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Kid friendly Dubai

Arrow Arrow Slider We travel to Dubai a lot since whenever we go anywhere, we usually fly Emirates and therefore fly via Dubai. We always stopover for a few days for Richard’s work, and also it allows us to get the kids to rest when it’s a long journey. I used to live in Dubai, pre-kids, so know the place well, but of course those were my single days, so I am only now starting to get to know how fun Dubai can be with kids. This is by no means an exhaustive list of things to do in Dubai with kids, because the list is endless. And depending on the age of your kids you can do so much more. We are a bit restricted because the girls are still quite young, so we don’t go to the big water parks, etc just yet.. maybe next year.. When the weather is good I prefer to just go to the beach and let the girls run around freely. They love playing in the water, with the sand… you really don’t need much else. I usually just go to The Walk, JBR. I love what they have done with that area. So many nice restaurants, so much space to walk without worrying about cars. I end up going there on every visit, the kids play around then when we get hungry we usually go to the restaurant Eat Greek which I love. But in Dubai half the time we go there the weather is just too hot to spend on the beach all day, so unfortunately we need to think of some alternatives. Last time we went to Kidzania. Oh my god, kid’s heaven! I love the whole concept. Basically they have created an environment where the kids role-play. They perform ‘jobs’ and get paid for their work. With that money they can then shop or be pampered or entertained. It’s like a whole city, with dentist, firemen, doctors, police officers, shop keepers, etc. They have really done it perfectly. Kidzania is in most countries, not just Dubai, so you should definitely look it up. Unfortunately Soraya was in one of her bad moods during our visit and refused to ‘work’ for money, but Gaja had a great time being a dentist, then working in a juice factory to make juice. She then spent her hard earned ‘money’ at the beauty salon. When lunch time came the only option in there was McDonalds… not my favourite to say the least, but at least they made it fun by making Gaja and Soraya dress up as employees and make their own food. The girls loved it! Or should I say Gaja loved it, Soraya decided that its not her thing…. Maybe next time she will be in a better mood and enjoy it some more! All in all, I loved Kidzania and would definitely visit again. Whenever we are traveling, I like to get the girls haircuts, for some reason I never get around to this when at home and busy with the daily routines… In Dubai the kiddies hairdresser is great. We go to Tickles & Giggles, they entertain the kids while they get a haircut (all you need is Peepa Pig for my kids…) and the whole haircut experience is totally painless and actually fun. They also have a kids nail salon there, which we avoided, even though the girls would have loved that! They do birthday parties there as well, I thought the staff were extremely friendly and good. After the haircuts they gave them a balloon each and we walked out of there with the girls smiling from ear to ear. This is just what we did over a 2 day stop-over. In reality there is so much more to do, we really wanted to go to Lego Land, but the weather was way too hot. Maybe next time! ________________ Kidzania Level 2, The Dubai Mall Dubai, UAE http://www.kidzania.ae Tickles and Giggles Sadaf 1, Plaza Level, The Walk JBR Dubai, UAE http://ticklesandgiggles.com/ Eat Greek The Beach The Walk on JBR Dubai, UAE http://www.eatgreekkouzina.com

7 comments

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Tara

It’s nice there are places to go when the weather just won’t permit too much outside site-seeing. Sounds fun!

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Tanya

Kidzania sounds amazing! I hope we can find one closer to us.

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Dawan

I think I have seen Kidzania in Las Vegas! And I have always wanted to visit Dubai but ofcourse not my husband…

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Kate

Where you recommend staying in Dubai with kids?

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Tamara

Kidzania sounds like a fun place! Isn’t it interesting how you get to re-discover a place you used to know?
Have you ever been to that building where you can ski?

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Liz Voss

My husband has flown through Dubai, but hasn’t ever been outside of the airport. (Both times he had long layovers, there was bad weather. A sandstorm one time and an awful thunderstorm the other!)

I would love to visit sometime. The Kidzania looks awesome. We visited a children’s museum in the US that did something similar and my daughter loved it!

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Miki Nava

Yes, I have skied there, when I first moved to Dubai! It’s quite amazing what they have done.

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