I hadn’t thought about Dubai as a travel destination for family before. And yet, I’ve only been in Dubai for two days so far, and I long for my kids to share some of these experience this with me. There are so many cool things for kids to do here!
Before I go into more about what to see and do, I want to explain the feeling of Dubai. It’s a place for people. That’s what it is. Dubai is a place for people. There’s an eclectic mix of men, women and children from many different nationalities at every turn. It’s sunny, and bright, with pools and palm trees spotted across the city under towers that reach the sky.
This is how I would describe it: if you were a child, and drew the coolest things you could think of on paper with coloured pens, and then someone came along and built your creation: that’s what it is like.
Ice skating rink in the middle of the mall – check.
A 51-metre high fish tank in the middle of a shop – check.
A mini world, just for kids to explore – check.
A building so high into the sky – check.
Snow in the desert – check.
An indoor roller coaster – check.
Every palm tree covered in sparkly lights – check.
Sandy coloured castles surrounded by bright blue water – check.
Underneath the exciting exterior, there’s a deep history to this region which is fascinating, from the role of spices and fashion of the desert.
Below is a snapshot of my experiences so far. So much more to see and do!
Watch the sun set – Dubai at Sunset
Enjoy a Traditional Arabian Meal
Look through the Aquarium and visit the shops in The Dubai Mall
Explore Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
KidZania is a realistic educational environment that allows kids to role-play by mimicking activities done by adults in real life. Children could choose to be a fireman, doctor, police officer, journalist or beautician. The city is built to scale for children, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and a functioning economy.
Kid-sized bus – KidZania
Walk around Burj Khalifa Lake – 30 acres
Visit the top of the Burj Khalifa – The tallest building in the world at 828 metres.
Can you pick the kid bloggers?
Mini Dubai City Travel Set’
I harnessed some of the great things about Dubai for families in a travel sized paper play set. (I’m still yet to see some of these things!) This set is great for school projects, school holiday play or travel.
To print out this either the black and white or colour set, click here.
- Burj Khalif
- Burj Al Arab
- Camels x 2
- Palm trees x 2
- Atlantis Dubai The Palm Dubai Hotel & Resort
- Atlantis Aquaventure
- Boy & Girl
Loving Dubai! Bring on the safari next!