smurfs or join forces with Ghostbusters to protect New York
  • Your kids are sure to love the amazing roller coasters
  • The multimedia theater shows are just breathtaking
  • Explore New York at a movie set at Studio Central

It’s an escape from Dubai’s searing heat for you and your family at Ski Dubai which brings alive the Swiss Alps right in the heart of Dubai City.

  • A zone of snow bang in the middle of a desert city is an awe-inspiring engineering marvel
  • Experience the joy of a sub-zero land right in Dubai
  • Go on a ride on the Zip Line that takes you zipping across the entire park
  • Enjoy skiing, no matter what your skill level is
  • Have fun with your family tobogganing or snowboarding and get photographed with penguins

Aquaventure Water Park

The number 1 water park in the Middle East, the Aquaventure Water Park welcomes you and your family for a wonderful time on its amazing water slides.

  • Enjoy a ride on the Aqua Conda, the world’s largest water slide
  • Test your nerves at Poseidon’s Revenge, the ultimate thrill show
  • Take a dive into a pool of rays and other aquatic creatures at the Leap of Faith
  • Enjoy sliding along ziplines and splashing in lagoons
  • It’s a day of fun and frolic with your family as you splash around in the water

Jumeirah Beach Park

Spread across 12 hectares, the Jumeirah Beach Park is a wonderful place for a relaxing day out with your family away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  • The clean sands and the tall coconut trees make for a wonderful sight
  • There’s a lot of space for picnics and family gatherings in the lap of nature
  • There are many facilities on offer like picnic tables, showers, a children’s play area, a BBQ area, and more
  • Enjoy lip-smacking snacks served at food kiosks
  • It’s a fun day out with your family by the serene seaside at the wonderful Jumeirah Beach Park  

The Dubai Creek

Explore Dubai in its traditional avatar at the Dubai Creek where you travel back in time. You’ll love soaking in the sights and sounds of the buzzing city here.

  • Hire a water taxi to explore the various attractions while sailing along the creek
  • Book a cruise on a dhow, a traditional Arabian boat for a relaxing day out with your family
  • Sail along the creek and witness how it passes through Safa Park and the super posh Sheikh Zayed Road before falling into the Arabian Sea
  • Enjoy watching the exotic birds at the Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary at the creek’s end
  • The lights of Dubai city shimmering on the waters of the Dubai Creek is an amazing sight your family is sure to love

The Dubai Fountain

It’s a sheer joy watching jets of water shoot sky high from the tallest dancing fountain in the world and your family will just love it!

  • The Dubai Fountain is a wonder of water creating magic with 25 color projectors and WET superlight bulbs in thousands offering a mesmerizing light show
  • It’s a wonderful fountain that takes your breath away located on the Burj Lake
  • Apart from the light show, the fountain dances to iconic songs like Jackson’s Thriller or Lionel Richie’s All Night Long, a spectacle you and your family just can’t miss
  • You can’t hold yourself back from jiving as the fountain dances to lovely songs
  • Your kids are sure to love watching how the fountain comes alive to pulsating music

The Burj Khalifa

You can see it from every corner of the city. Yes, we’re talking about the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa . It’s a must-see on your Dubai bucket list.

  • Take the world’s fastest glass elevator all the way up to the observation decks on the 124 th and 125 th floors
  • Enjoy a fine dining experience with your family at the Atmosphere on the 122 nd floor
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Dubai Fountain from the heights of the Burj Khalifa
  • The ‘At the Top Sky’ experience takes you to the 148 th floor for even more stunning vistas
  • Your family and you are sure to be thrilled by the stunning panoramic views of Dubai from atop the Burj Khalifa

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Your family will adore you for this. A visit to one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world is sure to impress them. This amazing place on the Dubai Mall’s ground floor will have your family floored.

  • Explore the world of aquatic animals at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which finds a place in all rankings of the top places to visit in Dubai consistently
  • Watch various exotic marine animals like manta rays, sand tiger sharks, reef sharks, turtles, and more
  • Don’t skip the ‘Swim with the Sharks’ session—an experience of a lifetime that has you diving into the water in the aquarium’s tanks, one of the largest in the world
  • Witness exhibits like the King Croc, a huge 40-year old alligator at the underwater zoo
  • Enjoy the thrilling sea walking experience inside the aquarium

Desert Safari Dubai

Evening Desert Safari is one adventure you wouldn’t ever think of skipping when in Dubai with your family. There could be no better way to explore Dubai’s vast desert than to go on this exciting safari.

  • Explore the flora and fauna of the desert by taking this trip to the vast arid land
  • Go on the super thrilling dune bashing in a 4×4 racing through the sand dunes
  • Go on a ride with your family on the ‘ship of the desert,’ the camel
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the sunset in the desert
  • Dig into a sumptuous BBQ spread at a camp with a Bedouin ambiance

Dubai Marina

Enjoy fine dining with your family at exotic restaurants in the super posh Dubai waterfront, the Dubai Marina . The views of Dubai’s skyline from here are just breathtaking!

  • Everyone in your family is sure to enjoy each other’s company while taking a walk in the beautiful Dubai Marina
  • You’ll love taking in the views of ships, dhows, and cruise liners sailing on the waters
  • Savor a delicious meal at one of the posh restaurants here like the Leonardo Restaurant Dubai, La Fontana, Zafran Indian Bistro, and more
  • Revel in the glamour and opulence of Dubai’s most posh zone
  • Your family and you are sure to feel your spirits soaring at the Dubai Marina

Dubai Miracle Garden

Seeing is believing. You won’t believe there’s such a lush green garden in a desert city like Dubai until you visit it. You and your family are sure to be smitten by the garden’s beauty.

  • You’ll love the pretty flowers here at the Dubai Miracle Garden , the world’s largest flower garden
  • Get snapped in the middle of the garden with the giant floral teddy bear holding a heart of flowers
  • Don’t miss the Emirates A380 installation made of as many as 500,000 living plants and flowers
  • You’ll love walking through the sunflower field with your family enjoying the beauty of the pretty yellow sunflowers
  • Take in the beauty of the different floral installations like the igloos, the pyramids, the trains, and of course, the Burj Khalifa

Global Village

Global Village is a perfect place to visit with your family. It showcases products made by craftsmen and artisans from different countries.

  • Witness the entire world on one stage at the Global Village, one of Dubai’s top cultural destinations
  • There are 23 pavilions showcasing items from 70 different countries for you to explore
  • There are live street performances to enthrall your family and live shows by singers, DJs, and international artists here
  • There are many stalls with traditional items from many countries lined up here from which you can buy traditional items as souvenirs
  • Tuck into delicious food from different countries served at the food trucks here

Wild Wadi Water Park

Your family and you are sure to have the time of your lives at the Wild Wadi Water Park , home to many thrilling water sports activities.

  • Enjoy a day of fun and frolic experiencing more than 30 thrilling rides and slides
  • Don’t miss the Jumeirah Sceirah, the Middle East’s tallest and fastest free-fall slide
  • Splash around in the Breaker’s Bay, home to the UAE’s largest wave pool
  • Play around in the Tantrum Alley which has three mammoth tornadoes and a crazy splash pool
  • It’s fun playing at the Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon with water guns

Ferrari World

You and your family are sure to be mesmerized at the Ferrari World , the largest indoor theme park in the world which brings alive the roar of Formula 1.

  • You’ll be thrilled by all the 17 rides and attractions here, all of them inspired by the world of Ferrari
  • Explore Formula 1 racing by having a go at the racing simulators here
  • Experience an unforgettable adrenaline rush aboard the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster at 240kms/hr.
  • To add icing to the cake, take a ride on the Flying Ace, the world’s highest roller coaster loop
  • What you’ve witnessed on screen admiringly comes alive here at the Ferrari World

Apart from tall skyscrapers, what also makes Dubai a popular tourist destination are its beaches. One such beach is the Kite Beach where you can spend quality time with your family flying kites.

  • Apart from flying kites, enjoy stunning views of the Burj Al Arab
  • Take in the beauty of the glistening emerald waters splashing against the beach
  • Jump for a while on the trampolines
  • Enjoy skating at the Skate Park
  • Relax in the gentle breeze that blows across the beach

KidZania Dubai

It’s an educational tour for your kids at the Kidzania, Dubai . Teach them to take responsibilities like an adult as they get busy role playing as doctors, engineers, or cops.

  • It’s adorable watching your kid play the role of an adult for a day
  • There are as many as 40 roles to choose from in a real city like setting
  • Bring out the innovativeness and creativity in your kids as they participate in activities across platforms like the Kinder Chocolate Factory, KidZania Natural Archives, Flight Simulator, and the Metropolitan Theater
  • It’s very fulfilling when you see your kids get rewarded for their efforts with KidZos, the currency at KidZania
  • This is a great place to teach your kid the spirit of teamwork and camaraderie

IMG World of Adventures

This place is a dream come true for your kids. Their favorite characters from Marvel and Cartoon Network come alive to create a fun fantasy world.

  • Explore the different zones like Marvel, Lost Valley, IMG Boulevard, Novo Cinemas, and more at Dubai’s biggest indoor amusement park
  • Enjoy thrilling rides on roller coasters and other themed rides, as many as 17 of them!
  • Explore the Lost Valley beckoning you with the Jurassic Age where you’ll see life-sized dinosaurs
  • Get up and close with Marvel and Cartoon Network characters including Ben 10, Iron Man, Power Puff Girls, The Avengers, and more
  • You’ll love how your childhood comes alive here

So, these were the popular places that you can visit in Dubai with the family. If you know any other similar places then do let us know.

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Are you looking for activities that the whole family can enjoy in Dubai? Well, you are in luck! There are tons of things to do for kids to do in Dubai. And fortunately for parents, most of the emirate’s kid-friendly attractions can be just as enjoyable for grown-ups. From outdoor desert adventures to water parks, amusement parks and historical sites, here is our complete guide to family activities in Dubai.


Malls and indoor gaming zones aside, families in Dubai are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities. From desert safaris to camel rides and amusement parks, here are some outdoor family things to do in Dubai.

1 – Visit the Global Village

The Global Village at night in Dubai

The Global Village in Dubai had officially reopened for the 2019-2020 season in November 2019 and will stay open till April 2020. And the time for families to visit it is now. With a slew of international dining as well as shopping options, not to mention the many kid-friendly attractions, the festive extravaganza tops our list of family-friendly activities in Dubai. 

2 – Visit the tallest building in the world

The At the Top Burj Khalifa experience is pretty popular with tourists of all ages. Experience the view atop the tallest building in the world on designated observation decks. It’s a must-visit for every new family visiting the emirate for the first time and even long-time residents love revisiting the spot to see the changing landscape of the constantly evolving city.

3 – Have a kart race

Some healthy competition can be a great way for families to bond. The amazing karting places in Dubai are perfect places to get the competitive spirit on and indulge in a game with the whole family. Popular karting spots include the Dubai Autodrome which features both indoor and outdoor karting tracks with packages that are suitable for families. Another example is the newly opened EKart Zabeel at the Dubai Mall.

4 – Chill out at a waterpark

Summers in the UAE can get uncomfortable, and waterparks are where families usually head to beat the heat. Considering the plethora of exciting rides and water-based action offered, a visit to a Dubai waterpark is one of the best family activities in Dubai. Notable parks in the emirate include Wild Wadi Waterpark, Aquaventure Waterpark and Laguna in La Mer.

5 – Book a desert safari

A trip to Dubai with family wouldn’t be complete without a desert safari; where you can ride camels, dune buggies, enjoy belly dancing performances and drive over the dunes. All it takes is to book an experience with any of the many desert safari tour operators in Dubai for an entire day of adventures in the sand.

6 – Go on a hot-air balloon ride over the desert

Hop on a hot air balloon with your family for a scenic evening or early morning ride over the vast stretches of the Dubai desert. The activity is pretty popular with tourists, and easily available, courtesy of the many hot air balloon service providers in Dubai. Some services offer lower charges for kids under a certain age with perks like falconry, dune bashing, breakfast and pick and drop services and even commemorative flight certificates on their list of offers.   

7 – Visit Kite Beach

seating area in Kite Beach Dubai

Beaches are one of the top places to visit with families in Dubai. And for good reason. Most of them have changing rooms, lifeguards on duty, jogging tracks and enough eateries to satisfy visiting families. Some of the most famous beaches in Dubai include Kite Beach , JBR Beach and La Mer Beach.

8 – Take a trip to Dubai Parks and Resorts

Known as an ideal family leisure destination, Dubai Parks and Resorts visits are a perfect way to spend weekends. The area features four types of distinct parks —Motiongate, Legoland , Legoland Waterpark and Bollywood Park.

9 – Ride the Dubai Metro

inner view of a metro cab in Dubai

The city’s metro system is a great way to get from one part of the emirate to the other. It’s a great way for the whole family to see the city in one go. And it’s fun for kids too. Elevators are available at every station and it is stroller-friendly as well.

10 – Visit the Dubai Miracle Garden

Those picture-perfect moments can be captured perfectly at the Dubai Miracle Garden. The largest flower garden in the world is currently in its eighth season and features around fifty million flowers. Check out our Dubai Miracle Garden guide for details on the ticket prices for kids and adults.

11 – Visit the many family-friendly parks

Looking for cheap places to visit in Dubai with family? Amusement and waterparks aside, Dubai is also home to some of the most beautiful parks on this side of the UAE. Examples of parks in Dubai include Al Mamzar Beach Park, Mushrif Park, Safa Park and more. Some offer free entry and those that do charge, keep the price nominal.

12 – Visit the Dubai spice and gold souks

Spices lined up together in spice souk

The tastes, colours, sights, sounds and bustle of Dubai’s traditional market can be a magical experience for kids and parents alike. Visiting the city’s spice and gold souks is a great way for the whole family to take in the culture.

13 – Ride a camel

The simplest pleasures can have a great impact. And for family visitors to Dubai, a camel ride tops the list. A lot of desert safari tour operators in Dubai offer camel rides as part of their service packages. Some beaches like Marina Beach and JBR beach also offer the service.

14 – Watch the dancing fountain

The Dubai Fountain

The world’s largest musical fountains, The Dubai Fountain can shoot water as high as 50 metres. It’s a spectacular sight to see the stunning water displays and hear popular popular soundtracks in a unique way. Shows are free of cost and are visible from every point on the Burj Khalifa Lake in Downtown Dubai.

15 – Enjoy laser show at Dubai Festival City

One of the best attractions in Dubai Festival City Mall is the IMAGINE laser show. Held daily at hour-long intervals in the evenings, it’s a unique sensory experience which uses a combination of water, fire and laser displays for a show that your partner and the kids are sure to appreciate.

16 – Challenge each other to a paintball match

For an adventurous touch to your family’s day out, visit paintball places in Dubai . Safety is a priority here with combat gear provided to all participants. Parents can challenge their kids to a match for hours of action-packed fun.   

17 – Swim with dolphins

Get the chance to swim with a friendly pod of dolphins at Dolphin Bay. Enjoyable for kids and parents alike, you can book any of the hotel’s bucket-list of activities which includes options for every age. Participants can experience a deep-water dolphin swim and even interact with them in shallow waters.


If the great outdoors doesn’t appeal to you, there are several Dubai indoor attractions that are just as fun for families. Here some indoor activities families can indulge in:

18 – Visit City Walk

With areas like Hub Zero — a virtual gaming experience with zones for all ages — and The Green Planet , City Walk is one of our top attractions in Dubai for families. Other attractions in City Walk include a visit to the Mattel Play Town, which can be fun for toddlers.

