CHENNAI: With the onslaught of Covid-19, summer vacation plans for 2020 and 2021 would have gone for a toss. But 2022 is all yours if you are planning to take your kids for a summer vacation break. A good summer break for kids comes with a blend of fun and knowledge and which city other than Dubai could ace in offering them both? Often called the ‘City of Dreams’, Dubai the futuristic city in the United Arab Emirates was one of the first cities to open for tourists. A haven for travelers the city in the Emirates has plenty to offer and can floor you with its architectural marvels. With various indoor and outdoor activities available, we suggest you some of the must-visit places that can enrich your kids with knowledge as well as provide them with non-stop fun
While it could easily take a whole day for you to explore Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo combined with the mall, Global Village is the perfect outdoor spot as the summer evenings are pleasant in Dubai. Built across a massive 395 acres, the place has themed-pavilions put up by countries from across the world. The 26th season of Global Village concluded recently and the new season is all set to begin in October. There are a flurry of events and shows Global Village has to offer. As you enter, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is one of the first things you would enter. Fountains and fireworks along the Ferris wheel are among major attractions. You can take a stroll around the village while enjoying Turkish ice cream from the country’s pavilion and can stretch your legs for some crispy dosas from the restaurants in the Indian pavilion. Each stall has unique items imported from their respective nations. You definitely get to experience the world in 180 minutes.
The Dubai Frame at Zabeel Park is oneof the architectural wonders of the Emirates. Standing tall at 493 feet and made of glass, steel, and aluminum, this is the biggest photo frame in the world. The highlight of taking the elevator to the top of this massive structure is you can see Old Dubai to your left and New Dubai with skyscrapers and Palm Island on your right. You can also walk on the glass floor while looking at the Zabeel Garden under your feet. Do it if you dare!
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Ever thought about a rendezvous with a penguin at 40 degree celsius in a desert nation? Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, situated in the Dubai Mall has made the unthinkable possible. You cannot miss the sight of the aquarium, as the giant structure that houses a massive 33,000 underwater species of marine creatures is right in the atrium of the mall. You would be welcomed by giant sharks, stingrays, and jellyfish.
The upper level is where the real fun is as over half a dozen of male and female gentoo penguins are a sight to behold. You could also enjoy a boat ride in the aquarium that gives you an oceanic view as you could paddle through these creatures and feed them.
Ticket price: Starts at 169 AED each (Rs 3,500 INR approx)
Compiled by Kaushik Rajaraman (The writer was invited to be a part of Media FAM trip to Dubai)