Before you Fly
A perfect way to explore a new city with the whole family, without having to plan out a new holiday is to make the best use of a stopover. Stopovers are a great way to see and explore a new city without having to spend a lot of extra time and money, and can be easily squeezed into an already planned itinerary. Think of it as a 2 for 1 vacation! Family-friendly big cities can be hard to come by, especially when you’re in a hurry, that’s why Dubai is the ideal stopover destination for a full family vacation.
Easily reachable within a few hours from most of the major flight routes in the world, Dubai has fantastic connectivity and plenty of attractions for all ages. If you only have a few hours layover in the airport before your connecting flight, there’s no need to worry. The contemporary airport has all the facilities you will need for the whole family. If you’re traveling with children be sure to look out for baby rooms and children’s play areas. There are plenty of dining options throughout each of the terminals and even complimentary shower facilities in designated areas.
Things to do
A longer stopover in Dubai is highly recommended, especially for families. One of the biggest and most exciting cities in the Middle East, Dubai is made with families in mind. With fantastic outdoor weather during majority of the year, there is plenty to see and do outside in the wonderful sunshine. Water parks are a big hit amongst locals and visitors. Make sure you purchase discounted tickets online, and arrive early to make the most of the facilities and attractions. Popular water parks in Dubai include Wild Wadi and Aquaventure. There are many public and private beaches throughout the coast, from Deira all the way to Jumeirah. All beaches are clean and safe and kept in pristine condition. The Beach on JBR is one of the most popular for families, with a wide range of water sports and activities for all age groups, and many dining and entertainment options as well.
If you are visiting Dubai during the summer months, there is no need to worry. It is still possible to spend time outdoors in the early mornings and late evenings. During the day, indoor parks and activities are the norm. Magic Planet, SEGA world, Ski Dubai, Adventure HQ and Kidzania are just some of the many options available. All malls have games arcades, bowling centres, cinemas, art and craft activities and more.
Our family-friendly hotels are located all across Dubai, so whether you want to stay close to the beach or in the heart of the city, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our exciting stopover packages now!