Visiting Dubai with the family: 15 activity ideas and our advice

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Dubai, the queen of the United Arab Emirates, is a popular destination both for the variety of its landscapes and for the activities offered on site. With its many amusement parks, it is a paradise for children and a place where nothing ever seems impossible… Are you planning to discover Dubai with your children? But what should you plan for when planning your vacation? How to visit Dubai with the family? I explain everything you need to know in this article.

What to do in Dubai with the family?

There are many malls in Dubai, but the Dubai Mall is one of the biggest. This is where we find the famous indoor ski resort Ski Dubai, which made so much headlines when it was created in 2005. Yes, you can therefore hit the slopes within this mall… But also sledding and taking snowboarding lessons.

At the heart of the Dubai Mall, there is also a large aquarium with an impressive variety of fish and animals such as penguins and sharks. For the free version, you will find a large aquarium wall within the mall. But it is also possible to visit the rest of the aquarium for around €25 per person.

Finally, outside the Dubai Mall, a large esplanade is made up of pools and fountains. Every evening, you can attend the fountain show for free between 6 and 10 p.m. A sound and light show where the jets of water can reach 150 m high.

So take your kids to the heights by visiting the Burj Khalifa tower. This symbol of Dubai is the tallest tower in the whole world. Built between 2004 and 2009, it is 828 m high and has 160 floors. You can access the top to discover a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings.

Visiting Dubai with the family: the beach

There are many beaches in Dubai. There are long stretches of sand and a warm sea all year round . It’s an ideal activity with children when you’ve escaped the winter cold to go on a trip to the sun. Plus, it’s a free activity that will delight the whole family. Find in particular the beach of La Mer , near the Jumeirah mosque, Sunset Beach or the beach of JBR.

You could not visit Dubai without taking the time to immerse yourself in its culture. Certainly, the city is recent and ultra modern, but visiting the souks of the city will be a good way to experience a change of scenery, just as you can find in Morocco for example…

For example, you can visit the spice souk where colors and scents are numerous. It is also a good way to meet the population. We will be happy to explain the products to you.

A little further, there is also the gold souk, which offers hundreds of gold jewels and fascinating achievements. We take full view! What put stars in the eyes of your children!

Visit the Sheikh’s Peacocks

In the gardens of the palace of Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoub , there are dozens of peacocks living their lives in freedom to the delight of passers-by. A free activity that offers a moment out of time and tinged with exoticism.

There are a multitude of possibilities to visit the desert in Dubai. Whether it’s a group activity or a more intimate experience, the choice is yours. However, most travelers choose the following option: experience in the dunes during the afternoon in a 4×4, evening in a Bedouin camp with a dance show, traditional meal and various activities such as henna tattoos. This desert experience is truly a must-do when visiting Dubai with the family. Even if the groups are sometimes large, we keep an incredible memory and everything is well organized.

This amusement park is actually a mini-city where children can play the adult world. During their visit, they can choose to exercise different professions such as that of firefighter, airplane pilot, cashier or TV presenter. Facilitators guide them throughout the activity. Each craft game is rewarded with tickets that the child can then spend on a fun activity like a movie or a manicure. At the end of the day, the remaining tickets can be used to buy small gifts. In general, children love this theme park and enjoy imitating adult life for a day. Kidzania is aimed at children between 4 and 12 years old. It takes about 35 € per child and 19 € per accompanying adult.

This plant park is one of the largest gardens in the world with its 72,000 m². You can discover more than 100 million flowers of all kinds and all colors. There are floral compositions and 3D sculptures on various themes. The park is located 10 minutes from the city center in the Al Barsha district. The entrance fee is around €11 for adults and €8 for children..

The ideal time to travel to Dubai is outside of summer, between the months of October and April. The weather is dry and sunny, with warm but moderate temperatures: between 20 and 30°C.

Dubai is a relatively expensive destination, especially when planning paid activities and visits. Nevertheless, it is possible to find interesting offers for plane tickets and hotels by doing so in advance. It is also advisable to book your entry ticket on the internet for the various activities. Discounts are often applied.

You now have many ideas for exploring the excess of Dubai with your family. This city is full of things to do and see, and one thing is for sure, you won’t be bored. If you need help to organize your stay, do not hesitate to contact me.

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