We wanted to do you a solid and help you save on family fun this summer, so last week, we took a look at some cool things to do for just AED 50 or less. This week, we’re taking it one step further and have rounded up some awesome and absolutely free things you and your kids can do this summer whether you’re in the mood for some indoor fun or exploring some of the city’s best spots.
1. A-MAZE-ING Summer at BurJuman
Stay cool this summer as BurJuman brings the outdoors indoor with an “A-MAZE-ING” Dubai Summer Surprises extravaganza for the whole family (with strict social distancing and safety protocols in place).
Navigate through a life-size, 18-metre-long MAZE filled with picture-perfect opportunities; explore the Insta-worthy photo-op stations spread across the mall or treat yourself with the diverse F&B offerings.
2. Dubai Dino
Head on over to The Souk Dome in Dubai Mall where your little dino fans can be transported back to prehistoric times and gawk at a huge Jurassic fossil of a Diplodocus Longus.
3. Sounds by the Water
Get down to the DSS sounds at The Pointe every evening from until the end of August, with musicians in the restaurants and along the promenade from 4 pm to 10 pm.
4. Twisted Bridge Dubai
Your little ones will love walking through this architectural wonder that is the Twisted Bridge down by Dubai Water Canal.
Head there for sunrise or sunset for some awesome family snaps!
Bikes can cross this bridge too
5. Al Qudra Lake
Pack a picnic for early breakfast or late lunch in the dunes and immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature at Al Qudra Lake, a man-made lake in the middle of the Saih Al Salam Desert.
Your littles will love seeing the ducks and swans!
6. The Yard
Dubbed the UAE’s “suburban hideaway”, this is where you can grab something to munch at a bakery or restaurant, leave a lock on the Promise Bridge, and enjoy plenty of charming picnic spots around the lake.
7. Crab Spotting at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
You and your kids will absolutely be mesmerized by the sight of all the crabs going up and down the steps and moving in groups as they make their way to the beach. Get ready to watch and perhaps catch some crab while having a great time with your family and dining at one of the delicious restaurants alongside the harbor.
8. Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk
Take in the beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s skyline with your family at the 11km-long Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk. Head out in the early hours of the day or during sunset to enjoy lower temperatures.
**Remember to practice safety precautions by keeping a safe distance from others (at least 2 metres) and wearing a mask at all times**
9. Al Barsha Pond Park
50 acres of greenery for your little ones to let loose and explore surround a man-made lake at the park’s center. With tracks to jog, cycle and exercise, there’s plenty of room for the whole family to unwind.
***Note that some park features may be currently unavailable***
10. Tolerance Bridge
Stop by this gorgeous pedestrian bridge that you’ll find by Dubai Water Canal (on the Safa Park side). Sunrise and sunset make for the most amazing Insta-worthy snaps.
11. Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Head to this indoor re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience, located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah.
Your littles will enjoy discovering the Arabian culture and wonders as you wander around the charming alleyways.
12. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Sitting at the mouth of the Dubai Creek, this wildlife sanctuary is home to more than 20,000 water birds. With herons, egrets, sandpipers, and osprey, it’s the flamingos that are the stars here. Your kids will come away with new wildlife knowledge from experience they’re sure not to forget.
13. Al Qudra Cycle Track
Ditch your stationary bike at home and head to the open road for a socially distanced bike ride at the Al Qudra Cycle Track. The track, located around 30 minutes from the centre of Dubai, stretches across 86km with unparalleled desert views.
If you’re looking to rent your bikes, worry not because Trek Bicycle Store (directly at the Al Qudra Cycle Track) is thoroughly washing and sanitizing bikes and helmets before and after each use. They also have a strict ‘no mask, no gloves, no service policy’. Customers must practice social distancing by cycling in groups of no more than three at a time. Hand sanitiser should be used at all times.
14. Umm Suqeim Park
Escape the crowds in this quiet small park by the shores of the beach at the Burj Al Arab. With children’s play areas, jogging track and plenty of green lawns, this is a great spot for your family to do their own thing, while still being within each other’s reach. A popular spot to relax, stay active, or host a birthday for younger children.
There are mini marts close by if you want to grab some refreshments
The park is open to women and children on weekdays but open to all on weekends
15. Kite Beach
Head out to Kite Beach where you and your little ones can enjoy taking a dip in the deep blue and even skip, stroll or run along the community beach’s running tracks or boardwalk.
16. Dubai Marina Walk
Bring your family along on a leisurely stroll and explore the marina which is stretched for several kilometres. If you’re heading out during the daytime, you can find some shade underneath the various bridges.
17. Al Seef Dubai
Tucked away on the banks of Dubai’s creek, Al Seef is located near the Al Fahidi historical neighborhood in an area rich in historical sites. It is a gorgeous place for you and your family to shop, dine, and explore a bit of Dubai’s culture and heritage. If visiting with younger kids, secure them in the stroller or hold their hand at all times while walking along the promenade.
18. Dubai Water Canal
You and your family are in for a gorgeous stroll along this 3.2km long waterway. Winding its way from Business Bay to the Creek in Old Dubai, the canal offers stunning vistas, running and cycling tracks, and 9 open waterway stations where you and the little ones can hop on a ferry.
19. Al Hudariyat Beach
Head over to this beach destination where you can enjoy a fun day under the sun, getting active in the basketball, tennis or volleyball courts or simply strolling or even biking along the beach for some gorgeous views.
Some facilities may not be available
20. Al Majaz Waterfront
Located in the heart of Sharjah, Al Majaz Waterfront is a family-favourite destination overlooking the Khaled Lagoon. Attractions include the spectacular Sharjah Musical Fountain, boat rides, international restaurants and cafés, a jogging track, snack and drink kiosks, a mosque, the Maraya Art Park, the Splash Park for kids with a children’s playground, mini golf for all ages, and wonderful greeneries.
Al Majaz Waterfront is also known to host a variety of exciting events, concerts and festivals throughout the year.