Holidays with family provide wonderful memories that are cherished by both the younger and the older members. When the destination is the uber luxurious desert city Dubai, then you want all the members to enjoy and have a great time.
Before you embark on your visit, do your research and plan your itinerary to make the most of your days in Dubai. Apply for the visa online, book accommodation and transport, decide on the places you want to visit, and purchase the entry tickets online. Doing so will save time and also get you great discounts.
As you are with family, the places to visit are should be accessible and enjoyable to all the members. I have listed below a few things to do in Dubai with family.
Visit Global Village Dubai:
If you like exploring different countries and want the younger ones to share your passion, Global Village Dubai is a good place to begin. There are giant pavilions and stalls to represent about 75 countries in the world. You can experience authentic culture, heritage, and cuisine of these countries. The fun activities, the thrilling rides, parade shows, the retail outlets etc. enhance your enjoyment. The live shows and the cultural displays, highlighting the special features, make you feel that you have indeed visited these countries.
Go on a Desert safari:
A desert safari is one of the best ways to experience the desert. Unless you have very young children in your group, this should not be missed. Go on a morning or evening safari, watch the sunrise or sunset, enjoy sand boarding and dune bashing, visit a Bedouin residence and have an authentic Arabian meal. You will appreciate the stark beauty of the vast desert landscape and be struck by the absolute silence. For the adults in the family, more thrilling activities are available.
Be Awed at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo:
Spending a few hours at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a memorable outing for the complete family. It is the largest aquarium in the world, having the largest collection of sand tiger sharks and 33,000 aquatic animals. You will be thrilled to walk through the tunnel and see the rays and sharks swimming around you. Go for the glass bottom boat ride or observe penguins, crocodiles, and other marine animals at close quarters. One of the main attractions is watching the divers feed these animals.
Be Wonderstruck at the Miracle Garden:
The world’s largest natural garden, the Dubai Miracle Garden is aptly named. With more than 50 million colorful flowers arranged in various patterns and figures, every step you take fills you with wonder. You are awed by the creativity of each exhibit. The daily entertainment includes parades, performances and other activities. The characters of Disney, an Airbus A 380, the Burj Khalifa, huts, houses and more, all made with flowers and plants, make this place a favorite among the visitors.
Ride the Fast Elevator to the Observation Deck at Burj Khalifa:
Riding up to the observation deck on the 124th and 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa in one of the fastest elevators and looking at the 3600 view of the city and the desert beyond the city, makes it the most popular destination in Dubai for visitors. It is the tallest freestanding structure, having the highest number of stories in the world. It also houses the Armani Hotel, Armani Residences, a luxury spa and fitness club and the world’s tallest art gallery.
Spend the Day at a Theme Park:
There are many unique theme parks in Dubai. Waterparks like YAS Waterworld, Atlantis Aquaventure, and Wild Wadi Waterpark, among others are world class and offer rides and activities for all age groups. On the other hand, visit the Bollywood Park, Motiongate, IMG Worlds of Adventures, etc. for different themes and experiences. The VR Park Dubai is a favorite among those who enjoy virtual reality games. You can spend a day or a few hours at any theme park and win the hearts of your family.
Go on the Dhow Cruise Marina:
Cruise along the Marina, watch the ultra-luxurious night skyline of Dubai city, have a sumptuous dinner and enjoy the cultural shows on a dhow, and there can be no better end to your day. You will love this cruise in a traditional dhow, an Arabian wooden boat decorated and fitted with modern amenities.See the architecture of Dubai, the opulent private yachts and the waterfront sights as you enjoy the buffet dinner.
Ski at SKI Dubai:
Your family will be overjoyed to ski in the hot desert city of Dubai. For this go to the Mall of Emirates at SKI Dubai, the exciting indoor skiing place. The slopes are quite simple for the beginners, and they can even get lessons from the expert ski trainers. There is also a friendly penguin family that the kids would love to meet. Kids would have a great time playing in the snow, riding a zipline to the top of the slope, or just rolling down the snowy slopes.
Explore the Green Planet:
This is a tropical rainforest in Dubai. With more than 3000 species of plants and animals, the Green Planet is a perfect for a family outing that combines education and entertainment. The younger members learn the importance of a rainforest and diversity. They also experience the tropics in the desert city. There is even snorkeling with Piranhas here. Those interested can also experience camping in this rainforest.
Voyage on the Pirate Ship: Inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean, this is a guided tour to see Dubai’s iconic sights. The journey begins at the Dubai harbor and heads into the mangroves, then past the city’s famous buildings, past the flamingo sanctuary and back. Looking at Burj Khalifa and the Swiss Cheese Building (Rolex Learning Center) from the waters, aboard a pirate boat, is especially thrilling to the children.
Do take precautions and follow all the safety protocols at every place you visit to protect yourselves and others. Dress conservatively and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. Enjoy your family time in Dubai.