You’ve done Disney and explored most family destinations. It’s time to think outside of the box this holiday season. Book your family trip to Dubai, a Middle Eastern metropolis, and popular family getaway. Here’s what to do when you get there.
Graze the Garden
The Miracle Garden is something you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a scenic drive away from the city and hosts a play area for kids. The butterfly garden is known to attract the attention of little ones but there’s plenty more to captivate anyone’s attention.
Make a Deal
Sharjah has not one but a string of buildings dedicated to its mall. Don’t readily accept price tags, though. Unlike retail malls in other lands, you can bargain with vendors. Much like a large mall or dropbox store, you can find just about anything at Dubai souks. They are great places to score needed goods for upcoming adventures.
Speaking of needed supplies, you’ll want to wear waterproof footwear at the Marina Walk. The dancing fountains tantalize and delight the kids and the area is a great spot to cool off. Try to get there early in the morning or early afternoon to escape unbearable temperatures.
Hang at the Park
Zabeel Park is the place for the little ones to pet a variety of animals, find shade under the canopy of trees and take in the lush greenery. The shops, festivals, and local food make it a great spot for your entire family.
Go for the Gold
The Deira gold souk is well known for its glittery jewelry, gold bars, and other forms of the precious metal. Kids get a kick out of the mountains of “treasure” being traded, bought, and sold. As common in other souk destinations, you can readily bargain here. The gold market is a short ride from your JW Marriott, Dubai.
A lot of fashionable people are attracted to Dubai for the clothes. It’s interesting for kids to get a glimpse of how designers take concepts and create wearable products. Head to Satwa and have the kids select materials. Then, take the materials to local tailors and get dresses or jackets made!
Get on a Pony
It’s difficult to find a child who doesn’t want to at least see a pony. The more adventurous kids will love the idea of riding them at the Desert Palm Riding School. Kids are led on 10 to 20-minute rides. Get your cameras ready to capture those smiles!
Ride a Kayak at Kite Beach
You could fly a kite or opt to get in the water at this beach location. See kids and adults sitting in kayaks or standing on paddleboards. The calm waters make it safe yet a challenging exercise for young kids and teens.
See the Camels Race
Camels whiz around a track during the winter months at the Al Marmoum site. Admission is free and it’s an opportunity for kids to see some local culture.