19 – Go wild in the trampoline parks

From slam dunks to crazy stunts, trampoline parks in Dubai offer a slew of fun activities for the whole family. Among the more famous is BOUNCE Dubai indoor trampoline park is a major hit with parents and kids. Trained instructors are always on hand to ensure play remains safe and are always up to teach visitors some tricks, both young and old.

20 – Play laser tag

kids playing laser tag

Looking for similar activities like paintball but without the mess? A game of laser tag is the way to go. Laserdrome Dubai and Hub Zero are two of the most popular places for a family-friendly activity in Dubai.

21 – Experience theme park thrills at IMG Worlds of Adventure

What kid doesn’t love a theme park? And a visit to Dubai’s theme parks is often on every family’s “kids activities in Dubai” bucket list. Consider IMG Worlds of Adventure . With over four themed zones and a 12-screen cinema, it’s one of the biggest amusement parks in the UAE. Rides here are suitable for both children and adults, so parents can join in the fun too.

22 – Visit the Dubai Butterfly Garden

overhead view of the Dubai Butterfly Garden

Located next door to the Dubai Miracle Garden, the Dubai Butterfly Garden is another spot for a family day out in the city. Home to over 15,000 butterflies, the climate-controlled facility is open all year round with attractions like a koi pond and educational area for kids.

23 – Visit the Dubai Aquarium

A visit to the Dubai Aquarium is another great option for family activities in Dubai. Its home to over 140 aquatic species and is also the world’s largest indoor aquarium. Make it into a learning experience and get your kids to guess the names of each fish.

24 – Watch your kids enjoy real life simulations at KidZania

kid operating a flight simulator at KidZania Dubai

KidZania is an indoor edutainment zone that allows kids to live out their dreams. The 7,000 sq.m. space is designed to replicate a city with activities that simulate real-world responsibilities. Examples include an acting academy where participants can learn different puppeteering techniques and a flight simulator with kids as pilots or co-pilots. While this attraction is mainly suited to kids, adults can enjoy checking out the many shops and attractions in The Dubai Mall afterwards.

25 – Beat the heat at Ski Dubai

Situated at the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is a massive indoor ski-resort which is especially popular with families during summers. Have snowball fights, build a snowman and ski down the artificial slopes. Make sure that you get tickets for the Penguin Encounter, where you can take pictures with the flightless birds.

26 – Engage in VR Experiences

VR gaming has taken off, and families can make the most of them in the emirate, thanks to the many video gaming and VR centres in Dubai that offer the experience exclusively. VRPark Dubai and IFLY Dubai are just a few options for such family activities in Dubai.

27 – Engage in interactive exhibits at OliOli

Referred to in Hawaiian as a “museum of delights”, OliOli is a play centre designed by artists, child psychologists and educators. There’s a lot of activities for kids to tinker with like a water gallery with canons and even a sensory “rain” section for toddlers. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun too.

28 – Enjoy crafts at The Happy Studio

A place where kids — or those who are kids at heart — can let their imaginations run wild, The Happy Studio is essentially what everyone wants in a crafts room. Plus, the jolly staffers keep things fun for everyone. Adults are asked to take part in the fun too, which makes The Happy Studio one of the best indoor activities in Dubai for families.  

29 – Complete challenges at Jumble

Participants completing a challenge at Jumble Dubai

Offering over 200 challenges, which can involve anything from calling a fire station to meeting zombies, the Jumble is an ideal place for families to hang out. Anybody can solve the challenges and you play as long as you play for. The place also offers packages for birthday parties.

30 – Paint at thejamjar

One of Dubai’s most beloved institutions, thejamjar is a DIY painting studio, creatively combining a learning environment and community art space. The non-judgmental atmosphere of the studio is perfect to let you and your child’s inner artist run wild. All you need to do is turn up and they will provide you with brushes, paints, canvases and aprons.

A visit to a historical site or museum is a great way for parents, especially expats, to introduce their kids to the history of the UAE. On that note, here is an overview of historical attractions in Dubai for families:

31 – Visit the many museums

Entrance to the Dubai Museum

There are around 11 museums in Dubai . They are open to all ages, with the most popular being Dubai Museum. Others include the Women’s Museum UAE, Saruq Al Hadid, Shindagha museums and even a Coins Museum. Most of them feature interactive elements like photos and videos that keep things interesting. 

32 – Take the kids to the 3D Art Museum

This isn’t a museum in the historical sense, but the 3D World museum can be an interesting entry in your options for things to do in Dubai with family. An interactive facility, it’s the largest of its type in the world with over 185 pieces of artwork that showcase fantastical optical illusions.

33 – Visit the Al Fahidi Historical District

The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding at the Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood

If you want the kids to know what life was like before the oil boom resulted in unprecedented wealth for the nation, take them to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood .  For the best experience, take an Abra along the Creek and do visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where visitors get the chance to feast on traditional food on Bedouin-style carpets.

That’s wraps up our picks for the best family activities in Dubai. While some activities for families in Dubai are charged, there are some that won’t cost you a single Dirham. Parents interested can take advantage of free things to do in Dubai . For the best experience, also check out our ultimate guide of things to do in Dubai .

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Dubai, in the UAE , is a wonderful destination for a family vacation. It’s a world-class metropolis that offers exceptional service, thrilling activities, and a shopping experience.

In addition to enjoying the family-friendly desert adventures in a  desert safari Dubai , there are many intriguing locations to visit with the family that offers a great combination of history and contemporary.

There are marvels in this city that no family should ever miss on their vacation, ranging from natural to man-made, and to help you locate those marvels, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to visit in Dubai locations with your family.

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While on a Dubai city tour, make sure you visit all these sites with your family to have some of the finest days of your life with your loved ones.

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Dubai is one of those vacation spots where the whole family can have a good time.

There are beaches where you may relax with them, as well as water parks, aquariums, museums, and a variety of other attractions that appeal to children, teenagers, adults, and even older folks.

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On your family vacation to Dubai, see these popular tourist attractions. So let’s not waste time and let me mention the best places to visit in Dubai with your family.

1. Legoland Dubai

Legoland Dubai is a child’s dream come true, and we believe parents as well because we’ve all played with Lego bricks before and made so many things and memories.

Those toys have now come to life as a full-fledged amusement park at Dubai Parks and Resorts, which includes not just the greatest lego-themed rides, shows, building experiences, eateries, and games but also a variety of other entertainment choices.

Legoland is one of the finest places to visit in Dubai with a toddler for people who wish to spend a beautiful day having fun with their loved ones.

2. Ain Dubai

Ain Dubai, at the center of Bluewaters Islands, is one of the best places to visit in Dubai with your family. At a height of over 250 meters, it is the world’s largest and highest observation wheel.

Ain Dubai with Kids

Taking a ride on Ain Dubai is a fun-packed activity that appeals to all age groups.

So be sure to get your ticket to Ain Dubai! Breathtaking 360-degree views of the skyline across JBR, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, and beyond unfold before you enjoy a rotation in one of its 48 air-conditioned, spacious, and sleek cabins.

With your Premium Ain Dubai Cabin ticket, you can enjoy welcome soft drinks, VIP lounge access, and food options during your 38-minute ride.

3. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai is home to one of the largest and most amazing aquariums which contains over 33,000 animals, all found inside the Dubai Mall.

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Dubai’s underwater zoo is an unforgettable experience for families and kids of all ages, with such a range of activities on offer.

From a mermaid makeover to glass bottom boats and swimming with the sharks, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is one no family member would want to miss!

4. Motiongate Dubai Theme Park

Yes, Hollywood’s top motion film studios include DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, and Lionsgate. But what if you could combine all three in a single location?

That’s correct! Motiongate Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts gives you the best-in-branded entertainment from Hollywood’s three greatest and most successful motion picture studios, allowing you and your loved ones to see the world of innovation and creative storytelling.

Choose whether to enter the Smurfs’ wonderful realm or fight alongside the Ghostbusters to defend New York.

You may also take your kids to a multimedia theatre presentation and ride various thrilling roller coasters.

5. Aquaventure Waterpark

The Aquaventure Waterpark is one of Dubai’s greatest water parks. Dubai’s number one water park is the greatest in the Middle East and Europe, with one of the best water slides in the globe for an adventure like no other.

Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai Ride

Apart from the slides, the park also offers Dolphin Adventure, Ultimate Aquarium Dive, and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, among other attractions.

6. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai, located in the Mall of Emirates, is one of the best locations to visit in Dubai with your family. It’s difficult to picture a ski resort in the desert, yet that’s exactly what the geniuses behind it have done.

Skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding, and even playing with Snow Penguins are all available to visitors.

This is one of Dubai’s most exciting family attractions and a must-see for everyone.

7. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek, one of the oldest and most beautiful destinations to visit with your family, provides unique experiences that transport you back in time.

Dubai Creek

The creek and its ferries provide a unique way to see the city, and water taxis may be used to visit other sites of interest.

The Dhow Cruise is one of the most well-known excursions in Dubai, and it’s a must-do for anybody who wants to see the city from a different viewpoint.

Families may continue their boat journey while enjoying magnificent meals and onboard entertainment.

8. Jumeirah Beach Park

The Jumeirah Beach Park, which spans 12 hectares, is one of the best spots in Dubai for a family vacation.

This hybrid park is a perfect combination of beach and grassland, with plenty of room for picnics and get-togethers in the great outdoors.

Families may use the park’s numerous amenities, including a children’s play area, barbeque area, picnic tables, showers, food booths, a volleyball area, and much more.

This is a fantastic way to spend a genuinely peaceful day in Dubai with your loved one.

Final Words

So there you have it, my guide to some of the greatest and most enjoyable things to do or see in Dubai with your family.

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However, if you are visiting Dubai for the first time and want to explore a different side of the city, I believe this list provides the ideal combination of things to see and do in Dubai .

If you’re visiting Dubai with your family or children, I strongly advise staying near the beach. A pool is also required.

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18 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in the UAE

Written by Jess Lee Updated Jul 26, 2022

The iconic high-rise skylines of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, rimming long sandy shorelines, have made the United Arab Emirates a popular destination for anyone wanting to mix a city break with some beach time.

Landmark tourist attractions, such as Dubai's towering Burj Khalifa and Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Louvre museum offer sightseeing within easy reach of the city sand.

A host of massive malls have made both cities renowned among shoppers as the best places to visit, and both offer vacationing families plenty of purely fun things to do, with an impressive list of major theme parks.

There's more to the UAE than the contemporary glitz of its two major cities, though.

The country's interior of desert and Hajar Mountains are all about big-sky scenery and adventure activities, from 4WD trips across a landscape of rippling dunes to taking on the world's longest zipline over the jagged contours of Jebel Jais.

There's also much more history here than those modern skyscrapers would have you believe. Sharjah and Al Ain are two cities dedicated to promoting Emirati heritage.

For ideas on the best places to visit, see our list of the top attractions and things to do in the United Arab Emirates.

1. Take a Beach Break

2. zoom up dubai's burj khalifa, 3. admire abu dhabi's sheikh zayed mosque, 4. get active on jebel jais in ras al-khaimah, 5. visit the louvre abu dhabi, 6. experience the uae's desert landscapes, 7. family fun at the theme parks, 8. explore dubai's al fahidi quarter, 9. view sharjah art museum's renowned art collection, 10. take a road trip up jebel hafeet, 11. dhow rides on dubai creek, 12. head into the hajar mountains, 13. take the kids to dubai aquarium & underwater zoo, 14. shop in the souks, 15. get active in hatta, 16. skydive over the desert or the city, 17. relax in historic al ain, 18. visit the sharjah museum of islamic civilization.

Camel on a United Arab Emirates beach

For many visitors, a UAE vacation centers around the beach.

Late October to May, while temperatures plummet over Europe and North America, is high season here as the UAE's punishing summer heat gives way to winter's beach weather.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the more obvious beach choices, offering city sightseeing, shopping, and theme parks in easy reach of the sand.

For sun-and-sand vacations in Dubai, luxury resorts are focused along the coast west of the central city. In particular, the beaches around Jumeirah and Dubai Marina offer plenty of family-oriented, five star resorts dedicated to beach time.

Abu Dhabi's luxury resorts rim the shoreline of the city's various islands, so resort areas are more scattered across the city than in Dubai. Saadiyat Island, Marina Breakwater, and Khor Al Maqta are the areas offering some of the best beach-focused resorts in town.

Away from these two destinations, though, there are more beach options.

The beach resorts of Ras Al-Khaimah and Ajman in particular are favorite city getaways, while on the UAE's eastern coast, Al Aqah beach in the Emirate of Fujairah is a popular option for beachgoers who want to head away from the crowds.

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is one of the United Arab Emirates most famous buildings and the soaring sky-high landmark of Dubai.

Not only is it the world's tallest building (at 828 meters high) it also lays claim to the titles of tallest freestanding structure in the world, highest observation deck in the world, and elevator with the longest travel distance in the world.

A trip up to the observation deck with its panoramic views across Dubai, is on most visitor itineraries, both to marvel at this modern engineering and architectural feat and to admire the dizzying views of Dubai laid out below you.

Address: Entry from Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a mammoth modern mosque of incredible beauty.

Fusing contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship, the mosque harmoniously blends modern and ancient styles and techniques to create a new interpretation of Islamic architecture.

Both its exterior and interior utilize lavish amounts of gold, mosaic tiles, and glasswork to decorate the mosque's white marble stonework, while the architecture itself blends the various mosque designs of multiple Islamic empires.

Inside, the prayer hall is laid with the world's largest hand-knotted carpet (5,700 square meters) and illuminated by chandeliers made from 24-karat gold and crystals. While outside, the vast marble courtyard incorporates a mammoth swirling floral floor mosaic of semi-precious stones.

Address: Al Khaleej al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

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Hiker enjoying the view from Jebel Jais

The highest peak in the United Arab Emirates, Jebel Jais in the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah is a major activity center.

You could come here simply to admire the vista of rugged Hajar Mountain peaks rippling down to the coastline plateau from the viewing platform terrace near the summit, or you can choose to match those views with some adventure activities.

The most popular mountain experience here is the Jebel Jais Flight, the world's longest zipline, which runs down the side of the peak for over two kilometers, reaching speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour.

For less speed thrills and more mountain time, Jebel Jais's Via Ferrata climbing route offers guided tours during the cooler months, while independent hikers can choose from six marked trails on the lower reaches of the mountain.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

The newest and most spectacular museum in the United Arab Emirates, the Louvre Abu Dhabi takes visitors on a journey through human history.

The collection has been sourced from across the globe and through the ages, beginning from the earliest human settlements to works by the major names in today's contemporary art scene, to demonstrate the links between cultures and civilizations that has threaded through humanity's narrative.

Whether you're interested in world history or art, the museum is a major draw, while the stark and ultra-modern architecture of the complex, designed by prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, is an attraction in itself.

Address: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

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Tracks in the desert

For those with an adventurous streak, make a beeline for the UAE's desert reaches that stretch across the country's southern interior.

There are plenty of adventure activities on offer, from 4WD trips across the desert dunes to camel trekking, sandboarding, and dune buggy trips.

Popular desert day trips from Dubai or Abu Dhabi usually include dinner at a desert camp after a 4WD journey into the dunes, and offer time at camp for other activities such as sandboarding or short camel rides.

