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Updated by Priya Ghatol on Dec 14, 2019
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Dubai Holidays – Best Family-Friendly Places to Visit in Dubai

If you have to spot one place in the world that caters to people of all ages and interests, it would definitely be Dubai. This metropolis is the perfect tourist spot as it offers sightseeing, adventure, fun, entertainment, great food, and shopping opportunities, thus catering to the interests of almost everyone. Here, we will check out the best family-friendly places to visit in Dubai that you must not miss when you are in this glamorous Emirates city of UAE.

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Desert Safari in Dubai

Desert Safari in Dubai

Desert Safari Dubai is surely one of the most fun places to visit as a family. The most popular is the evening desert safari, which begins late afternoon and continues till night time. The safari comprises several adventurous activities like dune bashing, quad biking, sandboarding and camel riding, most of which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. At the desert camp, you would get to enjoy numerous performances and many other enjoyable activities. The dinner served at the desert camp is one of the highlights of the safari and includes several BBQ dishes as well as dishes from both Emirati and international cuisine. The desert safari promises your entire family one of the best evenings of your life.

Timings: 3:30 PM to 9:30 Pm (approx)

Duration: 6 hours

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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Placed inside the enormous Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo will not fail to impress kids and adults alike. You are welcomed into the aquarium through a huge tunnel (one of the largest suspended tanks in the world) that holds 10 million liters of water and more than 30,000 marine animals. While looking at the 140 marine species, especially stingrays, tiger sharks, and manta rays, it is a pleasure, the Underwater Zoo has even more amazing attractions. Divided into different ecosystems, you would get to see piranhas, otters, crocodiles, etc. at the zoo. Apart from all this, the Dubai Aquarium also offers some unique experiences like a glass-bottom boat tour, shark diving, cage diving, etc.

Timings: 10 AM to 2 PM

Duration: 2-3 hours

Location: Ground & Level 2, The Dubai Mall, Financial Center Road, Dubai

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Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

Another family-friendly attraction that is definitely a huge delight is the Dubai Miracle Garden. It is quite a surprise that the largest natural flower garden in the world is located in the desert city of Dubai. The Miracle Garden opens for a new season every winter and remains closed during the summer months. During every new season, you would be able to see 45 million colorful flowers decorated in the form of various unique and creative structures. The beauty of the floral Burj Khalifa, canopies, castles, etc. at the Miracle Garden would surely capture your hearts.

Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM (Sunday to Thursday) and 9 AM to 11 PM (Friday and Saturday)

Duration: 2-3 hours

Location: Al Barsha South 3, Dubai

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Kite Beach

Kite Beach

Nothing can beat a holiday at the beach, and Dubai has some of the best beaches in the world. If you are looking for a public beach that offers adventure, relaxation and great food, Kite Beach would be your best bet. The beach is so named because it is one of the most popular places in Dubai for kite surfing. You can also indulge in some other water sports like wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, surfing, etc. at Kite Beach. Kids would have an amazing time at the outdoor trampolines spread all over the beach, while adults and older kids can show off their skating skills at the Skate Park. Although you are free to bring your own food to the beach, it would be best to utilize the various cafes and restaurants nearby that serve delicious food.

Timings: 10 AM to 10 PM (Sunday to Wednesday) and 10 AM to 12 AM (Thursday to Saturday)

Duration: As per your interest

Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is a building that needs no introduction. It is the tallest tower in the world and has 162 floors. While you can see the building from anywhere in the city, you can check out its interiors with a visit to its observation deck. The Burj Khalifa has two 360o observation decks, one of the 124th floor and another on the 148th floor. Whichever floor you choose to visit, you would get to see an incredible view of the entire city. Moreover, the tour also includes a visit to a museum where you can see the story behind the development of this huge structure. One of the highlights of the visit is the ride on the fastest elevator on earth. If you want to do something different at the Burj Khalifa, you can either stay at Hotel Armani during your stay or have dinner at one of the numerous restaurants inside the building.

Timings: 8:30 AM to 11 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

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Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure is the biggest water park not just in Dubai but also in the UAE. It is located inside the premises of Hotel Atlantis, the Palm and has some of the most thrilling slides and attractions that would satisfy any adventure lover. One of the most exciting attractions here is a slide that passes through the shark lagoon. Aside from this, there are several rides that have broken many world records. Those who are not interested in adventure but want to relax can do so in the Lazy River or at the beach attached to the water park. Children would have a fun time at Splashers Children's Play Area.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM

Duration: 6-7 hours

Location: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

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Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai

Winter is surely the best time to visit Dubai, as you would find numerous special attractions and events in the city, one of them being the Global Village. Just as the name suggests, Global Village is a place where different countries are celebrated with aplomb. Here, you would find pavilions of 40 countries including Vietnam, Egypt, India, Oman, etc. Each of the countries showcases their culture through their local products, food, and special entertainment programs and events. In short, an evening at the Global Village can be spent shopping, eating and getting entertained. Numerous shows and activities also happen here. Some things you would get to enjoy here are comedy shows, music, concerts, magic shows, etc.

Timings: 4 PM to 1 AM

Duration: 3-4 hours

Location: Dubai Land, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai

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Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

If you are tired of the heat of the city, you would enjoy a visit to Ski Dubai. A winter wonderland, Ski Dubai is the largest skiing resort in the world. With an artificial skiing hill with slopes of different difficulty levels, Ski Dubai is perfect for beginners as well as experts. Apart from skiing, Ski Dubai is also great for tobogganing and snowboarding. If you are accompanied by little children or do not have any interest in skiing, you can have field time playing at the Snow Park or meeting the resident penguins. Whatever your interests, a visit to Ski Dubai would be nothing less than exciting.

