Since the announcement of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, there has been a keen interest among Israelis interested in traveling to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is a modern city characterized by Western architecture. Along with various buildings that most of us have already been exposed to there are quite a few attractions suitable for the whole family. A trip to the great and vibrant Dubai is a combination of modern culture and Islamic tradition. The city of Dubai attracts the most tourists and offers a wide range of activities for them. The city has the tallest tower in the world – Burj Khalifa, which rises to a height of 828 meters, and the tallest hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab, which rises to a height of 321 meters. It is worth visiting the beautiful alleys of the Dubai Borough district, and especially the spice market and the gold market. Other sites in the city include the Dubai Museum, Al-Fahidi Fortress, the Wind Towers, Sheikh Said Palace, Wadira, an area laden with luxurious shopping malls. Along with all these sites, there are quite a few hiking sites in the Emirates that are suitable for the whole family and it is possible to build a family trip for children of different ages in Dubai and Abu Dhabi mainly. One of the favorite attractions for tourists is spending time in the magnificent malls of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Each of the malls built in city centers with tall buildings is an amazing attraction in itself. In a trip with children, it is advisable to combine appropriate attractions according to the ages of the children in order for the trip to be experiential and enjoyable and allow the children to join the trip together with the parents. For example, one of the attractions where you can combine fun activities for parents and children on a trip to Dubai is a cruise on the traditional D’O boats. Another option is water sports activities such as boating and surfing to camel racing.
In order to make it easier for families interested in traveling in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, we have later compiled the main sites suitable for activities with children on a trip to the Emirates:
Legoland and the water park – Dubai
Going with children to the Legoland complex is a sure success. There is no child in the world who does not know and is exposed to the Lego brand. Take the kids for a full day of fun and enjoyment among the creative playgrounds in Lego construction workshops, a miniature park, and many more models in different sizes built from Lego stones. Adjacent to Legoland Park is a huge water park ideal for the hottest summer days in Dubai. Over 20 water slides, various pools, many water attractions, and more to the best of your imagination and the park builders. You can easily spend one to two days with the kids in these parks.
The world of adventure – Dubai
No trip with children in Dubai can be complete without visiting the indoor adventure world IMG WORLD OF ADVENTURE. This is the largest indoor amusement park in the world inaugurated in 2016 and located in South Dubai. Within the park are four different areas, each with a variety of attractions for children up to the age of 18. The park is located in southern Dubai and includes a variety of roller coasters, moving exhibits, 3D movies, and superheroes.
Global Village – Dubai
It is a huge international complex designed in the style of the city of Aladdin with dozens of pavilions from different countries in the world. The complex integrates with the approach that characterizes Dubai as an international Arab city with a Western approach. Instead of food stalls, games, and adventures with exhibits from dozens of countries around the world.
Green Planet – Dubai
Green Lung Indoor in Dubai. A place of special nature and experience for the whole family. Imagine yourself in the middle of the desert being in the middle of an everlasting green forest. Imagine being in Dubai in a warm place and entering a huge indoor glass complex with tropical forests, tropical plants, and tropical animals.
Garden Glow – Dubai
GARDEN GLOW in Dubai is an open park that is suitable for spending several hours in the evening. This is an open complex with an outdoor dinosaur exhibition, an outdoor lights complex, a 3D illusion complex, and science. The park is especially suitable for children at younger ages and for romantic couples. The place opens at five in the afternoon.
In Dubai, we said anything is possible. Desert skiing and alpine snow in the Middle East is not a bad word for locals. This is a huge complex that covers an area of 4,500 square meters and offers several surfing tracks and facilities for children, hot chocolate stalls, and even a cable car. At a temperature of minus four degrees, five ski runs of different levels operate in an artificial snow complex. Even for those who do not ski there is plenty to do in the ski complex: toboggan runs, four-seater lifts, an ice complex for families including palaces, caves, climbing walls, and petting zoos and everything is especially nice for children.
