About Dubai: Shopping Experiences with the Kids
Shopping Experiences with the Kids
Dragging bored children around the shops while you get your retail fix can end up being a frustrating and infuriating experience for all. Avoid the family feuds and keep everyone happy with these family-friendly shopping options
Venture into the land of sweets
You’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stepped into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory when you discover one of the largest candy stores in the world at The Dubai Mall. Candylicious comprises 10,000sq ft of sweet delights. You’ll walk around under a canopy of lollipops and among a forest of sweetie trees while being tempted by over 5,000 types of confectionary and chocolate.
Lose yourself in a book
With half a million books for sale, there’s no subject left unturned at Book World by Kinokuniya – a be mouth of a store. Every genre for every age gets a look in here meaning families can spend hours with their heads in books. And when you’ve made your choice, why not head to the store’s café which has great view over The Dubai Fountain and surrounding Downtown area.
Meet the entertainers
Perfect for patrons (big and small) logically wanting to escape the shops in a shopping mall. The Playmania is the company behind many of the family entertainment facilities within Mall of the Emirates (MOE), Mirdif City Centre mall and Deira City Centre. It’s the company responsible for operating Ski Dubai, the snowy mountain at MOE; the complex of challenging games and rides within Magic Planet; Little Explorers, the edutainment centre at Mirdif, alongside iFLY, the indoor skydiving tunnels.
From being dragged around the shops to gliding across the ice, the Olympic-sized ice rink at The Dubai Mall is the icing on the shopping cake for many a family. Zoom around to the beats of the resident DJ, or perfect your technique during a private lesson. Those not confident on their feet (or should we say blades) can hire a penguin skating aid to support them.
Make believe in a kid-sized world
KidZania offers the type of shopping that’s just for kids. In a child-sized city, complete with paved streets, shops and cars, children can try their hand at over 80 jobs, earn ‘kidzos’ (the city’s currency) – and then spend it!. One minute they can be a dentist, the next a pilot, a model sashaying down a catwalk or a check-out assistant.
Explore the souqs
The colours, the chaos, the smells and the sights mean that venturing into the lanes of Dubai’s old souqs is appealing for all ages. Make your way from the Textile Souq in Bur Dubai to the Spice and Gold Souq in Deira by hopping aboard a wooden abra to ply the waters of the Creek – always an adventure.
Enter toy town
Hamleys, the world’s most famous toy retailer awaits with stores at The Dubai Mall and Mirdif City Centre. There’s always activities and events taking place within these magical toy emporiums, where virtually every toy imaginable is up for grabs.
Fasten your seat belts
It may be the biggest shopping mall in the world, but The Dubai Mall is also home to one of the region’s biggest and most thrilling indoor theme parks, SEGA Republic. With 15 adrenaline-fuelled attractions, only the brave can take on the fast and furious rides here. Hold on tight when you tackle Xyclone and Robotnik, not to mention Spin Gear, Sonic Hopper, Half Pipe Canyon and try your luck at more than 170 amusement games.
As the name suggests, the Adventure Zone is all about adventure. Located at the Galleria Mall in Jumeirah, your little adventurers can tackle the nine-metre-high climbing pinnacle and the six-metre-high climbing wall before taking on the skate park, boulder wall and cable climb. Mums and dads can join in, or just chill out in the café.
Shops on the sand
The Beach mall is both a beach and a mall – so it ticks the boxes for the kids who want to frolic on the sands and the grown-ups who want to browse in the many eclectic and homegrown stores and boutiques that skirt the coastline.