When you book a holiday with your family you want it to be extra special, and Dubai goes above and beyond to exceed all your expectations. The city is a playground for adults and children alike, offering everything from beaches to ski slopes to ensure everyone has the holiday of a lifetime. With the aim to be the world’s leading family destination, it’s no surprise that more families are choosing Dubai every year for their sun-soaked getaway.
For kids with a sense of adventure, the first stop has to be the water parks. Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm and Jumeirah’s Wild Wadi feature regularly in lists of the world’s best parks and cater for all ages. The Leap of Faith is one of Aquaventure’s most famous rides, a near-vertical drop into a clear tube surrounded by sharks, while Wild Wadi challenges adrenalin junkies with Jumeirah Sceirah, where guests plummet from a capsule down a 120m long slide at a hair-raising speed of 80km per hour.
Another area for family fun in Dubai is set to open in October in 2016. Dubai Parks and Resorts is Dubai’s newest entertainment centre and will be home to 3 theme parks; motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and worldwide family favourite LEGOLAND Dubai. Alongside the theme parks will be Riverland Dubai, a retail and entertainment walkway, and the Polynesian themed Lapita Hotel which will be the perfect place to stay after an exhilarating day at the theme parks.
There’s also much fun to be had in Dubai’s amazing malls. Shops are just the minimum on offer here; The Dubai Mall has an aquarium, ice rink, and indoor theme park SEGA Republic, while at Mall of the Emirates you can find a theatre, family entertainment centre, and a huge indoor ski resort that boasts a penguin colony and a zip wire alongside its ski slopes. Simulated skydiving can be experienced by children as young as 3 at Mirdif City Centre, and older children can upgrade to the real thing over Palm Jumeirah.
If you want to get your kids into the great outdoors on holiday, you can’t miss an adventure into the Arabian Desert. Booking a tour ensures the whole family can relax, as a tour operator will take care of all the logistics and driving, leaving you to enjoy the exciting ride over the dunes! Kids can also enjoy outdoor watersports such as kayaking, water skiing and paragliding at the many beautiful beaches, or stretch their legs in one of the city’s vast parks and playgrounds.
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