Hi everyone! I hope you don’t mind the picture heavy post today of our holiday to Dubai a couple of weeks ago. We were lucky enough to stay with Finlay’s grandparents in the dazzling Burj Khalifa a.k.a ‘the world’s tallest building’, which meant we had an incredible view of the city to wake up to each morning.
We had such a fantastic time and did a mixture of sightseeing and relaxing. There’s so much to see and do in Dubai that’s it’s impossible to squeeze everything into one trip (nice excuse for another visit…) but I thought I’d share some of our favourite places below that we found were great for families!
KidZania – Also located in The Dubai Mall is this incredible ‘edutainment centre’ where children can pretend to be grown ups and choose from a wide selection of careers such as: surgeons, pilots, firefighters, chefs, engineers, models, actors, artists, radio hosts etc. They will experience realistic role play sessions and get a glimpse into what adult life is like!
Kids Connection, Wafi Mall – Basically a park playground for kids, only it’s indoors and super clean! A great place for little ones to burn off energy.
Ski Dubai – A mountain-themed indoor ski centre, which offers an amazing setting to ski, snowboard or just play in the snow. There’s also tube slides, toboggan runs and king penguins to meet. Ages 3+
Wild Wadi Water Park – This has to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai! this crazy water park has over 30 rides and attractions to suit all ages. A must visit for kids over 5.
Food & Drink:
The Limetree Cafe – A super stylish family friendly cafe where you can enjoy nutritious food and also incredible cakes and baking. You’ll find complimentary magazines for mum & dad plus a host of lovely books for the kids. We visited the branch at Jumeirah 1, which has a lovely spot for little ones to play (pictured above).
Comptoir 102 – Is a stylish concept store and healthy cafe all in one. The carefully curated shop stocks little treasures from around the world as well as interior design, art and fashion. The cafe has an incredible menu of raw foods, perfect if you’re needing a detox.
BoxPark – Made of lit up old shipping containers, Boxpark is a modern and hip location where you’ll find an array of stylish stores and restaurants. We recommend taking a stroll in the early evening, even if it’s just to soak up the atmosphere and stop by one of the amazing gelato cafes.
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – Located in the centre of The Dubai Mall (!!) this incredible and HUGE aquarium features one of the world’s largest viewing panels with a walkthrough tunnel to view all the fish and sharks. Through your ticket you can also visit the Underwater Zoo upstairs where you’ll find penguins, critters, giant lizards and a 5m-long Australian crocodile…
Jumeirah Beach – One of the best known public beaches in Dubai is Jumeirah beach, which has 800 meters of beach front. You’ll also get an amazing view of the iconic Burj Al Arab! We visited at sunset and it was just beautiful.
Dubai Fountains – Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountains shoot water jets as high as a 50-storey building! It performs every 30minutes in the the evening to the backdrop of uplifting music and stunning lights. A must see!
Bab Al Shams – Is an exclusive resort in the desert surrounded by dunes and natural desert landscape. Stay the night or do what we did and visit for the day where you can have a buffet lunch and a splash in the stunning pool. There’s plenty for the kids to do with it’s very own playground, table tennis and kids club. The scenery alone is worth the 40-minute drive from the city to visit!
And here are some photos…
Have you ever visited Dubai? I’d love to hear where your favourite places are to visit so we know for next time.
– Steph x