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It is a pretty undeniable fact that we live in a city with some of the world's most iconic spots. Whether you turn to your left or right, you're bound to catch a glimpse of some of Dubai's most gorgeous sights. To make it easy for you, we've done the rounds and picked out our top places to go for the best views of Dubai that definitely need to go on the bucket list!
If you've ever wanted to explore the whole of The Palm, you can now hop on board the monorail and zip through all the spots the iconic Jumeirah location has to offer.
This gorgeously scenic route takes you from Gateway Station at the entrance of the Palm Jumeirah, then on to Golden Mile Galleria, Al Ittihad Park, Nakheel Mall, and stops at Atlantis Aquaventure Park station.
Along the route there are endless attractions to explore with your little ones. Hop off and go on an underwater adventure at the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Watch the fantastic waterworks at the Palm Fountain. Spend the day at Palm West Beach for a day in the sun followed by delicious munchies. The list goes on- but if you want to hit everything the Palm as to offer, then the Monorail is the quickest, and most budget/eco-friendly way to do it.
Turn back time and climb aboard an abra down by the creek. Sure to be a hit with your kiddos, these traditional boats are a magical slice of Dubai culture and your boys and girls will be buzzing with the hustle and bustle of the waterways as they set sail.
Start off your journey at the Dubai Old Souk Station and take in the awesome creek views of Old Dubai, Deira creekside, and Al Seef.
You can jump on for just AED 1 per person on the public abras or even hire out your own private tour from AED 125 per boat.
Spectacular panoramic views of the city? Check. Thrilling family activity? Check. Bucket-list worthy? Check check check.
The Dubai Frame is the largest frame in the world (according to Guinness World Records), and celebrates old, present and future Dubai - all under one roof. A wonderful journey mixing special audio and visual effects, projections, mist effects, smells, and motion, Dubai Frame is not only an immersive experience but also offers you and your kids absolutely gorgeous 360-degree views of Dubai.
This majestic glass, aluminum, steel, and reinforced concrete structure doubles as an observation tower that boasts fantastic panoramic vistas. If you're brave enough, you and your kiddos can step onto the glass floor onto Dubai Frame's 93 metre-long bridge, which features a 25sqm glass panel. Stepping onto the crystal-clear glass gives you an exhilarating feeling of walking out into thin air, with a drop of 150m visible just beneath your feet. There’s nothing to fear as the clear glass is completely crack-proof and made of the highest-quality materials. If anyone in the family are a bit squeemish when it comes to heights, we suggest you skip that part.
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If you fancy a feast for your senses, you need to head over to Downtown Dubai - pronto! Not only can you and your kids gather to enjoy the world's second-largest choreographed fountain system, but The Dubai Fountain offers an unbeatable backdrop of the Burj Khalifa with plenty of spots for your Insta-worthy snapshots at the heart of Downtown Dubai.
The free fountain shows run daily and are a spectacular mix of colourful water reaching up to 140 meters high paired with musical numbers from around the world and mesmerizing lights.
You can easily access The Dubai Fountain through Dubai Mall, and for those extra special family snaps, head there to catch those golden sunset rays.
Known as a hotspot full of family-friendly restaurants, cinema, and thrilling outdoor activities, The Beach also boasts one the coolest seaside backdrops in town. Plus now with Bluewaters Island right across the water, you and your family can gawk at the gigantic and picturesque Ain Dubai ferris wheel.
Spend the day under the sun on the public beach or grab something to munch at one of the fab F&B outlets. Either way, you probably won't be heading home without a few snaps for the gram.
Tucked away between Dubai Festival City and Ras Al Khor lies a gorgeous little gem called Creek Marina. This is an absolute stunning promenade where you and your kiddies can explore various quirky photo-op installations and kids' play spaces and snap some fantastic panoramic views of Dubai's skyline.
If that wasn't enough, you can even jump aboard a pirate ship and get a unique view of the city on a 1-hour cruise that will take you and your kiddos from the Dubai Creek Harbour through the Mangroves, passing by the Flamingos at Ras Al Khor Sanctuary, into the Dubai Canal, and so much more before returning to port.
Whether it's the early hours of the day, during those golden sundowns or even an evening pop-out, a visit to the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk is definitely worth the trip! Here you can take in the beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s skyline while you and your little ones walk along the 11km-long boardwalk and breathe in the fresh ocean air.
Arguably the most iconic spot in the whole of Dubai, this out-of-this-world skyscraper is where you and your family will be able to catch the most jaw-dropping birds eye views of the city.
Your journey starts off inside the thrill of the world's fastest double deck elevators, cruising at 10m/s, along with the breathtaking views of the skyline, of course. On the 124th floor, you and the kids can take a closer look at the world below through high powered telescopes and even step out onto the public outdoor observation terrace overlooking the ever-growing skyline. On the floor right above, at 456 meters, level 125 offers a spacious deck decorated in Arabic mashrabiya for your stunning 360-degree views.
The Tallest Building in the World is an experience of a lifetime that you and the kiddos definitely shouldn't miss.
In a city with big flashy attractions, the simple things tend to get unnoticed. But if you're up for some underrated family fun, head down to Dubai Marina where you can take a ride on an air-conditioned Water Bus as it sails its way throughout the marina.
One-way tickets start at AED 3 per person, or you can opt for the day pass for AED 25. Your little ones under 5 go for free.
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