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Family fun in Dubai

The ultimate family experiences to be had in Dubai
Dubai is an ideal holiday destination for families, with theme parks, beaches, brunches and more to keep everyone happy. Here are eight things to keep the kids busy on school break.
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Theme park central

Bollywood Parks

Theme park central

Bollywood Parks

Best for: Movie fans

Dance to the tunes of your favourite Bollywood films or discover your inner star at the world’s first Bollywood-themed amusement park. Located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, Bollywood Parks offers a power-packed day of fun-filled music, performances, rides and more. Embark on a topsy-turvy ride 3D-ride in Krrish: Hero’s Flight, inspired by the Hrithik Roshan-starrer, or be entertained by the Dabangg stunt show, featuring a Salman Khan lookalike. That’s not all, head down to the neighbouring Legoland and Motiongate parks for more memorable moments.
Contact Details
  Tickets start at AED300
  Dubai Parks and Resorts, opposite Palm Jebel Ali
  +971 4 820 0000
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Animal encounters

The Green Planet

Animal encounters

The Green Planet

Best for: Curious minds

Take a walk through a tropical rainforest right here in Dubai. Head down to The Green Planet in the chic open-air shopping district of City Walk to be transported into a natural ecosystem filled with flora, fauna and fun. Here you’ll encounter 3,000 plants and animals from brightly coloured toucans and elusive geckos to butterflies and even a porcupine (don’t miss the resident sloth!). The immersive vertical bio-dome is a treat for any budding environmentalist.
Contact Details
  Tickets AED95 for adults, AED70 for children 3 – 12 years
  City Walk, Al Safa
  +971 4 317 3999
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Beachside fun

Kite Beach

Beachside fun

Kite Beach

Best for: Beach babies

Visit one of Dubai's favourite spots for a beach day and a great view of the Burj Al Arab. Named after the numerous kite surfers that enjoy the perfect wind and waves at this destination, Kite Beach is also perfect for a family beach day. You can indulge in a quick bite or beverage at the many outlets - grab a slider and a lotus milkshake at the the famous food truck, Salt. Or, simply sit back and enjoy the kite surf show while your children enjoy the many play areas like the adventure course at Wire World.
Contact Details
  Kite Beach, Jumeirah 1
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Indoor thrills

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Indoor thrills

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Best for: Thrill-seekers

The world’s largest indoor theme park is home to thrills for everyone. Give your youngest children a multi-sensory adventure with Ben 10, Gumball, The Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown, while the whole family can enter Marvel's universe with characters like Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers. Don't miss Jurassic thrills in the Lost Valley, where you can interact with life-size dinosaurs.
Contact Details
  Tickets start at AED245
  Dubailand, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  600 500 962
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Skiing in a mall

Ski Dubai

Skiing in a mall

Ski Dubai

Best for: Budding skiers

Indulge in a shopping spree with a side of skiing at Malls of the Emirates’ Ski Dubai. Brave the slopes with skis, toboggans or snowboards or build a snowman in the snowpark. You can also roll down the hills in a giant ball, make friends with penguins and sip on a creamy hot chocolate, all year round. A truly unforgettable experience.
Contact Details
  Tickets start at AED200
  Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates
  800 386
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Indoor skydiving

iFLY Dubai

Indoor skydiving

iFLY Dubai

Best for: Little adventurers

While few would argue that skydiving isn’t one of the most exhilarating activities in the world, it’s not an activity one would deem ideal for children. However, at iFLY Dubai at Mirdif City Centre, children and adults get the chance to experience the thrill of skydiving in safety without ever going any more than three metres from the ground, with the facility’s technologically advanced vertical wind tunnel. Absolutely anyone can try it, which makes iFLY a fun experience that the whole family can enjoy.
Contact Details
  Tickets start at AED220
  Magic Planet, Mirdif City Centre, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
  +971 4 231 6292
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An afternoon at the beach

JBR

An afternoon at the beach

JBR

Best for: The whole family

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is well established as Dubai’s most popular beachfront, and its close proximity to a whole host of restaurants, cafes and shops make it more than worthy of its status. The Beach has added even more dining and shopping options, plus a cinema, public bathroom facilities and even a mini children's waterpark. 
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Magical moments

Dubai Miracle Garden

Magical moments

Dubai Miracle Garden

Amid the arid Dubai desert is a sprawling garden filled with greenery and flowers – a real-life oasis in the otherwise harsh desert environment. Sitting just a few minutes’ drive out of the main city, Dubai Miracle Garden already features more than 45 million blooming flowers, and has aims to become the world’s biggest flower garden. For those who thrive on nature’s bounty, this is very much the place to be.
Contact Details
  Tickets start at AED40
  Dubailand, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road
  +971 4 422 8902
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Family-friendly brunch

Beachcombers

Family-friendly brunch

Beachcombers

Best for: Tiny food critics

Serving a stunning menu of Pan-Asian seafood, it would be quite understandable if the restaurant was reserved only for the city’s serious foodie elite, but the best thing about this place is that children are very much welcome. Friday and Saturday brunches are perfect for the whole family, with a children’s buffet, play areas and dedicated entertainers to keep the little ones amused. 
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