Family Trip to Dubai, UAE

Family Trip to Dubai, UAE

Family holidays are special. They give you the opportunity to take a break from your daily routine and spend quality time with your family. However, deciding on a destination for your family holiday can be a bit difficult. You need to find a place that appeals to all members of your family. When it comes to family-friendly destinations, Dubai is one of the top favourite amongst people all around the world. Not only does it have some amazing places to see and things to do but is also almost 100% crime free. Here is a guide for your family trip to Dubai, UAE, which would give you some ideas about the places to visit and things to do in Dubai during your holiday in the city.

Places to Visit in Dubai with Family

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the pride and honour of Dubai and an architectural marvel that you should not miss visiting. The tallest building in the world, this 162-storied building is visible from anywhere in the city. While admiring the building from outside is great, do take the chance to see its interiors during your trip. Book yourself a Burj Khalifa tour that would take you to the 124th floor or 148th floor (observation decks) of the building. Apart from riding on the fastest elevators in the world, you also get to enjoy an amazing 360o view of the whole city. Moreover, you also get the chance to visit a museum, where you would get to know about the development of the Burj Khalifa as well as Dubai.

Dubai Mall

If there is one place in Dubai that offers complete entertainment, then it would be the Dubai Mall. Considered to be one of the largest malls in the world, the Dubai Mall offers equal shopping and entertainment opportunities. When it comes to shopping, the mall has 1200 retail stores, where you can get everything from clothes to accessories. As for entertainment, the mall has an aquarium and underwater zoo, an ice rink, a multiplex theatre, a gaming zone and an enormous food court. In short, it is impossible to get bored at the Dubai Mall. Apart from all this, as the sun sets, you can step outside the Dubai Mall to watch a marvellous performance of the Dubai Fountain, which happens every 30 minutes from 6 PM to 11 PM.

Dubai Miracle Garden

Finding a blooming flower garden in the middle of a desert city would be considered a miracle, but this miracle is a reality in Dubai. Opened in 2013, the Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest flower garden in the world. With almost 50 million flowers, this is a delightful place to visit in the city. Aside the variety of plants and flowers you get to see here, the main highlight of the place is the way the flowers have been arranged. Floral castles, flower canopies and walkways, floral sculptures, etc. are some of the things that you can see here. Walking through the Dubai Miracle Garden, you would definitely marvel at the creativity and imagination of the creators. Plus, it is a haven for photographers!

Jumeirah Beach Park

Dubai is home to some of the most amazing beaches in the world, and visiting at least one should be on your itinerary. One of the best here is Jumeirah Beach Park. Although you have to pay a nominal entry fee, it is definitely worth it. Apart from offering a white sand beach with clear blue waters, the Jumeirah Beach Park has several other facilities and amenities, making it possible to spend your entire day here. Here, you would find swimming pools, parks for kids, barbecue areas, picnic spots, etc. Plus, there are plenty of food kiosks in the area. While the Jumeirah Beach Park is the perfect place to rest and relax, it also a dedicated volleyball area, where you can indulge in volleyball and other beach games.

Things to do in Dubai with Family

Go on a Desert Safari

Desert Safari Dubai is one of the ultimate things to do in the city. Even if you are on a short holiday, you should not miss this one thing. Depending on your time and interests, you can opt for morning, evening and overnight desert safari, although evening desert safari is the most common. The evening desert safari is packed with adventure, entertainment and great food. Camel rides, dune bashing, quad biking and sandboarding are few things that await you at the desert. Moreover, there are the belly dance and Tanoura dance performances that would keep you entertained after the sun goes down. Apart from all this, the BBQ dinner at the desert is something that you would relish long after the desert safari.

Explore Old Dubai

Dubai is a shiny new city with modern buildings and skyscrapers adorning its skyline. However, the old part of the city is still beautifully preserved and is something you must checkout. Visiting Old Dubai is one of the best things to do during your family holiday in Dubai, as it gives you a chance to check out the cultural and historical part of the city. The first stop here should be the Dubai Museum, which is located inside Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in the city. Then there is also the Bastakiya Quarter, which is the oldest neighbourhood in Dubai. Do take time out to visit the traditional souks in the area and to go on an abra ride. If you are more interested in knowing about the culture and heritage about the place, you must visit the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).

Visit Theme and Water Parks

Your visit to Dubai need not be only about sightseeing. In fact, there are plenty of fun attractions in the city that kids would love. Dubai has so many amazing theme parks and water parks that it sometimes becomes difficult to choose the best one. Dubai Parks & Resorts houses three theme parks (Motingate, Bollywood Parks and Legoland) and a water park (Legoland Water Park). Then there is IMG Worlds of Adventure, which is the largest indoor theme park in the world. On the other hand, when it comes to the waterparks, you can choose amongst Wild Wadi Water Park, Atlantis Aquaventure and Laguna Water Park. Other than these, there are KidZania, Ski Dubai, VR Park Dubai, Glow Garden, iFly Dubai, etc. where you would have loads of fun.

Go on a Dhow Cruise

Dubai’s culinary scene is to die for! Right from street food markets to fine dining restaurants, Dubai has restaurants and eateries for every taste and budget. However, if you want to have a unique dining experience, a dhow cruise would be something you should not miss. Dhow cruises happen on traditional dhows that have been converted into plush restaurants. Dhow cruises sail on Dubai Creek, Dubai Marina as well as the Dubai Water Canal. During the cruise, you get to enjoy delicious three-course dinner along with entertainment programs like Tanoura dance. However, the best thing about the cruise is that you get to enjoy the beautiful views of the city. Dhow cruise dinner in Dubai is the best way to end your holiday in Dubai.


There are numerous other things that you can see and do in Dubai during your family holiday. However, if you have limited time, do make it a priority to enjoy at least these few things for a memorable Dubai holiday.

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