Other desert tours allow more scope for wildlife spotting and specialized desert operators also offer overnight camping amid the dunes.

The desert interiors of the emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ras Al-Khaimah are also home to a number of luxury desert resorts, where stays are all about soaking up the dune scenery and heading out on desert activities.

Entrance to Wild Wadi Park in Dubai

  • In Dubai, Dubai Parks & Resorts offers four major theme parks rolled into one: Motiongate, dedicated to rides themed around Hollywood films; Bollywood Parks; Legoland Dubai; and Legoland Water Park.
  • The city is also home to IMG Worlds of Adventure with rides, roller coasters, and experiences themed around both Marvel storylines and characters for older kids, and the Cartoon Network for little ones.
  • If you just want to splash about for the day, though, Dubai's Wild Wadi Water Park is your best bet in town.
  • The best water park for older kids and teenagers wanting something more than simply slides is Wadi Adventure in Al Ain .
  • Here, it's all about white water kayaking, surfing, and wakeboarding, though there are swimming pools here, too, for when you need a rest from all the activities.
  • Abu Dhabi is home to two of the country's most famous branded theme parks both on Yas Island.
  • Ferrari World is a thrill-seeker's dream come true, with the world's fastest roller coaster as its landmark ride, while Warner Bros World offers six worlds to explore, from Cartoon Junction for small children to Metropolis and Gotham City with rides and attractions themed around DC Comic storylines.


The Al Fahidi quater of Dubai (also known as Bastakia) is the last remaining fragment of Old Dubai and shouldn't be missed. This small heritage area really evokes the simpler, gentler past of the city before skyscrapers took over the skyline.

The narrow lanes within the neighborhood are lined with carefully restored traditional buildings in typical Arabian architectural styles, many with the wind tower features, which kept houses cool before air-conditioning became common.

Many of the buildings now house small museums, art galleries, and craft shops, allowing you to enter the houses and see typical Arabian interiors.

The Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding is also based within the quarter and offers walking tours focused on the Al Fahidi quarter along with on-site traditional meals for visitors who want to experience local culinary heritage.

Interior of the Sharjah Art Museum

Sharjah Art Museum is home to one of the world's most renowned collections of work by Arab artists and art hailing from the Middle East.

Its permanent collection includes both pieces by the biggest names in contemporary Arab art from throughout the 20th century to the present, displayed in the Barjeel Collection Wing, and art from the 18th and 19th century created by both Arab artists and the European artists who focused on the Middle East in their work.

The museum is noted for its program of temporary exhibitions, which bring exhibits from both prominent and up-and-coming artists to the museum's lower floor galleries throughout the year.

Address: Corniche Street, Sharjah Heritage District, Sharjah

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Jebel Hafeet

Jebel Hafeet, on the edge of the oasis city of Al Ain is one of the most popular destinations for a quick and easy nature break out of Abu Dhabi city.

The cool mountain air on the summit also offers a respite from the coastal heat during summer.

This is the second highest peak in the United Arab Emirates, and far-reaching, sumptuous panoramas across the mountain's reaches and down to Al Ain greet you all the way up to the top on the winding road.

At the top of the twisting switchback mountain road, you are rewarded with being able to see across the area's vast sweep of desert stretching out in all directions.

Dubai Creek Dhow Ride

The Burj Khalifa may give you that famous skyline view from up high, but the most iconic Dubai views are still taken from the water.

Dubai Creek slices through the city, and the best way to experience Dubai is from one of the beautiful dhows (traditional Arabic boats) that ply the creek.

Sunset cruises (which often come with entertainment and dinner) are particularly popular among visitors, as you get to watch the lights of the high-rises begin to twinkle in the dusk.

For a budget cruise, though, just hop on one of the ablas (local ferries), which ply the water between Bur Dubai and Deira.

Hajar Mountains

The Hajar Mountains scythe through the northern interior of the UAE.

For nature lovers, the wadis (dry riverbeds or valleys) hidden within this region are prime territory for hiking, climbing, and bird-watching. Specialized adventure tour companies in Dubai and Ras Al-Khaimah offer wadi tours focused on these activities.

The Hajar Mountains are also great for road trips simply to take in the scenery of rolling, barren mountains.

Some of the tiny Hajar Mountain villages in the emirates of Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah are topped by historic watchtowers and small forts, which make good stop-offs along the way.

One of the most popular Hajar Mountain bases is the town of Hatta, which has become a major activity center in recent years, with kayaking on Hatta Lake and mountain biking in the surrounding area.

Aquarium Tunnel at Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the city's best family experiences but also offers plenty of activities and things to do for the more adventurous.

The 48-meter-long Aquarium Tunnel, with 190-degree views into the aquarium, featuring over 300 sharks and rays among the 140 species living here, is a fascinating step into the underwater world.

But as well as the Aquarium Tunnel, there are opportunities to visit a penguin enclosure, a crocodile enclosure, and to witness the daily shark and ray feeding times.

For the more adventurous, Dubai Aquarium offers a variety of scuba diving experiences, including shark diving.

Address: Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

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Shoes for sale in a Dubai souk

For many visitors to the United Arab Emirates, shopping is one of the main attractions.

There are megalithic, glitzy malls by the dozen, but for a more local approach to shopping jaunts, you can't beat the souks (bazaars) .

In Dubai, the Deira and Bur Dubai districts, facing each other across Dubai Creek, are where you head for traditional shopping, with the Bur Dubai Souk, the city's famed Gold Souk, and the Spice Souk all here.

In Sharjah, the Central Souk is one of the city's landmark buildings, while nearby Souk Al Jubail is a foodie traveler favorite destination.

Abu Dhabi has also got its souk areas. The most popular is the modern World Trade Center Souk, designed by architect Norman Foster, with its shops and stalls selling handicrafts from across the Arab world.

Hatta Dam

The Hajar Mountain village of Hatta is a prime base for travelers who want to experience a slice of the UAE's Hajar Mountain scenery.

While the coast swelters in summer, temperatures here in the mountains, although still hot, tend to be dry rather than humid, making Hatta a popular weekend getaway for Dubai locals.

The turquoise waters of the vast Hatta Dam, surrounded by jagged mountain slopes, is the main tourist attraction, and many people are here chiefly to kayak or boat on the lake.

If you're looking for more activities, Hatta is home to several hiking and mountain biking trails across the surrounding mountain wadis and slopes, many with phenomenal Hajar Mountain vistas along the way. Due to this, it's become a top destination in the UAE for adventure travel and nature-based journeys.

There's also horse riding amid the Hajar foothills and, if you want bird's-eye views of Hatta's mountain scenery, tandem-paragliding.

Dubai skydiving

For the ultimate aerial views on your UAE trip, take to the skies for a tandem sky dive.

Tandem sky diving experiences are offered at two very different locations in Dubai:

Either opt for the city site , where sky divers take in vistas over the Dubai coastline with bird's-eye panoramas of the Palm Jumeirah island complex below, or head out to the desert site for views of undulating desert dunes and arid plateau as you descend.

Whichever you choose, both experiences provide one of the most thrilling sightseeing opportunities in the country.

Sky diving is available throughout the year at the city site, and the desert site closes during the summer months. Be aware, though, that sky diving is a weather-dependent activity, so it can be called off due to wind and visibility issues. If this happens, you will be offered either a full refund or a rescheduled spot.

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Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain's oasis

The old caravan route stop-off of Al Ain, with its sprawling date palm oasis, is today a favorite getaway destination from Abu Dhabi.

For families, the major attractions are Al Ain's vast zoo, acclaimed for its conservation work and home to a safari-style experience, and the Wadi Adventure water park , with its white water rafting facility, as well as a bundle of more typical water park rides.

Once home to the ruling Al Nayyan family, Al Ain is also one of the UAE's most important historic destinations, with the Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain Palace Museum, and Qasr Al Muwaiji, all well-preserved remnants from the era before the oil boom.

To peek into the deeper past, the 5,000-year-old Umm Al Nar tombs at Al Ain's Hili Archaeological Park are one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites .

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation

Sharjah's Museum of Islamic Civilization is the only museum in the country to focus on the breadth of Islamic history.

The collection inside traces Islam's course from the very early years to the spread of the Islamic empires through Asia and Africa, and explores the vast diversity of culture and art throughout the Islamic world.

As well as a wealth of artifacts and art objects, certain displays focus on separate facets of the Islamic faith and specific eras in Islam's history. Some displays feature rare manuscripts and religious documents, and tourists will find them easy to understand thanks to excellent information boards throughout.

Address: Corniche Street, Sharjah

Official site: https://www.sharjahmuseums.a e

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15 Best Places To Visit In Dubai With Family in 2024

Dubai is a fantastic decision for a family occasion. It is one world-class city that conveys heavenly accommodation, astounding undertakings, and a shopping experience like none other. Offering an ideal mix of custom and innovation, there is a great deal of energizing places to visit in Dubai with family. Going from natural to man-made, there are wonders in this city that no family ought to ever miss on their vacation. Here we present to you the best 17 Dubai places to visit with family. Ensure you visit every one of these places with your family to live the absolute most excellent days of your existence with your friends and family while on a Dubai city visit.

Dubai is one of those occasion goals that offer energizing designs for the whole family. There are seashores for you to chill, water parks for great fun, aquariums to excite, historical centers to know the things, and a lot of different places that similarly energize the children, adolescents, grown-ups, and even senior residents. Head to these top vacationer puts in Dubai on your family vacation.

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1. Bollywood Park Dubai 

Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is the first-historically speaking amusement park of its sort in the entire world! Set in five exciting and all-around planned zones, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts lets you stroll into a scope of situations and encounters roused by the best Bollywood blockbusters ever. Regardless of whether you’re eating in the lanes of Mumbai with Don being pursued around by police officers, or viewing at Broadway-style Bollywood melodic at Rajmahal Theater, or meandering through the rustic settings of Lagaan, this place will let you live your Bollywood dream without limit, and you’ll wind up adoring all of it! 

Timings: 2 pm – 11 pm  Area: Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali – Dubai – United Arab Emirates 

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2. Aquaventure Waterpark 

Outstanding amongst other water stops in Dubai, the Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai , is the Middle East and Europe’s number 1 water park. It has extraordinary compared to other water slides on the planet for an experience like none other. Aside from the slides, the recreation center additionally has different other engaging alternatives like Dolphin Adventure, Ultimate Aquarium Dive, and The Lost Chambers Aquarium . 

Timings: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM  Area: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates 

3. Ski Dubai 

Situated in the Mall of Emirates, Ski Dubai is perhaps the best place to find in Dubai with family. It is hard to envision a ski resort in a desert, yet the virtuoso individuals behind it have overseen. Voyagers can appreciate skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding, and even play with Snow Penguins. One of the most engaging family attractions in Dubai, this one is an absolute necessity for all. 

Timings: 9:00 am – 12:00 am  Area: Sheik Zayed Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates 

4. Dubai Creek 

One of the most seasoned and best places to go with family, Dubai Creek , offers encounters that take you back in time. The stream and its ships offer a one of a kind method to investigate the city, and one can utilize water taxis here to take a gander at different purposes of fascination. Dhow Cruise is one of the most famous visits here and is, without a doubt, an unquestionable requirement to go after the individuals who need to encounter the greatness of Dubai from a laid back point of view. Families can appreciate lavish dinners and vessel diversion as they proceed with their pontoon ride. 

5. Jumeirah Beach Park 

Crossing 12 hectares, Jumeirah Beach Park is one of the best Dubai family excursion places. This crossbreed park is a beautiful mix of sand and prairie and more than plentiful space for picnics and gets together amid nature. Families can utilize its different offices like youngsters’ play territory, grill region, outdoor tables, showers, nourishment booths, volleyball zone, and significantly more. To go through a genuinely loosening up day in Dubai with your adored one, we strongly suggest this one. 

Timings:  7:30 am – 11:00 pm (Thursday and Friday)  Rest of the days (7:30 pm – 10:00 pm)  Area: Jumeirah Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates 

6. Burj Khalifa 

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At The Top and At The Top Sky is probably the best scene to visit in Dubai with family. The visit takes you to the 124th and 125th floor of the tallest structure on the planet and offers an all-encompassing encounter of the whole city. The view from the 124th floor, which has a perception deck, is, for the absence of words, unimaginable. Also, if by chance you have taken the more premium, “At The Top Sky” visit at Burj Khalifa , at that point, you will avoid those lines and climb straight away to the 148th floor for a much increasingly extraordinary flying experience. Regardless of what you pick, there would be minutes in this entire journey that none of your relatives would overlook for quite a while. 

7. The Dubai Fountain 

The Dubai Fountain is perhaps the best scene to visit in Dubai with guardians. This is the world’s tallest performing wellspring and is a joy for the individuals who witness it. Over 900 feet tall, it’s size is equivalent over two football fields. The wellspring performs to a scope of Arabic tunes from the old style to contemporary is a treat for the faculties. 

To additionally hoist their experience, voyagers can likewise take the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride simultaneously the wellspring is performing. Offering a front seat to the best light show on the planet, we are confident you won’t regret this. 

Timings: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Fee: Free  Area: Fashion Parking – Dubai Mall – Sheik Mohammed canister Rashid Blvd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates 

8. Desert Safari Dubai 

Desert Safari in Dubai

With regards to the best activities in Dubai, the Desert Safari goes ahead top. The Dubai Desert is perhaps the best place to see with family, and its experience is surprisingly better. Joining ridge slamming, dusk camel ride, safari, and the customary Arabian right understanding, go for this one if you are an admirer of everything bona fide. 

Timings:  8:30 am – 11:30 am (Morning)  4:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Evening)  4:00 PM – 9:00 AM (Overnight)  Fee: For bundle costs, allude to the site underneath. 

9. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo 

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are probably the best places to visit in Dubai for children and families the same. This aquarium comes among the biggest suspended aquariums on the planet, and one needs to indeed observe it to feel its magnificence. It is situated on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall and, in this way, is an ideal choice for the individuals who need a portion of shopping and diversion. The 10 million aquarium tank is home to a vast number of aquatic creatures and has more than 140 species. There are more than 300 sharks and beams, and this incorporates the most significant assortment of Sand Tiger Sharks on the planet. 

To benefit as much as possible from your visit, voyagers can decide to do a glass-base ride over the tank, take a plunge for a beautiful pen swimming movement, shark jump, or pick an increasingly conventional method for investigating by strolling through the 48-meter burrow that offers a 270-degree perspective on the aquarium. 

Timings: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Area: Ground and Level 2, The Dubai Mall – Dubai – United Arab Emirates 

10. Dubai Miracle Garden 

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Gardens is really a marvel to have a thriving nursery brimming with a vast number of blossoms sprouting in a desert, and you must be here to trust it. Inconceivably lovely in the entirety of its courses of action, this is one place that will entrance you. Each blossom game plan is one of a kind and surely a treat to the faculties. This is probably the best place to visit in Dubai with family, and we wager you won’t be frustrated. 

Timings: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Passage Fee: AED 40 or INR 696 for each individual Area: Al Barsha South 3, Barsha, Dubailand Area – Dubai – United Arab Emirates 

11. Wild Wadi Water Park 

On the off chance that you are searching for the sake of entertainment places to go to Dubai with family, at that point, Wild Wadi Water park is the place you should come. Carnivals are, in any case, fun and invigorating rides in this park, you and your children will have a period of their Dubai trip. Indeed, even grown-ups can partake in water sports exercises and extinguish their hunger for experience. There are two incredible cafés inside the recreation center where you can appreciate eating with your family. 

