The ultra-modern Dubai with its spectacular skyscrapers (including the world’s tallest building) offers a range of things to see and do, including wandering through the gold and spice souqs, a visit to the beautifully restored Al Fahidi fort and getting a sense of what Dubai used to be like at the Heritage and Diving Village, all which ensure the kid’s boredom is kept to an absolute minimum

Dubai is one of those places where weather forecasting is not the most challenging task. Sunshine is all but guaranteed, making it a great destination for some winter sun within reasonable flying distance of the UK.

Just 45 minutes from Dubai's state-of-the-art airport, there are oases in the form of luxury desert resorts. These offer a number of excellent activities, to give children a glimpse into desert life, such as camel rides, desert drive excursions and the Sinbad's Kids club means plenty of R&R potential for parents, too.

After a desert experience the ideal combination is a few days in a family friendly resort on Dubai's gulf coast. As well as this Dubai has Wild Wadi Water World, which may be your idea of hell, but children (and fans of alliteration) will love it.

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Children will not be disappointed by the 30 different waterslides, rides and attractions at Wild Wadi Water Park

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Where to stay

One&Only Royal Mirage

One&Only Royal Mirage

The Royal Mirage is one of a handful of traditionally stylish hotels in Dubai, with Arabic architectural influences and sophisticated decor. As a One & Only property guests can expect nothing less than fine luxury and attention to detail.

Bab al Shams

Bab al Shams

The resort is styled as a traditional Arabian fortress, with the rooms located in clusters of two-storey buildings around the atmospheric complex.

Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah

The impressive Madinat Jumeirah is split into four areas, and even though the resort is quite large, each one of the hotels leaves the guest with a feeling of relaxation and tranquillity in the most luxurious of surroundings. Situated in the heart of Jumeirah beside the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab hotel, the Madinat is not close to any construction work, unlike many hotels in Dubai.

Jumeirah Beach Club

Jumeirah Beach Club

The luxurious suites, each with its own Jacuzzi and private balcony or garden, are housed in Polynesian-style low rise buildings, set amidst the landscaped gardens.

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