Are you planning a trip to Dubai with the children? We show what to expect and what to do! Faster, further, bigger! Dubai is the emirate of superlatives. This is especially clear downtown. The Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest building in the world but also some other sights. Some of them are particularly interesting when traveling to Dubai with children. We will introduce you to this area of the city in detail.
Take an evening walk. You will especially enjoy the night lighting on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.
This street dominates the center of Dubai and runs in a semicircle around most of the famous landmarks. In the evening, millions of lights shine here, because all the palm trees and lanterns are entwined with light chains. It looks beautiful and everything is flooded with fabulous light. You will be captivated by the beauty at first sight and feel incredibly comfortable.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard is also the favorite attraction of many children: the Dubai trolleybus.
It is a small electric tram that currently runs back and forth over a distance of about one kilometer. It has two floors and can be used free of charge. This is useful when you are traveling to Dubai with children, because as we parents know, sometimes every meter you have to walk is too much. But you can always travel by tram.
By the way, there are plans to extend the route to several kilometers so that the trolleybus can be used as a commuter train.
In the city center, the attractions we recommend are close to each other, so the walk will not be too long and the children will be interested in exploring them. And also our next favorite attraction: the water games in Dubai, also known as the Dubai Fountain.
To reach the water bodies, turn off Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard onto Dubai Fontaine Street. Here you enter Burj Khalifa, with Dubai Mall on the right and Al-Bahar Market on the left. The Dubai Fountain starts at a specific time during the day, and water features pass every 30 minutes in the evening from 18:00 to midnight. Then the music begins, and the fountains up to 200 meters high begin choreography to the melody. You will love the light show, it is definitely worth watching. If you like, you can take a 30-minute boat ride on the water.
We recommend that you avoid the city center on big holidays and instead spend a relaxing day at the beach and end your evening at a restaurant.
No matter where you are in the heart of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa will always catch your eye and grab your attention. If you want, you can visit one of the two observation decks and let your gaze wander from there in Dubai.
The entrance to the Burj Khalifa costs from AED 125 to AED 200, depending on the time of entry. If you go there spontaneously and want to climb right away, you need to pay AED 300. For children aged four and over – AED 95 to AED 160. And if it is the higher of the two platforms for Burj Khalifa visitors, a visit even costs between AED 350 and AED 500 for adults and children.
However, the Burj Khalifa is not only the main attraction in downtown Dubai with kids. The view of the skyscraper is also impressive from the ground.
The Dubai Mall is not to be missed on the list of the most interesting family attractions in downtown Dubai. This shopping center is one of the largest in the world, with a retail space of 350,000 square meters.
In addition to the many shopping opportunities, there is also a variety of activities for children and adults. The large artificial ice rink is ideal for ice skating, a number of cinemas broadcast films for all ages around the clock, and there is an aquarium on three floors. By the way, right in the mall, there is a large aquarium window, from which you can already see a lot of fish. Entrance fees to the aquarium range from AED 120 to AED 300, depending on which attractions you want to use there.
There are many other great things to do in Dubai that you can do with your kids. If you want to see all the sights in comfort, you should take the kids on a fun Dubai bus tour.
Especially with older children, you can visit the 2 great amusement parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts or climb the rope trail in the Aventura Park forest.
But Dubai also has plenty of indoor activities with kids. These include, for example, miniature golf with black light, a visit to the 3D selfie museum, or immersion in a fascinating world of illusions. You can plunge into the colorful wildlife of the rainforest with your children at Green Planet.
The city, of course, has a variety of activities that you can do on, around and on the water. These activities are a lot of fun, especially with children! For example, you can visit Laguna Waterpark, take a boat trip at Duke’s The Palm, or take a donut ride at Jumeirah Beach Residence.
If you are planning to visit multiple Dubai attractions at the same time, you should take a look at the SuperSaver Pass, which can help you save a lot on some sightseeing destinations.