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Sights & Attractions

Dubai's must-see list for kids

Mon, August 24, 2020

Get insider tips on the best places to visit from Nicole Majdalany, a social media influencer and mum of three.

Get insider tips on the best places to visit from Nicole Majdalany, a social media influencer and mum of three.

1

Burj Khalifa

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A visit to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Enjoy the magnificent 360-degree views from the world’s highest observatory. The journey up to the level 125 viewing deck is exciting in itself, but I won’t spoil it for you, as this attraction is best experienced first-hand. If you aren’t keen on heights, don't worry, as the tower is well-equipped and fully secure, and the ascent is gradual and steady. Advance bookings are advised.

2

Dolphin Bay

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Swimming with dolphins was an experience our boys will never forget. They met, played and swam with dolphins in what was truly a memorable and unforgettable time. All equipment, including the wetsuits, are included along with a same-day access pass to Aquaventure Waterpark. Don’t miss The Lost Chambers – the kids will love the indoor aquarium, where they can get up close and personal with the fish. It's a very moving experience for children and adults alike. If you’re feeling hungry, the choice of restaurants at Atlantis, The Palm should satisfy even the fussiest little eater!

 
3

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

You can’t miss the chance to swim in the world’s largest suspended aquarium. Located at The Dubai MallDubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo provides unforgettable experiences for the entire family. The kids can even scuba dive here, while brave guests can cage dive with sharks. The youngest members of the family can enjoy cage snorkelling and the glass bottom boat ride.

My personal favourite is the shark dive (you need to be PADI certified, a service offered by Al Boom Diving on-site), where you swim within inches of the sharks and rays, and even wave to family and friends outside of the tank inside the mall. The Underwater Zoo is situated in the same location, so it is easy to combine both attractions. King Croc and his ‘wife’ are another highlight.

4

Dubai Frame

Located in Zabeel Park, this architectural landmark is one of our family highlights. The panoramic lifts open onto a luminous glass walkway which stretches across like a bridge. Looking out on one side you can see Old Dubai and through the other window frame, New Dubai. Initially, it feels daunting walking over the glass walkway at Dubai Frame. Even though I have a healthy fear of heights, I soon forgot about it and was blown away by the phenomenal views. If you don’t feel like walking directly over the glass, you can walk on either side. I recommend visiting close to sunset for a mesmerising view.

5

The Green Planet

This tropical forest in City Walk is fun for kids young and old, including me! When we visited, my son enjoyed giving me a guided tour as he’d been to The Green Planet before; he couldn’t wait to show me all the animals and birds, all 3,000 of them. Our favourite was the toucan and the sloth, with whom you can book an encounter and spend some time. There are many knowledgeable guides around to help with any questions and give information about all the creatures housed there. We go back regularly as one visit is never enough.

6

Laguna Waterpark

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Situated in La Mer, the Laguna Waterpark is perfect for family fun. WaveOz180, one of the world’s largest boarding experiences, is suitable for beginners and pros alike. For those feeling brave, try the ‘Free Fall’ adventure experience. Step into a glass capsule sky box and freefall back to the ground at tremendous speeds. La Mer also has an array of eateries offering a wide range of cuisines, many with beautiful views overlooking the beach and sea. There's also great access everywhere for buggies and strollers.

7

La Perle by Dragone

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This interactive aqua-theatre experience offers 360-degree seating in a specially-constructed auditorium at Al Habtoor CityLa Perle by Dragone takes inspiration from Dubai’s past, present and future. It is a unique show that you really must go and experience for yourself. My personal highlight was watching the motorcycles race inside a giant cage, which was suspended high up in the air. It is truly spectacular and suitable for the whole family.

8

LEGOLAND Dubai

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The LEGOLAND theme park is a favourite for anyone who loves anything and everything LEGO bricks, like my family. Situated at Dubai Parks and Resorts, expect thrilling rides, themed games, restaurants and the biggest Lego store in the region....need I say more?

9

Ski Dubai

A classic Dubai institution, my family and I have been going to Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates for years. The boys have done everything from learning to ski, snowboard, celebrate birthday parties and play with penguins here. There's also a quaint Swiss-style cabin where you can enjoy a nice hot cup of cocoa and enjoy the view. Alternatively, if you don’t ski, you can enjoy a ride on the chair lift and watch your little ones skiing down the three levels of slopes.

What I love about Ski Dubai is that whatever the weather, you can enjoy quality time indoors as a family, or if the kids are confident, drop them inside while you go shopping in the mall.

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