Dubai, the entertainment capital of the world, needs no introduction. Synonymous with grandeur and an exotic lifestyle, Dubai never ceases to thrill its visitors to the core. This modern metropolis is home to the most stunning beaches, the world’s tallest skyscrapers, the most lavish fine dining restaurants and malls that will leave you spellbound. To make your family holiday in Dubai the experience of a lifetime, here’s our pick of the 10 exotic destinations you should include in your itinerary.
Palm Islands, Jumeirah
One of the most exquisite artificial structures in Dubai is a palm tree-shaped cluster of off-shore islands. You can take a helicopter ride or go skydiving to enjoy the magnificent views here. As you seek thrill and adventure, hit the Aquaventure Waterpark in Atlantis The Palm for some of the most fantastic rides.
You can sunbathe on the picturesque beach or take a RIB speed boat tour to gaze at Burj Al Arab standing tall like a sail on the pristine blue water of the Arabian Sea. The best of Dubai nightlife can be enjoyed at the world-class pubs, 7-star restaurants as well as the famous beach clubs.
This 163 floored architectural marvel pierces through the Dubai sky like an arrow. You can go atop this world’s tallest building to feast your eyes on the dramatic vistas of the majestic city. Watching the sunset from the world’s highest outdoor observatory is an experience out of this world. As the sun goes down, the Dubai Fountain Show comes alive. The perfectly synchronized show of water, light and music is simply spectacular when watched from the unbelievable heights of Burj Khalifa.
Shop like the royals do at the world’s largest shopping mall. Here, the best of shopping, entertainment and luxury is blended into a wholesome experience. The mall covers an area equivalent to 200 football fields and are home to most of the world’s premium brands. With over 1200 retail shops and over 200 cafes and restaurants, the Dubai Mall is a shopaholic’s wonderland.
A stark contrast to the opulence of the Dubai Mall, Deira is the oldest part of Dubai. Home to many famous souks, this area offers an entirely authentic shopping experience. At the Gold Souk, everything that glitters is gold, luring you to buy at least a few pieces of fine jewellery for yourself. Food connoisseurs feel at home at the Spice Souk selling a comprehensive collection of herbs, spices, dry fruits and frankincense. Grab some of the freshest and purest spices to give your dishes a Middle Eastern twist.
When in Deira, you can get your hands on lustrous pearls, semi-precious stones, fine linen and silk, exotic perfumes, traditional handicrafts and loads of souvenirs.
Royal Arabian Safari
Experience desert life with a touch of luxury with the Royal Arabian Safari offered by Sahara Desert Resort. You can choose to surf the sand, put on the traditional headgear or explore the oasis on camelback in true Indiana Jones style. Sit around a campfire and relish an authentic Bedouin dinner. The resort packs a long list of unique things to do and to taste, which make this safari so distinct.
The experience is amplified when traditional dancers and musicians transport you to a glorious bygone era. Be sure to wear comfortable high ankle hiking boots and light cotton clothes to enjoy your safari thoroughly.
Motiongate is the newest addition to the list of larger than life theme parks in Dubai. Here, many of your beloved Hollywood cartoon characters and animated stories come to life. This themed entertainment park brings together the best of Dreamworks, Lionsgate and Columbia Pictures, rekindling the child in you. The real-life movie sets and studios help you appreciate all the hard work that goes into making your favourite movie. Great thrill and action await you at the Green Hornet ride, the interactive Smurfs village, a Ghostbusters battle or Shrek’s fairy tale journey.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Have you ever wondered what it is to be Alice in Wonderland? Step right into Dubai Miracle Garden and explore for yourself! The shapes, colours, architecture and visual grandeur of this place are surely out of a fairy tale. The world’s largest natural flower garden houses more than 250 million plants. The various floral exhibits here pay tribute to famous monuments, cultures and personalities from across the globe. You will not be able to take your eyes off the floral rendition of the gigantic Airbus A380. More than 15,000 vibrant butterflies can be seen at the stunning Butterfly Garden situated here.
Your children are in for the experience of a lifetime at KidZania located within the Dubai Mall. This enclosed play zone multiplies fun beyond your imagination. The attractions it offers are suitable for kids aged between 2 and 16 years and adults are tempted to join in as well. The huge entertainment zone is a replica of a real city with various jobs and industries we see around us. Children get to learn and enjoy as they explore the various role play activities on offer.
The last thing you would expect in a desert is snow and that’s exactly what you get at Ski Dubai. The enormous 22,500 sq mt indoor resort instantly transports you to the highlands of the Alps, surrounded by the snow-clad mountains. Entirely dedicated to snow and skiing, Ski Dubai proves that Dubai is a land of larger than life experiences. While seeing all that snow, if your heart wished to see a few penguins, the resort has you covered on that as well. You can watch the beautiful creatures play joyfully in their natural habitat as you sip a cup of hot chocolate sitting by the poolside.
Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo
As you step into the world’s largest suspended aquarium, the panoramic view surrounded by thousands of aquatic creatures will take your breath away. Unlimited thrill is assured when you walk through the 48-meter long tunnel, go scuba diving, watch shark feeding, enjoy cage snorkelling and much more. Humboldt Penguins, Piranha, African Dwarf Crocodile, Giant Spider Crabs, Otters, Lionfish and of course the massive 750 kgs King Croc await you at the world’s only underwater zoo. Unravel the mysteries of the Saharan wildlife at the UAE’s Night Creatures exhibit. The VRZOO amplifies your excitement as you journey through the various animal habitats from every corner of the world.
Dubai promises to be the perfect holiday destination for a family vacation since there are exciting options to explore for people of all ages. Moreover, when you are in Dubai during the festive season, you can enjoy exclusive shows, exhibits and concerts as well. With so much on offer in Dubai, you can be sure of having a fulfilling holiday that you’ll cherish for years to come.