Perpetual sunshine, beaches on almost every corner, unparalleled shopping experience, and sumptuous dishes from around the world – who would not want to visit Dubai? Most of all, there is no shortage of activities to do with your kids! And the variety that the city offers is going to leave you wanting more. Whether it’s an indoor amusement park, like Air Maniax, or an outdoor one like Legoland (it comes with a water park, too) – you’ll definitely find something to fulfill your kids’ desires. This guide will introduce you to everything that you’ll need for a trip with your little ones, from family-friendly hotels and restaurants to shopping malls for you to get some ‘me’ time, and also the best bars in town! And worry not, there’s definitely time for yourself as most family-friendly hotels have Kids Clubs or offer babysitting services – you won’t be disappointed. Start here for a vacation that your whole family will never forget! Here is the mega guide to visiting Dubai with kids!
LUXURY FAMILY HOTELS AND RESORTS IN DUBAI:
LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN DUBAI:
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Meals are best enjoyed with family, even if you have a screaming toddler or young teens who eat like they are going after Lewis Hamilton. Dubai restaurants have thought of this and devised various ways to entertain children of all ages. Whether you decide to join in the fun over Sunday brunch at The Irish Village or go for dinner at Wavehouse (where there is a soft play center, a bowling alley, and a wave house - obviously), your kids will love it more than you do. Not to mention the food is divine and the service is more than you can ask for! People are raving about the food at Mondoux or if you’d like to treat your younger kids, Masha and The Bear is a sure hit! After all, this restaurant was made with kids in mind. But worry not, if you plan to eat in the hotel that you are staying at, there’s always a kids club where you can leave them or a babysitter that can look after your little ones.
Best Family-Friendly Restaurants In Dubai:
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Whoever said that Dubai is a playground for adults is not aware of how many fun-filled activities there are for kids and teens to enjoy in this 35 square km city. Quench their need for an adrenaline rush in the numerous waterparks and theme parks around the city - from Legoland to the famous Atlantis Aquaventure, to the indoor ice rink, and aquarium - you might want to extend a week’s visit. If you come from October to April, you’ll get to enjoy cooler weather, which also means some seasonal outdoor tourist attractions are open, like the Dubai Miracle Garden and the Global Village. If you want a bit of a smaller attraction, you’d want to visit OliOli, Dubai's first experiential children’s play museum. But if you have teens, iFly Dubai, Air Maniaz, Bounce, and VR Park might be a better fit, aside from the water and theme parks.
Top Things To Do With Kids In Dubai - The BEST Activities:
You don’t take a vacation in Dubai and come home empty-handed. With its numerous malls in the city, the definition of shop til you drop comes to life here. Visit the Dubai Mall, next to the Burj Khalifa, and if shopping with the kids ain’t your thing, there are a lot of play areas where you can leave them, such as Trampo Extreme or Jumpnfun. If you are looking for souvenirs and local wares, the souks are for you, from the downtown Souk Madinat Jumeirah to the Old Souk which has everything you’d need from gold to spices, textile to lamps, and everything in between. Another favorite in Dubai is the preloved designer scene. If you are hunting for a good designer bargain, Dubai has a couple of stores specializing in preloved designer luxury goods - Garderobe is one of them. There is also an outlet mall and a flea market (location changes so check their website before going) so all shopping aspects are covered.
Best Shopping In Dubai With Kids - MALLS:
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* AM: water park + museum visit
* PM: spa
* AM: Dubai Mall - shopping + indoor aquarium + indoor park
* PM: watch the Dubai Mall fountain + Dubai garden glow
* AM: amusement park + chill by the pool after
* PM: dinner and drinks
No trip is complete without pampering time for mom (and dad too!) and luckily, Dubai has no shortage of spas and award-winning wellness services. It may not be evident as the city is always pulsing with energy and there is always something to do and somewhere to be. If you have a chance to include a spa booking in your itinerary, do so. Your eyes will devour the decor, your ears will welcome the sounds of water dripping and splashing and the background music, your nose will smell the most relaxing scent there possibly could be, your mouth will taste and drink some special delights in the relaxing area, and most importantly, your body will be relieved of tension. Whether it's relaxing in the Turkish hammam area of the Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray or avail of the massages of the world treatment at the ShuiQi Spa in Atlantis - you are not going to regret it.
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