Timings: 9 AM to 12 AM

Duration: 2-3 hours

Location: The Mall of Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Fans of Marvel and Cartoon Network would have an amazing time at the IMG Worlds of Adventure, the largest indoor theme park in the world. Each of the zones of the park has thrilling rides based on its theme. You get to enjoy roller coasters, rides and attractions as per the shows and movies like Iron Man, The Powerpuff Girls, the Avengers, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, etc. One of the major attractions of the place is Lost Valley, a dinosaur adventure zone, where you would get to ride amazing rollercoaster and also see life-size dinosaurs.

Timings: 11 AM to 8 PM (Sunday to Wednesday) and 11 AM to 10 PM (Thursday to Saturday)

Duration: 6-7 hours

Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai

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Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium

One of the most popular family-friendly places in the city is Dubai Dolphinarium. The dolphinarium is home to bottlenose dolphins, seals and a bunch of parrots. The highlight of the place is the dolphin and seal show that happens every day. Apart from this, you can also opt for the experience of swimming with the dolphins. This is a great chance to not just touch these intelligent and warm marine animals but also interact with them. Another special show that you can watch at the dolphinarium is the Creek Park Bird Show. People interested can also choose educational tours to know more about marine life.

Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1, Dubai

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Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

The Dubai Garden Glow is exactly like its name. Here, you would find incredible glowing sculptures made from millions of eco-friendly lights. The Garden Glow is open only during the winters, and each season brings some new and exciting glowing sculptures. However, Glow Park is only a part of the experience. There are other zones at the park, which include Ice Park, Art Park, and Dinosaur Park. Walking through Garden Glow is a pleasure and perfect to roam around to enjoy the pleasant winter evenings in Dubai.

Timings: 4 PM to 12 AM

Duration: 2-3 hours

Location: Zabeel Park, Dubai

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Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

Dubai is an expensive city, and most tourist spots charge an entry fee, except a few like Dubai Fountain. Located outside the Dubai Mall, the size of the Dubai Fountain is equals to two football fields. But what attracts hundreds of people to the fountain every evening is the marvelous Dubai Fountain Show. It is the tallest performing fountain in the world and also one of the best. As soon as the music begins, the fountain starts dancing as per its rhythm. Added to this are the beautiful lights, which create an amazing symphony that would leave you mesmerized. If you want to have a closer look at the fountain show, go for a boat ride at an extra cost.

Timings: 7 PM to 11 PM (every 30 minutes)

Duration: The show lasts for 5-10 minutes

Location: Burj Khalifa Lake, Dubai

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OliOli Dubai

While most of the adventure and theme parks cater to both adults and kids, finding something that is dedicated to the little one may seem a bit difficult in Dubai. If you are looking for a place where your kids can expand their creativity, learn something new and at the same time have immense fun, OliOli Dubai is the ideal place. OliOli has 8 galleries and 40 exhibits, each providing an interactive and educational experience for the kids to learn something while enjoying it. The exhibits would challenge their thinking, boost their creativity, stimulate their bodies and engaged their curious minds.

Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM (Saturday to Wednesday) and 9 AM to 9 PM (Thursday to Friday)

Duration: 2-3 hours

Location: Al Quoz 1, Next to Oasis Center, Dubai

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Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

A holiday in a new city should not be only about fun and entertainment. On the other hand, it is important to take time to learn about the history and culture of the new place and develop this habit in your kids too. To know about the history of Dubai, you need to visit the Dubai Museum, which is located in the Al Fahidi Neighbourhood. The museum is located inside the Al Fahidi Fort and shows you the history, culture, lifestyle, occupation, attire, etc. of the Arabs in the yesteryears. A presentation at the end would give you a clear idea of how the city has developed from the desert land with a tribal culture to the modern city of today.

Timings: 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM (Saturday to Thursday) and 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Friday)

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Al Fahidi Street, Dubai

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The Green Planet Dubai

The natural landscape in Dubai is restricted to the vast desert. However, you would be surprised to see a tropical rainforest in the middle of the urban jungle of Dubai. The Green Planet is an indoor vertical rainforest, which houses more than 3000 species of birds, animals, and plants. You not only get to see a huge variety of sloths, snakes, spiders, and other such creatures but also get to know more about the flora and fauna of rainforests. The tour of the Green Planet is both informative and interesting.

Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM

Duration: 2-3 hours (depending on your interest)

Location: City Walk, Dubai

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Tips for Visitors Travelling to Dubai

These tips would ensure that you are a holiday in Dubai would be comfortable and without any problems.
• The ideal time to visit Dubai would be between November and March when the climate is mild.
• The warm climate of Dubai would want you to wear comfortable, cotton clothes. However, do carry a light jacket or shawl as most indoor places are air-conditioned with low temperatures.
• Dressing modestly is important especially in the public, as a matter of respect to the culture and traditions of the Emiratis.
• Do not indulge in the public display of affection with your partner, as this can lead to jail, fine or even deportation.
• Look for your visa requirements and apply for one if you are not eligible for a visa on arrival.
• Make sure your passport has at least 6 months of validity from the date of travel.

A holiday in Dubai has all the aspects to make it one of the best family-friendly destinations you have ever visited. Book a holiday today and explore the splendid city of Dubai to make some fond memories.

  • Priya is an avid travel writer who specializes in adventurous travel writing. Her blogs and articles give deep insight about various tourist places and act as a perfect travel guide for someone who is traveling to a place for the first time. Priya has exemplary research, writing, and editing skills which make her easily match the reader’s intellect and interest. She has blogged extensively about her travel experience while traveling to several places like Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Europe, Dubai, USA, Canada, etc

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