A luxury Dubai family holiday has plenty of potential. Bursting with theme parks, Dubai is a super-sized playground for children and adults alike.
See our top places for families to play and stay on a Dubai luxury family holiday and be inspired to visit the Middle East’s most vibrant city.
1. Dubai Parks and Resorts
Having opened its gates in 2017, Dubai Parks and Resorts is a sprawling adventure land made up of five of the best theme parks in Dubai. LEGOLAND is perfect for younger children and features the biggest LEGO store in the Middle East and the fantastic MINILAND – here, twenty-million LEGO bricks make up the Dubai skyline for an impressive display. Next door, the LEGOLAND Water Park is specially designed for children aged from two to twelve years to enjoy twenty rides and attractions.
Families with older children may prefer to visit MOTIONGATE Dubai. Made up of movie-inspired fantasy worlds, there are plenty of thrills to be had with rollercoasters, interactive zones and multimedia theatre shows. Bollywood Parks Dubai, meanwhile, opens up a colourful world of song and dance with the spirit of India – be sure to catch a musical while you are here! All parks are linked by the central Riverland Dubai area, which is more than just a place for passing through; stroll the retro boardwalk, watch acrobatics at India Gate or relax in the sleepy French Village.
Find out more about Dubai Parks and Resorts here.
2. Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai Experience and The Lost Chambers Aquarium
For some real thrills on your Dubai luxury family holiday, stay at Atlantis, The Palm. This family-friendly resort is also home to Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai Experience, where Atlantis-themed slides and water rides make up an exciting world of adventures. Often hailed as one of the best theme parks in Dubai for its adrenaline-pumping challenges that are not for the faint hearted, feel the floor fall out from beneath you before plummeting at the speed of sixty-kilometres per hour with Poseidon’s Revenge, or speed down nine-storeys into a transparent tube slide while sharks and cownose rays drift around you on The Leap of Faith.
After the excitement of the waterpark, you can head into the cool interiors of The Lost Chambers Aquarium to learn about the myth of Atlantis and the world’s marine life. Enjoy interactive experiences with feeding time displays, behind-the-scenes tours, visits to the Fish Hospital and snorkelling fun.
3. Wild Wadi Waterpark
Now in its twentieth year, Wild Wadi Waterpark is still one of the best theme parks in Dubai for a luxury Dubai family holiday. Situated in front of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the thirty rides and attractions, from the lazy river of Juha’s Journey to the plunging heights of Jumeirah Sceirah, continue to draw the crowds. For surf-lovers, the WipeOut and Riptide Flowriders shoot out over seven-tonnes of water per second across a foam structure to create realistic waves for body-boarding and knee-boarding.
To make the most of Wild Wadi Waterpark on your Dubai luxury family holiday, stay at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and enjoy unlimited complimentary access to its attractions. Here, you can also make use of the fantastic Sinbad’s Kids Club, where children aged up to sixteen years can run free across almost two-thousand-square-metres of play space, including a mini-waterpark, climbing wall and interactive gaming area.
4. Ski Dubai
Out in the heat of the desert, a chilly blast of icy air may be just what you are craving for a break from the sun! As the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, this is one of the best theme parks in Dubai for adding a more unique day out to your luxury Dubai family holiday.
Located in the Mall of the Emirates, where you can round up your visit by browsing almost six-hundred of the best shops, you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing across the ten-foot ramp, tube slides and chairlift. There is also ski and snowboard lessons for those just starting out on the slopes, making great preparation if you are planning a family ski holiday later in the year.
5. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Boasting the claim of being the world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure should be high on your list of the best theme parks in Dubai to visit on your luxury Dubai family holiday. Ideal if you have young children getting tired of the heat, the air-conditioned interior is split into five zones, each bursting with rides, entertainment and chances to meet and greet some of your favourite characters.
If you have avid comic book fans in tow, the Marvel zone will be the real treat, where you can join Super Hero friends including Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers on rides, rollercoasters and 3D adventures. In addition, you can confront dinosaurs in the Lost Valley, get caught up in the mayhem of the Cartoon Network zone, brave a few frights in The Haunted Hotel Maze of IMG Boulevard or just sit back and enjoy a movie at the state-of-the-art Novo Cinema.
Where to Stay?
A Dubai luxury family holiday comes with plenty of options for where to stay. Blessed with an abundance of family facilities, luxury hotels cater fantastically to families with their children’s clubs, an abundance of restaurants and excellent service. If, however, you seek a little more space and privacy, you can also find luxury Dubai holiday villas at many luxury resorts.
Madinat Jumeirah – Malakiya Villas features two or three-bedroom villas with fully-equipped kitchens for the height of convenience, while Beit Al Bahar Villas at Jumeirah Beach Hotel boast luxurious one or two-bedroom villas with private plunge pools. As part of Jumeirah Hotels, guests can also enjoy complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark to help you make the most of your Dubai luxury family holiday.