Dubai- a family destination?

It’s no secret that I love my holidays. Particularly if they involve sun, sea and sand! And as it looks like the British weather hates me (it is only ever sunny when I am working 😕), I spend a lot of time researching and dreaming about the next destination.IMG_20160401_132358
We have been lucky enough to visit some beautiful destinations with our children over the last few years, both abroad and in the UK, but we tend to stick to the same sorts of places.
This year, although I am somewhat in denial about it, I am celebrating a big birthday. So we have been looking at midhaul sun destinations we could visit for a short break to celebrate. One of the places we have looked at, is Dubai.
I had never really considered going to Dubai before – not sure why really, I mean it is probably a bit more expensive than our normal European destinations but you do get what you pay for, and to get the similar luxurious standards anywhere, you would have to pay that little bit more. It’s also a little out of our normal comfort zone of Greece/Spain. But I also didn’t realise actually how much there is to do and see in Dubai and so much of it is family friendly.

So if we ever make it there, here are the top 4 Dubai experiences, that I have discovered in my researching, that I would love to do with my family!

1. RelaxationIMG_20160401_200243

Do you dream of lazing around on golden sands, while the children potter around building sandcastles? Do you love to feel the soft sand between your toes and paddle in clear blue seas? Then Dubai has plenty to offer you! From public beaches where you can enjoy a romantic sunset stroll, to exclusive beach clubs where you can be pampered for the day and if you are looking for something a bit more family friendly then head to kite beach where you will find a skate park, outdoor trampolines, play area and adventure gym as well as being able to watch in awe as the kite surfers do their thing.

PRICE: Free!

Wow. Oh. Yes. I could definitely do this!

2. Adrenalin-fuelled adventures

The Atlantis Bahamas, courtesy of me!

The Atlantis Bahamas, courtesy of me!

 

Looking for something a bit more exciting? If your kids are adrenalin junkies like mine, then you could always head to the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm. We were lucky enough to test out the Aquaventure Waterpark in the Atlantis, Bahamas over Easter this year and I can say without a doubt that it is fantastic! It is a thrill-seekers paradise with slides that take you through shark-infested waters but they also have a smaller area Splashers, perfect for the littler members of your party.

PRICE: From £40.75

Again. Yes. Yes please! The Atlantis, Bahamas was absolutely awesome! Would totally love to do this in Dubai!

3. Sightseeingdreamstime_m_39119994                                                                                  © Serban Enache | Dreamstime.com – Burj al Khalifa and fountains

If you are more interested in seeing the sights a destination can offer, then Dubai can offer you an amazing mix of history, culture and modern architecture. You could visit the Burj Khalifa – the worlds tallest building – and check out the views at the Top or watch water dance at the Dubai fountain. Or you could take a trip into the past and learn about Dubai’s history at the Heritage and Diving village.

PRICE: The Top from £23.70    Heritage and Diving village Free!

Well. I suppose if I got bored of the beaches and waterparks then a bit of culture would be good. Not sure I could go to the Top. The Blackpool Tower freaked me out..

4. Unusualdreamstime_m_35459213                                                                  © Vladimir Zhuravlev | Dreamstime.com – Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Okay so this one is a bit out there! In the centre of  the Mall of the Emirates you will find the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort! It has ski runs, snow caves, tube rides, as well as a colony of snow penguins! And when you have had enough of the snow, you can go do some shopping! The perfect day out in the desert!

PRICE: From £47.50

I went skiing once with school. At the end of the week, they gave us scores. I got the second worst score. The girl who got worse than me, broke her leg on day 2. Hmm. Maybe I could redeem myself?

 

So actually, the more I look at Dubai, the more amazing things I keep finding to do there! Must stop looking now!

If you fancy a trip to Dubai and are looking for more ideas of things to do, places to visit, and what’s on in Dubai this year, then check out the Visit Dubai website.

This post is an entry into the Tots100/Dubai dreams blogger challenge. Are you a blogger? Then get writing about your Dubai dreams for a chance to win the holiday of a lifetime! Not a blogger? Then you could also win this amazing trip, just by writing the best reader comment on the winning post! Good Luck! #DXBDreams.

 

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