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Best Things to do in Dubai with Kids

Dubai is a wonderful place for people of all age groups, be it adults, kids, or even young at heart. So, don’t leave your little ones behind for your upcoming Dubai trip. For more ideas to systematize your holiday, consider this list of top things to do in Dubai with kids. They will turn out to be your and your kids’ favorites too!

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Visit KidZania Dubai

If you are traveling to Dubai with your tiny tots above two years, make sure that you take them to KidZania Dubai inside the Dubai Mall (next to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.) It is modeled like a miniature metropolis where your tiny ones can run around, role-play their most adored adult job (to their heart’s desire), and even earn rewards (currency) in the form of KidZos. Adults are not allowed inside, but you can be assured that your little ones will be absolutely safe throughout the time they spend here. So why not utilize this time to browse the massive mall’s over 1200 outlets and visit attractions such as the brand-new Infinity Des Lumières.

entrance to kidzania, Dubai
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Kidzania.

Discover Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

This is another of the Dubai Mall’s main highlights that your little ones would enjoy. The focal point of the Dubai Aquarium is a colossal tank with over 10 million liters of water. It is a safe abode for over 33,000 marine creatures from several rare and endangered species including rays, sharks etc.  You also get to walk through its 48 meters long underwater tunnel surrounded by mightiest aquatic specialties. Want to give a memorable twist to your aquarium exploration? Sign up for a thrilling session of Glass Bottom Boat Ride or Cage Snorkeling. There is also an underwater zoo where you can be part of the immersive VRZOO experience and even see its main residents such as the King Croc (which weighs over 750 kilograms.)

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Dubai Aquarium Tunnel.

Experience Ekart Zabeel and VR Park

Again in the Dubai Mall, these are some of the ultimate attractions for your impulsive teens as well as anyone who loves speed and thrill. Ekart Zabeel is the first indoor karting facility in the region where you get to ride its high-end environmental-friendly go-karts. Alternatively, VR Park is the largest park of its kind, featuring over 30 exciting rides based on both Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

The VR park in the Dubai Mall
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VR Park, Dubai Mall.

Enjoy over 100 Rides & Attractions at Dubai Parks and Resorts

For those little theme park fanatics who want to do really something out of the ordinary, Dubai Parks and Resorts should be placed on top of this list. It is the first of its kind concept in the Middle East, featuring accommodations, a multitude of dining options, and four parks in one location. Hollywood movie fans can have the adventure and fun of the lifetime at Motiongate Dubai. On the other hand, Bollywood Dubai is a treat for Hindi cinema buffs, with rides and attractions inspired by the lively Indian movies and culture. The other two parks are LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park which are surefire delights for families accompanied by kids from 2 to 12 years.

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Legoland, Dubai entrance.

Don’t Miss to Visit IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is one of the most visited theme parks in the UAE. Rightly so, it is the world’s largest indoor theme park, segregated into four sections including Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and IMG Boulevard. From the most stomach-churning Marvel based and dinosaur inspired rides to the playful kid-friendly attractions and super creepy experiences, both you and your little tykes can experience it all here under its enormous roof.

IMG Worlds of Adventure Entrance.
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IMG Worlds of Adventure Entrance.

Desert Safari

Whether you crave a shift of scenery or simply want to escape from the usual, nothing could beat going on a desert safari in Dubai! Things to see and do in your desert safari package are so exciting and exhilarating that they are sure to captivate kids of all age groups. Fun and adventure are guaranteed with activities like the 4X4 dune bash, camel ride, quad biking, and dune buggy ride. A long list of cultural experiences including henna tattooing, falconry and Shisha smoking give you a dose of the authentic Bedouin traditions and heritage. Double the adventure and amusement with an evening or overnight desert safari complete with BBQ dining, traditional shows (like Tanura), and camping under the stars.

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Desert Safari Dining.

Set Out for a Snow Based Fun at Ski Dubai

Do you miss snow? Are you or your younger ones in the mood for some icy fun? Ski Dubai is your go to place. Yes, don’t bother worrying about the simmering outdoor temperature. It is located on the Mall of the Emirates’ ground level, meaning it is fully set indoors, packed with tons of snow at any given time. With diverse slopes that cater to pro skiers and beginners alike and a huge snow park that spans 3,000 square meters, you can look forward to enjoying all your beloved winter activities (such as skiing, snowboarding, and sledging) here.

Ski Dubai entrance sign
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Ski Dubai.

Delight in a Refreshing Ride on Ain Dubai

A super delightful experience created for one and all, Ain Dubai Ferris wheel is more than meets the eye. At a height of over 250 meters (820 ft.), it is the largest and highest observation wheel in the world. It promises a fun ride to your kids, while treating you with the most astounding city skyline from different points of views during its relaxed 38 minutes rotation. Located on Bluewaters Island, you can consider adding more remarkable experiences by pairing a visit here with the region’s first of its kind Madame Tussauds Dubai and the largest of its kind 3D Art Museum.

Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel
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Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel.

Check out Dubai Safari Park

A safe sanctuary for over 3,000 inhabitants comprising close to 80 mammal species, over 50 categories of reptiles, and several different species of carnivores, Dubai Safari Park is no ordinary zoo. It is a true surprise package for both adults and kids who love wildlife. The 119-hectare (294 acres) facility has four zones: African Village, Arabian Desert Safari, Asian Village, and Explorer Village. They together offer a variety of distinct experiences which let you see some of its freely wandering ferocious dwellers up-close on a drive through adventure.

a lion in the dubai safari park
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A lion in the Dubai Safari Park.

Take to Bounce Dubai

For kids and adults who like to jump around, Dubai has some cool attractions, mainly Bounce Dubai. With two locations in Dubai (Al Qouz and Dubai Festival City), it is the first freestyle terrain park in the world that is open to anyone aged 2 and above. If you wish to add a distinct sense of adventure and freedom, be sure to add this fun-packed attraction to your Dubai itinerary.

Explore the City Walk

The avant-garde neighborhood of City Walk is a treat for both kids and the young at heart. One of the must-visit attractions here is the Green Planet, the Middle East’s first bio-dome. With the largest-of-its-kind, life-sustaining tree right at its center, you will find many distinct species of flora and fauna. You will be able to enjoy four levels built around the tree with several distinct ecosystems like the Australian Walkabout, Bird Encounter, Bat Cave Adventure, Reptile Encounter, and Sugar Glider Encounter, among others. That’s not all; the City Walk is also home to the kids’ favorites such as Mattel Play Town Dubai and the video game themed Hub Zero.

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Green Planet.

Finally, enjoy a fun-packed day at Atlantis Aquaventure

Want to take a break from the region’s intense heat? Visit the region’s largest water park. A segment of Atlantis The Palm resort, Aquaventure Waterpark boasts of about 80 rides, slides and other attractions that are sure to captivate every age and thrill level. With the right choice of Aquaventure tickets, you also get to access the resort’s other sections such as the amusing Dolphin Bay and the enigmatic Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Atlantis Aquaventure water park
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Atlantis Aquaventure.

With a wide spectrum of options to choose from, it goes without saying that Dubai is an incredibly kid-friendly destination! So go forth, travel to Dubai with kids, and be sure to add some or all of these attractions to your Dubai itinerary. Be assured that these attractions will make your kiddos fall in love with the magnificent Arabian city. Yes, it is sure to delight even the toughest of your little critic!

Author Bio: Neha is a writer by passion and profession. She has visited 5 countries and 32 cities across various cultures and landscapes. She enjoys meeting locals and hearing stories about the places from them. In her free time, she loves singing, painting, and playing tennis.

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