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4 Fun Activities For Families Living In Dubai Festival City

Dubai has a variety of family-friendly communities. Various developments can be found inside and around the city that are safe, conducive, and even fun for families to live in.

But there is one community in Dubai that offers more to families in terms of entertainment: Dubai Festival City.

Dubai Festival City is a mixed-use development built along the Dubai Creek. It has hundreds of residential units that boast traditional and contemporary designs.

Dubai Festival City was designed to be a complete, family-friendly community and, as such, has several supermarkets, gardens, parks, and fitness centres. It also has two top-notch international schools where children can flourish: Deira International School and Universal American School.

Fun Activities for Families in Dubai Festival City

Another thing that makes Dubai Festival City an excellent neighbourhood for families is the variety of recreational activities perfect for everyone of any age.

Below are four activities in Dubai Festival City that are perfect for families living here: 

1.Watch a dancing fountain and laser show

An exciting and unique dancing fountain and laser show won’t fail to entertain anyone. Residents of Dubai Festival City can watch this magnificent spectacle every night at Dubai Festival City Mall.

IMAGINE is a record-holder air, water, and fire laser show. It features a dancing fountain accompanied by the spectacular light and sound effects that take place in a small lake that convenes with the creek.

IMAGINE also features a fascinating pyrotechnics display.

You and your family will love watching this stimulating show over and over again.

2.Hang out at an indoor trampoline park

Dubai is home to the world’s first indoor freestyle terrain park – BOUNCE-X.

This fun indoor entertainment centre is not only for kids; it’s also for adults.

BOUNCE-X has over 5,000 square metres of space on two floors that house various trampolines, giant airbags, slides, and trapezes. It even has several parkour elements.

The park’s features are suitable for different ages and levels, meaning everyone in your family can have fun bouncing around.

Although BOUNCE-X seems like a park for teens and adults, it has areas especially designed for younger children where they can have fun under the watchful eyes of trained staff. Because of this, you are free to explore and also have fun.

3.Dine and shop

Dubai Festival City is home to one of the most prestigious malls in the emirate – Dubai Festival City Mall.

The mall has over 400 retail outlets, including well-known brands such as Toys “R” Us, Zara, Forever 21, Nike, and Marks & Spencer.

Dubai Festival City Mall also houses the first IKEA store in Dubai and the biggest ACE Hardware outside of North America.

There are numerous restaurants here as well, which is a mixture of local and international chains. These include the Hard Rock Café, Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s, P.F. Chang’s, Pepper Mill, Oporto, Motomachi Japanese Restaurant, Sugar Factory, TGI Friday’s, and Café Bateel.

You and your family will love spending hours shopping and indulging in various great eats at this mall.

4.Enjoy a dhow ride

Dubai Creek is one of the emirate’s most popular attractions. It is an excellent place for getting a glimpse of Emirati culture and heritage, getting close to nature, and relaxing all at the same time.

The best way to do this is to ride a traditional dhow or go on a cruise aboard a bigger one.

Since Dubai Festival City is beside Dubai Creek, you can bring your family to this place anytime and go on a dhow ride. While aboard the vessel, everyone can enjoy a relaxing cruise along the clear, calm water and get the chance to see the fascinating underwater life.

You can also feast your eyes on the city’s amazing views.

If you choose to go on a dhow cruise, while aboard the vessel, you can also feast on a scrumptious lunch or dinner while relaxing and enjoying the surrounding scenery.

If you want to have fun, memorable bonding moments with your family every time you go out, you won’t go wrong living in Dubai Festival City.


Muhammad Raheel Walayat manages 360-degree digital marketing for Al Futtaim Group Real Estate, one of the largest real estate developers in Dubai. Having joined the company in 2017 with an extensive 10+ years of experience in marketing, Raheel has been instrumental in developing and managing the digital ecosystem for Dubai Festival City that drives results in terms of brand awareness, brand positioning and commercial benefits to the business.

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