Dubai has plenty to keep families entertained, whether that’s relaxing on its beautiful beaches, visiting a water park or exploring the activities in one of the many shopping malls. All the big hotels and resorts offer babysitting services and kids’ clubs, so the adults can go out and enjoy everything that Dubai has to offer, safe in the knowledge that their children are well looked after.
When it comes to activities that inspire and excite youngsters, Aquaventure at Atlantis, The Palm is hard to beat. With acres of water rides – including the 30m high Ziggurat and the recently opened Tower of Poseidon – and access to a private slice of beach, it’s guaranteed to keep the kids entertained. Or try Wild Wadi at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, full of 30 adrenaline-filled rides.
Even the shopping malls here aren’t just shopping malls. In the Mall of the Emirates you’ll find Ski Dubai, boasting year-round powder; while in Dubai Mall – the world’s largest – is KidZania, Sega Republic and the spectacular Dubai Aquarium, home to more than 33,000 marine animals.
Don’t forget the abundant desert in Dubai and all the possibilities that it extends, including dune bashing, sand boarding and falconry – getting up close and personal with the beautiful birds, which are the national symbol of the UAE. Plus, many of the hotels will offer world-class activities such as golf, horse riding, archery, tennis, parasailing and windsurfing among others – there’s no time to get bored here.
Dubai has a growing events calendar too, with family-friendly events such as the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens in December and The Dubai Shopping Festival that takes place in January – check out dubaicalendar.ae for the latest information about what’s going on during your trip.