Area: Jumeirah Street, Next to Burj Al Arab، Jumeirah 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates  Timings: 10 am – 6 pm  Passage Ticket: INR 6500 for grown-ups, INR 6000 for kids 

12. Worldwide Village 

An ideal retreat for the youngsters, the Global Village is one of the most famous vacation places in Dubai with family. These extreme 40 structures are set up around October to April, where there are individuals from various nations exhibiting nearby items. Aside from that, there is a pervasive experience that anticipates the children to investigate and appreciate. There are funfair rides, music shows, enchantment shows, and parody shows, which can be enjoyed by the two grown-ups and youngsters. 

13. Kite Beach 

Dubai isn’t only a goal that is known for its mind-boggling engineering, yet separated from that, this place is likewise well known for seashores. There are numerous perfect seashores and separated from that, there are watersports that add an edge to the get-away. The kite seashore is one of the places in Dubai which embellished by emerald waters close by the Arabian Gulf. Aside from this, the place likewise offers the explorers to appreciate with kids on outdoor trampolines and newly cleared Skate Park. 

14. Ferrari World 

Positioning as a standout amongst other family places to visit in Dubai, Ferrari world is the world’s biggest indoor amusement park, which doesn’t neglect to amaze the children. There are around 17 Ferrari-rides and attractions that embellish the place. Aside from that, the location guarantees that tourers likewise appreciate fine-eats and shopping. 

Timings: 11 am-8 pm  Area: Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi 

15. Kidzania Dubai 

Kidzania is an ideal place to begin the gutsy undertaking with your children while in Dubai. From learning and seeing the Kinder chocolate industrial facility to Flight Simulator, there is a lot of educative activities around at this place. There are pretend exercises for children to appreciate and furthermore themed bundles, which will unquestionably upgrade your aptitudes. 

Timings: 9 am-11 pm  Area: Dubai Mall, Financial Center Road, Dubai 

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Exploring Dubai with the Family: 20 Must-Visit Places

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Dubai- Best Places to Visit in Dubai

Dubai, the vibrant heart of the United Arab Emirates, stands as an unparalleled destination on the global stage. This dynamic city, a melting pot of cultures, offers an exhilarating blend of tradition and modernity. Prepare to be captivated by the Arabian hospitality and immersed in a tapestry of diverse experiences.

Rising majestically from the golden Arabian desert, Dubai’s skyline is adorned with awe-inspiring skyscrapers that defy the limits of imagination. As you gaze upon the panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, you’ll find yourself enchanted by the breathtaking beauty that unfolds before your eyes.

Indulge in world-class hospitality at the finest hotels and resorts, where every detail is meticulously curated to offer an unparalleled luxury experience. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you embark on thrilling skydiving adventures, traverse the mesmerizing desert on exhilarating desert safaris, or engage in exhilarating watersports that leave you craving for more.

For quality time with family, Dubai presents a plethora of mesmerizing theme parks and water parks, promising endless fun and laughter. Taste the flavors of the world as you dine at the exquisite restaurants curated by renowned celebrity chefs, savoring rich and authentic cuisines that ignite your taste buds.

Embark on delightful safari cruise rides, where the tranquil waters become a gateway to serenity, transporting you to a world of magic and wonder. From beginning to end, Dubai’s array of activities and attractions is limitless, offering an enchanting tapestry of possibilities for a truly magical and unforgettable holiday experience.

In Dubai, dreams come to life, creating cherished memories that will forever hold a special place in your heart.

Here, in this Dubai Travel Guide blog, we will discuss in detail some of the must-visit places on a Dubai sightseeing tour.

  • Burj Khalifa
  • Dubai Fountain
  • Dubai Miracle Garden
  • Dubai Marina
  • Dubai Museum
  • Burj- al- Arab
  • Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Dubai Frame
  • Legoland Water Park
  • Aqua Venture Waterpark
  • Legoland Resort
  • The World Islands
  • Dubai Parks and Resorts
  • Dubai Opera
  • Palm Jumeirah
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Burj Khalifa – Explore the Tallest Building in the World

Burj Khalifa Dubai

The Tallest and most beautiful building in the world, Burj Khalifa, is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Dubai. It embodies the essence and soul of the city, showcasing its remarkable beauty. Standing at a height of 828 meters, it is located adjacent to Dubai Mall. Visitors from around the globe flock to Dubai to elevate their holidays with breathtaking views offered by this architectural marvel.

With 163 floors towering over 828 meters, Burj Khalifa boasts 8 escalators and 57 elevators. The building is also home to the world’s tallest lounge, offering not only stunning views but also a hub of entertainment and fine dining. Adjacent to Burj Khalifa, the choreographed musical Dubai Fountain mesmerizes spectators with its captivating beauty. It holds the world record for the longest elevator travel distance and the highest restaurant.

Covered with 26,000 hand-cut panels, the external facade of Burj Khalifa adds to its grandeur. Inside, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, accommodation options, and a vast swimming pool. The sheer height of Burj Khalifa makes it visible even from afar, leaving a lasting impression. Undoubtedly, it is a must-visit destination in Dubai and tops the list of the city’s top 10 destinations.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the magnificence of Burj Khalifa, as it epitomizes the architectural marvels and grandeur that Dubai has to offer.

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Dubai Fountain – Where Water Dances in Spectacular Harmony

Dubai Fountain

Witnessing the enchanting spectacle of water dancing to the rhythm of music and lights is an experience that epitomizes the beauty of Dubai. The Dubai Fountain, one of the most renowned scenic attractions in the city, captivates visitors with its mesmerizing charm. As the world’s largest choreographed water fountain show, it leaves tourists in awe.

This beloved destination is cherished by visitors of all ages, offering a wonderful setting to create lasting memories with family and friends. Nestled within the expansive Burj Khalifa Lake, spanning 30 acres, this awe-inspiring musical fountain is a true marvel to behold in Dubai. Jetting up to 22,000 gallons of water, it showcases a captivating display of choreographed movements, accompanied by iconic melodies like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Sarah Brightman’s “Time to Say Goodbye.”

For an even more immersive experience, embark on the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride, where you can witness this marvelous fountain up close. The ride allows you to fully appreciate the grandeur and magnificence of the fountain as it performs its magical dance.

Dubai Mall – A Shopaholic’s Paradise

Dubai Mall

Welcome to Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping destination! It stands as one of the best places to visit in Dubai with family, offering a haven for luxury travelers and shopaholics alike. Prepare to have your senses captivated as you immerse yourself in this retail paradise.

Dubai Mall is renowned for its extravagant offerings and is home to thousands of showrooms representing various companies. Indulge in a shopping experience like no other as you explore collections from renowned designers and brands. From exquisite gold jewelry to the latest footwear trends, Dubai Mall caters to every style and taste.

Not only is Dubai Mall a shopper’s delight, but it also provides endless entertainment for families. Delight in the mesmerizing Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo, where both kids and adults can learn about and marvel at marine creatures. Additionally, the massive indoor cinema complex offers a perfect setting to create fun-filled moments with your loved ones.

Moreover, Dubai Mall is the epicenter of Dubai’s iconic Shopping Festival, an event that attracts visitors from all corners of the globe. Immerse yourself in the festival’s vibrant atmosphere as you discover exclusive shopping deals and unforgettable experiences.

With its diverse range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Dubai Mall has solidified its position as one of the top tourist attractions in the city. Once you experience its charm, you’ll find yourself drawn back time and time again. Prepare for an unforgettable journey through the ultimate shopper’s paradise.

Dubai Miracle Garden – Nature’s Marvel

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden, a captivating haven of natural flowers, is a beloved destination for nature enthusiasts visiting Dubai. Welcoming tourists from around the world during the winter season, it stands as a mesmerizing spectacle of beauty. Within this 72,000 sq. km paradise, over 150 million flowers burst into vibrant bloom, creating a breathtaking experience.

Since its launch on Valentine’s Day in 2013, Dubai Miracle Garden has become one of the world’s most stunning natural gardens. Here, a kaleidoscope of colors adorns the landscape, as flowers exude their radiant beauty. Prepare to witness some of the most captivating attractions found anywhere on Earth.

Among the wonders to behold is the Flower Castle, adorned with delicate daisies and sunflowers, creating a picturesque scene that will leave you in awe. The Cabanas offer breathtaking views of an array of flowers, providing a perfect setting for quality time with your family. These small cabanas feature billowing drapes and floral cushions, transporting you into a world of enchantment. Additionally, fields adorned with thousands of stunning sunflowers will truly take your breath away.

Dubai Miracle Garden opens its doors from 9 am to 9 pm on weekdays and extends the hours to 10 pm on weekends, ensuring ample time to immerse yourself in the beauty of this natural wonderland. Prepare to be captivated by the vibrant colors, delightful fragrances, and sheer magnificence of Dubai Miracle Garden as you embark on a journey through nature’s enchanting wisdom.

Dubai Marina – Where Fun Meets Serenity

Dubai Marina

Situated on the picturesque seashore of Dubai, Dubai Marina is the perfect destination for families seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Dubai. This vibrant place is adorned with luxurious hotels, enticing restaurants, bustling shopping malls, and captivating high-rise buildings adorned with vibrant lights.

As you stroll along Dubai Marina, the alluring lights of the buildings will captivate your heart, while the boats docked in the harbor create a scene of enchantment. The beachside offers a delightful setting to enjoy quality time with your family in Dubai. Thrilling water sports like jet skiing and parasailing await you, and a boat ride is an absolute must-do. From the water, you’ll witness the most captivating views of Dubai Marina, leaving you in awe.

For a truly unforgettable experience, embark on a Yacht tour and be mesmerized by the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views that will inspire your camera lens. Additionally, Dubai Marina offers a plethora of nightclubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops, ensuring endless entertainment and exploration opportunities for you and your loved ones.

Dubai Marina truly epitomizes the fusion of fun and tranquility, inviting families and friends to create unforgettable memories amidst its vibrant ambiance.

Dubai Museum: Where the Past Comes Alive

Dubai Museum

What better place to delve into the history and culture of the city than the Dubai Museum? It stands as one of the best destinations in Dubai for history enthusiasts and tourists with a penchant for cultural exploration. As one of the oldest museums in the city, it serves as a testament to the rich heritage and traditions of the Emirates.

The Dubai Museum offers a captivating journey through the past, illustrating the development of present-day Dubai. Visitors can immerse themselves in the historical narrative through engaging films on the history of Dubai, accompanied by a stunning 3D model showcasing the city’s evolution. Exhibitions depict the traditional way of life in Dubai, providing insights into housing, clothing, and weaponry. Additionally, the museum sheds light on the origins and growth of Dubai’s oil industry.

A visit to the museum wouldn’t be complete without perusing its gift shop, where an array of attractive souvenirs, handicrafts, and traditional attire await. Exploring the Dubai Museum promises to be an enriching experience, as it unveils fascinating facts about the city’s remarkable history and culture, leaving visitors with a deep appreciation for Dubai’s heritage.

Burj Al Arab: The Epitome of Luxury

Burj- al- Arab

Don’t miss out on one of Dubai’s iconic destinations – the Burj Al Arab. It stands as a prominent tourist attraction in Dubai, captivating visitors from around the world. Renowned as one of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai, it has earned the esteemed title of “Seven Star.”

The Burj Al Arab boasts an exquisite collection of fine-dining restaurants, stunning beaches, and the magnificent Burj Al Arab Terrace. When it comes to indulging in luxury accommodations in Dubai, this remarkable hotel is the preferred choice of celebrities and renowned personalities worldwide. It epitomizes opulence and grandeur.

As your stay comes to an end, a grand farewell awaits guests in the exit lobby, adorned with a bespoke spiral chandelier crafted by Sans Souci, a renowned Czech design company. This magnificent centerpiece features 210 crystal tubes and weighs an impressive 450 kg. Additionally, the expansive terrace offers a sprawling 10,000 sq km of poolside lounging space.

Steeped in history and grandeur, the Burj Al Arab enchants with its interior adorned with 24-carat gold accents. Staying here is an experience of a lifetime, offering unrivaled luxury and sophistication. For those seeking an unforgettable journey through Dubai’s sightseeing tour, the Burj Al Arab is an absolute must-visit destination, especially for discerning luxury travelers.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo: A Fascinating Encounter with Marine Wonders

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Built inside the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit with family and friends. You must bring your kids here; they will be amazed to see the beautiful marine world. It houses many unique marine species. On the second level of the aquarium, you will find an underwater zoo where you can meet sharks, fishes, penguins, crocodiles, and many more marine creatures. A glass-bottom boat ride will let you see the life of marine creatures from a different perspective. You can also indulge in a thrilling dive with sharks in the aquarium park. Additionally, check out the amazing gift shop of the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, where you will find marine-themed products and souvenirs. It’s a wonderful place to spend a day in the world of fantastic marine creatures and learn a thing or two about them.

Jumeirah Mosque- Seat of Divinity

Jumeirah Mosque Dubai

Jumeirah Mosque is a serene historical mosque in Dubai. It is a top tourist attraction in Dubai for spiritually inclined visitors. Guided tours are available for non-Muslim tourists to learn about the culture and religion. The architecture of the mosque is inspired by Syria and Egypt. It can accommodate approximately 1500 worshippers. As it is a spiritual place, ladies are required to wear decent clothing and bring their own head cover or scarf. There are plenty of things to see and experience at the mosque. Visit the “Once Upon a Time” museum, which preserves captivating stories, artifacts, and pictures from the 70s and 80s. You will also find rare artifacts and vintage items. Special Emirati refreshments such as Arabic coffee, tea, dates, water, and Luqaimat are offered before the program. Don’t forget to explore the gift shop of Jumeirah Mosque, where you can find traditional outfits, gifts, and beautiful souvenirs from local businesses. It is one of the most iconic spiritual landmarks in Dubai.

Dubai Frame – For the Most Beautiful Views

Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Dubai, guaranteed to amaze your senses. It offers more than just a typical tourist experience; Dubai Frame provides a captivating glimpse into the harmony between the old and new, showcasing the coexistence of the ancient world and modernity. Furthermore, it allows you to immerse yourself in Dubai’s rich historical and cultural legacy.

Standing at an impressive height of 150 meters, Dubai Frame is adorned with over 1500 square kilometers of gold-colored stainless steel. Its distinctive ring, inspired by the expo 2020 Dubai Logo, adds a touch of elegance to the structure. Tourists from all corners of the world flock here to witness the captivating beauty of Dubai.

From the bridge, you can witness the most breathtaking sunset views, be captivated by the charm of old and new Dubai, and gain fascinating insights into Emirates Heritage. The experience is truly unforgettable, offering a unique perspective on the city’s evolution and remarkable achievements.

Get Ready for Thrilling Water Adventures in Dubai

Dubai is an amazing tourist destination for family holidays in the United Arab Emirates. This place is a must-visit tourist attraction in Dubai, especially if you are fond of adventures. If you have kids, there are numerous adventure theme parks that will delight their souls. These theme parks serve as excellent sources of recreation and relaxation, offering a perfect place to spend an entire day. With an abundance of water slides and fun-filled activities, they are ideal for travelers of all kinds. A day spent in these theme parks will provide you with the ultimate pleasure of thrilling adventures in Dubai.

