You can have a great vacation in Dubai with kids. There are lots of activities to do with kids and it is very much a safe destination. Dubai is also often the stopover for families to another faraway destination. This way, you can easily incorporate a few days of Dubai into your trip and admire all the highlights. Herewith a very comprehensive list that you can do in Dubai with kids.
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How to get to Dubai with kids.
Most of the Dutch tourists who visit Dubai come to Dubai by plane. Dubai is a destination to which several airlines fly and because of this, flights depart daily from the Netherlands to Dubai. Of course, if you are going to book an airline ticket, it is always a good idea to compare the airlines in terms of price and time beforehand. We always do this through Skycanner.com, because here you have all the flights listed right away.
Dubai with kids: rental car
If you are visiting Dubai, it is fine to rent a car. Some of the activities in this list are difficult to visit without a car. The roads in Dubai are great to drive on, making it easy to rent a car in Dubai. You can rent a car in Dubai from the company Sunny Cars. We usually (when we can) book a car through Sunny Cars, because we find that this company has the most comprehensive insurance package and the best service. As a result, we never have to worry about our rental car abroad.
Family-friendly hotels in Dubai
We slept at the Rose Garden Hotel Dubai which we were very satisfied with. The apartment had a room for us and our daughter, a kitchen and living room and it was close to the metro and shopping mall. This shopping mall had a large supermarket and a food court, so we could always get something to eat quickly. It is also centrally located. We had an excellent week here and always started the day on the balcony in the pool. Breakfast was included in the price.
Dubai with kids: package tour
You can also book a package tour for a trip to Dubai with kids. This means that you then book a flight including a hotel. Some package tours then include food and drink. You have some wonderful hotels where you can stay in Dubai with your family. We list some of these package tours below. Press the blue link for more information.
Sofitel Dubai The Palm: The Palm is a well-known landmark in Dubai and you can also stay here in a family-friendly hotel. You have a wonderful pool here for kids and in that respect, this really is a wonderful hotel for a relaxing vacation in Dubai.
RIU Dubai: If you are looking for a hotel where you can be all inclusive in Dubai then this hotel is a nice option. We think RIU’s hotels are always top notch and many Dutch people book a hotel through this hotel chain. The hotel has several pools (including one for kids), a playground and a mini-club for younger kids.
Atlantis the Palm: We mention the water park at Atlantis the Palm in this blog as one of the activities to do in Dubai with kids. Guests staying at this beautiful hotel have free access to this water park.
Dubai with kids #1: Visit the beaches
Kite Beach and Jumeirah Beach are wonderful Western beaches, where there is lots of entertainment for kids.
At Kite Beach you have outdoor trampolines for the kids and the delicious and famous restaurant Salt where they sell fries with burgers. By the way, there are several food trucks on Kite Beach where it is very easy to get something to eat, especially with kids. You get here by taking the subway to Noor Bank station and from there it’s about another 10 minutes by cab.
The other beach which is fun to visit with kids is
(also referred to on many websites as the beach near the Dubai Marina walk). The boulevard here is famous for the many expensive cars that drive by here. What makes it especially fun for kids is that there are many playgrounds around the promenade. For lunch or dinner, there are also quite a few nice and affordable restaurants. You get to Jumeirah Beach by taking the subway to Jumeirah Lake Towers and from there it’s about a 10-minute walk.
Dubai with kids #2: The great Malls
The two best-known malls are the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates. These two malls also have their own subway station, making them easy to reach. The Dubai Mall also includes the world-famous
with a viewing platform on the 124th and 148th floors, where you have a very nice view of the city. We found the entrance fee a little too pricey, especially since our daughter doesn’t care much about this anyway, but to admire the impressive tower from the outside, all you have to do is walk out of the mall.
is the largest mall in the world and has the largest aquarium in the world. This aquarium is fun to check out with kids. In addition, there is also a
in the mall where kids can practice all kinds of professions ( Price for kids is 40 euros and for parents 16 euros). There is also a nice restaurant in this mall, the Rainforest café, where we ourselves ate at this chain with our daughter in Canada once.
