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48 …for families


Keeping kids happy is child's play in this city of endless entertainment. From the thrilling water parks to the enchantment of skiing on real snow, families love Dubai...

Relax at the beach REASONS TO BOOK

- Make life easy - Dubai is a great family holiday destination and adding a stopover here makes

long-haul holidays beyond the emirate more manageable and stress-free for families too.

Book families a beachside hotel so they can enjoy Dubai’s year-round sun and warm waters. For direct access to the beach, Atlantis, The Palm or JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel are good options. Or book in a brunch at Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Beachcombers, with views of the Burj Al Arab for mum and dad and a play area and kids’ buff et, complete with ice-cream machine, for the children.

Sand or snow

Book them a desert safari with camel riding, sandboarding and 4WD thrills amongst shifting sands. Or, for something completely diff erent, schedule a Ski Dubai session, where kids can learn to ski, try zorbing or zip off on a toboggan in Dubai’s coolest attraction – literally!

Aquatic adventures

Be sure they make a splash with a trip to Aquaventure or Wild Wadi

waterparks. Younger kids can relax in the wave pool or slip and slide safely along a lazy river, while teenagers will love the gravity-defying thrills of slides like the Poseidon’s Revenge, where riders can reach 60kmph, and the heart-pounding Jumeirah Sceirah!

Feed the turtles and the kids Head to Madinat Jumeirah Resort and families can explore the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project. They’ll hear about the conservation and rescue of its resident injured turtles and feed them up close. Afterwards, the family can fi ll up on tacos and nachos at the aptly named Tortuga, an informal Mexican restaurant in the resort.

Let The Dubai Mall entertain them Shopping has never been such fun for kids here, because it’s so much more than shops. There are 33,000 aquatic animals to spot in the Dubai Aquarium; they can test their skills on over 170 of the latest arcade and

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summer holidays coincide with great prices in Dubai. There are hotel choices to suit every budget but look out for complimentary half-board off ers from May to September.

video games or ride the Xyclone, a fast and furious tornado, at SEGA Republic; or perhaps they’ll head to the mini city just for kids at KidZania, where they can play grown-ups and try their hand at over 80 professions, from fi reman to dentist.

Venture to the top of the world For a real show-stopper, book them in for a trip with a view up the world’s tallest building. From At The Top, on the 124th fl oor of the Burj Khalifa, visitors can gaze down onto the toy town of Dubai. The 360-degree views take in the Arabian Gulf and the ocean of desert, enhanced with special telescopes which show virtual scenes of what Dubai looked like in the past and will look like in the future.

Watch water dance

At the base of the Burj Khalifa, they can watch the Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest choreographed fountain system.

PICTURED clockwise from top le�t: Fun on Jumeirah Beach; Aquaventure at Atlantis; Watching the Dubai Fountain; KidZania; Taking in the views from the Burj Khalifa















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