Are you planning a trip to Dubai with the kids? If you’re looking for something to do beyond the pool and beach, here’s our guide to the top 5 fun activities for families in Dubai:
Escape the ordinary
If you’ve never spent time in an escape room, Dubai is a great place to give it a try. And Phobia Dubai Escape Games at Jumeirah Lakes towers is one of the most popular. There’s a choice of rooms and challenges, including one for young wizards and one where you must help a famous detective to solve a mystery. You and your team then have 60 thrilling minutes to find the clues and solve the puzzles you need to get out.
Challenge your brain and body
Opened at the end of last year, Jumble promises a gaming experience like no other. Kids and adults work together to take on a series of physical and mental challenges to work their way through an indoor maze. Find Jumble at Al Barsha, close to Dubai Marina.
Hit new heights of fun
Kids and adults alike will enjoy the thrill of taking to the high ropes and riding down zip-wires of up to 160m long at Aventura Parks. With a choice of circuits catering to all ages and levels of bravery, this outdoor adventure park is in Mushrif Park on the edge of Mirdif.
Go on safari
Dubai may be famed for its glittering high buildings, but there’s a wilder, natural side to get to know too. If your kids love animals, head to Dubai Safari to see local Arabian wildlife and wild animals from around the world. There are 10,000 creatures to meet, living in the huge 119-hectare park that has recently been opened on the edge of the city. Visitors are taken around the safari park in eco-friendly electric vehicles, and the park is home to the world’s first drive-through crocodile enclosure.
An evening at the flicks
Make the most of balmy evenings and enjoy watching a film al fresco. You’ll find outdoor cinemas at venues across the city, including at Vox Cinemas at The Galleria Mall in Jumeirah. Here you can sit back with your popcorn to watch the latest blockbusters, though you might find the stunning view, including the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa little distracting!
Family-friendly hotels in Dubai
Welcoming families with children of all ages, Premier Inn Hotels in Dubai offer a selection of parent-friendly deals, including free stays for kids and free breakfasts for them too. Spacious family rooms to cater for a family of four or five and you can request free cots. With four hotels conveniently located across the city, they’re the ideal base for your next family adventure.
All Premier Inn Dubai hotels also have swimming pools, which are perfect for chilling out after a busy day exploring. If you stay at Premier Inn Dubai Investments Park Hotel, you can take advantage of the free shuttle bus to JBR beach for a dip in the sea.
Stay at the Premier Inn Dubai Silicon Oasis Hotel and you’ll be just a quick walk from Mushrif Park and Dubai Safari. Or choose Premier Inn Dubai Ibn Battuta Mall Hotel to be within easy distance to Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Dubai Marina. Situated within the mall itself, this comfortable hotel is just a couple of steps to all the shops and restaurants you could want. The Metro station is accessed via a pedestrianized link, to make exploring further around the city a breeze too.