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It doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the UAE is absolutely full to the brim of amazing things to do for the family. With that in mind, as we lead up to the UAE’s 50th National Day, we have rounded up 50 fantastic things to do with the kids over the long weekend.
Stay tuned for updates on awesome UAE National Day celebrations as we get closer to the 50th Jubilee - until then, keep this list handy for when you’re planning your holiday with the kids.
Been to Expo 2020 yet? If not, it’s time to strap on those shoes and get ready to spend most of the day with your mouths agape. Between impressive international pavilions, interactive shows and workshops plus unique roaming and stage performances, there’s enough to keep you and your kids entertained for days – if not weeks or months.
Culture meets food meets festivities, Global Village is your go-to for those family carnival vibes. Hop on thrilling amusement rides, dig into some crispy churros and even watch a live family-friendly show.
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to theme parks in the UAE. Head over to Dubai Parks and Resorts where you can get your thrill on at Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai or Bollywood Parks. Or if you want to head in the other direction, there’s IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubailand. If you’re staying in or heading to the capital, Yas Island is where excitement awaits you at Ferrari World or Warner Bros. World.
The long weekend combined with the awesome weather right now is also the perfect excuse to head to your favourite waterpark. The thrills are in abundance over at Aquaventure, Laguna Waterpark, Wild Wadi and Legoland Waterpark. Or Splash N Party if you want a more intimate atmosphere. For a mix of waterpark and obstacle course, you have to try out Aqua Parks Leisure.
Families over in Sharjah can combine their waterpark thrills with amusement park fun over at Al Montazah Parks.
You can’t let a long weekend go by without a little bit of fun under the sun. Lucky for you, we’re teamed up with SupperClub to give you access to some of their most popular daycation and pool & beach offers both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Pack your flip flops and sunscreen and spend some time by our gorgeous oceans. Kite Beach is always lively while Al Sufouh Beach is a slice of peace (at least early in the morning). Soul Beach is a great choice if you’re in the capital, and Kite Beach Center is worth drive to Umm Al Quwain for.
Get all that pent-up energy out of your system this holiday over at the UAE’s most exciting action parks. BOUNCE will have you and your kids freestyling on wall-to-wall trampolines while Air Maniax is your go-to for some serious fun in a world of inflatable obstacles.
Oodles of fun is to be had at popular kids play areas such as Cheeky Monkeys, Adventure Parx + Café and Kids HQ. You can also pop by new kid on the block, FiaFia Kids Play and Cafe, and if you’ve got kids who are fans of LEGO, Bricobilandia is where to go.
Challenge your family to some fun arcade games at Fun City, or work your way out one of the escape rooms at Hungarian Games.
Visit OliOli, the experiential children’s play museum with carefully curated galleries, inspiring your kids to explore.
Head over to the newly opened Madame Tussauds and get up close and personal with over 60 global stars such as Justin Bieber, Nancy Ajram, the Queen of England and even Dubai's own Kris Fade.
Check out the Louvre Abu Dhabi Children’s Museum’s new exhibition: Emotion! The new art adventure.
Swing by woo-hoo! where you can enjoy 10 different galleries filled with over 50 interactive exhibits
Have a topsy turvy time over at 3D World Selfie Museum as you journey through themed zones filled with reality-defying artworks. At Museum of Illusions you can challenge your senses with its 80 exhibits of all shapes and sizes.
Explore Dubai’s waters on a traditional abra (boat) and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Old Town
Ride to the 125th floor of arguably the most famous tower in the world and see Dubai from the top.
And while you’re downtown, don’t forget to pop by The Dubai Fountain to catch a must-see show that’s free to the public
At Qasr Al Watan you can explore marvelous Arabian architecture, take a stroll through the stunning gardens, and even visit an extensive library.
Wander through one of Dubai’s oldest neighborhoods and get a glimpse of life before now among traditional wind towers and twisting alleyways.
Go behind the scenes at Burj Al Arab and enjoy an immersive 90-minute journey of reliving history on a privately guided tour.
Explore beautiful Emirati history and culture through a unique trolley experience, that will transport you and your kids around the city's oldest neighborhoods.