Most importantly the warm clothing is received on the spot and should not be brought from home.
Children’s World – Kid Zania in Dubai
Looking for a place where you can leave the kids and go shopping? The world of children in Dubai is the place. A huge 7000 square meter complex that simulates an indoor city where every child will find employment. In this experiential complex, the children experience the management of the city themselves and take on many roles, each according to their suitability: firefighter, banker, police officer, pilot, and more. Dubai is a convenient solution for parents to spend time in the mall and children in the complex.
The Great Aquarium of Dubai
Dubai has one of the largest underwater zoos in the world. Inside the canyon in front of a huge aquarium with over 300 species of underwater animals. The aquarium is suitable for all ages and it is recommended beyond the boat between the huge tanks to go swimming with sharks in a suitable tank and join a cruise with a glass boat inside the aquarium. After a tour of the aquarium tunnel, move on to the underwater zoo located on the 2nd floor to admire the amazing variety of exotic species. The underwater zoo provides an interactive approach for visitors to it and teaches about marine ecology and the sustainability of life in it.
Virtual Reality Complex in Dubai
A huge two-story complex in the Dubai Mall. The complex is open for free entry to the general public and upon arrival as any interesting complex, you purchase a ticket and join the game. Participants of all ages wear augmented reality glasses and find themselves inside a film in which they are the main actors who are forced to react and adapt to a changing reality.
The water park on the island in Dubai
On Palm Island in Jumeira is one of the largest water parks in the Middle East. Adjacent to the luxurious Atlantis Hotel, Aqua Ventura Water Park provides an active vacation between a variety of artificial slides, an artificial beach, and a tunnel surrounded by sharks. In addition, there is a beach belonging to the artificial island, wave pools, and tubing.
Dubai Miracle Garden
This is the largest flower garden in the world. The middle of the desert is the last place we would expect to find the largest flower garden in the world, however, do not forget that this is Dubai.
Dubai Miracle Garden features an impressive number of 50 million flowers scattered over an area of 72,000 square meters in various displays ranging from flower beds to heart-shaped arches and ornate castles.
The gardens opened in February 2013 and are designed to become a successful tourist destination. The show changes each season to create a fresh experience for visitors. They entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest vertical garden in the world.
The various displays include millions of flowers that have created different shapes and patterns like the Emirates flag, a clock, a Ferrari car whose driver’s seat is adorned with flowers, artificial animals like a peacock whose tail is made of flowers, ships, a statue of a woman with hair, flowers and windbreaker. Today, the gardens display 45 different varieties of flowers, imported from all over the world from Egypt to the United States.
The capital city of Abu Dhabi also has a number of interesting attractions suitable for a family trip to the Emirates
Ferrari Motorized Park Complex
The global car brand has set up near Abu Dhabi one of the largest and most spectacular motorhome complexes in the world for motorized car lovers. The place is suitable for spending half a day to whole day and you can race there on various routes, crazy roller coasters at tremendous speeds and for adrenaline lovers fast travel in dark tunnels and even direct falls. Not for the faint-hearted
Yas Water Park in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi also boasts one of the largest and most sophisticated water parks in the world. Without a doubt, the most effective way to dodge and relax from the scorching heat is to spend time in the water park. Dozens of slides, wave pools, endless tunnels alongside a variety of tubing routes will entertain you and cool you down for several hours in the scorching heat of the desert.
Warner Brothers’ Adventure World in Abu Dhabi
As in the US, Warner Bros. Adventure Park is one of the top attractions in Abu Dhabi. Here you can cruise roller coasters, seven-dimensional movie complexes, space adventures, be a part of an adventure movie, and more for your imagination. Just a perfect experience for the whole family like in America.
El Ein Zoo and Abu Dhabi Desert Learning Center.
El Ein Zoo and the Desert Animal Research Center are a good opportunity to get out of the big city and meet the desert animals in a familiar environment. You can visit the zoo or go on a jeep safari of the al-Ain oasis and next to it you can enter the desert research center.