Located at the Galleria shopping complex at the Hyatt Regency. Rates are Dhs 25, per person, per session and includes skate hire.
To explore the Crystal Maze, ride an indoor roller coaster, or be scared out of your wits in a horror chamber, look no further than Wafi City's family-friendly Encounter Zone, which offers fun activities for kids of all ages and interests. Flip-out in the 360° virtual reality simulator, find out what adventures await you on the exciting world of Galactica - a few hours in the Encounter Zone, and you'll never want to return.
Dubai Creek, which divides the city's Deira and Bur Dubai portions, is a saltwater thoroughfare that is a-bustle daily with dhows on their way to and from India and Eastern Africa. Those visiting the city for the first time should hire a water taxi, which will take them up the Creek and back, or take time to walk along the creekside promenade, which extends from the shores of the Gulf to the western fringe of lovely Creekside Park. The versatile park, located on the south bank of Dubai Creek, is a favorite with families and business-types in the downtown area, all of who head here for the relative tranquility the park offers. Featuring a mini-golf course, 3 fishing jetties, and a botanical garden that is home to more than 280 specious of exotic plants and flowers, Creekside Park provides fun activities for any number of hobbyists.
Al Mamzar Beach Park, actually a 100-plus hectare peninsula that extends into the Persian Gulf, offers a sheltered public beach, swimming pools, pleasant green spaces, and designated picnic areas. An ideal place to spend an afternoon with the family, the park also features a spacious amphitheater and children's playground area. On Wednesdays, Al Mamzar Beach is open to women and children only.
One of Dubai's oldest public parks, the 60-plus hectare Safa Park was established in 1976 and quickly became one of the city's favorite places to play. Indeed, this family-friendly park features facilities for tennis, volleyball, football, and track; a children's play area that has a Ferris wheel, a maze, bumper cars, and a video arcade; and expansive green spaces that are ideal for a mid-afternoon laze. For families and groups who want to make a full day of it, covered barbecue and picnic shelters are also available.
Encompassing nearly 20 hectares of fun water activities, Dubai's SpashLand is a favorite with adults and kids of all ages. This enormous fun park has scores of waterslides, a log flume, bumper boats, and even inner tube hire. After having some family fun in the sun, head over to the Caribbean-style Main Street area, where a cafe, ice cream parlor, and gift shop offer an hour's worth of rest before you hit the wave pool again. WonderLand features a variety of thrilling roller coasters and other rides.
Mushrif Park is a good example of the optimal utilization of the element of nature in public parks. Prior to the establishment of the park, the area was full of widely spread trees; some of them were more than 50 years old and 15 meters high. Moreover, the park has a dry climate and is located in the vicinity of the city center. Far from the uproar and the noise of the city, the region has attracted many picnic lovers, who used to enjoy the beauty of its nature. Therefore, the Government of Dubai has decided to exploit these natural features and built, therefore, a park that carried the same name of the region...Mushrif in 1974.
Home to more than 230 different species of animals, the Dubai Zoo is a favorite with tourists and families. One of the oldest of its kind on the Middle East, this zoo is located just across from Jumeirah Beach, making it easily accessible from the area's most exclusive hotels and resorts. Among those who call the zoo home are endangered species like Barbary sheep, Bengal and Siberian tigers, Arabian wolves, Socotra Cormorants (a bird species indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula), and gorillas.
Wild Wadi Waterpark offers families an entire afternoon of thrills and water activities. This "hidden lagoon" features everything from waterfalls, soaring cliffs, and hidden lagoons to swimming holes, a tidal pool, and scores of waterslides. Best of all, Wild Wadi is only a short walk from some of Jumeirah Beach's finest hotels and resorts. Towel and locker rental are available for minimal fees.
trip into the desert
No visit to Dubai would be complete without a trip into the desert. Such excursions, which are best organized as part of a group tour, offer a taste of the true heartland of Arabia.The majesty and tranquility of the desert can be experienced in a choice of exciting half-day, full-day and overnight safaris. These action-packed trips cover varied terrain ranging from desert to mountain and take in remote camel and goat farms and isolated villages.
The public beach at Jumeirah boasts clean, white sand and crystal seawater, making it a popular destination with area hotel and resort guests. Meanwhile, the 12-hectare Jumeriah Beach Park is a perfect place for an afternoon family outing thanks to its picnic facilities, food kiosks, children's play area, swimming area with on-duty lifeguards, and show/bathing facilities. On Wednesdays, Jumeirah Beach Park is reserved for women and children only.
Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing or just playing in the snow. Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round.
An amazing 22,500 square metres covered with real snow all year round.Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and steepness, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. Test your skills on the world’s first indoor black run or practice your turns on the gentle beginner slopes. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter pipe. Kids and parents alike will have fun in the huge interactive Snow Park, which at 3000 square meters is the largest indoor snow park in the world.
Dubai is a golfers paradise. The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and the famous Emirates Golf Club are the venues of the European PGA tour. The Nad al Sheeba Golf and Racing Club even offers night golf for the enthusiasts who want to beat the summer heat of Dubai.