Dubai

Dubai

Dubai


THE WORLD'S NEWEST THEME PARK CAPITAL

With top-class shopping, dining, golf and entertainment, Dubai has carved a reputation as one of the world’s premier playgrounds. Yet this dynamic and cosmopolitan Emirate holds endless appeal for youngsters, too. In fact, thanks to glorious beaches and epic attractions – plus excellent kids’ clubs and child-friendly dining – few holiday hot spots serve families’ needs quite as well as Dubai.

Dubai’s pristine beaches, lapped by the Arabian Gulf, are ideal for family fun. When it comes to keeping children happy, parents know that the ultimate secret is clean sands on which to play and warm water in which to splash. Jumeirah Beach and Al Mamzar Beach are among the most popular public stretches, most of which are free to use or charge just a nominal fee.

For something more exclusive, many hotels (such as Atlantis, The Palm) have private beaches where staff deliver drinks and fresh fruit to your deckchair. But whichever option suits your mood, you’ll find showers, shade and other facilities.

For watery fun beyond the beach, try splashing out on a day at Aquaventure or Wild Wadi, Dubai's outstanding water parks. Promising a one-ofa- kind experience, Aquaventure’s 40 acres of rides and slides include the 100ft-high Ziggurat and recently opened Tower of Poseidon zip-line circuit. The park also features The Lost Chambers Aquarium, a spectacular attraction where visitors can go backstage to help feed the fish. Wild Wadi’s 30 awesome rides include FlowRider surf simulators and Jumeirah Sceirah, a waterslide with speeds of up to 50mph.

For guests keen to maximise holiday budgets, both Aquaventure and Wild Wadi are linked to beach hotels, with free admission for hotel guests. The same is true of hotel beaches, which may otherwise charge non-guests an entrance fee. Getting wet isn’t the only way for kids to beat the heat. Air-conditioned indoor attractions are an equally fun place to cool down. Favourites include Dubai Aquarium, Sega Republic (a computergame
theme park with more than 170 rides and games) and KidZania Dubai - a grown-up world in miniature where children can play being adults for a day.

DUBAI IS IDEAL FOR THE MODERN FAMILY

THANKS TO ITS GLORIOUS BEACHES, EPIC ATTRACTIONS, EXCELLENT KIDS’ CLUBS AND CHILD-FRIENDLY DINING, DUBAI IS THE PERFECT VENUE FOR A FAMILY HOLIDAY

At Ski Dubai, kids can ski, toboggan, play in the snow or enjoy close encounters with penguins. But perhaps the coolest family attraction – in both senses of the word – is the indoor winter wonderland, Ski Dubai. Here, kids can ski, toboggan, play in the snow or enjoy close encounters with penguins.

Although some hotels (such as JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel) offer horseriding, tennis, archery and other activities, more family adventures await in the desert. Safaris into the impressive outback on sturdy 4x4 vehicles present opportunities to try dune-bashing, sand-boarding or watch a falconry display – an ancient Arabian tradition – and a hot-air balloon ride is an unforgettable experience. Back on the shore, there are water sports galore, with kayaking, parasailing and power-boating – often at surprisingly affordable prices.

Most of Dubai's hotels are extraordinarily child-friendly. The Emirate currently has more than 60,000 hotel rooms, with 20,000 more in the pipeline – and with everything from self-catering to all-inclusive options, there’s something for every budget and style. Among the most popular with families are Atlantis, The Palm (with its aquarium and access to Aquaventure) and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, with Wild Wadi on its doorstep. Even iconic Burj Al Arab, one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, caters to families with Sinbad’s Kids’Club plus The Hub for teenage guests.

Animal-loving kids, meanwhile, would relish staying at a desert retreat such as Al Maha (in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve) or discovering Jumeirah Group's Turtle Rehabilitation Project. And with recent openings from such famous names as Oberoi, Sofitel, Anantara, Mövenpick, Jumeirah and Waldorf Astoria, Dubai's outstanding hotel portfolio continues to rapidly evolve.

What other destination offers skiing, sea and sand, all in the same day; or meeting both penguins and camels, or whizzing down waterslides by day and spending the night beneath desert skies?

Add in excellent service, brilliant beaches and hotels with kids’ clubs, babysitting and lifeguards, and parents will find that Dubai has the makings of
a truly incredible family holiday.

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