When you hear the name of Dubai, you instantly think of unparalleled luxury and indulgence. It might seem like an exciting place if you are well loaded, things are different when you are traveling with a family on a budget. However, there are loads you can do in Dubai to have a good time without burning a hole in your pocket. While there are things like taking a desert tour or going shopping, we focus on three sites that are unique to Dubai and ones that you can enjoy even when traveling with kids.
- On Top of the Burj Khalifa
Also known as the world’s tallest building—for now at least, going by the penchant for towering skyscrapers in the Middle East—the Burj Khalifa is something you should not miss on a trip to Dubai—the miracle of the Persian Gulf. The Burj is undoubtedly mesmerizing from the outside, but it is the view from the top that will stay with you for a lifetime. You can book a ride to one of the exploration decks or, if you are adventurous, to the top of the Burj. From a height of 830 metres, you can even see the curvature of the horizon as the Earth rotates. No other place on earth can give you such a view.
- The Dubai Marina
Once you have regained your bearings and are in the mood for some modern luxury, travel over to the Dubai Marina where the famous Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel stands. This is one of the swankiest entertainment and shopping districts of the city. While you can treat your eyes to the glitzy shops by indulging in some serious window-shopping, gawk at the towering buildings that line the Marina Bay, or admire the luxurious yachts parked in the docks, the best experience for your family will be to take a biking tour of the city, especially if you visit after September. You can rent these bikes from any of the biking stands spread across the Marina at affordable rates and ride through the beautiful cities on a cool evening with your entire family.
- Dancing with the Fountains
This one is the best place to be in the evenings. Also known as the Dancing Fountain, the Dubai Fountain offers a delightful and unforgettable musical and visual extravaganza. Evening shows begin at six in the evening up to 11 pm, ideal as a treat before dinner or afterward. You can get a front view of the platform, or you can watch it while enjoying dinner at any of the cafes nearby. The lights, laser show, and music present a picture of perfect choreography. Even the music is as diverse as the city, featuring English, Arabic, Indian, and French songs. The best part is that it costs nothing at all and you get to interact with the local population. Clearly, this is an experience to remember.
Dubai may be glamorous and exciting, but it offers something for everyone. These attractions are open round the year, so you can experience them whenever you visit.