Some call it the most prime place in Dubai; others the hub of Dubai’s glitz. Notwithstanding the former perception or the latter, Downtown Dubai is a place to be reckoned with, a place every tourist would want to visit. This spot of Dubai holds the world’s tallest skyscraper, one of the world’s largest shopping malls and the world’s tallest fountain, among other record breakers. Given the foregoing, caring parents who want to visit this destination with their children begin to ponder: what are the top exciting things to do in Downtown Dubai with kids? The answer to this question is the crux of this article.
Explore Burj Khalifa’s Observatory Decks
Burj Khalifa’s observatory decks, “At The Top” and “At The Top SKY”, have become very popular and consequently heavily patronized. Visiting the observatory decks does not only lend you and the kids the opportunity to set foot in the world’s tallest building but also lends you a 360-degree view of Dubai’s landscape. You also get to experience one of the world’s fastest elevators, running at the speed of 10 meters per second.
Burj Khalifa has two observatory decks whose names have been mentioned above. At The Top occupies the 124th and the 125th floors of the tower. It has an electronic telescope, an augmented reality device, which allows you to have a real-time view of the city. At The Top SKY occupies the 148th floor of Burj Khalifa and is the third tallest observatory deck in the world after Shanghai Tower’s (built in 2015) and Ping An International Finance Centre’s (built in 2017), losing to the highest with only 7 meters.
See A Movie at Reel Cinemas
Have an outstanding movie experience with the kids at Reel Cinemas, pecking at confections along the way. The movies is a great place to see a film with elevated effects — even movies you’ve seen before. Reel Cinemas is interestingly situated in the Dubai Mall — second floor — so you wouldn’t have to go far from Burj Khalifa for it. The cinema boasts immersing screens and THX-certified speakers, so that it’d effortlessly and quickly engulf you. You can call or send Reel Cinemas a message at 800(38224)-6255 or [email protected] respectively.
Address: The Dubai Mall, Second Floor
Timings: Operating hour is subjective and thus you should kindly find out about the operating hour here
Email: [email protected]
Get Enraptured by the Dubai Fountain
It’s time to get dazzled! The spectacular sight of the Dubai Fountain will get you completely enchanted. The fountain has been dubbed the tallest performing fountain and largest choreographed fountain in the world. Hearing about it is not enough; seeing it once isn’t even enough for many tourists. It has been reported that visitors wait for the Dubai Fountain to perform again and again, notwithstanding that it performs only after every 30 minutes. The fountain is a veritable dazzler and a must especially if you’re in Downtown Dubai. It’s free to peer at. So what should encumber you?
Address: Downtown Dubai
Timings: Afternoon displays: 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm daily (but 1:30 and 2:00 pm on Fridays); evening displays: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm daily
Explore The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Whether you’re looking for an aquarium boasting rays or one boasting sharks, you’d find the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo useful as it boasts both fishes. But that’s not all. Being 51-metre long, 20-metre wide and 11-metre high, the aquarium boasts thousands of aquatic animals across 140 species. It is on this basis it boasts some very rare creatures like sea dragons with leafy appendages all over their bodies. Further, the aquarium is home to one of the largest salt water crocodiles in the world — King Croc.
You could do lots of things at the Dubai Aquarium. You could simply see the fishes in the tank, explore them at the aquarium’s 270-degree tunnel; you could cage-dive or snorkel in the aquarium’s tank, or even ride a glass-floor boat with your family on the surface of the tank during which you’d see a huge variety of fish. You could also explore the Underwater Zoo of its myriad creatures etc.
Take a Ride on The Dubai Trolley
Using big buses to sightsee a remarkable destination has gained wide currency among tourists. This should be a great idea in Downtown Dubai. But you wouldn’t be needing a big bus as the Dubai Trolley gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sight across this glitzy spot of Dubai.
The Dubai Trolley is a tram system owned by Emaar Properties. The tram is an open-top, double-deck and heritage-style type. It runs passengers 7-km loop across Downtown Dubai, starting from Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. In this short trip, you get to see Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and much more. You can hop on and off the trolley at locations of your choice.
Address: Downtown Dubai
Timings: Sun – Wed: 4:00 pm – 12:00 am; Thur – Sat: 3:00 – 11:00 pm
Get Enchanted at Dubai Opera
Experience appreciable carthasis with the kids at Dubai Opera. The Dubai Opera is a hub for the arts and music in Downtown Dubai. The theatre organizes fine, authentic, and engaging performing arts experiences from Dubai and the world.
You could enjoy performances and events such as theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, fashion shows, live entertainment, conferences, galleries and art exhibitions. The theatre is dhow-shaped, sleek and spectacular, boasting a rooftop restaurant and sky garden offering views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
Address: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
Timings: Timings depend on available shows. Kindly see their show list for more information.
Email: Nil; the official website has a contact form
Shop at The Dubai Mall
Of the things Dubai is known for, shopping is, remarkably, one. The city offers luxury, regular and inexpensive shopping experiences. Thus, whether you’re seeking a luxury or a regular product, Downtown Dubai wouldn’t disappoint. This is especially by virtue of The Dubai Mall.
The Dubai Mall is one of the biggest shopping malls in the world. And boasting over 1300 retail outlets, you could get virtually every product found in a shopping mall in it — including souvenirs of course. It is a perfect place to shop given its extensiveness, sleekness and elegance. Do not forget to use the free Wi-Fi.
