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Take Your Family to Dubai

By AdeleTuesday 01st September 2015

Dubai is known as a global business hub, with its high-rise office buildings and famous skyscrapers, but there’s more to this city than meets the eye. As the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has plenty to offer families, from desert camel rides to children’s arcades. Our Dubai and Arabian Gulf cruises dock in this wondrous coastal city, so if you’ve already booked (or you’re thinking about booking) read on for our guide to family-friendly activities in Dubai.

Go underwater at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Take a journey underwater and discover all kinds of ocean animals at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. You’ll find this huge aquarium in the world-famous Dubai Mall, and there’s so much to do that you and the kids will be entertained for hours. Be dazzled by the stunning 48-metre aquarium, visit the newly-acquired crocodile, King Croc, and attend one of the many presentations, including shark feeding and animal Q&As. If you and the kids are feeling a little more adventurous, explore the underwater environment first-hand with a cage snorkelling session. Step into an underwater world at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – Image by Flickr user Scott Edmunds Step into an underwater world at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – Image by Flickr user Scott Edmunds

Take a camel ride or go on safari in the desert

Dubai may be a sprawling metropolis, but just outside the city limits you’ll find miles and miles of desert, where you and your family can take part in lots of exciting activities. The Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre can be found nestled amongst breath taking sand dunes, and offers camel riding and horse riding, which the whole family can enjoy. If you’ve always wanted to go on a desert safari then make a booking with Desert Safari Dubai. One of their experienced drivers will take you on a tour of the desert in your very own 4x4 vehicle – it’s one of the best ways to really experience the desert and take in its beauty. Take a camel ride in the desert – Image by Flickr user Viator.com Take a camel ride in the desert – Image by Flickr user Viator.com

Kids can learn and play at Children’s City

Located right in the heart of Dubai is Children’s City, a dedicated kid’s centre for learning, discovery, playing and exploring. Children’s City is open to kids between the ages of two and 15, and includes a planetarium, earth science gallery, exhibition centre, hands-on workshops and more. Not only will kids have a great time exploring everything this mini city has to offer, but they’ll be learning along the way. The centre also holds fun performances, such as puppet shows, so there’s something for everyone. Explore the sand dunes in a 4x4 vehicle – Image by Flickr user Viator.com Explore the sand dunes in a 4x4 vehicle – Image by Flickr user Viator.com

Experience the amazing view from the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is (literally!) Dubai’s biggest tourist attraction, with people coming from all over the world to marvel at its magnificence. This amazing tower is the largest building in the world, standing at a massive 2,716.5 feet, with more than 160 stories and the longest elevator travel time of any building in the world. Visitors can take the elevator up to the observation decks, on levels 124 and 148, and look out over the city and beyond. The one of a kind views are absolutely incredible and not to be missed. Climb the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa – Image by VisitDubai.com Climb the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa – Image by VisitDubai.com

Splash around at Wild Wadi Waterpark

Temperatures in Dubai rarely drop below 20°C and from April to November you can expect the temperature to stay consistently between 32°C and 45°C – that’s hot! What better way to cool off than at a waterpark? Wild Wadi Waterpark is Dubai’s number one destination for families looking to splash around, and with its wide array of slides, rides, surf simulators, rivers and rapids, this Arabian-themed park is the perfect way to spend a scorching day in Dubai. Cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark  – Image by Flickr user Sarah_Ackerman Cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark – Image by Flickr user Sarah_Ackerman

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