07 May 2019
Dubai is the perfect destination for a family break. It’s a sand-wrapped playground filled with rare and unusual experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime. The metropolis is world-renowned for its great hospitality, delicious food and endless sources of entertainment. Swerve amongst all your favourite characters on Hollywood-themed rides, find a humid quiet place inside a vertical rainforest and bound through the gauntlet of an inflatable adventure park. There are thousands of reasons to take your children to Dubai this half-term – in the spirit of brevity we’ve narrowed it down to five.
Learn the Art of Desert Falconry
Dating back to Ancient Egypt, the art of falconry was carried across Mongolia, practised by the Great Khans, and passed among generations throughout the Far East. The falcon has become a symbol of the UAE. There is no better animal to introduce you to the wilder side of Emirati heritage. Take the whole family for a day-out at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and experience long nature drives, spotting Arabian oryx and gazelles amongst the dunes, as well as watching demonstrations of falconry and creating bonds with formidable falcons, hawks and eagles.
Take A Quad Bike For A Spin In The Dunes
There’s nothing quite like cutting loose in a great expanse of desert. From dune-bashing in 4x4s to skidding across wind-furrowed sand on quad bikes, this is one for junior petrol heads. The whole family can take their own quadbikes, riding up dunes and skidding with arcing wings of sand, following sand and dirt trails an unforgettable experience. For the less mechanically minded there’s sandboarding (snowboarding on sand) or a camel trek on the often-bad tempered Bedouin ‘Ships of the Desert’.
Discover the Magic of Motiongate
Experience Hollywood’s magic where three world-famous motion picture studios collide to create a single immersive theme park. It’s the largest in the region, with 40 world-class rides, endless play areas and thrilling journeys. You’ll find attractions inspired by all your favourite family movies, from the Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs river run to the Zombieland blast-off that replicates a scene from the movie. When you need a break from hair-stretching freefalls or airborne twists and turns, you can all quench your appetites in a selection of eateries, from a dragon flame grill to a Smurf-themed café.
Be A Jungle Explorer at The Green Planet
If you’re looking for something a little different, outside the menagerie of virtual gaming experiences and extravagant light shows, The Green Planet offers a leafy respite in the heart of the city. Filled with exotic flora and fauna, this beautiful vertical rainforest holds its own contained ecosystem, soaring upwards in tangled towers of around 3,000 different plants. Teach your children important lessons with expert handlers and marvel at the intricacies of nature – the lidless eyes of a Burmese python, the slow tree-climbing of a grinning sloth or the appetites of a shoal of piranhas in a live feeding session.
Wrestle Inflatables at Air Maniax
Find out what your family is made of as you take on the inflatable assault courses of Air Maniax. High-tech wristbands will record your scores as you journey together through this inflatable adventure park, testing your mettle against a series of play zones, laser tag courses, zip lines, games, arenas and activities as you battle through a blown-up army of inflatables. It’s wacky, unadulterated fun that culminates in an all-out ‘Warrior Assault’ obstacle course to challenge whoever’s still left standing.
Choose one of our luxury Jumeirah Dubai properties for easy access to the best half-term activities.