This destination is a quick flight away from any city in India. Truly beckons because it has so much to offer for tourists. I’ve been to Dubai so many times, have lost count! But every time I go, I marvel at the strides they have made…be it tourist attractions, fantastic hotels, shopping delights, foodie paradise, gardens with amazing flowers and fountains, buildings that boggle the mind. The fact that this desert land has been converted and is buzzing with activity is testimony to the fact that the Government believes in progress and change.
In this blog, I will focus on a few activities for children. There are too many to cover in one page so just a few that I’ve enjoyed. Summer is upon us and a long 2 months loom ahead. So much to do though as far as kids go.
Ski Dubai which is an indoor ski resort comes to mind, with the almost real snow and penguins waddling around. Go there and sled or try your hand at skiing, toboggan or sled runs. There is an ice cave, you can have a snowball fight, feed the penguins. It’s quite a thrill really. It’s part of the Mall of the Emirates in Al Barsha. There are 5 slopes with varying degrees of difficulty. I can’t even try the gentlest of slopes but have seen people have an absolute blast!
Go to the Atlantis in Palm Jumeirah. Based on the mythical Atlantis, this building is an architectural marvel. As you drive towards it on the awesome road built on reclaimed land, you can see how huge it is. You need a full day for the water park. Swim with the fishes (oops, meant the dolphins ?) and gambol with sea lions. Get fishy kisses from the friendly dolphins – it’s really nice! You don’t need to be a swimmer – this is in shallow waters.
The Aquaventure Waterpark at the Atlantis is a must visit. With its dizzy water slides aptly named Aquaconda, Poseiden’s Revenge, Slitherine, Zoomerango – it’s quite the adventure and gives you a huge adrenalin rush. There are water coasters and river rides and you can try a hand at feeding some friendly Cownose Rays. The Shark enclosure is quite exciting with a close encounter with these scary fish! There is a beach area for the mommies to relax and sip on some heady concoction. Numerous restaurants offer varied fare. There is a special splashers area for the little ‘uns. So something for everyone!
Wild Wadi Water Park on the Jumeirah Beach road is worth a visit. With some 30 rides on offer, it can keep you occupied all day. With rides to suit all ages, it’s great for kids and adults alike. Rides have names like Burj Surj, Tantrum Alley, Wipeout Flowrider. They have a river with high waves and a lazy river ride as well. The Wipeout shoots out approx. 7 tonnes of water per second in a thin sheet across a foam structure thereby producing a wave effect. Ideal for knee and body boarding.
Legoland offers Lego inspired rides, building experiences. You can never be too old to enjoy this! There is also a waterpark with Lego water slides, a raft river which you can glide in using your own custom built lego raft!
Motiongate Dubai – is Hollywood inspired. Dreamworks, Lionsgate and Colombia Pictures are brought to life here. Big screens air well loved films like Shrek. There are some awesome rides and you can have a peek at the behind the scenes of film making. Very interesting place to spend a day at.
More in the next edition of Dubai and the other marvelous Emirates. Visit Dubai and have an enjoyable holiday.
Mavis Mendonca Smith