Dubai offers a complete package for all the family, from culture to action and adventure, the Emirate has something for everyone. The diverse family offering – combined with guaranteed weather all year round, beautiful beaches, world-class hotels and a safe environment – means that Dubai is fast establishing itself as an outstanding premium destination for the family market.
And with 138 direct weekly flights from the UK to Dubai, including departures from six regional airports, a luxury holiday catering to all the family’s needs is only a short seven-hour flight away.
Here is a taste of what’s already on offer in the Emirate:
Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm
Perfect for families, Atlantis The Palm offers Aquaventure with 17 hectares of water based attractions, the pinnacle of which is the 30 metre high Ziggurat with seven slides and the ‘Leap of Faith’ – a near vertical 90-foot drop into ‘Shark Tank’. The park also includes over two kilometres of nonstop river action with cascades, tidal waves and rapids as well as a private beach with watersports. Also present are ‘The Dig’ with 18 unique and unusual exhibits and Ambassador Lagoon with three million gallons of water and over 65,000 sea creatures.
Dolphin Bay at Aquaventure
AA coastal habitat hme to 28 bottle nose dolphins, this 11-acre facility holds six million gallons of sea water filtrated directly from the Arabian Gulf. The marine habitat includes three lagoons for shallow water and deep water interactions.
12 acres of pure fun with 30 adrenalin-pumping rides and attractions including a surf wave and pools that leave you gasping for more. Situated next to the family friendly Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, it’s fun for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Dubai Mall – SEGA Republic
There are five zones of entertainment for all ages at the first SEGA Republic indoor theme park in the region. Visitors can enjoy nine heart-stopping attractions and 150 amusement games spread over two levels of adrenaline and adventure.
Dubai Mall – Kidzania®
A city made for children to be run by them – Kidzania invites youngsters to take on ‘real jobs’ in a pint sized world. From flying a plane, to driving buses, working in restaurants, as a surgeon, dentist or shop assistant, kids ‘run’ the town, even using their own currency and language.
Dubai Mall – Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dubai Aquarium illuminates the marvels of the ocean ﬂoor and showcases one of the most diverse collections of marine life worldwide. Visitors to Dubai Mall can take in the views from the world’s largest viewing panel (32.8m wide and 8.3m high). The attraction is home to over 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species, including over 400 sharks and rays. Once inside, visitors can enjoy Dubai Aquarium’s 270-degree acrylic walkthrough tunnel with a special ‘lunar-cyclic’ lighting system altering the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day. From the Rainforest to the Rocky Shore and Living Ocean environments, the Underwater Zoo brings visitors face-to-face with dangerous piranha, giant catfish, playful otters, a Humboldt penguin colony, harbour seals and much more besides.
Dubai Mall – Dubai Ice Rink
A magical winter wonderland, the Olympic-sized rink suits skaters of all ages and abilities. There is even the option to play ice hockey or dance at a disco on ice!
Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East offering an amazing snow setting where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, or just playing in the snow. Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round.
Playnation is the first fully featured leisure brand in the Middle East, owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and packed with an incredible range of unique attractions for all ages. Located at Mirdif City Centre Mall, the multi-dimensional entertainment offering has something for everyone. Attractions include ‘i-FLY’ skydiving experience, Soccer Circus, Cité des Enfants, Magic Planet and Yalla! Bowling.
Children’s City is the first edutainment city in the UAE devoted to children between two and fifteen years old where they can investigate, explore, play, discover, and learn about the world in which we live.
A world-class tourism destination, the Global Village – now located in Dubailand – brings together diverse customs and cultures covering a broad spectrum of activities including music, dances, arts and handicrafts, theatre, costumes and cuisine from a variety of different countries. Open each winter.
Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises
Complete with the finest possible entertainment and shopping opportunities, Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises treats visitors to a period of non-stop festivities. There is a variety of events for all the family; including Olympic Games for kids, photography exhibitions and the Arts Oasis featuring contemporary art from around the world for adults. Around this time shops offer special discounts.