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Accessible attractions in Dubai

Wed, September 23, 2020

People with disabilities or special needs – known as 'people of determination' in the UAE – can add these top landmarks in Dubai to their holiday list.

People with disabilities or special needs – known as 'people of determination' in the UAE – can add these top landmarks in Dubai to their holiday list.


Scale new heights at Burj Khalifa

People of determination will find touring Dubai a breeze, even when it comes to exploring the world's tallest building – Burj Khalifa. A magnificent feat of engineering and a must-see attraction for everyone, the city has made great strides in making its most famous landmark accessible. The tower's famous At the Top, Burj Khalifa tour is wheelchair-friendly and best enjoyed during sunset when an amber glow spans the sky and the views sparkle. The line to take the elevator may seem long but staff are always happy to help you bypass queues.

Feel the breeze at Kite Beach

Kite Beach – Places for people of determination in Dubai

Kite Beach was the first Dubai beach to open a disability access ramp, allowing wheelchair users to reach the waterfront in seconds. Marvel at unobstructed views of the world-famous Burj Al Arab hotel while you soak up the sunshine at this free-to-access beach, or indulge in a quick bite on the sands. You can't go wrong with the sliders and milkshakes at homegrown foodie favourite Salt – simply irresistible! There is another accessible pathway that leads from the public car park to the beach walkway too, making this a popular stop all year round.


See new perspectives at Dubai Frame

Another great place to visit is the Dubai Frame. This cultural landmark represents a connection between the emirate's past and present, and is a great way to view the city's phenomenal growth story. Located in Zabeel Park, it's free to visit with convenient passage to the striking 150m-tall architectural structure where you can enjoy a view that cleverly 'frames' panoramas of monuments from Old Dubai on one side and new skyscrapers on the other. There's also complimentary wheelchair service, assistance from trained staff, integrated restrooms and service counters.

Floral surprises await at Miracle Garden

If you're looking to relax and take a break from the bustle of the city, head to Dubai Miracle Garden. An oasis of more than 150 million flowers and plants, the picturesque garden has also earned two Guinness World Records for the largest vertical garden and world’s largest floral sculpture. The paths here are smooth and accessible for wheelchair users to explore all the flowers arranged in bright courtyards, colourful arches, intricate patterns, and myriad shapes to form exceptional displays. Located just a short drive out of the city centre, the attraction also provides VIP parking, disabled toilets and club carts for easy transportation around the grounds.

Snap selfies at Dubai Aquarium

No visit would be complete without seeing the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the the largest suspended aquariums in the world. The 10-million litre tank houses thousands of aquatic animals, with an incredible array of species worth spotting. If you're short on time, you can admire a part of the aquarium free of charge from the ground floor of The Dubai Mall, but we recommend getting a fish-eye view of sharks and stingrays by passing through the 48-metre long underwater tunnel – it's worth every dirham.

Park life at Al Mamzar

Al Mamzar Beach Park - places for people of determination
Nestled along a corniche, the Al Mamzar Beach Park offers visitors more than 200 acres of tree-lined landscapes to explore alongside shimmering shores. The park features five beaches, jogging tracks, swimming pools and play areas for children, making it a great choice for families. Like Kite Beach, there are dedicated pathways built to international standards so wheelchair users can reach the water easily, while the beaches also feature specially-designed counters for visitors with disabilities.

Playtime at Dubai Dolphinarium

Wheelchair users are well catered for at Dubai Dolphinarium. The indoor hotspot has special seating for people of determination to watch the stars of the show – bottlenose dolphins and fur seals – dance, juggle, play ball, jump through hoops and even paint. Seats can be easily reserved but, if you call ahead prior to your visit, the staff can also help accommodate additional needs to make your experience as welcoming as possible. Other attractions here include an exotic bird show, mirror maze attractions, and a 5D and 7D theatre where multi-dimensional footage immerses you in one of 10 different films.

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