As more sectors resume commercial activities after a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several entertainment centres and attractions in Dubai have opened their doors once again to provide fun-filled experiences to families and children in the UAE, and also to tourists who have selected the city as their summer destination of choice.
The reopening of entertainment centres and attractions has also given a timely boost to Dubai’s annual summer calendar of events led by the citywide Dubai Summer Surprises festival, offering more options for residents who are keen to get back to their normal life and highlighting Dubai’s position as a leading family tourism destination.
With the gradual easing of pandemic-related restrictions, residents and visitors are now able to experience the diversity of Dubai’s offerings covering the tourism, leisure, entertainment and retail sectors. In addition to visiting shopping malls, they can also enjoy a variety of facilities and amenities including public and hotel beaches, restaurants, swimming pools and golf courses, as well as popular activities like water sports and camping.
Entertainment and theme parks, as well as recreational centres which include fun fairs, soft play facilities, indoor and inflatable playgrounds, virtual reality and edutainment facilities and amusement arcades are allowed to operate in line with stringent guidelines issued by Dubai Municipality to ensure the highest standards of public health and safety.
Visitors to these entertainment centres and attractions must wear masks at all times and follow social distancing rules while these facilities must undergo regular cleaning and disinfection before, during and after opening hours, and do a temperature scan of staff and visitors before they enter the entertainment areas. Rides, play areas, or common areas should operate at 50 per cent capacity based on the two metre social distancing rule while in rides or games that involve multiple groups, people of a single group are allowed to be seated together.
The family entertainment centres and attractions that have reopened include the following:
One of the top arcade and gaming venues in the country, and one of the largest indoor family entertainment centres is now open at leading malls in the city under UAE’s retail conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim, offering an array of exciting activities for the entire family including rides and games. Magic Planet is implementing all health and safety guidelines to ensure families and children have a comfortable experience with added peace of mind. Check out the online packages, various offers and activities at https://www.magicplanetmena.com/en-ae
KidZania, the safe and interactive, award-winning edutainment centre at The Dubai Mall is where children between the ages of 2 and 16 can role-play 80 different professions such as doctors, TV hosts, firefighters and models. The edutainment centre provides kids the opportunity to develop real-life skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. KidZania offers a range of offers and packages that can be found on the website - https://dubai.kidzania.com/en-ae
Located in City Centre Mirdif, iFLY Dubai is an indoor skydiving centre, and is now open for those who always dreamt of flying – allowing everyone to indulge their sense of adventure by rising 3 meters from the ground to fly in the air. Anyone seeking an adrenaline rush will surely be satisfied after their experience flying – and can be assured that iFLY Dubai is in compliance with official regulations to ensure the health and safety of their employees and guests.
For further information visit – https://www.citycentremirdif.com/en/entertainment/iflydubai
Children's City located at Creek Park in Dubai is UAE's first educational city in the Middle East that is devoted to children between two and 15 years old. They have now reopened to help children strengthen their skills and abilities by allowing them to investigate, discover and play in an entertaining educational format to get useful and valuable information. Children’s City provides educational performances and entertainment programs throughout the year, as well as several exhibits and programs on sciences, nature center, space exploration, local and international culture. More information about Children’s City can be found at: https://childrencity.dm.gov.ae/en/Pages/default.aspx
Oli Oli is a children’s museum, located in Al Quoz, designed for kids and their parents to play, discover and bond together. They have eight interactive galleries on two floors, 45 exhibits created specifically for various learning objectives so that children will be challenged to think, imagine and create. Guests are required to book their trip in advance, in order to maintain health and safety standards and ensure that capacity is managed in a seamless manner. Visit https://olioli.ae/
