There is more to Dubai than gigantic shopping malls and tall skyscrapers, even though it is home to many of them.
It also includes thrill-inducing water parks, dune bashing, the emirate of pristine white sandy beaches and camel rides. Apart from these, there are mountain ranges, Dubai creek, and botanical gardens where you can stroll aimlessly.
So when the next holidays come up, you can look forward to a short trip in and around UAE for you and your family. Remember if you are crossing the border of UAE, you would require a Dubai Visa and other documents of Dubai visa as mandatory documents for traveling over.
8 Best Family Getaways Around Dubai
1. Posh Paws
This is one of the favorited family getaways around Dubai and very popular among locals as well. It is located around 28-kilometers from Dubai and on an average it takes around 26 minutes for traveling.
Welcome to Animal Sanctuary and Petting farm of Dubai. Home to a wide variety of animals such as deer, llamas, goats, cows, ponies, ducks, baboon and much more. There is no entrance fee, but donations are often requested. Your younger ones would surely love this place as they would get a hands on experience of feeding, touching and holding various animals while learning some facts about them on how to take care of these animals. It is open every day from 9am to 6pm.
2. Al Ain
Welcome to a laid-back emirate which boasts some amazing views from a height that does not require a skyscraper or an elevator shaft. Away from the busy life of the Dubai city, this place has a pleasant weather which makes it one of the wonderful places to retreat during the extreme summer season.
For families who have archaeologists, this place is going to be great fun as there are a number of historical sites in the region. The place is approximately an hour and a half drive from Dubai. You can also indulge in camel racing, exploring ancient ruins and strolling through the oasis.
3. Abu Dhabi
Dubai’s sister city is just a road trip away and there is a host of fun things to do and see. From the wacky Ferrari World to exploring the wonderful green Masdar city. If you wish you do something really special, head to Sir Bani Yas Island safari. Using a family van rather than a plane would be easy on your pocket.
Definitely one of the favorite family gateways around Dubai. It usually takes around 2 hours’ drive from Dubai. Other places to explore in Abu Dhabi are the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Ferrari World. The Rosewood hotel in Abu Dhabi is one of the popular and family friendly hotels among locals and tourists.
4. Emirates Park Resort
Located at a distance of 105 kilometers from Dubai and it takes approximately 1+ hours to reach this beautiful resort. Residents of this resort would be surely amazed by the wonderful experience you receive in this resort. Step out of your room and feed giraffes right outside your window. Yes, you heard it right. With the Emirates Park Zoo right next to the resort and unlimited access to the zoo, this resort is termed as a mini zoo in the Middle East.
5. Hatta Fort Hotel
A beautiful hotel located in the midst of the Hajar mountains which are an hour and a half drive away from the buzz of the Dubai city. You will definitely not mind driving 140-kilometers because this place is so peaceful, and offers a perfect break if you are looking to refresh and rejuvenate your senses over the weekend. With rock features, swimming pools and an array of activities to keep your little ones busy. The cooler temperatures in the mountains are definitely a big relief from the scorching heat of the Dubai city.
6. Dreamland Aqua Park
Situated at a mere distance of 98-kilometers from Dubai, this is probably an hour drive from Dubai. The Dreamland Aqua Park is located on the Umm Al Quwain coastline and is more affordable than most Dubai waterparks. Not only that, you have the option to stay overnight by setting up camp or cabanas alongside the water and you can cook your own meal on the cabana barbecue.
With an area of 250,000 square meters, it is one of the largest water parks in this region. Some of the main attractions/rides of this place are:
- Dead Sea – which is a floating area
- Black Hole – A slide in total darkness
- Kamikaze – which is the fastest ride in the park.
- It takes an hour flight from Dubai to reach the park.
- Other things to do in the park are scuba diving and turtle watching.
7. Ras Al Khalmah
This is one of the popular Emirates destined for a perfect family gateway around Dubai. With the Hajar mountains in the background, head for a family hiking adventure as you will come across a rich cultural history of this place which is full of old structures and fortresses yet to be explored. Located at a distance of 64-kilometers from Dubai, which is approximately around an hour and a half drive. Other popular activities which you can enjoy here includes surfing and sightseeing.
8. Arabia's Wildlife Center
A 40-minute drive from Dubai, located at a distance of approximately 64-kilometers. There is no entrance fee for children under the age of 13. It is the first indoor zoological park in the Middle East, which makes it an ideal holiday destination for the entire family during the extreme summer months.
With dedicated sections for reptiles, birds, invertebrates, ungulates, nocturnal animals, and large carnivores. It is a fun place for your little ones to explore the wild animal world. The park is closed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.