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DESTINATIONS MIDDLE EAST | FAMILIES


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snorkel with dolphins in the red sea, israel There’s swimming with dolphins – and then there’s snorkelling with them. Eilat, Israel’s most southerly city, specialises in the latter, offering over-10s the chance to glide alongside these sleek, elegant creatures from beneath the water at eco-site Dolphin Reef, a private beach frequented by a resident pod. But it’s not just about the dolphins here, of course. Turtles, groupers, manta rays, parrot fish and plenty more can be found in the region’s crystalline waters, with the nearby Coral Beach Nature Reserve boasting a vibrant coral wall that’s home to more than 650 species. Book it: Kuoni offers seven nights’ half-board in a Mountain View Room at Isrotel King Solomon, Eilat, and two nights at Shalom Hotel & Relax, Tel Aviv, from £5,899 per family, based on three people sharing and including transfers and flights from Heathrow in October. kuoni.co.uk


Glimpse wildlife in Ajman: Direct wildlife-keen kids to lesser- known emirate Ajman, where the Al Zorah Nature Reserve boasts pink flamingos and other species, spread across a million square metres of mangrove forest. If Only recommends the Oberoi Beach Resort, located right on the reserve, for families looking for a serene escape.


Dubai Mall: Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Ice Rink, KidZania, “haunted attraction” Hysteria and the futuristic, luminescent VR Park are all to be found in this sprawling mall, which spans an area equivalent to more than 50 football pitches.


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go on a 4x4 ride in the desert, dubai It’s in the desert that Arabia’s real charm lies, of course, and its rolling sand dunes, roaming wildlife and heritage-rich Bedouin camps make it a hotspot for active kids. For a luxury, family- friendly spot, Travel 2 recommends Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa. Set in the Dubai Desert Reserve, it offers 4x4 drives, nature walks, camel rides, archery, falconry and plenty more amid the surrounding sands, alongside spa treatments for parents wanting a bit of alone-time. Book it: Gold Medal offers three nights’ full- board in a Bedouin Suite at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, from £2,129 per person, including Emirates flights and transfers, for travel until August 31. goldmedal.co.uk


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PICTURES: Shutterstock; Israeli Ministry of Tourism/Dafna Tal; Ferrari World


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