If New York is the ‘city that never sleeps’, Dubai is the city that never stops evolving. This futuristic and forward-thinking Emirate has it all: incredible attractions, fabulous resorts, stunning scenery, and warm Arabian hospitality. It’s a destination that offers something for everyone, and we’re here to show you why visitors keep coming back year after year…

Fantastic Family Getaways

Dreaming of a holiday that’s going to create amazing memories for everyone from little Jonny to granny Marge? Here’s why you should choose a family holiday in Dubai

When it comes to choices of activities to do with the whole family – the sky is the limit… literally. We are of course talking about the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and an icon of Dubai. Reaching a total height of 829.8 metres, you and your loved ones can gaze out at the city skyline from the world’s highest outdoor observation deck, or, for the fearless, take a thrilling stroll out onto the see-through glass floor of Level 125. 

If you’d prefer to stay at ground level, we recommend catching one of the spectacular free shows at The Dubai Fountain. Every half hour from 5.45pm, mesmerising jets coupled with enchanting lights and legendary songs create a captivating show that will leave you and your family members feeling truly spellbound. Depending on how close you wish to get to the action, tickets are available to the 272-metre boardwalk, which will see you mere metres from the water’s spray, or alternatively, a traditional Abra ride across the lake’s shimmering waters is a fantastic way to end an even better day.

Person at the top of the Burj Khalifa looking down

Feel on top of the world at the Burj Khalifa

Loved By Little Ones 

Finding a holiday that’s going to keep your kids entertained (and also give you a moment’s peace) is what every parent dreams of, and Dubai certainly delivers. 

Here, kids’ clubs are taken to a whole new level. Back-to-back activities with round-the-clock supervision ensure your young ones will be kept amused from dawn till dusk, leaving you to kick back and relax poolside with a cocktail in hand. 

And when you’re ready to leave the sanctuary of your resort, be sure to spend at least one of your days exploring the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Set in the heart of the Dubai Mall, this 10 million-litre tank is home to hundreds of dazzling sea creatures including sharks, rays and giant grouper fish. Your little ones will love strolling through the iconic tunnel, gazing up at the myriad of marine life swimming mere centimetres overhead.

Family walking through the tunnel of the Aquarium with sharks swimming overhead

Walk through a water wonderland at Dubai Aquarium

Adolescent Adventures

The scale of thrills typically needs to be kicked up a notch when it comes to teens, and if there’s one thing Dubai knows – it’s how to take it to the next level. With a range of parks designed to raise your teen’s heartbeat and leave you raising your eyebrows, adolescents will be in their element discovering all the entertainment that Dubai has to offer. A day at Motiongate will have you soaring at heights, whilst Aquaventure Waterpark will have you sliding alongside shark-filled tanks. 

And the thrills don’t just end there: outside the city lies a world of desert wonder. Embark on a 4×4 tour of the undulating dunes, or choose to quad bike along sandy slopes, all before stopping to enjoy the sunset with a cup of traditional Arabian coffee. It’s moments like these that you and your family will cherish forever. 

One of the rollercoasters in Dubai

Experience thrills and spills at over 35 theme parks

Romantic Retreats

With its wealth of world-class resorts, high-end restaurants, and sumptuous spas, Dubai has everything you could need for an impossibly romantic retreat. 

You’ll be spoilt for choice for the perfect place to stay, with a host of luxurious 5-star resorts ready to indulge your every want and need. Most hotels in Dubai have onsite spas, boasting an array of incredible couples’ treatments and gorgeous environments such as Turkish hammams to spend the day luxuriating in. After a day spent in pure bliss, dine at one of many Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, leaving both your heart and stomach full. 

For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, consider rising early for a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the desert. There’s nothing quite as romantic as soaring through the skies with the one you love, and this shared experience is one you’ll both remember for years to come. 

A couple sitting in Dubai desert looking out at a hot air balloon raising into the sky

Let love lift you higher with a romantic desert balloon ride

Fun With Friends 

There’s no better way to discover Dubai than with your best buds in tow. And with so much to do and see in the UAE capital, you certainly won’t be short of ways to keep the whole group entertained. 

Seeking a leisurely day of healthy competition? Dubai is home to a multitude of championship golf courses, many designed by some of the most famous names in the golfing world. Tee off on the famous Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club, and enjoy a day perfecting your swing followed by sundowner drinks at the bar. 

Maybe you’re more of an adrenaline seeker? Venture out into the desert in dune buggies and sandboard down the winding slopes. Or why not take the ultimate leap of faith and skydive overlooking the iconic Palm Jumeirah?

As for the evenings, there’s no better place to be and be seen than Dubai. Dress to the nines and prepare for a night out of the highest calibre. Think the most exclusive clubs, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and spending the night dancing to internationally-acclaimed DJs. 

The next day, recount stories from the night before at one of Dubai’s world-renowned brunches. Bubbalicious at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina and Saffron at Atlantis, The Palm are personal favourites of Kenwood Travel, offering live cooking stations and live music so you can keep the party going.

A group of friends celebrating in the back of a truck within the Dubai desert

Discover the desert with your nearest and dearest

Plan Your Dubai Holiday

Dubai is truly the destination with something for everyone, and we would love to help you holiday there in style. Each one of our Middle East Experts has spent time in this enchanting Emirate, and would be happy to share their insider tips and recommendations with you. Simply give one of our friendly specialists a call on 020 7749 9276 or enquire online

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