Dubai is a city full of high-rises and sophistication that will appeal to visitors both young and old. With the desert on all three sides of this stunning city and the Arabian Gulf on the other, it’s no wonder this city attracts millions of tourists yearly. Equipped with the Middle East's first indoor ski resort, the largest snow park in the world, and the largest suspended aquarium, this city is certainly a remarkable destination for families.
Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates, and it has a reputation for family tourism, meaning there’s a lot of entertainment created especially for children. But adults will fall in love with Dubai as well.
Filled with 1,200 shops, the Dubai Mall is the world's largest by area. The Dubai Mall also comes equipped with an Olympic-sized ice rink, Reel Cinemas with 22 screens, SEGA Republic, an indoor action theme park with cutting-edge motion simulators, and other virtual experiences.
The popular and fun Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo has more than 33,000 sea creatures, including 400 sharks and rays. Children and adults will be entranced with the sight of those sea creatures swimming around.
KidZania is an indoor theme park where children can experience what it’s like to work in the adult world: while closely supervised, kids can role-play a number of different occupations. This kid-sized city has shop-fronts and businesses equipped with child-size fire engines and ambulances. Kids can be police, pilots, journalists, ambulance officers and doctors. So if you’re child keeps saying he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, take him or her to KidZania.
Don’t forget to take the elevator that rises two-thirds of the way up the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, to the 124th floor. Here you will be awed by the 360-degree views of the nearby desert and the Arabian Gulf. Of course, the breathtaking view of the city itself will leave you mesmerized.
Children will love one of the more popular Dubai attractions: the Aquaventure Waterpark. This is the largest waterpark in the Middle East at Atlantis, The Palm and it’s a maze of rivers, speed slides and rides that get your heart racing and makes even the adults squeal with delight. If you want to be a kid all over again, then spending some time in this park is just the ticket. Kids and adults alike can play with engaging marine mammals, explore underwater adventures, the ruins of Atlantis, and the Lost Chambers Aquarium, which is home to over 65,000 sharks, eels, piranhas and other marine animals.
If you’re looking for a day in the snow, take time to visit the ski park—there you might be introduced to a beautiful colony of 20 king and gentoo penguins. These fun animals were flown to Dubai in 2012 from SeaWorld in San Diego, who has a worldwide reputation of being a world leader in the conservation of penguins. No matter the age, everyone will love being introduced to this colony of fun-loving creatures. Dubai is the perfect adventure destination for the whole family. What’s more, the city has many amazing accommodations—all clean, safe and very family-friendly. There are also many restaurants for you to choose from, and the area is incredibly safe, which makes this beautiful city a great place for your next family vacation.