Middle Eastern regions are no longer associated as desert regions. They have in fact over the years rapidly garnered the attention of family travellers as a choice for their leisure vacations. Clubbing Bedouin impressions with state of the art, contemporary attractions, the Middle Eastern countries have managed to raise the interest of adults and fun quotient of kids equally. There are many attractions and sights in the Middle East where you can spend quality time with your family; however, we recommend that you don’t miss these top attractions if you are planning a family trip to the Middle East.
- Dubai Mall
Dubai is undoubtedly the premier holiday destination in the Middle East and among the best places to visit in the world. If you are in Dubai with your family, Dubai Mall has to be on your holiday’ to do’ list. Being one of the mega-attractions of Dubai, the Dubai Mall is in itself is a complete family attraction offering various shopping, dining, fun and entertainment arena all under one roof. No wonder it is the biggest shopping mall in the world. Apart from over 1000 retail shopping outlets, the mall is also home to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo which is one of the awe-inspiring places to visit in Dubai. Young visitors can have fun at entertainment zones such as Dubai Ice Rink, Sega Republic, Kidzania, Emirates A380 Experience, and Hysteria. After you spend your day indulging in the ultimate shopping and recreational experiences at Dubai Mall, look forward to a mesmerizing evening show of dancing waters, music and illuminations put together for you at Dubai Fountain which is located right outside the Dubai Mall.
- IMG World of Adventure, Dubai
The latest addition to Dubai’s incredible assortment of recreational attractions is the IMG World of Adventure. Bragged as the world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG World of Adventure is another major feat to project Dubai as the ultimate family destination of the world. Here, adults and kids can step into a realm filled with iconic fictional characters from Marvel comics and Cartoon Network. Step into Lost Valley Adventure Zone and step back in time to pre-historic years of dinosaurs. The whole arena is bustling with adventure rides, thrills, and exciting shows. Head to the IMG Boulevard when you are famished to delve into an eclectic assortment of cuisine at its many dining outlets. You certainly wouldn’t know how time flies here at IMG World Adventure, Dubai.
- Dubai Parks and Resorts
Adding another feather into Dubai’s outlandish and larger than life attraction is Dubai Parks and Resorts. Set at Sheikh Zayed Road, it is known to be the largest integrated leisure destination in the Middle East. Packed with a stunning collection of theme parks – Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Waterpark, Riverland Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai, the arena has rapidly allured family visitors since its opening in 2016. Each theme park offers a myriad of adventure thrills and rides in distinctively themed ambiances. The fun, shopping dining, and entertainment are exceptional experiences at each theme park. This recreational arena also gives its guests an option to enjoy a luxury stay within the precinct at the opulent, Polynesian themed Lapita hotel.
- Warner Bros. World, Abu Dhabi
Competing with its neighbouring emirate – Dubai, Abu Dhabi has also marked itself on the global map as an innovative family spot and one of the best places to go on a holiday in the Middle East. One of the major attractions in Abu Dhabi is the recently introduced theme park – Warner Bros. World. As one of the largest, fully air-conditioned indoor theme park, Warner Bros. World is the only place in the Middle East where you can encounter all your favourite movie and fantasy characters branded under Warner Brothers. Divided into 6 themed lands, your beloved characters join you in your spare time for more fun after you have enjoyed most of the 29 stellar rides and attractions. The arena offers a splendid blend of family-related entertainment, shopping outlets and amazing restaurants and cafes for scrumptious family repasts.
- Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman
Considered as one of the best vacation spots to relax away from the hot Arabian days, Wadi Bani Khalid is a favourite excursion of locals as well as travellers visiting Oman. This serene natural sanctuary located in a secluded spot in Al Sharqiyah is a great spot to spend a day outdoors amid refreshing yet contrasting hues of nature. Just 90 minutes away from Muscat, Wadi Bani Khalid is a perfect spot to plan a family picnic and to take a relaxing swim in the cool waters of the main pool. Further ahead the pools extend as brooks that meander through rugged canyons which are quite a sight to watch. You can even stay overnight at the camps located nearby Wadi Bani Khalid for a complete desert oasis camping experience.
- Al Areen Wildlife Park, Bahrain
Bahrain doesn’t sound much like a family travel destination, but this Middle Eastern country offers amazing places to travel with family and loads of activities and entertainment zones for its little guests. Gear up for a Middle Eastern wildlife adventure at Al Areen Wildlife Park in Bahrain. Located in Sakhir, this nature conservator is a popular attraction in Bahrain that has been a protector of indigenous species since the past three decades. Sprawling around 10 square kilometres, this wildlife reserve is home to over 45 species of animals, 80 species of birds and a wide range of rare foliage. Take a guided bus tour through the reserve and watch rare animals such as Arabian leopard, Saluki dogs, Persian gazelle, and Lynx roaming freely in their natural habitat. Take a tour of the bird complex and spot rare and beautiful bird species such as Bahraini owls, Japanese Crane, Wood whistling duck to name a few.
These mentioned places sample some of the most popular sights in the Middle East. The Arabic countries have plentiful places to travel for holidaymakers. While other places in the Middle East aren’t as popular as Dubai, they play host to fascinating attractions offering unique experiences. So next time, you are thinking about acquiring a Dubai visa, keep your mind open for other Middle Eastern countries as well for a different Middle Eastern family holiday experience.