Travel to Dubai - virtually of course

With distance and home-based learning, as well as virtual interaction becoming the new norm in this period of COVID-19, you can still experience Dubai as one of the world’s best family destinations through a range of online activities that families can enjoy together from their homes.

Live from DubaiEnjoy the best of Dubai’s local talent across fitness, culinary, dance, theatre, arts, comedy and more brought into your living rooms by Dubai Calendar, the city’s go-to entertainment and events guide.

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Streamed each week from Wednesday to Saturday via Dubai Calendar Instagram page, Live from Dubai series offers an innovative family-friendly programme of entertainment, activities and engaging sessions hosted by some of the biggest and brightest stars in the United Arab Emirates.

Thrill RidesWho said that you can’t experience the thrill of a rollercoaster simply by staying at home? Check out the list of thrills below.

Mad Pursuit at MotiongateMadagascar Mad Pursuit unleashes your wild side, sending you on an electrifying adventure through the circus.Ride it here

The Bullet Train at MotiongateThe twists and turns in this fast-paced ride leave you with an adrenaline rush that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon! Experience the journey from District 12 to The Capitol with a multi-angle video that leaves you on the edge of your seat.Ride it here

Dragon Gliders at MotiongateToothless and Hiccup are promising the adventure of a lifetime with an invitation through the mysterious Forbidden Island, captivating caves and the incredible Great Hall. This suspended roller coaster ride promises sensations like no other.Ride it here

The Velociraptor at IMG Worlds of AdventureJump into the prehistoric era with this thrilling ride that is definitely not for the faint-hearted! Experience a world that existed millions of years ago and hold on tight as the dinosaurs come to life.Ride it here

Spiderman Doc Ock’s Revenge at IMG Worlds of Adventure“With great power comes great responsibility” so spin around with Marvel’s web-slinging Spiderman and Doctor Octopus as they fight and stop the mad scientist from stealing the energy supply! The revolving ride creates a gripping, whirlwind sensation.Ride it here

The Dragon Roller Coaster at LEGOLAND®Hop onto this medieval LEGO ride that takes you through the colourful LEGOLAND® Castle, full of enchanting animation and vibrant scenes made entirely of LEGO bricks, that leads to an outdoor track full of fun-filled twists and turns. This roller coaster was the first ride to be installed at LEGOLAND®, Dubai, one of the theme parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts.Ride it here

Arts and craftsWhile encouraging them to learn about Dubai’s architectural wonders, get your kids to make good use of their artistic skills to highlight these landmarks through easy-to-follow videos and art lessons.

How to draw videos

City SkylineThe skyline has an array of architectural marvels and distinctive silhouettes that never fail to amaze. Keep a part of Dubai with you in this simple and charming tutorial that teaches you to draw the scenic Dubai skyline.Watch how here

Dubai FrameEverybody knows the iconic structure that frames striking and profound views of Old and New Dubai, and it also serves as an impressive, metaphorical bridge that connects the emirate’s rich past with its luxurious future. This easy-to-follow video of the Dubai Frame will leave your kids delighted.Watch how here

Burj KhalifaA majestic structure that draws everyone’s eyes to it. Apart from boasting many world records, the unique design of Burj Khalifa ensures it stands out in the Dubai skyline. But don’t be intimidated about drawing the Burj Khalifa, because this video makes drawing this glorious building a piece of cake!Watch how here 

Burj Al Arab HotelThis seven-star hotel is known for being one of the most luxurious in the world, and it’s curved structure reminds you of the sail of an Arabian dhow ship. Its opulence and the exquisite architecture are famous worldwide and you can be certain that children will love to try to copy the beauty of this landmark hotel.Watch how here

Palm JumeirahKids will love to be able to draw this artificial archipelago, resembling a palm tree within a circle, consisting of a trunk and 17 fronds. As they get down to showcasing their talent, they can also learn about the tree-shaped island known for chic apartment towers, sublime restaurants and ornate hotels, such as Atlantis, The Palm.Watch how here

Fitness and creativeEven though the routine of daily running, jogging or even walking is interrupted, or one cannot attend creativity classes outdoors, there is actually no barrier to keep doing these activities while staying indoors

Dubai Performing ArtsDubai Performing Arts academy is offering free online classes for kids. The range of free classes span a number of disciplines including contemporary and street dance, fitness bootcamps, stretching and conditioning and musical theatre. The free sessions are aimed at kids between four and 18. Any performer can join the 45-minute long classes that will be hosted by the DPA teachers on Zoom. To register write to [email protected] address.

PE with JoeBest-selling author and Instagram fitness star Joe Wicks is hosting a series of free workouts for kids on his YouTube channel The Body Coach TV. No equipment is necessary, and adults are also welcome to join in. Joe Wicks, well known as The Body Coach, hosted the region’s largest ever High-Intensity Interval Training session during Dubai Fitness Challenge in 2019.