Explore Legoland Water Park in Dubai

Legoland Water Park Dubai

Legoland Water Park in Dubai is the ultimate destination to enjoy the world’s best waterslides and Lego rides. It is also one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai. If you have kids aged 2-12, the rides and fun-filled games at Legoland will create unforgettable memories for them. Here are some of the best adventure activities to try:

  • Build-A-Boat: Use LEGO bricks to build your own boats and set them afloat in the Build-A-Raft River.
  • Joker Soaker: Experience the excitement of a water playground with thrilling slides and interactive water features.
  • Red Rush: Embark on a fascinating and thrilling family-sized raft ride that will leave you exhilarated.
  • Splash Out: Enjoy an amazing open-body slide with friends, experiencing a thrilling rush of water.
  • Wave Rider: Dive straight into the water and ride the waves for an exhilarating experience.

At Legoland Water Park, there is no shortage of excitement and adventure. It’s a place where imagination and water fun come together for an unforgettable day of enjoyment.

Explore the Fascinating Rides of Aqua Venture Waterpark

Aqua Venture Waterpark Dubai

This park boasts over 105 record-breaking water slides and attractions, making it an excellent destination to enjoy thrilling rides with your family and friends in Dubai. Some of the most popular rides at Aqua Adventure Water Park include:

  • Odyssey of Terror: The world’s tallest water ride, featuring a free-fall down a curved wall.
  • Shockwave: A must-not-miss attraction, as it is the world’s longest family water coaster ride.
  • Blackout: A thrilling vertical drop, known as the scarier sister of the Leap of Faith.
  • Vortex: A wonderful vortex twister for adventure lovers, with twisting back turns, curves, and 360 loops.
  • Leap of Faith: Experience a breathtaking fall from a height of 9 storeys into a shark-filled lagoon at lightning speed.
  • River Rapids: Prepare for the longest river ride through raging torrents.
  • Raging Rapids: Ride through waves, high-pressure bubbles, and strong currents for a wild adventure.
  • Immortal Falls: Don’t miss the thrilling gravity-defying cliff jumps.
  • Surfs Up: The best activity for surfers to catch some waves.

Additionally, there is a dedicated kids’ play section called Splashers Island, which is one of the top places for kids in Dubai. It offers many adventurous and fun-filled water rides for kids to enjoy, such as tornado slides, rally racer, and Splashers Mountain.

Aqua Adventure Water Park provides an exhilarating experience for visitors of all ages, ensuring a day full of excitement and memorable moments.

Legoland Resort Dubai – Comforts of All Kinds

Legoland Resort Dubai

Adjacent to Legoland Water Park, Legoland Resort in Dubai offers an extravagant accommodation option for families with children. After enjoying all the thrilling rides and adventure activities, a comfortable Lego-themed stay is a wonderful way to experience the rich hospitality of Dubai. Legoland Resort in Dubai provides many recreational and relaxation opportunities for families and friends.

The resort features around 250 rooms, offering luxurious accommodation for families of up to five members. It is also a great place to celebrate special occasions such as your child’s birthday party. With numerous rides located within the resort and a variety of indoor adventure activities, there is no shortage of entertainment for guests.

Your family holidays at Legoland in Dubai will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience, combining excitement, comfort, and the magic of Lego.

The World Islands – Island of Bliss

The World Islands Dubai

Just off the coast of Dubai, The World Islands is a beautiful archipelago, making it the best place to visit during a Dubai sightseeing tour. The World Islands consist of numerous islands that resemble the world map when viewed from above. These islands are named after countries, cities, personalities, and regions. Covering approximately 232 km of the shoreline, the archipelago comprises around 300 mini islands. It’s an amazing destination to explore with friends and family in Dubai, offering a variety of dine-in hotels and luxurious islands. Additionally, you can enjoy thrilling watersports such as jet skiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, as well as breathtaking beach views.

One of the most fascinating activities here is taking a seaplane ride, which provides a comprehensive tour of the entire island. A boat ride is also highly recommended, as it allows you to learn about the design and concept behind the creation of these islands. If you prefer a more personalized experience, you can hire a private yacht and explore the islands at your own pace. Some islands have their own hotels and resorts, where you can stay and immerse yourself in the unique ambiance and luxury facilities they offer. For photography enthusiasts, The World Islands is one of the best places to capture stunning pictures, with a beautiful view of the Dubai Skyline as an added bonus.

Dubai Parks and Resorts – Fun Haven for Families

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts is the ultimate tourist attraction in Dubai that will permanently capture your heart. It is one of the most popular family-friendly destinations in Dubai, specifically curated for those with children and a love for adventure. A visit to Dubai Parks and Resorts is a must if you want to experience the best of Dubai tourism. It is the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination, comprising three theme parks—Motiongate, Bollywood, and Legoland—and one water park, Riverland, along with a grand entrance plaza and a Polynesian-themed family resort. It offers the best adventures, memories, and fun for tourists.

Enter the world of innovation and extraordinary storytelling at Motiongate Dubai, where you can immerse yourself in a fantasy world of films and encounter your favorite animated characters. Every Bollywood lover must visit Bollywood Park, which showcases the diverse and artistic cultural aspects from all parts of India. Don’t miss the Bollywood Sky Flyer ride, the tallest swing ride in the world. At Legoland Water Park, you will find amazing Lego rides designed for kids, with around 20 water slides for families to enjoy.

Riverland, the gateway to Dubai Parks and Resorts, is a must-visit place where you can encounter the greatest eras of the past. Divided into four zones—The French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate, and the Peninsula—these areas will transport you back in time and remind you of bygone eras.

Dubai Parks and Resorts also offers a range of amazing hotels and resorts that will captivate your soul and make you want to stay forever. These accommodations cater to all the needs of tourists. After enjoying adventures and rides, if you desire relaxation and comfort, you can choose to stay here. The hotels and resorts offer good connectivity, stunning styles and decorations that delight the eye, private pools and balconies, themed dinners, and picturesque views for tourists. These are just a few of the many features available.

Ski Dubai – Where Snowy Adventures Begin

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is a must-see tourist attraction in Dubai for individuals of all ages, offering a fun-filled experience for everyone. If you’re in Dubai and looking for a place to enjoy quality time with your loved ones, head to Ski Dubai. The venue offers a wide range of enjoyable activities that create unforgettable memories with your near and dear ones. It boasts a wonderful indoor skiing area where you can engage in skiing, snowboarding, snow bullet rides, and many other thrilling snow rides.

Right on Ski Dubai’s slopes, you can enhance your experience by watching movies while sipping on hot chocolate and enjoying popcorn at the Snow Cinema by Vox Movies. If you’re new to skiing, you can also learn from Ski School experts while having fun. Additionally, Ski Dubai is a great place to encounter penguins, including the amazing King and Gentoo Penguin species.

Zorb ball, chair lifting, snow park rides, and mountain thriller rides are among the best attractions for tourists of all kinds. For those who love challenges, there are snow challenges to test your skills. Fitness enthusiasts will find a range of amazing workout activities such as snow yoga, morning hikes, HIIT classes, and Zumba classes. Moreover, Ski Dubai offers mesmerizing cafes and restaurants that will captivate your soul with their amazing dishes.

Come and experience the joy and excitement that Ski Dubai has to offer, creating cherished moments for all.

Dubai Opera- Time for Entertainment

Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera is a must-visit destination for those who love to immerse themselves in the culture and heritage of a place, appreciate cultural performances, enjoy watching performing arts, and indulge in live entertainment and fashion shows. With a seating capacity of 2,000, this multiformat theater promises to captivate your heart with its exhilarating entertainment performances. It is a premier destination for world-class performing arts and entertainment productions. Tourists can enjoy a wide range of live entertainment performances, fashion shows, concerts, conferences, galleries, and exhibitions.

The architecture of Dubai Opera will mesmerize your eyes. Paying tribute to Dubai’s maritime history, its design showcases its unique transformation capabilities. This versatile theater can be effortlessly converted into three different configurations: from theater to concert hall, concert hall to flat floor, and flat floor to banquet or event hall. It serves as an ideal venue for gala dinners, weddings, private events, outdoor concerts, workshops, New Year parties, musical nights, and product launches.

For art and music enthusiasts, Dubai Opera stands as the ultimate destination to visit during their Dubai holidays. Immerse yourself in the enriching world of art and music at Dubai Opera.

Palm Jumeirah- Recreation Paradise

Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Palm Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s most beloved tourist attractions that will captivate your senses with its glamorous five-star resorts, amazing restaurants, parks, malls, and mesmerizing beach clubs. There is never a dull moment in Palm Jumeirah. The warm waters of the Arabian Gulf, stunning sunrises and sunsets, the beautiful Broadwalk of Palm Jumeirah, and thrilling water adventures such as wakeboarding, skiing, parasailing, paddleboarding, and yachting make it the perfect place to hang out with your loved ones and create beautiful memories. Numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops offer ample opportunities to spend quality time with your family and rejuvenate your mind.

The captivating palm-shaped island of Palm Jumeirah, located opposite Jumeirah Beach, is a fantastic place to unwind. You must experience shoreside dining and underwater dinner at Ossiano in Atlantis. If you have children, there is no better place than Aquaventure Park, which features numerous fun water slides. Additionally, you can enjoy a romantic cruise tour around Palm Jumeirah with your loved one. Palm Jumeirah is indeed the best place to create everlasting memories with family and friends in Dubai.

Dubai is a fascinating destination for tourists of all kinds, offering a wealth of experiences and attractions that will constantly entice you to plan your next visit. Feel free to ask any queries in the comment section of our blog. If you have already visited Dubai, we are eager to hear your amazing stories. For first-timers, we wish you a happy and safe journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ten must visit places in dubai.

Dubai is at the top of the travel bucket list for every wanderer, and it’s not hard to see why. It is a melting pot of diverse cultures, cuisines, and experiences. There are numerous incredible places to explore in Dubai that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. Some of the top landmark destinations to visit in Dubai are:

  • Burj Al Arab
  • Dubai Creek
  • Dubai Aquaventure Park
  • Dubai Skydive

How many days are needed to visit Dubai from India?

Dubai is a remarkable tourist attraction that caters to visitors of all kinds. It offers a wide range of tourist attractions and adventure activities. Exploring this incredible destination in just 2-3 days may not be sufficient to fully experience all it has to offer. To truly enjoy all the fun and activities with your loved ones, it is recommended to allocate 6-7 days to explore Dubai. However, if you are planning a shorter visit of 2-3 days, you can still enjoy some of the most popular destinations in Dubai. The duration of your holiday will depend on the specific activities you choose and the places you wish to explore.

What are the best kids’ friendly places to visit in Dubai?

Dubai is an awesome destination for family-friendly holidays, especially when you have kids. There are many amazing places in Dubai that offer entertainment and recreation for children. Here are some of the best kid-friendly places in Dubai to make your kid’s holiday truly awesome:

  • Ferrari world
  • Bollywood Park
  • Aqua venture water Park
  • Miracle Garden
  • The Global village
  • Jumeirah Beach
  • Dolphinarium
  • Children’s City
  • Cafe Ceramique
  • JA Palm Tree Court
  • Green Planet

What are the top shopping places in Dubai?

Paradise for shopaholics, Dubai has amazing places that will entice you to open your purse and buy fascinating souvenirs. From mesmerizing shopping malls to traditional souks, Dubai is a blissful haven for those who love to shop. Here are some of the most amazing places to indulge in shopping in Dubai:

  • Perfume Souk
  • Meena Bazaar Dubai
  • Dragon Mart
  • Farmers Market
  • The outlet Village
  • Ibn Battuta Mall
  • Mercato shopping Mall
  • Karama Shopping Complex
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • City Center Mirdif
  • Friday Market

What are the must visit Beaches in Dubai?

Dubai is renowned as one of the world’s top beach holiday destinations. Tourists from all corners of the globe flock to Dubai to immerse themselves in the luxuries offered by its hotels and resorts, and to bask in the beauty of its sandy beaches. Dubai’s beaches serve as incredible destinations for enjoying recreational activities with family and friends.

Here are some of the must-visit beaches in Dubai:

  • Al Mamzar Beach Park
  • White Beach
  • Sunset Beach
  • Al Sufouh Black Palace Beach
  • Mercato Beach
  • La Mer Beach
  • Marina Beach
  • Jebel Ali Beach

What are the top outdoor activities to do in Dubai?

Dubai is an incredibly popular and adventure-friendly destination that offers a plethora of interesting events and activities to keep tourists entertained. Here, you’ll never feel bored as there are numerous awesome outdoor activities to enjoy, making your Dubai holidays truly unique.

Here are some of the top outdoor activities and attractions in Dubai:

  • Kite Beach: The perfect spot for relaxation with your family.
  • Adventure and Leisure Parks: Ideal for thrilling rides and fun activities.
  • Beach Clubs: Experience the happening vibes of Dubai’s beach clubs.
  • Dubai Desert Safari: Explore the desert and engage in thrilling adventures.
  • Dubai Miracle Garden: A paradise for nature lovers.
  • Burj Khalifa: Capture stunning pictures and enjoy the adventures of the world’s tallest building.
  • Dhs1 Abra Ride of old Dubai: An experience of a lifetime.
  • Explore Dubai’s Outdoor Markets: Discover the vibrant outdoor markets of Dubai.
  • Adventures of Hatta: Spend an entire day enjoying the adventures in Hatta.
  • Pedal Boating in Al Barsha Pond Park: Enjoy a leisurely pedal boat ride in Al Barsha Pond Park.
  • Visit Amazing Museums of Dubai: Dive into the rich culture and heritage of Dubai through its incredible museums.
  • Fishing Adventure in Gulf’s Warm Waters: Embark on a thrilling fishing adventure in the warm waters of the Gulf.
  • With these exciting options, Dubai guarantees an unforgettable adventure-filled experience for all visitors.

What are the top places to visit in Dubai at Night?

Don’t miss out on Dubai’s vibrant nightlife! Dubai boasts an awesome nightlife scene that will leave you mesmerized. The pulsating rhythm of disco songs, delectable food, bustling shops, vibrant street culture, lively parties, and consistently amazing bars and pubs will ensure that your night out in Dubai is truly unforgettable.

Here are some of the most incredible places for a happening night out in Dubai:

  • Sightseeing at the top of the Burj Khalifa
  • Al Bastakiya
  • Dubai Marina and JBR
  • Night Desert Safari at Dubai desert
  • Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre,
  • The Fujairah Beach
  • Al Qudra Lake,
  • Acacia Forest,
  • Umm Al Quwain
  • Al Boom Diving
  • Dubai Underwater Zoo
  • Global Village
  • Night Clubs and Bars
  • Motiongate Dubai
  • Shopping Mall of Dubai
  • Dubai fountain
  • Lost Chambers

What are the best adventurous places and theme parks to visit in Dubai?

Dubai is undeniably one of the top and must-visit destinations for adventure lovers. This remarkable city offers a plethora of exciting adventure spots that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Make sure to visit these places to experience the thrilling adventures Dubai has to offer:

  • Atlantis Aqua venture Waterpark
  • Legoland Theme Park
  • Dubai Desert
  • Skydive Dubai
  • Xline Dubai Marina
  • Deep dive Dubai
  • Sky Views Dubai
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • Dubai Global village
  • Ferrari World Theme Park
  • Bollywood Theme Park

What are the best places to visit in Dubai for Nature Lovers?

