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New family experiences in Dubai

Thu, December 17, 2020

Update your Dubai to-do list with fresh and exciting children's activities.

Update your Dubai to-do list with fresh and exciting children's activities.


Set sail on a pirate ship

Voyage down Dubai Canal, a 3.2km-long waterway running from Old Dubai to the modern Business Bay district, aboard the Black Pearl. Inspired by Disney's blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean, this hour-long experience organised by tour company Tour Dubai is the perfect way to see the city's iconic sights with children in tow. Start your journey at the Dubai Creek Harbour and head to the mangroves, floating along skyline-defining architecture on Sheikh Zayed Road and past the flamingos at Ras Al Khor Sanctuary.


Discover virtual thrills

Embark on extraordinary adventures at Mall of the Emirates' brand new virtual reality attraction, Dreamscape. Here, fantastical stories come to life using state-of-the-art technologies. Aimed at visitors aged 10 and up, each experience is uniquely awe-inspiring – from uncovering a powerful jewel in an ancient temple to diving into the deep blue to reunite a family of whales, and visiting an alien zoo in outer space. Book in advance as each VR world accommodates only up to six people.


Brave new adventures

Located in Dubai's exclave of Hatta, the Hatta Wadi Hub is teeming with exciting family-friendly experiences set amid charming natural scenery. From trampolining, archery, zorbing – where you roll down a hill inside a plastic ball – and mountain carting, you can explore all kinds of activities for thrill-seekers of all ages. The latest to join this action-packed line up is the Hatta Drop-In, a series of high-octane water slides that reach heights of 15m and speeds of up to 80km/h. Plunge into cool waters surrounded by a breathtaking mountainscape for your fill of fun this winter.


Go on safari in Dubai


Take a walk on the wild side at Dubai Safari Park. The wildlife reserve, animal sanctuary and education centre reopens in October with plenty of fun and interactive activities, including a safari journey and behind the scenes experience. Dedicated to conservation and protection, the park has five main attractions – Asian Village, African Village, Arabian Village, Explorer Village and a kids farm – where visitors can glimpse nearly 3,000 animals from around the world. 


Dive into fun


No matter the season, Aquaventure Waterpark is the place to be. It's become bigger and better, with 28 new slides and attractions having opened in 2021. Enjoy incredible views of the city and sea from the 34m-tall Trident Tower, or put your courage to the test on the world's longest watercoaster at 449m – the ProSlide MammothBlast, or with Dubai's first cliff jumping attraction at Immortal Falls. Meanwhile, the Splasher's Island family zone will offer child-friendly versions of some of the adult rides, so your little ones can chase thrills too. Competitive slides, hybrid rides and more attractions will make Aquaventure one of the biggest waterparks in the world.


Strike a pose

Dubai is a wonderland of Instagram-worthy moments, but if you're looking for a one-stop photo-op, the brand new Selfie Kingdom is your ticket. Located in Motor City, this quirky destination features 15 pop-up rooms displaying unique backdrops and props that even come equipped with self-controlled mobile and lighting pods. Fill up an entire album with pictures in whimsical settings, like polka dot rooms packed with giant ice lollies and artsy flower walls.

Sleep in a rainforest

How often do you get the chance to sleep in a rainforest, drifting off to the sounds of the wild? Dubai’s famous indoor rainforest, The Green Planet, is offering everyone the chance to camp overnight in their tropical biodome, which is home to thousands of exotic plants and animals. Great for families, children can go on a guided scavenger hunt, enjoy a nocturnal animal tour and settle in after dinner with a nature-themed movie.


Soak up sunshine market vibes

It’s not officially winter in Dubai until the Ripe Market moves outdoors. Savvy shoppers and sunshine-loving visitors can look forward to a brand new season kicking off this October at the Dubai Police Academy Park. It’s a community classic for good reason – there will be plenty of engaging activities for little ones, great organic produce from local farmers, free yoga on the grass, live music sessions and other surprises in store. See you there!


Step into a world of art

The Theatre of Digital Art gives famous artworks a modern twist with advanced technology and immersive storytelling. As captivating for little ones as it is for adults, this must-see exhibition features works by celebrated artists – Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh amongst a notable few – projected across 1,800sqm and accompanied by music, visual effects and dramatic surround sound. There is an interactive room specially designed for children, with multidimensional spaces and secret passages that create a sense of wonder.

Tee off at Top Golf

Topgolf is now in Dubai, bringing its world-famous games to a three-storey entertainment venue at the Emirates Golf Club. It's easy to score with Topgolf's twist on the sport and, best of all, you don't need prior golfing experience. Players can simply take aim and swing microchipped balls towards a target, with more challenging gaming options for seasoned players. The venue is always buzzing, with plenty of live music and dining delights complementing play time.


Plan a playdate at Woo-Hoo

With ten themed galleries designed to making learning fun, Woo-Hoo in Al Quoz is a sure stop for any parent. This indoor edutainment centre is designed for children up to the age of 12, inviting them into a scientific playground where they can learn how sound travels or water can bend at the Splash Lab. Each zone is backed by innovative learning objectives, so children can discover, create and grow, all while having oodles of fun. For parents, The Nest offers an uplifting caffeine fix or they can make their way next door for a spirited battle at XStrike, an indoor gaming combat centre.

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