Family activities in Dubai: The 6 best hangouts

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  • Dubai Mall is packed with fun activities for the entire family.
  • The Global Village is a carnival where diversity and internationality are celebrated.
  • Dubai Miracle Garden is a dreamy sanctuary of flowers, butterflies and artistic statues.

Dubai has been a favorite tourist destination for a very long time now; shopping malls and nightlife are the first things that come to mind often when Dubai city is mentioned, but this city has more to offer to families and kids.

In this article, you will be introduced to 6 of the best family hangouts where everyone, regardless of their age will have a good time.

Kite Beach

Kite beach in DubaiWatersports, kites and children’s play areas…need we say more?

Situated across the way from the Al Manara Road Junction, Kite Beach is one of Dubai’s major attractions that is great for all family members. While your kids play safely, you get to sit back and relax by the water and enjoy the stunning view of Burj Al-Arab.

Dubai Mall

This destination is packed with fun family activities!

You can start your day out with lunch by the waterside at Dubai Mall’s terrace area. Your kids will be excited about Dubai Mall’s fountain show, we wouldn’t be surprised if they spent most of the day there watching the water dancing to popular international songs.

Opening hours:

  • The fountain shoots water up to 500 ft. in the air every day at 1:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. and then every half an hour between 6:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M.
  • On Friday, the show is at 1:30 P.M. and 2:00 P.M.

While at Dubai Mall, take the kids to see Dubai Dino, an authentic 150-million-year-old giant dinosaur’s skeleton brought all the way from the US and now publicly displayed at Dubai Mall. The team there will give your kids all the fun and interesting facts, plus, it’s for free.
You can also take the little ones to The Dubai Mall Aquarium (Ground Level), a huge tank where you can find thousands of aquatic animals including 300 sharks and rays and the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world.
Your kids will certainly be amazed by the King Croc at Dubai Mall Aquarium; a crocodile that weighs at least 750 kg.
Tickets: start from AED100

Global Village

One of the best things about living in Dubai is the multinational environment and the opportunity for you and your kids to interact with other people who come from different parts of the world.

The Global Village is a must family hangout because it’s a carnival of some sort, where diversity and internationality are celebrated. The kids will have fun getting to know the world they live in, in just a few hours.
Best part? The delicious international food you can sample.
You can spend an entire day there just going around kiosks and watching traditional dances. The kids can play at the amusement park too.

Burj Khalifa

Burj khalifa view in Dubai by nightWe must mention Burj Khalifa, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai. The elevator that takes you and your family to the 124th floor of the iconic tower, where you can see Dubai in 360 degrees is going to be one of your best memories ever.

Jumeirah Town Centre MallJumeirah pottery cafe in Dubai

At Jumeirah Town Center Mall, a cozy and creative café with the name “Café Céramique” provides paints, brushes and stamps to kids (age 4 and up) to go crazy with pottery and painting while parents enjoy food and coffee. If you have kids younger than 4, they can have their hands and feet painted and stamped onto ceramic items as cute gifts or keepsakes.

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai miracle garden

Need a change from city life?

Dubai Miracle Garden is a dreamy sanctuary of flowers, butterflies and artistic statues. The kids will love it, especially the open space; there are a food and seating area too.

Ticket prices:

  • AED40 for adults.
  • AED30 for children under 12 years old.
  • Free for kids below 2 years old.

Adding to these family hangouts the reputable safety the city has, Dubai seems like a miracle itself!


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