The natural beauty in Dubai is at its peak, offering breathtaking landscapes and a serene atmosphere that will provide you with the most blissful and pleasurable experience. For nature lovers and those seeking solace, Dubai offers a range of awesome places to explore:

  • Al Safa Park
  • Zabeel Park
  • Jumeirah Beach Park
  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
  • The Green Planet
  • Dubai Butterfly Garden

What are the top Museums to visit in Dubai?

Dubai is home to several museums that offer valuable insights into its rich heritage and culture. If you are enjoying your holidays here, make sure to visit these top museums in Dubai:

  • Hatta Heritage Village
  • Etihad Museum
  • Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
  • Coffee Museum
  • Saruq Al- Hadid Museum
  • Naif Museum
  • Museum of the future
  • Pearl Museum
  • Camel Museum
  • Dubai Moving Image Museum
  • Coin Museum
  • Women’s Museum
  • Al Shindagha Museum

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Best Places to Visit in UAE with Family

This article was last modified on February 9th, 2024

The UAE is definitely one of the coolest places to have an unforgettable experience. Looking for a suitable place to spend time with your family might be challenging and that’s why we’re bringing you this article. 

It includes the top places to visit in the UAE with your family, featuring unlimited options to freely choose the best. Keep reading for endless adventures. 

Dubai and Hatta

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Dubai and Hatta 

1. burj khalifa and dubai fountain.

When in UAE, the amazing Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain are must-visit attractions. You will feel amazed once you see Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and find how iconic it is. 

You can also reach its top through At the Top Burj Khalifa, which is an outdoor observation deck at 425 metres. In addition, Dubai Fountain is a matchless attraction in Dubai as it has the largest choreographed fountain system. 

Its shows are breathtaking as the unique music and colours will leave you in awe. Having fun in UAE isn’t always about spending too much money as Dubai Fountain is among the best places to visit in UAE with family for free. 


It’s located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. 


  • At The Top, Burj Khalifa: Starting AED 159 /person 
  • Dubai Fountain: Free

Opening Hours 

  • Burj Khalifa: 24 hours 
  • At The Top, Burj Khalifa: 9 am – 11 pm daily 
  • 6 pm – 11 pm daily (a show every 30 minute) 

places to visit in uae with family

2. Ski Dubai 

Ski Dubai is a real haven for adults and kids alike; it’s a fascinating indoor snow city with various activities and games for all ages. 

You can head there whenever you and your family want to escape the heat yet have fun. It features different experiences like sliding on the snow, riding a lift chair, and trying other joyful activities. 

Not just that, here you and your little ones can meet the lovely penguins and see them closely, which is an unforgettable encounter. There is no time to waste so head to this amazing place for some family quality time. 

It’s located in Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1, Al Barsha, Dubai. 

Top Experiences 

  • Ride the Zorb Ball.
  • Enjoy snow skiing on the Slope.
  • Try the Mountain Thriller experience.
  • Take pictures with the cute penguins. 
  • Snow Park Pass: Starting AED 195 /person
  • Slope: Starting AED 250 /person 
  • Snow Penguins: Starting AED 175 /person 
  • Mondays – Thursdays: 10 am – 11 pm
  • Fridays: 10 am – 12 am 
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 9 am – 12 am

Contact Information 

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3. Dubai Parks and Resorts 

Here comes the real dream destination for family outings in UAE. Dubai Parks and Resorts is the largest theme parks destination in the Middle East. It’s home to the most iconic theme parks in Dubai: Legoland, Motiongate, and Bollywood Parks. 

Legoland has the theme of the colourful legos, while Motiongate is inspired by Hollywood. Besides, Bollywood Parks has an Indian-inspired theme to make you feel like strolling in Mumbai. 

These outstanding amusement parks offer numerous rides and games. They also have awesome attractions that are a must visit for unforgettable moments.

It’s located on Sheikh Zayed road, close to Jebel Ali Palm, Dubai. 

Top Experiences  

  • Have fun at Legoland zones: Factory Tour, Miniland Light Show, and Boating School.
  • Tour these cool areas in Motiongate: Columbia Pictures, Studio Central, Smurfs Village, and Dreamworks.
  • Attend live shows at Hollywood Theatre.
  • Enjoy the different rides and games across these awesome parks.
  • Relish your time at Bollywood Parks zones: Mela Junction, Mumbai Chowk, and Bollywood Boulevard.  
  • Legoland Dubai: AED 330 /person 
  • Legoland Waterpark: AED 330 /person
  • Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark: AED 395 /person 
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai: Starting AED 295 /person
  • Motiongate Dubai: Starting AED 295 /person

Legoland Dubai

  • Mondays – Thursdays: 10 am – 6 pm 
  • Fridays – Sundays: 10 am – 7 pm 

Legoland Waterpark

  • Thursdays – Tuesdays: 10 am – 7 pm 

Bollywood Parks Dubai

2 pm – 10 pm daily 

Motiongate Dubai

  • Sundays – Thursdays: 12 pm – 9 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 12 pm – 10 pm

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4. Dubai Miracle Garden 

Have you ever imagined visiting a spot all made of flowers? Yes, this is real at the one and only Dubai Miracle Garden . It’s one of the most-visited seasonal attractions in Dubai. 

The park includes various zones with different shapes all made of flowers. When you’re there, you will see big hearts, butterflies, and even big cute smurfs formed from colourful blooms, leaving you in awe. 

It’s an optimum spot during the winter months to enjoy the breeze while your kids have fun outdoors. 

It’s located on street 3, Al Barsha South, Al Barsha, Dubai. 

  • Tour its wonderful attractions like Floral Clock, Sunflower Field, and Lake Park.
  • Attend the Flower Parade with your beloved ones.
  • Practice yoga among the beautiful blooms.
  • AED 55 /adult 
  • AED 40 /kid (3 – 12)

It differs according to each season. 

*Season timings: October – April 

+971 (0)4 422 8902

5. Al Mamzar Park

Al Mamzar Park is one of the most fun places to visit in the UAE with family where you can enjoy the greenery. It also overlooks the Arabian Gulf, allowing you to relish the stunning water views. 

It’s perfectly safe for children as you can track them and always be aware of where they are, which is one of its perks. You can head there for a lovely picnic to relax and chill in such a natural atmosphere. 

Moreover, whether you’re living in Sharjah or Dubai, you can easily access this awesome park; this owes to its prime location on the borders of the two emirates. 

It’s located on Al Mamzar Beach street, Al Mamzar, Dubai. 

  • Chill by the beach
  • Take a dip into the swimming pool or beach
  • Dine at the restaurants
  • Enjoy refreshments at the cafes
  • Go cycling with the children
  • Try skating 
  • Let your kids enjoy their time at the play area
  • AED 5 /person 
  • Kids: free (below 2)

Opening Hours

8 am – 10 pm daily

+971 (0)4 296 6201

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6. Aventura Parks 

For all the adventure lovers, here’s the optimum spot where you can enjoy exhilarating experiences with your family with full safety measures. 

Aventura Park is the largest zipline park in Dubai at which you can try numerous challenging games, circuits, and obstacles in a full jungle and desert surrounding. 

In addition, there’s a play area for the young children so they can play and meet new friends. Get ready for an astonishing and exciting experience full of adrenaline rush and joy. 

It’s located in Mushrif Park, Al Khawaneej street, Al Mushrif, Dubai.

  • Go on a walk at the Nature Trail.
  • Try different challenges like Leap of Faith, Cat Walk, Himalaya, and Jacob’s Ladder. 
  • Join the daily camps or the weekly ones during various seasons.
  • Experiences: Starting AED 75 /person 
  • Park entry: AED 10 /person 
  • Wednesdays – Sundays: 5 pm – 12 am 
  • Mondays and Tuesdays: off 

+971 (0)52 178 7616

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7. Hatta Hill Park

If you’re looking for a new spot with natural views to chill with your family, Hatta Hill Park is a good place. It’s a green oasis positioned on a hillside at the foothills of Hajar Mountains. 

The greenery and open views there are to die for, making it a perfect spot for family picnics, barbecues, or an outdoor outing. It also includes a play area so the little ones can enjoy their time. 

In addition, you can bring your volleyball or football to play a game with your beloved ones as Hatta Hill Park has sports fields. The fun is unlimited here so don’t miss it. 

It’s located off Dubai Hatta road, Dubai, UAE 

Free entry 

  • Sundays – Thursdays: 8 am – 11 pm 
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 8 am – 12 pm

+971 (0)50 226 2581

8. Hatta Wadi Hub

How about spending a day full of fun and thrilling activities? This sounds ideal. Hatta Wadi Hub is your optimum spot to enjoy a variety of interesting things to do away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

It’s an adventure centre that provides you with cool activities like hiking, zorbing, mountain biking, and much more so all the family members can relish their time. 

In addition, in case you’re longing for some relaxation, this hidden gem is the optimum spot as you will be surrounded by the breathtaking nature views of Hatta’s mountains, lake, and clear sky; this owes to its prime location.

It’s surely among the best places to visit in UAE with family especially during winter. 

It’s located off Dubai-Hatta road, Sufayri, Hatta, Dubai.

  • Try paragliding, archery, axe throwing, or zorbing.
  • Ride a horse.
  • Spend fun moments through the thrilling water rides.
  • Go on a mountain biking ride.

Prices vary according to the experience or game you choose. 

8 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 9:30 pm daily

+971 (0)4 820 5500

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9. Hatta Heritage Village

Visiting a historical spot is a good opportunity in such a great and authentic place like Hatta. Hatta Heritage Village is one of the popular attractions in the area. 

At this destination, you will feel and see how the ancient rural life was in the past, as it’s an old area that has been preserved by the country. You will find documents and historical sculptures in life-size prototypes. 

Not just that, you can see the villagers while doing their inherited crafts like making jewellery, pottery, tools made of clay, leather, and more. There are also cultural and folklore celebrations which are so fun to attend.

It’s located close to Jeema road, Hatta, Dubai. 


  • Saturdays – Thursdays: 7:30 am – 8:30 pm
  • Fridays: 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 +971 (0)4 852 1374

10. Hatta Dam

Hatta Dam is a natural hidden gem among Hajar Mountains and a safe haven for quality time and some tranquillity. It’s among the top visited places in Hatta owing to its astonishing beauty which is 100% genuine.

You will spot breathtaking scenery of the huge mountain and clear lake meeting the beautiful sky, leaving you speechless. Besides, it’s an awesome spot not only for chilling but also for enjoying fun activities. 

You can try kayaking there as it’s one of the must-do activities in this area. It’s a super exciting experience that you won’t forget. 

It’s located at the south side of Hatta, Dubai. 

Hatta Kayaking Prices 

  • Single kayak: AED 60
  • Double kayak: AED 120 


7 am – 11 am, 3 pm – 9 pm daily

+971 (0)56 616 2111

If you’re looking for more places in Dubai, you can check this guide on Property Finder for various spots to visit with the family. 

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Abu Dhabi 

1. warner bros world abu dhabi.

This one is a must visit with no doubts; it’s the first Warner Bros amusement park in the world, not just UAE. This park is themed after all the lovely movies and characters by Warner Bros like Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Spiderman, and more. 

You will also enjoy its unique rides and games with the kids. Each area has a distinct theme with many activities to do for both adults and children, ensuring you the unforgettable experience. 

Coming here is the best treat for you and your little ones so plan your visit soon. 

It’s located off Al Maha street, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

  • Tour the park’s awesome lands: Warner Bros Plaza, Bedrock, Gotham City, and Metropolis.
  • Enjoy its fun and themed rides.
  • Spend an entertaining night at Warner Bros Cinema Spectacular.
  • Try the different cuisines offered at the park’s unique restaurants.
  • AED 310 /adult 
  • AED 240/ kid

11 am – 8 pm daily 

Contact Information

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2. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

On the list of the best places to visit in UAE with family, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is surely included. It’s a nice choice if you’re seeking some extra thrill, excitement, and fun. 

The park is home to amazing fast rides for adventure lovers, yet has family attractions ideal if you’re with the kids. In addition, it offers you a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t find anywhere else—driving a Ferrari. 

Let the adventure begin and enjoy your time at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. 

It’s located on Yas Dr, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

  • Explore the park’s top zones: Adventure Zone, F1, Italian Zone, and Family Zone.
  • Learn karting at the Karting Academy. 
  • Drive a real Ferrari car.
  • Spend thrilling moments at the Racing Simulators encounter.
  • AED 240 /kid

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3. Yas Waterworld 

Going to a waterpark is always ideal no matter the time of year in UAE. Yas Waterworld is the best option when in Abu Dhabi. It has numerous types of slides and water encounters to ensure everybody spends an unlimited joyful time.

Besides, you will enjoy the various amazing slides in addition to astonishing experiences like wave surfing. Here they also offer you a private cabanas option, if you want some privacy with the family. 

No more wondering where to go with the family on the weekends or on your vacation, as Yas Waterworld is the one. 

It’s located on Yas Dr. street, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. 

  • Try the Underwater VR encounter.
  • Extract some jewels through the Pearl Diving experience.
  • AED 270 /adult 
  • AED 220 /kid (above 3)
  • Sundays – Thursdays: 10 am – 7 pm 
  • Fridays: 1 pm – 10 pm 
  • Saturdays: 10 am – 9 pm 

+971 (0)2 414 2000

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4. Abu Dhabi Corniche

Do you want to enjoy the outdoors for a change? If yes, then Abu Dhabi Corniche is the answer. It’s one of the best and most fun places in the UAE to enjoy your time with your family.

This notable destination is among the best spots for walking in the capital, thanks to its smart design as its broadwalk overlooks the beautiful waters of the Arabian Gulf. 

You will feel some tranquillity and calmness while strolling with your loved ones along the beautiful stretch of beach. It’s an awesome place to visit in UAE with your family during the day or night. 

It’s located on Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi.

  • Have a tasty dining experience at one of the waterfront restaurants.
  • Let your kids play at the featured play area. 
  • Take your morning coffee at any of the outstanding cafes.

Abu Dhabi Corniche

5. Louvre Abu Dhabi

In case you’re looking for a place to visit in UAE with a family on a budget, Louvre Abu Dhabi is an optimum option. You will see the different iconic artworks by the most talented artists worldwide, leaving you in awe.

In addition, it hosts various galleries and cultural workshops which is a great opportunity to see the newest works, especially if you’re an art enthusiast. 

There is also a Children’s Museum inside Louvre Abu Dhabi where they offer the young ones interesting and engaging activities.

It’s located off Jacques Chirac street, Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. 

  • AED 63 /adult (above 18)
  • Free for under 18 and senior residents
  • Tuesdays – Sundays: 10 am – 6:30 pm  
  • Mondays : off 

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6. Sheikh Zayed Mosque 

Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular sights and destinations. It’s also among the world’s largest mosques and designed to be a cultural hub for visitors with different backgrounds. 

It’s an architectural masterpiece, owing to its mesmerising and outstanding design. You will feel astonished by its beauty and the peaceful vibes. 

Besides, it’s also on the list of the free places to visit in the capital where you can know more about the Islamic arts and culture.

It’s located off Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan street, Abu Dhabi. 


