Make the most of Dubai's year-round sunshine
There are few places on this planet that indulge kids and families like Dubai. From monolith theme parks to watersports and beachside malls, everyone from babies and tots, to tweens and teens are catered for in unique, Dubai-style.
Theme park thrills
The line-up of theme parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts will keep your family entertained for days. Hollywood-inspired adventure land, Motiongate Dubai, features 40 rides inspired by memorable action and animation films – including The Ghostbusters, Shrek and The Hunger Games – from legendary film studios including Dreamworks, Lionsgate and Columbia Pictures.
Next door, the world’s first Bollywood-themed theme park, Bollywood Parks also offers a power-packed day of fun-filled music, performances and rides. Meanwhile, Legoland and Legoland Water Park lets little ones meet, play, explore and splash with the world-famous toys.
By the beach
There’s something for all ages in Dubai, and that includes inspired beach breaks. Kite Beach, for example, is popular with the city's active community and you'll find everything from kitesurfing and paddle-boarding to beach volleyball and windsurfing taking place on any given day. The Beach at JBR is a shopping and dining district by the coast, which offers the ultimate al fresco outing for families. For more sun, sea and a whole lot of fun, head to La Mer. Located in Jumeirah, it features beachy boulevards lined with graffiti, delicious treats and general good vibes all around. Looking for more inspiration? We've shortlisted the city's very best beaches, just for you.
In full bloom
Amid the golden Dubai desert dunes is a sprawling garden filled with greenery and flowers – a real-life oasis. Sitting just a few minutes’ drive out of the main city, Dubai Miracle Garden already features more than 45 million blooming flowers, and has plans to become the world’s biggest flower garden. For families who love to explore nature, this is very much the place to be.
Don’t forget to stop by the Butterfly Garden. Located inside Miracle Garden, it houses 15,000 butterflies in nine custom-built domes, with the habitat covering a whopping 2600sqm in total.
Step into nature at Dubai’s one-of-a-kind high rope adventure hub in Mushrif Park. Made up of over 35,000sqm, Aventura Parks offers exciting experiences like zip-lining, rope-climbing and even a cool Tarzan swing.
The park offers five different levels of fun that cater to everyone, from the new explorers to the thrill-seekers. The lowest height option caters to children between the ages of four and seven years old at 30cms off the ground, while the Thriller experience is for adult adrenaline-seekers wanting to fly high from eight metres up.
Get ready to slip and slide at the city's best waterparks. Toddlers (and their families) will love the Legoland Waterpark at Dubai Parks and Resorts, where they can race on rides or take it easy by floating around a lazy river on a raft built using soft Lego bricks. Meanwhile, thrill-seekers will want to spend a day at Aquaventure Waterpark or Wild Wadi Waterpark that boast record-breaking attractions, themed activities and plenty of fun for all ages. If you're feeling competitive, challenge the tribe to a round at the inflatable waterpark, AquaFun Dubai. This floating venue has it all, from slippery slides to challenging ramps and jumps.
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