Though not the capital and second in size among the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a beautiful and sprawling city that families will love. The city has a variety of experiences to please children and adults alike, much in the way the local fare spans a taste for tradition paired with ultra modern amenities and developments which are hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the
children and teens interested and engaged.
A Special Note on Weather:
The joke in the UAE goes that there are two types of temperatures: The hot season and the very hot season. The most pleasant time of year to visit is in October- April, as their winter temperatures generally fluctuate between the low 60’s and low 80’s Fahrenheit. In the summer (June-September) temperatures can be extremely high well at be well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not unheard of to see temperatures go all the way up to 120 or even 130 degrees, with high humidity. Please note this when planning your trip.
Address: Al Fahidi Historic District in Front of Seef Roundabout | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 353 6666
Hours: Tours Run Saturdays from 9 AM – 10:30 AM and every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
Admission: Heritage tour is 65 AED (approx $18) per person and includes snacks and drinks
Start the day off with a bit of the old world, as Dubai’s center for cultural understanding guides you through an interactive program exposing you to local culture, history, customs and religion. The guided tour takes you through the the Al Bastakiya neighborhood of the Al Fahidi Historic District, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai. Enjoy a walk along the Dubai Creek and experience the unique narrow sikkas and ornate wind towers atop the original homes. The tour ends with a Q & A session that will allow your family to learn about any more specific interests, and is accompanied by traditional Arabic tea, coffee and dates. After the tour, walk your way back to any of the sites you wanted to see more of an enjoy the historic neighborhood.
Address: Main Street is Al Diyafah
Hours: Neighborhood is always available for exploring, hours for shops and cafes limited to normal business hours.
Admission: Free to Explore
Taste Authentic Dubai Cuisine and Take Your Family Shopping in Satwa District
This charming neighborhood in Dubai is lined with small shops selling a wide variety of wares. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll find it here, along with a more personal and authentic shopping experience than at one of the large malls and commercial centers that offer little different from major American outlets. You’ll also find authentic cuisine here and a chance to stop for lunch or a snack. Explore up and down the main thoroughfare of Al Diyafah, at the western end of which is the Dar Al Ittehad (Union House) building and all its history. Transfer over to the other main street of Al Satwa and explore the famed tailors and clothing retailers for a great deal on something special to outfit the family.
Address: Al Kifaf, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: 04 3259988
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 8 AM – 11 PM, Thursday – Saturday 8 AM -11:30 PM
Admission: 5 AED per person (Approx $1.50 as of October 2014)
Round out your day of culture and history in Dubai with a relaxing visit to one of the best family parks in the city. Sit on the sprawling green in the shade of a palm tree and let the kids run around and enjoy. If you still have the energy, enjoy the variety of activities the park has to offer including a 150 foot tall panoramic tower for stunning views, a technology zone, sports area, barcode garden, energy zone, space maze, restaurant, and skate park. There are a variety of beautiful fountains and sculptures making this a great spot for picture taking and a wonderful opportunity to take that perfect family vacation photo. Consistently rated as one of the cleanest parks in Dubai, you can feel secure bringing your children here and it is easily worth the small entrance fee.