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Spend an unforgettable weekend in Dubai

Mon, August 24, 2020

Whether you're looking for relaxation, shopping or excitement, Dubai is the perfect destination for a short stopover with the family.

Whether you're looking for relaxation, shopping or excitement, Dubai is the perfect destination for a short stopover with the family.


Stay and play at an iconic address

If there’s one image that represents modern Dubai, it’s that of the sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab. The luxurious hotel sits on its own private island 280m offshore, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. It boasts grand duplex suites, a private beach and premium spa, and extravagance in every detail. You and your family can make the most of your stay with access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, dedicated kids’ club and nine restaurants and lounges, including the highly-acclaimed Al Mahara. One of the hotel’s key features is its 10,000sqm terrace with butler-serviced cabanas, and a beach area with luxe sun beds.


Explore an indoor theme park


Uncover four epic zones of fun at IMG Worlds of Adventure. Stroll through IMG Boulevard before heading to the Marvel zone for attractions and rides inspired by the greatest superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Avengers. For younger crowds, The Cartoon Network zone is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, with family-friendly attractions based on favourite television shows like The Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time. Lost Valley revives a prehistoric world with 70 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, and if you're looking for something to get your heart thumping, the Velociraptor ride won't disappoint.


Unwind at an award-winning spa

Built with marble and decorated with carved doors, mosaics and murals, the opulent Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah is the perfect place to unwind. Step in and you’ll be welcomed with five-star hospitality and the scent of exotic oils. The signature spa features a large selection of treatments to choose from, with unique facilities such as dedicated snow rooms and Thalassotherapy pools. Only the best quality products, sourced from around the globe, are used in spa treatments, including damask rose from the Himalayas and natural ingredients from Arabia.


Soak up fun beach vibes

As its name suggests, Kite Beach is ideal for kitesurfing, as well as other watersports including wakeboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle-boarding with equipment available to hire. Swim in the clear water and rent a sun bed, towel and beach umbrella to sit back and relax as you sip some karak tea. The beach also has a 14km running track with great views of the Burj Al Arab, with plenty of shops and restaurants along the way. Check out Salt – this happening burger joint began life as a food truck and is now a bustling eatery where you can dine with your feet in the soft sand. The menu includes Wagyu beef sliders, cheese fries and its popular soft-serve ice cream.


Shop till you drop


More than 80 million shoppers pass through the doors of The Dubai Mall every year. It is home to over 1,000 retail outlets, including department stores Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s, and more than 200 food and beverage outlets – all ingredients for the perfect day outThe Fashion Avenue is the place to go for your fill of designer delights, while The Souk is a must-visit for authentic jewellery, accessories, traditional Arab clothing and handicrafts. Children will love to spend an afternoon skating around the ice rink and meeting remarkable marine life at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, which features a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel.


Feast on French treats


With so many remarkable restaurants catering to every budget, it can be tough to choose just one spot to eat in Dubai. Tucked away under the skyscrapers of Jumeirah Lake Towers, Couqley is the perfect family-friendly choice, with something on the menu for all tastes. This cosy tavern-style restaurant serves quintessential French and British delights, including the raclette burger on brioche, rich lobster ravioli and delicious crème brûlée for dessert. Weekends even see interactive entertainment for little ones, from magic shows to fun activities to keep them busy.

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