How does a 360 degree view of Dubai sound? Experience old, present and future Dubai all under one roof as you explore Dubai Frame.
Cruise the banks of Dubai Water Canal while feasting on a scrumptious international buffet dinner.
Talking about Dubai Water Canal, pop by the Instagrammable Twisted Bridge at sunset or the Tolerance Bridge at night when it lights up.
Head to Al Seef where you can explore a bit of Dubai's culture and heritage as well as shop and dine.
Marvel at the city skylines of Dubai and Abu Dhabi from a speedboat. Fun for the whole family and even your guests coming to town for the holidays.
Ones for the bucket list, the Flying Cup at The Beach, The View at The Palm and the newly opened giant ferris wheel, Ain Dubai, on Bluewaters Island promises you and your family mindblowing views.
The long weekend calls for a little road trip adventure! Take a trip to Al Madam Ghost Village for some post-Halloween chills, get snap-ready at the Half Desert Road and see an abandoned plane in Umm Al Quwain.
If you haven’t checked out Dubai Miracle Garden yet, you’re missing out. Giant teddy bears, castles and even an Emirates Airbus 380 – all made out of flowers!
Everyone loves a day at the zoo. Take a trip to Dubai Safari Park or if you’re down south, there’s Emirates Park Zoo and Al Ain Zoo. Feeling an indoor adventure instead? The Green Planet or Dubai Aquarium will be right down your alley, or head to the newly opened National Aquarium in Abu Dhabi.
The Emirates Dubai 7s are running right in the middle of the long weekend and is promising a nail-biting three days of thrilling sporting games and bucket loads of family fun. Head out on the Thursday for free entry for everyone in the family.
The holiday won’t be complete without a little treat at the table. Swissotel Al Ghurair has you covered with a kid-friendly brunch inspired by Expo 2020, and Alpys in Jumeirah is for you tex mex fans.
If you’re up for a little bit of magic, head to Dubai Garden Glow after the sun sets. You’ll be engulfed in a world of illuminating lights in all kinds of colours and whimsical designs.
Make your way to the lush green grounds of Umm Al Emarat Park to catch your favourite, family-friendly movies.
Helmets on, ready, set and GO! Feel the thrill of drifting your trike alongside your boys and girls in a Tokyo Drift Style.
The Ripe Market over at Police Academy Park is ready to fill your day with pony rides, arts & crafts workshops, a local farmer’s market, live music, yummy F&B outlets and much more.
A feast for your senses, this immersive light & water show combines 30 fountains, lights and surround sound.
A must-see spot is Dubai’s very own Love Lake. Adorned with cute and quirky nature props, this place is perfect for a long stroll with the occasional stop for a snapshot.
There are many amazing playgrounds and parks to take the kids to whether you’re in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. We’re especially fond of the awesome grounds at Al Barari Playground.
Walk along a meandering boardwalk at this mangrove sanctuary to witness some stunning and exciting views of nature. You can even go on a guided kayak tour.
Take a trip to Ras Al Khaimah and marvel at some breathtaking mountain views from Jebel Jais. You can drive up to the viewing deck or even go hiking – either way, it’s free!
Gone are the days of flimsy tents and canned food. Camping in the UAE takes it up quite a few notches.
It’s not all about glitz and glam. The UAE offers up some gorgeous nature spots that are worth exploring.
Make your way toward Khorfakkan and stop by the revamped Al Rafisah Dam. You’re in for some magnificent lake views as well as some fun for the kids at the outdoor play area.
Take your next family outing to the lawn and make it a fun day under the sun
Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are dowsed in fantastic spots where you can take the kids for a leisurely walk
Engulf yourselves in an immersive digital journey of some of the most famous paintings created by the world's most famous artists.
The perfect way to beat the desert heat, the Chillout Ice Lounge is where you and the kids can plop down for a hot chocolate in a sub-zero atmosphere.
That’s right - we’re turning 4 this year! And we’ve got some fantastic offers lined up for you and your family to celebrate. Stay tuned on our Instagram for all the details.
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