From 6 p.m. every day there is also a fountain show (Dubai Fountain) at this mall that takes place every 30 coins.
The Mall of the Emirates is the second shopping center and is known for the large indoor ski slope they have, where you can see penguins through the window if you are lucky. There is also an extensive food court in the mall where you can eat cheaply with the family and where there is always something tasty for the kids.
We ourselves took a quick look at the ski run and then did some shopping at the large Carrefour supermarket for a picnic at the All Barsha Pond park which is next to the Mall.
Dubai with kids #3: Visit the parks
Dubai has several parks in the city, where it is great to spend a few hours, especially with kids. For example, we were total fans of the
, where you have a huge number of playgrounds.
Admission is 5 dirhams, about 1.25 euros. It is located next to the Al Jafilia metro station and especially on weekends it is very busy here. During the week this is not the case and you have the huge park almost alone for your family. We did spend a few hours almost every day here hanging out in the many playgrounds, and there are small stalls where you can buy some food (don’t expect an elaborate meal).
In addition, we spent a day at the
All Barsha Pond park
been which is a short taxi ride from the Mall of the Emirates and where we took to the water in a solar boat. A very fun activity and afterwards we had a picnic in the park with the food we got from the supermarket and our daughter played wonderfully in the playgrounds.
Dubai with kids #4: The theme parks
Dubai is pushing to become theme park capital of the world. Our daughter’s birthday was when we were in Dubai, so for her 4th birthday she got to go to the Motiongate amusement park. Familiar attractions featuring the characters Shrek, the Smurfs and Kung Fu panda, ensured that we did spend all day here.
This amusement park
is quite a bit by subway and cab, but there are also free buses from various points in the city.
In addition, Dubai has many more theme parks including
, Legoland water park, IMG World of Adventure (full indoor amusement park and an option if you are visiting Dubai in July or August and it is quite hot there) and
. Take a look at the different parks to see what is most fun for your kids. This will mainly depend on the age of your kids. And if you are totally amusement park fan then you can also buy a
for several parks together!
Dubai with kids #5: Old Dubai
If you want to see what Dubai used to look like before all the big buildings were built you can go to the old part of Dubai. For example, it’s fun to take small wooden boats (abras) for 0.25 euros to sail along
and then visit the Gold souk (get off at Burj Dubai). At times, you feel like you’re in the Efteling’s Fata Morgana here. Take the metro to Al Ras station and there you will see the boats.
In addition, you can take a ferry three times a day from the old part Al Ghubaiba to
(kids about 11 euros and adults 17 euros). In doing so, you sail past the Dubai skyline.
other sights to see in Dubai with kids
You see you can easily have a week of fun in Dubai with kids. These are some of the things we did, but there are many more things to do in Dubai with kids
#6 desert safari (about 40 euros per person including a bbq. Note that there are varying reviews on the internet about this). You drive from the city to the desert in the afternoon and have a BBQ here.
#7 Swimming at the Atlantis hotel water park and Wild Wadi water park. Just keep in mind that these two water parks are not very cheap. Especially not if you are with a large family.
Dubai Garden Glow
. This park is located in the Zabeel park where you can also find the Dubai Frame (great artwork and fun to take a picture). Here you can enjoy four magical themes in one space. You can visit the world’s largest glow-in-the-dark garden, made from millions of low-energy bulbs and recycled luminous material
i. By cab or rental car, you can get to Abu Dhabi from Dubai in 1.5 hours. Abu Dhabi, of course, is also a big city, where there is plenty to do for families with kids. This way you can combine two world cities during your trip to Dubai with kids.
Tip: Keep in mind that it is very hot in Dubai during the summer months and that during
many stores and restaurants are closed. We were there ourselves in March and then the weather in Dubai was lovely and the temperatures were fine with kids. Therefore, the best travel period is also from November through April.