  • Saturdays – Thursdays: 9 am – 10 pm 
  • Fridays: 9 am – 12 pm; 3 pm – 10 pm 

+971 (0)2 419 1919

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7. Al Ain Zoo 

If you’re searching for a unique spot for an outing, Al Ain Zoo matches your request. It’s not a typical zoo but an open one, allowing you to see the animals in their natural habitat. 

You will feel amazed with its unique areas to meet various animals like giraffe, hippo, lemur, tigers, lions, and much more. In addition, the park offers you awesome experiences you will never forget. 

You can make the outing extra special and go on their safari rides, through which you will see the distinct species of animals as if you’re in Africa. 

It’s located on Nahyan The First Street, Shiab Al Ashkhar, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.

  • Feed a giraffe or penguin.
  • Go to the hippo and crocodile exhibit. 
  • See closely a lemur walking. 
  • Hold a wild bird in your hand.
  • AED 10 /adult
  • AED 5 /kid (3 – 12)

3 pm – 10 pm daily 

800 966 

Al Ain Zoo

8. Jubail Mangrove Park 

Abu Dhabi is popular for its wonderful green mangroves; here is your chance to see them in reality at Jubail Mangrove Park. It’s a self-contained nature, leisure, and educational destination where different avian and marine creatures native to Abu Dhabi live. 

You will feel astonished by the beauty of the green mangroves while blue waters surround them. It’s a very relaxing and wonderful place to visit with the family. 

Besides, at this gem, you will be able to try many activities in such a clean atmosphere. Look no further for an outing away from the hustle and bustle of the city and come here. 

It’s located off Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan street, Al Jubail Island, Abu Dhabi. 

  • Walk along the broadwalk between the mangroves.
  • Try mangrove kayaking. 
  • Join the meditation sessions at such stunning setting.
  • AED 15 /adult 
  • AED 10 /person (below 18)
  • Free for kids below 7

7 am – 9 pm daily

+971 (0)2 546 8341

9. Al Ain Classic Car Museum

Whether you’re interested in cars or not, you will definitely love the Classic Car Museum! This is one of the coolest places to visit in Abu Dhabi with family.

The museum is home to many vintage and iconic car models which you can rarely spot anywhere else. You will see how the design and systems of the cars have changed over the years which is really impressive. 

Don’t forget to take some instagrammable shots to fill your profile with them. 

It’s located in Al Ain, in Ain Al Fayda Complex, Abu Dhabi.

  • AED 5 /kid (5 – 15)
  • Saturdays – Thursdays: 3:30 pm – 9 pm 
  • Friday: 4 pm – 7 pm 

+971 (0)54 542 4283

Al Ain Classic Car Museum

10. Nation Riviera Beach Club

Nation Riviera Beach Club is a gorgeous place where you can enjoy a private beach, spend an amazing family time, and simply unwind. It’s a good option for weekend outings as they offer day pass packages. 

You can have some quality time by its amazing pool facilities or head to the beach to sit by the sea. In addition, you can book a beach cabana for a day which includes refreshing drinks and fruits. 

In case you don’t have enough time to take your family on a staycation, then this hidden gem is your saviour. 

It’s  located in St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Tower, Corniche road, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi. 

  • Chill by the sea.
  • Enjoy delicious meals.
  • Work out at the gym.
  • Take your children to Treasure Island Children’s club for a wonderful adventure.

Day Pass Prices 

  • AED 105 for single person
  • AED 210 for couple 
  • AED 315 for families (2 adults and 2 kids)
  • AED 630 for two (beach with private cabana)

6 am – 10 pm daily 

+971 (0)2 694 4780 


1. Rain Room 

Have you ever wondered how it feels to stand under the rain without getting wet? The great news is that you don’t have to wonder anymore and simply experience it at the Rain Room in Sharjah. It’s the first one of its kind in the Middle East. 

This modern and art installation is designed using the latest technologies and sensors that stops the water when it feels a motion. This allows you to relish the rainy vibes without the mess of getting wet.

It’s among the interesting and unique places to visit in the UAE with your beloved ones. 

It’s located on Al Sharq street, Al Mujarrah, Sharjah. 

  • AED 25 /person  
  • Free: kids below 5

9 am – 9 pm daily, except Fridays: 4 pm – 10 pm

Each viewing lasts for 15 minutes.

Rain Room Sharjah

2. Al Noor Island 

The island life is interesting so here’s your chance to experience it without even travelling outside the UAE. Al Noor Island is among the nice places for a family outing in UAE.

This outstanding destination features numerous fun, thrilling, and tranquil activities to match all preferences. You can enjoy a stroll among its vast green fields, sit by the corniche to relish the undisturbed views of the water, and visit its various unique attractions. 

It also includes a huge play area so the little visitors don’t get bored while you’re chilling among nature.  

It’s located on Buhaira Corniche road, Khalid Lagoon, Sharjah, UAE.

  • Visit the Butterfly Garden.
  • Watch the shining stars through their professional telescope.
  • Have a lovely meal by The Bay.
  • Explore the island while strolling.
  • Go to the Arts and Sculpture attraction for many iconic works of art.
  • Join their Yoga At Sunshine classes exclusively here.
  • Al Noor Island entry fee (with Butterfly House): AED 50 /adult; AED 30 /kid
  • Yoga at Sunshine: AED 50 /adult (ladies only)
  • Noor Cafe: AED 65 /person
  • By the Bay: AED 180 /adult; AED 95 /kid
  • Sundays  – Thursdays: 9 am – 11 pm 
  • Fridays – Saturdays: 9 am – 12 pm
  • +971 (0)6 506 7000 
  • +971 (0)56 992 9983

Al Noor Island Sharjah

3. Pearls Kingdom Waterpark

If you’re living in Sharjah and looking for a cool waterpark to have fun with your family, Pearls Kingdom is the best option. It’s among the well known waterparks in the area, making it your ultimate spot when the summer hits. 

The park is home to a huge variety of slides and games across its different cool attractions. Besides, it also features amazing live shows and events to keep you entertained.

Pearls Kingdom Waterpark is among the top hidden places to visit with family in the UAE for amusing and unfogeratable moments. 

It’s located in Al Montazah Park, off Al Arouba street, Flag Island, Sharjah, UAE. 

  • AED 175 /adult 
  • AED 140 /kid

10 am – 10 pm 

 +971 (0)6 511 0555

4. Island of Legends

The enjoyment is unlimited in Sharjah; Island of Legends is among the top attractions here for excitement and thrill seekers. It’s also a family-friendly destination as it’s not limited to a specific age. 

It consists of different zones with each featuring distinct games and activities. You will disconnect from the outside world while trying the amazing experiences with your family. 

In addition, if you want to rest, they offer you a kids activities area where the children can paint, play, and do different crafts while you are sipping your favourite coffee.

AED 130 /person

+971 (0)6 511 0444.

Island of Legends

1. Jebel Jais Adventure Park

Are you seeking a cool adventure? Then you should visit Jebel Jais Adventure Park soon. It’s home to numerous adventurous and breathtaking experiences that are exclusively here. 

Besides, it features numerous activities with varying difficulty levels to suit all ages and preferences. For nature lovers, visiting this spot is surely a good idea as you will spot the most fascinating views at the peak of Jebel Jais.  

You will enjoy your time like never before at this outstanding park; it’s a perfect destination for a unique family outing away from the usual ones. 

It’s located in Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. 

  • Try Jais Sky Tour.
  • Enjoy Jais Flight.
  • Feel the adrenaline rush through Jais Sledder.
  • Spot the natural beauty at Jais Viewing Deck Park. 

Average Prices 

  • Jais Sky Tour: AED 260 /person 
  • Jais Flight: AED 450 /person
  • Jais Sledder: Starting AED 40 /person

Note: Prices vary throughout the year.

  • Wednesdays – Sundays: 10:30 am – 5 pm 
  • Mondays and Tuesdays: Off 

+971 (0)4 815 7333

Jebel Jais Adventure Park

2. Rixos Bab Al Bahr

A staycation with the family is always a good idea. Ras Al Khaimah is known for its stunning beaches and the ideal spot to relish this is Rixos Bab Al Bahr. It’s a good choice for an unforgettable staycation in UAE .

It stretches along the stunning shore of Marjan Island, giving you access to a fascinating beach view. You will also find numerous facilities and services for complete comfort. 

Moreover, it includes many indoor and outdoor activities so it’s endless fun; the resort has irresistible all-inclusive staycation offers for families, so what are you waiting for? 

It’s located on street no.11, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

  • Enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa.
  • Try the different beach activities: volleyball or racket.
  • Do yoga by the sea.
  • Ride a jet ski or banana boat.
  • Try parasailing.  

One night: Starting AED 900 for 2 adults and 1 kid

+971 (7) 244 4400

Rixos Bab Al Bahr

You’ve got a full list of amazing places to visit in UAE with family including historical, fun, natural, and even adventurous ones. Choose your favourite ones and head there to make unforgettable moments. 

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10 Best Places to Visit in UAE with Family

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10 Best Places to Visit in UAE with Family

In the heart of the United Arab Emirates lies a tapestry of enchanting family destinations waiting to be explored. The towering silhouette of the Burj Khalifa stands as a testament to Dubai’s aspirations, offering panoramic vistas from observation decks that capture the city’s evolution. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi embodies unity, fusing classical and contemporary architecture. Dubai Parks and Resorts paint a landscape of imagination, with Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks, Legoland Dubai, and Legoland Water Park offering diverse entertainment. Ferrari World ignites the passion for speed, while the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo immerse visitors in aquatic marvels. Yas Waterworld brings Emirati tales to life through aquatic adventures. The Louvre Abu Dhabi showcases art’s universal essence, and the Dubai Miracle Garden transforms arid land into a floral paradise. IMG Worlds of Adventure offers indoor thrills, and the Dubai Frame bridges the past and present. This is the UAE—a world of wonderment for families to embrace.

Checkout some of the best places to visit in UAE with family:

1. IMG Worlds of Adventure

Discover a haven of exhilaration at IMG Worlds of Adventure, nestled within an expansive indoor expanse. The park’s immersive zones, from the heart-racing Marvel Zone to the creatively dynamic Cartoon Network Zone, offer universes of entertainment. Embark on a prehistoric journey with the Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure, where lifelike dinosaurs roam. There are special Img World ticket offers , starting at approximately $30 for adults and $20 for children, unlocking the gates to a world where you can touch, feel, and experience the magic of beloved narratives and thrilling encounters. Dive into the adventure that awaits, where every corner is a portal to boundless fun and excitement.

2. Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame isn’t just a structure; it’s a time-travel portal that bridges Dubai’s past and future. As you enter, the ground floor museum introduces you to the city’s evolution from a fishing village to a global metropolis. The sky bridge provides a dual view that encapsulates Dubai’s vibrant present and nostalgic past. The sensation of standing between the old and new is unparalleled. Dubai Frame ticket price ranges around $14 for adults and $7 for children, invite families to capture this unique perspective in an unforgettable visual journey.

3. Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The Burj Khalifa is a soaring symbol of Dubai’s vision and innovation, capturing the city’s aspirations in its towering silhouette. As you embark on the journey upwards, the world beneath you transforms into a patchwork of architectural wonders and natural beauty. The observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors promise a multi-sensory experience, where telescopes and interactive displays enhance the breathtaking vistas. Gazing out over the metropolis during sunset, as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant hues, is an unforgettable moment. Ticket prices, starting at around $35 for adults and $27 for children, include not just access but also the chance to feel the pulse of a dynamic city from its pinnacle.

4. Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World embodies the adrenaline rush associated with the legendary car brand. It’s not just a theme park; it’s an experience that combines engineering marvels with the joy of exploration. From Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, to the interactive Formula One simulators, each corner of the park encapsulates the spirit of speed and innovation. Beyond the rides, the park features exhibitions that delve into the history and technology of Ferrari cars. Ticket prices, beginning around $70, open the doors to a world where the roar of engines and the thrill of speed become tangible.

5. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo invite you to plunge into the mesmerizing depths of the marine world. The Aquarium Tunnel is a remarkable passage through a colossal tank that teems with marine life. Rays glide gracefully above, and sharks make their silent passage beside you. The Underwater Zoo extends the journey, offering encounters with unique creatures like otters and penguins. A combo ticket, which typically includes both the Aquarium Tunnel and the Underwater Zoo, provides a comprehensive marine experience. Step into a realm that bridges the terrestrial and aquatic realms, starting at around $27.

6. Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi

Yas Waterworld is a playground of aquatic adventures, with its narrative interwoven with Emirati heritage. The slides, rides, and attractions mirror the diverse environments of the UAE, from exhilarating downhill journeys to lazy river cruises. The Liwa Loop waterslide and the Bandit Bomber water coaster are just a glimpse of the thrills that await. The park’s ticket prices, starting at approximately $60 for adults and $50 for children, offer the opportunity to navigate through a watery wonderland that guarantees a day of laughter, splashes, and family bonding.

7. Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a masterpiece that transcends boundaries. Its architecture, designed by Jean Nouvel, creates a play of light and shadow that elevates the art within. The vast collection spans cultures, eras, and genres, offering a unique perspective on the shared experiences of humanity. As you wander through the galleries, you’ll encounter artifacts that narrate stories of civilizations and their artistic expressions. The museum’s mission is to foster understanding and dialogue, making it an ideal family destination for cultural enrichment.

8. Dubai Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden is a living tapestry of colors and creativity, transforming an arid landscape into a blooming paradise. Every pathway is a portal to a different world, with intricate designs crafted from millions of flowers. As you stroll past flower-covered arches and heart-shaped walkways, you’ll find yourself immersed in a whimsical realm. The garden’s captivating displays range from life-sized structures to vibrant flower carpets. Ticket prices, usually around $14 for adults and $7 for children, allow families to step into a realm where nature and imagination intertwine.

9. Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts present an entertainment mecca that caters to diverse interests and ages. Motiongate Dubai brings beloved movie characters to life through its immersive zones. Bollywood Parks Dubai takes you on a journey through the colorful world of Indian cinema, combining live performances with interactive attractions. Legoland Dubai sparks creativity in young minds with its interactive rides and building experiences, while Legoland Water Park turns splashes into adventures. With ticket prices starting at approximately $80 per person for access to all parks, families can immerse themselves in a world of storytelling, imagination, and thrills.

10. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is more than a religious landmark; it’s a testament to the UAE’s commitment to tolerance and unity. This architectural masterpiece stands as a bridge between the past and the present, blending classical Islamic designs with contemporary elements. As you step onto the cool marble floors, intricate floral patterns stretch out before you, and the grandeur of the mosque envelops you. Guided tours offer insights into its construction, the artistry of its domes, and the harmonious coexistence of various architectural styles. The mosque’s open doors and welcoming spirit make it a cultural and spiritual experience for visitors of all backgrounds.

A Tapestry of Experiences for Families in the UAE

From the dizzying heights of the Burj Khalifa to the serene, spiritual atmosphere of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the United Arab Emirates is a smorgasbord of experiences that promise to captivate and enlighten families. It’s a destination where modernity and tradition coalesce in the most unexpected ways, offering a rich palette of activities that cater to varied interests. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking thrills at Ferrari World or a culture enthusiast absorbing the eclectic art collection at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the UAE ensures that no two experiences are alike.

The sheer variety of entertainment, coupled with the allure of cultural enrichment, makes the UAE a playground for the senses and a classroom for the mind. From the cinematic landscapes of Bollywood Parks to the vibrant tapestries of the Dubai Miracle Garden, each destination brings its own story, its own magic, and its own unique set of memories to be made. All of these experiences come with the added comfort of family-friendly amenities and accessible price points, making the UAE an unparalleled family destination.

