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7 Places To Visit Before They Close For Summer

Like us, you can probably feel that the cooler days of Spring will soon be over (sad face). This means that some of our favourite places around the UAE will pause their activities until they reopen again some time around late September or October. With that in mind, we have rounded up 7 attractions and activities that you and your family should absolutely try out before they close their doors for the summer.

The Ripe Market at Police Academy Park

Luckily for us, The Ripe Market has announced that they are extending their closing date to May 14th! That means you've got another three weekends to enjoy this much-loved outdoor market.

Shop from local farmers, artisans’, merchant and makers while your boys and girls get busy with kids activities such as horseback riding, fun workshops or a visit to the kids' petting zoo.

What's more, you and the family can take your taste buds on a journey across a multitude of pop-up F&B concepts. And don't miss the live entertainment that is sure to boost your weekend vibes.

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Location:
Dubai Police Academy, Al Sufouh 3
Working Hours:
Until May 14, Sat 09:00 to 22:00, Sun until 19:00
Prices:
Entry : AED 5 Kids under 12yrs : FREE

Global Village

This feel-good family go-to takes you and your kids on an around-the-world trip in just a day! Explore plenty of culture, mouthwatering food and fantastic festivities from across the globe in one place. 

With a myriad of amusement rides, fun-tastic arcade-style games, stunning live performances, and wanna-try-it-all food and drinks pop-up stalls, there is SO much for your family to get up to at Global Village.

Note that closing hours will vary in the week leading up to April 30. As usual, from Monday April 24 until Wednesday April 26, Global Village opens 4pm and closes at midnight. On Thursday April 27, the park opens 4pm and shuts at 1am - whereas April 28 to April 30, you can enter from 4pm until 2am.

And remember, if your little ones are fans of fireworks, Global Village puts on a show in the sky every Friday and Saturday at 9pm.

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Location:
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Working Hours:
Until Apr 30, Sun-Wed 16:00 to 00:00, Thu-Sat until 01:00
Prices:
Adult : from AED 18 Child 3-12yrs : from AED 18 Under 3s : FREE Seniors above 65yrs : FREE Person of Determination : FREE

Dubai Garden Glow

If you're up for a whimsical time out, Dubai Garden Glow is the place to go! 

Your little dinosaur fans will LOVE the massive dino park with more than 120 animatronic dinosaurs including the fearsome T-Rex, giant parasaurolophuses and many more.

And as evening sets in, you and the family can look forward to a festival of lights with the park's countless, unique glow-in-the-dark installations of fantastical animals and landscapes.

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Location:
Zabeel Park
Working Hours:
Sun-Fri 17:00 to 23:00, Sat until 00:00
Prices:
Adult : from AED 60 Child 3-10yrs : from AED 60 Child under 3yrs : FREE Person of Determination : FREE

Dubai Safari Park

Enjoy an authentic safari experience at Dubai Safari Park where you and your kids can explore 2,500 animals from all over the world.

Visit the various ‘villages’ at the park where the animals are grouped according to geographical themes; Asia, Africa, Arabia, and the Explorers' village.

Your boys and girls can also enjoy an interactive experience with some of the animals including Giraffe Feeding, the Kids Farm, and the Grand Aviary housing tons of birds.

What's more, you can visit the world's first drive-thru crocodile exhibit at Dubai Safari Park, and the UAE's only drive-thru hippo and tiger exhibit.

Don't miss their daily schedule of fun shows where animals perform different tricks.

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Location:
Ras Al Khor Rd
Working Hours:
Daily 9:00 to 17:00
Prices:
Adult 13yrs+ : from AED 49 Child 3-12yrs : from AED 20

Dubai Miracle Garden

A ‘fantastical journey through a world of flowers’ doesn't even come close to describing a visit to Dubai Miracle Garden. Home to 70 flower varieties and approximately 100 million blooming flowers, it is unlike any other place in Dubai and feels like you have landed on a different planet all together.

Expect to see a huge flower structure of an Airbus 380 (that has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest floral arrangement), gorgeous fairytale landscapes, whimsical animals and so much more.

The park is yet to announce a confirmed date of closure but is recommending the public to stay tuned to their socials from the 1st of May.

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Location:
Dubai Miracle Garden, Barsha South
Working Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:00 to 21:00, Sat-Sun until 23:00
Prices:
Adult : AED 69 Child 3-12yrs : AED 60 Under 3s : FREE People of Determination : FREE

Aventura - Nature Adventure Park

If your family likes a bit of adventure, Aventura should definitely be on your list! This is a park where you and the kids can swing through the treetops and take on over 80 challenges.

Set in the great Ghaf forest in Mirdif, this one-of-a-kind experience will have you and your family on exhilarating zip-lines and challenges across multiple levels.

Whether you've got tiny beginners or daring youngsters, there are circuits to suit all from adventurous activities for small explorers to more challenging obstacles for the ultimate thrill-seekers.

The last day to visit Aventura is May 14th, and the doors will open again September 15th.

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Location:
Mushrif National Park, Mirdif
Working Hours:
Until May 14, Mon-Thu 10:00 to 18:00, Fri-Sun until 20:00
Prices:
Child max. 1.05m height : AED 85.50 Child 1.15m to 1.24m height : from AED 134.10 Person min. 1.4m height : AED 184.50 Person min. 1.6m height & 16yrs+ : AED 202.50 Person of Determination : FREE

Cinema in the Park

Up for a movie under the stars?

Gather the whole family for the last weekend of Cinema in the Park on the stunning grounds of Umm Al Emarat Park where you can watch some of your favourite kid-friendly movies.

On Friday, April 28th, you can expect ‘Turbo’ to show on the big screen - one that your racing-loving fans will enjoy. And on Saturday, April 29th, you can plop down for the live action movie ‘Aladdin’.

While you're at the park, your boys and girls can even pop by the water splash area or hop aboard the family-friendly train at the promenade. 

And if you'd like to visit and feed an animal friend or two, head over to the park's Animal Barn.

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Location:
Abu Dhabi
Working Hours:
Until Apr 29, Fri-Sat 18:30 & 20:30
Prices:
Park Entry : AED 10 Child below 3yrs : FREE People of Determination : FREE