Picnic on the Burj Park
Picnic on the Burj Park, an island along the Dubai Fountain lake and accessible from the mainland only by bridges. While the park doesn’t boast facilities for kids’ play, given that its intended for weddings, banquets, fashion shows, exhibitions, markets, concerts and corporate functions, it’s siting makes it a spectacular rendezvous for pastime, diversion and reunion as it offers spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.
Wanna bike? There are bikes available at the park for hire. Keep pets at home as they are not allowed on the park. You wouldn’t have to worry about a space for you and your kids on the park as it boasts an ample space capable of taking lots of people. You wouldn’t also have to worry about a car parking space as this is also available.
Address: Downtown Dubai
Timings: 24 hours daily
Phone: +971 4 366 1688
Enjoy The Urban Picnic Brunch at Vida Downtown
Well up ecstasy in you at Vida’s Urban Picnic Brunch and wear off the steam in you with the hotel’s chic treat. Vida’s Urban Picnic Brunch is a top-notch picnic event inspired by the London Underground. How it works is simple. You get a wicker basket, fill it with items such as a range of sandwiches, pastries, fresh salads, breads and a selection of cheeses. You also get a rainbow of freshly squeezed juices, or you could go for a bucket of cool hops. Take a place and enjoy your munchies.
Whether you masticate your confections on a grassy spot by the pool or in one of cabanas on the poolside, you can’t miss the delectation they bring. Visit with your swimsuit, so you can enjoy the swimming pool.
Dine at the At.Mosphere
Dine at At.Mosphere, a restaurant that’s particular about its culinary creations. Top-notch, its culinary team combine expertise with fresh and rare ingredients to bring about what might be dubbed masterpieces. Situated in Burj Khalifa’s 122nd floor and rising 442 metres high, it is the world’s highest restaurant. The classy restaurant boasts ubiquitous floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of Dubai. You clearly don’t want to miss the experience at the At.Mosphere.
Address: Burj Khalifa
Timings: 7:00 am – 1:00 am daily
Phone: +971 4 888 3828
Email: Nil; there’s a contact form on the official website.
Ice-skate at Dubai Ice Rink
Whether you’re an expert or a novice at ice skating, Dubai Ice Rink will receive you, your age notwithstanding. In this way, it is a perfect spot for a friendly get-together for a family with kids. The Olympic-sized ice rink is one of the key leisure attractions at The Dubai Mall. You’d effortlessly get immersed in exuberance as the Ice Rink is designed to be a lively venue for youthful events. It boasts cafés for a leisurely and relaxing experience for the family.
You wouldn’t have security concern as there are Ice Marshals to ensure customers’ safety during every public skating hour. Further, the Zamboni – a special ice resurfacing machine – is deployed across the rink every couple of hours to ensure top quality ice all the time. It’d interest you to know that IceBykes or eBykes are allowed at the park.
Dubai Ice Rink is no mean park as it has hosted a variety of events and activities including the telecast of the FIFA World Cup matches. It serves as the venue for the Dubai tournaments of the Emirates Hockey League Cup and also hosts Broomball games for Corporate team building.
Getting a tour ride around Downtown Dubai is fun, but getting a tour of it through a zip line is even more fun as it thrills you overwhelmingly. The Xline — it is a given — is not for the faint of heart. Check if your kids can handle this ride before you actually let them take it. Children younger than 12 may not be allowed. Two can ride the Xline at the same time.
Ride starts from the edge of a special platform atop the multistorey The Residence 3 tower to the roof of The Dubai Mall, about 30 metres high. This ride takes about 30 seconds; it’s sadly that fleeting. You are taken past the façade of the Burj Khalifa and Souk Al Bahar, and over the Burj Park and the Dubai Fountain. The sight is beautiful and the experience is exhilarating.
Address: Downtown Dubai
Timings: Sun – Tue: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; Thur – Sat: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; they don’t operate on Wednesdays. This timing may be subjective.
Phone: +971 56 507 6366
Email: [email protected]
You probably have played puzzling games such as Myst, Portal and Monument Valley. Brainscape Games offers you a similar game experience. But you won’t be playing this puzzling game on a device as you’ve probably always done. Rather, you’d be in the game. Interesting, right! Here’s how it works.
You and a team of about 6 people get locked in a room. It’s your responsibility to collaboratively look for hidden clues. Crack these clues and you’ll open more and more clues. These clues are the only means through which you can find your way out of the room. This mustn’t exceed 60 minutes. While the rooms look just like every other normal rooms, they’re in fact not normal and this can only be realized at a close consideration.
The game demands logical and lateral thinking and may not be suitable for people younger than 10, although children 8 years old may not be denied entry — it all depends on their brain power and ability to contribute to the game.
Time to get the kids immersed in a world made entirely for them. Located in the Dubai Mall, KidZania is a city designed chiefly for children. Covering 7,000 square metres, it boasts 40 exciting roles for children to participate in. These roles let them learn about real careers such as those in the hospital, bank, and radio station. This is an educational process achieved through fun, lending the park the status of “a kids’ edutainment complex”. Don’t deny your 4 – 16 year olds this illuminating experience.
If you take these packages you are sure to have an exhilarating diversion, a memory that’ll remain precious to you, apart from the fact that it’ll boost your morale enduringly. Give you and your kids these special treats.