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Family-Friendly Activities in Dubai

By Viator, June 2016

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Though it is strangely off the radar for many Western tourists, the Emirate of Dubai has grown into a fantastic travel destination, particularly for vacations with the family.

Located roughly 25 minutes by car from the center of Dubai City, Jumeirah Beach features some of the best white sand beaches in the region, as well as panoramic views, waves, pools, parks, picnic spots and shower facilities. Like Al-Mamzar, it is also a good place to take children, as the main swimming areas are all carefully monitored by lifeguards.

One of the most astonishing and unforgettable activities in the area is to take part in one of the many hot air balloon cruises. You’ll want to get in early or even the night before (the better cruises typically depart at dawn); but rest assured, the extra effort is worth it.

Since the discovery of oil in the mid-1960s, Dubai has experienced a population explosion and an increase in wealth that has rarely been rivaled in the historical record. Along with the stunning skyline and the enormous construction projects currently underway (such as the massive Palm Islands project), “The Walk” located at the base of the Jumeirah Beach Residence complex is a testament to the city’s grandeur. The one-mile strip is home to more than 300 vendors selling virtually anything you can imagine. There is a profusion of restaurants, music venues featuring world famous bands and acts, street painting, recycled art displays, comedy shows, sand sculptures, photography, boutiques, department stores, cafes and gyms, and booths selling fashion accessories, arts, and crafts.

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4x4 Dubai Desert Safari with Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding and BBQ Dinner, Dubai, null
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4x4 Dubai Desert Safari with Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding and BBQ Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1423 Reviews

Travel by 4x4 across the deserts of Dubai on this exhilarating 6-hour excursion! Enjoy an adrenaline rush sandboarding down Dubai’s desert dunes, take a ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.37
Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark Admission, Dubai, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark Admission

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Dive into the water slides of the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai with an all-day entrance-only ticket. How you spend your time there is up ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $71.25
Dolphin Experience at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, Dubai, Water Parks
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Dolphin Experience at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Get up close and interact with a dolphin at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai! Choose between a shallow-water or deep-water experience for a 30-minute interaction ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.00
Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight, Dubai, Water Parks
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Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 116 Reviews

Glide up, up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Revservation! After traveling from your central Dubai hotel to Margham by minibus, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $273.00
Ski Dubai Super Pass, Dubai, Balloon Rides
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Ski Dubai Super Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Enjoy your fill of snowy fun with this ticket to the family-friendly Snow Park at Ski Dubai. The Super Pass gives full-day access to the indoor Snow Park, the ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Varies

From USD $68.30
Ferrari World Day Trip from Dubai, Dubai, Attraction Tickets
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Ferrari World Day Trip from Dubai

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Visit Ferrari World, the Ferrari theme park, on this day trip from Dubai. Situated on Yas Island off Abu Dhabi, the planet’s biggest indoor theme park ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Wild Wadi Water Park Entrance Ticket, Dubai, Theme Park Tickets & Tours
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Wild Wadi Water Park Entrance Ticket

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Splash the hours away at Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai with this all-day entrance ticket. Make your own way to Wild Wadi and enjoy the aquatic adventures at ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Varies

From USD $76.00
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo - Explorer Package, Dubai, Water Parks
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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo - Explorer Package

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Offered only to Explorers, the Underwater Zoo experience begins with a Simulator ride, narrated by an animated sea turtle and signaling the conservation ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Flexible

From USD $32.88
Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter, Dubai, Family Friendly Tours & Activities
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Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Meet the penguins at Ski Dubai during this 40-minute penguin encounter. At the state-of-the-art indoor center in Dubai, change into the provided thermal wear, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.81
Dubai Dolphinarium Dolphin and Seal Show, Dubai, Attraction Tickets
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Dubai Dolphinarium Dolphin and Seal Show

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Watch a fun-filled dolphin and seal show at the Dubai Dolphinarium. Settle in around the indoor pool, and see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals jump, twist, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.23

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