Looking towards the Middle East for your next holiday? That’s a smart move. The Middle East is becoming hot a hot tourist spot these days. Dubai with its incredible glitz and glamour, and Abu Dhabi with its lifestyle and shopping, Oman for its incredible natural beauty and Fujairah and Sharjah for a million reasons. What’s hard is to decide which city to visit. How about this – form a vacation plan that takes in the top sights in the Middle East. Wouldn’t that be grand? Here’s the good news. The Middle East has some of the most kid-friendly spots in the world. So if you are going with family, you’ll have plenty to keep your kids entertained.
- VR Park, Dubai
Here’s a destination that both kids and grownups simply adore. It’s the world’s most exciting and technologically-advanced Virtual Reality Park. Located in The Dubai Mall, VR Park spans two levels, offering an area of 7,000sqm for your virtual pleasure. Enjoy 30 game-changing rides and immersive virtual experiences that’ll leave you breathless for more. Drop off the Burj Khalifa and scream all the way down, or go rash dune-driving in the desert, all without stirring from your chair in VR Park, Dubai. Experience games in every cadre – adventure, sports, leisure, horror, education and more
- Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai
Dubai Parks and Resorts is a fantastic destination that comprises 3 exciting theme parks and one water park. One of the most kid friendly places in the UAE, there are over 100 incredible rides, both indoor and outdoor here. The three theme parks are – Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai. The LEGOLAND Water Park is the ultimate fun for young and older kids, a chance to enjoy themselves while learning from their environment. The centrally located Riverland is an entertainment and dining boulevard where you can shop, eat and relax in the finest surroundings. Dubai Parks and Resorts also include the magnificent Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed family resort located within the park.
- IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai
Raise your adrenaline levels as high as they’ll go at the incredible IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai. Want to enjoy a prehistoric experience? Here’s your chance to get close-up to incredibly real-looking dinos that actually roar back and charge at you, at Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zone. The Cartoon Network zone is the place to watch your favourite Cartoon Network characters come to life in themed rides and attractions. IMG Boulevard offers you an extensive range of retail and dining outlets, offering hours of entertainment for the entire family.
- Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
Are you a Formula 1 fan? Then head straight to Ferrari World with your family. Here you can experience Ferrari-themed rides, exhibits and attractions to satisfy your inner Formula 1 driver. Ride the intense G-force giant rollercoasters that’ll take your breath away. Take your family go-karting and challenge your kids to the best lap times in a high-tech simulator. Experience the Formula Rossa – the world’s fastest rollercoaster. The Rossa reaches a speed of 0 to 240 km/h in 4.9 seconds and heights of 52 metres. There are plenty of other adventures for the whole family, such as Nello’s Adventureland, a play area for younger children. The F1™ inspired Tyre Twist Slide is perfect for a spin with your kids.
- Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most incredible wonders of architecture that you can enjoy in Dubai. If you know scuba diving, you can go underwater and swim among the manta rays, the eels, the colourful fish and sharks. If not, be sure to walk through the 48 meter glass tunnel and check out about 140 seawater species all around you. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is located in The Dubai Mall. Don’t miss the 10-million litre aquarium tank that contains some incredible underwater flora and fauna species. The Dubai Aquarium is one of the best places to go with kids.
- Ski Dubai
A ski resort with a 400-meter diamond runs right in the middle of a blistering desert! Who would have thought? But that’s what we have here in Dubai. An incredible indoor resort that’s home to its own colony of King and Gentoo Penguins is spread out before you. At Ski Dubai, you can go skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing on the 3 excellent slopes of varying difficulty. Go ahead – build a snowman, have a snowfight, let your kids cosy up in the ice cavern or enjoy a frozen zipline. Enjoy real snow and ice, always maintained at the same temperature year around.
- Desert Safari – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah
A fabulous desert safari in any part of the UAE is the perfect holiday destination for the entire family. You’ll all enjoy fantastic desert sports! Talk about dune bashing in a 4×4 SUV, rolling up and down those dunes at breakneck speeds. Then there’s sandboarding, rather like snowboarding; you can enjoy a nice long camel ride too, and ride a quad bike on the desert wadis. If you want more, be sure to sign up for an evening or overnight desert safari. These come with a fabulous Emirati dinner and entertainment such as belly dance, Tanura dance and henna tattooing. Enjoy a night under the stars and do some nocturnal exploring in the desert – why not?
- Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai
Beat the day’s heat by enjoying some fun at the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm. This is simply THE largest waterpark in the Middle East – nuff said. Here you’ll experience some mind-blowing rides that include Poseidon’s Revenge, the only dual-racing loop waterslide in the UAE. Interested? How about the absolute pinnacle, the Leap of Faith? It’s an almost vertical, 9-storey drop where you are catapulted through a tube surrounded by a lagoon filled with sharks. Or else try the 6-person Aquaconda, the widest waterslide in the world.
- Global Village, Dubai
As a family, it’s a wonderful treat to be able to experience cultures, food, music and dance from multiple countries. It’s a great educational experience for the whole family. Global Village in Dubai offers just that. A chance experience scintillating entertainment and culture and shopping from different countries. Experience some cool international cuisine, fairs, carnivals, dances, costumes and amazing music. You can buy a little something as souvenirs from whichever country you fancy. The Dubai Global Village is open from November to April each year, so this is the perfect time of the year to visit.
- Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi
If you’re looking for amazing fun for the entire family, don’t miss a visit to Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi. There are a total of 30 exciting rides and thrills in this 1.65-million-square-foot, fully climate-controlled park. Sign up for the incomparable flight of the Batman: Knight Flight ride; go flying through Gotham City in Batman’s Batwing. Warner Brothers comprises five themed lands. Gotham City is one, and then there’s DCs Metropolis. There’s also Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros Plaza. At each themed land, the cartoon and comic characters come to life and you can interact with them, and enjoy major immersive rides with them.
- Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The biggest highlight of your family vacation will be a trip to the incomparable Burj Khalifa. It’s still the tallest building in the world, though the Jeddah Tower will soon be finished. Take your family up to the observatory deck on Level 124 and let them exhale in absolute delight at the stupendously panoramic vista in front of them. Let them use the telescopes planted at intervals and focus on the landmarks that are dear to them. Be sure to look down upon the incredible Dubai Fountains as it dances up to a height of 150 levels. It’ll be the most incredible experience of your lives.
As you can see, the Middle East is a riot of celebration when it comes to fun family vacation destinations. Book your year-end vacation along with your family today and check out all the cool holiday destinations we’ve provided. Have fun!