Last week I shared some of my thoughts on where to eat in Dubai. It’s no secret this country is one of the top Islamic countries we’re itching to visit. Beyond the glamour and glitz there’s a zillion reasons why it makes a great destination for families.
Beautiful beaches, countless activities for children of all ages, luxurious Dubai hotels for all budget levels, not to mention an incredible variety of food for all tastes … what more could you ask for? Dubai is known for its opulence, but it’s also a great option for families who want a warm-weather getaway.
You might think a more conservatively religious country would be too restrictive for a proper vacation but consider the benefits. You won’t find scantily clad women draped on billboards, or have to explain to your children what XXX means. Public intoxication is forbidden, and family-friendly environment is highly prized. For families who worry about this when traveling, Dubai helps ease concerns.
Where to Spend the Night
Your first step in planning is selecting the right hotel for your family. You have countless options in Dubai. Atlantis The Palm is one of the most well-known hotels for families. This resort includes a water park and aquarium on site, plenty of dining options, and regular programs and activities for children. While the kids are busy, mom and dad can relax, too. A second option is the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It doesn’t have quite as many on-site amenities, but is next door to the Wild Wadi water park, and free passes are included with your stay. It also has direct access to the beach.
Sun, Snow, and Sand
When it’s time to get out of the hotel, you’ll have to decide: do you want to swim or ski? Wild Wadi is the biggest water park in Dubai, with rides and swimming areas for all ages. If you’d rather ski, a visit to Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates lets guests ski, sled, or simply play in the snow! However, the real excitement may come when you tell your children they can visit and play with real penguins!
If city living starts to get old, a visit to the desert can be arranged. Not so long ago, nomadic and semi-nomadic ethnic groups, who called the desert home, inhabited all the United Arab Emirates. Visitors can take a desert safari and experience life how it used to be. You can take a day trip or spend the night sleeping in a Bedouin tent, eating traditional foods, and enjoying typical tribal music. To get off the ground, try a hot air balloon ride, or rent a yacht and sail off the coast. There are also chartered boats that let you kick back, perhaps take in some fishing, and admire aquatic Dubai.
Dine In or Take Out?
Once you’re rested and the kids have had a chance to play, it’s time to find something to eat. Luckily, Dubai has options for everyone. Of course, you can enjoy kid-friendly items like pizza and hamburgers nearly everywhere, but you also have the option of ethnic cuisines like Indian, Chinese, and Japanese at your fingertips. With so many choices, everyone traveling will be happy. Be sure to check out my post on what to eat in Dubai!
Dubai may not be the first though for a family vacation but with so much on offer it is worth a second look!
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