What Families Can Do in Dubai

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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

Sunset in Dubai

Enjoy a Traditional Arabian Meal

Traditional Arabian Meal

Look through the Aquarium and visit the shops in The Dubai Mall

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Explore Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo - Dubai

Visit KidZania

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

Burj Khalifa Lake – 30 acres

Visit the top of the Burj Khalifa – The tallest building in the world at 828 metres.

Burj Khalifa

At the top - Burj Khalifa

View from the top of Burj Khalifa

Can you pick the kid bloggers?

Janice – Learning 4 Kids, Kelly – Be A Fun Mum, Deb – Learn With Play at Home

Burj Khalifa - at the top

Mini Dubai City Travel Set’

Dubai Travel Packs

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.

Dubai City Travel Set for Kids

To print out this either the black and white or colour set, click here.

Dubai Travel Packs

Set contains

  • 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!

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  • Reply
    Kate Lloyd
    December 8, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Looks amazing!!!!!!

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    December 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Well, after this post describing this amazing place, it makes me want to visit! I didn’t realise it catered so well for kids too! Looks absolutely amazing and a must visit destination on the “to do” bucket list! Love watching your adventures Kelly! Amazing photos by the way ????

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      December 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      I did a smiley face and it posted question marks lol, not sure how to edit!!!

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    December 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    That mini Dubai travel set is the cutest thing ever! What a great idea 🙂

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    Louise Thomsen
    December 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    What a beautiful description! Makes me want to travel to Dubai with my family ASAP! Like a ‘real life’ Disneyland!! AMAZING!! Safe travels Kelly. xx

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    Jenni Ferguson
    December 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    WOW! Looks like you are having such an amazing time! Thank you for enlightening me on how fun Dubai can be for kids! It’s totally on my bucket list! x

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    December 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    love the view from the top of that building!

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    kate - The Craft Train
    December 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Looks like such an interesting place to visit, KidZania looks awesome!

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    December 8, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I have recently returned from Dubai (30/11!) with my husband. We commented quite a few times how much our kids would love to visit.

    Personally, I would not return to Dubai again unless I had my kids in tow. For me, it didn’t inspire a willingness to return on my own or with my husband. In the end, it’s a big, expensive city with lots of sand. Just a bit of a different opinion!

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    December 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Amazing photos, Kelly! It sounds like an awesome family vacation, for sure!!!! Will have to consider Dubai in the future 🙂

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    Penny at Mother Natured
    December 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Oh wow! A perfect destination for kids and adults. I think I’d feel like a kid whilst there too. SO MUCH FUN!

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