Top 10 summer family attractions

Where to take the family for crowd-pleasing fun this summer
We’ve rounded up Dubai's top attractions to keep everyone entertained for hours. From thrill-seeking water slides to fish-filled aquariums and creative art centres, we've got plenty of activities you can enjoy. Don’t worry, mum and dad — there’s plenty of things for you to get involved with too.
  
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Al Mamzar Beach Park

Green scene

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Green scene

Relax in a serene oasis 

It’s ideal to head here in the late afternoon, when the temperatures have dropped, and have a picnic. The lush landscaped 106 hectare park, which is also located right next to the beach, has a variety of barbecue sites with grills, umbrellas, and seats, so you don’t have to bring anything except your own food and beverages. Bring a comfortable throw and you can secure your spot on the grassed picnic areas while enjoying the sweeping seaside views. There’s a handy food court or you can also buy something from one of the many kiosks. The park is great for kids because of its beach access and play areas. It also features a skate park, basketball and football courts.

Contact Details
Al Mamzar Beach St, Dubai
+971 4 296 6201 


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Aquaventure Waterpark

Slide into summer

Aquaventure Waterpark

Slide into summer

THRILLS AND SPILLS FOR THE FAMILY

Test your mettle on Leap of Faith as you slide through a tube that’s surrounded by shark-filled lagoons, get your pulses racing on high-octane rides like or swoop through the air on zip lines or just take it easy on the sandy beach. From the Splashers Childrens Play Area filled with tunnels, tubes and climbing frames for little ones to a lazy river that winds through the whole park, a fun day out is guaranteed for everyone. Budding marine biologists won’t want to miss out on the Dolphin Bay & Sea Lion Point encounters either.

Contact Details
Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai  
+971 4 426 0000

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3

The Green Planet

Discover a tropical rainforest

The Green Planet

Discover a tropical rainforest

EXPLORE THIS UNIQUE INDOOR BIO-DOME

Located right in the heart of Dubai (City Walk, to be exact), the four-level glass building, Green Planet, houses a real rainforest with over 3,000 species of tropical flora and fauna. A guided track allows guests to explore everything from the 45 metre-high canopy level, to the midstory, the forest floor, and the flooded rainforest – an aquarium section. Apart from exotic animals like South American toucans and tailed porcupines, it’s also home to the world’s largest man-made self-sustaining tree, and offers an interesting insight into the planet’s fragile natural balance. Plus, it’s one of the most refreshing things to do in the summer.

Contact Details
City Walk, Al Wasl
+971 4 317 3999

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Ski Dubai

Play in the snow

Ski Dubai

Play in the snow

FOR A TRULY ‘CHILLED’ DAY, ESCAPE THE HEAT AT SKI DUBAI

There’s fun for all in store at the Arab world’s first indoor snow slope, Ski Dubai. Here you can not only hone your ski skills - the slope is home to five different runs of varying difficulty levels - but also enjoy plenty of other snow fun including snowboarding and tobogganing. Plus they have zip lining, and even penguin encounters - something the kids will love.

Contact Details
Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha
+971 4 409 4000

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Bounce

Jump around

Bounce

Jump around

A GOOD TIME FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Housed in an Al Quoz warehouse, Bounce is an indoor trampoline park kitted out with fifty interconnected trampolines for all ages to jump and clown around on. Designed to appeal to parkour pros and toddlers alike, the urban playground is also home to other activities such as dodgeball, basketball, and funky add-ons such as ‘The Wall’, where experienced jumpers can try out some gravity-defying action. It’s inevitably good for a few laughs - and you’ll burn calories without even noticing.

Contact Details
Al Quoz 1, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 321 1400

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6

The Dubai Mall

Shopping and entertainment

The Dubai Mall

Shopping and entertainment

SLIDE ON OVER FOR ICE-SKATING, KIDZANIA AND AN AQUARIUM

If you like shopping then you’ll want to take advantage of the special deals during the Dubai Summer Surprises at The Dubai Mall. While you’re there, make sure you take a walk on the wild side by checking out the 33,000 underwater inhabitants of Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. You can even book to feed sting rays or swim with sharks. Chill out at the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, make sure you secure your spot for the spectacular Dubai Fountains display and let your children immerse themselves in role-play at KidZania. Top off your day by trying out the delicious eateries; from straight-from-the-oven sweet treats at Ben’s Cookies and pizzas at Gia to the signature meat shakshuka at Asma.

Contact Details
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai 
+800 382 246 255 

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7

Kite Beach

Waterside bliss

Kite Beach

Waterside bliss

SPLASH INTO SEASIDE FUN

Once the sun is setting and the temperature is cooling down, the Kite Beach is a great place to spend the rest of the day. You can take a swim and relax on the beach, or do sports like volleyball. Stroll along the promenade and eat at one of the many food stalls and kiosks selling bites like falafel, doner kebab, German sausage, shakes and ice cream. The beach is also one of the rare places in Dubai where you can see Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and The Atlantis Hotel from one single spot; luckily there is also free Wi-Fi so you can capture that perfect Insta-worthy shot.

Contact Details
Kite Beach, Jumeirah 
+971 4 317 3999

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8

XLine Dubai Marina

Sky High Thrills

XLine Dubai Marina

Sky High Thrills

GET YOUR PULSES RACING

High fliers looking for a serious adrenaline rush can get a bird’s eye view as they soar over the Dubai Marina thanks to XLine Dubai Marina. This bucket list experience for those aged 12 to 65 is something to note down for important occasions, but special summer prices entice you to book during this period. Fly solo or with a loved one; make sure you take in the view as you take off from the top of the Amwaj Towers and head towards Dubai Marina Mall, your final destination. Best of all you get to capture the whole flight as they kit you out with a wristband which will record it all on video and camera.

Contact Details
Dubai Marina Mall
+971 56 507 6366 

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9

Alserkal Avenue

Culture club

Alserkal Avenue

Culture club

EXPLORE THIS VIBRANT ARTS DISTRICT

This creative hub that sprawls over 500,000 square feet houses over 20 galleries, exhibition spaces, cafes, fitness spots and even the old-fashioned Cinema Akil – a far cry from it’s start as an industrial warehouse area. You’ll be immersed in the work of influential regional and international artists as you peruse pop-up shows and longer-term installations and emerge richer after your artistic experience. Best of all, it’s perched in the heart of the city so is very easy to get to.

Contact Details
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 
+971 4 3333 3464 


10

Hatta

Mountain road trip

Hatta

Mountain road trip

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NATURE

Take a 90-minute road trip into the majestic Hajjar mountains and take in the unique, wild terrain that’s a huge draw for nature-lovers who head to Hatta. Don’t miss stopping off at the Hatta Dam, where you can hire a kayak to get up-close to the sparkling blue, crystal-clear water. If you want to make a night of it, the JA Hatta Fort Hotel is perfectly perched amid all the splendour with chalets and family rooms to settle into. Scampering deer can be spotted by the kids covered play area whilst an indoor recreation room has lots to keep everyone entertained and out of the sun. Discerning foodies should try the delicious local honey that’s sourced from the nearby hives at Hatta Honey Bee Farm too.

Contact Details
Hatta Oman Road
+971 4 814 5400 

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