We all love packing as much as possible into a family holiday – the more ‘must sees’ we can tick off our list the better!
But moving the little people in our life around can sometimes be a little tricky … which is why Dubai, the destination built for families on tour, have really thought about how to make it easy for us Mums and Dads.
There are several options when you’re on the move:
Hop on a bus … A BIG BUS!
Why do kids always make a dash for the seats on the top deck of a bus? Hey who are we kidding – we all do it!
The open top of Dubai’s Big Bus or City Sightseeing buses in Dubai mean you’ll have the wind in your hair as you tour around town, hopping on and off at any of the designated stops.
In a couple of days you can cover all the sights of the city and in between attractions and focal points, you and the kids get to rest your feet to be ready for the adventure at the next stop.
What’s more there’s loads of added extras included in the price of the ticket meaning not only excellent value for money – but a lot of the thinking has been done for you too.
Take the DUBAI TROLLEY
Chug along Downtown’s Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard in the Dubai Trolley.
What may look like a charming, old-fashioned wooden tram is actually powered by hydrogen and electricity. Its route takes it past all the iconic landmarks of Downtown – including the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Fountains, The Old Town and Souk Al Bahar. There’s three stops along the one kilometre route so far but eventually the route will span seven kilometres.
Reach for the skies with SEAWINGS
The waters of the Arabian Gulf will be your runway as you take off in your Seawings sea plane to tour Dubai from the cloudless sky. Everyone gets a window seat on board this Cessana 208 Caravan seaplane allowing you to look down on Palm Jumeirah (and appreciate that it really was created in the shape of a palm tree).
You’ll circle the luxurious Burj Al Arab, get close to the top of the Burj Khalifa and admire Dubai’s combination of twisting towers, minarets, hotels and beaches. Flights last 40 minutes – leaving the kids still wanting more.
Ride the CITY METRO
It may be a daily form of transport for Dubai commuters, but the city’s Metro also presents a perfect way for you to see the sights.
From its elevated rails, travellers can look out onto the areas through which the system’s red and green lines snake, passing by iconic sights such as the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. Hopping onto the metro also avoids all the traffic and smoothly takes you from the old to new parts of town.
Ply the Creek on an ABRA
For an experience of a lifetime, do a Creek Crossing on board an Abra – one of the wooden open-topped boats that have been plying the waters of Dubai Creek for years; jostle for a seat with all the daily commuters and tourists that want to cross between the Deira and Bur Dubai side and then off you chug. It’s a chaotic, exciting ride and offers great photo opportunities.
And, at just one dirham a passenger, it’s a cheap and fun ride!
See the sights from way up high in a HOT AIR BALLOON
The children will forgive you for the early morning start when they are soaring above the sand dunes in a Hot Air Balloon. Keep an eye out for wandering camels and prancing gazelles as you enjoy a magic carpet ride over the ocean of desert below in what is an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure. Don’t forget children must be over six-years-old.
Cruise the coast on the DUBAI FERRY
Admire the cityscape from a boat when you cruise along the Dubai shore on the Dubai Ferry.
Operating from Dubai Marina to Al Ghubaiba, the ferry is a fun way to travel between ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Dubai.
See the sights of Dubai from your BICYCLES.
Why walk when you can cycle?
Bikes can be hired from up to 16 Byky Stations around the city. See the Downtown sites on two wheels; do a turn along the waterways of Dubai Marina; do the rounds along The Palm and freewheel along the coast of Jumeirah.
Drive on the water with THE WONDER BUS.
Without moving from your seat, one minute you’re in a bus and the next in a boat. That’s the magic of The Wonder Bus – Dubai’s amphibious touring bright yellow bus.
From land and from the waters of the Duabi Creek you’ll tour the sights of the historic the Al Shindagha area and the old souqs – but be prepared for that mind blogging moment when you purposefully drive straight into the water.
Venture into the desert on SAFARI.
You haven’t seen Dubai until you’ve seen the desert. As well as enjoying the bump and grind of the dune bashing, the highlight of any Desert Safari is to see the golden sun set and appreciate the spellbinding sight of the waves of dunes disappear beyond the horizon. You’ll also get a little insight into Bedouin lifestyle when you sit around a camp fire eating traditional food under the stars in your desert camp.
Take a PINK TAXI.
For women and children who might be a little reluctant to use public transport or transport driven by men, Dubai has it covered. These Pink Taxis are distinguished by their pink roof as well as the lady driver dressed in pink! They can be prebooked via the website and can take you anywhere in Dubai.
Or put on your comfy shoes and WALK!
Dubai is so thoughtfully designed and constructed that walking anywhere is easy. It might not be your preference in the middle of the day in Summer but in the cooler months and early or late hours of the day, it is a lovely way to experience all Dubai has to offer.
There are even ‘softfall’ running and walking tracks right along some of Dubai’s most popular beaches!
To pay for public transport you’ll need to buy a NOL card. You cannot pay cash to the driver.
This card can be used on Dubai’s metro, buses and water buses. Visit rta.ae for up-to-date routes and times, and to plan your journey.
So many options – you’ll be spoilt for choice. And you’ll certainly have no excuse for not seeing every corner of Dubai during your holiday!
ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY!
Dubai is a destination brimming with excitement for every member of the family! Find out everything there is to know about Dubai from the Dubai Tourism Website – packed with hints, tips, links to tickets, accomodation and more.