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Dubai for the Whole Family

by Angelique Platas

Dec 19, 2017

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Destinations / Middle East

The opulence and allure of Dubai has been a major draw for business travelers, fashionistas and everyone in between. The otherworldly attractions and over-the-top resorts may be perfect for impressing clients and high-profile guests, but who is more high profile than your own family? Check out Dubai’s underrated family-friendly attractions on your next big trip.


Dubai Desert Safari

The Dubai Safari has been one of the most highly anticipated new attractions for families in Dubai, so much so the initial response was overwhelming. Since the response from visitors during the soft opening, Dubai Safari altered the schedule to accommodate families and create a better experience for guests daily. The Dubai Safari welcomes families only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.


The wildlife conservation built on a former landfill site is now a completely eco-friendly park providing family-friendly activities, wildlife attractions and conservation efforts toward a more sustainable future.


Aquaventure Waterpark

Kids of all ages — adults included — enjoy the fast-paced fun of Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm. Check out the park’s thrilling rides, including one fan favorite, a shark lagoon ride rushing brave guests in a tube through the water.

Adventure Waterpark, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

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Smaller children are welcome on the tamer rides in the Splashers Children’s Play Area. They can cool off in the water and enjoy the private beach away from the big-kid rides. Sneak away with the little ones and enjoy the Palm’s calm waterways and a spot under the sun.


Kite Beach

Bring the kids to Kite Beach and experience a completely unique, kid-centric outdoor space. Let the kids hit the Skate Park and outdoor trampolines or head to the adventure gym. Bring the smaller children to their own designated play area, or bring the whole family out for a swim. Refuel back at the food trucks and canteens along the beach.

Kite Beach Burj Al Arab

Kite Beach Burj Al Arab. Photo: Ninoak | Dreamstime


Lounge on the beach enjoying the sun, surf and kite show above. With impressive views of Burj Al Arab in the distance, you and the family will be able to enjoy the quintessential Dubai experience together.


City Walk

A trip to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without at least one shopping trip. Head to the European-style streets of the City Walk and stroll along from store to store, as the area spans nearly 1 million square feet. Stop in designer shops and fine-dining establishments lining the streets — all with the city skyscrapers and views in the near distance.


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