Dubai is a place laden with treats for all age groups! It is quite difficult for a traveller to chart out an itinerary that would appeal to every family member. But, we list here an all-rounder list of things to do in Dubai with family.
Dubai Creek Park
Starting from swings, climbing frames to the adrenaline pumping cable car ride, the Dubai Creek Park has it all. One of the best Dubai attractions for kids, the park’s cable car provides a magnificent bird’s eye view of the entire city. There are also rental bikes and camels to ride. Walk along the promenade for a relaxing evening or zip around on the cable cars – your family is going to love this place!
Wild Wadi Water park
Wild Wadi Water Park, located opposite the majestic Burj Al Arab, boasts of some of the biggest water slides in the world. It has 30 exhilarating rides for the entire family. Forget time as you quench the Dubai heat in the refreshing water rides. Spend an entire day here and three restaurants within the park will take care of your hunger pangs!
If you are bored of the regular tourist experiences and want to do something unique and novel, visit the Café Ceramique. It promises a great outing for the little ones and also for the hidden artist in you! Munch on great food while you paint ceramics and art supplies provided by the café. Your kids can also try their hand at pottery. You also get to keep the plates, cups and mugs that you painted on as souvenirs!
Say hello to the King Crocodile!
The Dubai Mall Aquarium has just what would delight the animal lover in you and your family! Visit the gigantic crocodile which weighs about 750 kg and is 17 foot long! Treat the adventurer in your family with the cage snorkeling. Take your little ones on an experience of their lifetime with the underwater tunnel, cage snorkeling, glass bottom boats, underwater zoo and a lot more! The rest assured that your family will love it!
Around the world in one day! – The Global Village
Drop in at the Global Village – a place which has a little bit of the entire world! It provides great cultural and culinary experiences from all over the world. Amusement rides, children’s play area, international food, a flea market, dances and entertaining activities keep the family busy. The Global Village has a carnival-like feel and gives you and your family an all-round unforgettable experience.
Ferry Rides into the Sea
The ferry ride is another adventure you can make on the way to the creek from the Marina or vice versa. Enjoy the sights of Dubai from the sea while you enjoy the fresh salty air of the ocean. Ferry rides during sunrise or sunset is an enchanting experience in itself. Watch the sky and the sea play around in reds, pinks and oranges. The ferry ride is a delightful experience for the entire family.
The Dhow Cruise
Live the summer dream on the Dhow cruise. Hop on a dhow for an idle ride on the placid waters of the Dubai creek. The dhows make for a breathtaking experience after sunset. Watch as the lights of Dubai reflect and play hide and seek on the creek waters. While the cool night breeze caresses you, indulge in drinks and barbeques on the dhow. Tanura dance shows are an added delight!
The historic Al Fahidi District
Rustic homes, buildings and flea markets come alive at the historic Al Fahidi district. It has some of the oldest residential areas of the Dubai city and is well preserved. Step back in time as you witness winding lanes, sand coloured homes and charming wind towers. The streets are lined with cafes inside the homes and keep you fuelled throughout the day.
The Umm Sequim Fishing Harbour
Meet the perfect fusion of the old and new Dubai at the Umm Sequim Harbour. Picturesque old buildings share the space along the harbour, which is also home to several modern restaurants and cafes. Swanky yachts line the harbour and make for a good sight. One can also indulge in crab hunting and jelly fish watching. The dhows, boats and yachts make for a beautiful canvas while the setting sun paints everything golden.
The Mushrif Park is the biggest park in all of Dubai. The Mushrif Park holds a beautiful International Village with 13 cute little traditional homes from around the world. Every turn at this park provides a perfect setting for a photograph. The park is perfect for a fun evening without venturing too far away from the city.
Ripe food and craft market
Every Saturday, Dubai opens its doors to mouthwatering food, beautiful crafts and a wholesome experience in the heart of the city. The market has become more of a carnival with delicious food, petting zoo and a fun shopping experience. The market has an old world charm, as every little nook is filled with aromas of the food cooking on grills and the steady buzz of bargaining shoppers. The ripe market is a must visit for the entire family.
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
The JBR beach area has everything a family would need for a day out to the beach. Begin your day with a refreshing jog on the running track. Clean showering facilities, green lawns and get-together areas dot the beach to facilitate a perfect outing. Kids have the most fun, thanks to a giant bouncy castle in the sea! Restaurants with sea views, indoor and outdoor cinemas are a treat to anyone.
A one square kilometer big lush green park in a desert – the Safa Park is something straight out of a dream. Rolling lawns, bike paths, barbeque pits and little cafes keep you busy. You could also go out on a boat ride on the artificial lake. You can feed the hungry little fish and birds while on the lake.
Dubai Garden Centre
The Dubai Garden Centre makes for a fun filled safari for all ages. Packed with lush green trees and bushes, the centre is an absolute treat! The little forest is filled with toy animals that look very real! A little croc pond is the highlight of the garden. You could also watch beautiful fish in the aquarium located within the garden.
Marina Water Bus
The Marina Water Bus is a treat for kids and for the kids in you! The bus route covers attractions including Marina Walk, Marina Mall and Marina Promenade. During the hot summers, a walk worth 30 minutes is shortened to a cool 12-minute ride on the water.