Dubai is one of those places I have always wanted to go to. The weather looks fabulous and the shopping sounds amazing! Plenty of my friends have been there on holiday or have worked for a while over there so I know how great it is for grown ups, but recently I've been thinking about taking a family holiday so thought I would research if there was enough for the children to do there.ld
I found so many things that the children would enjoy there (and I would too!). It has made me REALLY REALLY want to visit soon! I am sure the whole family would have a really amazing and memorable holiday there. So today I'm sharing my findings...5 things to do in Dubai when you are 5!
A Desert Safari
Just the other day as we were going around a zoo I was reading about desert animals and looking at pictures of the vast sand. "Will we ever see the desert?" I asked my husband. I'd hate the thought of not seeing something so spectacular in real life to not get ticked off my bucket list. Turns out that Dubai is the perfect place to head for a desert safari. The minimum age is 4 years old and you get to ride around in a 4x4 with a guide, ride a camel, surf a sandboard down the dunes and enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars while watching traditional folk dancing. This sounds like so much fun, and something that the whole family would enjoy.
Visit the Aquaventure Waterpark
I think the title and picture says it all. This looks like an EPIC waterpark and it was actually voted Best Waterpark in the Middle East 2015 by Tripadvisor. Again this looks like something to be enjoyed by the whole family. Little ones can float around in the lazy river and play in the Splashers Play area while more adventurous older ones can brave the steep Poseidon’s Revenge and other rides. You can even get in for free if you visit during your birthday week!
Cool Down at Ski Dubai
If all the hot weather gets too much you can always spend a day at Ski Dubai. There is plenty to do for 5 year olds, and cold-proof clothes and a helmet for under 13's are provided. Ski Dubai is the world's largest indoor snow park and I know that my 5 year old would love to be surrounded by that much snow, as we don't get too much where we live as we are by the sea. You can watch real penguins march across the snow and go tobogganing too!
Relax for free at the beach!
Sometimes it is nice to just chill out and relax - and best of all it is free! Spend a day building sandcastles and playing on the beach. Sounds perfect!
Learn something - visit a museum
There are several museums in Dubai which are free to visit which is great if you are on a budget. Have a look in the Al Fahidi Historical District where they have a coin museum, camel museum, coffee museum and horse museum all within walking distance of each other. Plenty to keep a 5 year old entertained and educated! The Dubai museum is another one to visit, although it isn't free but entry is really cheap at 3 dirham (60p).
So there you have it - there is plenty to do in Dubai with children - I could have written so much more! If you want any more ideas you can check out Visit Dubai for some great inspiration.
This post is an entry in to the Tots100/Dubai Dreams blogger challenge, and I'd love to be able to win my family a fantastic holiday in this amazing place. You could be in with a chance of winning too as if I was lucky enough to win, they would also choose one of my lovely readers to win a family holiday to Dubai too. All you have to do is share your Dubai Dreams in a comment below and keep your fingers crossed for both of us! Read more about this competition and read the terms and conditions here.