Teenagers and older children are particularly tricky customers to please. I should know – we have both in our house. It is ridiculously difficult to find a holiday that will fulfil both their need for adventure, adrenaline and consistent WIFI as well as our love of the warmer weather and maybe, just maybe, a touch of culture (shock horror!) If you have teenagers then you will no doubt be nodding along in agreement but fear not, I have the perfect holiday solution for you…
Dubai is our favourite holiday destination not only for it’s year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches and affordable, high-quality hotels but also for the endless array of activities on offer to keep the eye-rolling and “whatever’s” at bay. I could probably wax lyrical about the joys of a holiday in Dubai for pages and pages but instead I will sum it up with my pick of the top five things to do in Dubai with your not-so-lovely teens:
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark
A waterpark is one of those rare and perfect activities that pleases the whole family. As is so often the case in Dubai, Aquaventure takes the meaning of waterpark to a whole new level. You can choose to get up close and personal with sharks and rays, stoke up your adrenaline on record breaking slides, lie back and relax on the 700m of private beach or my personal favourite, simply float around on the lazy river. With shopping (obviously, I mean this IS Dubai) and great places to refuel, this is a must do day out for all the family.
For kids (even big ones) and adults alike, this is a once in a lifetime experience to get out into the desert and experience camel riding, sand boarding or even a spot of falconry. For the adrenaline junkies amongst you, I recommend a ride across the sand dunes in a 4×4 with a trained safari guide followed by a more leisurely Arabian BBQ in a traditional Bedouin tent. You might just sneak in a bit of culture after all!
No seriously. Dubai is hot. Really, really hot and whilst this can be fantastic, sometimes you need to step indoors and out of the sun for a while. Admittedly, skiing probably isn’t the first thing you would think of in a desert country but then anything is possible here! The Mall of the Emirates is home to a mountain of ski slopes just waiting for you and your restless brood. All levels of ability are catered for from the bunny slope for beginners to the black slope for the more experienced skiers amongst you. In addition, there is an amazing snow park with toboggans and tube slides. If this isn’t really your thing but your kids are keen then happy days, there is also a convenient alpine style café where you can sit back and watch the action with a hot chocolate.
Dubai Gold Souk
Had your fill of thrills and adrenaline? Time for a bit of that culture I whispered about earlier – you are in a foreign country after all. There is nowhere better to experience Dubai than in amongst the riot of colour, noise and smells that make up the souks. Spices, textiles, perfumes and gold are amongst just some of the colourful wares on offer and a walk amongst the stalls will be sure to please even the fussiest consumer. My favourites are the gold souks. Even if you are not in the market for gold, this labyrinth of jewellery stores is worth a stroll around just to gawp at the glittering spectacle. If something does catch your eye, the subsequent haggling that would engulf you would probably be enough to scare off even the most persistent teenager so this could well turn out to be a free activity – bonus!
Fun, sun and excitement. Our boys absolutely love to fish so for them, deep sea fishing in an ocean that is absolutely teeming with wildlife, is the ultimate day out. There are endless possibilities for what you might pull up out of the deep blue in this part of the world. This, combined with the inevitable element of competition and a day at sea, is a winning formula for an all-round brilliant day out – just don’t forget to pack the sunscreen!
Dubai is a glittering and heady combination of luxury, glorious weather and endless and varied activities for all ages. There are so many things to see and do but my top five is a fabulous place to start.
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Until next time my lovelies