Updated: Sep 16
Dubai It is one of our favourite places to go for guaranteed sunshine, luxurious hotels and some relaxing! It is a beautiful city with so much to offer for the whole family. It's big, its loud and its so much fun, we always end up visiting Dubai most years for a simple beach break because we love the atmosphere and it is one of the best places to visit with children of all ages.
Tyson Trails Recommends Visiting
Kidzania - Get out of the heat and let your children's dreams come true, they are mainly set up for ages 4 plus but also have an under 4's area so there is something for everyone. A giant indoor playground with realistic setups you can kill hours here.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo - You haven’t been to an Aquarium like this one. showcasing sharks, fish and sting rays in the entrance alone you can wander through the underground tunnel and get up close to all the sea life. Above the aquarium is the underwater zoo with lots of aquatic animals such as penguins and otters.
Desert Safari - This is great for the entire family; camels riding in the sunset, sand boarding the dunes, live performances whilst you tuck into an authentic BBQ and so much more, there are so many different companies that offer this. I would recommend having a little look around as they all offer similar things but for different prices and there can also be a few hidden extras (henna, sand bottles, shisha) so read some reviews first. We used Viator to book.
Fountain show - Located at Dubai mall just below the Burj Khalifa its the worlds largest choreographed fountain show . The most popular place to watch the Dubai Fountain Show is the Waterfront Promenade just outside Dubai Mall it can get very crowded so just be aware. You can also hire a little boat on the water to get a front row seat.
Saturday to Thursday: 1 PM, 1:30 PM (Extra Show at 2:00 PM)
Friday: 1:30 PM, 2 PM (Extra Show at 2:30 PM)
Daily - Every 30 minutes from 6 PM to 11 PM
Walk around Dubai Mall - This place takes a few days, it is absolutely jam packed. It is where the aquarium is located so you can walk along to the entrance and look at the giant fish tank for free, there are skeletons of dinosaurs and a woolly mammoth and an great traditional section that feels like you are in a souk
Where To Stay
We have stayed in so many great hotels in Dubai and choosing one is is all dependant on your budget; I have picked my top three hotels for a low, medium and high budget but honestly you can not go wrong with most hotels here.
Bargain - Novotel Dubai Al Barsha
Al Barsha is one of our favourite little areas of Dubai as you can get a really reasonably prices 4/5 star hotel like the Novotel I have listed here but you are within walking distance to all amenities like the Mall of the Emirates and the Metro. The hotel itself is a bargain and if this was anywhere else in the world it would be so pricey. It boasts a great sundeck with rooftop pool, a spa and really comfortable rooms as well as 4 different dining options if you don't fancy going out.
Mid Range - JA Ocean View Hotel (The Walk)
The Walk is a great location for access to the beach I have picked out the JA Ocean View as it is an award-winning five-star property with lots of options for accommodation, dining, entertainment and recreational activities. It is within a few seconds walking distance to the public beach and I have seen some great deals on this hotel for such a high end feel.
High End - Atlantis the Palm Nestled between the calm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and the majestic Dubai skyline, Atlantis Dubai is the crown of the world-famous Palm island. It is named as Dubai best family hotel for a reason; water parks, aquariums, kids clubs and so much more along with it's luxurious rooms and multiple restaurant choices but it does come at a price.
Like with visiting any religious Muslim countries I always recommend to dress respectfully. Visitors are not expected to cover their heads or wear traditional clothing (except in mosques). However, it is advisable to wear long, loose clothing when out.
When to Visit Dubai
The best time to visit Dubai is between April and May or from September to October. This is the spring and fall months, the weather can get quite hot during the day but manageable. For the best weather not too hot and humid you'll want to visit in the winter (December through March). Especially with children I would avoid visiting in the summer it is very hot and quite unpleasant, we visited Dubai once in August and could hardly leave the hotel pool!
Flying to Dubai
We live in Suffolk and Emirates now fly direct from Stansted which is a great bonus for us as we no longer have to travel all the way to London however dependant where you live i think most big airports fly direct to Dubai International with many airlines.
Uber is a great way of getting round Dubai we normally use this to get to our hotel from the airport but you can also get a metered taxi or even the metro depending on where you are staying.
Food & drink
If you are looking for traditional cuisine you can expect lots of hummus, falafel and shawarma (kebab). We mostly use the malls in the UAE as you can literally eat everything from pizza to five guys which is fantastic when you are travelling with a baby as its fast and you can get it to take away if needed.