Little Explorers is an edutainment center in City Centre Mirdif that combines fun and education to help children learn, develop and unlock their imagination in order to explore the world around them. A sanctuary and safe environment containing indoor activities in which kids can play, learn and become equipped with skills that will help them thrive, Little Explorers has implemented new health and safety measures in order to prioritise the wellbeing of their children, families and staff. More details can be found at: https://www.littleexplorersmena.com/en-ae/city-centre-mirdif
VR Park, the world’s largest indoor virtual reality park is in located in The Dubai Mall. The park combines augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) through interactive experiences and rides, and features virtual reality landscapes across all genres - adrenaline, horror, fun, sport and many more, which is perfect for all ages to enjoy. The park has also implemented a new hygienic system to create a healthy environment that will complement their different offerings. More details on the park, including offers can be found at https://www.vrparkdubai.com/
Dreamscape, located in Mall of the Emirates combines the emotional power of storytelling and the excitement of amusement games, creating the most exciting and entertaining destination for virtual reality. What differentiates Dreamscape from other VR experiences, is their “Free Roam” Virtual Reality experience, which means that guests can physically move around while immersed in a completely different world. In addition to already stringent sanitization standards, Dreamscape has put in place enhanced measures to ensure the health and safety guests and employees. More details on offers and activities can be found at https://dreamscapeimmersive.com/find-us/dubai-malloftheemirates
It is a time to return to your favourite Marvel and CN heroes, as IMG Worlds of Adventure, one of the largest indoor theme parks, has reopened by offering a limited time offer entry price of AED 20 for UAE residents and pay as you go for all attractions at AED 25 per ride. IMG Worlds has reopened with extra safety precautions and the highest safety measures in place. All employees and guests will be required to wear face masks and adhere to the social distancing protocols that will be in place across the park. Advance thermal screening will be in place at the main entrance to measure all guests entering the park along with hand sanitisers installed at every access point. IMG also has its own medical facility with an onsite doctor to respond to any medical requirements. For further enquiries visit www.IMGworlds.com
Wild Wadi, one of Dubai’s iconic water parks, has reopened its doors for a refreshed new season of family fun in the sun. Welcoming guests back for family entertainment and aquatic adventure in one of Dubai’s most iconic water parks, Wild Wadi offers a host of exciting rides and attractions for families, thrill seekers and those simply looking to stay cool in the summer heat. Health and safety are Jumeirah’s top priority for everyone who visits, stays, dines or works with the Group. All its properties are strictly following the directives of the UAE Government and have extensive preventative measures in place for the safety of all. Wild Wadi guests will have temperature checks on arrival, will be required to wear masks when transiting public areas and must strictly adhere to all social distancing measures. To celebrate its re-opening, Wild Wadi Waterpark is offering residents special prices on tickets to enjoy its thrilling rides, while admiring iconic views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. For details visit: Wild Wadi Ultimate Summer – offer page
Seawings Seaplane Tours have reopened with an Eid offer for UAE residents. The Dubai skies have been home for this aerial adventure for the last 13 years and we are thrilled to be flying again after a short hiatus. The tours offer guests a thrilling water take-off and landing along with enigmatic views of the city and its glorious landmarks, a combination so unique that it has been voted as the Number 1 thing to do in Dubai by many. For some residents, international flying is not a viable option, but flying over Dubai definitely is with Seawings offering a 20 per cent discount on all Dubai scenic tours for bookings made till 9 August. For more information on offers visit www.seawings.ae
You can take a helicopter tour of Dubai to discover modern attractions such as the Burj Khalifa and The Palm Jumeirah, historic sites and golden dunes during a trip in the sky that will take in both new and old Dubai. The helicopter service from Heli Dubai has a limited offer of a 40 per cent discount for an unforgettable aerial tour experience! For information visit http://www.helidubaibooking.com
Xline Dubai Marina
The world’s longest urban zip line has reopened in Dubai Marina Mall. XLine is one of the steepest and fastest ziplines around the globe, and now has two running lines, which means that family and friends can ride together. They have strict health and safety measures in place, in compliance with Government regulations, as well as updated age requirements. For more details, check out http://xline.xdubai.com/