Decadent, exhilarating, fascinating…Dubai makes a memorable first impression. And that’s just the airport!
I’ve visited 50 countries across 6 continents but I’ve only made it to the transit terminal in Dubai. And it has left me wanting more. I want to soak up the culture, marvel at the architecture and experience the thrills this world class destination has to offer.
As a family, there is something for everyone, from the beautiful beaches and dazzling deserts to the sophisticated restaurants and child friendly attractions. I could go on for days building our itinerary but I’ve chosen our top 5 picks. It was a tough choice but I know this selection would make the perfect family holiday.
Can’t you picture us there? Watch our slideshow to learn a bit more about each attraction.
It is a well known fact, amongst our family at least, that my husband would have a whole wall made out of a fish tank if we won the lottery! Well in Dubai he can go one better and have a whole tunnel, complete with lost city. J and baby A are fascinated by fish and I would love them to be able to touch a starfish, feed the stingray and marvel at the array of sea life at Lost Chambers Aquarium.
For me, no holiday is complete without a bit of beach time and best of all, it’s free! You can do everything from sunbathe to surf, depending on your energy level. I would love to relax at one of the beach clubs and enjoy a lazy lunch before taking J to fly a kite or have a go at paddle boarding. Baby A could get her toes in the sand for the first time and I could enjoy an evening yoga session.
It’s important that Mr A and I can have a date night too so where better than the 6* hotel Burj Al Arab to soak up the city. We would enjoy the views with a personalised cocktail before taking the submarine experience to the underwater restaurant. It sounds like something out a Bond movie but dreams come true in Dubai!
If Dubai is our dream city, then Kidzania is J’s. He spends most his days dressed as a fireman, pretending to be a train driver or role playing in his toy shop. So his eyes would pop at being able to do all these things in a child sized city. I can feel his excitement as he is given his own currency to spend and I’m fairly certain we may have to drag him away at the end of the day.
Sand as far as the eye can see and stars that fill the sky. I have been desperate to spend a night in the desert since a flash flood stopped me crossing the Atlas Mountains in Mororcco 15 years ago! We would ride horses and camels, surf down the dunes and spend the night in a Bedouin tent (or maybe a bit of glamping!)
So those are our Dubai dreams. What are yours?
Would you take to the slopes? (Yes you can ski in the desert – indoors of course!)
Or could you shop til you drop?
Perhaps you would tour the souks or visit a Hammam?
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