With its opulent range of bountiful beaches, ultra-luxury hotels and cosmopolitan lifestyle, one may be left wondering just how child-friendly Dubai really is. But fear not, this eclectic paradise is home to world-class water parks, epic shopping malls, and thrilling experiences which provide family-friendly fun across all corners of this bustling city.
Award-winning restaurants are eager to cater for children of all culinary requirements, whilst family hotels work hard to provide excellent kids’ clubs and activities to make children feel special from the moment they walk through the doors.
If you’re planning a spectacular city and beach escape in the UAE, consider our list of the best family hotels Dubai has to offer...
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This shimmering peach palace which overlooks the Arabian Gulf is the perfect paradise for families whose kids have an active imagination and an endless supply of energy.
Deep sea-themed, Atlantis, The Palm boasts a plethora of facilities and activities for the whole family to enjoy. The vast space dedicated to the famed Aquaventure waterpark is jam-packed full of slides, tube rides, and spaces to make a splash! Adults can take part in a leisurely trip down the lazy river, whilst adventure seeking kids take to the thrill-seeking flumes.
Similarly, the resort's onsite aquarium, Ambassador Lagoon, is home to more than 56,000 marine creatures for shared family experiences of awe and wonder. Meet the inhabitants of Sea Lion Point, and enjoy a range of water sports on the beach down at Dolphin Bay.
This super fun five-star resort is also home to a gold standard kids' club that caters towards little ones and teenagers when parents need a little down time. It also plays host to a range of restaurants which can meet all the family member's culinary needs. Suites are perfect for families of all sizes and spacious rooms are often interconnecting for ease.
So, if you’re a family that likes to be in the heart of the action, Atlantis, The Palm is one of the best resorts for Dubai family holidays.
Atlantis, The Palm
The eastern crescent of Palm Jumeirah is home to the vibrant hotel, Aloft, Palm Jumeirah. Its private beach location is packed with fun activities to provide the perfect getaway for families with small children.
With two outdoor pools (complete with a poolside bar for the adults), a games room and eateries to suit all, this stunning hotel has something for everyone. The resort’s kids' club boasts fun activities for children of all ages, meaning parents can take a break and lounge by the poolside without a worry.
The hotels light and airy rooms are inspired by New York lofts and overlook the beautiful waters of the shore. Each of the spacious living areas come complete will all the necessary amenities, making for a truly comfortable stay.
In the mornings, be sure to wander downstairs and enjoy a splash in the shallow turquoise waters of the on Arabian Gulf, whose palm-fringed beach is the perfect temperature.
Aloft, Palm Jumeirah
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The stunning Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection boasts expansive grounds substantial enough to require buggies. Home to several tennis courts and three large pools, these palm-lined exteriors provide the perfect place for families to unwind in the sun, this holiday.
The hotel’s ideal location boasts beautiful nature walks for the more laid-back days. It also backs onto a stunning beach with sands that glisten underfoot.
Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection provides parents with the opportunity for some much-needed down time, since the children’s pool complete with a waterslide keeps the kids occupied for hours. The resort is home to a superb kids' club with a bunch of fun activities, including water sports and crafts for kids of all ages.
When it comes to family-friendly activities, make use of the excellent tram services which loop around the scenic marina and hop off at the beaches, or ride a little longer for easy access to more of the city’s activities.
Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
Jebel Ali Beach Resort, Palm Jebel Ali works to provide guests with a proper beach escape. Nestled upon a man-made island which takes the form of a giant palm tree, Jebel Ali is packed full of beachy activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Little ones can be entertained by the attentive kids’ club staff with facilities and activities that cater to under 12s, whilst ChillZone club is a cool hangout spot for teenagers. Kids of all ages can splash around in two vast swimming pools, whilst adults float over to the all-essential swim-up bar and enjoy flavoursome cocktails.
Play a round of golf on the hotels onsite course, or head to the incredible floating seafood restaurant for an impressive culinary experience that everyone will enjoy. And, did we mention that Jebel Ali Beach Resort, Palm Jebel Ali’s private beach poses as the launch pad for a huge inflatable aqua park?!
The hotel’s perfect location means you’ll have no trouble creating fond family memories. Situated a 30-minute drive from Downtown Dubai, the resort makes for the perfect home-base for families seeking the delights of the city. Alternatively, take a free shuttle bus to Dubai Parks and Resorts' trio of theme parks.
Jebel Ali Beach Resort, Palm Jebel Ali
Situated a stone’s throw from one of the world's largest shopping centres, the Dubai Mall, the magnificent Ramada Downtown Dubai resort provides near instant access to some of the city's top attractions, making it the best area to stay in Dubai with family.
This deluxe hotel allows families to marvel over sharks and stingrays in Dubai’s aquarium; experience the tallest building in the world at Burj Khalifa; or let little ones loose in the vastest sweetshop in the world, Candylicious.
The hotel features a variety of refreshing outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor play areas, plus an excellent kids’ club which works to take some pressure off parents and keeps little ones occupied for hours. The light and airy guest rooms and suites can be available with one or two bedrooms, providing a spacious living area for families to enjoy during their stay. Delight in excellent views of the city’s skyscrapers and relax in the plus furnishings the hotel has to offer.
The restaurant’s all-day diner serves up a plethora of yummy pizzas and tasty burgers to happily satisfy ravenous tots, too.
Ramada Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai
Yes, Dubai makes for a fantastic destination for any family holiday. The city boasts a range of family-friendly hotels and activities to keep children of all ages entertained – from its exciting water and theme parks to fun-loving kids’ clubs, local experiences, malls and more.
Yes, under 12 get discounted entry in most of the city’s theme parks and attractions.
Enjoy hours of fun at indoor playground KidZania, marvel at the underwater delights of Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and be sure to visit Wild Wadi Water Park for major thrills and spills!
With its sparkling seas and some jaw-dropping attractions, there’s no doubt that Dubai is an oasis rising from the heart of the desert. This dazzling city and beach destination is home to a plethora of family-friendly hotels with a range of activities that make the perfect playground for adults and kids alike.
Packed full of private beaches, brilliant kids' clubs, and child friendly restaurants, it's one of the best luxury family holiday locations on the map.
If you'd like to continue researching into the best family hotels in Dubai, we've also listed a few of the top kids clubs for you to consider - so you can schedule in some adult time, too.Discover our popular Dubai luxury holiday offers to inspire your next far-flung escape.
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