Making a plan for the family this Al Hijri holiday? Check out these fun activities across the UAE guaranteed to keep the whole gang happy
29 August 2019| Last updated on 31 August 2019
Take advantage of the three-day weekend this Islamic New Year and turn it into a mini getaway
The UAE government announced that both the public and private sector will enjoy a holiday for Al Hijri. After that, it's back to reality for the mums, dads, and kids as schools re-open on September 2 and parents return to work.
Make the most of the public holiday and celebrate it with your loved ones. But with only a few days left until Al Hijri, we saved your precious time scouring through deals and offers to compile the best of the best in the UAE.
From thrills like indoor skydiving and rock-climbing to relaxing retreats such as a staycation at a stunning resort and spa, there's an activity for everyone in the family. Here are the top 10 family friendly UAE activities for the long weekend.
1.) Al Montazah Park
- Price: From AED 109
Head over with the family to Al Montazah, Sharjah's favourite amusement and water park. Kids won't feel bored for a minute at the Pearls Kingdom Water Park. Thrilling rides and attractions await at the Island of Legends Theme Park, where they can see a birdseye view onboard the Ferris Wheel, spin around on the Teacups, and so much more.
2.) Adventure HQ
- Price: From AED 75
For the thrill-seeking family - this one is for you. Climb up to dizzying heights, cross bridges while balancing on thin ropes, and jump at high distances, and challenge your fears with a 75-minute adventure session.
3.) Indoor Sky Diving with Inflight Dubai
- Price: From AED 139
Soar to new heights without the actual height - enjoy an indoor sky diving experience without the commitment of actually jumping out of a plane.
4.) Desert Safari
- Price: From AED 80
Celebrate the Islamic New Year with a trip to the dunes where you can go sandboarding, dune-bashing, ride camels, get a face to face encounter with the UAE's national bird, indulge in a delicious BBQ dinner, marvel at live entertainment, and trace the steps of the Bedouin tribes who called the desert home.
5.) Emirates Park Resort & Zoo
- Price: From AED 209
For the parents with animal-loving little ones, turn the Islamic New Year holiday into a fun-filled playcation at the Emirates Park Resort & Zoo. Your 1-night stay is inclusive of complimentary zoo tickets, a deluxe double or twin room, and free access to the resort swimming pool.
6.) Chillout Ice Lounge
- Price: From AED 59
Summer's been great and all, but who isn't looking forward to the UAE winter? You won't have to wait until November for a cool time. Chill with your friends and family this Al Hijri at the Chillout Lounge, drink a mug of hot cocoa or tea, and take your pick between lemon chicken BBQ or a mouth-watering chocolate cake while checking out the intricate ice sculptures.
7.) Battle Park
- Price: From AED 79
If you can't stop the kids from playing video games, then join them. We don't mean you should also play the game - be the game! Take the older kids on a 30-minute battle round where you can select from six themes - desert, graveyard, jungle, junkyard, castle or urban style.
8.) Explore Abu Dhabi
- Price: From AED 99
Need a break from work, studies, and reality? View Abu Dhabi from a new perspective and explore the culturally rich destinations of the emirate including Emirates Palance, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village, Marina Mall, and Ferrari World. Escape and be a tourist for a day.
9.) DusitD2 Kenz Hotel with Theme Park Access
- Price: From AED 299
Have a memorable family escapade at the DusitD2 Kenz Hotel and get two tickets to a theme park in Jebel Ali. Your relaxing Al Hijri retreat includes access to the rooftop pool and fitness centre, complimentary pick-up and drop-off to Outlet Mall and the nearest beach, and dining options including a Thai, Mediterranean, and international menu.
10.) Staycation at Desert Island Resort & Spa
- Price: From AED 795
An elegant unwinding awaits you and your family this Islamic New Year holiday at the Desert Island Resort & Spa by Anantara. Treat the loved ones to a 1 or 2-night stay with complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a wildlife drive, 30-minute spa treatment, infinity pool and gym access, tennis court, and the best discounts on the resort's activities.