Dubai is a perfect holiday destination for families, thanks to year-round warm temperatures, crystal clear blue seas and soft white sand beaches. Along with its reputation for luxury, Dubai is equally a value for money resort that makes a family holiday here an unforgettable and affordable experience.
Dubai is exceptionally safe, English is spoken everywhere & the city is easy and affordable to navigate by metro, taxi or abra – the traditional wooden water taxi. Due to its large international population, restaurants offer an extraordinary choice for every budget.
Take a trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa tower, the world’s tallest freestanding structure. From the viewing deck of this astonishing building, which soars 2,717 ft into the sky, you will get unrivalled views of Dubai’s well-crafted cityscape. Woven harmoniously into the fabric of the modern is the ancient - traditional souks on the Creek banks have changed little over the centuries and the perfumes of exotic spices and the dazzling silks take you back to an era before the discovery of oil transformed Dubai.
In Emirati culture family is king, children are welcomed everywhere, and Dubai has enough attractions to send them into an exhausted slumber every night.
In Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment centre, there are over 1200 shops and an Olympic size ice rink. It also houses the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo which has a 48 metre walk-through tunnel, glass bottom boat rides & an amazing 10 million litre tank. You can snorkel in a cage alongside some 33,000 aquatic animals and their Ocean School is aimed at marine biologists of all ages.
You will also find Kidzania here – a unique ‘edutainment’ experience encouraging children to role play in jobs like, a surgeon, firefighter, chef, mechanic, artist, & police officer. It is based on a city built to a small person’s scale, which allows children to ‘work’, earn ‘money’ & then spend it in a variety of ways. If you are in Dubai with children, this is a must!
For older children & teenagers the mall also has Sega Republic - a huge amusement arcade full of thrills. If that’s not enough to keep you busy there is also the Mall of the Emirates where you will find Ski Dubai – the ultimate indoor snow resort where you can ski, toboggan and even build a snowman!
There is indoor karting at the Dubai Autodrome for children aged 7 to 12 and at iFly Dubai, an indoor skydiving centre, children over 5 can experience the rush of free falling with the help of highly trained iFly instructors.
For water fun, there are two fantastic waterparks – at the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm you will find the Aquaventure water park, Dolphin Bay where you can swim with dolphins and the Lost Chambers Aquarium. At Jumeirah beach there is the Wild Wadi water park with attractions to suit all ages. There are several parks offering shade like Jumeirah Beach Park, Creekside Park and Za’abeel Park, all of which are pleasant places for a family picnic or day out.
No trip to Dubai would be complete without a visit to the desert. Take a Desert Safari tour and enjoy the thrills of dune bashing in a 4x4 jeep, watch the sunset over the dunes and eat dinner under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp.
Dubai has so much to offer, there is something for everyone – it’s hard not to be wowed by Dubai.
Timezone: GMT +4
Language: English, Arabic
Currency: UAE Dirhams
Best time to visit: Year round destination, summer temperatures reach well above 40°C, it
rarely drops below 20°C in winter, annual rainfall 5 inches
Flying time: 7 hours from Dublin, daily direct flights with Emirates and Etihad
Weekends: weekend days in Dubai are Friday and Saturday