There’s no doubt that Dubai is one of the most vibrant and booming holiday destinations in the UAE, but as anyone with children in their teens will tell you, young adults can become bored easily. You’ll be happy to know that there is a wealth of alternative, off-piste attractions around the Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai that will keep young adults engaged and entertained, no questions asked.
Thrill-seeking in Dubai
Unfortunately for parents, keeping teens interested around the city may involve taking a walk on the wild side, and that’s exactly what you’ll be encouraged to do during a Desert Safari Dubai tour. Each tour starts with a 3.00pm pick up at a location of your choice, and sees groups whisked away in a powerful 4×4 vehicle to enjoy a day of dune driving, camel rides, henna painting and more. The day ends with a buffet dinner and BBQ as the sun sets over Dubai, before tourists are driven back to the city.
If you still have energy left after your day of adventure, Ski Dubai offers a range of passes that grant entry to Dubai’s various indoor ski centres, including skiing and snowboarding lessons and queue-jumps for when you just can’t wait to hit the slopes.
However, those looking for the ultimate thrill-seeking experience can’t afford to pass up a session at iFLY Dubai, a ten metre-tall wind tunnel that simulates the experience of sky-diving in a controlled environment, with winds reaching top speeds of 200kph. With instructors and safety officials on hand, you have nothing to fear, except being shown up by your kids.
Explore Dubai’s wild side
Those looking to scale back the fear factor but remain in the great outdoors should look no further than Creek Park, a well-maintained city park that features an elevated cable car network, bike rental and a barbeque area which is an ideal way to take advantage of Dubai’s sunshine.
Inject a little wildlife into your outdoor pursuits with a day of learning to fly command Falcons on the Dubai Desert Reserve, followed by a safari drive and lunch by the desert. To gain a different perspective on the desert wonders surrounding the city, Balloon Adventures Emirates offers a range of package deals that will take you high above the blazing sands.
With your feet back on terra firma, you can venture back into Dubai and view the city from a great height by ascending the Burj Khalifa tower. Visitors can see the city illuminated at night from the tower’s observation deck on level 124, and marvel at the architecture and scope of the streets below.
Time for a breather in Dubai’s calmer spots
Nestled below the tower, tourists can explore the vast Dubai Mall, which is home to more than just stores. Inside the mall, guests can take in a movie at the cinema, hit the Dubai Ice Rink, learn how to fly in the simulated cockpit of a passenger jet, play videogames at Sega Republic, or encounter dinosaur remains at DubaiDuno.
If malls feel a bit too close to home, there’s always the Dubai Spice Souk markets for those keen to grab a bargain at a traditional Arab-style marketplace. Consider extending your authentic cultural experience by visiting Alserkal Avenue, an artistic hub at the heart of Dubai that showcases a range of projects from twenty creative organisations from across the city.
After a hot day spent walking around sun baked markets and city streets, cooling off with a Wonder Bus Tour is an ideal way to end your battle against teen boredom. The tour’s amphibious buses will take to Dubai’s waters and ferry you to a number of package days out, including a journey to Wild Wadi water park and other attractions.
As you can see, Dubai certainly isn’t short of things to do, but if you really find yourself stuck when entertaining teens, you can’t go wrong by thinking a little bigger with our guide.