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Besides the gorgeous beaches, enchanting souks and the spectacular architecture, Dubai is a wonderland of entertainment, some you might not even expect. So if you find yourself in search of kid-friendly excursions try these on for size…

Snow skiing in the Mall of the Emirates

Escape the sun and head for cooler climates within Ski Dubai. This indoor snow centre will give hours of fun while you and your family make turns in real snow. You can book ski lessons, ride snow tubes, hit the jumps or play with penguins for a totally different day out.

Get closer to nature

Visit the Al-Ain Zoo for a day and discover animals from the Emirates and further afield. It is home to more than 3700 animal specimens that include 2260 mammals, 865 birds and 520 reptiles. There are a variety of exhibits to tickle young minds including white lions, the Nocturnal House, the Reptile House, the Mixed Asian Exhibit and more. You’re sure to find a creature or two you haven’t seen before.

Take off at iFly Dubai

If you’ve ever wanted to fly – or have a youngster that is keen to experience it – head on over to iFly Dubai, an indoor skydiving centre that allows you to experience human body flight! Anyone from 3 -103 years old is able to have a go and no experience is needed. You’ll be up to 3 metres in the air and your heart will be racing!

Splash about Wild Wadi

Located on Jumeirah Beach in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Themed around the tale of Juha, a character from Arabian folklore, it’s not only a fun place to splash about but also somewhere to engage with local culture. The rides range from thrilling and even scary to lazy and leisurely. There are dedicated children’s areas so the whole family can join in the fun.

Visit Atlantis The Palm

There is so much to do and see at Atlantis The Palm you will need more than a day to do it all. You can spend time in the Aquaventure waterpark enjoying exhilarating rides or take a dip with dolphins at Dolphin Bay. Get your picture taken with a sea lion at Sea Lion Point. Explore the wonders of the underwater world of the Lost Chambers Aquarium where you can even get into the water with sharks! There are educational programmes too which make it more than just a fun day out.

Dine in the desert

A truly unique experience is having a meal out in the desert. Even getting there is an adventure as you cross the dunes in 4x4s! You will be spoilt with traditional dishes that will delight your palate and entertainment that will dazzle. Meals are accompanied by falconry displays, traditional dancing and camel rides.

There’s much to enjoy in Dubai. Your next step? Head on out there…

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One&Only The Palm

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