Kid friendly attractions in Dubai

May 26, 2011

What are the best places to visit with kids in Dubai?

May 27, 2011


A family trip to Dubai sounds too exciting. Domestic life comes under high priority among Arabs , so you can surely expect a guaranteed fun filled family vacation . Camel trekking, water slides , indoor skiing & many such activities make Dubai a popular choice for family holidays. I will try my best to help you in planning your trip to this wonderful destination.

View From Our Room (Source: Sarah Ackerman) 

Things to See

Dubai is one of the seven emirates that form United Arab Emirates of middle east. Among the seven emirates it is the most modern city. It is a place where sun rays shine over large sand dunes making them look no less than gold. From splendid water parks , to setting foot on the tallest building of the world to traditional camel rides, this place fascinates the parents and kids alike. Below are my top 5 picks for things to do in Dubai.

1. Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates (Recommended)

Located in Al Barsha district of Dubai it is a shopping mall spanning an area of 6500000 square feet. Just like any other shopping mall it has food courts, major departmental showrooms, other shops etc. But the unique feature which makes the visit to this place a complete different experience is the Indoor Ski slope which is middle east's first of its kind and is world's third largest ski slope.  Here you can do skiing , snowboarding , throwing snow balls and other exciting activities. It is a kid's delight. You just need to pay a reasonable amount of fee.

Hear it from a traveler :

Finest mall in Dubai
Date of review: Mar 27, 2011
Its the only shopping mall in the middle east where you can experience snow fall and make snow man and go skiing all under one roof and its simply the best and infact a great time pass and fun activity

(Source: Mall of the Emirates - Dubai - Reviews of Mall of the Emirates - TripAdvisor) 

Traveler review:

Head for Ski Dubai for some snow sports anytime of the year. It feels particularly funky if you did this in summer, as generally one needs a resort at very high altitude to maintain enough snow-cover to facilitate skiing, or one needs to go to a glacier.
However, in Dubai you could ski/board even when it is 50 degrees Celsius outside (as it often is in summer).

(Source: Dubai Sports Travel - Reviews - VirtualTourist) 

below the ski slope there are snow slides. (Source: betty x1138) 

Entry Fees : AED 230 (US$ 62.61) per adult . Go here for more information on entry fees

Click here for their official website

2. Dune Bashing (Recommended)

This is a must do activity in Dubai. Locally called Dune Bashing , it includes a guided ride over the sand dunes , in a 4x4 SUV. Visiting the camel farm during the safari is an exciting experience. Besides,  there are other activities like sand boarding , riding bikes over the dunes, riding a quad bike. A desert safari usually takes half of the day but it really is worth the time. Preferably go in the evening, when sun is about to set. It will be an evening of fun and frolic for the kids.

Listen to what a traveler had to say :

Evening Desert Safari (Dune Dinner):
We opted for the half day safari tour.First we drove out of Dubai to find some big sand dunes. An hour or so from Dubai sees the low scrubland disappear and the desert proper begin; wave after wave of rolling ochre sand dunes stretch to the horizon. We had the wonderful opportunity of seeing camels traversing the deserts.Next started the Arabian roller coaster ride known as dune bashing (desert driving). The dimpled sand, rising and falling ahead of your four-wheel drive, may look a soft touch, yet hit at high speed, strange things happen! Driving in sand is an exciting activity and an adventure in itself, It is quite amazing to look towards the horizon and see sand dune after sand dune. The dune is spectacular, offering a refreshing emptiness away from the commercialisation of the city. You may wish to take a camel ride before enjoying a feast of barbecue meats, baked potatoes, fresh salad and Arabic sweets.

(Source: dune bashing for the un-initiated - Review of Arabian Adventures, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - TripAdvisor) 

Another Traveler review:

Reviewed by Lesley R, United Kingdom, February 2011
The 'dune bashing' was incredible, hair-raising yet not scary. Although the visit to the 'Bedouin' camp was a bit on the 'touristy' side, it was quite fun, and the view of the setting sun was incredible. The sight of the camels and their keeper on the top of the sand dunes was also something to write home about. The 'barbecue' was OK, but with a beefburger, a lamp chop and a chicken leg, it was hardly a typical desert meal! The display of belly dancing was excellent and I was pleased we were not asked to join in. Overall, an enjoyable tour.

 (Source: 4x4 Dubai Desert Safari Reviews | Viator.com) 

Unless practised in 'dune bashing', it's wise to go along with an experienced driver... (Source: Dom Pates) 

It is an unique and a thrilling experience  and should not be missed. So I strongly recommend this.

I found this tour from Viator that includes  camel rides, sand boarding, barbecue dinner, belly dancing shows and of course a trip into the desert in four wheel drive.

Price: $85 per person

Not Recommended for children under 4 year old.

For more information click here

3. Wild Wadi theme park (Recommended)

Facing Burj Khalifa , Wild Wadi is a large water park infact one of the best in the world situated at Jumaira Beach hotel . This is a place where you can spend an entire day with your family and enjoy the relaxing as well as adventurous slides. Kids would just love this place which also features a wave pool and artificial surfing machines.

Take a look at some of the traveler reviews :

Date of review: 1 Feb 2011
This was my first water park experience. My kids and I really enjoyed the experience. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great way to spend a summer day.

