A family vacation in Dubai is a good option if you want to try something different, without venturing too far. It is also a great stopover destination if you happen to be travelling further afield. For many of us, Dubai is massive, modern and artificial. It’s flashy, brash and not afraid to flaunt. It’s endless skyscrapers, amidst shopping malls and entertainment complexes. It’s big on bling and small on culture. But as you will learn from your trip to Dubai, there is more to the Emirati city than just fancy malls. Go a little under the surface and make sure you take out time to discover old Dubai too. Take a trip to the  Arabian desert backing the city, have an authentic Emirati breakfast and haggle for gems in the Souks. Let’s not forget beautiful beaches along the Persian Gulf where your kids can build sandcastles while your spouse and yourself soak up the sun.

Here are the top things to do in Dubai on your family vacation!!!

1. Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm

Aquaventure is the Middle East and Europe’s number 1 waterpark and it’s HUGE! Conveniently located at Atlantis The Palm, a top-tier hotel and resort surrounded by the waters of Dubai, it’s the perfect excuse for parents to relax on the man-made beach while the kids explore the lazy rivers, slides, and other rides. There’s Splashers Children’s area which is great for brave little ones or those over 3 but there’s also a brand new kids area for babies and younger ones. If you’re planning a family vacation to Dubai then I 100% recommend Aquaventure. If you don’t do anything else on this list, go here!

2. 1 Day 2 Parks Hopper at Dubai Parks & Resorts

It’s a leisure and theme park destination and is home to LEGOLAND Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai Waterpark, Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Riverland Dubai. Riverland isn’t a theme park, it’s the gateway to the theme parks and has four zones; The French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate, and The Peninsula.

  • LEGOLAND® Dubai: experience over 40 LEGO® themed rides, shows, building experiences, and attractions—the perfect way to spend a fun-filled day for families with kids aged 2-12
  • LEGOLAND® Dubai Water Park: splash into LEGO® themed fun geared towards families with kids from ages 2 to 12 with raft rides, body slides, tube slides, play areas, a wave pool, and more
  • MOTIONGATE™ Dubai: a Hollywood-themed park with immersive and thrilling rides, attractions and more ways to experience the movie industry and your favourite blockbuster hits
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai: visit the world’s first park entirely dedicated to all things Bollywood action, adventure, romance, and comedy with over 15 rides and attraction

All of these parks are located on the same compound, so it’s very easy to hop back and forth between your two choices.

3. Go to the Top of the Burj Khalifa

The tallest building in the world. It is such a magical experience to see Dubai from an incredible vantage point and it is another experience where the children will be just as excited as their parents. The tour takes you to the 124th and 125th floor of the tallest building in the world and offers a panoramic experience of the entire city. The view from the 124th floor which has an observation deck is, for lack of words, incredible. And if by chance you have taken the more premium, “At The Top Sky” tour at Burj Khalifa, then you will skip those lines and move up straight away to the 148th floor for an even more high flying experience. No matter what you choose, there would be moments in this whole excursion that none of your family members would forget for a long time.

Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash Burj Khalifa

4. Explore the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm

It’s an Atlantis-themed aquarium and you walk through 10 huge chambers to explore the underwater world and see creatures you’d never imagine you’d see in real life. It is so beautiful, tranquil and serene and the most incredible aquarium you could imagine. Cushions are scattered in front of many of the enormous glass windows so you can sit down and watch over 65,000 marine animals within this magical setting. You and the family could also take a tour and learn more about the history of the lost city of Atlantis and its culture, technology, and ancient citizens. You can also partake in an interactive Aquatheatre Show, watching as the scuba divers check on the animals and perform live feedings.

5. Ski Dubai Indoor Skiing

Yes, you read that right: indoor skiing. Head over to Ski Dubai, the first-ever indoor ski resort and the world’s largest indoor ski resort that uses real snow. It is tough to imagine a ski resort in a desert, but the genius people behind it have managed.

Located in the Mall of Emirates, Ski Dubai is one of the finest places to see in Dubai with family. Travellers can enjoy skiing, tobogganing, and even snowboarding. One of the most entertaining family attractions in Dubai, this is one is a must for all. If you’ve had your fill of skiing, or you’re not much of a skier, you can participate in interactive games led by ski instructors, watch real Gentoo penguins perform in March of the Penguins, or take a ride on the Giant Snowball.

6. Explore the Desert Safari Dubai

When it comes to the best things to do in Dubai, the Desert Safari comes on top. The Dubai Desert is one of the best places to see with family and its experience is even better. Combining dune bashing, sunset camel ride, safari, and the traditional Arabian right experience, go for this one if you are a lover of all things authentic.

Dubai has so many tourist attractions that you can easily plan a weeklong vacation here. Feel free to add any of these activities to your itinerary and we will be happy to hear from you what your experience felt like. We have come to the end of top things to do in Dubai on your family vacation, over to you, you could make this article even better by adding up more activities to do in Dubai on a family vacation.