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Family Fun in Dubai - forget your phone for the day!

By Lizzie Steele

Travel Consultant

Posted: 30 September 2015

Dubai is a fantastical, futuristic city, designed for adventure with a wealth of attractions for families to revel in. A city full of extraordinary experiences and a world of ‘firsts’ - from the indoor winter wonderland of Ski Dubai and surreal indoor sky-diving highs of iFLY, to the splashing thrills of The Tower of Poseidon or frenzy of Aquaconda - the world’s largest water- slide - Dubai is guaranteed to astonish, delight and amaze the whole family!

With an extravagant array of luxurious hotels, attractive beaches, state-of-the-art theme parks and in-door pleasure Malls, a visit to Dubai is bursting with world-class entertainment. Whether it is simply a short stop-over or longer holiday stay, families are especially spoilt with the kaleidoscope of exhilarating activities and glittering attractions for all ages to enjoy. Whether you wish to glide down sensational waterslides, ski snow-capped indoor slopes, dive with Sand Tiger Sharks or soar high across the dynamic Dubai skyline, along the longest zip- line in the Middle East, the Atlantean Flyer - there will be something to pique your interest and get your heart racing!

For younger children, KidZania is one of Dubai’s most popular mall-based theme parks. Here, children can act out more than 80 role-playing experiences – from being a pilot or chef, to their dream of one day becoming a firefighter. This indoor, authentically styled mini-city is both an inspiring and entertaining experience for any budding grown-up! Another children’s favourite is the ironic Ski Dubai, a spectacular snowy piste in the heart of the desert that boasts an enormous 22,500sqm indoor skiing area, plus the first indoor black ski run in the world! Little ones love to play on the fun toboggan slides and dual-track bobsled, plus meet the cheeky resident penguins that regularly come out to play!

Close by within The Dubai Mall, is the equally impressive and child-centric Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. A remarkable home to a vibrant menagerie of sea creatures and exotic sealife, daring families can even arrange to dive or cage-snorkel with Tiger Sharks or Stingrays! Perhaps most popular of all the water-based attractions is Aquaventure Waterpark - a sensational wet playground full of record-breaking water rides and plunging slides. Teenagers can bravely experience the thrilling Leap of Faith, frantically cling to a water coaster, or even catapult into the Shark Lagoon! Should a Shark Safari, Dive Atlantis, Sea Lion Point or Dolphin Point not float your boat, then The Lost Chambers at the magnificent Atlantis The Palm, is home to over 65,000 marvellous marine animals - all of which can be enjoyed from a dry and safe distance! Here, families can explore ten themed chambers at their leisure and discover a world of colourful fish species, before dining together at one of the many attractive hotel dining venues - with enough cuisine choice to keep even the fussiest of children happy!

Far from simply a city stop-over offering sun, sea, sand and shops, Dubai is renowned for its infinite thrills, spills and splashes. Families can take to the skies and glide across the city, stay indoors and slide through the snow, take the plunge and swim inside an aquarium, or simply take the beach and play in the sand. There is so much on offer at this incredible desert destination that visitors arrive and are often lost for words and whole families leave feeling totally exhilarated. Parents will love to see their young children’s eyes sparkle with excitement and to see their teenagers’ hair stand on end! It is a desert dream that comes alive and never ends - a safe and magical city, which offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences every day of the year.

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About Lizzie

Lizzie can help you to create your perfect luxury holiday to the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Europe. She is particularly at home arranging family holidays, group holidays (including weddings) and short breaks. She has a special 'soft spot' for the Maldives which she could never get bored of; as soon as she arrives she instantly feels worlds away from reality which she says is pure bliss. 

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