With its vast selection of sights, sounds, and experiences, Dubai has something for everyone — from families with young ones to adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers. Attractions include the world’s largest theme parks, a museum that transports you to the future, and authentic desert safari adventures. Planning your itinerary for the ultimate summer holiday in Dubai for families and kids this June school holidays? Be sure to add the following must-see attractions, dining and shopping experiences, and kid-friendly hotels to your bucket list.
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WHERE TO PLAY IN DUBAI FOR FAMILIES
Ride the world’s tallest waterslide, aptly named the Odyssey of Terror, at Atlantis Aquaventure. The famed Leap of Faith open-air ride also promises thrill-seekers a euphoric experience with its speedy near-vertical plummet. Next, get up close with hundreds of marine animals inside the underwater world of the Shark Lagoon. Or suit up for an exhilarating afternoon of watersports at the private beach located within the waterpark. Then stroll through the Lost Chamber Aquarium and discover the depths and wonders of the sea. With more than 65,000 creatures within the 11-million-litre aquarium and 21 unique exhibits, it is the perfect marine learning journey for children and adults alike.
Emirates’ customers enjoy 20% discount on general admission to Aquaventure Waterpark and 40% discount on general admission to the Lost Chambers Aquarium.
Find out more www.atlantis.com/dubai
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Among the world’s largest indoor theme parks and Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination, IMG Worlds of Adventures features the best-loved cartoons and superheroes via state-of-the-art rollercoaster rides and adventure zones. Fans of ‘The Avengers’ can walk in the shoes of their favourite superheroes at the Marvel zone. Attractions include the gravity-defying Thor Thunder Spin and the hyper-realistic Hulk Epsilon Base 3D ride. Over at the Cartoon Network zone, meet the Powerpuff Girls and soar high with Finn and Jake from ‘Adventure Time’. It also houses the world’s largest Ben 10 retail store. Wind down by catching a film at the massive IMAX theatre, which boasts three VIP screens and seven-star service experience.
Emirates’ customers enjoy 30% discount on general admission to IMG Worlds of Adventure.
Find out more www.imgworlds.com
Museum of the Future
Dubai’s Museum of the Future welcomed its first visitors in February this year. Bringing together the best of science, technology, and innovation, the museum explores the endless possibilities and visions of humanity’s future. Expect cutting-edge multi-sensorial exhibits across seven floors as you journey to the year 2071. Touted as ‘the most beautiful building in the world’, the 77-metre-high, pillarless architectural and engineering marvel invites visitors on an inspiring, immersive, and unforgettable experience.
Find out more www.museumofthefuture.ae
Marina Sightseeing Cruise with Tour Dubai
For unrivalled panoramic views of Dubai’s most iconic skylines from the Arabian Gulf, hop onto the Marina Sightseeing Cruise. It will take you on a voyage through Dubai in a handcrafted wooden dhow. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the hour-long tour, which offers a unique perspective of the city’s architecture, culture, and history.
Emirates’ customers landing in Dubai from 1 to 31 May can enjoy a complimentary Tour Dubai Marina Sightseeing Cruise.
Find out more www.tour-dubai.com
Desert Safari with Arabian Adventures
A holiday to Dubai for families would not be complete without an escapade to the deserts. Buckle up, hold on tight, and be whisked off into the endless sand dunes in a trusty four-wheel drive. For those who prefer to savour the tranquility of the desert, a plethora of other activities await. Catch the sunset, ride a camel, enjoy a barbecue dinner, or try out glamping within the pristine dunes.
Emirates’ customers enjoy 15% discount on the following packages with Arabian Adventures: Exclusive Desert Experience, Evening Desert Safari, Dune Buggy Adventure, or VIP Desert Safari.
Find out more www.arabian-adventures.com
WHERE TO EAT & SHOP IN DUBAI FOR FAMILIES
For a taste of authentic Arab Khaleeji cuisine, check out Logma, a casual café located at urban outdoor mall Boxpark. Delicious choices range from a hearty Traditional Breakfast platter consisting of a medley of Khameer, chapati, and chebab, to the ultra-crispy Roasted Chicken marinated with a blend of Zaatar spice and lemon. The kiddos can also look forward to sweet treats such as Saffron Milk Cake or creamy Karak Affogato.
Find out more www.logma.ae
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
If the kids are clamouring for something more familiar, then head to L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele for authentic Neapolitan pizza. Boasting a pizza for every palate, it is conveniently tucked within The Beach opposite the Jumeirah Beach Residence. Children and adults alike will relish the buttery crust, complex texture, and rich flavours of every item on the menu. Families can also enjoy the sea breeze and sunset view while dining alfresco.
Emirates’ customers enjoy 20% discount on the total bill when dining at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
Find out more www.thebeach.ae
Shopping spree at Dubai Summer Surprises
If you plan to visit Dubai a little later in the year, then look forward to Dubai Summer Surprises. From 1 July to 4 September, it’s one of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment events. Expect a packed line-up of events and family activities, exclusive shopping deals, fun competitions, and shop-and-win promotions.
Emirates’ customers enjoy up to 20% discount on full-price merchandise when shopping at participating stores.
Find out more www.visitdubai.com
WHERE TO STAY IN DUBAI FOR FAMILIES
Atlantis, The Palm Dubai
Families intending to soak up all Atlantis Aquaventure has to offer can book a stay right at Atlantis, The Palm. The world-renowned resort is cocooned within the entertainment park and walking distance from the waterpark. What’s more, all staying guests receive a complimentary one-day pass to the waterpark and access to The Kids Club, which offers fun-filled adventures and activity zones for children aged four to 12. Atlantis also provides in-room babysitting services by qualified First Aid and CPR-trained babysitters, so parents can enjoy some adult time.
Find out more www.atlantis.com/dubai
Sofitel Dubai The Palm
For larger families on holiday, Sofitel Dubai The Palm offers a home away from home. Spacious, homely apartments are fitted with extensive amenities and play areas for little ones. Choose from one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartments, and revel in the comfort and privacy that Sofitel offers. Children aged four to 12 can also explore, learn, and play at the Amura Kids Club, under the care of trained activity coordinators. It’s equipped with various games, books, and toys — and a swimming pool! — for an exciting line-up of activities.
Emirates’ customers enjoy 20% discount on the total bill at restaurants within the hotel.
Find out more www.sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com
From Singapore to Dubai for Families
Ready to visit TripAdvisor’s most popular destination in 2022? Enjoy special promotional fares when flying with Emirates, with all-inclusive Economy Class fares from SIN to DXB starting at $599 during the Great Singapore Sale. Make your bookings by 2 July, for travel from now till 30 November 2022.
With all these savings, there’s no better time than this summer season to explore the endless family-friendly entertainment, culture, dining, and shopping experiences in the City of Gold. Marhaba Dubai!
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