While Dubai has a reputation across the globe for being the ultimate luxury adult destination (and that is undoubtedly true), it also has plenty to offer travelers of all ages.
The UAE, as a whole, prides itself on its family-oriented environment which ensures that children are welcomed and appreciated everywhere – even in some of the top-rated hotels in Dubai. In fact, some of the Emirate’s most exciting attractions are suitable for the entire family.
As a destination on many travelers’ bucket lists, Dubai is guaranteed to be a highlight of any family trip. If you still need some more convincing, read on for four reasons to book a family vacation to Dubai ASAP.
1. Fun and Wholesome Activities
One of the most well-known spots in Dubai is The Dubai Mall — the largest mall in the world. Not only is it home to more than 1,200 shops, but here you can also find The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, and Reel Cinemas. Additionally, you can stand and watch the Dubai Fountain (which happens to be the world’s largest choreographed fountain) throughout the evening.
Moreover, everyone enjoys being by the water and, in Dubai, there are plenty of public and private beaches where you can spend the day. Some of the most popular public beaches are Kite Beach, Jumeirah Open Beach, Sunset Beach, and Al Mamzar Beach Park.
Alternatively, some of the best private beach options are Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort, Club Mina, DoubleTree by Hilton, Fairmont The Palm, and Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort.
2. A Desert Safari
There is nothing that exemplifies the Arabian experience more than a desert safari in Dubai. Before you select an option, make sure to do plenty of research and look into customer reviews of the tour, with specific interest in the comments of those who also traveled with children.
As long as you choose an itinerary and a provider that specializes in family-friendly desert safaris, there is no reason why this wouldn’t be a highlight of everyone’s lives. After all, the real-life sand dunes and magic carpets are sure to be a winning, kid-pleasing choice.
3. The Culture
While it may not have cultural roots that extend back as long as some European cities’, there is undoubtedly enough culture to keep your family’s minds occupied during vacation. The Old Town of Dubai is perfect for kids and adults alike to wander around in and explore. It won’t take long before you realize how incredible it is that Dubai was able to blend the old with the new in such a unique way.
Make sure you visit the Dubai Museum to learn more about the history and culture of the Emiratis, as well as the narrow streets and beautiful wind-tower in Bastakiya. Then, take a traditional abra boat across the Dubai Creek and spend some time practicing your haggling skills in the famous souks, such as the gold and spice souks.
4. Family-Friendly Hotels
Some of the best hotel deals in Dubai can be found at family-friendly hotels that seek to provide the best experience possible for you and your children. You may also be surprised to realize that you can often obtain freebies, discounts, and conveniences when you book a kid-friendly hotel stay.
Generally, your best strategy is to speak with the hotel before booking and ask them about any kids’ programs or events that they may offer, as well as any goodies (such as stuffed animals, coloring books, board games) that they could leave in the hotel room. Once you arrive at the hotel, make sure to inquire again, because you rarely get what you don’t ask for!
Have you ever taken a family trip to Dubai? If so, do you have any tips or suggestions for others who are looking to make a visit happen? Alternatively, where are you currently thinking of planning your next family vacation? Let us know in the comments below!
Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.