As you traverse the landscapes of this versatile emirate, you’ll find that the UAE doesn’t just open its doors to families; it opens minds, enriches experiences, and fosters lifelong memories. In essence, the United Arab Emirates isn’t just a place to visit; it’s a world to explore, an adventure to embark upon, and most importantly, a home away from home where families can truly belong. So pack your bags, embrace the adventure, and set off on a family journey that promises to be as enriching as it is exhilarating.

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UAE government says cloud seeding didn’t take place before Dubai floods

Aftermath following floods caused by heavy rains in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The National Center of Meteorology, a government task force responsible for cloud seeding missions in the United Arab Emirates, said it had not carried out the weather modification technique in the run-up to the heavy storms that caused flooding in places like Dubai .

The organization told CNBC that it did not dispatch pilots for seeding operations before or during the storm that struck the UAE on Tuesday.

Omar AlYazeedi, deputy director general of the NCM, said the agency “did not conduct any seeding operations during this event.”

He added: “One of the basic principles of cloud seeding is that you have to target clouds in its early stage before it rains, if you have a severe thunderstorm situation then it is too late to conduct any seeding operation.”

On Tuesday, the country experienced an extremely heavy downpour, with more than  250 millimeters  (10 inches) of rainfall in the Emirate of Al Ain, according to NCM figures, and more than 100 mm in places like Dubai. The annual rainfall in the UAE averages between  140 to 200 mm .

The NCM's statement followed an  earlier Bloomberg report , in which Ahmed Habib, a meteorologist,  had said  that the Tuesday rains had stemmed partly from cloud seeding. Habib later told CNBC that six pilots had flown missions as part of regular protocol but had not seeded any clouds. CNBC was not able to independently verify the reports.

Cloud seeding , a process used to enhance rainfall, has been an integral part of the UAE’s mission to solve water shortages. Seeding missions were introduced in the 1990s, and more than 1,000 hours of cloud seeding are now performed annually.

The NCM said it had tracked the incoming heavy rain but did not target any clouds during that period, attributing the storm to natural rainfall. 

"We take the safety of our people, pilots, and aircrafts very seriously," AlYazeedi said. "The NCM does not conduct cloud seeding operations during extreme weather events."

The Gulf state has experienced a rise in rainfall in the last few years, and precipitation is expected to increase by up 30% by the year 2080, according to a January study published in the journal  Nature.

Traditionally characterized by its desert climate and scarce rainfall, the UAE has experienced shifts in weather patterns as a consequence of climate change.

The UAE government’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority issued warnings on X  ahead of the extreme weather conditions and urged residents to stay home and adhere to safety guidelines.

The UAE’s infrastructure and buildings are designed for the weather patterns typical to the region, so drainage systems struggled to keep up with the unprecedented downpours, resulting in flooding along many roads and  at the Dubai airport .

Joan Muwahed is a CNBC assistant producer based in Dubai.

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Experience the city's best sights and attractions that won't even cost you a dirham.

See water dance at The Dubai Fountain


Head to  The Dubai Mall  waterfront promenade to watch the dancing jets of  The Dubai Fountain  in action. With state-of-the-art technology under the shadows of the world's tallest tower , this is a class act and it's completely free. Join the crowds every half hour from 6pm to watch as streams of water shoot up to 140m in the air and dance to the tunes of traditional Arabic music, Bollywood pop songs and more.

  • Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

Get your art fix at Alserkal Avenue

Al Serkal Gallery Viewing

One of the city’s most popular art hubs, Alserkal Avenue is teeming with creativity. You can explore the galleries  housed within cleverly-designed warehouses for free, including modern art at Custot Gallery and North African works at Elmarsa Gallery. This neighbourhood has now morphed into approximately 500,000sqft of urban space and also boasts food, fashion and music plus a host of community events.

  • 17th Street, Al Quoz 1, Dubai

Take a trip to Old Dubai


Head to the historic quarter of Dubai to discover artistic excellence in the midst of tradition and culture. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, located by the charming Dubai Creek , houses respected art galleries within the rooms and courtyards of restored historic houses. Admire the sand-coloured windtowers and don’t forget to stop by the Coffee Museum , which details the centuries-old tradition of this  delicious drink .

  • Al Fahidi St, Al Souq Al Kabeer, Bur Dubai

Be mesmerised by Imagine


One of Dubai’s most impressive shows takes centre stage every evening at  Dubai Festival City Mall , and it’s free to attend for all. The attraction combines lasers, fountains and surround sound for a truly unforgettable experience. With the world’s largest water projection screen, get ready for a fresh wave of entertainment, complete with pyrotechnics and dramatic effects. Worried you’ll miss out? Don’t fret, there are shows every evening, including weekends.

  • Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City Mall, Crescent Road - Dubai

See new city perspectives at The Viewing Point


Whether you're after a romantic moment, a stunning social media snap or a spot of quiet contemplation, The Viewing Point at Dubai Creek Harbour  is the perfect place to go. The innovative new structure projects 26m over the water and 11.65m above it, offering unobstructed views of both Dubai Creek and Downtown Dubai – and is completely free of charge to visit.

  • The Viewing Point, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai

Explore contemporary art at Jameel Arts Centre

 Jameel Arts Centre building

Nestled along the banks of the historic  Dubai Creek , Jameel Arts Centre is one of the city's creative hotspots. It houses multiple gallery spaces  that showcase contemporary works from around the world in solo and group exhibitions as well as special collaborations. Explore the latest works by artists from across the Middle East and Indian subcontinent, including commissioned works from the Art Jameel collection.

  • Jaddaf Waterfront - Dubai

Get some sun at Dubai's beaches

Dubai Beach Burj Al Arab

Blessed with year-round sunshine, Dubai is home to some amazing  beaches  with turquoise waters and golden sand. While most hotels feature private  beach clubs  for their guests, visitors can also enjoy Dubai’s many beaches and beach districts. With its urban city-meets-sea vibe, The Beach opposite JBR  is a popular choice with visitors, while the Black Palace Beach presents stunning views of  Palm Jumeirah  and  Burj Al Arab  in the distance. 

Meet aquatic life at Dubai Aquarium

Visitors at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Among the city's most popular destinations,  The Dubai Mall  is a mammoth space home to the best brands and world-class attractions, including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. One of the largest  indoor  aquariums of its kind in the world, here you can observe resident sand tiger sharks, rays and more than a hundred other aquatic species as they glide by the main glass wall. For a closer look, you’ll need to buy a ticket so you can enter the 48m walkthrough tunnel.

  • Ground & Level 2, Dubai Mall - Downtown Dubai

Spot the birds at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al khor Wildlife Sanctuary Dubai

Located just metres away from the bustling city of Dubai are the wetlands of the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Spanning 6.2 sqkm, the conservation area  is known as the ‘Cape of the Creek,’ and features a variety of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves and lagoons that birds use for their nests and individual habitats. Flamingos are the stars here, but you can also spot more than 60 species of bird and 500 types of flora and fauna from the free-to-access observation points.

  • Ras Al Khor Road, Ras Al Khor - Dubai

Stroll along Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk

Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk

Palm Jumeirah is home to some of Dubai's top luxury resorts including Atlantis, The Palm , Jumeirah Zabeel Saray,  One&Only The Palm  and many more. But a resort stay is not the only way you can enjoy the Palm's charm. Take a stroll down the 11km boardwalk that stretches from one end of the Palm’s crescent to the other, snapping incredible vistas along the way. Afterwards, stop to refuel at one of the many waterside restaurants at  The Pointe .

  • Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Relax in nature at Al Qudra Lakes

Al Quadra Lake

Take a 30-minute drive from Dubai's bustling city centre to Al Qudra Lakes. Part of the  Al Marmoom  Desert Conservation Reserve, you can enjoy a host of activities including a picnic or a leisurely ride around the  Al Qudra Cycling Track . From desert foxes to the oryx, you can witness Dubai's wildlife  in its natural habitat. It's a popular bird-watching spot too, with nearly  200 bird species living around the lakes, including  swans, geese, ducks, flamingos and even endangered species like the steppe eagle and Asian houbara.

  • Al Qudra, Dubai

Enjoy Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

Located along Dubai Creek , this cultural hotspot is certain to catch the gaze of anyone passing by. Designed in the shape of a traditional Islamic lectern, the region's largest library opened in June 2022. Explore more than a million titles in both physical and digital forms, spread out across nine levels and 54,000 sqm. This remarkable building also houses study rooms, exhibition spaces, a cafe , a courtyard, a bookstore and a theatre. There's plenty of children's reading material too, so be sure to bring your little ones along and help encourage their love of learning . Before you visit, it's recommended that you reserve a time slot online or via the library's app. 

  • Dubai Creek, Al Jaddaf

Catch the camel races 


Camel racing is a truly spectacular and unusual experience you can witness live. The racing season runs between October and April, and races tend to take place in an informal setting early mornings on weekends. There are several tracks around the emirate, but Dubai's biggest one is the Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack, which is open to curious spectators and located half an hour’s drive from the city.

  • Dubai-Al Ain Road, Al Marmoom - Dubai

Be entertained at Riverland Dubai

DPR - Riverland

Spread over four buzzing districts within  Dubai Parks and Resorts  and connected by a 1km long river, Riverland Dubai is a destination like no other. Entirely free for both parking and access, The Peninsula is the heart of Riverland and features a large outdoor venue that regularly hosts festivals and concerts. Take a seat and watch as musicians and acrobats liven up the area, or simply go for a stroll around the themed spaces and capture new memories.

  • Sheikh Zayed Rd, Opp Palm Jebel Ali - Dubai

Travel back in time at Dubai's souks

Spice Souk

Get a taste of Old Dubai by visiting the traditional souks . Situated on the banks of Dubai Creek, Dubai's souks are at the centre of the city's heritage and history of trade, selling a range of local products such as spices, perfumes and jewellery. After you're done window shopping across the winding alleyways, you can also cross the Creek on a traditional abra  for just AED1 and see the city from a new perspective.

Admire the skyline at Dubai Water Canal

Dubai Canal

The Dubai Water Canal stretches from Dubai Creek in Old Dubai, through Business Bay, and onwards to the Arabian Gulf. Visitors are free to roam and explore the promenade areas, with pedestrian bridges offering incredible views . The main draws include the uniquely shaped Tolerance Bridge and a motion-detected waterfall that lights up at night.

  • Dubai Water Canal - Al Safa - Dubai

Hit Mushrif Park's mountain bike trail


Discover Dubai's newest  cycling attraction  at Mushrif National Park, with 20km of mountain biking trails winding their way throughout the park's scenic natural setting. The first track of its kind in Dubai, it is soon set to extend a further 30km. There are multiple routes of varying difficulty levels, for beginners all the way up to seasoned mountain biking experts, designed to accommodate up to 3,000 bike enthusiasts every day. While the trails are free to use, there's a nominal fee of AED3 per person for park entry. Cyclists can bring their own gear or pay for rentals on-site.

  • Al Khawaneej St, Mushrif - Dubai

Get in a workout on the city


Aside from the free citywide sessions available during the month-long Dubai Fitness Challenge, there are plenty of options to stay active year-round without spending a dirham. Start by enjoying some fresh air and scenic sights while getting your steps in along waterfronts and beach- or park-side jogging tracks. These areas often feature free outdoor gym  setups, callisthenics equipment and maybe even basketball courts and skateparks , so you can work up a sweat whenever you please. Don't want to workout alone? Look up special yoga or bootcamp events and enjoy wellness as part of a community. Been meaning to try a specific exercise routine or gym? Ask for a free session at the centre or download ClassPass and take advantage of the welcome trial offer, available at hundreds of venues across Dubai.

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Dubai’s Extraordinary Flooding: Here’s What to Know

Images of a saturated desert metropolis startled the world, prompting talk of cloud seeding, climate change and designing cities for intensified weather.

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A dozen or so cars, buses and trucks sit in axle-deep water on a wide, flooded highway.

By Raymond Zhong

Scenes of flood-ravaged neighborhoods in one of the planet’s driest regions have stunned the world this week. Heavy rains in the United Arab Emirates and Oman submerged cars, clogged highways and killed at least 21 people. Flights out of Dubai’s airport, a major global hub, were severely disrupted.

The downpours weren’t a freak event — forecasters anticipated the storms several days out and issued warnings. But they were certainly unusual. Here’s what to know.

Heavy rain there is rare, but not unheard-of.

On average, the Arabian Peninsula receives a scant few inches of rain a year, although scientists have found that a sizable chunk of that precipitation falls in infrequent but severe bursts, not as periodic showers.

U.A.E. officials said the 24-hour rain total on Tuesday was the country’s largest since records there began in 1949 . But parts of the nation had experienced an earlier round of thunderstorms just last month.

Oman, with its coastline on the Arabian Sea, is also vulnerable to tropical cyclones. Past storms there have brought torrential rain, powerful winds and mudslides, causing extensive damage.

Global warming is projected to intensify downpours.

Stronger storms are a key consequence of human-caused global warming. As the atmosphere gets hotter, it can hold more moisture, which can eventually make its way down to the earth as rain or snow.

But that doesn’t mean rainfall patterns are changing in precisely the same way across every corner of the globe.

In their latest assessment of climate research , scientists convened by the United Nations found there wasn’t enough data to have firm conclusions about rainfall trends in the Arabian Peninsula and how climate change was affecting them. The researchers said, however, that if global warming were to be allowed to continue worsening in the coming decades, extreme downpours in the region would quite likely become more intense and more frequent.

The role of cloud seeding isn’t clear.

The U.A.E. has for decades worked to increase rainfall and boost water supplies by seeding clouds. Essentially, this involves shooting particles into clouds to encourage the moisture to gather into larger, heavier droplets, ones that are more likely to fall as rain or snow.

Cloud seeding and other rain-enhancement methods have been tried across the world, including in Australia, China, India, Israel, South Africa and the United States. Studies have found that these operations can, at best, affect precipitation modestly — enough to turn a downpour into a bigger downpour, but probably not a drizzle into a deluge.

Still, experts said pinning down how much seeding might have contributed to this week’s storms would require detailed study.

“In general, it is quite a challenge to assess the impact of seeding,” said Luca Delle Monache, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. Dr. Delle Monache has been leading efforts to use artificial intelligence to improve the U.A.E.’s rain-enhancement program.

An official with the U.A.E.’s National Center of Meteorology, Omar Al Yazeedi, told news outlets this week that the agency didn’t conduct any seeding during the latest storms. His statements didn’t make clear, however, whether that was also true in the hours or days before.

Mr. Al Yazeedi didn’t respond to emailed questions from The New York Times on Thursday, and Adel Kamal, a spokesman for the center, didn’t immediately have further comment.

Cities in dry places just aren’t designed for floods.

Wherever it happens, flooding isn’t just a matter of how much rain comes down. It’s also about what happens to all that water once it’s on the ground — most critically, in the places people live.

Cities in arid regions often aren’t designed to drain very effectively. In these areas, paved surfaces block rain from seeping into the earth below, forcing it into drainage systems that can easily become overwhelmed.

One recent study of Sharjah , the capital of the third-largest emirate in the U.A.E., found that the city’s rapid growth over the past half century had made it vulnerable to flooding at far lower levels of rain than before.

Omnia Al Desoukie contributed reporting.

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