A holiday in Dubai may not seem like the obvious choice if you are planning a trip away with your family, but this beautiful and exciting emirate has plenty to offer.
Whether you are looking to show your older offspring some of Dubai's culture, or just want to have some fun with your little ones, your time in the UAE can be everything you imagined.
Fun family days out
Dubai has a wide selection of options for fun family days out, making it a great choice if you are wanting a trip that will keep your children entertained throughout their stay.
Adventure HQ at the Galleria Mall
Adventure HQ is an exciting place for people of all ages, but especially children who have plenty of energy to burn. Designed to be child-friendly, it has a mini adventure course, climbing walls made to look like dinosaurs, and a number of other fun things to play on. Its latest location, right in the heart of Jumeirah’s Galleria Mall, means that both parents and children can enjoy the day.
Designed for children all the way from toddler age to teenagers, KidZania describes itself as a family edutainment centre. You and your family can learn while having fun with the numerous interactive games and play areas. During your visit, your little ones will learn more about the world they live in and what it's like to be a grownup.
Bursting with games and rides, this expansive arcade is the perfect place for a family day out like no other. More than a million Dirham has been invested into the resources here, so there is more than enough to keep all of your loved ones entertained.
If the heat is getting a little too much for you and your little ones, there is nowhere better to head than to Ski Dubai. From bobsledding to tobogganing and even chairlifts, this indoor snow park is a fantastic place to enjoy a fun family day out in Dubai. As the world's largest indoor snow park, you can be sure that it caters to everyone, though children need to be at least two to take part.
Wonderland Theme Park Dubai
This massive indoor play centre is completely air-conditioned, allowing you to get out of the sweltering temperatures during the day. With more than 100 rides, arcade games, and games consoles to play on, Wonderland Theme Park Dubai has everything you need to keep your family entertained. There's also a nice cafe for parents to relax in and get something to eat while your little ones explore.
Exploring the local culture
Explore the outdoors while being fully air-conditioned. A number of tour operators will take you and your family on the trip of a lifetime to explore the sand dunes of Dubai. See how beautiful this emirate really is, while staying out of the hot temperatures and blazing sun.
Sharjah’s Blue Souk
Another fantastic aspect of Dubai's culture is its vast array of markets, which are locally called souks. Sharjah's main market comprises of six beautifully designed buildings and traders offer everything from jewellery to carpets and fresh food. Of course, you don't have to buy anything to have a brilliant family day out, simply look around you and take in daily life in this incredible emirate.
The Burj Khalifa
The tallest building in the world is an experience for the whole family. Children will love the quick ride up to the 124th floor with the super fast lift. Once at the top, you will get a 360-degree view of Dubai, something you and your little ones will treasure forever.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
If your family are into trying new things and getting a real taste of the local culture, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offers the ideal family activity. Designed to help people new to Dubai become accustomed with the traditions and customs of the UAE, it's a brilliant place to help educate little ones. With sharing platters available that feature some delicious local foods, you and your family can enjoy a meal together that will be like no other.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Inside the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo allows you and your family to explore more of the fantastic creatures that live under the sea. From sharks to stingrays and crocodiles, learn about how these incredible beings live. If you are feeling brave, the aquarium also offers diving trips to get you up close and personal to tiger sharks!
Quality family time in Dubai
A holiday in Dubai is a beautiful place to spend time with your family, and there are plenty of ways to ensure your little ones stay safe in and out of the sun. With a wide variety of indoor attractions - and loads to do once the sun goes down - a trip to this fantastic emirate could be exactly what you and your loved ones need.