Dubai is known as the shopping capital of the Middle East. However, its prestigious shopping malls are not the only thing that makes it a popular tourist destination. With so many activities in Dubai to choose from, there is likely to be one that appeals to every individual. If you are planning a trip to Dubai, here are a few activities that you can do as a family! 

Dubai’s world-class entertainment

Explore marine life at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo 

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a favourite family activity
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Home to over 140 species of aquatic animals, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is the largest aquarium in the city. Over 400 sharks and stingrays inhabit the 10 million litre tank.  

The aquarium also offers a variety of experiences for everyone in the family, making your visit even more memorable. Through a series of animal encounters, get up close and personal with the aquarium’s residents. Activities include interacting with a family of Asian small-clawed otters and hand-feeding the Eagle Rays. If you are scared to get close to the animals, you can watch the divers feed them during the daily feeding presentations. 

Try your hand at scuba diving through the Discover Scuba Diving program, where you will learn the basic skills needed and get closer to the animals in the tank. You can also hop on a Glass-Bottom Boat ride tank and get a bird’s eye view of the marine life!

Spend a day at Aquaventure Waterpark

Take a splash and beat the heat with you and your family at Aquaventure Waterpark
Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai

Stay cool in the Dubai heat by visiting one of the world’s largest waterparks! The Aquaventure Waterpark has 79 slides and attractions that provide just the right amount of fun and adventure for thrill-seekers.  

The Splashers Lagoon and Cove is a family zone with slides and attractions for the little ones. This kids’ play area has its very own private entrance within the waterpark and family-friendly facilities for a hassle-free experience. 

At Aquaventure Waterpark, it is not only about having fun but also about learning. Learn all about marine life, animal welfare, and ocean conservation through educational programs designed for visitors of all ages! Head down for a fun-filled day with your family!

 Sandboarding in the Dubai Desert

Sandboarding is a thrilling activity you can do with your family in Dubai
Sandboarding in the Dubai Desert

Ride down sand dunes of different heights and slopes in the middle of the desert. Sandboarding is an activity that can be done by anyone because it is relatively easy and does not require a lot of skill. All you have to do is to strap your feet to a board and you’re ready to slide down the dunes!  

The activity is safe and appropriate for all ages so if you have little children, they can have a go on the sandboard! If you plan on sandboarding, don’t forget to wear something comfortable as you might fall and get sand everywhere.  

Experience the thrill of Dune Bashing 

Dune Bashing is a safe and thrilling activity for you and your family in Dubai
Dune Bashing in the Dubai Desert

Here’s another adrenaline-fueled activity for the desert! Dune bashing is a thrilling activity in which a skilled driver will bring you around and hit the dunes at varying speeds. It is typically done in a 4×4 sports utility vehicle (SUV). 

You won’t have to worry about safety as the vehicles used are equipped with safety gear and manoeuvred by a professional driver. Just make sure you fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an adrenaline-pumping ride! 

While this activity would be fun to do as a group, it would be more suited for families with older children as small children are not allowed on the ride.

Sit on a camel’s back and travel across the vast expanse of the desert

Camel riding with your family to watch the sunset is a preferred family bonding activity in Dubai
Camel Riding during sunset, Dubai Desert

Camel rides are usually packaged together with other activities such as sandboarding and dune bashing as part of a Desert Safari tour. Camels are an important part of the Arabian culture as they used to be the mode of transport for people in the past. 

As you embark on the camel ride, you’ll be able to take in the beautiful scenery and if you are lucky, you’ll be able to spot wildlife such as gazelles and oryxes!  

Learn how to ski in an indoor ski resort 

Ski Dubai indoor ski resort in Dubai is a family-favourite to escape the heat
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Why wait for winter to go skiing when you can do it all year round in Dubai? Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort that offers a variety of activities that you can do in the snow. You’ll be able to take a chairlift ride and ski down 5 slopes of varying difficulty and steepness. 

Other than hitting the slopes, you can enjoy other rides in the snow park and have a chance to interact with penguins. Ski Dubai also has its very own Ski School for those who want to learn or improve their skills. 

Don’t worry about having any ski wear or gear, you’ll be able to rent them for free when you book a package with them. No matter what time of the year it is, have fun with your family in this winter wonderland! 

Try out a virtual reality experience at Dubai’s VR Park  

Dubai has the world's largest VR Park to enjoy with your family.
“Dubai” by Roller Coaster Philosophy is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Immerse yourself in a range of virtual and augmented reality experiences in the world’s largest VR Park. This indoor park offers 30 different themed experiences for the whole family to enjoy. From fighting zombies to riding in a futuristic jeep across the desert, there is an experience for everyone. There is also a soft play area and arcade games for younger children to run around. Don’t miss out on this great activity for family bonding!  

Shopping with utu Tax Free Card 

As some of the places where you can carry out these activities are malls, shopping is also something you can do together as a family. Dubai’s malls have so many retail stores and diverse brands that each family member is guaranteed to discover something they would like to buy. Don’t forget to shop tax-free and upsize your refunds by 25% with utu Tax Free Card! To learn more about it, download the utu Tax Free app now. 

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