Dubai is many things to many people. To most it’s a jewel in the desert, a metropolis with foundations built on innovation, but for kids it's pure paradise, as Lisa and Jac discovered on their family holidays
Jac, one of our Personal Travel Consultants holidayed in Dubai with her mum and son Rocco, 2, in March
Thanks to my job, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world and go on some truly amazing adventures. I had been to Dubai 4 years ago with my mum and nephew and loved it, but taking my son to Dubai was one of the most special experiences, because we got to make those memories together.
We stayed at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina because of its location and facilities. One of the things I remember the most is how comfy the cot was. It had the same Westin heavenly mattress as our beds which was a nice surprise. The bath was separate from the shower, which, as any parent would know, makes it much easier with a baby and they even left a cute pack in his cot with toiletries like baby soaps and shampoos.
The first night we ate at the hotel, a member of staff asked if we needed a high chair to which we said yes. We didn’t have to ask again after that, which really set the tone for what the hotel was about. Every night we would get a booth table and the concierge would ask Rocco if he wanted his milk, always at the perfect temperature.
A lot of people say that the heat in Dubai can be too much for children, but it’s easy to forget that absolutely everywhere is air conditioned. We did go out often to places like the JBR market, which is a bit more of a traditional mix of street vendors and fairground rides. We actually took the tram from out hotel to JBR so we didn’t have to walk too far. We also went to the Dubai Mall to watch the laser and fountain shows. You can see the aquarium from inside the mall which was especially exciting for Rocco singing the song ‘Baby Shark’ as these huge sharks were swimming above our heads.
There’s a ridiculous choice of places to eat in Dubai across plenty of price ranges, from fast food places like McDonalds to more local authentic restaurants. One thing that really pleased me was how Rocco was so kindly welcomed by everyone we met. It just added that extra touch of warmth to our holiday.
If you’ve ever been on a long flight with your child, you already know how difficult it can be. But Emirates made everything so easy for us. We had buggy hire, family check in and, on the flight, they gave Rocco a little pack of fun goodies. They even put the captains’ hat on him and took a picture which was really nice to keep.
From top to bottom, our Dubai experience was magical.
Lisa, another of our wonderful Travel Experts went to Dubai with her son Oliver, 3
I’m a really lucky person. Not only have I been to Dubai before, I’ve been 17 times! But, for me, going with my family is always better.
We chose to stay at Atlantis The Palm. I loved their kids’ club, the security is fantastic, they don’t let any adults in the club until they close for an hour when you can look around. Oliver went there every other day because they had a cinema room, arts and crafts and a home corner with little kitchens.
I know it’s become a cliché, but Dubai does have that much to see and do you are spoilt for choice. Children seem much more adaptable to the heat in Dubai, so going out was never an issue, especially if you go to the Adventure Waterpark. Because he was only little we stayed in the children’s section where there are lots of shaded areas but it was perfect for Oliver.