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Dubai for Families

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Dubai for Families

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Unique in its own special way, Dubai is a pulsating city where the dynamics are always transient and ever-changing, making it a destination where there is always something bigger and better and new to see. 

A city that boasts one of the world’s lowest crime rates, Dubai appeals to old and young, no matter what their taste. So fear not – don’t let the glitz and glam stop you from experiencing a family holiday here. 

Dubai accommodation is varied and plentiful. Opt for an apartment if extra space is what you desire. Enjoy the convenience of having a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining areas and separate sleeping quarters. If hotel comforts are more your style, interconnecting rooms can be found along with hotels providing kids club facilities, children’s swimming pool areas and children’s menus.

Food in this Emirate is diverse and not only offers local ethnic cuisine, but restaurants that cater to the abundance of tourists. You’ll be sure to find a McDonalds for that picky teen or little one. Introduce the kiddies to new cuisines and try some local inexpensive shwarma.

With the sun always shining and with plenty to entertain, you can be sure to pack some punch into your Dubai family holiday timetable.

For an inexpensive family day out, head to Dubai Creek and enjoy an abra (wooden water taxi) ride across the creek. Pay as little as NZD$1 per person. Once across the creek, head into the spice, textile and gold souqs, an Arabic term for marketplace. The local shops and bustling atmosphere will be an eye opener for all. 

Action packed for the whole family, Dubai Mall is a one stop shop. The largest shopping and entertainment district in the world, shop-aholic mums eat your hearts out as here you’ll find over 1000 retail stores and for the family over 160 food and beverage outlets – you’ll definitely need at least a day to explore here.  

On Level 2 of the mall, a whole new world awaits for family fun. For the game enthusiasts, head to SEGA Republic Indoor Theme Park, featuring 14 electrifying attractions and over 160 arcade and video games. Let your children experience being grown-ups for the day at KidZania® - offering over 80 role-playing professions in a replica of a real city, choose from being a fire-fighter, surgeon, chef plus loads more. Parents can either check their children in or accompany them. Showcasing the latest blockbuster movies you’ll also find Reel Cinemas with 22 screens.  

Also found within the mall is the generously sized Dubai Ice Rink; hire your skates and glide the hours away. Illuminating the wonders of the ocean floor, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is a key focal point found within the mall. Holding 10 million litres of water and over 33,000 species, this is one fascinating aquarium.

Connected to Dubai Mall, standing tall at over 828 metres and the dominant feature among the Dubai skyline is Burj Khalifa. This is the ideal skyscraper to get magnificent 360 degree views of the city. With dated and time based entry, shoot to Level 124 - learn the story behind Burj Khalifa, explore the unique interactive multi-media exhibits, gaze through the high powered telescopes and be thrilled by your journey in one of the world’s fastest elevators!

For splashes of fun head to Wild Wadi Waterpark next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Offering a variety of waterslides, rides and surf, be sure to pack your swim suits! For the more adventurous and heart palpitating rides, head to Atlantis The Palm - Aquaventure Waterpark. Take on the thrilling slides and the raging white water rapids. Be sure to check out the Leap of Faith, a vertical drop which propels you into a shark infested lagoon! And not to worry for those that choose not to take a dip, relax amid the tropical scenery and shaded areas.

No visit to Dubai is complete without a visit to the desert, so be sure you to book a day/night excursion. The stunning dunes and ancient landscape is not only breath-taking but offers plenty of laughs and shrieks to be had! Be it dune bashing, sand-boarding or a night under the fiery sky, the Arabian Desert will not disappoint and will offer a magical experience for all. 

Dubai is somewhere one can visit year after year and always find something new to see and where something will always impress.

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