FOR the average family, Dubai gets everyone’s vote. It’s a destination that not only meets expectations, it far surpasses them and provides once- in- a- lifetime experiences.
Where else can you play on the beach in the morning, go snow skiing at lunchtime, explore the desert in the afternoon and then watch dancing fountains reach to the skies underneath the world’s tallest tower?
It’s a packed timetable with one memorable event after another.
Along Dubai’s sandy, clean and safe beaches there is no end of fun water sport activities that can be enjoyed by all ages – from family tube rides and kayaking to water- skiing and paragliding.
The warm waters of the Arabian Gulf enjoy gentle currents and the waters alongside the shore tend to be relatively shallow – at low tide you can easily walk out up to 100m and still only be ankle- deep.
A visit to Dubai’s exhilarating waterparks at Aquaventure at Atlantis, The Palm and Jumeirah’s Wild Wadi have thrills and spills for all ages.
You only have to be over 1.1m high to experience the awesome drop of the “Jumeirah Sceirah” ride or take the ultimate “Leap of Faith”.
For tiny tots, both waterparks have dedicated areas just for them, both complete with obligatory dumping buckets, slides and climbing frames.
More thrills and spills are to be had for families who venture into the desert, just minutes away from the city centre.
Relying on tour operators on logistics, families can enjoy bumping and sliding up and down the golden waves in a four- by- four.
They’ll get the chance to go sandboarding, ride a camel, hold a falcon and enjoy authentic Emirati hospitality when they dig into a sumptuous buffet.
When it’s time for a break from the great outdoors, check out Dubai’s great indoors where there’s a vast choice of remarkable family activities to be experienced.
These range from skiing ( or tumbling) down snowy mountains at Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor snow park complete with penguins; and a 150m- long zip wire, to skydiving in the iFly wind tower at Mirdif City Centre mall.
The most recent addition to Dubai is IMG World of Adventure – the world’s largest indoor theme park with 1.5milsq ft ( 0.14sq m) of rides and action.
It contains four zones: Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and IMG Boulevard.
In February, families can look forward to the city’s annual Dubai Shopping Festival ( DSF), a packed schedule of family entertainment is available, featuring stage shows, street performances and competitions and of course irresistible bargains.
Plans are afoot to add more family attractions in the coming years, with numerous theme parks under construction.
All this is part of Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 – a vision that puts families at the top of the agenda.
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