Dubai continues to stand out as one of the most popular places for sun, luxury shopping and grand attractions. However, beyond its richness, is a culture and activity wonderland that’s great for families to explore. It’s a relatively short flight – only 8 hours from Dublin with return flights as cheap as €350pp, boasts incredible theme parks and average temperatures of 30°C, making it the perfect Easter holiday escape.
Here’s One4all’s guide to the best family-friendly attractions in Dubai.
Landmarks to see:
Standing at 828m, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building and offers you the best way to views of the gorgeous Dubai. However, if you or the little one(s) have a fear of heights, skip the climb to the top and simply admire the skyscraper’s impressive structure from the outside.
Standing at over 150m and described as ‘the biggest picture frame on the planet’, the Dubai Frame is located between the Dubai Old Town and Dubai Downtown, meaning that on one side of the frame you can admire the view of the old city while the other side showcases the beauty of the modern city. A great cultural experience and the ideal spot if you want to snap some cool photos for your Instagram or teach your kids some history about the world.
If you visit Dubai and don’t take a trip to see the beautiful Arabian Desert, you’ve wasted your time. A guided tour is the best way to experience this vast region. Most tours will include an Arabic BBQ dinner and an invitation to watch Tandura, an Arabic traditional dance and fire show. For something exciting for the kids, book a tour that includes sand dune bashing.
For a fun and exciting way to explore the amazing Dubai Marina, book a speedboat tour (which can reach up to 80km/h but don’t worry, the boats have seatbelts). You’ll get your adrenaline fix and see some incredible attractions such as Burj al Arab, Palm Jumeriah and Dubai Eye.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is a large attraction inside the centre of Dubai Mall and is home to over 30,000 aquatic animals including over 400 sharks and rays. The best way to explore this aquatic zoo is on a boat tour (with a boat that has a clear bottom).
Wild Wadi Waterpark
With over 30 attractions, Wild Wadi Waterpark is the perfect spot for family fun. Ride a water rollercoaster, take the plunge down gravity-defying slides, or simply float on the lazy river and admire the stunning Burj Al Arab. For younger family members, there’s a dedicated area with smaller slides, climbing frames and dumping buckets.
Snow Activities in Dubai
You probably thought you’d never read the words ‘ice skating’ and ‘desert’ in the same sentence, but this is Dubai after all, anything is possible. The Dubai Ice Rink in Dubai Mall is a fun activity and is suitable for all ages. Instructors are on hand to keep everyone safe and even teach you a few tricks on the ice if you’re feeling adventurous.
If your kids are tech-obsessed and favour attractions that are more on their trend, the VR Park in Dubai Mall is the place for them. This attraction combines augmented and virtual reality to create an amusing and entertaining activity they’re sure to love. Try the fantastic Burj Drop experience where you’ll ‘slide’ down the side of the Burj Khalifa. Or if teens fancy a scary adventure, The Walking Dead Outbreak VR game will give them a thrill (and a fright!).
Dubai is an outstanding destination so if you’re planning a trip this Easter break, book your flight and enjoy a holiday the whole family will remember for years.
This post was written by One4all’s Graphic and Web Designer, Ola Dybul. If she’s not creating trendy social graphics, working on quirky photoshoots or designing brand assets, she’s off travelling the world, learning new cultures and traditions, and meeting new people. She’s been all around the world but is not ready to stop. Stay tuned for more top tips from this expert adventurer.