Dubai is full of awesome attractions to visit with the kids. And whether you’re a visiting as a family, or whether you live here, there are certain Dubai attractions that need to be on your must-visit list.
From one of the biggest indoor theme parks in the world, to splashtastic fun waterparks with epic flumes for kids of all ages, here are the best Dubai attractions to visit with kids.
Bollywood Parks is a family-friendly theme park in the style of a Bollywood set. Mumbai’s famous film industry inspires the rides, stunt shows and performances in the world’s first theme park dedicated to all things Bollywood.
The park is split into five zones inspired by legendary blockbusters, including a Royal Plaza, a film studio and a Rustic Ravine. Highlights include the Sholay, a 3D interactive dark ride in which you are armed with laser guns to take out villains from the hit movie of the same name.
Meanwhile the Dabangg stunt show is an explosive spectacle you won’t forget.
The park covers 1.7 million sq ft where you can live, learn and experience Mumbai’s culture right here in Dubai.
A favourite among adults and children alike, it’s easy to let time get away from you here with vivacious dance shows, 16 rides and attractions and stupendous sets. Expect action, adventure, romance, comedy, flavour and emotion – all in true Bollywood-style.
Dhs195 (adults and kids) Dhs170 (UAE residents), Free (kids under three).
The biggest indoor theme park on the planet features three zones – The Marvel Zone for diddy superhero fans, The Lost Valley where you can spot a dinosaur or two and The Cartoon Network Zone where all your favourite, colourful characters like the Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 are hanging out. Each zone houses a host of heart-pumping rides from white-knuckle rollercoasters to less scary experiences for little ones. A whole world of adventure awaits at this indoor theme park.
Dhs257 (general admission), Dhs236 (kids under 1.2m in height), Dhs158 (ages 60 and over), free (kids under 1.05m in height). Open Sun-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11pm. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai, www.imgworlds.com (600 500 962).
The LEGOLAND extravaganza at the city’s Dubai Parks and Resorts has successfully brought LEGO to life with more than 40 rides, shows and attractions on six themed lands crammed with 15,000 LEGO models and more than 60,000 LEGO bricks. Start off at the factory where you’ll get a guided tour and find out how LEGO bricks are made, before moving onto LEGO City where you can learn to drive an electric car and fly a LEGO plane. From there it’s onto the various kingdoms and imagination zones, before taking a turn on some rides at the Adventure zone before heading to Miniland, where you’ll be able to marvel at 20 miles of LEGO bricks.
From Dhs235 (adults), free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Fri 10am-8pm. Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali, Dubai, www.legoland.com/dubai (04 820 0000).
With two of the fastest rides in Dubai – The Madagascar Mad Pursuit and The Bullet Train – as well as plenty of less thrilling rides for younger theme park goers and an entire indoor area housing four themed zones – Kung Fu Panda, How to Train your Dragon, Shrek and Madagascar – there is something for everyone year round. If you don’t have a Dubai Parks and Resorts annual pass – and you live in the UAE – now’s a good time to get one. That way you can use it to go to Motiongate and again when you go to LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND waterpark later on in the year. You’ll have saved money with just these three visits, and we have no doubt that you will go more times in the year than we suggest. One of the most popular attractions in Dubai to visit with kids.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, www.motiongatedubai.com (800 2629464).
This huge waterpark is splashing fun for all the family from the tiniest tots up to the biggest kids – we mean you mums and dads! There are so many cool rides offering varying levels of terror – we dare you to slide down the transparent tube surrounded by sharks – and there are shady spots to chill out in. The younger kids’ area is safe for little ones to roam around, as they make their way up, over and through the giant wet pirate ship and try to avoid the enormous bucket that dumps out water periodically. One of the best and most famous attractions in Dubai to visit with kids.
From Dhs195 (adults, residents), Dhs170 (kids less than 1.2m tall, UAE residents), free (kids under two). Open daily 10am-sundown. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
With four distinct zones, half a dozen standalone rides, flumes and slides, a lazy river, an infinity pool and the region’s first 180-degree surf park, Laguna has something for the teen adrenalin-seekers to the tiny tots looking to splash around. And if you have little ones on your hands at the start of the week, take advantage of the Laguna Mamas on Mondays pass, which is valid every Monday between 9am and 1pm for Dhs95 (online price). The pass includes access to all rides and breakfast – winner.
From Dhs145 (day pass for UAE residents booking online). Daily 10am-sunset. La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, www.lagunawaterpark.com (800 637227).
Aqua fun for the whole family at this water park where the rides are great, the water is cold and the sun always shines. The Joker Soaker kids’ area has the perfect amount of tumbling buckets of water, water shooters and slides, the lazy river is a great way to chill out and stay cool and with 20 water slides throughout the park to enjoy, there is no excuse not to get wet. A perfect attraction in Dubai for kids of all ages, especially the littler ones.
Dhs165 (adults), free (kids under three). Open daily 10am-6pm. Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali, Dubai, www.legoland.com/dubai (04 820 3123).
With more than 30 rides, a wave simulator and lazy river, Dubai’s original waterpark has a lot going for it especially if you're looking for attractions in Dubai with the kids. The Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders offer the ultimate surfing experience, with the Wipeout shooting out more than seven tonnes of water per second in a thin sheet across a moulded foam structure, producing a realistic wave effect ideal for body-boarding and knee-boarding.
It is also worth queuing up for the Burj Surj – two super-fast slides that casade down into a “bowl” - and Tantrum Alley – which contains three hair-raising “tornado” slides. But the park’s main attraction is the Jumeirah Sceirah, which has two 32 metre-high tandem slides and whizzes you downwards a speed of 80kph.
Dhs270 (adults), Dhs220 (kids under 1.1m). Open Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).
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