(Source: Wild Wadi Water Park Reviews - Dubai, United Arab Emirates Attractions - TripAdvisor) 


This is an absolutely brilliant day out. Lots of thrills and excitement for both small and big kids alike! It is clean, organised and not too busy, even at high season. The rubber boats down the rapids are fantastic, my kids made us go around again and again and again! A brilliant waterpark and a must for anyone visiting Dubai.

(Source: Reviews and Rating - Wild Wadi Water Park - Dubai) 

Wild Wadi Waterpark (Source: Sarah Ackerman) 

Ticket cost : For Adult above 1.1 meters in height AED 200 ( USD $54.44 ) all day

                     For Child below 1.1 meters in height AED 165 ( USD $44.92) all day

Go here for more details about ticket prices

You can purchase two types of tickets one for whole day and one for few hours but I recommend a whole day ticket because one never feels enough in this adventurous park.

Here is their official website.

4. Dubai Dolphinarium

Situated in the heart of the city near creek park (gate No. 1) Dubai Dolphinarium comprises some of the gorgeous aquatic creatures that inhabit our oceans. It is an amazing place where dolphins and seals are kept for entertainment & aesthetic purposes. You can get you photographs clicked with dolphins, buy some interesting souvenirs and also enjoy the spectacular dolphin and seal shows. Whats more you can book a swim session with Dolphins in the pool. It is truly a delight for both children and adults alike.

Listen it from a traveler :

Date of review: Jan 25, 2011
Went to the Dolphinarium about a week ago with my kids, 3 and 5. It was the first time that they saw dolphins (and seals) and, of course, for them it was extremely exciting. The show is 40-45 mins long and you can pay extra to take a photo with the dolphins, which we did. Overall, a great place to take kids.

 (Source: Dubai Dolphinarium - Dubai - Reviews of Dubai Dolphinarium - TripAdvisor) 

Traveler's say :

Date of review: May 27, 2010
We booked a session to swim with the Dolphins ... and it was an amazing experience. There were 6 people and 5 dolphins. Swam with them for about 20 min. Just great !

 (Source: Dubai Dolphinarium - Dubai - Reviews of Dubai Dolphinarium - TripAdvisor)

Dolphinarium (Source: David Blaikie) 

Did you know that dolphins can swim in any possible position, there are some more interesting facts about dolphins that you would come to know by visiting this place. The venue is fully air conditioned.

Ticket cost :  For Adult : AED 100 (USD $27.22) , For Children : AED 50 (USD $13.61)

For more information on ticket prices click here

Click Here for their official website

5. Burj Khalifa

Located in downtown Dubai. , at 828 metres and 160 floors Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest structure by a long shot, over 300m taller than the previous contender in Taipei. Burj Khalifa has become an icon of Dubai. It is one of the most famous landmark of the region. The hotel, which was inaugurated in 1999, established its presence with its futuristic and magnificent exterior. As fabulous as its exterior is its interior. The Dubai fountain in Burj Khalifa Lake is almost like the one in Bellagio, Las Vegas. It is something the whole family will like.

Traveler review :

Exquiste Views of the City. Complete 360 degree view of the city to include an open air observation deck. The elevator ride was quick up to 124th floor. There are bathrooms and souvenir shop at the top. Save yourself time/money by booking online or at the mall. There is a 300 AED price difference if you dont make a reservation.
If you book online still come early when it comes time to pick up your tickets. This is a popular way of buying the tickets so the line can get rather long.

(Source: Burj Khalifa Reviews - Dubai, United Arab Emirates Attractions - TripAdvisor) 

Hear it from another traveler :

When in Dubai you should definitely visit the Burj Khalifa. The 858 metre structure is a spectacle to watch. The singing fountain show at Burj Khalifa is another spectacle to watch in the night. You can sit by the steps and keep watching it for hours.

 (Source: Burj Khalifa - Dubai - Reviews of Burj Khalifa - TripAdvisor) 

Burj Khalifa (Source: Burj Khalifa) 

Ticket cost :  AED 100 (27.2 USD) for a timed entry ticket,  or AED 400 (108.89 USD) if you do not want to wait. For more information on ticket price and bookings click here

Even if you are not staying there I would suggest that you definitely go and visit the hotel once. It is totally worth it. You never know who you might run into.

Here is the official website


The city of Dubai is situated on a coastal strip bordered by desert and gets very hot. It is dry on the hottest days and humid during the cooler days in the summer.

 (Source:Fodor's Travel Guides) 

(Source: Roycin D'souza) 

June is going to be pretty hot. Do carry summer wear, light cottony stuff, t-shirts, trousers, shorts for beaches, etc. Though there isnt any particular clothing restriction in Dubai, it is always ideal that in any conservative country as such, you take the local customs into consideration before venturing out. This link may help you with some necessary details about clothing.

I hope my research would be helpful in planning your trip. In case of any doubts please do revert back. We would be glad to help. We can further help you regarding your accommodation schedule, places to eat , how about fixing your flight schedule ?

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Cheers !!


Answered by I am a travel enthusiast especially interested in nature. My dream is to sail around the world with my lover and a camera of course Aasim Noor

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