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Family-friendly attractions in the UAE


The UAE is a destination suitable for the whole family, with an array of activities that will keep every member of the family busy and happy.

For those families who are planning their next vacation to the UAE, we have put together a short guide that includes some of our favourite family-friendly attractions that we think you would enjoy too!

Hili Fun City, Abu Dhabi

Located in Al Ain, Hili Fun City is a flagship family entertainment destination that opened in 1985 and has continued to be a favourite since they opened their gates.

Hili Fun City was the Gulf’s first theme park, and have been newly renovated. Boasting more than 30 family-friendly attractions, an amphitheatre, picnic areas and jungle gyms, it is the perfect place to spend a day out with your family.


Opening in October this year, LEGOLAND® Dubai is an entertainment mecca for children between the ages of 2 and 12, and for those young at heart, too.

A hands on theme park that not only gets your kids moving, but thinking, too, LEGOLAND® DUBAI offers kids a hands on adventure that they can enjoy with their family and giving them a chance to meet and mingle with children their own age.
LEGOLAND® DUBAI consists of both a theme park with exciting rides and a Dubai water park that offers a cool retreat from the city’s sometimes harsh heat.

Al Ain Zoo, Abu Dhabi

Home to a large collection of animals – over 4 000 to be precise – Al Ain Zoo is a paradise for animal lovers.

The zoo has 180 different species, of which 30% are endangered, and work together with San Diego Zoo on conservation efforts.

Some of the animals you can expect to see, include giraffes, camels, Scimitar Oryx and the Addax, among a number of other beautiful creatures.

In addition to seeing the zoo’s array of animals, there is a Children’s Garden – an outdoor learning area that teaches children about biodiversity – a number of play areas, picnic spots, a flower garden and the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre.

Aquaventure Water Park, Dubai

Dubai has a warm and welcoming climate, meaning there is a need to cool off most days. And where better to do that than at one of the city’s water parks?

Aquaventure Water Park is located at one of the city’s beautiful five-star resorts and has a number of amazing rides suitable for the whole family.

Seperated into two areas – the Tower of Poseidon and the Tower of Neptune – some of the most popular rides include The Leap of Faith and the Aquaconda. For the smaller members of the family there are children’s play areas.

What’s more, Aquaventure Water Park has its very private, pristine beach and tropical landscapes.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Holidays offer an opportunity to inject some education about the place you are visiting without your kids even realising! Sneaky, I know, but it’s effective and they are having too much fun to even realise that they are learning something new.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi will give you and your family an insight into religion and culture in the UAE, as well as the chance to view the mosque’s amazing architecture.

It is one of the world’s largest mosques and can be described as a work of art, simply because it includes so many beautiful details – including 82 towering domes, over 1 000 columns, 24 carat gold chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet – absolutely amazing!

The UAE has so many family-friendly attractions to keep your family busy during your holiday, making it the perfect destination for your yearly family vacation.

Author:Ibtisaam Ganief

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