On Monday, while some of us are going back to work and others are in the middle of their winter holidays, we go to Dubai with Cristina, who we had interviewed in our section ‘Mum at Work’ here some time ago. She went alone to Dubai with her two children during last Christmas holidays. She enjoyed this very exotic destination, easily accessible from Europe and gives us here her family tips in Dubai.
“We chose Dubai for our Christmas holidays as it is a destination closed to Europe, and very easy for families.
We spent three days in the desert (1 hour from Dubai) in Bab el Shams’ hotel, a beautiful resort with a great pool, activities for children, and also a baby sitting service. There are also several restaurants (Indian, Italian and Arabic). Very exotic! … And the food is excellent !!
We also lived in a Bedouin camp: First Safaris where we saw gazelles, camels and we tasted typical Bedouin dishes.
WHERE TO STAY IN DUBAI?
We stayed in the Westin at the entrance of the Palmeraie. The beach is not that pretty, but there are plenty of activities for children. Its location is perfect to get into town. By car, there is too much traffic!
WHAT TO VISIT?
If children are over 6-8 years, you can climb to the Observatory of Burj Khalifa, ideally to see the sunset. Please note, if you have motion sickness as the lift is very very fast.
The visit to the waterpark at the Atlantis hotel is worth seeing: one of the largest in the world!
It’s also very nice to walk around the huge malls to stroll or for shopping: the Dubai Mall aquarium and waterfalls, the Mall of the Emirates and its huge snow covered track.
Two activities midway between the shopping and entertainment, but to delight children:
Kidzania in Dubai Mall: a place like Second Life where children have their money, work, etc … very cool !!!,
Sega Republic: the dream for all videogamers! Between the shop and the amusement park
And at 1:30, in Abu Dhabi, there is the Ferrari theme park: it has been highly recommended to us but we did not go there … For a next time!
WHERE TO EAT?
In Dubai, especially one lives in malls and hotels. In malls, there are plenty of restaurants: the Rainforest Cafe, but all hamburger restaurants you can imagine …
Otherwise, I highly recommend the Arabic gastronomy. Bab Al Shams has a restaurant that reproduces exactly a Bedouin village and offers a spectacular buffet. They also make a nice show with horses, dancers, etc.
GETTING AROUND IN DUBAI?
Do not hesitate to take a taxi because it’s rather cheap!
It was all good Cristina plans! Do you also other tips to share about Dubai, as a traveler or as an expat family ? Feel free to leave your comments here!
You can also read the interview of Tamara and her Australian family who live in Dubai …
Have a good week,