24 February 2018
Treat your family to the holiday of a lifetime in Dubai this Easter! There’s something for everyone here from pristine beaches and tranquil spas, to colossal malls and luxurious hotels.
Dubai is a popular year-round family getaway, and one of the best times to holiday here is Easter. The school holidays fall in either March or April depending on when the festival takes place, so when you touch down in Dubai, you can expect pleasant temperatures of around 20°C. Bask in the warm spring sun and enjoy a range of family-friendly attractions.
Discover exciting theme and water parks dotted around Dubai - thrilling adventures are never far away. Get your adrenaline pumping at IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park, with rides like the 100-seater 3D ‘Hulk Epsilon’ rollercoaster in its ‘Marvel’ zone. Treat the little ones to a day at Legoland Dubai, giving them the chance to get creative with 20 million Lego bricks in the park’s ‘Miniland’ area. Cool off at the Wild Wadi Water Park in Jumeirah, where you can chill on the lazy river or up the pace on rides like ‘Burj Surf’ and ‘Tantrum Alley’!
The Emirate boasts beaches that’ll satisfy everyone from sun-seekers to adventurers. The ideal spot for families is Jumeirah Beach, where you’ll find camel rides, banana boating and the world’s largest inflatable water park. Head to Kite Beach to try exciting water sports like paddle boarding and snorkelling, while the secluded Sunset Beach is an ideal place for a family picnic. For an action-packed family day out head to the Riva Beach Club at Palm Jumeirah which has a kid’s pool, a play area and a family restaurant.
While the kids are busy, take the opportunity to revitalise at one of Dubai’s spas. A must for any wellness enthusiast is the Saray Spa, a facility based in the JW Marriott Marquis hotel renowned for its Dead Sea flotation pool. You can enjoy a full spa day at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel’s Talise Ottoman Spa with its 43 treatment rooms, snow rooms, saunas and invigorating treatments. For a traditional hammam experience visit the Palazzo Versace Spa’s Moroccan hammam, where you can soak in a blissful Turkish-style bath!
Dubai is a magnet for foodies, and you’ll find dining options to appease all appetites. Spend the day at the Last Exit Street park if you’re looking for rustic, yet filling fare, with everything from pizzas to burgers and gelato on offer. Experience Emirati culture and try an authentic kebab at Al Ustad in Dubai’s old town. The perfect family restaurant is Mazina based on Dubai Marina. This eatery is popular among families for its fun face-painting and live cooking demonstrations! You can even indulge your sweet tooth in Dubai, by trying the famous carrot cake at The Lime Tree Café.
There are many attractions and activities for your family in Dubai. The Emirate is home to one of the world’s largest shopping centres, the Dubai Mall, which sells everything you could ever imagine. The Mall also has both an ice rink and the state-of-the-art Emirates A380 Experience flight simulator. Animal lovers should head to the Dubai Zoo to meet endangered species such as Bengal tigers. Another must for your itinerary is the Dubai Kartdrome near the marina, which has indoor and outdoor circuits that you can zoom around via Honda powered karts. Daredevils can test their limits by skydiving over the Emirate’s artificial Palm Islands, while for a classic family adventure you can trek across sandy landscapes on a Desert Safari Tour.
There are many family-friendly hotels to choose from in Dubai. A favourite with many parents is Atlantis, The Palm in Jumeirah. Not only is this hotel based minutes away from a pristine beach, but there’s also plenty for the little ones including the Atlantic Aquaventure Waterpark and the Atlantis Kids’ Club. For luxury choose the five-star One&Only Royal Mirage which features elegant restaurants, a spa where you can enjoy ‘hammam rose rituals’ and a kid’s playgrounds.