Why It’s Great To Be A Child In Dubai

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Dubai is a nation well known for extravagance and glamour – however, what you’re about to read will make you wish that you could throw those sequins and champagne aside to be a child again! From thrilling water parks to play centres where children can spend a day in the profession of their choosing, Dubai really does cater well for little people! Here’s a selection of the best:

Get Up Close And Personal With The Sharks At The Aquaventure Waterpark

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The Aquaventure Waterpark (at Atlantis the Palm) is among the world’s most thrilling waterparks, with the Leap of Faith and Shark Attack slides plummeting you through the shark tanks in clear acrylic slides. With a 700-metre sandy beach for the less adrenaline inclined to relax on, this is a great way for the whole family to cool down from those scorching Dubai rays.

Find The Flamingos At Ras Al Khor

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Dubai is famous for its modern skyscrapers, and man made isles but there are areas of impressive natural beauty too – the Ras Al Khor national park provides a haven for the birds who live here. Most impressive are its flocks of vibrant pink flamingos, and it is worth veering off the beaten track to find them. Entry to the park is free, giving your wallet a well-deserved break in this city of excess.

Go Flying At Bounce

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As the largest trampoline park in Dubai, Bounce is sure to draw in lots of excited children. It is set up for children of all ages with a room consisting of trampolines (well not entirely!), 50 of them in fact! This means that you can bounce around the whole room without fear of falling off, or ever needing to slow down. There is also a big bag, an air-filled landing mat, for the more adventurous to do flips on to.

Ps. This one’s not just for little kids, they host evening events with DJs for the over 14s.

Live Out Your Dreams At Kidzania

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Here at dealchecker, we’re green with envy at the kids who get to live out their dreams at Kidzania. This miniature city is kitted out for children (from the ages of 4 to 16) to try out the job they desire, and get paid for their efforts. The jobs on offer include being a policeman, a dentist or a chef and the roles are taken seriously with budding chefs taking part in a cooking lesson and wannabe news anchors reading the news. The money earnt can then be spent on goods and entertainment in the shops of this tiny town.

Now all they need is an adult version for us to try out!

Wild Wadi Waterpark

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Where the Aquaventure Park has sharks, Wild Wadi has the fear factor. The finest of the lot is the Jumeirah Sceirah where you stand in a capsule with your arms and legs crossed before the floor falls out, plunging you in to a pool of water at the bottom of this heart-stopping slide. For younger children there is the Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon which features slides to race on and plenty of water guns!

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